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The top MBA colleges in Karnataka include premier institutions like IIM Bangalore, T.A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) and many other top public MBA colleges. Management has always been one of the most lucrative professions in India. 

  • Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is definitely the crown of the state of Karnataka. It is currently the 2nd best MBA college in the entire country, as ranked by NIRF National ranking survey 2020.
  • Among the deemed universities offering MBA courses in the state of Karnataka, Christ University, Alliance University and Manipal University are the top MBA institutions.
  • Among the private MBA colleges, T.A. Pai Management Institute, Acharya Institute of Management and Science and The Oxford College of Engineering are some of the top rated colleges in the state of Karnataka.
  • About 21 MBA colleges in Karnataka provide MBA courses through distance learning mode.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Ranking

Many renowned ranking agencies in India conduct ranking surveys every year to rank the top MBA colleges in India. The rankings are based on various parameters that differ from agency to agency. Here we have provided the rankings of top MBA colleges in Karnataka by some of the most renowned ranking agencies.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: NIRF Ranking 2020

National Institutional Ranking Framework, also known as NIRF, is the most renowned ranking survey in the nation conducted by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Here we have provided the top MBA colleges in Karnataka by NIRF.

College Name NIRF Ranking 2020 NIRF Ranking 2019 Change Average Annual Fees
IIM Bangalore 2 1 -1 INR 10,90,500
T. A. Pai Management Institute 27 33 +6 INR 7,00,000
Alliance University 39 42 +3 INR 6,75,000
Visvesvaraya Technological University 71 NP - INR 7,720
  • IIM Bangalore has been ranked as the 2nd best MBA college in India by NIRF. IIM Bangalore had previously held the first position in NIRF ranking 2019, this year it has been replaced by IIM Ahmedabad.
  • T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) and Alliance University were the other top MBA colleges in Karnataka ranked by NIRF. Both of the colleges have improved their rankings from the previous year.
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) is the new entry to the list of top MBA colleges in Karnataka by NIRF this year.

Read More: IIM Bangalore Admission 2020

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Times B School Ranking

Times B School ranking surveys are known to be one of the most accurate ranking surveys when it comes to MBA college rankings. These surveys are based on the various parameters including Selection Process, Learning Experience, Faculty, Infrastructure and Living Experience, Fee Structure.

Here we have provided top MBA colleges in Karnataka according to Times B School survey 2019:

College Name All India Rank 2020 All India Rank 2019 Change Average Annual Fees
PES University 26 27 +1 INR 4,50,000
Presidency University School of management 36 38 +2 INR 3,00,000
AIMS Institute Bangalore 59 47 -12 INR 4,50,000
Acharya B-School 48 54 +6 INR 4,05,000
Karnataka Law Society's Institute Of Management Educational And Research 82 82 0 INR 2,10,000
Institute of Business Management and Research 77 97 +20 INR 1,54,390
The Oxford College of Engineering 96 100 +4 INR 70,000
  • Of the 12 MBA colleges from Karnataka ranked by Times B-School survey, PES University holds the top position in the list. The B-School holds 26th rank all over India.
  • Some of the top MBA colleges from Bengaluru which were ranked by Times B School are Presidency University School of Management, Bengaluru and Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences (AIMS), Bengaluru.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: India Today Ranking

India Today magazine conducts annual surveys every year to rank the top educational institutes in India in various domains such as B.Tech, MBA, etc. These surveys are based on various parameters like Learning Experience, Living Experience, Placement Performance, Selection Process, and Future Orientation. 

The following table provides the data for top MBA colleges in Karnataka by India Today amongst the top 100 MBA colleges in the country.

College Name 2019 All India Rank 2018 All India Rank Change Average Annual Fees
T. A Pai Management Institute, Manipal 19 19 0 INR 7,00,000
Institute of Management, Christ University 52 57 +5 INR 3,79,000
AIMS School of Business 67 52 -15 INR 4,50,000
Manipal Institute of Management 97 92 -5 INR 3,19,000
  • TAPMI Manipal holds the first rank in this list. It got 19th rank all over India. It has maintained its last year rank this year too.
  • AIMS School of Business shows the biggest drop, dropping by 15 positions from 52 to 67.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: ROI (Return on Investment) 

ROI, actually known as Return on Investment, is one of the most important parameters one has to look at before selecting any college. Especially because for expensive degrees like MBA, almost all the colleges, including government colleges, demand very high fees. In such a scenario, ROI gives you an idea of which college will give you better value for money. It is the ratio between the average placement package and average annual fees.

The following table provides a comparative analysis of some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka on the basis of ROI.

College Name Average Placement Package Average Annual Fees ROI Rank*
IIM Bangalore INR 24,50,000 INR 11,57,500 1
Christ University INR 6,85,000 INR 3,79,000 2
TAPMI INR 11,06,000 INR 7,00,000 3
CMS Business School INR 7,50,000 INR 4,95,000 4
Alliance University INR 10,14,000 INR 6,75,000 5
SIBM Bangalore INR 9,79,000 INR 8,20,000 6
AIMS Bangalore INR 4,92,000 INR 4,50,000 7
  • Christ University is the 2nd best MBA college in Karnataka on the basis of ROI. Though all the colleges are expensive, its fee is comparatively lower than the other colleges, but it provides a good placement package. 
  • T.A Pai Management Institute is the third best B-school in Karnataka with an ROI percentage of 158%.
  • AIMS Bangalore ranks in the bottom among the top MBA colleges in Karnataka in terms of ROI.
  • SIBM Bangalore provides a good placement package but it is a very expensive college.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Admission Process

There are 368 MBA Colleges in Karnataka including one of the best IIMs of India, IIM Bangalore. The admission process is mostly through entrance exams.

public/private mba college in karnataka
  • IIM Bangalore follows a centralized counseling process on the basis of CAT Score for admission to MBA courses.
  • Most of the private colleges also follow various entrance exams like CAT, MAT, etc.
  • However, some colleges also have their own entrance test, while some others follow spot examination process followed by counseling.

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

IIM Bangalore is currently the 2nd ranked MBA college in India on the basis of NIRF rankings. It was given the top rank in 2019, while it was ranked second for consecutive two years in 2017 and 2018.

  • It provides three types of MBA courses on the basis of time span: 2 Years Full-Time Course, 1 Year Full-Time courses, 2 Year weekend courses.
  • It provides MBA courses in various specializations like Decision Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Development, Production and Operations Management, Public Policy, and Strategy.
  • Admission to IIM Bangalore is done through CAT Entrance Exam, which is conducted every year for admission to various IIMs in India.
  • Placement records of the B-school have always been phenomenal. The institution has always achieved above 90% placement, most of the time it goes up to 100% placement. 

The following table shows the data for the average placement package for various PG(MBA) courses of the institution:

Academic Year No. of students placed No. of offers made Average CTC Median CTC
PGP 2017-19 411 488 INR 24.54 LPA INR 23 LPA
EPGP 2018-19 64 64 INR 26.28 LPA INR 25 LPA
PGPPM 2018-19 12 14 INR 19.64 NA

The following graph shows the sector-wise placement of PGP program at IIM Bangalore 

IIM Bangalore Sector-wise Placement

Source: Official Website

Some of the top recruiters of IIM Bangalore are mentioned below: 

Airbus Deloitte Genpact
ICICI Bank Infosys Consulting Axis Bank
Amazon Accenture Tech Strategy HDFC Bank

Alliance School of Business, Alliance University

Alliance School of Business is the MBA Centre of Alliance University. It was ranked 39th among the top management colleges in India by NIRF in 2020. It was ranked 19th all over India by Times B-School survey under management institute category, and 3rd all over India under Private University category.

  • The university provides an MBA degree with the following specializations: Marketing, Finance, Organizational Leadership and Strategy, Operations, Retail, Banking and Financial Services, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Family Business, International Business, and Communications.
  • For admission, Alliance School of Business conducts its own admission test, Alliance Management Aptitude Test (AMAT). But it also accepts the scores from entrance exams like GMAT/MAT/CAT/NMAT/XAT/CMAT etc. The candidate will have to appear in any one of the following entrance exams to apply for admission. The eligibility criterion for application is a minimum of 50% in graduation.

The following table shows the percentage of students placed in different sectors for MBA courses in the current academic year.

ASOB Bangalore MBA Placement Statistics

Source: Official Website

The top recruiters of Alliance School of Business Bangalore are tabulated below: 

Amazon Axis Bank HDFC Bank
Paytm Payments Bank Allegis Global Solutions Goldman Sachs 

Christ University

Christ University is a private deemed university in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is one of those MBA colleges in Karnataka which has a very good ROI Score. It is a NAAC accredited institute with an ‘A’ grade.

  • The institute provides MBA courses on specializations like Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, Business Analytics, Lean Operations, and Systems.
  • It also provides MBA + MS degrees in association with Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.
  • Admission to Christ University in MBA courses is done on the basis of entrance exam scores, followed by an admission test. The candidate scoring the prescribed cutoff will have to fill up the application form available on the university website.
  • During the recent MBA campus placements, the total number of companies visiting the college was 142. The highest package offered was INR 13 LPA, while the average CTC was INR 6.85 LPA.
  • Some of the top companies recruiting from the college were ABRL, HCL, Accenture, Oracle, HDFC, OYO Rooms, Himalaya Drugs, HUL, HP, Bajaj Finserv, IBM, etc.

The following graph shows the total number of students present in its MBA program: 

Christ University MBA Students Strength 

Source: Official Website

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Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Entrance Exam Wise

The top MBA colleges in Karnataka take admission on the basis of entrance exam scores. The most common entrance exams for admission to MBA courses, which are taken on all India basis are PGCET, CAT, MAT, CMAT, and GMAT. Apart from these, there are some institution-specific entrance exams too like AMAT (Alliance Management Aptitude Test for Alliance University), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), etc.

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka Accepting PGCET

Karnataka PGCET is a state-level entrance exam conducted for admission in courses like MBA, MCA, M.Arch in Karnataka colleges. The conducting body of this exam is the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). The exam is scheduled to take place in the month of August in an offline mode. More than 200 public and private colleges in Karnataka participate in this exam.

Some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka offering admission under PGCET are mentioned below:  

  • ISBR Business School
  • AIMS Institute
  • International School of Management Excellence
  • Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT Bangalore)
  • Indus Business Academy 

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka Through CAT

CAT or Common Admission Test is the premier entrance exam accepted all over India for admission in management courses. Over 600 institutes participate in the exam, which is conducted on a routine basis by the IIMs. One out of ten students scores above 90 percentile in CAT. 

Some of the top MBA colleges in Karnataka accepting CAT score are mentioned below: 

  • IIM Bangalore
  • Christ University
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)
  • ISBR Business School
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship 

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Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: Placement Wise

Placements are the most important criteria to look at when it comes to selecting any college. The placements for MBA have always been known for high-paying jobs, but all the colleges cannot provide such high salary jobs as expected from them. 

  • IIM Bangalore is the best management college in Karnataka offering an average salary of INR 24.5 LPA and a median salary of INR 23 LPA. 
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute also ranks among the top management colleges with an average salary of INR 11.06 LPA. 
  • Some of the top recruiters include names like Amazon, Goldman Sachs, HDFC Bank, Paytm, ICICI Bank, Accenture, Genpact, among many others. 

The following graph shows the comparison of the placement scenario of the top MBA Colleges in Karnataka in graphical form.

CTCs offered by Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka

Source: Official Websites

The specialization one chooses to pursue MBA matters a lot when it comes to placement. Check the links given below for more information: 

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka: FAQs

Ques. Which sector has the maximum recruitment percentage for MBA students from IIM Bangalore?

Ans. A bulk majority of the students from IIM Bangalore are recruited in the Management Consulting sector, which comprises 35% of total recruitments.

Ques. Which degree from Alliance University is better? MBA or PGDM?

Ans. MBA is a master's degree while PGDM is a postgraduate diploma degree, both are different, however, they do provide similar job opportunities. Alliance University provides both the degrees with good placements for both, it depends on you whether you need a master or a postgraduate diploma.

Ques. Which is the top government MBA college in Karnataka?

Ans. IIM Bangalore is undoubtedly the top government MBA college in Karnataka.

Ques. Which are some good Private Universities in Bangalore providing MBA degrees?

Ans. Alliance University and Christ University are the top Private Deemed universities in Bangalore providing MBA degree,

Ques. Do freshers get placed in campus placement after an MBA from Christ University?

Ans. Though it depends, more often than not, they are placed during campus placements.


8.8 /10

Placement Experience :

Placements start from the 7th semester. Placement is very good for CS IT and ECE department. If you are above average you can bag a package of 10L+ easily. A lot of companies visit for campus-like Cisco, Nutanix, Clumio, Oracle, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, etc. For other branches placements in core companies is tough. The highest package for the '21 batch is 23L.

Campus Life :

We have a number of clubs on the campus and in almost all fields be it dance, music, coding, drama. 2 fest happens in an academic year one cultural and one technical. The library facility is very good. Sports also exist.

Course Curriculum Overview :

I wanted to take Computer Science Engg, i had an interest in the subject from school life. We have 60 students per class and the classrooms are new. Exams are easy and one can easily score good marks in the exams.

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8.3 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

Christ University is in top 10 in terms of media studies. In journalism we get fair share of practical as well as theory subjects. Practical subjects allows hands on experience for students such as photography in the 1st semester gives you detailed insights how to handle camera and technicalities and all the tricks associated with it. Mr. Ajay Kumar, the departmental head teaches this subject and he is a champion in this. Candidates are often taken for outdoor photography class where they are allowed to execute shots that the faculty has taught. The time to time assignments also tests your skills. Other theory subjects allows good crisp discussions and intense debate sessions in class. The faculties does not follow a particular book and that is the most amazing part of the course. The faculty helps broadens the knowledge beyond the books. The Writing for Print Media subject in 2nd semester is another practical subject teaches how to write proper news articles for newspapers and also how to conduct interviews, and even editing, the assignments of which gives you proper field experience. Students in 1st year are asked to come together and launch their own class blog where their handwritten news articles are put up. 2nd year focuses totally on broadcasting part of journalism so it's all about practical learning. Sound and video production is taught with proper hands on experience. Even the assignments are fun to do as one can experiment with different softwares. The faculties are much advanced, they provides the space for students to speak up when faced with any issue or problem and they try their level best to solve it. Their advanced teaching technics beyond books is what makes it amazing, where they just bring interesting memes, pics or videos to decide and have discussions in the class. The faculties are always there to guide you and help you. Especially Pradeep Thomas Sir, if you go to him with any problem he is always there to help you out. He most fun to work with and can chat over a hot cup of coffee, and it's all the faculties for that matter.

Campus Life :

Our campus has innumerous clubs, student groups and theatre groups which helps students explore their creative side. One can participate in the fests held in our campus. For example the CSA wing(Centre for Social Action) allows you to go for amazing excursions and adventurous trekkings, timely city clean ups and many more. There are several sports team as well which allows participation in inter- college compitions and even inter-state competitions, the wi-fi speed is pretty amazing and to use it you just need to get your laptop configured from the computer department. There are respective labs for every course, be it physchology or media, and the students are allowed to enjoy the lab facilities, like in media lab there are proper professional cameras, lighting setup, a recording studio and computers. Even the NCC wing of the college allows both girl as well as boy participation and helps in self growth. Other than these the campus is quite nature friendly and it is full of greenery.

College Events :

Christ gives you amazing campus life as one not only goes there for knowledge purpose but self growth and improvement as well. One can continuously explore one's creative side. There are different student wings or clubs or groups or theatre groups that allows you to have an amazing life apart from the academic life. There are several fests in which you can show your talents, there fests where you work together with your class and groove to bolly numbers, the best part of Christ is ethnic day, where the students and faculty come dressed in their ethnic costumes or any traditional costume of their choice and enjoy the day fullest. On ethnic day the college goes in a different vibrant mood with all the music and colours and dancing.

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9.3 /10

Remarks :

Good Placement, Excellent Teaching, One of the best college in Karnataka Provided with Good Sports facility, Library facility, Gym facility, Clean and hygiene Mess and hostel facility and the Best Infrastructure of the college with Good building, Gardens & Lawns, Big Class rooms and Seminar hall. Apart your Academic Curriculum they also focus in providing different skills which help you to Excel in future as well as to get Jobs.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course Syllabus has a very Good Standard and they even change the course curriculum based on the required demand by the company which come for interview.Minimum 2-3 industrial visit is been conducted for the students every Semester.And even on an Average 3-4 Seminars is been conducted every Semester.Faculties were Good, one of the Faculty I would like to name is Prof Srinivas S, specialization in Machine Design.

College Events :

REVAMP is considered as one of the best cultural event in Bangalore and recently the event name REVAMP is been changed to " REVOTHSAVA " Yearly Technical fest is conducted where all the working model & Projects from various departments is been displayed, where Reva University also invite for the reputed companies to display Thier model in the Campus.

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4.4 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

I chose this university for Bangalore weather and the university's green environment. I found this university in shiksha and Google which was ranked one of the best universities in Bangalore. The students were mostly from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It's really a friendly environment from faculties to the office staffs. curriculum is not pressuring and the exams actually encourage you towards concept learning.

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

Fee Structure is comparatively better than other universities. Since it's a growing University, it's acceptable. But placements are literally bad. Very bad. Specifically for Biotechnology students. No companies come for placements. I wouldn't suggest people to study Biotechnology over there. But it's very good for engineering. Placements are very good for engineering students.

Campus Life :

So many fests happen but only related to engineering. Not much for Biotechnology. Culturals are not enjoyable. They just happen to show that it happens. Just for publicity. The central library has lots of collection of books for students to study. It's the only amenity for Biotechnology.

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