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What After CMAT 2016

January 25, 2016 04:14 PM 4 minute read , Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma

What After CMAT 2016

AICTE announced the CMAT 2016 Result on 21st January’16. Now that the CMAT result is declared, it is time to explore your B-school admission options in accordance with your CMAT percentile. By now many of the B-schools have started, and some even closed, their application process. For many who did not have CAT or other major MBA Entrance Tests results up to their expectation, this may provide an opportunity to get calls for admission in some premier B-schools based on the scores/ranks of the applicants in the CMAT.

CMAT 2016 was conducted by AICTE on 17th January’16, Sunday. 62 centres across the country were allotted for this exam to comprise almost 72,000 students. Till last year, CMAT was a bi-yearly exam i.e. it was conducted twice a year. Once in February and once in September. In 2015, CMAT was conducted in February and the CMAT in September was cancelled. AICTE has decided to make it an annual event.

Hundreds of B-schools affiliated to AICTE accept CMAT scores for admission in the management programme. Of which some 25-30 are quite good and can provide the boost to your career and may find that coveted first job of your life. Depending upon your score in the CMAT, you can shortlist and apply to B-schools which may call you for the next round of the selection process that normally include Group Discussion, Group Task, Presentation, Personal Interview and/or Written Ability Test.

The overall profile of the student is considered by the institutes while shortlisting, along with the CMAT scores. Based on the cut-offs and the selection procedure by these institutes, the students will be shortlisted for further selection process. You can find the B-schools suitable to your strengths according to the league you belong to. You should narrow down your option and target a few of the B-schools for your MBA admission as per your future goal, the area of interest and budget.

One question may definitely come to your mind once you have settled down with initial euphoria or the shock of the result: How good or how bad my result is. The answer to this question is quite subjective. These days good B-schools (barring IIMs and a few) which essentially take CAT score may give you call if your CMAT score is above 200 (98+ percentile).

The pre-admission process mostly consists of Group Discussion (GD), a Written Aptitude Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Most B-schools have a two or three tier process of selection once a candidate reports there. While some have a Written Ability Test (WAT) and PI (Personal Interview), some have GD & PI. Some may even have Group Task or Presentation and PI. WAT or GD many attimes serves as a filtering process for PI. None of these processes, in itself, are sufficient for selection. Separate Weightage is assigned to each of these processes and a final score sheet is prepared for the selection in any programme. Common parameters for these final scores are scores in CMAT, GD or WAT, PI, Academics, and Work experience.

Remember, a candidate with a good score may get a call but if his academic records starting from class X is not up to the mark she or he may be in some disadvantage as some profiling of the candidate may be done which normally include academic results among other things. Also, a complex factor of sectional cut off may play a role even if one scores quite a high percentile overall.

The selection procedure and cut-offs are different for different institutes.

The table below shows the CMAT Cutoff expected for this year on the basis of previous year’s cut-off. This table will give an idea to the student about what to expect from the institute they want to get into.


CMAT 2016 Cutoff (Expected)

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) Mumbai

285/99.99 percentile

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

260/99.85 percentile

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai

250/99.50 percentile

We School Mumbai

250/99.50 percentile

MET Institute of Management, Mumbai

218/99.27 percentile

Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)

210/98.20 percentile

XISS Ranchi

199/97.5 percentile

Acharya Bangalore Business School (ABBS), Bangalore

180/90 percentile

Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi

180/85 percentile

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

170/82 percentile

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

160/75 percentile

Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune

160/75 percentile

This list is just to give a general idea to you about the score that may fetch you a call, this is not the final cut-off. For final cut-offs refer to the institutes of your choice.

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