CAT or the Common Admission Test is for MBA entrances. This computer-based aptitude test which students take to get entry into IIM colleges and 1200 other B-schools of India. CAT exams are conducted online across 156 cities of India. CAT is an arrangement of 100 MCQs & non-MCQs which include these sections:
CAT 2020 went live on July 29 in the year 2020 (Refer link - iimcat.ac.in). This link has details about entrance exam and admission process. This year registration was open from August 5 till September 23.
CAT 2020 being one of our country’s most esteemed MBA entrance exams, CAT scores/CAT Ranks of the candidates are used by top B-schools to filter students for their flagship PGP programs. Apart from IIMs, other popular MBA schools like MDI, NITIE, IMT, FMS, SP Jain, JBIMS etc. consider CAT scores for admissions. CAT exams are complex and helps applicants get ready for more exams like XAT, SNAP, MAT and NMAT.
|29-July-2020||CAT 2020 website made live and exam schedule announced|
|05-Aug-2020||Online registrations commence for candidates to apply for CAT|
|23-Sep-2020||End of registration process|
|28-Oct-2020||Admit cards to be downloaded from CAT website until the exam day|
|05-Nov-2020||CAT mock test released|
|05-Nov-2020||CAT official tutorial release via video to understand exam guidelines|
|29-Nov-2020||CAT exam 2020 in 156 cities in morning, afternoon and evening slot.|
|08-Dec-2020||Answer key to be downloaded from CAT website.|
|08-Dec to 11-Dec-2020||Answer key can be challenged by paying Rs 1000 per question|
|2nd week of January, 2021||CAT Result 2020 release. Scorecard on official website by 9 AM|
CAT exams are held in the month of November each year. CAT 2020 exams were held on 29th of November.
This year’s CAT exams were administered on 29 November. From among 2.27 lakh registrations, 1.9 lakh students appeared for the test. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) will release computer-based CAT results tentatively by 9 Jan. Examination results can be checked either through the CAT official website or through an SMS sent by the officials. The SMS, for the CAT 2020 Result contains only overall percentile details. For the sectional CAT 2020 Results, the online Score Card needs to be downloaded.
The CAT 2020 results/ scorecard will be available on the official website of IIMCAT and will be published only by online mode.
|Year of CAT Exam||CAT Exam date||CAT Result Date|
|CAT 2020||November 29, 2020||by January 10, 2020 (tentative)|
|CAT 2019||November 24, 2019||January 7, 2020|
|CAT 2018||November 25, 2018||January 5, 2019|
|CAT 2017||November 26, 2017||January 8, 2018|
|CAT 2016||November 4, 2016||January 9, 2017|
CAT 2020 result is expected to be out by second week of January 2021. Scorecards can be downloaded from IIMCAT website (iimcat.ac.in). Answer Keys were released by IIM Indore on December 8. The candidates can now evaluate and calculate their percentile from the response sheet. The CAT 2020 results will contain candidate's sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, overall percentile.
|CAT result website||iimcat.ac.in|
|Conducting boady||IIM Indore|
|CAT result date and time||By January 10 (expected); time to be announced|
|How to check CAT 2020 result||through CAT login|
|Credentials required||CAT id and password|
|How is CAT percentile calculated||through IIM CAT normalization process|
|CAT scorecard 2020 validity||one year till December 31, 2021|
|Othe Mode to check CAT exam result||through login and via SMS|
|CAT score card format|
|Details in CAT results||Candidate details, sectional and overall scores, sectional and overall percentile scores.|
|CAT result scorecard used for||MBA/PGDM Admissions in IIMs, IITs and more than 1000 BSchools including Great Lakes, TAPMI, FMS, MDI, IMT, IMI, SPJIMR etc|
CAT 2020 was conducted in three sessions. Since 3 Test Forms were administered in 3 Test Sessions, fairness and equity in assessment of performances needs to be ensured. So the scores of candidates should be subjected to a process of normalization. Hence there is an adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization in different forms, the scores are also normalized in different sections. The Scaled Scores are then converted into percentiles.
Refer to the link below to see the method for 'Calculation of Scaled Score' of a candidate. https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Scoring_and_EquatingProcess.pdf
Once the results are out, the cut offs are released by authorities soon. Cut off of CAT 2020 simply means a minimal CAT 2020 percentile that a candidate needs to reach for qualifying for the next round of the selection. CAT cutoffs are decided on the basis of many aspects; a few among them are, difficulty level of exam, total number of participants, number of seats available, etc. For this year’s selection, only those candidates will be shortlisted who have qualified at least in both the sectional as well as the overall cutoff. Referring to earlier years’ trends:
The IIM Colleges still do not release CAT cut offs openly and are available for access only through account login process for the candidates who attempted CAT exam. Two categories of CAT cut offs for IIM admissions are:
Qualifying/ IIM shortlist cut off is the minimum score that a candidate must have scored to stand eligible for interview call or WAT/GD-PI round. Each campus announces qualifying CAT cut off percentiles individually in their admission criteria for that year. It has been noticed that qualifying CAT cut offs for all IIMs are above 90 percentile.
Final cut off for IIM call cut offs is the minimum score decided by IIMs in order to select candidates for WAT/GD-PI round. Final CAT cut offs are not officially announced but they are as high as 99+ percentile for admission in top IIMs. For final CAT cut offs sectional and overall cut offs are considered separately. Final cut off score may vary for general category and reserved category, male and female candidates and students with and without engineering background.
|IIM Ahmedabad Cutoff||80||75||70||60||-|
|IIM Bangalore Cutoff*||85||75||70||65||-|
|IIM Calcutta Cutoff||≥85||≥75||≥70||≥70||≥75|
|IIM Kozhikode Cutoff||85||75||65||-||-|
|IIM Lucknow Cutoff||90||82||70||65||82|
|IIM Indore Cutoff||90||70||55||45||90|
|IIM Visakhapatnam Cutoff||90||80||60||50||90|
|IIM Bodh Gaya Cutoff*||>90||>75||>55||>35||-|
|IIM Ranchi Cutoff||90||78||60||40||85|
|IIM Kashipur Cutoff*||90||78||>60||40||-|
|IIM Udaipur Cutoff||90||78||60||40||85|
|IIM Nagpur Cutoff||85||76.5||60||40||85|
To win an IIM seat is a hard dream. Getting into an old IIM is even more challenging, so the applicants also try their luck in the colleges with same level of repute. Some among them are SP Jain, FMS, MDI Gurgaon, IIT Delhi, NITIE, etc. Here is a look into the CAT Cut Offs for these colleges, which are many a times as high as IIMs cut offs.
|Rating||Approximate Cut off percentiles||Institutes|
|A+||94+||FMS, MDI-G, IISc-Bangalore, JBIMS, IIM-Rohtak, IIM-Ranchi, IIM-Raipur, IIM-Kashipur, IIM-Trichy, IIM-Bodh Gaya, IIM-Jammu, IIM-Sambalpur, IIM-Sirmaur, IIT-R|
|A+||CAT Percentile 90+||IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Kozhikode, IIM-Indore, IIM-Nagpur, IIM-Vishakapatnam, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kharagpur|
|A+||CAT Percentile 80+||IIM- Ahmedabad, IIM-Lucknow, SPJIMR, NITIE, IIM-Amritsar, IIT-Kanpur|
|A||CAT Percentile 90+||IMT-Gaziabad, UBS-CHD, GLIM, PUMBA, DU|
|A||CAT Percentile 80+||IMI-Delhi, IMT-Nagpur, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, NIRMA, WIMDR-M/B, IIFM, LBSIM, LIBA, IFMR|
CAT Percentile Predictor acts as a tool for CAT candidates and helps them predict their percentile even before the CAT Scorecard goes live. With the percentile predictor, CAT examinees get a fair impression of how they have performed in the exam and what to expect. This percentile calculator uses the actual percentile & exam score data of students who attempted CAT in previous years, to understand and arrive at a score for current year examinees’ results. Based on response sheets and the official key released by IIMCAT, percentile predictor calculates and arrives at a highly reliable prediction of your percentiles. This prediction is centered also on the CAT normalization and scaling process. Prospects can plan next course of action and start preparing for further steps to get entry into their choice of B-schools. Once CAT percentiles are available, it will be easy to check IIM and Top B-School Call Predictors. Call Predictors indicates examinee’s chances of getting a call from IIMs and other leading B-Schools of the country.
Know more about Percentile Score @ https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Percentile_Score_Calculation1.pdf
Tentative CAT 2020 exam results are expected on January 5, 2021. Once the results have arrived, top IIMs - and other management institutes will announce IIM calls within next 3 days. These will be centered on candidate's CAT percentile, academic profile, diversity and work experience. So, the ‘Call Predictors’ compare IIM eligibility criteria with IIM aspirants’ profile parameters like category, academics, gender etc. Then a list of IIMs and B-schools is ascertained, from where you are more likely to get interview calls. Speaking in a simpler language IIM CAT call predictor fetches your chances of getting an interview call from top B-schools of India. This year’s exam has been rated more difficult than 2019. Particularly slot-3 was more difficult, hence the expectation is that the candidates will be shortlisted at a comparatively low CAT score than 2019. With IIM Call Predictor candidates do not have to wait till January for knowing about their calls, they may start gearing up for next rounds even before.
All business schools have different criterion. While some give more weightage to CAT scores, others emphasis on academic scores. The other parameters are written ability test, personal interviews and work experience and candidates need to perform well in all rounds. After the CAT 2020 results are announced, the process of shortlisting of candidates on the basis of Written Ability Test( WAT), Group Discussion rounds( GD), and personal interview( PI) will be carried out. Expectedly due to COVID-19 crisis, the selection rounds may be conducted in online mode. The top IIMs have announced their admission criteria 2021already in the month August 2020.
Visit the official website of each IIM to know about their selection criteria or refer the link below for a collective information about the criterion of all IIMs at one place. https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iim-admission-criteria#IIM-MBA-Admission-Criteria-202123
If a candidate’s IIM cut off criteria is not met, one can consider other management colleges that accept the CAT scores. Few among them are International Institute of Business Studies, Kolkata, Taxila Business School, GRG School of Management Studies, Coimbatore and Vanguard Business School, Bangalore.
For the selection process IIMs also consider work experience, academic scores, performance in the personal interview and written ability test.
Yes, IIMs release sectional as well as an overall cut-off, and both cut off criterion must be met in order to get selected for admission.
IIM Shillong, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu and IIM IIM Rohtak are few IIMs where CAT cut offs are low. However CAT cut-offs are not constant and they are subject to changes.
IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore are a few among those whose cut offs are always high.
These are the top three IIMs and their cut off percentiles range from 99 to 100.
IIM Cutoff 2020 is expected to come out soon after the result declaration.
Yes, you must qualify both the sectional as well as overall cutoff criterion of IIMs.
Each IIM decides its own cut off and selection process individually and independently. This would depend on factors like IIM Cut off, number of seats and exam difficulty.
www.catresult.in is not the official website for the CAT results.