By Sneha Dasgupta

CAT Result 2021 – Percentile, Cut Off & Analysis

9th June, 2021

CAT result highlights

The CAT result for 2021 will tentatively be announced in the first week of January 2022. In this article, you are going to learn all about CAT percentile, cut-off, and how to download your CAT exam result.

Here is a comprehensive list of the important dates, including the CAT result date that you should look out for:

CAT result dates

CAT 2021 Registration4 August 2021
Last date to register15 September 2021
Admit Card release date27 October 2021
CAT Exam 202128 November 2021
CAT 2021 Answer Key releaseFirst week of December 2021
CAT Result 2021First week of January 2022

How to download CAT results?

The CAT results can be downloaded on the official website of IIM-CAT. You will get your CAT result only through an online mode.

How to download CAT scorecard

To download your CAT result, you need to follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the official CAT website
  • Click on the button that says “CAT Login”
  • Enter the CAT 2021 ID and password
  • Click on the scorecard tab
  • Download your CAT exam result

Details mentioned on the CAT scorecard

The CAT exam result will appear with your name, roll number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile.

Your CAT results will be available on the official CAT website till December 31, 2022.

How to calculate CAT percentile?

Before we dive into how to calculate the CAT score, let us remind you of the marking pattern first.

  1. For each correct answer, 3 marks is awarded
  2. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted (-1)
  3. There is no deduction of marks for an incorrect answer to a non-MCQ type question

The CAT percentile is calculated through these three steps:

  • You will first be scored section-wise, after which your overall score will be calculated by totaling the sectional scores
  • Your section-wise and overall scores will be normalized to arrive at a scaled CAT score*
  • These normalized scores will then be converted into percentiles which will reflect on your CAT scorecard.

*The normalization process refers to adjusting values measured on different scales to a notionally common scale. This helps in aligning distributions to a normal and scaled distribution.

CAT Cut-Off

Following the declaration of the result, the IIMs will begin their process of shortlisting based on the CAT cut-offs, for the selection of candidates for the WAT-PI round.

Factors determining CAT cut-offs

The CAT cut-off represents a basic percentile requirement which the colleges decide upon based on:

  • Reputation of College
  • Number of Aspirants for the college

Top colleges accepting CAT score

Here is a list of the expected CAT cut-offs of 2021 from all the IIMs:

IIM Ahmedabad100-99
IIM Bangalore100-99
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow97-98
IIM Indore97-98
IIM Kozhikode97-98
IIM Amritsar95-96
IIM Nagpur95-96
IIM Sambalpur95-96
IIM Trichy94-95
IIM Raipur94-95
IIM Ranchi94-95
IIM Kashipur94-95
IIM Vizag92-94
IIM Udaipur92-94
IIM Bodhgaya92-94
IIM Shillong90
IIM Sirmaur90

CAT Result Analysis

Here are some highlights from the CAT 2020 results:

  • There were 9 candidates who scored a perfect 100 percentile.
  • 7 out of these 9 candidates were from an Engineering background, 1 was from a Mathematics background, and 1 from a Management background.
  • 19 candidates had scored an overall percentile of 99.99.
  • Out of these 19 candidates, 16 were from an Engineering background, 2 from an Economics background, and 1 from a Management background.

Also Read: CAT Exam Eligibility | CAT Question Papers | CAT Mock Test

FAQs about CAT Result

What is a good CAT score?

If you wish to get into one of the top IIMs, like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, or Indore, a good overall CAT percentile would range from 100-99. For reserved category students, the cut-offs are slightly lower, ranging between 97-98 percentile. To secure admission in these top IIMs, it is of utmost importance to be in the top bracket of CAT scorers.

The cut-offs for the top MBA colleges such as FMS, MDI, SPJIMR range anywhere between 95 and 99 percentile.

When will the CAT results be out?

The CAT results for the 2021 CAT Exam are scheduled to be released in the first week of January 2022.

Is 70 percentile good in CAT?

Although a 70 percentile cannot be considered as a good score to secure admission in one of the IIM colleges, it may be able to give you a chance to take admission in a decent MBA institute.

Is there any difference between the CAT score and the CAT percentile?

The CAT score refers to the total marks obtained by a candidate in the exam. On the other hand, the CAT percentile is a relative score viz. the total number of candidates who qualify for the exam.

The CAT percentile matters in the screening of candidates for the first round of IIM admissions, which is then followed by a Written Ability Test and Personal Interview (WAT-PI) if the candidate meets the required cut-off.

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