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. 

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