By Srishti Oberoi

Got a low MAT Percentile? Here are some options to help you plan further.

5th March, 2019

With the MAT results finally out, a lot has been buzzing in the management sphere. The young aspirants today are seizing every opportunity possible so that they could get a step closer to fulfilling their career ambition. But what if your MAT percentile does not directly equate with getting you closer to that ambition? Well, Fret not and evaluate your options within your range!

Analyse your profile

During MBA admissions, aspirants often miss out on the fact that an average MAT percentile could be easily covered up with an impeccable MBA profile. So, MBA aspirants must focus on creating an excellent profile which reflects suitable qualifications and potential for admission to business schools. Apart from having a noteworthy career and academic performance, candidates must also make sure that their profile includes an X-factor which can differentiate them amidst similar aspirants.

Apply to B-schools accepting your MAT score

Scoring a percentile below 70 in the MAT exam is not the end of the world. Sure you missed out on most of the high-profile MBA institutes, but there is a lot of other Tier-2, Tier-3 MBA colleges that accept aspirants with an average MAT percentile. These management institutes surely do not own a high reputation or popularity among MBA professionals but could provide you with industry-synced, affordable management education.

Read more: How Lesser-known Management Colleges Could Be the Right Choice?

Prepare for GD/PI

Once you have sorted out your management profile and applied to your targeted B-schools, the next step requires you to work on your soft skills. Group discussions/Personal Interviews hold as much importance as an excellent management profile. A MAT percentile less than 70 can be overshadowed by an outstanding group discussion and personal interview.

During group discussions, you can showcase your communication skills and presence of mind.  While in the personal interview, you have the chance to represent yourself as an ambitious management aspirant by sharing your strengths and highlighting the achievements of your past work experiences. Ultimately, these two rounds combined, offer you a second chance to convince the interviewers to take you for their prominent MBA program even after an average MAT percentile.

Go for State Level Exams

If you are not satisfied with the college options available according to your February MAT percentile, then you can further give State-level Management entrance exams. Many students are so focussed towards national level MBA exams like MAT, CAT, SNAP etc that they lose out the opportunity to get into government MBA institutes via state level exams. The competition scale of these exams are low and thus, can offer you a higher chance of success.

Given below is a table with the states that conduct state level MBA entrance exams for your knowledge.


MBA Entrance Exam Exam Date (tentative)
Andhra Pradesh AP ICET

First week of March




Madhya Pradesh

MP MET March






Tamil Nadu





Uttar Pradesh UPSEE


Thus, as observed from the above table, MBA aspirants who are not satisfied with their MAT percentile can always have state level MBA entrance exams as their second chance to succeed.

Re-apply for MAT in May 2019

MBA aspirants wanting to take admission into management colleges via MAT percentile are in an advantage over other candidates as MAT exam is conducted four times in a year. Thus, if you are unhappy with your MAT-February score, you can apply for MAT exam again in May 2019. Fortunately, MBA college admissions are open for the year and they accept MAT-MAY score as well. A higher percentile as MAT score for the month of May will open more gates of MBA colleges for you.

Revise your Preparation Strategy

Before going for another MBA entrance exam, be it state level exams or MAT, you must go through your exam preparation strategy thoroughly and look for the week points. You must analyse where you went wrong with your February MAT preparations and focus on not repeating the same mistakes. Retracing your steps to identify the areas of improvement will enhance your MBA entrance exam preparation and help you score a higher percentile.

In conclusion, you must never lose hope. MAT is just one way to get into your targeted MBA institute. You will get multiple options and ways to succeed and become an Industry ready professional with a prosperous career.

By Srishti Oberoi

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