The whole ordeal of CAT 2020 is over now, or so we thought. With the CAT 2020 results out and the raw scores in hand, the whole game shifts to shortlists, GDPI Prep and in many cases…low sectional percentiles. It is one of the most unfortunate things to befall a candidate with a decent CAT Overall Score. ‘If only that one section had gone differently, it would be something else altogether’ we tend to think. It is natural after all. We are here to tell you that this isn’t the end. There are a bunch of wonderful B-schools that require no sectional cutoff for their programmes. Calm yourself and read on! 🙂
First things first
CAT 2020 is over! You no longer have the obligation of sitting every day for CAT prep solving some obscure number theory questions or solving an impossibly tough and time-consuming DILR set. No more weekly mocks. More time to do the things you like. Probably, binge-watch all the movies and TV series of the past few months.
Of course, all of this is applicable for the people who have done their CAT well (Ahem…Phaad di CAT ki) and are expecting a wonderful score and will probably have a bunch of good calls from the top b-schools.
About CAT 2020
We all know how nightmarish the pattern change announcement was this year. Amidst a pandemic, thousands of aspirants managed to keep their head above the water and prepare as best they could. D-Day proved that patience, resilience and a great foundation were all that was needed to nail the CAT.
We at 2IIM released a wonderful analysis video to discuss the slots of the exam w.r.t to the various sections and overall scores. It proved to be a wonderful data exercise for us. You can check it out here.
Low Sectional Percentile…
It is heartbreaking…… To think about the time invested for CAT preparation but still getting defeated in the end despite a great CAT score. The thoughts of these students could go as –
- I have no hope of getting into a b-school this year, I should probably reappear for the CAT next year.
- Cannot sit for another year, the anxiety will kill me. Must get into a b-school this year.
It is a personal decision and it is dependent on one’s personal goals to decide their path.
However, if you belong to the second category, you should probably be wondering about where should I apply? Which b-schools will accept my scores? Fear not for we have come up with a comprehensive list of b-schools that will help you in choosing the best possible colleges for you.
First of all, we are going to list down the colleges here.
Schools with No Sectional Cutoff
The colleges have been arranged alphabetically.
- Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi
- Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi (DMS, IITD)
- Department of Management Studies IIT Madras (DoMS, IITM)
- Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee (DoMS, IITR)
- Goa Institute Of Management, Goa (GIM)
- Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai (GLIM)
- Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur (IME, IITK)
- Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT-G)
- Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)
- K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai (SIMSR)
- Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA)
- Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai (LIBA)*
- T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal (TAPMI)
- Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur (VGSOM)
- Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai (We-B)
* – Very low sectional cut-off
Special Mention (through SNAP):
- Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune (SCMHRD)
- Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM)
B-Schools with No Sectional Cutoff with their Overall Cutoff and Fees details
|College||CAT Cut-offs |
(For General Candidate)
|DMS, IITD||90+||9.6 Lakhs|
|DoMS, IITM||95+||8 Lakhs|
|DoMS, IITR||92+||8 Lakhs|
|IME, IITK||92+||3.6 Lakhs|
** – SNAP cut-offs
Note: We will update this article as colleges keep releasing more information, so do bookmark this article and be on the lookout!
List does not end here
There are many other government and private institutes with their overall cutoffs significantly lower than the ones mentioned above. We have omitted them since this list of schools with no sectional cutoff can go on forever.
Many colleges mentioned in the list above feature in the top 25 colleges in the country. So, it is definitely not a bad bet to join them if you’re looking to join a b-school this year. If you are thinking about Dropping year to prepare, check this out: https://www.quora.com/What-did-you-do-when-your-CAT-attempt-didnt-go-as-planned-How-many-retakes-did-it-take-for-you-to-get-into-your-dream-college/answer/Bharathwaj
Though CAT might have been a bad experience for many. One should not let this be a setback. So, buckle up and start preparing for all other management exams. There are still many wonderful b-schools to look out for.
One should definitely apply for at least 5 colleges below your expected list, so that you get to attend interviews. Once you have converted the same, you can choose to take up or ignore . No amount of mock interviews can equal an actual interview experience. Hence, don’t miss it.
If you are planning on retaking CAT next year, do give this article a read to figure out whether you really need to write the exam again.
All the best for OMETs! Remember, an MBA is not the ultimate goal in life. Forgive my mawkishness, but what matters in the end is how we choose to respond to adversity and success. That is where our character lies.