Cutoffs for top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Cutoffs for top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score

Now that the results for the CAT 2016 Exam are declared, one of the most common questions that I get from students is which colleges can I apply to and which colleges can I get a call from. While there are no hard and fast rules to such things, I have still tried to compile a list of colleges that you can and should apply to. In case you have already applied to some of them, you will be able to access if you stand a chance at getting calls from any of those colleges.

I will be talking about the non IIM colleges in this blogpost. Also, there is still time left to apply for Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics by IIT Kharagpur + IIM- C + ISI. The last date to apply online is 10th Jan

MBA Colleges with CAT cutoffs more than 95

Cutoffs for all IITs are typically more than 95. Roorkee, Kanpur, Madras are typically lower (around 96) while it is higher for Delhi and Bombay. For IIT-B, it can go up to as high as 99. The application for most IITs will start this week (IIT Bombay – 12th Jan)

Cutoffs for FMS and SP Jain are typically in the 97-98 range. When I am talking about SP Jain, I am talking about the non-profile based calls.

Cutoffs for MDI and NITIE are typically around 95-96.

MBA Colleges with CAT cutoffs in the 90-95 range

IMT Gaziabad and IMI New Delhi are couple of good options in this category.
MBA (IB) and MBA (HRD) from Delhi School of Economics are really good options for CAT aspirants with scores in the 90-95 range. The fees is next to nothing for these and it should be on the radar of every CAT 2016 aspirant who is looking for a good education at a low price.

MBA Colleges with CAT cutoffs in the 80-90 range

FORE school of Management is my personal favorite in this category. It typically has cutoff in the mid 80s.
NIRMA (last date to apply was 7th Jan – has been extended) is also a good option with cutoff around 80.
UBS Chandigarh is also a decent choice and so is K K Somaiya. BIM Trichy could also be one of your options.
You could also consider the following colleges (if you HAVE to do an MBA this year):
LBS, New Delhi
IIFM, Bhopal
Welingkar, Mumbai (Online application is still active)
LIBA, Chennai

Should you try for CAT 2017?

To be honest, if you are looking at colleges in this category – there isn’t too much that separates these colleges. There is not going to be a significant difference in terms of brand value in these colleges. If you are worried about placements, well – you should be. But to be honest – the B-school is not going to define your placement. It is what you are going to do in the two years in the college, that will have the maximum amount of impact.
Ask yourself the following questions and based upon that decide whether you should join one of these colleges or not.
1. Is this my only option? (If you have a full-time job or if you can get a shitty full-time job, answer NO)
2. Have I given MY 100% in CAT preparation this time? (Not a theoretical 100% but YOUR 100%. Please try and understand the difference. CAT preparation does not require more than 1-2 hours of studying on a daily basis.)
3. Was this my 2nd / 3rd serious attempt at CAT? (If you studied for more than 2 hours a day for 2 months or more – it is a serious attempt)
You should join one of these colleges if and only if your answer is YES to all of the above questions. If not, you should seriously think about giving it another shot.

I know that you might be going through a tough time right now but if you want to talk and / or want to discuss, email me a copy of your scorecard (do not write your percentage – send me a screenshot / PDF) with the subject line “Help wanted – CAT 2016 Results” along with your questions. Do mention your number as well. I will call you in the coming week and discuss it with you. My email id is

Best of luck!

Cutoffs for top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score
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  1. […] Now that the results have been declared, a lot of students wonder about what their chances are at some of the top colleges. Are there still any good colleges they can apply too. For example, you can still apply to IIT Bombay. We discuss CAT cutoffs and some B-schools that are still open in this post – Cutoffs for top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score […]