What is the good score for CAT

In common Admission Test, it is the percentile that matters. It is all about your performance in the exam. It is the great way to assess your performance where your marks are not directly involved to select you in the next round. Thus depending on the difficulty level of the exam, candidate having a score of 100 can also get 99+ %ile or sometimes 200 marks are not enough to get the same percentile. Even if you are considering scores to measure or asses your performance, then it depends on a lot of factors. It depends on the difficulty level of the paper, colleges which you want to target, college cut off etc.

What does percentile mean?

The percentile means the percentage of candidates who have scored marks less than you. Thus if 100 students gave the exam and you have a percentile of 90. Then, it means 90 students have scored marks less than the marks secured by you.

Last year, the topper having 100 percentile had secured 232.32 marks in total. So, if you want to set a benchmark then atleast target 200+ to get admission in the top IIM’s. To get the percentile in 90’s range, then the score of 120 will suffice.

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What is a good score in CAT?

There is no fix criterion to analyze the good score for CAT. Still, we can take an idea from the table given below to analyze the relationship between score and percentile. This is just the rough idea, the scores or percentile may change year to year.

Percentile Min. Marks in VARC Min. Marks in DILR Min. Marks in QA Composite Marks
99.9 79-82 56-58 84-86 200-202
99 78-80 53-55 83-85 179-181
95 49-51 40-42 57-59 139-141
90 46-48 31-33 50-52 110-120
85 34-36 26-28 43-45 94-107
80 32-34 20-22 35-37 90-92
70 29-31 16-18 29-31 74-76

What is the Score Range for different B-Schools for Admission?

The  B-schools set the different cut-off for admission. The cut off generally released in the percentile scored by candidates. Below, scores are given after converting the percentile to scores.

  1. Top B-Schools in India – Minimum score of 200, if we last year trends. Remember, it is not a fixed score, it depends all on the difficulty level of the exam. The sectional cut off is generally minimum 80%ile for each section.
  2. Second Tier B-schools in India –  Minimum marks of 120 to get into the second tier b-schools.
  3. Third Tier B-school in India – The minimum score of 100 to become eligible for admission in third tier management schools.

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What is the lowest possible percentile for admission in IIM’s?

It is not the hard fast rule that you need to have 99+ile to get into IIM’s. They consider various factors before calling a candidate. Sometime unreserved candidates with 91%ile do get calls from top IIM’s. If they have great work experience or any other factor which suits the admission criteria. Here is the minimum cut off in which candidates got a call the GDPI round.

  • General – 90.99 Percentile
  • SC/ST – 73.21 Percentile
  • Non- Creamy OBC – 81.15 Percentile
  • DA – 80.48 Percentile

CAT 2018 Cut Off

Here is the minimum percentile requires to become eligible for the selection process in the given colleges. For example, if you 99%ile and could not able to clear the sectional cut off, then in that case you are not eligible to sit for the GDPI round.

CAT Cut Off For admission in IIMs

IIM Section General OBC-NC SC ST PwD
IIM Ahmedabad VRC 70 65 60 50 60
DI & LR 70 65 60 50 60
QA 70 65 60 50 60
Aggregate 80 75 70 60 70
IIM Bangalore VRC 85 75 70 60 60
DI & LR 80 70 65 60 60
QA 80 70 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 80 75 75 75
IIM Calcutta VRC 80 75 65 60 60
DI & LR 80 75 65 60 60
QA 80 75 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 85 70 70 70
IIM Lucknow VRC 85 77 55 50 50
DI & LR 85 77 55 50 50
QA 85 77 55 50 50
Aggregate 90 82 70 65 65
IIM Indore VRC 80 70 55 45 45
DI & LR 80 70 55 45 45
QA 80 70 55 45 45
Aggregate 90 80 60 50 50
IIM Kozhikode VRC 80 70 60 40 40
DI & LR 80 70 60 40 40
QA 80 70 60 40 40
Aggregate 90 80 65 55 55

CAT Cutoff for B-Schools

B-School Name CAT 2018 Cut-off (Expected)
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+
FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi) 98.20
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+
UBS Chandigarh 93
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+

CAT Reservation

The exam conducting body reserves the certain number of seats for the different categories:

Category Reservation of Seats
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
NC-OBC 27%
PwD 05%

Colleges Accepting CAT Score

Here we have given a list of B-schools which accepts the score for CAT:

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score

Below is the list of all IIM colleges present in India that accept CAT score for the admission in MBA/PGDM courses:

  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Kashipur
  • Rajiv Gandhi IIM Shillong
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli
  • IM Udaipur
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Rohtak

List of top B-schools accepting CAT score

  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai
  • Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • SPJIMR, Mumbai

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