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I have a low CAT percentile; can I still get admission in top MBA institutes

Jan 23, 2017 09:36 IST

    Do not panic if you have a low percentile in CAT and stay focused on securing an admission in one of the top B-Schools even when faced with this situation. The high score of CAT takes you into IIMs but there are several other institutes equally good that take students with a low CAT percentile. It is all about finding them and shortlisting the ones that suit your interest in order to proceed with the admission procedure.

    There are several other entrance exams other than CAT that can help you get an admission or an entry to one of the top MBA colleges in the country. The Indian nationals can appear for either MAT or XAT or ATMA and the foreign nationals can secure admission in the Indian MBA colleges through the score of GMAT. It is an exam conducted for the candidates who want to enter Indian B-Schools.

    Top MBA Colleges other than IIMs

    Following is a list of to MBA institutes that you can consider applying in case you are falling short of the percentile score demanded by IIMs.

    • ISME Bangalore: Accepts score of not just CAT but also MAT, XAT and ATMA with a cut off ranging in between 50 percentile to 70 percentile
    • IBMT Bangalore: Another institute accepting scores of all the MBA entrance exams conducted at national level with cut-off being as low as 50 percentile
    • JIMS Delhi: Accepts CAT and MAT with a percentile ranging from 50 to 60
    • EMPI Delhi: Accepts all the exams and a percentile of 50 and above

    In addition to this factor, there are several institutes that accept scores of entrance exams other than the CAT percentile. It is not just CAT score that can get you secure an admission in one of the top MBA colleges in India but also several other exams that can be taken in order to do so.




    FIIB Delhi


    50 and above

    WLC Delhi

    All entrance exams

    40 and above

    DSPSR Delhi

    All entrance exams

    30 and above

    IILM Greater Noida

    All entrance exams

    65 and above

    IILM Gurgaon and Delhi

    All entrance exams

    40 – 50

    ISB Kolkata

    All entrance exams

    40 and above

    IISE Lucknow

    All entrance exams

    40 – 50


    Top MBA colleges accepting CAT scores of 85 to 100 percentile

    In addition to the acceptance of low CAT percentile, there are several other aspects that are counted while admitting students. This revolves around the fact that academic performance over the years, group discussions (GD), and interview are also considered under the essential pre-requisites while admitting a student. These attributes form a major share of the entrance criteria, giving an advantage to those who have not been able to secure well in the entrance exam. Therefore, in case you have landed up with a low CAT percentile, you can vouch for the personality test as a possible add-on to the achieved scores.

    Why I did not get a call from IIM despite a CAT score of 99+ percentile

    It is not just the marks secured by one in the entrance exam but also that in 10th and 12th along with graduation CGPA or percentage that allows him/her to secure a place in one of the top MBA institutes. Hence, it is not entirely dependent on your CAT percentile and you still have a high chance of getting through one of the best colleges with low CAT percentile. What matters is that you look at all the right places and ensure that the rounds of personality test are performed well. You simply need to put in all your efforts in the areas that are your strengths, which may include group discussion.

    There is no need to lose your heart over low CAT percentile for there are several options of top MBA institutes other than IIMs that accept low CAT score and also the score of other national level MBA entrance exams. All you need to do is stay focused and keep your options open in order to get admitted to the course of your choice.

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