Business Schools Accepting GMAT Scores in India

Getting a business degree in India is a great way to expand your business career prospects, while doing so at a tuition rate that is more affordable when compared to many other options. In this post, we’ll be examining some of the most popular b schools accepting GMAT scores in India, and whether you should take the CAT or GMAT.

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What Are Some B Schools Accepting GMAT Scores in India?

The GMAT exam is accepted by more than 200 programs at 100 business schools in India. You can view around 100 of the most popular programs on’s website.

If you’d like to see this list grouped by city, see the bottom of our post on GMAT Scores in India. (This post on GMAT Scores in Indian b schools also has some interesting metrics concerning the GMAT scores of Indian test-takers.)

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Some of the highest rated institutions on this list include:

  • IIM, Ahmedabad
  • IIM, Calcutta
  • XLRI, Jamshedpur
  • IIM, Indore
  • IIM, Kozhikode
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

Should I Take the CAT or the GMAT for Indian Business Schools?

Indian residents should be cautious, as some programs (particularly two-year IIMs PGP programs) require that Indian students submit CAT scores. If you are a resident who can submit their GMAT scores in Indian b schools, see our post on GMAT Fees in India for a breakdown of the testing costs.

If you live outside India, then it is generally possible to submit a GMAT score in lieu of a CAT score to these programs. This includes Non-Resident Indians (NRI) who possess Indian passports, but who have emigrated to another country for more than 6 months.

In any case, these policies vary from school to school, so it is strongly recommended that you visit the admission website for any programs you are interested in.

Please note that the CAT is generally only accepted by Indian institutions, while the GMAT is accepted by many international institutions across the globe. To learn more about the differences between the CAT and GMAT, see this side-by-side comparison of the tests. Ultimately, you should familiarize yourself with the requirements of the programs you intend to apply to before deciding which test to take.

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Let’s hear from you: Will you be taking the CAT or GMAT? Which business schools are you planning to apply to?

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4 Responses to Business Schools Accepting GMAT Scores in India

  1. Prasad November 16, 2020 at 9:46 am #


    I am 32 years old and i have 7 years of experience in IT industry. I am ready to leave my job and join a 12 – 15 months course in mba college by 2021. I have an average academic career. What i need to do to join a good mba college alongwith writing gmat?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 8, 2021 at 1:33 pm #

      Hi Prasad, our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so we aren’t the best people to answer this question. You can find some helpful resources about MBA admissions in the MBA section of our blog 🙂

  2. Manu February 23, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

    I had GMAT score of 540 in 2014. I am 42 . I want to do PhD in a good university.
    What should I do ? I will retest GMAT but is it possible to get funded for my PhD. I have done MBA. My academic scores are average.But I have published articles. And a good knowledge of Research along with 14 years of experience in teaching (12) and industry (2).

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Manu!

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we’re only experts in Test Prep and not grad school admissions. Therefore, we won’t be able to help you very much with this. I’m sorry about that! The best advice I can give you is to contact the schools that you are interested in directly for more information on whether you will need to retake the GMAT/GRE and if you are eligible for any scholarship funding.

      Best of luck!

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