CAT Score Vs Percentile - Check Details for IIM CAT 2021

CAT Score Vs Percentile - Check Details for IIM CAT 2021

CAT Score Vs Percentile 2021- One of the common question for every CAT aspirant is, "What is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?" and "which of the two is more important?" The answer is, CAT score and CAT percentile are two different scores and both are equally important as they both directly influence the chances of admission into IIMs and other top B-schools.

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CAT Score Vs Percentile

CAT scorecard has two main scores; CAT scaled score and the CAT percentile associated with these CAT scores. Following the trend, most of the top B-Schools have started using their own methodology for selecting candidates. Every year due to larger participation, CAT is being conducted in three sessions hence the CAT percentile is also computed on account of the three exam sessions.

This is done to create justified results and equivalence among test takers of CAT. To know more about CAT score vs percentile, how it makes a difference during the selection process, the computation method, and using CAT percentile predictor, read the complete article.

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What is CAT Score?

CAT 2021 is a computer-based test that will be conducted by IIMs for providing admissions to the MBA and other managerial programs at the IIMs in India and other B-Schools. The marks that a candidate obtains on the basis of the marking scheme as per the CAT exam pattern is known as CAT score. To sum up, score in CAT is the sum total of the marks obtained by a candidate in all three sections namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. To calculate the CAT score, candidates can follow the below-mentioned process:

  • Three marks for each correct answer are awarded

  • For each wrong or incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted

  • There is no negative marking for unanswered questions and non-MCQs.
  • Total score (sectional-wise) is calculated by summing the marks as per questions answered by the candidates

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How to Calculate the CAT score?

This article will help you to understand the process of calculating the CAT marks vs percentile and the scaled CAT score and percentile calculation. Before you get to know how much CAT score is required for 99 percentile, it is good to understand the key elements of the process of converting your CAT score to a percentile score. For that, in this article, we provide a CAT score to percentile calculator. Use of that, you can easily know your percentile of CAT overall score as well as sectional score.

Candidate

Questions Answered

Correct Answers

Wrong Answers

Marks for Correct Answers

Marks for Wrong Answers

CAT Score

ABC

100

75

25

75*3= 225

25*1= 25

225-25= 200

XYZ

88

80

8

80*3= 240

8*1= 8

240-8= 232

Note that due to negative marking wrong attempts will lead to deduction of marks in total.

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What is CAT percentile?

A CAT percentile is a measure that indicates the percentage of candidates below a candidate in the merit list. For example, if a candidate secured a position at 90 percentile refers that about 90 percent of candidates competing with that candidate in the test have scored less than him/her. In other words, the CAT percentile is a measure of categorizing the candidates based on their performance. Hence, test takers who secured 90 percentile or above in CAT refers to the top 10 percent of the candidates in the merit list. Percentile secured according to marks obtained is only an indication of the candidate’s position. However, this does not tell the exact marks scored in the test.

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How is the percentile for CAT calculated?

The percentile in CAT 2021 will be calculated on the basis of the scaled score of each section from which questions will be asked as well as the overall scaled score. CAT result 2021 cum CAT scorecard will indicate sectional as well as the overall scaled score and the CAT percentile of candidates.

Now let us take an example and understand how is CAT percentile calculated? Here the VARC section is just taken as an example with regard to the calculation of percentile.

Step 1: The first step is calculating the total number of candidates (N) who are likely to appear for the IIM Entrance Exam, in both sessions i.e. in the forenoon and afternoon session.

Step 2: Allot Rank (r) on the basis of the scaled score obtained in the VARC section to all the candidates who appeared in CAT. If two or more candidates score the same marks in the section, then assign identical ranks to the candidates.

Step 3: Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the VARC section as:

Step 4: Now, round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points only. For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 89.995 are rounded off to 90

Follow the same methodology for computing the overall CAT percentile scores and for percentile scores of other sections.

What is a Scaled Score?

IIMs use score equating process knows as CAT normalization to arrive at the final CAT score. The scaled score of CAT 2021 may be more or less than the raw score obtained by candidates.

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CAT Score vs Percentile: Other Details

Careers360 brings to you the top ranges of percentile on the basis of normalized scores of CAT. Usually, the candidates who have more than 80 percentile in CAT are likely to be selected and get a call for selection rounds from top B-Schools of India. Major four ranges on the basis of which CAT 2021 score vs percentile data can be presented are -

  • 95.01 percentile and above

  • 90.01 to 95 percentile

  • 85.01 to 90 percentile

  • 80 to 85 percentile

Overall CAT Marks Vs Percentile 2021 (Expected)

According to the previous year’s CAT exam analysis, below we present the CAT 2021 score vs percentile range prepared by experts:

CAT percentile rangeCAT overall score
99+155-160
95-98135-154
90-94101-134
85-8981-100
80-8471-80
75-7961-70
70-7451-60

CAT Score vs Percentile Analysis: Section Wise

The overall and section wise CAT score for 99 Percentile as estimated by experts is given here. By looking at this table, you will get a clear idea about the CAT section-wise score and overall score.

Score in VARC

Score in QA

Score in DILR

Overall Score Required

Expected Percentile

70

57

51

161 to 164

99

59

40

40

127 to 130

95

52

31

34

107 to 110

90

45

27

29

95-98

85

IIMs Cutoff on the Basis of CAT Scores

Indian Institute of Management releases individual cutoffs on the basis of CAT score. Candidates are further called upon for the selection process of CAT by IIMs on the basis of scores obtained by them. Given below is the CAT cutoff of the top 5 IIMs as per NIRF management ranking.

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Score vs Percentile

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Aggregate

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

PWD (ST)

50

50

50

60

IIM Bangalore CAT Score vs Percentile

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Aggregate

General

80

75

75

85

NC-OBC

70

65

65

75

EWS

70

65

65

75

Scheduled Caste

65

60

60

70

Scheduled Tribe

55

55

55

65

PwD

50

50

50

60

IIM Calcutta CAT Score vs Percentile

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Aggregate

General

75

80

80

85

NC-OBC

65

65

70

75

EWS

65

65

70

75

SC

60

60

65

70

ST

55

55

55

65

PWD

55

55

55

65

IIM Lucknow CAT Score vs Percentile

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Aggregate

General

85

85

85

90

NC-OBC

77

77

77

82

SC

55

55

55

70

ST

50

50

50

65

PWD

50

50

50

65

EWS

77

77

77

82

IIM Kozhikode CAT Score vs Percentile

Category

CAT Sectional Percentile

Class 10th Percentile

Class 12th Percentile

Overall Percentile for CAT

General

75

60

60

85

NC-OBC/ EWS

65

60

60

75

SC

55

55

55

65

ST/ Pwd

45

55

55

55

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CAT composite score calculation

CAT composite score of each candidates are calculating on the basis of following parameters.

  • CAT score (scaled)
  • Class 10 marks
  • Class 12 marks
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Here is the formula for calculating CAT composite score.

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Top MBA Colleges in India Accepting CAT percentile

You can see here that some of the top IIM and other top MBA colleges that accept different percentile CAT scores.

IMs and Other top B-Schools in IndiaRange of CAT 2021 cut off percentile
IIM Bangalore94 to 97
IIM Indore91 to 93
IIM Ahmedabad95 to 98
IIM Calcutta97 to 98
IIM Kozhikode93 to 95
IIM Lucknow93 to 96
IIM Bodhgaya85 to 88
IIM Jammu84 to 87
IIM Sirmaur80 to 85
IIM Sambalpur80 to 85
MDI Gurgaon94 to 95
FMS, New Delhi97 to 98
JBIMS Mumbai95 to 97
SPJIMR90 to 95
IIT Bombay, Mumbai90 to 94
IIT New Delhi90 to 93
LBSIM New Delhi80 to 85
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai80 to 85