Top Private MBA Colleges in South India

1. Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Also Known As: Great Lakes Chennai

Great Lakes Institute of Management (also known as Great Lakes or GLIM) is a private business school in India. It was founded in 2004 by Bala V. Balachandran a professor at Kellogg School of Management with its first campus in Chennai. Great Lakes Institute of Management is among the first business schools in India to offer a one year full-time management programme. It’s one year Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) became the first one year full-time management programme to be accredited by India’s higher technical education regulator AICTE in 2008. Since 2012, Great Lakes has also started offering the traditional two-year PGDM programme. Great Lakes is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK, one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education. Great Lakes is the youngest and 7th institute in India to get accreditation from the association. Selection criteria in GLIM is based on CMAT, GMAT, XAT and CAT exams. CAT cut off score is 300.

2. IBS Business School, Hyderabad

Also Known As: IBS Hyderabad

Indian School of Business (ISB) is a private business school with campuses in Hyderabad, Telangana, India and Mohali, Punjab, India. The institute has various Management programs with the Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) as its flagship course. The school was founded by two senior executives of McKinsey & Company with the backing of government and is governed by a board comprising both Indian and non-Indian businessmen. The school celebrated its 15th year in 2016. ISB is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is a non-profit membership organization that provides a quality certification to its member schools and their programs similar to EQUIS or AMBA. ISB is not accredited by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Because, ISB PGP is not recognized as MBA or Post Graduate Degree/Diploma by AICTE unlike the PGDM offered by the IIMs, authorities outside India do not recognize ISB PGP as an equivalent of MBA and hence do not consider the same as Advanced degree. Selection Criteria is based on CAT, GMAT, IBSAT and NMAT by GMAC exams. IBSAT is an online aptitude test conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) for students seeking admission to MBA programme of IBS (ICFAI Business School) Hyderabad.

Courses Offered:

Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)

Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Professionals (PGPpro)

Post-Graduate Programme in Management for senior executives (PGPMAX)

ISB Certificate Programme for Business Analytics (CBA)

Post Graduate Programme in Management for Family Business (PGPMFAB)

Centre for Executive Education (CEE)

Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Young Leaders’ Programme (YLP)

Management Programme in Public Policy (MPPP)


3. Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

Also Known As: LIBA

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), established in 1979, is one of India’s premier management institutes. LIBA is managed by Jesuits of the Loyola College Society well-known for their outstanding contribution to higher education. LIBA offers primarily a two-year full-time PGDM course, approved by AICTE and recognized by AIU.It also offers other programmes: Part-time PGDM (AICTE approved), Ph.D. (affiliated to the University of Madras) and one-year executive diploma programmes. Management Development Centre offers various customised programmes (short-term and long-term) with a focus on skill development. LIBA focuses on the holistic formation of students in all quotients, viz., intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual. Admission to the two-year, full-time MBA is through the XAT examination conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur. Since academic year 2012, LIBA has also accepted CAT scores. Candidates applying to LIBA will be short-listed on the basis of their XAT and CAT scores. Final selection of short-listed candidates is based on a group discussion and a personal interview; these are held at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

Management Development Centre

LIBA’s Management Development Centre designs, develops, and conducts customized programmes to suit industry needs. The focus is on creating skill-development programmes that equip managers with the required expertise.

  • Long-term executive programmes
  • Short-term executive programmes
  • Management development programmes
  • Consultancy


4. TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal

Also Known As: TAPMI

T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) is a private autonomous business school in India. It was established in 1980 and is located in the university town of Manipal in Karnataka. It is the second B-School in India to get global accreditation to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) after Indian School of Business CRISIL graded TAPMI as A+++ B-School both at national and Karnataka State levels for three consecutive years. TAPMI was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business on 29 April 2012. TAPMI’s programmes include a two-year residential post-graduate diploma in management, post-graduate programmes in healthcare management, banking and financial services, a Ph. D. programme, and an 18-month joint TAPMI and University of Dubai MBA programme. TAPMI collaborates with a number of business organisations to provide continuous learning and education to their executives. Selection criteria is based on CAT, XAT and GMAT exams. CAT cut off score is 298.13.


5. Institute of Finance and International Management, Bangalore


Also Known As: IFIM

IFIM Business School is one of the top ranking institutions in India. It has a distinct advantage of being a pioneering premier management institute housed in the hub of the IT industry –in Electronics City, Bangalore. IFIM Business School, Bangalore, is a 23 year old institution and is one of the top business schools in India. It has been consistently ranked as ‘Bangalore’s No. 1 Private B-School’. PGDM is their flagship program, two years fully residential, and they leave no stone unturned to make it rigourous, industry oriented and knowledge-driven. They have a strong connect with our alumni, as an institution that is more than 23 years old and most of our graduated students are in high positions in the corporate world. With all the hard work and involvement in various activities, a prospective student can also look for fun, and time to pursue one’s own hobbies in the two-year program. IFIM offers the best of infrastructure, state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, hostel rooms, auditorium and 24×7 wi-fi connectivity. Selection Criteria is based on CAT, XAT and GMAT exams.

IFIM offers 3 core programs- PGDM, PGDM (Finance) & PGDM (International Business). In addition IFIM also offers a Ph.D program in Management and a range of options for Executive Education.


6. WOXSEN College, Hyderabad

Woxsen School of Business is a business school located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was established in 2013 by Praveen Pula, an education entrepreneur.

The school offers two full-time programs in management: the one-year PGPXP (Post Graduate Program for  Experienced Professionals) and the two-year PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management). The school also runs several Executive Education programs in Open and Custom formats to meet the training requirements of senior executives and corporate.

Woxsen holds accreditation through the AICTE from the last two years.

The campus is in Sadasivpet, Hyderabad and is spread over 200 acres.

Academic courses

Post Graduate Program for Experienced Professionals (PGPXP)

Woxsen’s one-year Post-Graduate Program for Experienced Professionals (PGPXP) is designed for students with two-plus years of experience.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

Woxsen’s two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management is designed for students with two years or less experience.

CEEC & Executive Education

Executive Education programs though CEEC (Centre for Executive Education & Consulting) are meant for organizations and executives aiming to achieve critical breakthroughs in performance. The portfolio of programs includes custom and public programs. CEEC also provides consulting in needs and opportunity assessment, human resource management, policy development, process mapping, corporate university curriculum development, and more.

Trade Tower

The Woxsen Trade Tower is an incubator where students can validate their business ideas. The incubation centre supports entrepreneurial thinking and action. It is among the first steps towards developing a sustainable university-industry innovation cluster.

Career Advisory Services

The Career Advisory Services offers corporate engagement and career building opportunities for students such as:

  • Live Projects & Internships
  • Faculty Research / Consulting Studies
  • Career Coaching, Workshops & Placements
  • Networking Events

7. Myra School of Business, Mysore

MYRA School of Business is a business school located in Mysore, Karnataka, India. MYRA was founded in 2011. MYRA offers an AICTE approved full-time two-year post-graduate diploma in management (PGDM) program. MYRA is an acronym for Mysore Royal Academy. MYRA School of Business was launched in November 2012 by Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC.

MYRA offers five different programs :                                                          

  • Two-year AICTE-approved MBA equivalent Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  • One year Post Graduate Program for Executives (PGPX)
  • PhD program
  • Short Term Executive Education programs
  • Global MBA from Dalhousie University, Canada


  • Collaboration with International/ National institutes, industry bodies like W.P Cary School of Business, The University of Washington, etc. for student exchange program and training
  • Partnership with Unitus Seed Fund, Bangalore, Seattle, etc. for entrepreneurial innovation activities
  • Faculty with PhDs from IIMs (Bangalore, Calcutta); Penn State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Stanford University (USA)
  • Global faculty from top B Schools such as ASU, Cambridge, Cornell, Catolica Lisbon, King’s College, Wharton, Maryland, Texas and others
  • Student got placement in the range of 6-11 lakhs for PGDM and 10-24 lakhs for PGPX in reputed companies like Reliance Jio, TCS, Amazon

8. IBA (Indus Business Academy), Bangalore


Indus Business Academy, Bangalore (IBA), formerly known as Indian Business Academy, is a business school in India.

Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore was established in 2001 with single programme focus in mind – Post Graduate Management Programmes. Over the years the institute has established a tradition of excellence and quality in professional education.

The IBA campus is situated near the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. Indus Business Academy (IBA- formerly Indian Business Academy) has been Ranked ‘8th’ by Competition Success Review (CSR) – GHRDC All India Survey in 2011, rated ‘A++’ Category B-School by Business India All India Survey in 2011 and ranked ’30th’ by SiliconIndia in 2011, comprehensive salary and career growth survey of management graduates from TOP 200 B-Schools of India. ‘2nd’ in Karnataka by The New Indian Express-South India. ‘4th’ in South India by Dainik Bhaskar B-School Survey 2011. IBA, Bangalore is also listed among Fastest Growing Private Institutes in Asia by KPMG – WCRC 2014 Survey.

IBA’s founding mission was to bring excellence in Teaching, Training, Corporate Networking and in Placements. At IBA, students are groomed, not just as managers but as holistic individuals. It ensures the emergence of positively charged individuals, ready to contribute to the growth of corporations and the welfare of the society.

‘IBA’ stands for three success mantras viz. Inspiration, Breakthrough and Achievement. At IBA, these three success mantras are represented by success formula viz. Success = Inspiration X Breakthrough X Achievement (S = I X B X A). Students of IBA imbibe these fundamental values and this has led to their success in various walks of life at the national and global levels. Learning at IBA is rooted in the 3 D model of Discussion, Dialogue and Discourse facilitating the development of Creative, Enlightened and Organic (CEO) leaders.

Today IBA stands tall in the comity of B-Schools. Step-by-step in a decade’s time, it has made significant contributions to the field of management and management education. The success of IBA is rooted in the nurturing academic environment, use of latest technologies, creative curriculum design and excellent industry interface and placements. Mr P.S. Jitesh, notable alumni of Indus Business Academy, Bangalore joined Omnicom Media Group, Malaysia as Head of Investment.

9. IFIM (Institute of Finance and Management)

The Institute of Finance and International Management (or IFIM) is a business school in India. It was founded in 1995 and is located in Bangalore, popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India. The institute is located in Electronic City, one of India’s largest industrial parks.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

Two years full-time program

Transform with IFIM’s PGDM Program- get personalized attention and don’t get lost in the crowd. An industry focused program with limited batch size with specializations offered in Marketing, HRM, Finance, Operations, International Business and Internet Business. It has a concurrent curriculum developed in collaboration with industry experts, with new-age courses like Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Global Branding, Digital Marketing, Marketing Consulting, Challenges in HRM, Leadership, Cross-Cultural Management, Business Ethics & Sustainability, Strategies for Emerging Markets, etc.

IFIM is an AICTE approved institute which is also ISO 9001:2008 certified. IFIM’s programs have also been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, a department of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to offer its programs in distance mode. The PGDM Finance is recognised by the CFA Institute under its University Recognition Program.

IFIM is accredited by SAQS (South Asian Quality Assurance System) accreditation, a certification conferred by The Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA). IFIM is a member of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


  • Students placed in renowned companies with an average salary package of 7.2 LPA in 2016
  • Awarded with ‘South ASSOCHAM Awards 2016’ for Best Higher Education Institute of the year
  • Ranked No.26 among ‘Best Business Schools in India’ by Business India Magazine 2016
  • Associated with NASSCOM to offer certified courses in Business Analytics and Data Sciences
  • Collaboration with leading B-Schools and Universities across the globe for student-faculty exchange programs, research and consultancy assignments
  • Tie-ups with professional organizations like CFA Institute of USA, NASSCOM, NSE, Toast Masters International, NEN, for corporate interactions and entrepreneurial activities