Top B-schools That Accept CAT Scores

Every candidate who wishes to pursue an MBA, dreams of pursuing it in a top management institute. But not everyone is lucky enough to make it to the top B-schools in the country, namely, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Since their establishment, much has changed in the world of Indian business and education system. Many other B-schools were established and some of them have earned a spot among the top B-schools in the country. Nowadays, candidates have a wide range of colleges and courses to choose from, and the selection criteria are not always as stringent as that of the IIMs. That being said, the cut-offs are still pretty high.

According to the general eligibility criteria, a candidate requires:

  • Minimum of 50% in graduation from a recognized university or college.
  • Minimum of 50% in class 10thand 12th from a recognized board.
  • CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP, GMAT scores as required by the Institute.

There is no age limit, and although it is not mandatory, most B-schools prefer candidates with a significant work experience.

Furthermore, the candidate will be evaluated based on the following three parameters:

  • Leadership Potential

The applicant’s leadership ability is gauged by the initiatives he has undertaken in his academic and professional life.

  • Profile

A different job profile with extracurricular achievements, social work, good projects, and internships is often encouraged.

  • Academic Credentials

Candidate’s academic record and test scores will be considered. However, the cut-off of XAT, GMAT, and CAT varies from college to college.

Here is a list of India’s top Non-IIM B-schools and the minimum score they demand:

Sl. No. Institute Name Entrance Exams Cutoff
1 Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur XAT, GMAT

XAT: 90+

GMAT: 650+

2 Department of Management Studies (DMS), Indian Institute of Technology –Delhi CAT CAT:96+
3 Department of Management Studies (DMS), Indian Institute of Technology –Madras CAT CAT: 96+
4 Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur CAT CAT: 95+
5 Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad GMAT GMAT: 650+
6 Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon CAT CAT: 95+
7 Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai CAT, GMAT, MAH – CET

CAT: 95+

MAH – CET: 95+

8 S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai CAT, XAT, GMAT

CAT/XAT: 90+

GMAT: 650+

9 T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal CAT, XAT, GMAT, MAT


GMAT: 650+

10 Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai NMAT by GMAC NMAT: 205+
11 The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi IIFT, GMAT IIFT: 40+
12 Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi CAT CAT: 97.5+
13 Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune SNAP SNAP: 97+
14 Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad CAT, XAT, GMAT CAT/XAT: 90+

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based national level test conducted every year by IIM which is the admission criterion to get into IIMs and other top B-schools. All the top management schools like IIMs and non-IIMs have their cut-offs, and students who are selected have to undergo another round of test which includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

The cut-off for IIM and other B-schools varies every year depending on the number of candidates applied and availability of seats.

Below is the list of IIMs and other top B-schools which accept CAT scores with percentile cut-offs:

Serial number IIM/ B-schools CAT Cut-off (tentative)
1 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore 85
2 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad 95
3 Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi 95
4 Faculty of Management Studies, the University of Delhi at Delhi 95
5 Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay 90
6 Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95
7 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow 90
8 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode 90
9 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Roorke 90
10 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore 90
11 Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur 90
12 Management Development Institute, Gurgaon 92
13 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kanpur 90
14 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore 90
15 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak 90

NOTE- The cut-offs are based on last year. There would be a variation in this year’s cut off.

The cut-offs of different IIM and other top B-schools varies every year. The cutoffs indicate the quality of the students that these Institutes will accept. This is just the 1st phase of getting into IIM and other B-schools. There are various other criteria like an academic record, work experience, skills and attitude to get into these reputed institutes.

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