List of MBA Colleges Accepting 50-70 Percentile in CAT

05 December, 2023
parthiva mewawala

2.88 lakh candidates gave CAT this year. But with less than 5500 seats for offer in the country’s top IIMs and less than 10,000 in the top 30 MBA colleges, the question arises – What do the remaining 2.78 lakh candidates do? While many students choose to study again and retake the CAT in the following year, there are many others who do not. Fortunately, there are many good management colleges in India that accept CAT scores between 50% and 70%. These colleges boast of decent placements, affordable fees, wide alumni bases, and vibrant campuses. With the right attitude and hard work, even the candidates who pass out from these institutions can be at par with IIM grads 10 years down the line. 


In this blog, we’ve covered a wide list of colleges, with decent placements, that readily accept CAT scores ranging from 50%ile and 70%ile.

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List of MBA Colleges accepting 50-60 percentile scores:

  1. Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi 
  2. VIT Business School, Vellore
  3. Manage, Hyderabad
  4. Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  5. Shiv Nadar University, Dadar- 
  6. Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram 
  7. AIMS Institute, Bangalore
  8. PES University, Bangalore
  9. IBS Business School, Bangalore 
  10. Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
  11. NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata 
  12. Veltech Business School, Chennai
  13. School of Management Sciences, Varanasi  
  14. PES University, Bengaluru
  15. Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi 
  16. Karunya University Business School, Coimbatore 
  17. Army Institute of Management, Kolkata 
  18. St.Joseph Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli 
  19. Quantum School of Business, Roorkee
  20. International Institute of Business Studies, Noida
  21. IIKM Business School, Calicut
  22. ISBR Business School


Below is the list of MBA schools accepting 60-70 percentile scores: 

  1. Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
  2. Christ University, Bengaluru
  3. Doon Business School, Dehradun 
  4. Sairam Institute of Management Studies, Chennai 
  5. International Institute of Management Studies, Pune 
  6. International School of Management Excellence, Bengaluru 
  7. Amrita School of Business – Bangalore
  8. Acharya Bangalore B-School
  9. Asian Business School (ABS), Noida
  10. Bengal Institute of Business Studies (BIBS), Kolkata
  11. Christ Institute of Management, Pune
  12. Eastern Institute For Integrated Learning In Management, Kolkata
  13. International School of Business and Media (ISB&M) Bangalore
  14. IILM Institute for Higher Education, Delhi
  15. Institute of International Trade, Kolkata
  16. Indus Business School, IIEBM, Pune
  17. International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
  18. Justice KS Hegde Institute of Management
  19. Lotus Business School (LBS, Pune)
  20. Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM), Pune
  21. PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
  22. SSN School of Management (SSN SOM), Chennai
  23. School of Business Studies – Sharda University, Greater Noid
  24. The Indian Institute of Financial Planning, Delhi
  25. Universal Business School, Raigad
  26. Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad 
  27. Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad

How to choose a B-school that is right for you?

With so many options to choose from, picking the right MBA college can be a hard decision. Here’s how you can ensure that you choose the best college for your goals.

Below are a few factors to consider:

  1. Recognition: Ensure that the MBA/PGDM program offered by the college is approved or recognised by the UGC or AICTE.
  2. The courses offered: Choose a course aligned with your career goals. Before applying for any specialisation, learn about its curricular structure, and the subjects covered.
  3. The reputation and placement of the college: You must choose reputable colleges that offer MBA programs to ensure a bright future in your career. Placements and faculty are crucial indicators of a B-school’s credibility.
  4. Miscellaneous: Consider factors such as infrastructure, location, course fees, etc.


Students preparing for the CAT 2023 exam looking for MBA admission in colleges where they wish to apply should refer to the above information about how good the B-school is and the CAT score requirement for shortlisting. These MBA colleges offer decent placements and affordable fees while focusing more on the candidate’s profile than just their CAT percentile. 

FAQs about MBA colleges accepting CAT scores between 50-70 percentile


  1. Should I retake the CAT exam if I achieved a 60 percentile in CAT 2023?

While retaking the CAT is always a good option, many students don’t have that luxury. Those who do not want to drop another year can choose from a wide variety of good MBA colleges.


  1. Which MBA colleges with a CAT 50 percentile score are available to me? 

Some of the MBA colleges that you can get with CAT 50-60 percentile include New Delhi Institute of Management, Asian Business School, International Institute of Management Studies, Pune, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, PSG Institute of Management Coimbatore, Acharya Business School, Bangalore, Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune and AIMS Institute Bangalore. 


  1. what are the eligibility criteria for government MBA colleges in India? 

The eligibility criteria for government MBA colleges in India are:

  1. Minimum 50% aggregate score in graduation for General/NC-OBC/EWS candidates. 
  2. Minimum 45% in aggregate for SC/ST/PwD candidates. 
  3. Bachelor’s degree should be from a recognised university. 


  1. What is considered a good CAT percentile? 

Usually, for admission to the IIM and top MBA colleges, a CAT score of 90 percentile is considered good. Meanwhile, for tier-2 and tier-3 MBA colleges, a 75-90 percentile in CAT is considered good. But many colleges also offer admissions at 50-70 percentile. MBA candidates who plan to take the CAT must shortlist colleges they are interested in studying and then prepare for the exam considering the colleges’ CAT cut-off marks.

5. Are MBA admissions primarily determined by profile rather than cut-off scores?
While there are minimum cutoffs to clear, many colleges place more importance on the candidate’s profile, extracurricular activities, and academic abilities than the CAT score alone. Sometimes, the cut-offs are lowered further if the candidate has an excellent profile and achievements.