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CAT Score VS CAT Percentile – Analysis

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6th January, 2020

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The CAT 2020 results are out! Download your scorecard here. The Common Aptitude Test(CAT), one of the most popular management entrance test was conducted by IIM Khozikhode in 2020 on November 29th.

For more information, you can also visit the official CAT 2020 link. CAT is a national level exam with lakhs of aspirants appearing year after year. Therefore, one is bound to think about the relationship of CAT score vs CAT percentile when the candidate receives both on the day of the result. The relationship between CAT scores vs CAT percentile is not only complex but also difficult to calculate. 

You will be able to check your CAT percentile using our CAT percentile predictor.  

Though CAT is a management entrance exam conducted by IIM, other top B schools also accept CAT scores. Sunstone Eduversity also accepts CAT scores along with other management entrance exams. Getting a good CAT percentile is one of the main factors of getting into a good B school. CAT percentile is what is taken into consideration when one goes through the admission process. 

With the CAT 2020 done and dusted with, all students just have to do is to wait for the CAT results to be out. However, a lot of students are under the misconception that the CAT score and CAT percentile are the same. In this blog, we will help you understand all you need to know about CAT marks vs CAT percentile.  

Read more about the CAT 2020 result here

CAT Score Vs CAT Percentile

Before discussing the topic of CAT marks vs CAT percentile, let us first understand what type of exam CAT is and what these two mean on their own. Let us begin with understanding what the CAT Score means. 

Talking about the marking scheme of the CAT exam, ‘The CAT score’ includes a total of 100 questions, a cumulative of all the three sections. For every correct answer, a total of +3 marks are awarded and for every wrong chosen option -1 mark is deducted. An unanswered question is not allotted any marks. The final CAT score you have obtained is out of a total of 300. The CAT score and CAT marks are the same. 

Section

Question

Total marks

Quantitative Ability 34 102
Verbal and Reading Ability 34 102
Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation     32 96

Therefore, the CAT score represents the marks obtained by the candidate out of a total of 300 in the exam. 

What Is CAT Percentile?

A percentile is a reflection of how you have performed in an exam with respect to the other takers of the exam. For e.g, you have scored a 97 percentile in your CAT, that means you have scored better than 97 per cent of the total test takers and only 3% scored more than you. But the confusion of CAT score vs CAT percentile begins when the candidate receives both. Hence, the CAT percentile is not a depiction of the performance of the candidate but it refers to how the candidate has performed in comparison to the other test-takers. 

How Is The CAT Percentile Calculated? 

It is important for all you to understand that there is no method or formula to ensure achieving a high percentile in CAT. The question papers given to the students in the morning and afternoon sessions have different questions. This ensures equality and fairness among all the students. The percentile is evaluated keeping the difficulty level of the exam in mind, which is never constant. This results in changes in the percentile evaluation of each candidate.

To help you solve the mystery of CAT score vs CAT percentile, calculate CAT percentile using the following method. 

Step 1: Total number of students appeared for the exam (N). 

Add the number of students that sat for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Say that number is ‘N’.

Step 2: Assign a rank to the candidates based on the scaled score

After the normalisation process, you will be assigned a specific rank (r) based on the scaled score obtained.

Step 3: Calculate your CAT percentile

Apply the following formula to calculate your CAT percentile using N and r. 

P= [( N – r )/ N] x 100, where P is CAT Percentile, N is the Total Number of Candidates Appeared for CAT Exam and r is the Rank of the Candidate

What is the Normalisation Method?

 The IIM’s earlier conducted two sessions of assessment with the gap of 20 days. We now have these sessions as the morning and afternoon sessions of the CAT exam. The IIM’s yo ensure fairness and equality to such a large number of aspirants, came up with the ‘Normalisation method’. This method is also followed by other national level exams like the GATE. Since the CAT is the most popular management exam and is conducted across the country, to ensure fairness, a scaled score is applied that takes into account the difficulty level and the candidate’s performance across the sessions. 

The simple assumption of ‘the distribution of abilities in the candidate will be equally distributed between all the sessions’  is what the normalisation method is based on. This means that the candidate will perform in both the sessions in a similar manner, as his/her abilities will remain the same. Some argue that the effect of the normalisation process on the CAT score vs CAT percentile is minimal as now the CAT  sessions are conducted on the same day.  

CAT Score vs CAT Percentile

After obtaining an estimate of what your CAT percentile could be, the reality of CAT score vs CAT percentile. ‘What CAT score will get me a 99 percentile?’ common question asked by all those aiming for a 99 percentile.  The table below would provide you with a better understanding of CAT score vs CAT percentile. 

CAT score vs CAT percentile

*The above figures are an estimation, not an actual representation.

The next rounds of selection would be the group discussion and Personal Interview. It definitely is an important factor of selection and holds the power to get you rejected. Therefore,  you should not take the interview rounds lightly.

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