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A low score or a dissatisfactory result does not always mean that the doors to your dream destination have closed. If your CAT percentile is in the range of 50 to 70 percentile, you must be wondering if there is any chance to get admission to a decent B-School. By now, you must have realised that admission chances at a top league B-School are out of the question. But that does not mean you have to bid farewell to your MBA dream which you have been pursuing since long and worked hard for.Latest: CAT 2018 Result Announced
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Selecting the right B-School with CAT percentile of 60 can be a tricky affair. Although there is no dearth of B-schools whose CAT cutoffs range above 50 percentile, selecting the right one is the main area of concern. To guide you with MBA admission, we bring to you the list of B-schools with cutoffs ranging from 60 to 70 percentile or below.
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We have classified the B-schools into three categories: B-schools with CAT cutoff 60 percentile, 65 percentile and less than 60 percentile. Take a look at the tables below.
Case 1 – 60 Percentile
Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata
Veltech Business School, Chennai
Universal Business School, Raigad
Skyline Business School, Delhi
Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School, Lucknow
NTPC School of Business, Noida
North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli
MIT School of Telecom Management, Pune
KCT Business School, Coimbatore
Kaziranga University, Jorhat
Justice KS Hegde Institute of Management, Udupi
Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, Delhi
Institute for Technology and Management, Bangalore
Indus Business Academy, Bangalore
EMPI, New Delhi
Praxis Business School, Kolkata
Note: The B-schools have been arranged in random order
Case 2 – 65 Percentile
Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram
School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad
AIMS Institutes, Bangalore
PES University, Bangalore
IBS Business School, Bangalore
KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi
MAEER’s MIT School of Business, Pune
Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad and Noida
Karunya University Business School, Coimbatore
Doon Business School, Dehradun
Army Institute of Management, Kolkata
Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad
Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management, Hyderabad
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad
Veltech Multitech Dr. Rangrajan Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College, Chennai
University of North Bengal, Siliguri
University of Lucknow, Lucknow
St. Joseph’s Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli
Sairam Institute of Management Studies, Chennai
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon
Quantum School of Business, Roorkee
International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
International School of Management Excellence, Bangalore
National Institute of Agricultural Management, Jaipur
Case 3 - <60 Percentile
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad
New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi
School of Management Sciences, Varanasi
Acharya Institute of Management, Bangalore
Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur
Decide wisely – Even if your percentile meets the cutoff to a B-School, before applying, or confirming admission (considering you receive final admission offer), know if the institute is worth your precious two years. The factors you need to assess are brand name or repute, ROI factor (fee vs average salary offered at placement), location, industry exposure, faculty strength, resources, infrastructure among others. Seek review from current students, contact the college officials and if possible, visit the B-School to get a true picture.
Take other upcoming exams – CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam but not the only one. A low percentile is CAT does not mean that you don’t have chance in other exams. MAT and ATMA are conducted more than three times in a year and you have high chances to secure a good percentile owing to easy difficulty level and lesser number of test takers. The number of participating institutes is also high. Also, the season for state level MBA entrance exam has also commenced. Hence, if you are looking for admission in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh etc., do keep an eye on the application window and appear for the state level entrance tests.
Prepare for GD PI and WAT – Although the final round of selection process may not carry a very high weightage and a shortlist is almost a confirmation to final admission offer, a good performance in GD/WAT and PI rounds would strengthen your admission chances.
Consider retest – If the reason for your low score is lack of preparation, you may consider appearing for CAT again this year. By now, you must have known your weak areas where you need to improve. Taking the lesson from your previous performance, start afresh to secure a much higher percentile and target admission to your dream B-schools.
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
We can recommend a few books for you:
NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha
You can also download free downloadable e books at:
NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.
The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
For more information please check the article:-
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