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How to Shortlist a B-School Basis CAT Percentile?

Anjani Chaand
Anjani ChaandUpdated On: December 03, 2021 | CAT

Now that CAT 2021 is over, it is time to explore your B-school admission options for the academic session of 2022-23 onwards in accordance with your expected CAT percentile.

B-School Basis CAT Percentile

The important dates for CAT 2021 had been declared long back and it is time to start exploring your B-school admission options for the 2022 academic session onwards per your expected CAT percentile. You can use the CAT Percentile Predictor to assess your scores as the wait for the final result is always endearing. Many students and CAT 2021 toppers aim to get calls from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) but almost all candidates are on the lookout for other B-schools to apply to.

Many factors are to be considered before deciding which MBA colleges to apply to. There are several CAT participating colleges to choose from and candidates will have to apply for them separately. Now that the exam has been concluded and the CAT 2021 result will be released soon, candidates can fill the Common Application Form (CAF) through which they can apply to multiple MBA colleges in India in one go!

CAT College Predictor 2021CAT 2021 Cut Off

Let us take a look at the top B-schools that you can consider for admission based on your predicted percentile ranking.

CAT 95+ Percentile Colleges

IIM AhmedabadIIM Bangalore
IIM CalcuttaFMS Delhi

With a 95+ percentile score in CAT, you can seek admission in almost all of the top MBA colleges in India. These include the topmost Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as well as all the other colleges ranked below them.

In this bracket, your high percentile brings you to the zone where you fulfil the cutoff for almost all of the MBA colleges in India as FMS, University of Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IIT Delhi, SJMSOM IIT Mumbai and others.

Start preparing for Written Aptitude Test (WAT), Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds, before you go ahead for a coveted seat in your dream B-school.

Also Read:WAT (Written Ability Test) for IIMs and other MBA Colleges in India

CAT 90 - 95 Percentile Colleges

MDI GurgaonIIT Delhi
SJMSOM IIT MumbaiIIT Kharagpur
IIT KanpurIIM Indore
IIM KozhikodeIIM Lucknow
IIM ShillongIIM Ranchi
IMT GhaziabadSP Jain School of Global Management

Do not get disheartened if you miss the opportunity to be in the first bracket but are placed in this bracket. In the long run, the difference, if any, will vanish. Even if you don’t get calls from some of the top IIMs, popularly referred to as BLACKIS (IIM Bangalore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indore, and Shillong), some will give you call, provided your academic records do not ditch you.


Gear up for other MBA entrance exams like XAT and aim the other top B-schools like XLRI Jamshedpur, Department of Management Studies - IIT Madras, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai, TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal, IMT Ghaziabad, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal, Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra, and such other colleges accepting XAT score for admission.

Also Read:Which is the Top MBA College in India for my requirement?

CAT 85 - 90 Percentile Colleges

IIM UdaipurIIM Trichy
IIM RaipurIIM Rohtak
IIM KashipurIIM Nagpur
IIM Bodh Gaya (IIM BG)IIM Sirmaur
IIM AmritsarIIM Jammu
IIM SambalpurIIM Vishakhapatnam (IIM Vizag)
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)IISWBM Kolkata
NITIE MumbaiBIM Trichy
MICA Ahmedabad--

Also Read:Top B-schools that Accept CAT Percentile Below 90 other than IIMs


If you are here, you can plan to sit for other MBA entrance exams as a backup such as XAT, SNAP and others and focus on dedicated preparation. Although most of the exams have some common sections such as Quant and Verbal Ability, you should have a focused and dedicated approach towards the sections.

CAT 80 - 85 Percentile Colleges

FORE School of Management (FSM), DelhiIFMR Chennai
IMI DelhiKJ Somaiya Mumbai
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), ChennaiDelhi School of Economics (DSE), New Delhi
BIMTECH Greater NoidaLBSIM New Delhi

Also Read:Top B-schools that Accept CAT Percentile Below 90 other than IIMs

If you secure a percentile in this range, you can aim for admission mostly in Tier 2 B-schools. The admission process in these institutes mainly includes GD and PI or only PI for which you have to prepare accordingly.

CAT 70 - 80 Percentile Colleges

There are plenty of colleges that accept candidates with a CAT score in the range of 70 to 80 percentile. However, in this range, your best bet would be to go for a college that offers the best placements.

Also Read:List of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in CAT 2021: Courses Offered and Fee

If you have obtained a percentile below 80, you will not have many options in the top 50 B-Schools in India. But you will surely get calls from many of the Tier 3 B-schools. 

B-Schools Outside The Top 100 Rank

Moving below the 70 percentile mark in CAT will not leave you with many options in the top 100 MBA colleges in India. However, there will still be plenty of colleges where you will be able to join an MBA programme.

Colleges for Less Than 70 Percentile in CAT

In colleges that accept less than 70 percentile in CAT, there is no particular admission deadline or cut-off percentile. Mostly, they do not reject anyone in the GD/PI.

Also Read:List of MBA Colleges Accepting 60-70 Percentile in CAT 2021

Factors Controlling Admission Based on CAT Percentile

Even though getting calls from these B-schools primarily depend on the CAT score (percentile), other factors affect the chance of getting a call; whatever is your CAT result, your percentile score is not the end of the road. It is only the start of the journey as there are other factors like marks in XII and undergraduate degree, work experience, category et al., that can influence the scope of your MBA career.

Also Read:Reservation in MBA Entrance Exams: Criteria and Guidelines

Having said that, it is advisable that this is the right time to shortlist the B-schools and start applying now. Every B-school worth its name has a complex and rigorous process of selecting candidates. Hence, you should be clear in your mind as to how to prepare yourself to face the second tier of the selection process after getting a call from an institute of your choice. 

Popular Streams of MBA in India

Business schools offer courses that range from the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) to Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. B-school or business schools focus on teaching business-oriented courses. In each of these courses, the Business schools offer a curriculum of various streams to cater to the need of the Business organization. The idea is to prepare a greenhorn to become a successful business manager through academic programmes. Some of the streams of management study commonly sought by various functions of the organizations in India are:

Also Read:List of Non IIM MBA Colleges to Apply to Before & After CAT Exam

How to Choose a B-School

As MBA aspirants, you should look for a B-school that fulfils your goals/ dreams - both short term and long term. You should ponder the following before finalising the b-schools you apply to:

The Reputation of the B-school

How good is the reputation that involves the ranking and authenticity of the college? Some of the major factors of reputation are location, the ambience of the college campus, achievements, placement/packages, alumni, industry interface, exchange programmes, etc.

Availability of The Stream That Aligns With Your Future Plans

Select the college that offers a stream in line with your background of previous study or job. Make sure you select a college that offers the specialisation you are aspiring to pursue.

Quality of Faculty Hired by the College

Knowledgeable faculty in the college is very important and you can look forward to enriching your experience under their tutelage.

The Pedagogy Adopted by the College

Good lectures and tutorials comprising a variety of teaching styles in an institution boost the motivation of a student to explore new areas and bring the best of the learning experience from the programs and courses.

Availability of Good Quality Infrastructure

The infrastructure of a college/institution ensures that a student gets value for his money from every aspect as it plays a very important role in a B-School and in imparting knowledge. Some of the quality infrastructural facilities you should expect from a B-school are:

  • Well-managed Lab with well-qualified Lab Assistant
  • Upgraded Technology
  • Library Membership
  • Periodical & Newspaper Section
  • Uninterrupted Internet Connection
  • Good Wi-Fi Facility
  • Photocopying Facility
  • Shopping Complex
  • Cloak Room
  • Study Material

Also Read:Job Opportunities after MBA in India – Career, Scope and Salary

Skill Development Programmes Run by the College

Leadership skills and organizational skills are the two most important aspects that a student wants to develop in a B-school. To build these skills, a student should attend and organize as many projects/seminars/workshops as possible. A B-school should have the network to provide such projects/seminars/workshops with high quality. 

Practical, Workshops, Seminars, Guest Lectures

Workshops, seminars, guest lectures provide a platform for deliberation and knowledge sharing. These are ideal testing grounds for students to apply and test the concepts taught.

As students, you must check before you take admission whether the B-School of your choice fulfils your expectations or not. B-schools, on the other hand, should ensure that the students can get the essence of student life and professional life.

Your next step will include preparing for the WAT, GD and PI rounds for the IIMs and other top B-schools as well as Extempore, especially if you are planning to take admission in FMS or IMI. Reading newspapers and keeping yourself abreast with the current affairs is the primary step for the GD, PI, and WAT preparation.

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