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As the CAT result was declare on January 4, 2020, 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.Latest- The result of CAT 2019 declared on January 4, 2020.
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The CAT 2019 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 2020, MICAT 2020 or the state level MBA entrance exams like MAH CET 2020, 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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Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.
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For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.
There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C
if you have at least
99 percentile in CAT
also you should aim for
99+ percentile in CAT
and also keep in mind that if you score
95+ percentile in VARC Section
it will increase your chances of getting in.
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