List of MBA Colleges Accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023: IIMs to Release Shortlist Soon after CAT Result is Out

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Updated on December 23, 2023
You can check your CAT percentile and score now. A good difference exists in the cut offs announced in the admission policy by the MBA colleges accepting 90 and above Percentile in CAT 2023 and actual cut off percentile applied for admission 2024. MBA Colleges accepting Cut off of 90+ percentile in CAT 2023 are the top MBA colleges including top IIMs and other top MBA/PGDM colleges in India.
List of MBA Colleges Accepting 90 Percentile

CAT score accepting 21 IIMs and other top B-schools – FMS, SPJIMR, IITs among others have announced their minimum required CAT cut offs. Although IIMs have announced CAT cut off between 80 and 90 percentile, but the actual data based on past trends reveal much higher cut offs. As such, a good difference exists in the cut offs announced by the MBA colleges accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023 and actual cut off percentile for admission 2024. 

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Top MBA Colleges in India with CAT Cut off at 90 Percentile & Above
MBA Colleges accepting Cut off at 90 percentile and above in CAT 2023 include top IIMs and other top MBA/PGDM colleges in India. IIMs have announced to accept between 80 and 90 percentile in CAT but actual data based on past trends reveal much higher cut off. After the release of CAT 2023 result, top 3-4 IIMs will announce their shortlists based on CAT cut off percentile within a day or two while the other MBA colleges accepting cut off above 90 percentile in CAT will announce their shortlists in a week, in a fortnight or in a month also. Top IIMs, and other top MBA/PGDM  B-Schools are among MBA colleges accepting CAT Cutoffs at between 90 and 98 percentile for admission 2023

Institute Name
Fee (Rs. in lakhs)
Average salary (Rs. in lakhs)
Rs. 24.61 lakhs
Rs.32.80
Rs. 24.70 lakhs
Rs.35.31
Rs. 27.00 lakhs
Rs.35.07
Rs. 20.50 lakhs
Rs. 31.02
Rs. 21.75 lakhs
Rs.32.20
Rs. 21.17 lakhs
Rs.30.21
Rs.20.42 lakhs
Rs.33.02; Closed
Rs.24.17 lakhs
Rs.27.67; PGDM-BM & PGDM- BA | Apply Now
Rs.20.19 lakhs
Rs.17.01; Open | Apply Now
Rs. 1.92 lakhs
Rs.34.10
Rs.19.53 lakhs
Rs.17.35; Open | Apply Now
Rs.11.20 lakhs
Rs.25.82 LPA
Rs.14.08 lakhs
Rs.28.88 LPA

MBA Colleges Announce Low CAT Cut offs
There is a good difference in the cut offs announced by these MBA colleges accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023 and actual cut off percentile for admission 2023. For example IIM Ahmedabad has announced cut off as low as 80 percentile in CAT but the actual cut off percentile may go above 98.

Let’s have a look at the list of these MBA colleges accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023, although they have announced low CAT cut offs in their admission policy:

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IIM Category: List of MBA Colleges Accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023
Top three IIMs have announced to accept below 90 percentile in CAT but actual data based on past trends reveal a different cut off. The difference between announced cut off and actual cut off, at least in top IIMs remain very wide as reflected in the list below:

IIMs
CAT 2021 Cut off as announced
Actual Expected CAT 2021 cut offs
80
98
85
99
85
98
90
97
90
92
93
94
93
94
90
95
92
92
93
94 
93
94
94
94
90
90
90
90
93
90
90
90
93
90
93
90
93
90
93
90

Non-IIM Category: List of MBA Colleges Accepting 90 Percentile in CAT 2023
While some of the top MBA colleges accepting 90 percentile in CAT do not announce their minimum cut offs, the actual cut offs in these MBA colleges go beyond 90 percentile: 

Top B Schools
Minimum CAT percentile
Actual CAT 2021 Cut Off Percentile
NA
97
NA
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85
95 | Closed
NA
91
Admission Open | Apply Now
IMI Delhi: International Management Institute
NA
90;  Open | Apply Now
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
NA
90; Open | Apply Now
NA
92
NA
94

Top MBA Colleges: Other Admission Components along with CAT Scores
IIMs and other top MBA colleges accepting 90 percentile and above in CAT 2023 have relaxed the weightage for CAT score in the final selection process and have increased the weightage on other parameters. So while zeroing in at the top MBA college with your CAT percentile, please remember that following components also play important role in securing final admission offer:

  • Your Academic Profile: 90 percent & above marks from class 10 onwards can get you a weightage of 20-30 percent
  • Work Experience: A weightage of 5 to 10 percent is awarded for relevant work experience of 2-3 years, in final selection process
  • Non-Engineering Back Ground: Academic diversity also helps you to get additional weightage of 2 to 5 percent in getting final admission offer
  • Gender Diversity: If you are a female, all the top MBA colleges will award you a weightage between 3 and 5 percent over and above other parameters in final admission process.

All the above components can help you to get MBA admission in top B-schools like IIM Ahmedabad, FMS, SPJIMR even if your CAT score is below actual cut off. 

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How to Check & Choose MBA Option?
Despite having high CAT percentile, you may not be able to decide which, out of the top MBA colleges accepting 90 percentile in CAT, should be chosen. Before making your decision, you should consider the following:

  • Approvals & Recognitions: The MBA/PGDM should be AICTE Approved or UGC recognized
  • Program Fee: There are top MBA colleges with low fee of Rs.2 to 6 lakhs, like FMS, JBIMS. If your CAT percentile matches the requirement, pursuing your MBA from such institutes is no different than pursuing it from IIM A, B, C where the fee range is between 21 to 25 lakhs. Higher the fee bigger will be the hole in your pocket.
  • Programs Offered: Better to check the programs offered by the B-school before submitting the application for admission. If you wish to do MBA in Finance and the institute does not offer it, there is no use applying for admission
  • Placements: Choose the best MBA college which has a consistently good placement record and a rising average salary.
  • Faculty: The institute with highly qualified and research oriented faculty should be the first choice.
  • Infrastructure: The institute campus must be good and should be well equipped with latest study material, library, wi-fi and should be conducive for education.
  • Students’ Hostel: There are many IIMs and other MBA colleges which do not have their own hostels at the campus. It reduces the peer learning. So, choose the MBA college with hostel available at the campus.

Sometimes getting admission 2023 to the flagship management programs in number of top MBA colleges accepting 90 percentile in CAT 2023 may not be so difficult as it seems. CAT 2023 test takers searching for MBA admission while looking for the suitable MBA colleges where they can apply, should refer the above relevant information on how good the B-school is alongwith the CAT score requirement for shortlisting.

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