The top 20 Indian Institute of Management campuses fix their own minimum cut off percentile to screen candidates for the first phase of admissions. The cut-off remains high almost every year (90-100). However, final offer for admissions is based on the composite score of candidate’s academic performance, CAT score, GD/PI score and other aspects.

Before the result is announced, each IIMs announces its admission process and selection criteria for PGP. In this, the minimum cut off percentile for each category and other details are shared, so that the candidates know beforehand, the entire process of joining IIM.

The minimum cut off percentile released before the CAT Exam result is only an indicator of minimum eligibility criteria to be able to expect interview call. The actual cut-off marks are may be higher or remain the same.

Minimum cut-offs for reserved category students is much lesser than General category students.

These cut offs are decided by the IIMs individually for every batch. Candidates who qualify this, are invited by the IIMs to participate in Written Ability Test/Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD, PI). The WAT/GD, PI round is conducted in the months of February and March, while the offer of admission letters are issued to successful candidates in the month of April and May.

Factors Determining CAT Cut off

CAT cut-off depends on a numerous factors. Candidates can take a look at a few factors that determine the CAT cut-offs:

  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Number of aspirants those who appeared for the exam
  • Number of seats available
  • Number of candidates those who are shortlisted
  • Ranking of the institution

On popular demand, we bring to you the Expected cutoff of Top MBA Colleges for the MBA Admission season to lead to MBA Class of 2017-19. Please note that these are the cutoffs which we expect for the General Category. Most of the top 30 institutes also have sectional cutoff, hence we suggest you to maintain sectional balance while taking the exam. Also, in the case of IIMs and SPJain, profile is given a very high weightage and hence the mentioned cutoff does not mean that you will get the call. There have been instances in past where people have missed IIM calls even at 99.9+ percentile but someone with just 99 percentile got the call. The purpose of the following list on Expected Cutoff of Top Mba Colleges is to give you an idea on the minimum expectation as per the past trends. We hope you will find the article useful. 

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expected cutoff of top mba colleges

Expected Cutoff of Top Mba Colleges

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 1 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad


Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore 99+  CAT 
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta 99+  CAT 
Xavier School of Management, XLRI Jamshedpur 95+  XAT 
Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi 97.5+  CAT 
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow 98+  CAT 
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai 97+(NP)  CAT/ XAT 
Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode 97+  CAT 
Indian Institute of Management, Indore 97+  CAT 
10  Management Development Institute, Gurgaon 95+  CAT 
11  National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai  97+  CAT 
12  Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai 76+( Marks )   TISSNET 
13  Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay 98+  CAT 
14  Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai 97+  CAT/ MHCET 
15  IIFT, Delhi NA IIFT 
16  SIBM, Pune 97+ SNAP 
17  Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai 208 + ( Marks)  NMAT 
18  International Management Institute, New Delhi 90+  CAT 
19  Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad 90  CAT / XAT 
20  Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar 93+   CAT / XAT/ GMAT
21  SCMHRD, Pune 95+  SNAP 
22  Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi 96+  CAT 
23  Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur 90+ (Profile based) CAT 
24  IIT Madras 96+  CAT 
25  IIT Kanpur 95+ CAT 
26  Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur 95+ CAT 
27  Indian Institute of Management, Trichy 95+  CAT 
28  Indian Institute of Management, Raipur 95+  CAT 
29  Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur  95+  CAT 
30  Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong 95+  CAT 
31  Baby IIM’s 88+  CAT 
32  Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 90+*   CAT/ GATE 
33  Goa Institute of Management, Goa 85/ 90/ 97  XAT/ CAT/ CMAT 
34  K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai  87+ *  CAT/ CMAT/ MHCET/ GMAT
35  Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai   90 + * CAT/ XAT/ GMAT/ CMAT 
36  SIMSREE, Mumbai  98+  MHCET/ CMAT
37  Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune  87+ SNAP 
38  Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee 95+  CAT 
39  Nirma University Institute of Management (NIRMA), Ahmedabad 80+  CAT 
40  FORE School of Management, New Delhi 87+ CAT 
41  Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bangalore 87+  SNAP 
42  TAPMI, Manipal 70+  CAT 
43  Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) –  MICAT 
44  Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), Trichy 85+  CAT 
45  MHROD / MIB 90+  CAT
46  Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai 78+*   CAT/ XAT/ GMAT/ CMAT
47  Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM), New Delhi  82+ CAT 
48  Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai 75+   CAT / ATMA / XAT / CMAT / MHCET / GMAT  
49  Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai  75+  CAT/ XAT
50  Institute of Rural Management, Anand 109+ (Marks)  CAT/ XAT 
51  Symbiosis Center for Information Technology, Pune 70+  SNAP 
52  University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, Chandigarh 84+  CAT 
53  Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore 198+  NMAT 
54  Faculty of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University (FMS BHU), Varanasi 81+   CAT
55  Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Bangalore 75+*   CAT / ATMA / XAT / CMAT / MHCET / GMAT  
56  Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), NOIDA 70+   CAT/ XAT/ GMAT
57  IIFM, Bhopal 80+ CAT
58  Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, Nasik 83+  SNAP 
59  Vanguard business school 65+ CAT/ XAT/ MAT/ ATMA/ CMAT 
60  Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bengaluru 78+*   XAT/ CAT/ CMAT/ MAT

* Cat Percentile 

NP- Non Profile Based Call

IIM selection criteria broadly consists of three following steps:

  • The CAT exam
  • Screening of candidates for Written Ability Test/Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD-PI) on the basis of their CAT score
  • Calculation of composite Score and the Final selection

Candidates are selected for final admission on various parameters as follows:

  • CAT score
  • Class X score
  • Class XII score
  • Graduation Score
  • Gender Diversity
  • Academic Diversity
  • Work Experience if any.

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