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Which B-Schools To Apply, Based On Your CAT Percentile?

After the declaration of CAT results on Jan. 9,2017, 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 admission process. Your result is only deciding factor to pursue your MBA dream in the large universe of B-schools and MBA seats available in India.

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 2016 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.

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

Category 1: 90+ CAT Percentile

If MBA aspirant belong to this category, there are opportunities galore for their MBA admissions. 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, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the 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


CAT Cutoff (in percentile)

IIM Ahmedabad 90+
IIM Bangalore 90+
IIM Calcutta 90+
IIM Kozhikode 90+
IIM Lucknow 90+
 IIM Shillong 90+
IIM Udaipur 90+
IIM Kashipur 95
IIM Indore 90+
VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur 95
FMS, University of Delhi 95
NITIE Mumbai 97
SJMSoM, IIT Bombay 95
MDI Gurgaon 92
DIME, IIT Kanpur 95
DoMS, IIT Madras 95
IIM Raipur 90+
Great Lakes Institute of Management chennai 90+
IMT Ghaziabad 90+
IIM Trichy 94
IIM Ranchi 90+
DMS, IIT Roorkee 95
DMS, IIT Delhi 95
BIM Trichy 95

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


CAT Cutoff (in percentile)

TAPMI Manipal 86
IIM Rohtak 85
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 81
Goa Institute of Management 80
MANAGE Hyderabad 80
XIME Bangalore 80
 IFMR Chennai 80
LIBA Chennai 80

READ Too: What Do Business Schools Seek From MBA Applicants?

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 till 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

B-School CAT Cutoff (in percentile)
IIFM Bhopal 75
IBS Hyderabad 75
MNIT, Allahabad 75
IFIM Bangalore 75
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore 75
 IPE Hyderabad 70
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune 70
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore 75
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore 70
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

Case 4: Below 60 CAT 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
  • 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 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

What Next?

  • 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 2017, MICAT 2017 or the state level MBA entrance exams like MAH CET 2017, 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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