MBA in India: Top 5 B-Schools in South India

We are currently running a series on the snapshot of best B-Schools in various regions of the country. For those who missed previous articles, here are the links: MBA in India: Top 5 B-schools in and around Delhi,  MBA in India: Top 5 B-schools in Mumbai and MBA in India: Top 7 B-schools in East India.

In continuation of our series, we present to you today top 5 B-Schools of South India.

Top 5 B-schools in South India

1) IIM Bangalore

Top 5 B-schools in South India image 4The easiest choice for number one position in the region, IIM Bangalore features among top 3 IIMs of the country consistently and is the third oldest Indian Institute of Management.

In its 40th year, IIM Bangalore offers multiple courses with Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) being the flagship course. Initial shortlist for this course is based on CAT score coupled with adjusted scores for past academics and work experience. Spread across 100 acres in South Bangalore, it is one of the most sought after MBA destinations in India.

2) IIM Kozhikode

Best MBA colleges in South India image 3Runners up in the region can be no institute other than the fifth Indian Institute of Management that was established by Government of India – IIM Kozhikode.

Institute has constantly featured among top 10 B-Schools of the country. It has recently been in news across MBA community owing to the uniqueness it introduced in admission criteria (for the flagship PGP course) to enhance gender diversity. It is the first institute in Asia to offer a distance learning programme in management for working executives.

3) IIM Trichy 

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One of the seven new IIMs established by Indian Government under 11th five year plan, IIM Trichy is one of the most promising B-Schools in the region.

Based out of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, institute offers two year full time Post Graduate Programme in Management. Shortlist for second round of admission process is based on CAT score.

4) TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal

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Popularly known as TAPMI, institute is among the popular colleges in the region facilitated by the fact of being more than 20 years old college.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is the flagship course offered by the institute and intake for the same is through CAT. It has recently started a programme on Healthcare Management which caters to the niche Healthcare industry. Institute has shifted its campus to a new premises (spread in an area of around  42 acres) in January 2009 and also enjoys the advantage of being near to Bangalore, corporate hub of the region.

5) Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai 

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One of the recently established B-Schools in the region, Great Lakes offers both 1 year full time and 2 year full time management programmes.

Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is the flagship 1 year course while the 2 year course offers Post Graduate Diploma in Management ( PGDM). In association with Institute of Energy Management and Research, it has recently come up with another campus in Gurgaon. Institute has strategic partnership with Educomp, a leader in e-learning industry in India which has announced to invest Rs. 150 crore in the institute over a period of 5 years.

Note: Indian School of  Business (ISB), Hyderabad is one of the best B-Schools in the country. However, it has not been included in the article due to difference in admission process which is more focused on profiles and mandatory work experience. We shall be covering it in the pan India rankings though. 

What do you feel? Do you agree with the list or does your list contain some other college too? Let us know how you feel about the list in the comments section below.

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What's on your mind?

7 comments

  1. Tapmi above Great Lakes…i dont think so. Does a much lesser average salary (Tapmi), huge batch strength, abysmal cut offs, unplaced students and relatively inferior faculty means a better B School, then yes, Tapmi would be better than Great Lakes !
    Can you quote an example of one single person who has joined Tapmi over Great Lakes, having converted both ?

  2. Hi, I would very much agree with the top 4 but I think SIBM bangalore is also doing very good. Its taking giant leaps. Hope you guys would consider it next time. plus SYMBIOSIS brand name..

  3. @debarun and @Careeranna I just wanted to know, what make u say that the 2 year PGDM Course at Great Lakes is not good ?

  4. being the mba aspirant i alsom like to request you to give a condensed information about all top 50 bschools…their cutoff(because every year aspirants wastes pool of money for applying the higher cutoff colleges..nd i guess the coaching institutions also suggest them to buy the brochures to get some percentage..a research based approach on cutoffs (for the reserved candidates also) is very much needed..

    • HI Debarun,

      Thank you for the suggestion.

      We will try to cover the comprehensive list of as many colleges as possible and publish it (we do not guarantee top 50 though). That information would majorly be shared for aspirants’ benefit and would have no link with the rankings.

      Stay tuned to CareerAnna!!

      Cheers!

  5. i have a doubt on no 5 position..the flagship course( 1 year) is ok..but the recent feedback about 2 year pgdm is not good..the cutoff was very low this years..what about the BIM TRICHY?

    • Hi Debarun,

      Yes, you are correct about your feedback of 2 year course at GLIM. However, the rankings are not based on one course but majorly on the flagship course performance. Hope this clears the air.

      BIM Tirchy is not in top 5, however it might have been present had we covered top 6 but not 5.

      Cheers!