Top B-Schools where you can still apply through CAT

You are advised to not only apply to B-Schools where the cut-offs are around or a little more than what you have scored, but also to some where the cut-offs are less than your score.

The cut-offs listed below are for General Category. In colleges where NC-OBC, SC and ST reservations exist, please reduce the cut-offs by 10%, 20% and 30% respectively to get the category cut-offs. Continue to read about Top B-Schools where you can still apply through CAT/XAT/CMAT

B-School Last Date Expected Cut-off
Our Rating Avg Sal 2017
(lacs per year)
JBIMS Mumbai (MMS/MSc Fin) Through Mah-CET. Wait for the notification. A++/A 18.8/16.3
SRCC (PGDBO) 31st January Own Test (4th Mar) B 8
IIT Bombay (Only engineers) 31st January 97.5 A+ 17.6
NITIE Mumbai (PGDIM/PGDISEM) 22nd January 97/94
(92/90 in each section)
A+ 16.9/15.9
IISc Bangalore (Only engineers) March – mid 95 A 16.1
IIT Delhi (Non-engineers can also apply) 29th January 95
(Profile very important)
A 16.2
IIT Kharagpur (MBA – only engineers) 30th January 93
(Difficult for freshers to get in)
A 15.6
IIT Madras (Non-engineers can also apply) 29th January 94
(Profile also considered)
A- 11.9
IIT Roorkee (Only engineers) 29th January 94
(Profile also considered)
A- 9.2
MFC & MBE (DU) Open 94
(Profile also considered)
A- 11.7/9
IIT Kanpur (Only engineers) 29th January 92
(Profile also considered)
A- 10.4
IIM Ranchi (PGDHRM) February – mid 90 (70 in each) A- 13.8
IMI Delhi (PGDM/HR/B&FS) 21st January 90/85/83 A-/B+/B+ 12.5/10.8/12.1
(60 in each section, except PGDM QA 75%ile)
*IMT Ghaziabad / Nagpur / Hyderabad 21st January 90/70/65 A-/B-/C+ 11/7.5/7
*IRMA Anand 20th January 80 A- 10.2
*MICA Ahmedabad 5th February 80 A- 12.6
*TAPMI Manipal (PGDM/Banking&Fin Ser) May extend 85/90 B+/B 10
(lower for candidates with work-ex)
*K J Somaiya Mum (PGDM/IB/Comm/Fin Ser) 31st January 87 B+/B/B-/B- 9.2
*Fore Delhi (PGDM/IBM) 18th January 85/78 B+/B 9.4
LBSIM Delhi (PGDM/Fin) Open 84/82 B+/B 8.5
IIT Kharagpur (MHRM – only engineers) 16th February 83 B+ 9.5
BIM Tiruchirapalli 31st January 80 B+ 10
*LIBA Chennai 31st January 80 B+ 9
(18 %ile in VARC, 49 in DILR & 42 in QA)
UBS Chandigarh (Gen/IB/HR) Will re-open 90/85/80 B 7.6
*Great Lakes Chennai/Gurgaon
(2 year PGDM)
25th February 85/80
B/B- 9.3/9.1
FMS (BHU) 22nd January 80 B 7
NIBM Pune 20th March 80 B 10
Nirma Ahmedabad 29th January 80 (40 in each) B 8.2
*Welingkar Mumbai / Bengaluru 26th January 80/75 B 8/7
*IFMR Chennai 5th February 75 (Profile-based) B 8.5
BITS Pilani (Only engineers) 15th February 70 (Profile-based) B 7.5
MDI Murshidabad 31st January 70 B 8
*IIFM Bhopal 10th February 84 (78 in each) B- 6.4
NIT Trichy (Non-engineers can also apply) Details Awaited 75 B- 6.5
*BIMTECH Noida 31st January 70 B- 7.5
Delhi School of Mgmt (DTU) ~
(Non-engineers can also apply)
Details Awaited 70 B- 6.4
IISWBM Kolkata (MBA/MHRM) Open 70/60 B-/C 7/5
*SDM IMD Mysore 28th February 70 B- 6.5
SIES Mumbai Details Awaited 70 B- 6.7
*XIME Bengaluru 25th February 70 B- 6.7
*IMI Kolkata/Bhubaneswar 28th January 65 B- 6.2/7.5
NIA SOM Pune 15th March 65 B- 7
*XISS Ranchi (HRM/Others) 20th February 65/50 B-/C 8/5 or less
Christ University Bengaluru (MBA) 20th January 70 C+
*Amrita Coimbatore 31st January 65 C+
*BIMM Pune 28th January 65 C+
*Chetana Mumbai Details Awaited 65 C+
N L Dalmia Mumbai (PGDBM) Details Awaited 65 C+
AIM Kolkata 31st January 60 C+
*ISB&M Pune/Kolkata/Bangalore Open 60 C+/C/C
*ITM Mumbai 31st March 60 C+
*TAPMI SOB Jaipur Open 60 C+

Application forms for B-Schools like AIMS, Apeejay, BML Munjal, Globsyn, EMPI, Jaipuria, IBA, IFIM, IILM, Jindal, Kirloskar, NDIM, PIBM, Presidency Bengaluru, TSM Madurai, United World, Woxsen etc are also available. These B-Schools would shortlist using CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT scores and could be available at 60 percentile or lower.

 * Institutes with an asterisk before their names also accept the XAT scores.


XAT 2018 Score vs Expected Percentile

(This is based on the test conducted on 7th January 2018 and is subject to revision if the XAT authorities use normalization or any other method on account of the retest.) 

Score Percentile
33 95
30 90
27.5 85
25.5 80
24 75

All the colleges mentioned in the earlier list, which accept XAT scores will have similar cutoffs for XAT as well. There are two exceptions though –

  • K J Somaiya – 75%ile in XAT
  • LIBA – 70%ile in XAT (68 %ile in VARC, 37 in DM & 49 in QA)

The last dates to apply will also be the same except for IMT (31st January) and TAPMI (probably till after declaration of XAT results). Some more colleges may extend their last dates, however, you are advised not to wait any longer and apply asap if you are interested in any college(s).


CMAT 2017 Score vs Percentile

Score Percentile
230 95
207 90
192 85
178 80
165 75

The best colleges which accept CMAT scores, and can still be applied to, are – KJ Somaiya (97 %ile; score 240+), NIBM (93, 220), IFMR (91, 210+), Great Lakes (90), Welingkar (90), XIME (75), IMT Nagpur (75), IMT Hyderabad (70) etc.


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