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Top 10 Distance Learning MBA Programs in India 2013 Rankings | Best Distance MBA

Updated on December 25, 2012

10 Best Distance learning MBA in India

A list of the top best distance learning MBA in India, ranked according to their study material, reach to the student, online presence and most importantly the student’s feedback. The recent study was conducted by Careers360. Out of 188 distance learning institutes, 144 of them are offering distance MBA in India. Choosing an unapproved mba could make your effort worthless and threaten your eligibility for promotions to managerial posts ( proper accreditation is essential especially for govt job positions). Usually, you get a promotion to managerial posts after 2-3 years work in any MNC if you are qualified enough. Many of the MNCs Infosys, CTS even pay the fees for your mba courses. This article outlines the best distance mba programs in India and gives useful insights that would prove helpful to choose the best one from the list.

  1. ICFAI
  2. Symbiosis Centre for DL
  3. Sikkim Manipal University
  4. AIMA
  5. IGNOU
  6. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research
  7. Anna University
  8. Punjab Technical University
  9. Amity School of Distance Learning
  10. Bhartiar University

Finding the Best Ranked MBA Programs In India - Common Mistakes

Specify ‘MBA’ programs in your search

You might find several rankings of the best universities offering distance learning conducted by many organizations. But re-read that its only distance learning programmes not distance learning mba programmes. Be specific for MBA programms.

Accreditation of MBA course

Be mindful that Supreme court have ordered that a Joint council of AICTE, UGC and DEC are the authorities that give accreditation to distance programmes. Some Universitites like ICFAI will need only DEC accreditation since it’s already a university (approved by AICTE). Anyhow, make a thorough check with the counsellors of the course providing institute that the course have all necessary accreditation.

MBA vs PGDM distance courses
MBA and PGDM ( Post Graduate Diploma In Management) might have different course contents but they have the same effect when it comes to jobs. All govt. and pvt. jobs for managerial posts demand MBA/PGDM . Technically, there is no speciality for MBA from PGDM. Symbiosis the 2nd best ranked distance mba program in India is offering only PGDM not MBA. It’s told to be one of the best courses to do.

Three Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing Distance MBA (With Answers)

The newspaper notice above signifies the credibility related things you've to check while choosing it. In short just ask these questions :

Q:Is the MBA Program recognized by DEC?A: Yes
Q:Are the degrees issued by the University recognized by UGC?A:Yes
Q:Are the Programs recognized by AICTE?

A:As per the AICTE Act, Universities do not need approvals from AICTE. Only affiliated colleges of Universities need AICTE approvals.

The official notification by AICTE regarding Distance Learning In India, which appeared in The Times Of India on July 2, 2010
The official notification by AICTE regarding Distance Learning In India, which appeared in The Times Of India on July 2, 2010
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      6 years ago

      I've read on that IMT Ghazibad is number one distance learning MBA but according to you ICFAI.

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      6 years ago

      i have completed 10+3 diploma & have 7 yrs of work experience..

      I want to do MBA. gone through various institutes & universities but they require graduation, but welingkar institute mumbai is providing PGDBA. So shall Do PGDBA in distance learningfrom welingkar. will it worth to me? please suggest

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      Java Programs 

      6 years ago from India

      I want to go for MBA after completing my engineering now .... great informative hub ...

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      7 years ago

      sir i want to know that Sikkim Manipal University is recognised by AICTE or not ? it is recognised by UGC-DEC.

      doing MBA from SMUDE is worth it or not ??

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      7 years ago

      Hi nanospeck,

      I was little confused about my University where i have recently applied,but after reading your blog i can simply study their without tensions about my future.

      Firstly YES my University provide MBA programme.

      My University is UGC-AICTE-DEC approved.And they do provide MBA and PGDBM .I would like to add my Mahatma Gandhi University which gives all of the above mentioned points.Have a look at

      Thank you very much ,now i can recommend others too.

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      Prasanth V 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for such a informative..... This site also helps in providing information related to MBA colleges providing distance education..

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      shambhu dayal 

      7 years ago

      is panjab technical universiy on 8th rank got


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