Now that the CAT & XAT forms are out and B-Schools have also started announcing the application process for upcoming academic session, you must be busy thinking which B-School to apply for and which one to skip. There would be multiple parameters running in your minds for deciding the colleges to apply for. One of the major parameters is the cut off of previous years’ so that you know your chances of making it to the GD/PI/WAT shortlist of the respective college. This has 2 major benefits – First being that you save your money by not applying to colleges where you might not have realistic chance to get a call because of your preparation level. And second being that you are mentally prepared to focus your preparation and customize it as per specific colleges.
CareerAnna brings to you this article to give an idea about the cut off scores required for Top MBA Colleges for the past 3 years and hence facilitate better decision making while applying to colleges.
Let us look at the cut off (for general category) data for the last 3 years of some of the Top B-Schools of the country. However, please do note that quite a few colleges might be having caste based reservations as well. Cut off for categories in colleges (which have reservation as per Government of India rule) would be lower than that of general category.
|CAT Based Colleges|
|2013-15 (%ile)||2012-14 (%ile)||2011-13 (%ile)|
|MDI||95.7 With Sectionals||93.xx With Sectionals||95.31 With Sectionals|
|NITIE||97.2x With Sectionals||97+ With Sectionals||98+|
|IIT Kgp||97||95+ (Profile Based)||95+ / JMET|
|IIT M||95.8x With Sectionals||94 (Sectionals 88 each)||96+ / JMET|
|IMI Delhi||92 (PGDM), 85 (HR) With Sectionals||90 (PGDM) , 85 (HR) With Sectionals||92 (PGDM) , 85 (HR) With Sectionals|
|TAPMI||Everyone called for GD||Everyone called for GD||Everyone called for GD|
|MFC/MBE||90+ With weights to other factors||90+ With weights to other factors||90+|
|Fore||87.25 , 82.83 (IB)||85.42 , 80.29 (IB)||87+ , 81+ (IB)|
|Nirma||80 (Sectionals 50 each)||80 (Sectionals 50 each)||80 (Sectionals 50 each)|
|KJ-SOM||90 (For Both)||90.14 , 80.29 (IB)||90.29 , 80.17 (IB)|
|XAT Based Colleges|
|2013-15 (%ile)||2012-14 (%ile)||2011-13 (%ile)|
|XLRI||BM – 91.25 , HR – 88 With Sectionals||BM – 90 , HR – 88 With Sectionals||BM – 92 , HR – 91 With Sectionals|
|XIMB||94 (Sectionals 60, 78, 65)||94 With Sectionals||92+ (Sectionals 60)|
|TAPMI||Everyone Called for GD||Everyone called for GD||Everyone called for GD|
|LIBA||80 (Sectionals 78.81, 50.36, 53.51)||80 (Sectionals Data Not Available)||75 (Sectionals 55, 64, 41)|
|SNAP Based Colleges|
|2013-15 (%ile)||2012-14 (Marks)||2011-13 (Marks)|
|SCMHRD – IM||90.122||Not Available||Course wasn’t run|
Please note the following points in addition to the above table:
1. IIMs, old as well as new one’s, have various rounds of shortlisting with weightages to various factors such as past academics, work-experience, academic background, gender, etc. So, they don’t have a fixed cut off. Their cut off keeps on varying every year depending on the applicant pool and the mix that respective IIM wants in the upcoming batch. For details, you can check the shortlisting criteria’s of various IIM’s. (Provided at the end)
2. SPJAIN Mumbai releases 2 shortlists. First shortlist is purely based on profiles of applicants. Second shortlist is based on the combination of scores and profiles. Candidates who feature in first shortlist need to score minimum of 85 percentile overall in CAT/XAT. The cutoff for second shortlist that considers scores as well is usually on the higher end and is observed to be generally in 95+ percentile range.
3. JBIMS Mumbai has not been included in the above table. It earlier used to accept MH-CET score but has moved to CMAT score now. In addition, CAT and XAT score is also accepted. (For details on JBIMS admission process, please visit this link)
4. NITIE Mumbai runs 3 courses. Cut off mentioned in the table above is for flagship course PGDIM. Other 2 courses viz. PGDITM and PGDISEM have lesser cutoffs, with cut off for PGDITM being 1-1.5 percentile less than that of PGDIM and for PGDISEM being slightly lower.
5. IIFT, TISS Mumbai and MICA Ahmedabad conduct their own exams and the cutoff varies depending on the performance of applicants in respective exams. Hence, no concrete information about their cutoff has been put up in the table above.
6. Great Lakes PGPM is only for candidates having more than 2 years of experience. The shortlisting is done on the basis of CAT/XAT Score and Profile. They have recently started PGDM Course also. Cut off for this course is on a lower side as compared to the PGPM Course.
7. The list provided above is only the exam score below which one could not get a call. It does not ensure a call. Reason being that few colleges might have some additional criteria as well. Example: IMI Delhi had an additional cut off for academic scores in Class 10th, 12th and in Graduation. However, there are colleges which consider only the score of written exam to roll out calls for second phase of the admission process; FMS, NITIE and MDI Gurgaon being the examples.
8. Please see that scoring above cut-off marks doesn’t ensure a final convert. Also, there is no cut off as such for a final convert. Final convert in any college depends on various parameters including but not limited to performance in GD/PI/WAT.
Shortlisting Criteria of various IIM’s for CAT 2013:
We will update the shortlisting criteria of other IIM’s as soon as they come out.
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