CAT

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all India Entrance test conducted by IIMs. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and is a pre-requisite for selecting students for their business administration programs. This computer-based test is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to their 2-year full time postgraduate programs in management. Other Indian business schools like IITs, FMS, S P Jain, MDI, and NITIE also accept CAT scores as part of their selection process.

 

From 2009 onwards, CAT became a computer based test wherein subjects are subdivided into different areas i.e.: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Ability.  Until CAT 2013, the CAT was held over a window of a couple of weeks in October/November. In CAT 2014, when TCS started conducting the test, the structure of the test was changed, and the test window was reduced to two days. From 2015, CAT has become a one-day test and it was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. . In 2016, CAT 2016 pattern remained unchanged and was conducted by IIM Bangalore on 4th December 2016. In 2017, CAT 2017 pattern remained unchanged and was conducted by IIM Lucknow on 26th November 2017.

 

The much awaited IIM CAT 2018 notification is out. In 2018, IIM Calcutta shall conduct the CAT 2018 exam with TCS as the technology support partner on 25th November 2018. The CAT 2017 Convenor Professor SumantaBasu, IIM Calcutta PGP Admission Chairperson announced the notification on 29th July 2018. Click here to check the official IIM CAT website details! 

To appear for the CAT, the candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree, with at least 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 percent in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA)), awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

 

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30 (of the admission year) from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.  

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you need to register for the test and make an online payment.
In order to register you will have to visit the official CAT website and take the following steps 

  1. Fill the CAT application form.
  2. Make the payment via a valid credit, debit card or online net banking facility.

From 2009 onwards, CAT became a computer based test.
For CAT 2018, the IIMs have not changed the structure and continue to be a 3 section test. However, the number of questions in each of the section is not specified.
For reference purpose, refer the below table with the details as per CAT 2017:

SectionSection NameTotal Number of questionsTime
Section-IVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3460min
Section-IIData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3260min
Section-IIIQuantitative Ability3460min
 Total100180min

The Scoring pattern of CAT 2017 will be +3 for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer. The students are also scaled on percentiles which are the criteria for short listing students for the next round.

Apart from the CAT, an MBA aspirant may need to take a few more entrance tests based on the list of B-Schools one is planning to apply to. Some of the important B-School entrance tests are XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, TISS-NET, CET (Mah), CMAT, MAT and ATMA. These tests are generally unpredictable in their structure and composition. Whilst the objective of the test to assess the students’ aptitude in the broad areas of Quantitative, Verbal, Logical and Analytical Reasoning remains unchanged, the same cannot be said about the weightage given to each area. Increasingly, many institutes are also testing the students’ awareness of current affairs and general knowledge. The two prime requirements to beat these tests are (a) a really thorough knowledge of each basic area and (b) a consciously cultivated ability to think on one’s feet. Find below the test structure analysis of the latest edition of each of the above tests: 

Test NameTest ModeTest Date(s)Institutes AcceptingTest Structure
XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)OnlineJanuary 2019XLRI, S.P.Jain, MICA, XIM-B, GIM, K.J.Somaiya, LIBA, Praxis, TAPMI, WelingkarXAT
IIFT (own test)Paper-based2nd December 2018IIFT (Delhi/Kolkata/Kakinada)IIFT
SNAP (Symbisosis National Aptitude Test)OnlineDecember 2018SIBM Pune, SCMHRD, SIBM Bangalore, SIIB, SIMC, SIMS, SITM, SIOM, SCIT,SIHS, SICSR, SSBFSNAP
NMAT (NarseeMonjee Aptitude Test)Online4th October 2018 to 17th December 2018NMIMS-all campuses along with 15 other b-schools in IndiaNMAT
TISSNETOnlineJanuary 2018TISSTISS

Below mentioned are the details about CAT 2018 structure and IMS interpretation of the same.

THREE sections with the following break up

Section No.Section Time
Section 1Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension60min
Section 2DI & LR60min
Section 3Quantitative Ability60min

IMS interpretation: As per the IIMs, students have to show equal competency in all three sections. (Mind you this is an IIM requirement and not a CAT requirement. Other institutes that accept the CAT only use the overall percentile) Quant, VA-RC and LR-DI: Performance in one area (or the lack of it) cannot be subsidized by performance in another. For example, earlier students could get away with solving LR questions in the second section and still get a decent sectional and overall percentile. (Eternal optimists, however, will say that you can still subsidize your DI weakness by your LR strength in the new format).

  1. Test duration:

180 minutes with 60 minutes per section just like CAT 2017.

  1. Sectional time limit:

Just like in CAT 2017, each section will have a time limit of 60 minutes i. e. you cannot switch between sections.

IMS interpretation: Sectional time limit is a boon for students who aren’t good at time management and who end up spending more time in one section at the cost of another. As the IIMs require you to show equal competency in each of the sections, you will have to display equal competency in all 3 sections. However, test-takers who have the ability to complete a section well within the allotted time cannot leverage this to their benefit by using the time saved in section and use it in another. 

General

Stage 1: WAT-PI shortlist
InstituteSection ISection IISection IIIOverallB-School Profiles
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IIM A- PGP70707080 
IIM A-FABMNANANANA 
IIM B85808090 
IIM C>=80>=80>=80>=90 
IIM L- PGP85858590 
IIM L-PGP ABM80808085-
IIM L- PGP SM80808085-
IIM Kozhikode80808090 
IIM Indore80808090 
IIM Shillong707070NA 
IIM Kashipur80808090 
IIM Rohtak80808090 
IIM Ranchi(PGDM)80808090 
IIM Ranchi PGDHRMNANANANA 
IIM Raipur80808090 
IIM Trichy80808090 
IIM Udaipur80808090 
6 New IIMs were inaugurated in 2015
IIM Nagpur80808090 
IIM Sirmaur75757580 
IIM Bodh Gaya-Bihar>=80>=80>=80>=90 
IIM Amritsar70707095.6 
IIM Vishakhapatnam80808090 
IIM Sambalpur Orissa80808090 
Inaugurated in 2016
IIM Jammu75757580-

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs provided are Indicative based on the 2018-20 or 2017-19 (as available) Admission policy for Stage 1 process (wherever available) of short listing as mentioned on respective IIMs / Other B-schools website. Wherever 2017 cut-offs were not available, 2016 cut-offs have been considered.

NC-OBC

Stage 1: WAT-PI shortlist
InstituteSection ISection IISection IIIOverallB-School Profiles
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IIM A- PGP65656575 
IIM A-FABMNANANANA 
IIM B75707080 
IIM C>=75>=75>=75>=85 
IIM L- PGP77777782 
IIM L-PGP ABM72727277-
IIM L- PGP SM72727277-
IIM Kozhikode70707080 
IIM Indore70707080 
IIM Shillong707070NA 
IIM Kashipur72727281 
IIM Rohtak60606078 
IIM Ranchi(PGDM)60606078 
IIM Ranchi PGDHRMNANANANA 
IIM Raipur72727281 
IIM Trichy72727281 
IIM Udaipur72727281 
6 New IIMs were inaugurated in 2015
IIM Nagpur72727281 
IIM Sirmaur68686872 
IIM Bodh Gaya-Bihar>=55>=55>=55>=75 
IIM Amritsar58585875 
IIM Vishakhapatnam70707080 
IIM Sambalpur Orissa60606075 
Inaugurated in 2016
IIM Jammu68686872-

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs provided are Indicative based on the 2018-20 or 2017-19 (as available) Admission policy for Stage 1 process (wherever available) of short listing as mentioned on respective IIMs / Other B-schools website. Wherever 2017 cut-offs were not available, 2016 cut-offs have been considered.

SC

Stage 1: WAT-PI shortlist
InstituteSection ISection IISection IIIOverallB-School Profiles
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IIM A- PGP60606070 
IIM A-FABMNANANANA 
IIM B70656575 
IIM C>=65>=65>=65>=70 
IIM L- PGP55555570 
IIM L-PGP ABM55555565-
IIM L- PGP SM55555565-
IIM Kozhikode50505065 
IIM Indore55555560 
IIM Shillong606060NA 
IIM Kashipur60606075 
IIM Rohtak50505060 
IIM Ranchi(PGDM)50505060 
IIM Ranchi PGDHRMNANANANA 
IIM Raipur60606075 
IIM Trichy60606075 
IIM Udaipur60606075 
6 New IIMs were inaugurated in 2015
IIM Nagpur60606075 
IIM Sirmaur50505070 
IIM Bodh Gaya-Bihar>=50>=50>=50>=55 
IIM Amritsar50505056 
IIM Vishakhapatnam60606075 
IIM Sambalpur Orissa50505060 
Inaugurated in 2016
IIM Jammu50505065-

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs provided are Indicative based on the 2018-20 or 2017-19 (as available) Admission policy for Stage 1 process (wherever available) of short listing as mentioned on respective IIMs / Other B-schools website. Wherever 2017 cut-offs were not available, 2016 cut-offs have been considered.

ST

Stage 1: WAT-PI shortlist
InstituteSection ISection IISection IIIOverallB-School Profiles
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IIM A- PGP50505060 
IIM A-FABMNANANANA 
IIM B60606075 
IIM C>=60>=60>=60>=70 
IIM L- PGP50505065 
IIM L-PGP ABM50505060-
IIM L- PGP SM50505060-
IIM Kozhikode40404055 
IIM Indore45454550 
IIM Shillong505050NA 
IIM Kashipur50505065 
IIM Rohtak30303040 
IIM Ranchi(PGDM)30303040 
IIM Ranchi PGDHRMNANANANA 
IIM Raipur50505065 
IIM Trichy50505065 
IIM Udaipur50505065 
6 New IIMs were inaugurated in 2015
IIM Nagpur50505065 
IIM Sirmaur45454565 
IIM Bodh Gaya-Bihar>=30>=30>=30>=35 
IIM Amritsar30303035 
IIM Vishakhapatnam50505055 
IIM Sambalpur Orissa30303040 
Inaugurated in 2016
IIM Jammu45454560-

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs provided are Indicative based on the 2018-20 or 2017-19 (as available) Admission policy for Stage 1 process (wherever available) of short listing as mentioned on respective IIMs / Other B-schools website. Wherever 2017 cut-offs were not available, 2016 cut-offs have been considered.

DAP

Stage 1: WAT-PI shortlist
InstituteSection ISection IISection IIIOverallB-School Profiles
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IIM A- PGP60606070 
IIM A-FABMNANANANA 
IIM B60606075 
IIM C>=60>=60>=60>=70 
IIM L- PGP50505065 
IIM L-PGP ABM50505060-
IIM L- PGP SM50505060-
IIM Kozhikode40404055 
IIM Indore45454550 
IIM Shillong505050NA 
IIM Kashipur50505065 
IIM Rohtak30303040 
IIM Ranchi(PGDM)50505065 
IIM Ranchi PGDHRMNANANANA 
IIM Raipur50505065 
IIM Trichy50505065 
IIM Udaipur50505065 
6 New IIMs were inaugurated in 2015
IIM Nagpur50505065 
IIM Sirmaur50505070 
IIM Bodh Gaya-Bihar>=30>=30>=30>=35 
IIM Amritsar30303040 
IIM Vishakhapatnam50505055 
IIM Sambalpur Orissa30303040 
Inaugurated in 2016
IIM Jammu50505070-

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs provided are Indicative based on the 2018-20 or 2017-19 (as available) Admission policy for Stage 1 process (wherever available) of short listing as mentioned on respective IIMs / Other B-schools website. Wherever 2017 cut-offs were not available, 2016 cut-offs have been considered.

IIMs Final Admit

Indicative cut-off percentiles for final call (Final Admit)   
B-schoolSectional PercentileOverall PercentileB-School Profiles
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IIM AEach Section: 94Gen: 89.22,
OBC: 81.48,
SC: 70.78,
ST: 70.01,
DA: 79.94,
 
IIM B*Each Section: 90Gen: 91.84,
OBC: 86.38,
SC: 71.61,
ST: 65.52,
DA: 65.8,
 
IIM C*Each Section: 9095 
IIM LEach Section: 85Gen: 91.84,
OBC: 86.38,
SC: 71.61,
ST: 65.52,
DA: 65.8,
 
IIM KozhikodeEach Section: 80Gen: 95.21,
OBC: 80.19,
SC: 65.18,
ST: 55.5,
DA: 58.73,
 
IIM IndoreEach Section: 85Gen: 90.16,
OBC: 80.19,
SC: 56.02,
ST: 61.32,
DA: 55.5,
 
IIM ShillongEach Section: 8598 
IIM Kashipur
Gen: QADI: 80.58, VALR: 80.07,
OBC: QADI: 70.05, VALR: 70.04,
SC: QADI: 45.30, VALR:45.46,
ST: QADI: 41.59, VALR: 41.45,
DAP: QADI: 53.23, VALR: 50.42
Gen: 95,
OBC: 78.01,
SC: 60.01,
ST: 40.01,
DA: 40.16,
 
IIM Rohtak 
IIM Ranchi (PGDM and PGDHRM) 
IIM RaipurGen: 95.02,
OBC: 78.6,
SC: 61.05,
ST: 45.67,
DA: 45.39,
 
IIM TrichyGen: 96.60,
OBC: 75.04,
SC: 65.06,
ST: 60.01,
DAP: 75.04
 
IIM UdaipurGen: 95.03,
OBC: 81.8,
SC: 65.48,
ST: 54.1,
DAP: 47.84,
 

Disclaimer: *IIM B, C Cut-offs in the IIMs Final Admit table reflects stage 1 cut-offs as the respective IIMs have not shared their Final admit cut-offs.
IIM A,L, K, I, Shillong and New IIMs cut-offs are shared by the respective IIMs when contacted.
Wherever latest cut-offs were not available, past cut-offs have been considered.

Other Top 20 B Schools

B-SchoolTestOverall Percentile Cut-offs Sectional percentile cut-offsB-School Profiles 
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BIM, TrichyCATGen: 86.5,OBC/PWD/DA: 70,SC/ST: 50 No Sectional Cut-offs 
FMS, DelhiCAT/GMAT (FN)GMAT: 650,
CAT: Gen: 98.18,
OBC: 90.07,
SC: 82.19,
ST: 58.1,
DA: 85.94,
CW: 26.23,
30% weightage to QA & DI/LR
40% weightage to VARC
 
IIFT, DelhiOwn TestGen: 48.5 , NC-OBC: 43.5, SC/ST/PH: 38.5E 8.75 DILR 8.68 GA .82 QA 4.34 
IIT-DelhiCATGen: 95.02,
OBC: 87.78,
SC: 67.61,
ST: 66.51,
DA: 77.74,
No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIT-Kharagpur  CATGen: 90.36,
OBC: 80,
SC: 75.08,
ST: 77.51,
DA: 77.99,
No Sectional Cut-offs 
IMT, GhaziabadCAT/XAT/GMATCAT/XAT: 95, GMAT: NANo Sectional Cut-offs 
IRMA, AnandCAT/XAT + ISC(own test-Issues of Social concern)Anyone who has scored over 80%ile (General category), 60%ile (NC OBC Category) in CAT/XAT, and clears the cutoff in IRMASAT exam will be eligible for the GA-PI round.Not Available  
JBIMS, Mumbai- MMS*MH-CET/CATCET/CAT: Gen 99.98No Sectional Cut-offs 
MDI, GurgaonCATPGPM/PGP-HRM/PGP-IM: Gen: 96Sec 1:QADI: 70 
Sec 2: VALR: 70
 
MICA, Ahmedabad  CAT/XAT/GMAT+ MICATNo standard cut-offs. Individuals taking the MICAT must attempt and complete all the sections of the test satisfactorily to qualify for the GE & PI.  
NITIE, MumbaiCATPGDIM:Gen: 97,PGDISEM: Gen: 93,  OBC/PD: 90, SC/ST:75Both Sections PGDIM: 90, PGDISEM: 80  
NMIMS, MumbaiNMAT by GMACMBA and MBA –HR: 208 MBA Pharma: 160MBA and MBA –HR: QS 65, LS 50, LR 55
MBA Pharma: QS 45, LS 50 LR 45
 
S.P. Jain, MumbaiCAT/XAT/GMATCAT/XAT: 85, GMAT: 85CAT/XAT: each section 75 
GMAT: VA and QA: 75 and IR: 6 Score
 
SCMHRD, PuneSNAPGen: 96.5, Kashmiri Migrants:78, SC: 80.25,ST/PWD/DA: 50.45No Sectional Cut-offs 
SIBM, PuneSNAPMBA: Gen: 98.21, Kashmiri Migrants:85, SC: 68.06,ST/PWD/DA: 33.97
MBA IB:  Gen: 83.66, Kashmiri Migrants:NA, SC: 26.21,ST/PWD/DA: 1.85
No Sectional Cut-offs 
SJMSOM, IIT-BombayCATGen: 99.08No Sectional Cut-offs 

TAPMI, Manipal-PGDM and PGDM-B&FS

PGDM-HCM

CAT, XAT and GMAT

PGDM: CAT, XAT, GMAT and MAT Sept & Dec

PGDM and PGDM-B&FS: CAT/XAT: 80+, GMAT 600+

PGDM-HCM: CAT/XAT/MAT: 80+, GMAT 600+

No Sectional Cut-offs 
TISS, MumbaiTISS-NETGen: 75, OBC: 64, SC/ST: Approx 50No Sectional Cut-offs 
XIM, Bhubaneswar-MBA in BM, MBA in HRM, MBA in RM, MBA in SMCAT/XAT/GMAT/X-GMAT/NMAT^CAT/XAT: 94, GMAT: 550CAT: QA 84, VA 94, LR 91 
XAT: QA 60, VA 75, DM 65 
 
XLRI, JamshedpurXAT/GMAT (NRI/Foreign candidates)BM: Overall 96
HRM: Overall 92.55 
GMP: Overall 22 & above marks
BM Sectional: VA-79.46, DM-76.84, QA-88.7 HRM Sectional: VA-79.69, DM-71.628, QA-70.07GMP Sectional: VA- 5 & above, DM- 5 & above, QA- 6 & above 

Disclaimer: The Cut-offs mentioned are Indicative based on primary (shared by Bschool when contacted) and Secondary sources.(Web)
Wherever latest cut-offs were not available, past cut-offs have been considered.
*For Bschools like JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, PUMBA, MET, SIES, Welingkar, N L Dalmia MMS(Masters of Management Studies) Program is also offered along with PG program whereby admission is via CAP rounds conducted by DTE Maharashtra (Directorate of Technical Education) which offers admission to AI - All India candidates (Non Maharashtra state candidates) based on their All India entrance tests (CAT, XAT, GMAT,CMAT, MAT, ATMA and MH- CET) scores
^XIM B shall accept NMAT scores for MBA HRM, RM and SM programs only

Other Institutes

B-SchoolTestOverall Percentile Cut-offs Sectional percentile cut-offsB-School Profiles
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Acharya IoM, B'loreMAT/ CMAT/CAT/ATMA/ XATMAT score 500+
CAT/CMAT/CAT/ATMA/ XAT: 50+
No Sectional Cut-offs 
Alliance AcademyGMAT/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA /CMAT/NMAT by GMAC/AMATCMAT score: more than 200, CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA/AMAT Gen/OBC: 90 and ST/SC:70No Sectional Cut-offs 
Amity NoidaCAT/MAT/XAT/GMAT/NMAT/Amity own entrance test//NMAT by GMACNon Sponsored: MAT:  650 Or CAT/XAT : 85, GMAT score : 550 AND Sponsored: MAT Score : 600 Or CAT/XAT : 75 percentile Or GMAT Score : 500 .No Sectional Cut-offs 
Army IoM, KolkataCATGen: 60 Gen, Army wards: 50No Sectional Cut-offs 
BIMTECH, NoidaPGDM & PGDM (IB): CAT/XAT/valid GMAT score, PGDM (RM) & PGDM (IBM):  CAT/XAT/valid GMAT score/MAT
Dec & Feb/CMAT
PGDM & PGDM (IB),PGDM (RM) & PGDM (IBM):75 No Sectional Cut-offs 
BITS, PilaniCAT and GMAT70No Sectional Cut-offs 
Christ CollegeCAT /XAT / ATMA/ MAT / GMATMAT 600 and above and CAT/XAT/CMAT:70No Sectional Cut-offs 
DMS- IISc BangaloreCAT80+No Sectional Cut-offs 
DoMs NIT DurgapurCAT82No Sectional Cut-offs 
DoMs NIT TrichyCAT83+No Sectional Cut-offs 
DMS- NIT SurathkalCAT70+No Sectional Cut-offs 
DMS- DTU DelhiCATNANo Sectional Cut-offs 
FMS BHU VaranasiCATCAT: 79.31No Sectional Cut-offs 
FORE, DelhiPGDM, PGDM IB:XAT/ CAT/ GMATPGDM: 88.56, PGDM IB:84.28No Sectional Cut-offs 
GIM, PanajiPGDM, PGDM HCM: CAT/XAT/ CMATCAT: 90, XAT: 80, CMAT:97Each Section: 60 
Gitam school of IB, VizagCAT, XAT, MAT, GET, GMAT/CMAT CAT/XAT : 50, MAT : 70
CMAT score: 150+
GMAT score : above 400
No Sectional Cut-offs 
Great Lakes, Chennai-PGPM 1 yearCAT, XAT or GMAT or CMATProfile based (approximate: 90)No Sectional Cut-offs 
Great Lakes, Chennai-PGDM 2 yearsCAT or XAT or GMAT or CMAT or MATProfile based (approximate: 90)No Sectional Cut-offs 
Great Lakes,Gurgaon-PGPM energyCAT, XAT, CMAT or GMAT. Candidates without any of the above valid scores are advised to register for Great Lakes Aptitude Test(GREAT)Profile basedNo Sectional Cut-offs 
ICFAI, HyderabadGMAT / IBSAT/ CAT / NMAT by GMACCAT: 60, GMAT: more than 500No Sectional Cut-offs 
IFMR, ChennaiCAT/ XAT/GMAT & GRE (taken in the last five years) /CMATProfile Based.No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIFM, BhopalCAT/ XATGen: 80, SC: 50 , ST: 45 , OBC/PWD/DA: 60 No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIRM, JaipurMAT / CAT / CMAT / XAT / ATMA (AIMS) Composite ScoreCAT/XAT/ATMA/CMAT: 55 +
MAT score : 500-600 
No Sectional Cut-offs 
IISWBM, KolkataCATMBA and MHRM: 85 to 90No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIT - KanpurCATCAT: Gen/OBC: 85, SC: 75,ST: 75 No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIT-MadrasRegular: CAT Sponsored:CAT/XAT/MAT, GMAT- FN93No Sectional Cut-offs 
IIT-RoorkeeCAT93No Sectional Cut-offs 
IMDR-PuneCAT,XAT,MAT,ATMA,MH-CET & C-MATCAT: 75, XAT/CET/CMAT/ATMA/MAT: 90No Sectional Cut-offs 
IMI, DelhiDelhi Campus: CAT/GMATPGDM: 91.6, PGDM HRM: 86, PGDM B&I: 87, GMAT :650QADI: 65, VALR: 60 
IMT, NagpurCAT/XAT/CMAT/GMATCAT/XAT: 80,CMAT score
O: 80% of total  marks, GMAT score: 500
No Sectional Cut-offs 
IPE HyderabadCAT/XAT/MAT
/ATMA/CMAT
CAT/XAT/CMAT
/ATMA/MAT- above 50 /
GMAT score:  450 to 500 + ACADEMICS
No Sectional Cut-offs 
ISB&M PuneCAT/ XAT/ ATMA / MAT / CMATCAT/XAT: 60, ATMA/MAT: 70, CMAT score: 120No Sectional Cut-offs 
ITM Navi MumbaiCAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT, ATMA & State Entrance Exam for MBAProfile basedNo Sectional Cut-offs 
K.J. Somaiya, Mumbai*CAT /XAT/ CMAT/ GMAT PGDM: CAT/XAT: 85, CMAT: 94.17 (score: 157) M.M.S: As per DTE MH-CET Gen H:99.24 OHU: 99.16 AI: 99.9No Sectional Cut-offs 
LIBA, ChennaiCAT/ XATCAT: 80, XAT: 75Not Available 
LBSIM, DelhiCAT85No Sectional Cut-offs 
MANAGE, HyderabadCAT55No Sectional Cut-offs 
MBE, DelhiCAT90No Sectional Cut-offs 
MET Mumbai*1) M.M.S- MH-CET 2) PGDM: MAH-CET / CMAT / CAT / XAT / ATMA1) M.M.S: As per DTE MH-CET Gen H:96.29, OHU: 94.71, AI:98.32 2) PGDM:profile basedNo Sectional Cut-offs 
MFC, DelhiCATGen: 90+ , OBC/SC/ST O: above 80No Sectional Cut-offs 
MHROD, DelhiCATGen: 92.86
OBC: 76.59
SC: 59.11
ST: 41.13
DA: 12.08
CW: 73.11
No Sectional Cut-offs 
MIB, DelhiCATGen: 95.43
OBC: 77.71
SC: 64.62
ST: 35.7
DA: 12.98
CW: 58.22
No Sectional Cut-offs 
NIAM, JaipurCAT/CMATCAT: 64.25No Sectional Cut-offs 
NDIM DelhiCAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, AIMA or a similar nationalised entrance exam approved by AICTE/Supreme Court for Management studies can applyCAT/XAT/CMAT-both/MAT/ATMA: 50 No Sectional Cut-offs 
NIBM, PuneCAT/ATMA/CMATCAT/CMAT: 75,ATMA: 89No Sectional Cut-offs 
NIRMA, AhmedabadCAT80No Sectional Cut-offs 
N.L.Dalmia*CAT/CMAT /XAT/MH-CETM.M.S: Home university: 97.76 , Other than Home university: 96.87, All India: 99.46. PGDBM: profile shared(GD-PI)No Sectional Cut-offs 
NMIMS BengaluruNMAT196QS 60, LS 50, LR 50 
Praxis, KolkataBusiness Analytics: CAT/ XAT/ Analytical Assessment Test conducted by Praxis Business SchoolCAT/XAT O:60 Quant section: 80 
 Business Management: CAT, XAT/CMAT- past 3 years,GMAT,GRE,MAT past 2 years, Praxis Admission testCAT/XAT: 60 /GMAT/GRE/CMAT: 80  /MAT/own test: 90No Sectional Cut-offs 
PSG Institute CoimbatoreMBA: MAT/CAT/ATMA &TANCET
PGDM: MAT/CAT/ATMA
ATMA/MAT score: 600+ CAT: 60 - 64.9Only 1 Section: English language: MAT- 50% and CAT - 40% 
PUMBA Pune*CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/MH-CET.M.M.S: As per DTE MH-CET, AI:99.09No Sectional Cut-offs 
SCIT, PuneSNAPGen: 68, SC: 23, ST/DA/PWD: 13, Kashmiri migrants: 51No Sectional Cut-offs 
SDMIMD MysoreCAT/ XAT/ CMAT/ GMATCAT/XAT: 70, CMAT score: 120, GMAT score: 500 and aboveNo Sectional Cut-offs 
Shri Ram College DelhiOwn TestNAapplicable but cut-offs NA 
SIBM, BangaloreSNAPGen: 90, SC: 43.09, ST/DA/PWD: 16.05, Kashmiri migrants: 71No Sectional Cut-offs 
SICSRSNAPGen: 68, SC: 11, ST/DA/PWD: 2, Kashmiri migrants: 33No Sectional Cut-offs 
SIES, Mumbai*CAT/ CMAT / ATMA / MAT / MH-CET / XATM.M.S: All India: 99.71.PGDM: Profile basedNo Sectional Cut-offs 
SIMC PuneSNAP68No Sectional Cut-offs 
SIOM NashikSNAPGen: 77-79, SC: 30, ST/DA/PWD: 20, Kashmiri migrants: 58No Sectional Cut-offs 
SIIB, PuneSNAPGen: 83, SC: 27, ST/DA/PWD: 2, Kashmiri migrants: 65No Sectional Cut-offs 
SIMS, PuneSNAPDefence 55, Industry sponsored:75 No Sectional Cut-offs 
SITM, PuneSNAPGen: 72, SC: 34, ST/DA/PWD: 24, Kashmiri migrants: 62No Sectional Cut-offs 
SSBFSNAPGen: 68, SC:24, ST/DA/PWD: 14, Kashmiri migrants: 52No Sectional Cut-offs 
UBS, ChandigarhCATMBA and MBA- HR,MBA- IB: 88Each section: 10 % of the score 
Welingkar, Mumbai* CAT/ATMA/XAT / CMAT/MHCET /GMAT PGDM, PGDM E-Biz,PGDM Business Design, PGDM HCM, PGDM (Rural M), PGDM (Retail M): Profile based, MMS: MH-CET Gen H: 98.87 OHU: 98.78 AI: 99.76No Sectional Cut-offs 
XIME, BangaloreXAT/CAT/CMAT/MAT/GMAT CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT: 70No Sectional Cut-offs 
XISS, RanchiXAT/ CAT/ CMATGen/OBC: 1) PGDM HRM-XAT /CMAT /CAT: 65, 2) PGDM RM & IT -XAT /CMAT /CAT: 30, PGDM Fin & Mkt -XAT/CAT /CMAT : 50 SC/ST: 1) PGDM HRM-XAT /CMAT /CAT: 40, 2) PGDM RM, IT, Fin, Mkt -XAT /CMAT /CAT: 20No Sectional Cut-offs 

Global B-Schools accepting CAT or XAT scores

It is a common knowledge that to pursue an MBA abroad, one must need a GMAT or GRE score. But do you know a few universities accept CAT/XAT score for admission to their MBA or equivalent programs? Read on to find out!

While most of the MBA aspirants know that the Common Admission Test (CAT)/Xaviers Aptitude Test or CAT/XAT score is widely accepted for admission to MBA program in India, not many know that CAT/XAT score is also accepted by a few international or foreign universities for admission to their MBA or MiM programs. It is important to understand that most of the 2 year, post graduate management programs in India are considered as Masters in Management (MiM) programs internationally. The reason behind this is because to be considered for most of the Indian ‘MBA/PGDM’ programs, a candidate does not require a full-time work experience. Internationally, an MBA program has a minimum of 2 years of work experience criteria.

So what are the universities of institutions that accept CAT/XAT scores for admission to their MiM programs? Here is a non-exhaustive list

Sr. noB-School NameCountryProgram NameExamDurationFeesAverage Starting Salary
1HEC Paris (école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris)FranceMaster in Management (MiM)CAT + IELTS  / TOEFL18 months€ 37,000$ 100 Thousand
2EMLyon Business SchoolFranceMSc in ManagementCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL30 months€ 35,000$ 67 Thousand
3Audencia Business SchoolFranceMSc in International ManagementCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL16 months€ 17,950$ 70 Thousand
4ESCP Europe Business SchoolFranceMaster in Management (MiM)CAT + IELTS/ TOEFL24 months€ 35,800$ 78 Thousand
5SKEMA Business SchoolFranceGlobal MSc in ManagementCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL24 months€ 22,500$ 62 Thousand
6EDHEC Business SchoolFranceMaster in Management (MiM)CAT + IELTS/ TOEFL28 months€ 27,800$ 70 Thousand
7Singapore Management UniversitySingaporeMSc in ManagementCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL12 months$39,500$ 55 Thousand
8Singapore Management UniversitySingaporeMaster of Business Administration (MBA)CAT + IELTS/ TOEFL12 months$59,303$ 42 Thousand
9Singapore Management UniversitySingaporeMaster of Professional AccountingCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL12 months$39,520$ 40 Thousand
10ESSEC Business SchoolFranceMSc in ManagementCAT + IELTS/ TOEFL21 months€ 38,000$ 85 Thousand
11Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, ChicagoUSAMaster of Business Administration (MBA)CAT + IELTS/ TOEFL24 months€ 81,324$ 72 Thousand
12AIMPhilipinesMaster of Business Administration (MBA)XAT + IELTS/ TOEFL16 months$35,200$ 91 Thousand
13S.P.Jain School of Global Mngt.Dubai,Singapore,SydneyMaster Of Global BusinessCAT / GMAT /GRE / SPJAT12 + 4 Months Internship$28,600INR 19.65 LPA
14S.P.Jain School of Global Mngt.Dubai,Singapore,SydneyGlobal Master Of Business AdministrationCAT / GMAT /GRE / SPJAT12 months$34,200INR 25.12 LPA

International B-schools requiring only Language Tests

Sr. noB-School NameCountryProgram NameExamDurationFeesAverage Starting Salary
1International University of MonacoMonacoMaster of Business Administration (MBA)IELTS / TOEFL10 months€ 33,500NA
2International University of MonacoMonacoMaster of Science (Lux. Mgmt, Fin., Sports Mgmt)IELTS / TOEFL10 months€ 20,800NA
3ESC Rennes School of BusinessFranceMaster of Science (Sports, Luxury Mgmt., IB, BA, Fin., IM, Sustainability)IELTS / TOEFL16 months€ 21,500$ 54 Thousand
4Kedge Business SchoolFranceMaster of Science in International Business Management (MiM)IELTS / TOEFL12 months€ 25,000$ 28-35 Thousand

*PPP is purchasing power parity (since all b-schools have differing currencies, it is important to bring everything together to one standard - the USD based on the PPP.

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