Do IIMs Accepts GMAT Scores?

Do IIMs Accepts GMAT Scores?

Aspiring business professionals often consider pursuing a management degree from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). These institutions have a reputation for offering world-class education and creating future leaders. While the Common Admission Test (CAT) is the primary entrance exam for IIMs, many candidates wonder if they can apply with their GMAT score. In this article, we will explore the acceptance of GMAT scores by IIMs and provide a list of programs that require GMAT.

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Understanding GMAT and CAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized exam used for admission to various management programs globally, including renowned business schools outside India. On the other hand, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted specifically for admission to the IIMs and several other management institutes in India.

Do the IIMs Accept GMAT Scores?

Yes, some IIMs do accept GMAT scores for admission to specific programs. However, it is important to note that the CAT score remains the primary entrance criterion for most IIMs. Applicants with GMAT scores usually fall into the category of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) or foreign nationals who wish to pursue management education in India.

Various Programs at IIMs

IIM Program Eligibility
Ahmedabad MBA-PGPX
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • Minimum Age of 25 years
  • Minimum 4 years of full-time work experience
  • Valid GMAT score
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid GMAT Score
Bangalore PGP
  • Only international candidates can apply through GMAT
  • Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks
  • Minimum 5 years
  • GMAT Score
  • Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks
  • Minimum of four years of full-time work experience
  • Valid GMAT score
Calcutta MBAEx
  • 5 years of work experience
  • Graduation in any subject
  • Valid GMAT Score
Lucknow PGPWE




1. Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks

2. 3 years work experience

3. Valid GMAT Score

Kozhikhode EPGP 1. A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline

2. 3 Years of managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience

3. Valid GMAT Score(3 years)

Indore EPGP 1. Minimum 4 years of Graduation with 50% marks

2. 5 years work experience

3. Valid GMAT score (5 years)

While the CAT score is the primary admission criterion for most programs in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), all executive programs accept GMAT scores. Aspirants pursuing these programs should thoroughly research the specific IIMs and their admission requirements, including the required GMAT score. It is crucial to stay updated with the official notifications and guidelines provided by the respective IIMs to ensure accurate and timely information regarding the acceptance of GMAT scores.

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