Is re-attempt in CAT worth it?
While there is no one answer to this question, like any other difficult question, there are some factors to consider:
You need to be extremely clear on why you want to clear CAT and pursue MBA from an Indian college. CAT preparation is exhausting, and it is easy to lose motivation if the big picture is unclear. So the first step is Introspection.
You must figure out what percentile you would need to reach your goal. You have cut-off data available for different colleges for different categories, gender, work experience & background at multiple sources. A tentative cut-off summary is provided towards the end of this article.
The next important question is the gap between your target percentile and the last scored percentile. If the gap is huge, you will need to work hard to reach your goal. Not just you need to be mentally prepared to put in the hard work, but it could also be psychologically difficult to redo it. You can’t afford to take the one-year gap to make your second attempt for CAT. It will work against you in interviews and put you at double risk if you cannot make it. So are you prepared enough to clear CAT along with your job?
Does any other option besides MBA make more sense for your career? It could be an upskilling course, a job change, a master’s from abroad, a different degree from an Indian university, or your startup. Please give it a thought.
Plenty of students end up at IIM Ahmedabad eventually though they had 50 percentile on their first attempt, the journey for them was a challenging one. The real question is whether you can bite the bullet and whether it is worth the effort.
|Colleges||CAT cut off (General)||CAT cut off (NC-OBC)||CAT cut off (SC)||CAT cut off (ST)||CAT cut off (DA)|
|MDI Gurgaon||98+||No quota||No quota||No quota||No quota|
|SPJIMR Mumbai||98+||No quota||No quota||No quota||No quota|
|IMT Gaziabad||95+||No quota||No quota||No quota||No quota|
|JBIMS Mumbai||95+||No quota||No quota||No quota||No quota|
|K J Somaiya||90+||70+||60+||40+||35+|
|FORE, New Delhi||80+||70+||60+||40+||35+|
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