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Quick question, why do Indian students sit for CAT when they can target just as good colleges and more through GMAT? With CAT getting more and more competitive by the second, it makes sense to explore other options. The only thing better than a test that gets you into top Indian colleges is – a test that gets you into top colleges in India and abroad! Yes, we are talking about the GMAT, and in this blog, we will tell you all you need to know about the top GMAT-accepting colleges in India. Let’s go!


  1. Why choose GMAT accepting colleges in India?
  2. Top GMAT accepting colleges in India: Courses and Cut-offs
  3. All about top GMAT-accepting colleges in India: ISB

Why choose GMAT-accepting colleges in India?

All the top Indian b-schools students typically aim through CAT also accept GMAT scores for specific programs. Additionally, the GMAT is a prerequisite for top B-schools around the world for MBA and other business degree programs, such as an MS in Finance, MS Business Analytics, or DBA (PhD in Management Studies), etc. So instead of a handful of good colleges, you have the option to apply to top-ranking colleges around the world.

As disheartening as it is, India’s leading institutes like IITs and IIMs don’t make it to the world’s top 150 universities but still have an acceptance rate lower than top-ranking universities like Cambridge, London Business School, and the University of California, etc.

Let’s talk difficulty! CAT and GMAT syllabus is mostly the same. However, the type of questions and the exam’s difficulty level differs. If you didn’t already know, CAT is more difficult, especially the Quantitative section, and also the syllabus for the DILR section of CAT is more elaborate than GMAT’s Integrated Reasoning. So overall, if you are transitioning from CAT to GMAT, it’s going to be an easy ride!

Top GMAT accepting colleges in India: Courses and Cut-offs

Here is a list of top GMAT accepting colleges in India, along with their average GMAT score requirement:

GMAT accepting colleges Program Average GMAT Score/ Cut-off
GMAT accepting colleges Program Average GMAT Score/ Cut-off
Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad PGP, YLP 700
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad PGPX 706
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore EPGP 695
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta PGPEX 700
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow IPMX 680
XLRI, Jamshedpur GMP 700
Indian Institute of Management, Indore EPGP 650
S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai PGDM 680
IMT, Ghaziabad PGDM, PGDM-Ex 690
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai PGPM 680
MDI Gurgaon National Management Programme (NMP) 680-700
FORE School of Management, New Delhi PGPX 650
LBSIM Delhi PGDM Executive 650-700

All About The Top GMAT Accepting College in India: ISB

Can you prepare for GMAT and not think of ISB? If you are an Indian preparing for GMAT, ISB is almost instinctively on your mental vision board. ISB is at the crest of top colleges accepting GMAT in India. In this section, we will discuss all the courses you can apply to with a GMAT score in the Indian School of Business, along with their duration and eligibility. Please note that all of the below-mentioned programs do not necessarily require a GMAT score, PGPMAX, for example (since it is for seasoned professionals with 10-15 years of work experience) but the scores are accepted nevertheless.

  1. ISB Post Graduate Program for Management (PGP)

    Location– Hyderabad, Mohali

    The 1-year transformative program is for young professionals with a minimum of 2 years of experience.

    PGP is designed to enhance business management skills with a research-based curriculum, multidisciplinary perspectives, and global exposure.

  2. ISB Young Leaders Program (PGPYLP)

    Location– Hyderabad, Mohali

    ISB YLP ranks #23 in Financial Times Ranking and is a highly sought-after 2-year program among pre-final and final year undergraduates. YLP acts as a foundation of management education before students begin the full-time MBA (PGP).

  3. ISB Post Graduate Program for Management (PGPpro)

    Location– Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore

    PGPpro is an 18-month learning experience for working professionals and entrepreneurs with 5+ years of experience. It helps them arrive at deep strategic and leadership insights that empower them to become global leaders.

  4. ISB Post Graduate Program for Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX)

    Location– Hyderabad, Mohali

    PGPMAX is a 15-month program designed for experienced professionals, senior executives, and business owners having 10-25 years of work experience. PGPMAX is also the only EMBA to rank in the global Economist’s Top 50 Executive MBA Rankings.

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