How to Calculate CAT Percentile 2021

How to Calculate CAT Percentile 2021

How to Calculate CAT Percentile - It is common for candidates to be baffled while finding the difference between CAT percentile and score. They may wonder how to calculate the CAT percentile and how it is different from CAT score? After the IIM entrance exam, most of the candidates want to know how to calculate the CAT percentile.However, before you roll into your most important aimed question, ‘’How to calculate CAT percentile?”, you must be aware of the steps that are involved in the final surfacing of your CAT 2021 percentile. As CAT consists of three sessions in a single day, the scores of candidates were subjected to normalization. The scaled scores were converted to percentile for the shortlisting process. Let us have a look at the proper procedure for how to calculate the CAT percentile with the help of the CAT percentile predictor tool.

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Calculation of CAT percentile - An example

In simple terms, the CAT percentile refers to the number of students who have scored below him/her. Before finding out the CAT percentile, the candidates should know their expected rank. Also, students need to know the CAT 2021 marks vs percentile differentiation.

-For example, there are a total number of 2,27,835 students who appeared in the CAT exam. Now you scored a rank of 4000, then your CAT percentile will be :

Your CAT percentile = [1 - { 4000/2,27,835 }] * 100 = 98.24 percentile

The above percentile means that 98 percent of the students writing the CAT exam shall have a CAT score below you.

  • Also, no candidate can score 100 percentile in CAT because it indicates what percent of students you are ahead of, including yourself.

  • In addition to this, the percentile is only calculated up to three decimal places, and then it is rounded off to the next closest decimal number.

CAT 2021 - Normalization of Score

CAT 2021 will be conducted in three sessions and slots and at various locations across the country. So the first step after the exam is CAT normalization. Why is it needed? This is necessary so that there is no incongruity. The parameters on which normalization is done are location, sessions, and the difficulty level of different exam papers.

All these criteria are equalized while scaling the raw score attained by the student. Considering all these criteria, a normalized score is attained which is then used for the calculation of the CAT percentile. The scaled scores for each of the three sections and the total scores along with the percentile will be published on the scorecard.

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How to Calculate CAT Percentile - Procedure

The steps below sketch the procedure to calculate CAT 2021 percentile for a sectional as well as an overall paper. Here the QA section is chosen as an example.

Step 1: The total number of candidates who appeared

First of all note down the total number of candidates (say N) who appeared for the paper both in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Step 2: Assigning rank ® based on the scaled score

After the normalization process, a scaled score is obtained for each section and the overall scaled score. Based on the scaled score, you will be assigned a rank (r). In case two or more candidates have attained the same marks in any section, they will be assigned the same rank for that section.

Step 3: Calculation of percentile score

The formula for computing the percentile is given by


  • P = Percentile of a candidate
  • N = Total number of candidates
  • R = Rank assigned to a candidate

Step 4: Round off

Round off the calculated CAT 2021 percentile score of a candidate up to two decimal points. A similar strategy is followed for calculating CAT 2021 percentile score for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2021.

Check the CAT percentile on the basis of CAT score in the table below:

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CAT Result 2021

IIM Ahmedabad will declared CAT 2021 result tentatively in the first week of January 2022. The result will mention the name along with the biometric scanned photograph and details of the candidates like sectional cutoff and the marks scored and the overall CAT 2021 percentile on the basis of their performance in the exam.

The scaled scores for each section Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Ability (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) will be mentioned. Also, the total scores along with the percentiles shall be stated on the scorecard. Candidates who qualify will have to apply to their choice of college for admissions on the basis of their CAT scores.

The IIMs will shortlist and call the candidate on the basis of IIM admission criteria. The candidate has to convert the call by clearing the GD/PI and WAT process in order to finally procure a seat in the top B-Schools.

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CAT Cutoff 2021

After the declaration of the CAT 2021 exam result, the authorities will release the expected cutoff. The cutoff of CAT 2021 is nothing but the minimum CAT 2021 percentile a candidate needs to attain in order to qualify for the next following round of the selection process. CAT cutoff 2021 depends on various factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, the total number of candidates appeared, the number of seats, etc.

In order to get shortlisted for the selection process: WAT -GD/PI, candidates appearing for CAT 2021 exam must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff. According to the past year's trends, the CAT cutoff for top B-School category colleges like old IIMs and top B-Schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, etc. goes over 99 percentile. Baby IIMs including IIM Sambalpur, IIM Trichy, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, etc. have a cutoff of 90 percentile and above.

Final Selection for Admission

On the basis of the composite score which is calculated on the basis of their performance in CAT 2021, WAT/ GD, and PI, academic record, work experience, the candidates will get admission. Check the table given below to know about the break-up of the composite score. The CS given below is general in nature. All IIMs have a different CS calculation process.

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Work experience


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NOTE: Candidates can use the CAT percentile predictor tool by Careers360 for more accurate details.

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