B-School Cutoff 2019: B-Schools adopt different methodologies to select candidates. Different institutes assign different weightage to test score, academic record, GD/ PI score, and profile of the candidate and work experience (if any). However, for most B-schools, the first criteria for shortlisting suitable candidates is the score obtained in entrance tests like CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, SNAP Test, IIFT Test, etc. Every year, elite B-schools in the country shortlist candidates 10-15 times the number of seats in the Institute for the second round. Some institutes consider the total scores, while others also take into account sectional scores, in deciding the cutoff for the GD/PI round. 

B-School Cutoff 2019

Usually, the CAT cutoff for old IIMs and top B-schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, etc. goes over 99 percentile. New IIMs including IIM Sambalpur, IIM Ranchi, etc. and other top B-schools have cutoff 90 percentile and above. On the other hand, the cutoff for B-schools belonging to tier two to four range from 80 to 60 percentile. The given list of cutoffs will give you a brief idea of the cutoff percentiles/ scores in popular MBA colleges in India. It will help you to select the best B-school to target according to your performance in the entrance test. 

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Factors Determining Cutoff

CAT cutoff percentile for each institute depends on numerous factors. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • The number of aspirants who appeared for the exam.
  • Number of aspirants who passed in the exam.
  • Number of seats in a particular institute.
  • Ranking of the Institute. 

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B-School Cutoff 2019: IIMs

Minimum criteria by IIM is the minimum eligibility requirement for your application to be considered by respective IIMs. While average batch CAT percentile is calculated based on CAT scores of all the candidates who were admitted to respective IIMs.

IIMs CAT 2018 Cutoff Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Cutoff as per past trends
IIM Ahmedabad 80 98+
IIM Bangalore 90 99+
IIM Calcutta 90 98+
IIM Lucknow 90 97+
IIM Indore 90 92+
IIM Udaipur 90 94+
IIM Tiruchirappalli 90 93+
IIM Kozhikode 90 95+
IIM Shillong 92 92+
IIM Kashipur 92 93+
IIM Ranchi 95 93+
IIM Rohtak 94 94+
IIM Visakhapatnam 90 90+
IIM Nagpur 90 90+
IIM Raipur 90 90+
IIM Amritsar 90 90+
IIM Bodhgaya 90 90+
IIM Jammu 90 90+
IIM Sambalpur 90 90+
IIM Sirmaur 90 90+

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B-School Cutoff 2019: Non-IIMs Accepting CAT Scores

Presented below are the expected CATcut off percentiles for General category students for the top Non-IIM MBA colleges that accept the CAT score:

B-School Cutoff
FMS, Delhi 98+
DMS, IIT Delhi 97+
SPJIMR, Mumbai 92+
IMT, Ghaziabad 90+
NITIE, Mumbai 97+
JBIMS, Mumbai 96+
MDI, Gurgaon 94+
IMI, New Delhi 90+
XIM, Bhubaneshwar 91+
GIM Goa 85+
K J Somaiya, Mumbai 86+
TAPMI, Manipal 88+
FORE, New Delhi 85+
IFMR, Chennai 80+
IRMA, Anand 88+
MICA, Ahmedabad 85+
LIBA, Chennai 75+
XIME, Bangalore 75+

Although, IIM Cutoff 2018 for CAT percentile score as announced by the 20 IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta among others, reflect the minimum CAT 2018 Cutoffs required to be considered for shortlisting, the actual CAT score cutoff in all the IIMs may go much higher. Similar is the case at FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IRMA Anand, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM Bhubaneswar among other MBA colleges accepting CAT Score with cutoff percentiles. The actual CAT Cutoff for top MBA Colleges for MBA admission 2019 may go higher than their threshold CAT Cutoff requirement. 

Cutoffs for Non-IIMs Accepting XAT Scores

MBA College City Cutoff Percentile
XLRI Jamshedpur 96-98
SPJIMR Mumbai 93.50-95
XIMB Bhubaneswar 90-93
IMT Ghaziabad 90-92
GIM Goa 85-90
TAPMI Manipal 80-85
Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon 80-85
IRMA Anand (Gujarat) 80-85
MICA Ahmedabad 80-85
K J Somaiya Mumbai 85-90

The cutoffs of the top B-schools accepting CAT scores is only an indication of the quality of students the institutes look for admitting. Apart from the cutoffs, there are various criteria for shortlisting and selection such as past academic records, work experience to name a few. Hence it cannot be guaranteed that obtaining the cutoff percentile will ensure a call from the B-schools you have applied. 

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