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CAT 2021 Participating Colleges

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 28 Nov, 2021 19:33

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CAT 2021 Participating Colleges

Participating colleges of CAT 2021 are the colleges that accept CAT 2021 scores for admission into their postgraduate management programmes. The main colleges accepting CAT 2021 scores are the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), which also collectively form the conducting body of CAT. Apart from that CAT 2021 has more than 100 participating colleges, including almost all of the top government and private MBA colleges in India.

Candidates seeking admission to the CAT 2021 participating colleges have to appear for the CAT exam. The candidates who qualify in CAT 2021 are eligible to apply for admission in the participating colleges of CAT 2021 based on their scores in the entrance exam.

Some IIMs conduct centralized admissions based on CAT scores, known as the Common Admission Process (CAP). However, not all IIMs participate in CAP and some choose to conduct their selections independently. Each CAT participating college may specify its own selection criteria. Take a look at the important information regarding CAT 2021 participating colleges here.

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IIMs Participating in CAT 2021

All of the IIMs only accept CAT scores for admission to their postgraduate and doctoral management programmes. Here is a list of the IIM courses available for CAT 2021 aspirants. The seat intake is as per 2020. It will be updated if it is revised for 2021.


Programmes Available

Seat Intake

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM C)



Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A)



Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM B)



Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM I)



Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K)



Indian Institute Of Management Lucknow (IIM L)



Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM Shillong)



Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM Rohtak)



Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur (IIM Sirmaur)



Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur)



Indian Institute of Management Raipur (IIM Raipur)



Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya (IIM BG)



Indian Institute of Management Trichy (IIM Trichy)



Indian Institute of Management Jammu (IIM J)



Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam (IIM V)



Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur (IIM Sambalpur)



Indian Institute of Management Ranchi (IIM Ranchi)

PGP, PGP (Business Analytics), PGP-HRM


Indian Institute of Management Amritsar (IIM Amritsar)

MBA, MBA Business Analytics, MBA-HRM, EMBA


Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM Kashipur)

MBA, MBA Analytics, MBA WX


Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIM U)



Non-IIM Colleges Participating in CAT 2021

CAT has more than 100 non-IIM participating colleges. Some of the top b-schools in India outside of IIMs accept CAT scores for management admissions in India. Given below is the list of some of the top institutes other than IIMs accepting CAT 2021 scores.

Non-IIM Colleges


Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon


S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai


International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi


Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS) New Delhi

MBA, MBA-Executive, MBA-Executive HCA

Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS)


Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad


Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics (DMCDSE) New Delhi


Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal


National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai


Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) Bhubaneswar

MBA-Business Management, EMBA-Business Management, EMBA-Business Analytics

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Gandhinagar

MBA in Financial Management and Business Laws

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) Allahabad


Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM) Kolkata


Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) Chennai

PGPM, PGDM, PGXPM, MBA in Business Analytics

T. A. Pai Management Institute - TAPMI (Manipal)


Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai

PGDM, Part-Time PGDM

Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Mumbai

PGDM, PGDM E-Business, PGDM Research & Business Analytics, PGDM Healthcare, PGDM Media & Entertainment, PGDM Rural Management, PGDM Retail Management

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) Hyderabad


Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi)

MBA, Executive MBA

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CAT Participating Institutes 2021 - State Wise

The table given below provides a list of some of the popular colleges accepting CAT in every state.

State-wise MBA Colleges

Name of the College

Top MBA Colleges in Chandigarh

University Business School, Chandigarh

Chitkara Business School

Top MBA Colleges in Andhra Pradesh

GITAM School of International Business

Top MBA Colleges in Jharkhand

Xavier Institute of Social Service

Top MBA Colleges in Gujarat

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

School of Petroleum Management, PDPU

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Institute of Rural Management, Anand

Institute of Management, Nirma University

Amrut Mody School of Management


Top MBA Colleges in Odisha

Asian School of Business Management

KIIT School of Management, KIIT University

Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Xavier University

Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH)

Top MBA Colleges in Madhya Pradesh

Indian Institute of Forest Management

Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior

Top MBA Colleges in Telangana

Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad

Hyderabad School of Business Management

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad

Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad

University of Hyderabad (School of Management Studies), Hyderabad

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad

Top MBA Colleges in West Bengal

International Management Institute, Alipore

Army Institute of Management, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)

Institute of Engineering and Management

National Institute of Technology - Durgapur

Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM)

Praxis Business School, Kolkata

Top MBA Colleges in Assam

Jawaharlal Nehru School of Management Studies

Department of Business Administration, Tezpur

Top MBA Colleges in Delhi

Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi

Fore School of Management

Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies, Technical Campus

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management

Jawaharlal Nehru University (School of Management and Entrepreneurship), New Delhi

University of Delhi (Dept. of Commerce, Financial Studies & Business Economics)

Top MBA Colleges in Haryana

BML Munjal University

National Power Training Institute

Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

Top MBA Colleges in Karnataka

ISBR Business School

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies

National School of Business

Indus Business Academy

T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)

Adarsh Institute of Management and Information Technology

Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (Bangalore)

CMS Business School (Jain University)

Institute of Finance & International Management (IFIM)

International School Of Management Excellence

Indian Institute of Science

GIBS Business School

AIMS Institute of Higher Education (AIMS Institutes)

National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Surathkal

Myra School of Business

Top MBA Colleges in Maharashtra

Institute for Technology And Management

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)

Flame School of Business

Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (Mumbai)

Balaji Institute of Management & Human Resource Development (BIMHRD)

National Institute of Bank Management

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay

S P Jain Institute of Management & Research

Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM)

Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)

Indian Institute of Cost and Management Studies & Research

National Insurance Academy

K J Somaiya Institute of Management

SDA Bocconi Asia Centre

Top MBA Colleges in Punjab

University Business School

LM Thapar School of Management

Top MBA Colleges in Bihar

Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)

Development Management Institute

Top MBA Colleges in Goa

Goa Institute of Management

Top MBA Colleges in Jammu & Kashmir

The Business School, Jammu

Top MBA Colleges in Kerala

Rajagiri Business School

Top MBA Colleges in New Delhi

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management

Fortune Institute Of International Business

International Management Institute

New Delhi Institute of Management

Apeejay School of Management

Top MBA Colleges in Rajasthan

CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing

Institute Of Agri-Business Management

BITS Pilani

Top MBA Colleges in Uttar Pradesh

Birla Institute of Management Technology

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A) - Allahabad

Galgotias University

Master School of Management

Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Ghaziabad

J.R.E Group of Institutions

Indian Institute of Finance

Institute of Management Studies, Noida

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology

Shiv Nadar University

Accurate Institute of Management & Technology

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT)

Banaras Hindu University, Faculty of Management Studies

University of Lucknow

IILM Graduate School of Management

NTPC School of Business

Institute of Advanced Management & Research

Selection Process of CAP 2021 Participating Colleges

Participating colleges of CAT 2021 are free to define their own selection process for management admissions. Check the selection process of CAP 2021 participating colleges given below.

Selection Process for IIMs Participating in CAP 2021

  • Candidates can apply to all of the IIMs through the CAT 2021 Application Form.

  • IIMs release their individual eligibility cutoffs for applications and call cutoffs for shortlisting of candidates for admission rounds.
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  • Shortlisted candidates then have to appear for the WAT and PI round of IIMs.

  • IIMs calculate the composite scored based on the overall performance of candidates.

Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021

  • Shortlisting is done based on CAT 2021 scores.
  • The rest of the IIMs send a list of shortlisting candidates to the IIM organising CAP.

  • Candidates are called for CAP 2021 at a common test centre for WAT & PI.

  • CAP 2021 scores are sent to individual IIMs.

  • IIMs make the final decision on the selection of candidates independently.

Selection Criteria for Non-IIM Participating Colleges in CAT 2021

  • Candidates have to apply individually to different colleges.

  • Colleges shortlist candidates for the selection process.

  • CAT participating colleges invite candidates for selection rounds including GD, WAT / PI.

  • The final selection is based on the overall performance of the candidate.

How to Register as a CAT Participating Colleges

IIMs have made it mandatory for non-IIM colleges to register as CAT participating colleges to accept CAT scores for admissions. Colleges have to sign an MoU from the CAT conducting IIM and complete the registration form to become a CAT participating college.

Colleges that have registered as a participating college for CAT receive the sectional CAT scores and percentile of candidates who have appeared in CAT.

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FAQs about CAT Participating Colleges

Which are the colleges who accept CAT score?

There are more than 2000 colleges besides IIM's that accept MAT scores. It is impossible to list out all of them here here are the top colleges accepting different ranges of the CAT score. 1) MBA colleges accepting 50-60% in CAT 2) MBA colleges accepting 60-70% in CAT 3) MBA colleges accepting 70-80% in CAT 4) MBA colleges accepting 80-90% in CAT 5) Non-IIM colleges that Accept below 90% in CAT 6) CAT estimated cut-off of top colleges

What is the selection process for Non-IIM participating colleges in CAT?

The selection process for all the Non-IIM participating colleges in CAT will be different. Candidates can check the official website of the selected college to know its selection process.

What is the selection process for IIMs participating in CAT?

IIMs will select the candidates on the basis of their performance in CAT, personal interview and written ability test. IIMs will also consider the work experience of candidates while preparing the selection list.

What are the participating colleges of CAT other than IIMs?

Some of the participating colleges of CAT other than IIMs are National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and IBS Hyderabad

How can I apply for admission in any participating colleges of CAT?

You can apply for admission in participating colleges of CAT by filling the application form of the respective college. You can also apply for admission by filling the application form of Collegedekho.

Will there be a separate cutoff for all the participating colleges of CAT?

Yes, there will be a separate cutoff for all the participating colleges of CAT. The cutoff of all the participating colleges will vary every year.

What are the participating colleges of CAT?

Some of the participating colleges of CAT are Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong and Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Will I still be eligible for admission if I do not clear the minimum CAT cutoff?

It is essential for the candidates to clear the minimum cut off for CAT for further admission process, otherwise, candidates will not get admission in any of the IIMs. However, some private colleges might invite the candidates depending upon their admission rules.

Which are the top institutes who accept CAT score?

All Indian Institutes of Management accept CAT scores. Besides that, IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi Univ, Loyola Business School Chennai, SP Jain Mumbai, Narsee Monjee Mumbai and many others accept CAT score. To see the complete list of colleges, click here - https://www.collegedekho.com/exam/cat/college-predictor

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