Managed to bell the CAT? Find Out the B-Schools Your Score Can Get You Into

You deserve a pat on your back if you’ve aced your CAT exam. If you’re happy with your score, then you need to figure out the B-schools you plan to apply. If not, you have the option of taking the entrance examination again. This can be a difficult call to take. Read on to learn what your higher education options are for your CAT score.




There are a  number of B-schools in India and you already know which ones come under the top category. In this article, we take you through some of the top B-schools of India. They’re graded by the level of candidates they accept.

We have divided the schools into four tiers, and each tier has a range of percentile. Here are the choice you have depending on your score:


In Between 95 And 100 Percentile

The top eight B-schools in India accept a percentile between 98 and 100 and they are:

  • IIM Ahmedabad gives 70% weightage to your CAT score. However, the percentile should be more than 99.
  • Your QDI percentile should be more than 80. VLR score should be above 90 if you want to apply to IIM Bangalore. The minimum percentage that they accept is 98.
  • If you want to apply to IIM Calcutta, there are few sections where you can score a 90 percentile. However, the overall score shouldn’t be less than 98.
  • IIM Lucknow accepts sectionals above 85, with the overall being 98 and above
  • The requirements of IIM Indore are the same as IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode looks for a percentage of 98
  • MDI Gurgaon, one of the popular B-schools also asks for 98 percentile and accepts CAT scores
  • XLRI Jamshedpur, is yet another centre of excellence. Similar t other insitutes, they ask for a percentage of 98
  • FMS, Delhi accepts CAT scores only. The average is around 96/97 percentile
  • IIFT, Delhi asks for 97 percentile or higher
  • IIM Shillong asks for 65 percentile for its sectionals and an overall percentile of more than 95
  • To apply for IIM Ranchi, your sectionals need to have a percentile of above 70. You also need an overall percentile of 95
  • IIM Raipur has the same requirement as IIM Ranchi
  • For IIM Ghaziabad, you need a score of 95 percentile and above

Some of the other institutes that you apply with a score in this bracket are Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar, IIT Delhi, and IIT Bombay.


In Between 90 And 95 Percentile

There are many B-schools that accept a much lower cutoff than the top B-schools of the country. Some of them are:

  • Tata Institute of Social Science
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Symbiosis
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • University Business School, Chandigarh
  • IIT Kanpur
  • Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy
  • Goa Institute of Management
  • International Management Institute
  • Fore School of Management
  • MICA, Ahmedabad


In Between 80 And 90 Percentile

There are many good institutes that accept candidates with scores between 80 and 90. They are:

  • SP Jain, Mumbai
  • IMT Ghaziabad (HR). This happens to be one of the most popular B-schools in the country. They ask for a percentile of not less than 90
  • A. Pai Institute of Management, Manipal
  • IMT, Nagpur
  • IIT Madras and
  • IIT Roorkee

All these colleges ask for 85-90 percentile. If your score is below 85, then you apply at IISWBM (Kolkata), IIFM (Bhopal), IFMR (Chennai), IMDR (Pune), and few others.

Between 70 And 80 Percentile

There are institutes that will accept your application, if your score is between 70 and 80. These B-schools include:

  • Amity University
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani
  • Birla Institute of Management and Technology
  • Christ University of Management, Bangalore
  • IBS Business School
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore and Kochi

With so many options, you’re sure to get through at least one of them. Make sure to choose the right subject for specialisation.


Also Read: 4 Important Tips To Ace Your B-School Personal Interview


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