Schools with No sectional cutoff
CAT 2019 – Done and dusted
Phew….The whole ordeal of CAT 2019 is over now.
With the individual candidate response sheet out and the raw scores in hand, many would have used the percentile predictors of all sorts (some reasonable, some absurd) to calculate their expected percentiles.
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 2019
We all know how nightmarish the verbal section was this year, especially the British Colonialism passage in Slot 2 or Aladdin in Slot 1.
In his own words, Rajesh Balasubramanian had to say this about CAT 2019:
“CAT 2019 paper was excellent – the quality of questions, the choices, the way it was conducted were all spot on. Difficulty-wise, VARC was way tougher than usual, DILR was perhaps a touch easier, while Quant was much easier than CAT 2018 while still being tougher than CAT 2017 or CAT 2016.”
The VARC section this year was completely out of the blue. Picking the right questions, judiciously timing your answers will fetch a good score. Conscious inculcation of daily reading would have been of immense help. DILR and Quant were considerably manageable since most of us are used to a difficult DILR and QA.
Raw Scores and Percentiles
As mentioned above, people with strong VARC would have done well. However, VARC killed many. We got inquires from many students whose score went like
OA – 140+, VARC – 20+, DILR – 50 + and QA – 70+
Though 140+ is a wonderful score, but a 20+ in VARC does not look good, meaning this is the section that killed their hopes of getting into their dream b-school. The problem here was that people were able to max out with their overall score but lost in one of the sections. I have used VARC as an example here but it could be QA or DILR for someone else.
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)
Schools with No sectional cutoff with their Overall Cutoff and Fees details
|College|| Cut-offs |
(For General Candidate)
|DMS, IITD||98+||9.6 Lakhs|
|DoMS, IITM||98+||8 Lakhs|
|DoMS, IITR||92+||8 Lakhs|
|IME, IITK||92+||3.6 Lakhs|
** – SNAP cut-offs
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.
All the best for OMETs!
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