Top 30 MBA Colleges Accepting CAT Score (non-IIMs)

8 mins read86.6K Views 1 Comment
Vipra Shrivastava
Senior Manager - Content
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 16:46 IST

If you plan to pursue MBA from a top B-school in India you need to see this list. There are a number of top ranked MBA colleges in India apart from the IIMs, which have good faculty, infrastructure and placement cell. Let's take a look at top 30 colleges accepting CAT score apart from IIMs having cut offs lower than IIMs.

CAT cut offs of top colleges

Top 30 colleges accepting CAT score apart from IIMs – Do you dream of pursuing MBA from a top management institute in India? Well, if your answer is yes, then you need to know how much CAT exam score is required for admission to an MBA college of your choice. There are a lot of popular MBA colleges to choose from apart from the IIMs. Infact, many aspirants prefer a non-IIM because they offer more specialisations or foreign exchange programmes. 

Why MBA?

Today, MBA is one of the most popular courses and a majority of students opt for it as it offers a varied range of career options, high salary and related perks. For the same, it is important to obtain an MBA degree from an institute of a good repute and a good placement record. However, IIMs are not within the reach of every student. For some, IIM cut offs are too high at (95-100 percentile) and for some IIM fees is too high (INR 13 to 23 lakh per annum). Apart from the fact that CAT cut offs for IIM admissions are too high, the selection criteria is also very tough. Thus, it is important to keep your options open viz. MBA admissions. For those whose CAT scores do not meet IIM cut off, there are a lot of options available. There are many old and reputed MBA cilleges in India that are on par with IIMs in terms of faculty, infratructure, exposure and placement record. Shiksha brings a list of the top 30 MBA colleges accepting CAT score, which ensure a good start to your career.

Top 30 Colleges Accepting CAT Score for Admission: Cut offs and fees

The list below features some of the top 30 MBA colleges other than the IIMs for MBA/PGDM course. Also, mentioned is the total course fees and expected CAT cut offs for admission. 

*MBA College

Course Fee*

CAT Cut-Off*

AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore

INR 8.75 lakh

60 percentile

Amity Business School, Noida

INR 6.80 to 14.82 lakh

85 percentile

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi

INR 9.65 to 11.08 lakh

75 percentile

Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), Tiruchirappalli

INR 14.79 lakh

85 percentile

Birla Institute of Management Technology, (BIMTECH), Greater Noida

INR 12.00 lakh

75 percentile

Woxsen University, Hyderabad

INR 13.90 lakh

70 percentile

BITSoM Mumbai

INR 24.50 lakh

No minimum cut off required

DMS, IIT-Delhi

INR 8.8 to 9.89 lakh

98.04 percentile

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) - University of Delhi

INR 20,960 (per semester)

98.54 percentile

Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi

INR 8.75 lakh

50 percentile

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

INR 18.07 lakh

90 percentile

IBS, Hyderabad

INR 16.02 lakh

85 percentile

Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata

INR 2.5 to 5.9 lakh

50.35 percentile

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur  

INR 12.04 lakh

50 percentile

IILM Institute for Higher Education (IILM), Delhi

INR 12.09 lakh

60 percentile

Institute of Management, Nirma University (IMNU), Ahmedabad

INR 7.61 to16.3 lakh

80.04 percentile

International Management Institute, Delhi (IMI)

INR 19.25 lakh

90 percentile

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai

INR 2.00 lakh

95 percentile

JIMS, Rohini Sector 5 - Jagan Institute of Management Studies

INR 4.05 to 8.00 lakh

60-75 percentile

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai

INR 8.80 lakh

90 percentile

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM)

INR 13.00 lakh

87 percentile

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

INR 17.20 lakh

86 percentile

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon

INR 25.00 lakh

97 percentile

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai

INR 8.10 lakh

97 percentile

National Institute of Technology (NIT Trichy) , Tiruchirappalli

INR 14.63 lakh

89.65 percentile

Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Mumbai

INR 13.00 lakh

85 percentile

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai

INR 19.00 lakh

85 percentile

Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Mumbai

INR 8.27 to 15.21 lakh

97.5 percentile

T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal

INR 16.00 lakh

80 percentile

Vinod Gupta School of Management (IIT Kharagpur), Kharagpur

INR 10.31 to 20 lakh

95 percentile

XIMB - Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

INR 12.20 to 20 lakh

80 percentile

Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore (XIME),Bangalore

INR 11.50 lakh

70 percentile

*B-schools in the table are listed alphabetically and not in order of ranking. Course fees and cut offs mentioned above are of previous year and may change for the upcoming academic year.

Check CAT cut offs and predict calls from IIMs and Non-IIMs accepting CAT score for admission. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and Eligibility of all CAT participating colleges by clicking the link below:

Predict CAT Admission Calls

Check Cut offs of top MBA entrance exams and predict calls from IIMs and other Top MBA Colleges. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and eligibility of all MBA Colleges by clicking the link below:

Predict IIM & Non IIM Calls

Read More:

Colleges accepting CAT scores range 60-70 percentile

Colleges accepting CAT scores above 85 percentile

Colleges accepting CAT scores range 70-80 percentile

Colleges accepting CAT scores range 90 above

Colleges accepting CAT scores range 80-90 percentile

All MBA colleges accepting CAT score

Important FAQs Related to Colleges Accepting CAT other than IIMs

Q: Does FMS accept CAT score? What is the course fee?

A: Yes, Faculty of Management Studies Delhi University accepts CAT score for admission to its MBA programme. The CAT cut off is usually between 95 to 99 percentile. The course fee for MBA programme is INR 20, 960 per year. The course fee of FMS is lowest among all the top ranked MBA institutes. 

Q: I scored 60 percentile in CAT. Which MBA college can I apply to?

Q: What is the CAT cutoff for getting admission to IBS Hyderabad?

A: To get into IBS, Hyderabad, you must have scored at least 85 percentile in the CAT. The IBS admission process includes group discussion and personal interview conducted in February-March. Candidates can also appear for IBS Hyderabad's entrance exam called IBSAT for securing admission. 

Q: What is the admission fee for MBA at MDI, Gurgaon?

A: The admission fee for MBA course at MDI, Gurgaon is INR 25 lakh. The fee is to be paid in instalment, semester-wise. The institute also offers scholarship to meritorious students. Those who wish to avail the scholarships have to meet the requirements and fill the form at the time of admission. If selected, they will be offered scholarship to pursue the management programme.

Q: Is CAT score accepted only by IIMs?

A: No, CAT scores are accepted by various non-IIMs. There are over 1, 200 B-Schools in India which accept CAT score for MBA/PGDM admission. Some of the top B-schools include IIT DoMs, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi University, Welingkar's, Great Lakes Institute of Management, GIM Goa, IBS Hyderbad, ICFAI, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI Delhi, IMI Bhubaneswar, IMI Kolkata, BIMTech, Amity University, JIMS Rohini, NITIE, Thiagarajar School of Management among others.

Q: Do I need to apply for Non-IIMs separately?

A: Yes, for admission to non-IIMs you need to apply to each institute individually. You'll have to check the application deadline of desired institutes and fill the forms before the deadline so that you are eligible for admission. Most of the top MBA colleges accepting CAT score open their application window between August and December. Many colleges open the registration window after CAT result announcement in January. Candidates must keep a check on the application dates of MBA colleges. For that, you can follow this article: MBA admission 2023 - application deadlines of top B-schools

Q: I am from a non-engineering background and a non-IITian. Can I get into a good B-schools?

A: Yes, if you have a good academic record and you score well in CAT, you can get admission to the top B-schools in the country. For admission, you'll have to clear group discussion and personal interview rounds as well. To get admission into a top B-school, prepare well for CAT exam and score above 95 percentile. It will take aboiut 6-9 months to prepare for CAT, so if you are planning to appear in the exam this year, you must start preparations now as the CAT 2023 will be held on November 26, 2023.

Q: What is the CAT cutoff and admission fee for SPJIMR Mumbai?

A: The candidate must have score at least 85 percentile in CAT to get admission to SPJIMR Mumbai. This is the qualifying cut off for the flagship MBA programme, which means candidates who shall score 85 percentile in CAT, will be eligible for GD-PI round of the MBA admission. This score doesn't guarantee shortlisting for GD-PI. The CAT cut offs for shortlisting for GD-PI can be higher. The course fee at SPJIMR's MBA programme is INR 14.50 lakh to be paid in instalments semester wise.

Q: I scored 50 percentile in CAT. Can I get admission to any college?

A: With 50 percentile in CAT, the suggestion to you would be to re appear for the exam next year with better preparation and improve your score. However, if you have to join an MBA college with 50 percetntile only, then you can opt for the following colleges:
  • Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
  • Fortune Institute of International Business, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare
  • Business Management, Kolkata

Q: Which non-IIM which accepts CAT score has the lowest fee?

A: Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University is the B-school which accepts CAT score and has the lowest fees for a full-time MBA programmes which is INR 20,960 per year. The fee is so low in this institution as compared to other B-schools because it is a government aided institute and affiliated to University of Delhi.

Q: What is the fee and cutoff criteria at Amity Business School?

A: The course fee for MBA course is INR 10.92 lakh at Amity Business School, Noida. The admission fee is to be paid in instalment, semster-wise. The CAT cutoff for admission is 85 percentile. The admission process includes group discussion and personal interview, following which the final selection is made based on candidate's overall profile and performance in selection rounds. 

Download this article as PDF to read offline

Download as PDF
About the Author
Vipra Shrivastava
Senior Manager - Content

Vipra is a massive Breaking Bad fan. When not watching crime drama series, she spends time in updating the list of places she wants to visit and people she wants to meet, but she is happiest in the company of dogs. ... Read Full Bio



This is a 12th std student (commerce+maths) Entering college this year would like to know which is the best degree option for me according to you

Reply to Please don't Call

Upcoming MBA Exam Dates

Oct '23: Objection Facility against Karnataka PGCET answer key
1 Aug '23 - 10 Oct '23: NMAT 2023 Registration Window
Oct '23: Commencement of JAGMAT Registration
Sep '23 - Nov '23: IIFT 2024 registration and application submission

Next Story

We use cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.