Which B-Schools To Apply For MBA Admission, Based On CAT 2017 Scored Percentile?
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Which B-Schools To Apply For MBA Admission, Based On CAT 2017 Percentile?

After the declaration of CAT 2017 results on Jan. 8, 2018, MBA aspirants must be exploring B-School admission options based on the CAT percentile scored. No matter what the percentile is, it is just the beginning of the MBA admission process. Your result is the first deciding factor to pursue your MBA dream in the large universe of B-schools and MBA seats available in India.

MBA aspirant, while applying to a B-School whose cutoff is 95 percentile for MBA admission would not get a call with 90 percentile, similarly, there is no point in applying to an institute whose CAT cutoff is 90 percentile and his/her percentile is 99. So how would you decide your MBA admission chances among the top league of Business Schools?

AfterGraduation presents you the percentile brackets and a corresponding set of B-schools where you stand a chance of admission based on your CAT percentile and the B-School Cutoffs. The CAT 2017 result is only an indicator towards narrowing your available admission options and targeting the set of best-fit B-schools for yourself. Based on your percentile bracket, you can target the right set of B-schools for your MBA admission and optimize your search option.

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 analyze each percentile bracket in detail and accordingly the admission opportunity for you.

Category 1: 90+ CAT Percentile for MBA Admission

If MBA aspirant belongs to this category, there are opportunities galore for their MBA admission. Being among the brightest MBA aspirants, your high percentile brings you in the zone where you fulfill the cut-off for a majority of the IIMs along with other top B-schools such as MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, FMS, University of Delhi, DMS-IIT Delhi, Bombay and Kharagpur and many more. A call from 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 can be expected depends on your academic record and individual subject score.

Provided you qualify the other admission criteria such as academic records, work experience and diversity factors and others of IIMs, you are most likely to get calls for Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI), are another round of admission procedure.

The following table indicates the list of top B-schools with more than 90 percentile CAT cutoff.

Top B-schools With CAT 90+ Percentile Cutoff

B-School Approx. CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad 99+
IIM Bangalore 99+
IIM Calcutta 99+
IIM Kozhikode 95+
IIM Lucknow 99+
IIM Shillong 95+
IIM Udaipur 95+
IIM Kashipur 95+
IIM Indore 98+
VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur 90+
FMS, University of Delhi 98+
NITIE Mumbai 97+
SJMSoM, IIT Bombay 98+
MDI Gurgaon 95+
DIME, IIT Kanpur 95+
DoMS, IIT Madras 95+
IIM Raipur 95+
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai 90+
IMT Ghaziabad 92+
IIM Trichy 95+
IIM Ranchi 95+
IIM Rohtak 95+
IIM Bodhgaya 92+
XIMB 93+
DMS, IIT Roorkee 95
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+
BIM Trichy 95
IIM Nagpur 90+
IIM Vishakapatnam 90+
IIM Sirmaur 90+
IIM Sambalpur 90+
IIM Amritsar 90+
IIM Jammu 90+
Goa Institute of Management, Goa 90+

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Category 2: Range of 80-90 CAT Percentile

If you belong to this category, you can have calls from the top B-schools including the new IIMs. Among the top B-schools, you may expect calls from LBSIM Delhi, 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 CAT Percentile Cutoff

B-School Approx. CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
TAPMI Manipal 86
IPE, Hyderabad 80
SPJIMR Mumbai 85
 DMS, NIT Trichy 85
XISS Ranchi 85
FORE School of Management, New Delhi 85
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi 85
FMS, BHU, Varanasi 85
University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh 80
Balaji Institute of Modern Management 80
MANAGE Hyderabad 80
XIME Bangalore 80
 IFMR Chennai 85
LIBA Chennai 80
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 85
MNIT, Allahabad 80
BITS Mesra 80

Category 3: Range of 60-80 CAT Percentile

If you have secured a percentile in this category, you can aim for admission in Tier 2 or Tier 3 B-schools. The admissions are likely to be open until February or March. The admission process mainly includes GD and/or PI. MBA institutes like Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) Hyderabad, Amrita School of Business Coimbatore, IFIM Bangalore, Xavier Institute of Management Enterprise (XIME) Bangalore, and many 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 CAT Percentile Cutoff for MBA Admission

B-School Approx. CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
IIFM Bhopal 75
IBS Hyderabad 75
MNIT, Allahabad 75
IFIM Bangalore 75
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore 75
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 75
ITS Institute of Management, Greater Noida 70
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore 75
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore 75
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow 60
SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin 75
KIAMS, Harihar 60
MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore 60
Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai 60
IISWBM Kolkata 70
Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad 70
VIT School of Business, Vellore 60
Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences, Bangalore 60
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai 70
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida 60
Balaji Institute of Telecom Management 70
MIT School of Business, Pune 70
BIMTECH Greater Noida 75
FLAME University, Pune 70
SDMIMD, Mysore 70
IMS Ghaziabad 60
BIMHRD, Pune 70
Balaji Institute of International Business, Pune 60
Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore 60
Myra Business School, Pune 75
IMS Noida 75
VJIM Hyderabad 75

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Category 4: Below 60 CAT Percentile for Admission

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 on Investment – Compare fee vis-a-vis placements
  • Programmes/Specializations offered
  • 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 CAT Percentile Cutoff

B-School Approx. CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
ABV – Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior 50
Indian School of Mines. Dhanbad 50
Pondicherry University, Puducherry 50
Rajagiri Center for Business Studies, Cochin 50
SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai 50
School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar 55
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur 50
Vel Tech University, Chennai 50
Karunya University Business School, Coimbatore 50
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur 50
Hindustan University 50
Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi 50
Army Institute of Management, Kolkata 50
Amrut Modi School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad 40
Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School, Lucknow 50
MIT School of Telecom Management, Pune 55

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What Next After CAT 2017 Results?

  • Your next step will include preparing for the WAT, GD and PI rounds for 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 whose application window is still open with cutoff lies in your scored percentile.
  • 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, MICAT, MAT or the state level MBA entrance exams like MAH CET, APICET among others, 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.
  • 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.

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