What if I couldn’t crack CAT or XAT? What are the chances of MBA admission?
Vikas Gaur, 17 Jan 2019, #CAT
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Every year, lakhs of students who wish to pursue management studies appear for top entrance exams like CAT and XAT. The most common query after the exams is: “I could manage to score 50 or 60 or 70 percentile in CAT or XAT. Do I have any chance of getting into any top B-School?” Chances are dim. So, what’s your Plan-B? What should be your next step if you couldn’t crack CAT or XAT?

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Careers360 brings to you answers to frequently asked questions on what if you are not able to crack CAT 2018 or XAT 2019. There are many renowned B-schools which give lesser weightage to CAT score. They consider other factors such as Personal Interview, Past Academic Performance, Group Discussion or Written Ability Test (WAT). Many of them also have own entrance exams.

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Here are some of the common queries and their answers on what if you couldn’t crack CAT or XAT:


Q. I have secured less than 90 percentile. Is there any chance to get calls from a decent B-School?

A. Yes, there are several B-schools whose CAT cutoff or XAT cutoff is less than 90 percentile. The following table brings to your cutoff wise institutes.

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B-schools to apply with less than 90 percentile




SPJIMR, Mumbai

XIME, Bangalore

IFIM, Bangalore

TAPMI, Manipal

University Business School, Punjab University;

IFMR, Changambakkam

IMS, Banaras Hindu University

L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

FORE School of Management, New Delhi


Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

Institute of Rural Management Anand, IRMA

Alliance School of Business, Bangalore

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

NIT Durgapur

Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad

SCMS Cochin School of Business

Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune

Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai

DMS, NIT, Trichy

Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad

Delhi School of Management

New IIMs


IBS Business School Hyderabad

National Institute of Technology, Warangal

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur

BIMTECH, Greater Noida

Christ University, Bangalore

ISB&M, Pune

FLAME University, Pune

Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad

Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore


We School, Bangalore

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

VIT Business School, Vellore

Shiv Nadar University, Dadri


Chandigarh University

Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai

ITM Gwalior

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad Apeejay School of Management, Delhi

Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi


IBS Business School, Bangalore

Thiagarajar School of Management, Tamil Nadu

PES University, Bangalore

KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar

IMS Ghaziabad

IMS Noida

Doon Business School, Dehradun

University of Lucknow

Quantum School of Business, Roorkee

International Institute of Management Studies, Pune International Institute of Management Excellence, Bangalore


Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore

MIT School of Telecom Management, Pune

JIMS, Delhi

KCT Business School, Coimbatore

Institute of Technology and Management, Bangalore


Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad

New Delhi Institute of Management

Birla Institute of Management, Mesra

Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad

School of Management Sciences, Varanasi

Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur

Q. My percentile is low but my profile is strong in terms of work experience and extracurricular activities. Is there any B-School which gives weight-age to profile while short-listing candidates?

A. There are several B-schools which give importance to candidates’ profile along with the percentile secured by them. Take for instance, Great Lakes Institute of Management. Shalu Dua, Manager – Admissions, Great Lakes Institutes of Management, Chennai says, “We consider the complete profile, so while the test scores are important, we emphasize more on selecting well-rounded candidates with a strong overall track record.”

Dr. VS Pai, Director, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar mentions, “KIAMS does a profile-based selection. If you score more than 50 percentile in CAT with good academic records, you can expect to receive a call from us.”


Q. I have secured very low percentile in CAT and XAT, but I don’t want to lose a year. What’s the way out?

A. You can appear for MBA entrance exams that are conducted multiple times in a year. Some of them are:

Management Aptitude Test (MAT): This is a national level MBA entrance test. The exam is conducted in February, May, September and December by the All India Management Association (AIMA). MAT score is accepted by more than 600 B-Schools.

AIMS Test for Management Admission (ATMA): Conducted by AIMA, the exam is held in February, May, July and August. At least 59 B-Schools accept ATMA February 2018 scheduled on February 25.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): You can go for the international test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admission to around 2,000 B-Schools across 82 countries.


Q. What are the top state-level exams whose scores are accepted by good B-Schools?

A. Major state-level MBA entrance exams are held from March to May. The exams you may appear are:

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH CET)This is a computer-based objective type test conducted by Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra. It offers around 40,000 seats across 500 B-Schools in Maharashtra. Approximately, 80,000 candidates appear for the exam every year. MAH CET 2018 will be held on March 10 and 11.

Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET): As the name suggests, APICET is for admission to management programmes of the state. The exam is conducted by Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education. Around 70,000 candidates appear for the test every year. It offers more than 40,000 seats in over 400 colleges.

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test (TSICET): The test is conducted by Telangana State Council for Higher Education. It offers more than 21,000 seats.

Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam MBA for MBA (UPSEE MBA): This exam is conducted by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Uttar Pradesh in the month of May. Around 350 B-schools across Uttar Pradesh accept UPSEE MBA scores.


Q. I did not prepare properly for CAT and XAT. I am planning to appear next year with better preparation. What is your advice?

A. If you’re not able to get a decent college with your score or you specifically want to study in a top management school, the last best idea is to re-appear for CAT or XAT. A few points you need to consider while preparing for top management entrance exams for a second time are:

  • Be more specific in your preparation this time

  • Focus on the points where you lacked last time

  • Take as many mocks as you can

  • Opt for online test series or get associated with any MBA coaching institute for test series

This year, Vishal Bohra topped CAT exam by securing 100 percentile in his third attempt and Shubham Abrol secured 99.78 in his second attempt. So it’s quite evident that you need not hit the bull’s eye on the first attempt. If you are confident and prepare better, you can certainly crack CAT and XAT.

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Dear Aspirant,

You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.

Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.

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i have got 90 percentile in cat but my academic scores are quite low 80 percent in 10th,55 percent in 12 from bihar board and 65 percent in graduation from bihar board, would i get good clg

Rehan Alam Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.

However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.

Hope for the best. Thank you.


what is the syllabus of CAT exam ..is it stream wise ...? which stream students is eligible for CAT ?

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Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.

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Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.

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i got failed in ap eamcet.can i get a good percentage in cat now

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

See if you have failed in past then its bot necessary that you will fail again or you might get a very good percentile this time.The only thing that is your hand and by which you can perform well in CAT is my preparing with determination and consistency.
All you need to do is just give you best in the studies and then you will surely perform well in CAT.

I hope this helps.

how to prepare for cat in 1 month

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Hey there

Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.

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