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Updated By Subhashri Roy on 20 Sep, 2023 12:26

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CAT 2023 Participating Colleges

Over 1000 MBA colleges in India accept CAT scores for admission into their MBA/PGDM programmes. The top CAT 2023 participating colleges include IIMs, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, ISB Hyderabad, MDI Gurgaon, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, NMIMS Mumbai, IIFT Delhi, FMS Delhi, SIBM Pune, IMT Ghaziabad, etc.

To be able to get admission into the CAT participating colleges, students first need to qualify for the exam with a good percentile and then appear for the counselling process. 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 selection criteria.

The eligibility criteria for selection into CAT 2023 participating colleges include a bachelor's degree from a recognized body with a minimum of 50% marks and a valid scorecard of the CAT exam. However, the requirements may vary as per the institute and course one is applying to. For admission into top IIMs and other premier institutes, a candidate must score 98+ CAT percentile.

CAT 2023 will be conducted on November 26, 2023, by IIM Lucknow in around 155 test cities across India. If you appearing for the exam and want to know how many colleges accept CAT score, then take a read below. You will find all the information regarding CAT 2023 participating colleges and be able to make a list of the institutes you should target.

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IIMs Participating in CAT 2023

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 2023 aspirants. The seat intake has been updated as of 2023.


Programmes Available

Seat Intake

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM C)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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 2023

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 2023 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 Law

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 2023: 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

How to Apply to CAT Participating Colleges?

Students who wish to seek MBA admission through the CAT exam must know how to apply to colleges accepting CAT for MBA/PGDM courses before they even apply for the CAT exam. One of the primary reasons why one should be aware of the CAT participating colleges and the admission process is because every CAT accepting institute has a different admission process and timeline, especially Non-IIM MBA colleges. Some MBA colleges begin their application process for MBA admissions before the CAT exam has been conducted.

On the other hand, some institutes begin their admission process after the exam is concluded and the CAT result is released. Candidates must be aware of how to apply to their preferred colleges and they should also make a list of the colleges they wish to apply for MBA admissions as applying to every CAT participating institute is not possible. With that being said, check out the steps mentioned below to learn how to apply to CAT participating colleges:

  • Firstly, aspirants must prepare a list of the colleges that they have shortlisted for MBA admission. Candidates must also make sure that they choose the colleges in accordance with other factors like their CAT percentile score, their academic background, and their financial background.

  • Then, aspirants must visit the official website of the colleges to learn about various aspects like application start date, MBA/PGDM course fees, and course specializations offered by a particular college.

  • Candidates are advised to apply to at least 2-3 colleges of each percentile range so that they do not face any difficulty once the CAT result is declared and are able to continue their MBA admission process without any hassles. 

  • Typically the application form for MBA admissions at a particular institute is advertised on the homepage of a B-school. Aspirants can fill out the application form available on the official website of the college or they can also fill out CollegeDekho’s Common Application Form in order to apply for admission at these MBA colleges.

  • Apart from personal factors, aspirants must also take into consideration other major factors while selecting MBA colleges like infrastructure, location, faculty, ranking, and placement opportunities offered.

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Selection Process of CAP 2024 Participating Colleges

Participating colleges of CAT 2023 are free to define their own CAT selection process for management admissions. Check the selection process of CAP 2023 participating colleges given below.

Selection Process for IIMs Participating in CAP 2024

  • Candidates can apply to all of the IIMs through the CAT 2023 Application Form.

  • IIMs release their individual eligibility CAT cutoffs for applications and call cutoffs for shortlisting of candidates for admission rounds. Check:IIM Eligibility Cut Off vs Call Cut Off

  • Shortlisted candidates then have to appear for the WAT and PI round of IIMs.

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

Common Admission Process (CAP) 2024

  • Shortlisting is done based on CAT 2023 scores.
  • The rest of the IIMs send a list of shortlisting candidates to the IIM organizing CAP.

  • Candidates are called for CAP 2024 at a common test center for WAT & PI.

  • CAP 2024 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 2023

  • 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.

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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

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

It is essential for the candidates to clear the minimum cutoff for CAT for further admission process, otherwise, they will not get admission to any of the CAT participating colleges. However, some private colleges might invite the candidates depending on their admission rules.

Which are the top CAT participating colleges?

The top CAT participating colleges include IIMs, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, ISB Hyderabad, MDI Gurgaon, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, NMIMS Mumbai, IIFT Delhi, FMS Delhi, SIBM Pune, IMT Ghaziabad, etc.

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

Yes, there will be a separate cutoff for all the CAT participating colleges. The cutoffs of all the participating colleges are released after the declaration of the CAT result and vary every year. Students who meet the cutoff of their desired colleges will be considered for the selection rounds.

How can I apply for admission in CAT participating colleges?

You can apply for admission in CAT participating colleges by filling out the application form of the respective college. If you meet the CAT cutoff set by the desired college and perform well in the selection rounds, then you will be considered for the final admission.

What are the CAT participating colleges other than IIMs?

Some of the CAT participating colleges 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, IBS Hyderabad, etc.

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. 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.

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

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

Which CAT participating college will I get admission to after the CAT exam?

There are 20 IIMs and other top CAT MBA colleges in the non-IIM category that accept CAT exam scores as part of their MBA admission criteria. These include, among others, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, SJMSoM IIT Mumbai, and DoMS IIT Delhi.

Can I seek admission to any IIM without appearing for the CAT exam?

Each IIM accepts CAT scores before moving further with the application procedure. Therefore, there is no likelihood of being admitted directly into any IIM without taking the CAT for an MBA. Several online certificates and diploma programs are offered by IIMs, including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Indore, where CAT results are not required for admission. Through the Joint Integrated Programme in Management Test (JIPMAT), administered by the National Testing Agency, IIM Jammu and IIM Bodh Gaya admit students to respective IPMs (NTA). IIM Rohtak and IIM Indore are additional IIMs with integrated programs.

Can I pursue an MBA for free at IIMs?

Well, any student can't pursue an MBA for free; however, one may be eligible for need-based financial assistance, which reimburses 50–60% of your tuition costs and is completely based on one's family's overall income, not on caste or any other criterion. In addition to this, there are many government financial aid programs where you can even receive your entire tuition reimbursed.

Do IIM placements offer decent salary packages?

While the pay packages of the more recent IIMs lie between INR 10 LPA and INR 20 LPA, the average salary package provided to applicants in the top IIMs is from INR 20 LPA to INR 25 LPA. At the top IIMs, A, B, and C, the highest pay offers ranged from INR 70 LPA to INR 1 CPA as CTC. Typical international compensation packages start at INR 60 LPA.

Is placement guaranteed after graduating from an IIM?

Every year, IIMs are known to guarantee 100% campus placement for their MBA students, and most of the time, their placement offices honor this commitment. Top domestic and international businesses including E&Y, Deloitte, Walmart, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, and others come to the IIM placement drive every year.

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