Admission Processes
Eligibility Criteria for admission

For the MBA programs of SMS, CUSAT, the admission will be based on the latest valid score in KMAT of Kerala or CAT of IIMs or CMAT of AICTE. No separate CAT by CUSAT for SMS MBA admissions.

However, you have to apply/register separately giving your Aptitude Test Score and required application fee in response to the CUSAT CAT Notification, which will be published in all leading news papers and www.iraa.cusat.ac.in during the month of January .

The scores of different tests taken by candidates will be normalised to a common score and this score will be used to shortlist candidates for the GD and Interview.

Admissson process Tentative dates

The GD/Interview will be held at Kochi tentatively during April 2019 and the admissions may be taking place in May 2019. The classes will start in July first week of 2019.

Programme Name Eligibility Criteria for Admission Duration Nature of Programme Professional Intake
M. B. A.
Bachelor’s degree in any subject with 50% marks in aggregate. 4 Semesters Regular-Day Professional 120
M. B. A.
(i) Bachelors degree in any subject with 50% marks in aggregate.
(ii) 50% of the seats are reserved for candidates having 3 years of supervisory/executive experience after taking the degree.
(iii) In the absence of such candidates as mentioned in (ii) vacancies wtill be offered to any other candidates satisfying eligibility as per (i).
6 Semesters Part-time (Evening) Professional 30
Admission Tests

Test for Management Programme MBA / MBA (Part Time),
For MBA courses of the University, the admission will be based on score in the aptitude test conducted by CMAT/CAT/KMAT. However, they must also submit their applications through online to the University.

Programme Name Eligibility Criteria for Admission
+ GD / Interview of CUSAT
M. B. A.
+ GD / Interview of CUSAT
Group Discussion and Interview

Applicants for M.B.A / M.B.A (Part-time) will be short-listed on the basis of their CMAT/CAT/KMAT score and will be required to attend Group Discussion and Interview.

Rank Lists

Rank lists for M.B.A/ M.B.A. (Part-time), are prepared on the combined basis of the valid scores score and performance at Group Discussion and Interview as indicated below :

Programme Name Eligibility Criteria for Admission
Group Discussion CMAT/CAT/KMAT
+ GD / Interview of CUSAT
Interview 15%
Total 100
Sl. No. Name of
Tuition fees
(Rate of fees)
Other fees
(Rate of fees)
(Caution deposit)
(Caution deposit)
Library Total **
1 M.B.A. 25000 6155 1105 - 550 32810
2 M.B.A.(Part-time)
22050 5545 1105 - 550 29250
3 M.B.A.(Part-time)(Non-Experienced) 16540 5545 1105 - 550 23740
4 M.Phil.(Commerce) 3310 2950 1105 0 550 7915

Rules for community reservation framed by the Government of Kerala and implemented by the University from time to time will be applicable to the various academic programmes. Only candidates from ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Communities’ (SEBC) eligible for Kerala State communal reservation will be considered for seats earmarked for such communities, provided that the eligibility for such reservation shall be subject to satisfactory verification of relevant Community as well as Annual Family Income certificates issued by competent revenue authorities as prescribed by the rules of the University in force.
The percentage-wise reservation in force is given below:

Professional Programmes

Community Reservation
SC 8%
ST 2%
SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Communities) 9%
Ezhava /Thiyya / Billava (ETB) 9%
Muslim (MSM) 8%
OBX 2%
LC including Anglo Indian 3%
Kudumbi 1%
Viswakarma 2%
Pot Making Community (PMC) 1%
OBH 3%
Total 40%

“KSC/KST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination”. They will have to produce original Community Certificate in the prescribed format issued by the competent revenue authorities at the time of Group Discussion and / or Interview / Counseling / Admission, whichever is held earlier as the case may be.
Community Certificate and Annual family Income Certificate are to be issued by the Village Officer concerned for ‘SEBC’ candidates belonging to the state of Kerala and by the Tahsildar concerned for KSC/KST candidates belonging to State of Kerala for claiming admission under respective “Reservation” category.
Candidates belonging to states other than Kerala are not eligible for community reservation.


Besides community reservation, specified numbers of seats are set apart under “Special Reservation” as detailed below. All applicants under this quota have to appear for the Common Admission Test/ Department Admission Test, as the case may be, unless otherwise specified.

C.2.I. Physically Challenged
Physically challenged persons with minimum of 40% disability as certified by the Medical Board stipulated under relevant rules of Government of Kerala in the matter, are eligible for reservation. The certificate produced should be either in Malayalam or in English. 3% seats are reserved for physically challenged candidates for all B.Tech courses, except B.Tech Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture & Ship Building, Instrumentation, Polymer Science & Engineering and Safety & Fire Engineering. One seat each for all other academic programmes except M.Sc (Industrial Fisheries) is reserved for physically challenged candidates. The seats allotted to physically challenged candidates are supernumerary in nature. A certificate of disability in original from the District Medical Board certifying the percentage of disability issued not earlier than 12 months prior to the date of counselling / GD / interview / admission, whichever is earlier, has to be produced by the candidate. The percentage of disability shall not be an index for gaining eligibility / admission. Admission shall be based on merit of the candidates. A medical board constituted by the University will examine individual cases prior to admission. The decision of the board will be final.

C.2.III. Experienced Candidates
(a) M.B.A. (Part-time)
Fifty per cent of the seats of the M.B.A. (Part-time) programme are reserved for candidates having 3 years of supervisory / executive experience after taking the degree. In the absence of sufficient number of eligible candidates from the aforesaid category, the vacant seats will be treated as open to all candidates.

C.2.V.Army Quota
M.B.A. (Full-time)
One seat of M.B.A. (Full-time) programme is reserved for Officers serving in Army recommended by the Army Head Quarters.

C.2.VI. Sports Quota
Reservation under Sports Quota is available for the following programmes :
P.G. programmes where the sanctioned intake is 30 or more
The candidate should forward a copy of the confirmation page of online registration along with attested photocopies of sports merit certificates (highest achievements in each event) to the Secretary, Kerala Sports Council, Thiruvananthapuram - 695001. The Sports Council will allot marks to the candidates according to their proficiency in sports. The maximum mark for proficiency is 500. The minimum achievement required for consideration: Representing the Educational District / Sports School / Sports Hostels in the Kerala State Schools Championship and winning third place. The Sports Council shall forward the list along with the copy of the confirmation page of the students applied to CUSAT. The candidates should make sure that the list reaches the University before the deadline.(25th May 2013).
The marks awarded to the candidates for proficiency in sports by the Kerala Sports Council will be added to the marks obtained by the respective candidates in the concerned Common Admission Test (provided they are ranked in the Common Admission Test). In the case of Management Programmes admission C-MAT score will be added to the marks awarded by the Kerala Sports Council. The merit list for each course would be prepared on the basis of inter-se merit of the candidate computed as above.
At the time of preparation of the rank list under sports quota, if there is any tie in the total marks, it will be resolved by the same principle of resolution of tie for the preparation of CAT Rank list.
The seats under sports quota will be filled up according to the rank from inter-se Merit List prepared for Sports. The sports quota rank list will not be considered for filling up other categories of seats such as general merit.
Candidates who claim reservation under Sports Quota should produce, at the time of counselling, a certificate of eligibility for selection under this quota issued by the Kerala Sports Council, as per the guidelines published by them.
The achievements in two financial years (1st April to 31st March) previous to the year of selection shall alone be considered. However, in the case of competitions which are not organized annually the immediately previous competitions shall be deemed as held in the previous two financial years for the purpose of this selection.

C.2.XIII. Kashmiri Migrants

One seat is reserved for the children of Kashmiri Migrants in the Professional courses (except M.Phil, Ph.D and Diploma/Certificate programmes) and each year the courses will be rotated in the alphabetical order of the names of the Departments where the courses are conducted. This year reservation will be in M.Sc Environmental Technology (Stream I – Environmental Engineering) offered in the School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT. The candidates will have to qualify in the CAT and fulfill all eligibility criteria.

C.2.XIV. Fishermen Community
The students hailing from the families of all registered fishermen pursuing their studies in CUSAT are eligible for the benefit of fees and other educational concessions as applicable to the students of SC/ST/OEC communities, through Fisheries Department, except availability of the seat, subject to satisfactory verification (at the time of Group Discussion and/or Interview/Counselling / Admission, whichever is held earlier) of certificates issued by competent authorities clearly indicating that the candidate is a member of Fishermen Community.