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Didn't Score Well in CMAT 2023? Here Are Some Alternatives to Look For

Mahima Gupta
Mahima GuptaUpdated On: June 01, 2023 12:58 pm IST | CMAT

Didn't get a good score in CMAT? Worried about not getting selected for the MBA college of your dreams? Don't fret and check out the list of other alternatives!

Low Score in CMAT

Didn't Score Well in CMAT 2023? Not scoring well in CMAT can be heartbreaking for candidates seeking MBA admission into top B-Schools in India. Candidates scoring well in CMAT become eligible for MBA courses offered by CMAT participating colleges, but those who didn't score well can still look for other options after the announcement of CMAT Result 2023. To perform well in CMAT, one must aim to score between 290-340 out of 400, which corresponds to a CMAT percentile between 90 to 99. The dream of pursuing a management course doesn’t end with a low CMAT score. Candidates can consider seeking admission into reputed MBA colleges accepting low scores in CMAT or offering direct admission. One can even appear for other MBA entrance exams and score well in them to get admission into one’s desired college.

CMAT is one of the popular management entrance exams, and thousands of aspirants appear for the exam to target the best management institutions. However, if test-takers cannot secure a good rank in the CMAT 2023 must not lose hope! They can choose from the list of alternatives given in detail below if they could not attain a good rank in CMAT.

Also Read:

What is a Good Score in CMAT 2023?

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MBA Colleges for Low Percentile/ Score in CMAT 2023

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 50-60 Percentile in CMAT 2023

Alternate Options if You Didn't Score Well in CMAT

Test takers must look at the list of options available to pursue if they didn't score well in the CMAT without giving up on their career aspirations in the management field. Check out the alternate options if you have a low CMAT score.

1. Appear for Other Management Exams

There are several management exams held every year to help aspirants get admission into renowned institutes. Aspirants with low CMAT ranks can appear for other exams such as Management Aptitude Test (MAT), Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), IIFT exam, KIITEE Management, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP), AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA), and NMAT By GMAC. Selection through any of these key exams will help aspirants get admission and provide enormous opportunities in the field of management.

2: Get Admission into Institutes Accepting Low CMAT Score

Candidates can also look for institutes that accept low CMAT ranks. These institutes also provide the best management knowledge to the aspirants.

College Name

Total Fees (Approx.)

CMAT Score/Percentile

Acharya Institutes of Management Studies (AIMS), Bangalore

INR 9.19 Lakhs

60+ Percentile

Jaipuria Institute of Management (JIM), Lucknow

INR 12.50 Lakhs

60+ Percentile

Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM), Madurai

INR 10 Lakhs

60+ Percentile

Doon Business School (DBS), Dehradun

INR 4.78 Lakhs

60+ Percentile

Shri Sant Gajanan Mahajan College of Engineering (SSGMCE), Buldhana

INR 1.86 Lakhs

50+ Percentile

Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), Mysuru

INR 10.95 Lakhs

50+ Percentile

Tirpude Institute of Management Education (TIME), Nagpur

INR 2.40 Lakhs

50+ Percentile

National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur

INR 6.00 Lakhs

45+ Percentile

Indira School of Business Studies (ISBS), Pune

INR 7.20 Lakhs

40+ Percentile

Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT), Mohali

INR 1.85 Lakhs

220+ Score

EMPI Business School, New Delhi

INR 7.75 Lakhs

200+ Score

Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata

INR 8.30 Lakhs

200+ Score

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM), Delhi

INR 9.65 Lakhs

180+ Score

Alliance School of Business (ASOB), Bangalore

INR 13.50 Lakhs

100+ Score

3. Opt for Alternative Courses

Aspirants with low CMAT scores can enroll themselves in different management online courses available on several e-platforms. Those who have pursued these courses can get an added advantage in admission to other management colleges. Moreover, if candidates have any certification from IIM, then it is always considered a positive factor that makes them stand out in the crowd.

4. Take Direct Admission

Several Management institutes/colleges in India offer direct admission to aspirants without any entrance test. Candidates are selected and given admission based on their qualifying scores and merit list. Those who didn't wish to appear in the management exams can apply to such institutes providing direct admissions. To test the aspirant's potential, some institutes might also conduct the aptitude test and PI round.

Also Read: List of Colleges that Accept CMAT 2023 for Admissions

5: Get Enrolled in Integrated Management Program

Students also have the option to get themselves enrolled in the Integrated Management Programme (IPM), which can be pursued right after completion of class 12th. Aspirants who wish to take this alternative will be able to study this five-year integrated program and have the benefit of holding two degrees. Candidates right after their 12th can appear for entrance exams like JIPMAT and GMAT to get admission to several IIM courses and programs.

6: Improve your Preparation Strategy and Appear Again

Aspirants must take note of a few things if they are planning to appear for CMAT again next year. Candidates must list down the questions they were not able to attempt this year and identify the section they found most difficult to attempt. They must start working more on the weaker areas and must refer to good study material. Therefore, an improved CMAT preparation strategy will help you crack CMAT this time.

Also Read: CMAT 2023 Preparation Strategy

Other MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT Scores

Test takers must also look at the other MBA Colleges accepting CMAT scores in the table mentioned below.

College Name

Total Fees

Ahmedabad Institute of Technology

INR 71,000

Don Bosco Group of Institutions

INR 1,75,000

Jerusalem College of Engineering

INR 50,000

Swami Vivekananda Group of Institutions

INR 1,95,000

Padmashree Institute of Management and Sciences

INR 2,38,000

Galaxy Global Group of Institutions

INR 50,000

NSHM Knowledge Campus - Kolkata

INR 3,08,000

Candidates can also check out the articles mentioned below to know more about the CMAT exam.

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Top 10 Colleges that Accept CMAT Scores In India

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CMAT 2023 Scores

We hope this article will help you in deciding which alternative to select if you have scored low on CMAT. For admission-related details, aspirants can fill out the Common Application Form (CAF) and avail of free counselling from our experts. For any queries, students can write to us through the Q&A Zone or call the toll-free student helpline number 1800-5729877.Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates!


How can I get a good score in CMAT?

To get a good score in CMAT, candidates need to do solid preparation for the exam. Solving previous year question papers, attempting mock tests, studying all the important topics, clearing the basic concepts, etc. are some important things for CMAT preparation.

What is a good score in CMAT?

A good score in CMAT can be between 250-300 out of 400. If you score within this range, you can get a CMAT percentile between 85 to 95. If you are aiming for a 100 percentile, then you should target a CMAT score between 345-350.

Which colleges accept 50-60 percentile in CMAT?

Some of the colleges accepting 50-60 percentile in CMAT are:

  • National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur
  • ITS Institute of Management, Greater Noida
  • Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun
  • Asia Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi
  • Acharya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
  • Prestige Institute of Management, Indore

Which colleges offer admission with low CMAT scores?

Some of the colleges offering admission with low CMAT scores are:

  • Acharya Institutes of Management Studies, Bangalore
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai
  • Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali
  • EMPI Business School, New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata

Can I get MBA admission if I have a low CMAT score?

Yes, candidates can get MBA admission if they have a low CMAT score. Some of the reputed colleges accepting low CMAT scores include Acharya Institutes of Management Studies, Bangalore, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, EMPI Business School, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata.

I have a low score in CMAT. What should I do?

If you have a low score in CMAT, then you can apply to colleges like EMPI Business School, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata, Acharya Institutes of Management Studies, Bangalore, etc. Students can also appear for other MBA entrance exams or invest another year in CMAT preparation to get admission into a top MBA college.

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