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Low Scores in CAT? - Here's How to Get Admission in Top B Schools in India

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: January 08, 2021 12:29 pm IST | CAT

Are you concerned about getting admission in the MBA program with low CAT scores? Here is the detailed MBA admission process for top B Schools in India with low CAT scores.

How to get Admission in top B Schools in India with Low CAT Scores

Every year, roughly more than 1.5 lakh students apply for CAT but only 2-3% aspirants are able to score between 99 to 100 percentile marks. The difficulty level of the CAT exam is higher as compared to other management entrance exams such as SNAP, IIFT, CMAT and MAT. The exam was conducted in two shifts until 2019 but due to the modification in the exam pattern, CAT 2020 was conducted in three shifts. Result of CAT 2020 was declared on January 02, 2020. The final result was prepared after considering the number of candidates appeared for the exam and difficulty level of all the three slots of the exam. Candidates who have scored more than 90 percentile marks have higher chances of getting a call from the top IIMs. However, those who have scored low in CAT need not fret since there are many other good B-Schools that have a low CAT cutoff. This article will provide a complete solution for the candidates with low scores in CAT.

Is it Possible to Get Admission in IIMs with Low Score in CAT?

Yes, you can apply for admission in new IIMs such as IIM Sirmaur, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur and IIM Shillong. The cutoff of these IIMs range between 85 to 95. The cutoff of all the IIMs depends on many factors such as the number of candidates who have appeared for CAT, past year cutoff of CAT, number of seats available at the IIM and difficulty level of the exam. You can check the article provided below to know the cutoff of all the IIMs.

IIM Cutoff 2020: CAT 2020 Cutoff for IIMs Section Wise & Category Wise

Is it a Better Option to Choose Newer IIMs for MBA Admission?

Choosing new IIMs for admission in MBA is not a bad option. Although they are new, they have a good reputation. MBA degree completed from any IIMs whether it is new or old is highly valuable in the job market. IIMs graduates are hired by some of the top recruiters of India.  However, you are advised to check the campus, infrastructure and rankings of the respective IIMs before selecting one. You can also get in touch with the old students and the teachers of these IIMs to know more about the college. You can also check the official website of these IIMs to know their detailed selection criteria. The table provided below will help you know the selection process of newer IIMs.

IIM Jammu Admission Procedure

IIM Nagpur Admission Procedure

IIM Sirmaur Admission Procedure

IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Procedure

IIM Amritsar Admission Procedure

IIM Amritsar Admission Procedure

IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Procedure

IIM Sambalpur Admission Procedure

List of MBA Colleges for Low CAT Percentile

Apart from IIMs, you can also look for admission in some other B-Schools in India. Some of the well-know B-Schools in India that accept low scores in CAT are provided in the table below


Expected CAT Cutoff

NMIMS Mumbai


FORE School of Management Delhi


LPU Jalandhar


Amity University, Noida


TAPMI Manipal


GLIM Chennai


JIMS Rohini


UBS Mumbai


SAGE University, Indore


Jaipur National University, Jaipur


ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad


Lingaya's Vidyapeeth, Faridabad


IIHMR University, Jaipur


 Note: Candidates can use the CAT College Predictor 2020 of Collegdekho to find the colleges satisfying the marks secured by them.  

Also Read:CAT 2020 Cutoff for Top Private MBA Colleges for General, SC/ST, OBC

Admission in Top Private MBA Colleges with Low Score in CAT 

There are many other alternate options for applying for MBA admissions in the top MBA colleges in India. You can check the points provided below to know some alternate options to get admission to the top private MBA colleges with low scores in CAT.

  • You can choose the MBA colleges that have a low cutoff for CAT and then apply for admission in any of them. You can check the detailed admission process of the college from their official website. 




Mba admission with low cat scores

What if I do not Score Well in MBA State level Entrance Exams?

Do not worry, if you do not score well in MBA state level entrance exams. You can appear for the entrance exams conducted at the institute level.  You can also seek admission in any college through management quota. You can check the official website of the college to know more what options are available to get admission in the college.

Can I get admission in any of the top 50 MBA colleges in India with low scores in CAT?

Yes, you can get admission in any of the top 50 MBA colleges in India with low scores in CAT. You can download the college brochure to check what other entrance exams are accepted by the college. After that, you can apply for admission to the college on the basis of those entrance exams. You can ask the selection procedure by any of the top B-Schools in India at Collegedekho QnA zone

Is there any benefit of having good academic scores despite scoring low percentile in CAT?

Yes, there are many colleges that give more weightage to a candidate's academic performance in comparison to the CAT scores. IIM Indore and IIM Amritsar also give more weightage to the candidates’ academic scores. Some of the colleges also offer MBA scholarships on the basis of your academic performance. 

CAT Counselling and Admission Related Articles 

Provided below are some CAT related articles. 

IIM Eligibility Cut Off vs IIM Call Cut Off - What's the DifferenceHow to Shortlist a B-School Basis CAT Percentile?
What is a Good CAT 2020 Percentile/ Score? - Check HereList of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in CAT 2020: Courses Offered and Fee
List of MBA Colleges Accepting 60-70 Percentile in CAT 2020Top B-schools that Accept CAT Percentile Below 90 other than IIMs
Top Ten Non-IIM Colleges that Accept CAT Scores in IndiaTop 10 MBA HR Colleges in India: Eligibility, Fees and Entrance Exam
CAT Percentile Predictor 2020What after CAT exam? Here's Important Things To Do
How to Choose a B-School?List of Non IIM MBA Colleges to Apply to Before & After CAT Exam

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