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Updated on - Dec 04th, 2020 | 01:06 PM by Vishag V H

CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is the test, conducted for admitting aspirants for postgraduate management programme in IIMs and also in other leading B-schools around the country. The CAT Score is very essential for the aspirant who wants to pursue an MBA degree in a good college. The candidate has to score very well and clear the cutoff in order to get into the desired college.
CAT Cutoff

What is a Scaled Score and Percentile?

Raw Score: Raw score is simply calculated using the number of questions you answered correctly. The maximum possible raw score is the total marks secured by the candidate which is based on the sectional scores.

Scaled Score: A scaled score is a representation of the raw score that has been converted based on a consistent and standardized scale. Raw Score is "normalized" as it differs for candidates based on the alternate sessions of CAT Exam.

Percentile: A percentile is the rank of a candidate in an examination, relative to the rest of the candidates who appeared for the same examination in the same time-frame.

Let's say there were 10 students who gave an exam, including you. If you ranked 1st, then there are 9 students behind you who took the Test, or 90% of the test-takers are ranked after you. Which means that you have a 90% percentile score. The CAT percentile is also calculated in the same way based on the candidates appeared for the exam and the scaled score you obtained.

CAT Exam Total Marks

CAT exam has three major sections for English, Maths and Reasoning. The three sections are:

  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34 Questions
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 32 Questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 34 Questions

Each section will have MCQ questions and also Non-MCQ questions. 3 marks will be rewarded for every correct answer for both MCQ and Non-MCQ and 1 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer if it is MCQ and it will not be deducted for Non-MCQ. There will be 4 choices of questions.

The CAT exam is for a total of 300 marks, as the CAT Exam has 100 questions and each carries 3 marks for a correct answer.

What is the minimum mark to qualify for CAT Exam?

The minimum mark to qualify for the CAT exam depends on which B-School you are targeting. The percentile required by B-Schools differs from one to another.

Based on which B-School you are targeting, the minimum mark changes. You have to score the minimum required mark or cutoff of your desired B-School to get into that. Though most of the candidates aim for the top (A+ category) B-Schools like IIMs, MDI, IIFT and a lot more, there are others who aim for other B-Schools like Fore, UBS, etc.

CAT Cutoff

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and other participating institutes release CAT cut off to shortlist candidates for admission process into various Postgraduate Management Programme. CAT 2019 is to be conducted on November 24 by IIM Kozhikode. The total marks secured by the candidate decides percentile of the student. CAT Cutoff is determined by the following factors.

  • Number of applicants for CAT Exam.
  • Level of difficulty of the CAT Exam.
  • Number of seats available under CAT.
  • Number of participating institutes
  • The reputation and ranking of the institute.

After a candidate has received his or her authentic scorecard, the following parameters will be taken into consideration for selecting them.

  • CAT 2019 Score
  • Class 10th Marks
  • Class 12th Marks
  • Performance in Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Work experience

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall percentile

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC cum Transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

IIM Calcutta CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

QA

DI & LR

VARC

Overall percentile

General

≥80

≥80

≥80

≥90

NC-OBC

≥75

≥75

≥75

≥85

SC

≥65

≥65

≥65

≥70

ST

≥60

≥60

≥60

≥70

PWD/DA

≥60

≥60

≥60

≥70

IIM Lucknow CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

PGP

PGP-ABM

PGP-SM

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Total

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Total

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Total

General

85

85

85

90

80

80

80

85

80

80

80

85

NC-OBC

77

77

77

82

72

72

72

77

72

72

72

77

SC

55

55

55

70

55

55

55

65

55

55

55

65

ST

50

50

50

65

50

50

50

60

50

50

50

60

PWD

50

50

50

65

50

50

50

60

50

50

50

60

IIM Udaipur CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

90

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

DAP

30

30

30

40

IIM Vishakapatnam CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Aggregate

General

85

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

70

70

80

SC

60

60

60

75

ST

50

50

50

55

DA

50

50

50

50

 

IIM Indore CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

QA

DI & LR

VARC

Overall percentile

General

80

80

80

90

OBC (NC)

70

70

70

80

SC

55

55

55

60

ST

45

45

45

50

PWD

45

45

45

50

IIM Bangalore CAT cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

85

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

70

70

80

SC

70

65

65

75

ST

60

60

60

70

DA

50

50

50

60

IIM Kozhikode CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

90

SC

50

50

50

65

ST

40

40

40

55

NC-OBC

70

70

70

80

PWD

40

40

40

55

IIM Nagpur CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

DILR

Percentile

VARC

Percentile

QA

Percentile

Aggregate

General

72

72

72

90

NC-OBC

65

65

65

81

SC

50

50

50

65

ST

40

40

40

40

DAP

40

40

40

55

IIM Rajpur CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

DILR

VARC

QA

Aggregate

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

DAP

30

30

30

40

IIM Trichy CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

95

SC

60

60

60

78

ST

30

30

30

40

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

PWD

30

30

30

40

IIM Bodh Gaya CAT Cutoff 2018

Category

Section – 1

VARC

Section – 2

DI & LR

Section – 3

QA

Overall

OPEN

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

DA

30

30

30

40

CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Jammu

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

95

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

PWD

30

30

30

40

CAT Cutoff for Various Colleges

B-School

CAT Cutoff (expected)

Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, DU)

98.20 Percentile

DMS, IIT Delhi

98+ Percentile

SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

99+ Percentile

Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras

95+ Percentile

Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

95+ Percentile

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai

85+ Percentile

Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

90+ Percentile

Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad

90+ Percentile

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai

95+ Percentile

T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal

85+ Percentile

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai

90+ Percentile

The CAT cutoff depends largely on the difficulty level of the exam and it’s important to know that the exam last year was moderately tough. The CAT 2018 result was declared on January 5, 2019. Generally, after the result, each IIM or private B-School will release the list of shortlisted candidates. After that, the institutes will conduct the selection rounds - Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI), Written Ability Test (WAT). Based on this a candidate will be admitted into a college.

The CAT exam results are expected in the second week of January 2020. After the results are out, each b-school and each IIM will reveal its cutoff in their official website.

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