CAT 2020 Cutoff: Category-wise Cut Off for CAT 2020, 2019, 2018

CAT stands for Common Admission Test. Candidates who want to take admission in the top B-Schools of India can attempt this exam. Candidates have to clear the CAT exam cut off 2020, which is the minimum marks or percentile a test taker must obtain to qualify for the next round of the exam. Many management colleges throughout India consider the CAT percentile for the admissions into their institutions. Candidates must have a valid CAT 2020 Admit Card to attempt the exam.

CAT Exam is conducted and administered by the Indian Institute(s) of Management (IIM) once every year. IIMs are the elite B-Schools of India. IIMs have earned the status of being India's premier institutes providing quality education in research and management. IIM Bangalore conducted the CAT exam 2016, 2017 by IIM Lucknow, and IIM Calcutta conducted 2018. The conducting authority of CAT 2020 is IIM Indore.

CAT Exam Cut Off- Important Dates

CAT exam cut off is essential for the aspirants who want to get the right college to pursue an MBA degree. Although the cut off 2020 will be released on the official website, the candidates can check the expected CAT cut off 2020 from this page in the meantime. The previous year's CAT exam cut off has been provided below for your reference. You can analyze them and prepare a strategy to study accordingly to do well in IIM CAT 2020. 

Factors influencing CAT Exam Cut Off

A very large number of candidates appear for this exam every year. Only the best performers make it to the top IIMs and other participating institutions for MBA. Due to variable difficulty levels of the question papers in different slots, several factors are considered in the process of calculation of the CAT cut off. The factors considered by these institutions to decipher the CAT cut off are mentioned below. The candidates must perform well, keeping in mind all these factors which influence determination of CAT 2020 cut off. 

  • Level of difficulty of the CAT Question Paper
  • Number of candidates that appeared for the exam
  • Number of seats available for admission under CAT
  • Number of participating Institutes
  • The reputation and ranking of the participating institute 

CAT 2020 Expected Cut Off

IIMs and other top participating institutes release CAT exam cut off to shortlist candidates for admission in management programs. The cut off will release with the declaration of result in January. The CAT cut off must be cleared to proceed in the further round of the admission process.

The CAT 2020 expected cut off is curated based on the previous year's cut off trends. This expected cut off will help candidates understand the amount of effort that needs to be put in order to get into the desired institute through CAT.

CAT 2020 Expected Cut Off (Slot-wise)

After evaluating the difficulty level of the each slot, here's the slotwise CAT 2020 expected cut off that we have concluded:

CAT 2020 Slot 1

Those candidates who appeared in the first slot will have to score the below-given marks in each subject to attain the corresponding percentiles. 

CAT 2020 Slot 1
Percentile VARC DILR QA Overall
80%ile 25 18 18 57
90%ile 30 23 27 69
95%ile 35 27 33 83
98%ile 38 34 40 101
99%ile 42 36 44 106
99.5%ile 46 42 48 122

CAT 2020 Slot 2

Those candidates who appeared in the second slot will have to score the below-given marks in each subject to attain the corresponding percentiles. 

CAT 2020 Slot 2 
Percentile VARC DILR QA Overall
80%ile 25 16 17 54
90%ile 30 21 23 66
95%ile 34 26 30 78
98%ile 38 31 37 96
99%ile 40 35 40 101
99.5%ile 43 39 45 115

CAT 2020 Slot 3

Those candidates who appeared in the third slot will have to score the below-given marks in each subject to attain the corresponding percentiles. 

CAT 2020 Slot 3
Percentile VARC DILR QA Overall
80%ile 27 16 17 57
90%ile 33 22 24 69
95%ile 37 27 30 82
98%ile 42 32 36 100
99%ile 45 36 40 104
99.5%ile 47 39 44 118

IIM CAT 2020 Expected Cut Off 

The top scorers in the CAT usually seek admission in the top IIMs. The CAT percentile for the candidates belonging to the general category goes as high as 99% to 100%. The IIMs do not release a CAT cut off list for any of their institutes. The candidates can find their status by logging into their accounts. 

The IIM cut off is released in two phases. The first one is the IIM Eligibility Cut Off (also known as Qualifying CAT Cut Off), and IIM Call Cut Off (also known as the Final CAT Cut Off). 

The following table enlists the expected CAT Cut off 2020 for all participating IIMs:

Expected IIM CAT Cut Off 2020
IIMs Cut Off (Percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad 99-100
IIM Bangalore 99
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow 97-98
IIM Indore 97-98
IIM Kozhikode 97-98
IIM Amritsar 95-96
IIM Nagpur 95-96
IIM Sambalpur 95-96
IIM Trichy 94-95
IIM Raipur 94-95
IIM Ranchi 94-95
IIM Kashipur 94-95
IIM Vizag 92-94
IIM Udaipur 92-94
IIM Bodhgaya 92-94
IIM Shillong 90
IIM Sirmaur 90
IIM Jammu 89-90

CAT 2020 Available Seats

There are approximately 4870 seats available through the CAT 2020 under the 20 Indian Institute(s) of Management (IIM) across India. Candidates just need to meet the criteria of admission for each college/institution. The primary requirement to be eligible for a seat is the CAT Cut-off 2020 for that particular college. After that, every other eligibility criteria will be evaluated.

CAT 2020 Expected Cut Off for Non-IIMs

The other management colleges offering admission based on the CAT scores are listed below, along with the expected cut off percentile:

College CAT 2020 Expected Percentile
FMS, Delhi 98
IMT, Ghaziabad 90
K J Somaiya, Mumbai 86
JBIMS, Mumbai 96
GIM Goa 85
TAPMI, Manipal 80
LIBA, Chennai 70
IMI, New Delhi 90
SPJIMR, Mumbai 95
XIM, Bhubaneshwar 91
FORE, New Delhi 85
IFMR, Chennai 80
IRMA, Anand 80
MICA, Ahmedabad 80
XIME, Bangalore 70
MDI, Gurgaon 94

CAT 2020 Selection Parameters

After a candidate has received his or her authentic CAT 2020 score card, the following parameters will be taken into consideration for selecting a candidate.

  • CAT 2020 Score
  • Class 10th Marks
  • Class 12th Marks
  • Performance in Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Work Experience

CAT Cut Off 2019

The following table enlists the released CAT cut off 2019 for all participating IIMs for general categories:

CAT Cut Off 2019
IIMs  CAT Cut Off 2019
IIM Ahmedabad 80
IIM Bangalore 85
IIM Calcutta 85
IIM Kozhikode 85
IIM Shillong 80
IIM Lucknow 90
IIM Raipur 95
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Kashipur 90
IIM Ranchi 90
IIM Indore 90
IIM Tiruchirappalli 95
IIM Udaipur 90
IIM Bodh Gaya 90
IIM Amritsar 80
IIM Nagpur 85
IIM Jammu 90
IIM Vishakapatnam 85
IIM Sambalpur 95
IIM Simraur 95

The following table enlists the released CAT cut off of 2019 for all the major IIMs for general categories:

CAT Cut Off 2019
IIMs  Cut Off
IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode 98
IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur 96
IIM Trichy, IIM Raipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi 95
IIM Vizag, IIM Udaipur, IIM Bodh Gaya 92
IIM Shillong, IIM Simraur 90

CAT Cut Off 2018

The CAT 2018 cut off for different IIMs is listed below. The table consists of the names of the institutions along with the corresponding CAT exam cut off percentiles. Top IIMs have the same cut off percentiles.

CAT Exam Cut Off 2018
IIMs  CAT Cut Off 2018
IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode 97
IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur 95
IIM Trichy, IIM Raipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi 94
IIM Vizag, IIM Udaipur, IIM Bodh Gaya 92
IIM Shillong, IIM Simraur 90

Other Top Institutes accepting CAT Scores

Several top management institutes in India, accept the CAT score for admissions into the MBA and PGDM courses. The cut-off percentile for a few top institutes accepting CAT scores are mentioned in the table given below.

Colleges accepting CAT score
Name of the Institute Cut-off Percentile
Faculty of Management Studies - University of Delhi (FMS), Delhi 98
IIT Delhi 98
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon 97
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai 97
IIT Kharagpur 97
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) 95
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) 90
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa 90
K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai 90
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) 87
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai 86
MICA 80
IMT Nagpur 70
Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) 60

CAT 2020 Percentile Calculation

The examinees should now understand the difference between the scaled score and percentile in the CAT exam to know the CAT exam cut off required by various colleges.  

Step 1: Total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT including both morning & afternoon sessions are calculated.

Step 2: All candidates who appeared for CAT will be assigned a rank, based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, identical ranks are assigned to those candidates. As an illustration, suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second-highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 3 and so on.

Step 3: Percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section is calculated as

P = [(N−r) N] × 100.

Step 4: Calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate is rounded-off up to two decimal points.

CAT 2020 Normalization Process

CAT 2020 evaluation or CAT 2020 normalization is a process that is used to follow fairness and equality in comparison to performances of the candidates across different test sessions.
The official website describes CAT 2020 Normalization as "CAT 2020 will be conducted in three sessions. Three different Test Forms shall be administered in three different Test Sessions. To ensure fairness and unbiasedness in comparison of performances of the candidates in different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization". The process mentioned above will be in effect while calculating the CAT 2020 result of the students who will appear for the test.

Working of the CAT 2020 Normalization Process

In the CAT 2020 Normalization process, the students are scaled based on different test batches, locations, etc. On accumulating all these scores, a scaled score is obtained and converted into the percentile. Some of the candidates can encounter a hard set of papers in one batch while others encounter an easier exam as compared to the former. To eliminate this difference and be fair to every student, the process of normalization is done.

CAT normalization process is an established path for comparing candidate scores across multiple forms and is similar to those being adopted in other reputed academic selection tests conducted across India, such as GATE i.e. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. For normalization across all sections, we use the percentile equivalence.

CAT 2020 Reservation

As per Government of India's norms, IIMs have reserved 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates, and 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates, 5% of seats are reserved for Benchmark Disabilities Persons. IIMs also provide reservation of 10% to the candidates belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in terms of seat availability.

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