Your admissions into many top universities in the world depends primarily on your GMAT scores. Every business school lays down a GMAT cutoff score that you must achieve in the exam to be eligible for admissions. Therefore, it is recommended that you do a thorough research before applying. 

It is also important to remember that there are other elements to your application that also contribute to the admissions process. For example, your SOP, LOR, professional resume, undergraduate mark sheets, and  application essay. Therefore,  it is essential that you spend an appropriate amount of time on each aspect of your application. However, the GMAT score plays a significant role in your admissions journey. Let us now view the GMAT cutoff for top b-schools around the world.

GMAT Cutoff for Top B-schools 

The average score cutoff for the top 10 institutions is around 724, which is between the 94th and 96th percentile. Likewise, any score above 750 may be considered a good GMAT cutoff for Harvard. Below a table of the top 10 B-schools in the US with the highest GMAT score cutoff for MBA.

B-school  Average GMAT Score
Stanford University  733
Columbia University  732
Harvard University  727
Northwestern University (Kellogg)  727
University of California—Berkeley  727
University of Chicago  724
New York University  723
Dartmouth College (Tuck) 720
Yale University  720
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross) 711

As you can see from the above list, the GMAT scores expected from candidates are considerably high. There are many factors that determine this GMAT cutoff, let us view a few of them below : 

  • The level of difficulty of the examination.
  • The number of seats available.
  • The total number of students appearing for the GMAT exam.
  • The number of candidates who qualify for the GMAT. 

Now that you are aware of the GMAT scores required for admissions in the top B-schools in the world, let us now view the GMAT cutoff for Indian B schools. Most of the Indian B-schools are also comparable to their international peers in offering quality education under the guidance of a renowned staff. Hence, the GMAT score cutoff for Indian B-schools is also high. For instance, the GMAT cutoff for ISB is 710 and the GMAT cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad is between the range of 680-700+ depending on the type of program you select. 

Below is a comprehensive list of the GMAT cutoff scores of B-schools in India

B-school GMAT Cutoff Scores
IMT Ghaziabad Avg. Score-690, minimum 500 for PGDM-Ex
IIM Bangalore 709 for EPGP
XLRI Jamshedpur 640+ for PGDM-GMP
SP Jain 650 for GMBA, 700+ for MBA
IIM Indore 700+ for EPGP
BITS Pilani 600+ for MBA
IIM Lucknow 680+ 
IIM Kolkata 701 
ISB Hyderabad 708/710 for YLP, 690 for PGP
IIFT 650+ (GMAT is only for NRIs)
IIT Madras 650+ (GMAT is only for NRIs)
IIM Ahmedabad 680 for EPGP, 700+ for PGPX

Just like the US business schools, the Indian B-schools also have varying GMAT score requirements. While the GMAT cutoff for SP Jain is between 650 to 700+, the GMAT cutoff for XLRI is 640+. The table above would give you an idea of the GMAT scores expected at most Indian B-schools.

We hope this article gave you an idea of the different GMAT cutoff scores of various B-schools across the world. 

Good Luck!


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