Which B-schools will you get based on your percentile?

Which B-schools will you get based on your percentile?

Which B-schools will you get based on your percentile?

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. The Direct Admission 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.

The CAT 2020 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 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.

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

B-School

CAT Cutoff (in percentile)

IIM Bangalore90+
IIM Ahmedabad90+
IIM Calcutta90+
DMS, IIT Delhi95
DoMS, IIT Madras95
IIM Lucknow90+
IIM Kozhikode90+
DMS, IIT Roorkee90+
IIM Indore90+
VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur95.2
FMS, University of Delhi95
NITIE Mumbai97
SJMSoM, IIT Bombay95
MDI Gurgaon92
DIME, IIT Kanpur95
IIM Shillong90+
IIM Raipur90+
Great Lakes Institute of Management90+
IMT Ghaziabad90+
IIM Trichy94
IIM Ranchi90+
XIMB94
IIM Kashipur90+
IIM Udaipur90+
BIM Trichy95

What Next?

  • 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

B-School

CAT Cutoff (in percentile)

SPJIMR Mumbai85
IIM Rohtak85
TAPMI Manipal86
IFMR Chennai80
LIBA Chennai80
DMS, NIT Trichy85
Goa Institute of Management80
MANAGE Hyderabad80
XIME Bangalore80
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi85
FMS, BHU, Varanasi85
University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh81
FORE School of Management, New Delhi85
XISS Ranchi85

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

B-SchoolCAT Cutoff (in percentile)
IIFM Bhopal75
IBS Hyderabad75
MNIT, Allahabad75
IFIM Bangalore75
IPE Hyderabad70
Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad70
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore75
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune70
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore75
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore70
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow60
SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin75
KIAMS, Harihar60
MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore60
Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai60
IISWBM Kolkata70
Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad70
VIT School of Business, Vellore60
Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences, Bangalore60
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai70
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida60
Balaji Institute of Telecom Management70
MIT School of Business, Pune70
BIMTECH Greater Noida75
FLAME University, Pune70
SDMIMD, Mysore70
IMS Ghaziabad60
BIMHRD, Pune70
Balaji Institute of International Business, Pune60
Acharya Bangalore B-School, Bangalore60
Myra Business School, Pune75
IMS Noida75
VJIM Hyderabad75

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
  • 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 Percentile CAT Cutoff

B-SchoolCAT Cutoff (in percentile)
ABV – Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior50
Indian School of Mines. Dhanbad50
Pondicherry University, Puducherry50
Rajagiri Center for Business Studies, Cochin50
SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai50
School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar55
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur50
Vel Tech University, Chennai50
Karunya University Business School, Coimbatore50
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur50
Hindustan University50
Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi50
Army Institute of Management, Kolkata50
Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School, Lucknow50
MIT School of Telecom Management, Pune55

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.

CAT Percentilewise Colleges

Percentile Range

Colleges to expect a call from

98-100IIM- Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, FMS Delhi
95-98IIM- Shillong, Ranchi, Raipur, Jamnalal Bajaj IMS Mumbai, IIT SJMSoM, IMT Ghaziabad, IIFT, NITIE, XIM, IIT Delhi, Great Lakes Chennai
90-95TISS- Mumbai, IRMA Anand, Narsee Monjee Mumbai, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, Symbiosis Centre for Management, LBS Institute for Management, UBS Chandigarh, BIM Trichy, IIT KGP VGSoM, DMS- DU, IMI- New Delhi,
MICA- Ahmedabad, KJ Somaiya IMR- Mumbai, Fore School of Management Delhi, IIT Kanpur, GIM-Goa
85-90SP Jain- Mumbai, TA PAI Management Institute Manipal, IMT Ghaziabad, Institute of Management – NIRMA Univ Ahmedabad, IIT Madras DoMs, IIT Roorkee DMS, IMT Nagpur,
80-85Sydenham IMR, Mumbai, IISWBM- Kolkata, Chetna Mumbai, Symbiosis Institute of Operation Management, IIFM – Bhopal, IIT Roorkee, Department of Commerce- DU, Delhi School of Economics- DU, LIBA- Chennai, Indus World School of Business, Praxis Business School- Kolkata, IMDR Pune, IFMR Chennai
75-80Kirloskar Institute of Advance Mng Sciences- Harihar, IBS- Hyd, Bangalore, Gurgaon, FMS- Varanasi, FMS Goa, Shree Ram College of Commerce- New Delhi, BIMTECH- Noida
65-75Welingkar, Amity School of Business, NL Dalmis, Alliance Business Academy, Jagan IMS, Christ College Bangalore, SDIMD- Mysore, UPES- Dehradun, ITM Navi Mumbai,
55-65IILM Greater Noida, IBA Bangalore, ISBM Bhubaneshwar, Army Institute-Kolkata
45-55XIME Bangalore, XISS Ranchi, Asia Pacific Institute of Management, EMPI Business School, BMA- Bangalore, DSPSR- Delhi, IBMT- Pune, Times Business School- Delhi, Kohinoor Business School, EMPI Business School, Skyline Business School- Delhi,
Below 45SCMS Cochin, IISE Lucknow, Shobhit University, EIIML Kolkata, IILM- Gurgaon and Delhi

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