At a broad level, we can classify the B-schools into the ones which do not reserve seats for any group and admit students purely based on merit, and the ones which follow policy of reservation of seats for centain category of applicants.
The reservation policy followed by the B-schools can be classified into the following categories:
- National level Govt B-schools (Ex. IIMs, IITs, NITIE, FMS, TISS, IIFT, IIFM) -They follow the following reservation policy
- Other Backward Classes – Non-creamy (OBC-NC): 27%
- Scheduled Class (SC):15%
- Scheduled Tribe (ST): 7.5%
- Differently Abled (DA): 5%
- Economically weaker sections (EWS)-10%
- State level B-schools (where admissions are done by Univ or DTE authorities. Ex. OUCBM, All MH Colleges (MMS programme)* - The seats are reserved for the home state students (domicile ), the percentage of seats reserved varies from one state to other. For e.g. in AP 100% seats are reserved for AP domicile applicants, where as in Maharashtra 85% seats are reserved. One should note here that there could be a provision for regional reservation under the home state reserved seats, for e.g. 70% of seats out of 85% which are reserved in Maharashtra are meant for local university students. In addition to regional reservations, the state govt norms pertaining to community based reservations will be in place.
- Minority institutions (Ex. LIBA (Catholic Christians), Rizvi (Muslims) - Usually the minority run institutions offer 50% of their to applicants hailing from the minority community. For e.g. LIBA reserves 50% seats for Christians and Rizvi-Mumbai reserves 50% seats for Muslim applicants.
- Private Universities- Some private B-schools, like the ones affiliated to Symbiosis International University offer reservation to SC, ST, DA and Kashmiri migrants.