By Harshita Mehrotra

Low scores in CAT? Here’s what to do after Low CAT Percentile

6th January, 2020

The IIM’s have released the CAT 2019 results and for some, the low CAT percentile is a block around which the path is unclear. A low CAT percentile is an unfortunate sign of not being able to make it into a top B school. However, a low CAT percentile does not necessarily mean that all your dreams and aspirations of doing an MBA have come to an end. Out of 2 lakh aspirants who sat for the exam, only 1% would be comprised of the students who scored a 99 percentile. 

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It is no secret that the Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most prestigious and difficult management entrance exams to crack. There is also confusion among candidates regarding CAT Score vs CAT Percentile, as they receive both in the result. Therefore, getting a low CAT percentile is not the end of the world.

Getting a low CAT percentile has both a downside and upside. The downside of getting a low CAT percentile is that you may not make it to the next rounds of selection of IIM’s. The upside is that the IIM’s are not the only institutes that accept CAT scores.

Everybody knows that to get into any of the Indian Institutes of Management, one needs to get a CAT percentile between 90-99+ percentile, and still, they may not receive a call from any of the IIM institutes. This article will help you make a ‘plan B’ of what to do after getting a low CAT percentile.

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What to do After a Low CAT Percentile?

The normalisation process applied by the IIM’s to the CAT score obtained by the student ensures equality and fairness. The process takes into consideration the overall performance of the student and not just in the exam. Though this is a highly fair process, the student cannot foresee his/her final CAT percentile and is disheartened on obtaining a low CAT percentile. Discussed below are some things you can do if you have scored a low CAT percentile.

Retake the CAT exam next year

One option that you have is to reappear for the CAT exam and not give up on your dream of going to an IIM. The biggest risk and disadvantage in this case is losing a year. For a few students, giving a gap of a year may or may not be feasible due to various reasons. However, in case you have time in your hand and can retake CAT next year, then you should give it another shot.

Here are some tips to crack CAT for repeaters

Give other state and national level MBA entrance exams

If you have got a low CAT percentile, then another thing that you can do is to appear for other national and state-level management entrance exams such as MAT, XAT, ATMA, CMAT, MAH CET, AP ICET & TS ICET etc. The plus of giving other exams is the frequency, for eg. CAT is conducted only once a year whereas the MAT is conducted 4 times in a year and the state entrances will be held in May or June 2020. The first attempt of MAT 2020 is scheduled to be held in February 2020. A lot of renowned B-schools including Sunstone Eduversity accept the score of these exams for admissions to MBA, PGDM and other post-graduate management courses. 

Explore other B Schools

You must know and understand that India has lots of esteemed management institutes apart from IIM’s which you can explore if you have a low CAT percentile. There are a lot of B-schools out there that are offering industry-integrated management programs having curriculum resonating the 21st century needs and expectations of the employers. Compared to 90+ percentile in the case of IIM’s, these Institutes accept a low CAT percentile. Management aspirants with even 50+ percentile and a good academic record can apply to these business schools. One such B-school is Sunstone Eduversity which makes you industry-ready and equips you with apt managerial skills.

List of MBA Colleges for Low CAT Percentile

Here is a list of colleges that you can join if you didn’t score as high in CAT as you expected.

CollegeExpected CAT Cutoff
NMIMS Mumbai90
FSM Delhi85
LPU Jalandhar80
Amity University Noida75
UBS Mumbai75
SAGE Indore80
Jaipur National University81

Admission in Top Private MBA Colleges with Low Score in CAT

You don’t have to worry if you scored low in CAT. There are still many options available for you. Follow these steps in order to get the best college for MBA-

  • Apply to colleges that have a low CAT score cutoff.
  • Apply to colleges that have their own entrance exams.
  • Appear for other state or national level management exams like XAT, CMAT, ATMA etc.
  • There are also some colleges which don’t require any exam scores for admission. You can check them out.

Why Sunstone Eduversity?

Nowadays, an MBA is not just a qualification but a necessity if one wants to thrive in the corporate world. But, the B-schools are guilty of teaching their students’ age-old theories and methods that are not inappropriate. The management institutes have failed to impart 21st-century skills to the students and make them employable. Sunstone Eduversity, on the other hand, realized and acknowledged the lack of MBA graduates who can fill the gap between academics and industry. Sunstone works closely with the corporate and recruiters to understand the upcoming job profiles, their requirements, and expectations from the fresh graduates. Based on their feedback, Sunstone designs the curriculum of its management programs comprising of relevant concepts and the most recent trends of the business world.

At Sunstone, the curriculum is made as per the most recent demands of the industry and is focused on making the students’ job-ready rather than giving them information that is no longer useful. With Sunstone Eduversity, you will get the opportunity to gain only useful knowledge and will be able to learn the skills needed to sustain the role taken up by you at any organisation.

Sunstone Eduversity – Pay after Placement MBA and PGDM

Sunstone Eduversity offers India’s first Pay after Placement management post-graduate program, where you complete your management education first, get placement and then pay the course fee. You pay the fee only after getting placed in a well-paying job else you pay no fee. By working on this revolutionary fee structure, Sunstone intends to take complete accountability of students’ careers and ensure them MBA placement.

According to the pay after placement model, the course fee to be paid by the student is relative to the salary bagged by the student, this is another plus of the pay after placement model by Sunstone. 

You can apply to Sunstone Eduversity MBA/PGDM through your CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and State entrances score. In addition to this score, the applicants will also have to appear for Sunstone Eduversity Aptitude Test (SEAT).

Advantages of doing an MBA/PGDM from Sunstone Eduversity

  1. Deep industry connect ensures the student feels right at home even after the placement. 
  2. Sunstone gives its students a 100% guaranteed placement. This ensures that career accountability lies with the college and not just the student. 
  3. The students are capable of paying their own course fee with the pay after placement model making them more financially independent. 
  4. Sunstone Eduversity provides a proper, AICTE & UGC approves PGDM/MBA full-time programs. 
  5. Integrated into the curriculum are the paid internships, that gives the students real-life experience of the business industry. This is one of the main reasons why the industry hires from Sunstone. 
  6. Sunstone comprises of a curriculum that is frequently updated as per the industry demands. Some of the best names in the industry have designed the industry integrated curriculum. 
  7. Facilities like the best LMS and learning studios are provided to the students for the best learning and teaching techniques at Sunstone. 

Gain Work Experience

Coming back to things that you can do if you have a low CAT score. The management aspirants can take up a few internships, jobs, or short-term courses related to their career goals to gain work experience. It has been observed that students with prior work experience in the MBA classroom grab the concepts quickly and do well in the course compared to others. Prior work experience helps them during the placement interviews too. So if you haven’t scored well in CAT this year, you can try and grab a few years of work experience in the field you wish to make your career.

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