What is a good CAT Score? How to achieve it in CAT Exam 2021?

What is a good CAT Score? How to achieve it in CAT Exam 2021?

What is a good CAT Score? How to achieve it? - Planning to take CAT 2021? Wondering what is a good CAT score to get admission to top B-School and how to achieve it? Then all your worries-related queries to CAT 2021 end here. Many top B-schools and IIMs give importance to the CAT percentile to shortlist candidates for the selection rounds. All institutions accepting CAT scores release different CAT cutoff both section-wise and overall.Therefore, while giving CAT 2021 it becomes necessary for the candidates to attempt questions from all sections with much efficiency and accuracy to fetch a good score. CAT remains the top management entrance exam for which 2 lakh (approximately) students appear every year. Read this complete article to know what is a good CAT score? How to achieve it?

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Therefore, the level of competition every year remains high. Nonetheless, not only CAT score will make you eligible to take admission to top B-schools there are several other entrance examinations that are conducted at a national level for admission to the top B-school of your dream.

Ongoing MBA Admission 2021

UPES MBA Admission 2021

ITM Business School PGDM admission 2021

IPE Hyderabad PGDM Admission 2021

JAGSOM IFIM B-School PGDM Admission 2021

Jaipuria Institute of Management PGDM Admission 2021

What is a good CAT score?

The good CAT score differs for various tiers or the institutes that the candidates wish to apply for. For instance, if a student wants to apply for IIMs in that case, the ideal score to get qualified for selection rounds is a minimum 95 percentile. Whereas, there are other top B-schools like IIFT, IITs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, and so forth that accept CAT scores below 95 percentile.

On the other hand, third-tier B-schools may accept candidates with low CAT scores. Let’s have a look at the CAT percentile breakdown below:

Overall CAT score

Minimum score in VARC

Minimum score in DI LR

Minimum score in QA

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Good CAT score for all tier B-Schools

The good CAT score for B-schools may vary from institute to institute. The B-schools accepting CAT scores can be divided into three tiers as mentioned in the table below:



Minimum CAT score

Minimum Sectional Score

Top tier



Middle tier



Low tier



Candidates not qualifying in any of the tiers above, still have chances of getting into good B-schools that accept low CAT score or can appear for other national level entrance exams like CMAT, XAT, SNAP, and so forth which are accepted by the B-schools.

CAT Cutoff 2021

After the declaration of the CAT 2021 result, B-schools accepting CAT score and IIMs will release their respective cutoff on the basis of CAT score. Candidates meeting the minimum cutoff criteria for the B-school they want to apply for will be shortlisted for the selection rounds. The cutoff of CAT 2021 is determined on various factors such as:

  • The difficulty level of the question paper

  • Number of test-takers

  • Seat availability

  • Reputation of Institute

  • Past year cutoff trends

Quick Links;CAT Participating Institutes 2021How Many Questions to Attempt in CAT 2021 to Get 99 Percentile

How to achieve a good CAT score?

To achieve a good CAT score one has to prepare a strategic timetable to bell the examination. Some of the best tips for CAT preparation are:

Time management

Time management is life management, hence, when you begin your preparation you must allot the time for each section equally. Candidates must know that the sectional time limit will be imposed. For each section students will be given 60 minutes, hence candidates have to be quick and effective while solving questions from QA and DI which are more time-consuming.

Students must create a timetable to know which topic or section has to be prioritized first and modify your timetable as you assess your performance by giving mock tests or solving test papers.

Know CAT 2021 sectional time limit and number of questions


Total Number of Questions

Duration for all Category

Duration for PwD Category

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

26 Questions

40 Minutes

53 Minutes and 20 Seconds

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

24 Questions

40 Minutes

53 Minutes and 20 Seconds

Quantitative Ability (QA)

26 Questions

40 Minutes

53 Minutes and 20 Seconds


76 Questions

120 Minutes

159 Minutes and 60 Seconds

Take frequent mock tests

To know how to manage the stress level and time during the D-day students must give the mock test of CAT 2021. Solving the CAT 2021 sample papers will help candidates to become familiar with the exam environment and most importantly can know the detailed exam pattern of CAT 2021. Also, mock tests help students to become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses which will help to gauge the preparation level.

Appear for test series

Prior to taking any entrance test, it is important for students to appear for test series which acts as stepping stones to success. With the advancement in technology, students can now appear for online test series with the help of e-learning websites that determine their score and preparation level.

Students can avail themselves of the opportunity of having web chatting sessions and taking help from experts for the test series designed by them. They give you assistance and tips to prepare for CAT 2021.

Know your strengths and weaknesses

By solving the mock tests students must know their weaknesses and strengths in order to execute the strategy for preparation. This practice inculcates strategic planning, positivity, lots of practice, self-guidance, and hard work. Students must know that there are no shortcuts to gain success. One must work hard towards its weaknesses sincerely to bell the most covered entrance exam.

Maintain you cool

While preparing for CAT 2021 it is important to keep your level of enthusiasm and positivity high to confront any kind of challenge or difficulty. While writing the exam it not only checks your accuracy but your level of anxiety on how you can manage the stress level while solving the questions. Remember while attempting the CAT 2021 it’s not completely about the number of questions you attempt but the quality and accuracy with which you have attempted the questions.

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