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As the CAT result has been declared on January 5, 2019, you must be exploring your B-School admission options based on the percentile secured by you. No matter what your percentile is, do remember that your result is not the only deciding factor to pursue your MBA dream. It is only the beginning of the admission process and all candidates stand a chance of admission given the large universe of B-schools and MBA seats available in India. Careers360 presents you the percentile brackets and a corresponding set of B-schools where you stand a chance based on your CAT percentile and the B-School Cutoffs.
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The CAT 2018 result is only an indicator towards optimising your available admission options and targeting the set of best-fit B-schools for yourself. With the right information, you can find the right B-schools according to the percentile bracket you belong to. We, at Careers360 have identified percentile brackets and accordingly the B-schools where you stand a chance of admissions. Based on your percentile bracket, you can narrow your option and target the right set of B-schools for your MBA admission.
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Below is the percentile brackets basis of which you stand a chance of admission:
i) 90+ percentile
ii) 80 to 90 percentile
iii) 60 to 80 percentile
iv) < 60 percentile
Let us have a look at each percentile bracket in detail and analyse the admission opportunity for you.
Case 1: 90+ percentile
If you belong to this bracket, there are opportunities galore for your MBA admissions. Being among the brightest MBA aspirants, your high percentile brings you in the zone where you fulfil the cut-off for a majority of the IIMs along with other top B-schools such as FMS, University of Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, DMS-IIT Delhi, Bombay and Kharagpur and many more.
Provided you clear the other admission criteria of the IIMs such as past academic records, work experience and diversity factors, you are most likely to get calls for the second round of admission procedure which includes Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test.
The following table brings to you the list of top B-schools with more than 90 percentile CAT cutoff.
Top B-schools With 90+ Percentile CAT Cutoff
CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
DMS, IIT Delhi
DoMS, IIT Madras
DMS, IIT Roorkee
VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur
FMS, University of Delhi
SJMSoM, IIT Bombay
DIME, IIT Kanpur
Great Lakes Institute of Management
Your next step will include preparing for the WAT, GD and PI rounds for the IIMs and other top B-schools. Reading newspapers and keeping yourself abreast with the current affairs is the primary step for the GD, PI and WAT preparation.
Apply to the top B-schools with cutoff over 90 percentile whose application window is still open.
Case 2: Range of 80-90 percentile
If you belong to this percentile range, you can not only expect calls from the top B-schools but from the new IIMs as well. However, getting a call from the older IIMs might not be possible as the apex IIMs, popularly referred as BLACKIS (IIM Bangalore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indore and Shillong) consider 90+ percentile only for the General category candidates. Among the top B-schools, you may expect calls from SPJIMR Mumbai, LIBA Chennai, TAPMI Manipal, IMNU Ahmedabad to name a few.
Refer to the table below to get the list of B-schools with CAT cutoff range of 80 to 90 percentile.
Top B-schools With 80-90 Percentile CAT Cutoff
DMS, NIT Trichy
Goa Institute of Management
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi
FMS, BHU, Varanasi
University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh
FORE School of Management, New Delhi
Keep an eye on the B-School application notifications. While several B-schools have closed the application process, they might reopen the process after the declaration of the result.
If you are taking the other MBA entrance exams such as IRMA 2019, MICAT 2019 or the state level MBA entrance exams like MAH CET 2019, focus on the dedicated preparation. Although most of the exams have some common sections such as Quant and Verbal Ability, still it is suggested that you have a focused and dedicated approach towards the sections.
Case 3: Range of 60 to 80 percentile
If you have secured a percentile in this bracket, you can aim for admission in Tier 2 or Tier 3 B-schools. The admissions are likely to be open till February or March. The admission process mainly includes GD and PI or only PI for which you have to prepare accordingly. MBA institutes like Xavier Institute of Management Enterprise (XIME) Bangalore, Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) Hyderabad, Amrita School of Business Coimbatore, IFIM Bangalore among others are suitable for application based on your CAT result.
Check the table below to know the list of suitable B-schools for this range of cutoff.
Top B-schools With 60-80 Percentile CAT Cutoff
Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin
MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore
Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai
Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad
VIT School of Business, Vellore
Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences, Bangalore
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
Balaji Institute of Telecom Management
MIT School of Business, Pune
BIMTECH Greater Noida
FLAME University, Pune
Balaji Institute of International Business, Pune
Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore
Myra Business School, Pune
In case you score better in XAT or CMAT, apply to the participating institutes of these exams through the scores. If you decide to take admission through your CAT result itself, do a comparative analysis of your admission offers and choose the right B-School.
Case 4: Below 60 percentile
If you have obtained a percentile below 60, you have options of almost all B-School beyond the ranking of 50. In many of the Tier 3 B-schools, there is no particular admission deadline or cutoff percentile. However, you need to select your admission offer carefully after strictly cross-checking the factors below:
Affiliation and recognition of the B-School
Return of Investment – Compare fee vis-a-vis placements
Faculty size including the permanent and visiting members
Infrastructure including technology
Industry tie-ups of the institutes
Pedagogy (Classroom hours, field study, industry visits, case studies module etc.)
Top B-schools With <60 Percentile CAT Cutoff
ABV – Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior
Indian School of Mines. Dhanbad
Pondicherry University, Puducherry
Rajagiri Center for Business Studies, Cochin
SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai
School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
Vel Tech University, Chennai
Karunya University Business School, Coimbatore
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur
Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi
Army Institute of Management, Kolkata
Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School, Lucknow
MIT School of Telecom Management, Pune
Further, if you are aiming for a specialised MBA programme, you can still go for your admission in a top B-School. Wondering how? MICA and Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) conduct their own entrance exam but CAT is the prerequisite eligibility criteria. There is no particular CAT cutoff percentile to be secured in order to be eligible to take MICAT or IRMA Issues of Social Concern exam. The shortlist for the next round of selection procedures such as GD, PI and WAT rounds would also be based on the scores of entrance exam conducted by these B-schools separately. If you decide to go for these B-schools, prepare well based on the specific pattern and question types and ensure a call from the B-schools followed by admission offer.
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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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