CAT Exam 2021: List of MBA colleges to apply to based on expected CAT percentile

CAT 2021 concluded on November 28 and experts have released the exam analysis along with the expected cut off for every CAT slot. Here’s a list of some of the best B-schools that you can apply to based on your expected CAT percentile.

CAT Exam 2021: List of MBA colleges to apply to based on expected CAT percentile
himanshu.shekhar | Dec 1, 2021 - 1 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI- The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad conducted CAT exam 2021 in online mode on November 28 across 159 cities of the country. As per the CAT exam analysis of every slot, the exam was tougher than last year. The CAT cut-off 2021 for old and top IIMs such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozhikode usually ranges between 99+ to 100 percentile, and for new IIMs, 95 to 99+ CAT percentile.
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Apart from IIMs, the other top MBA colleges accepting CAT cut off ranging between 92-99+ percentile are FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI Gurgaon, IMT etc. For the candidates whose CAT 2021 didn’t go well, they also have plenty of best B-schools to opt for that accept a CAT score as low as 50+ percentile. Scroll below for the list of MBA colleges to target based on CAT 2021 percentile. Candidates can avail the facility of the CAT percentile predictor to know their expected CAT 2021 percentile.
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List of MBA colleges to apply if CAT cut off 2021 lies between 80 to 95 percentile

B-school accepting 90 to 95 CAT 2021 percentile

MBA colleges accepting 80 to 85 CAT percentile 2021


Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi) New Delhi


BITS Pilani

MICA Ahmedabad

DSE, Delhi University

FORE School Of Management

IIFM Bhopal


TAPMI Manipal

SJMSoM, IIT Bombay

Loyola Institute of Business Administration

IMT Ghaziabad

S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research

VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur


GIM, Goa

Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

IMI New Delhi

IMI Delhi

SDA Bocconi

Great Lakes Institute of Management Studies

List of B-schools accepting CAT percentile between 55 to 80

MBA colleges accepting CAT 75 to 80 percentile

B-schools accepting 65 to 75 CAT percentile

Colleges accepting 55 to 64 CAT percentile

IMT Nagpur

Christ University

XISS Ranchi

IBS Hyderabad


XIME Bangalore

Alliance School of Business, Bangalore

ITM Navi Mumbai

Army Institute Of Management, Kolkata

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Sciences

Amity School Of Business

IBA (Indus Business Academy), Bangalore

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata

NL Dalmia School Of Management

IILM Noida

GLIM Gurgaon

KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar

Christ University, Bangalore

FLAME University, Pune


For MBA admission to IIMs and top management institutes, the candidates need to clear both overall and sectional CAT cut off 2021 followed by acing the selection rounds that include Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Many leading CAT coaching institutes have released the CAT expected cut off 2021 along with the CAT exam analysis 2021. Candidates are advised to go through the IIM admission criteria, eligibility CAT cut off 2021 and actual CAT cut off to thoroughly understand the selection process and assess their chances of MBA admission.

List of MBA colleges with no sectional CAT cutoff

Here’s a list of B-schools that accept CAT scores with no sectional cutoff.

MBA colleges with no sectional CAT cut off

  • MICA Ahmedabad
  • IIT Madras
  • Great Lakes Chennai
  • Loyola Institute of Management
  • IMT Hyderabad
  • IMI Kolkata
  • BML Munjal
  • SP Jain Global
  • ISBR Bangalore
  • KJ Somaiya
  • Welingkar
  • Tapmi Manipal
  • SDA Bocconi

CAT Cut Off 2021: Determining factors

CAT cut off percentile is determined by every institute after considering various factors and certain key parameters as mentioned below.

  • The difficulty level of CAT 2021 exam

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the CAT entrance test

  • Number of applicants who cleared the exam

  • Number of seats available in a particular institute

  • All India/ NIRF ranking of the institute

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