CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile: CAT Guru Arun Sharma Drops Scores for Top Percentile; Check New Revised CAT 2023 Score Vs % Prediction

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Updated on December 14, 2023
IMS Learning had revised its CAT Score Vs Percentile estimates lower than earlier predictions after release of Actual CAT exam paper on December 5. Now, Arun Sharma, India’s foremost CAT expert, has also revised his estimates which are also lower than his earlier predictions. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower CAT 2023 scores will fetch high percentile. MBAUniverse.com presents a complete analysis on CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile changes
CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile after Answer Key

With the release of Actual CAT exam paper on December 5, IMS Learning had revised its CAT Score Vs Percentile estimates lower than earlier predictions. Now, Arun Sharma, India’s foremost CAT expert, has also revised his estimates which are also lower than his earlier predictions. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower CAT 2023 scores will fetch high percentile! MBAUniverse.com presents a complete analysis on CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile changes.

Held on November 26, CAT 2023 exam has created a lot of commotion and anxiety in MBA aspirants. Soon after the exam, recognizing that CAT 2023 was a much more difficult paper than previous years, leading CAT coaching institutes like IMS Learning and Arun Sharma’s Mindworkzz released their expected CAT Score Vs Percentile predictions, where a low score of 78-80 was sufficient for 99 percentile. A few days later, upon the release of actual CAT paper and answer keys by IIM Lucknow on December 5, even these low estimates have undergone changes! First, IMS Learning revised their estimates, which are lower than earlier predictions. Following suit, on December 13, Arun Sharma has also revised estimates, which too are lower than earlier predictions. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower scores will fetch high percentile! Check this MBAUniverse.com analysis of latest CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile predictions..

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But before we review the recent changes, let’s review what happened on the CAT Day.

CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile - CAT Day (Nov 26) Predictions by IMS, CL, Arun Sharma

Soon after the exam, based on ‘memory questions’ and expert experiences, leading CAT coaching institutes like IMS, Career Launcher and Arun Sharma’s Mindworkzz released their expected CAT Score Vs Percentile predictions, where the consensus was that to get 99% scores, a score between 77-81 was sufficient. This was substantially lower than last year. Refer table 1 below.

Table 1: CAT Day (Nov 26) Predictions by IMS, CL, Arun Sharma

CAT 2023 Percentile
IMS Learning (IMS)
Carrer Launcher (CL) 
Arun Sharma 
99 %ile
77-81
78-80
79-80
95%ile
56-59
57-58
55-56 
90%ile
48-50
46-48
47-48 

Taking into account the higher difficulty level of CAT 2023, These predictions were much less than last year’s estimates for CAT 2022. Take for instance the predictions made by IMS learning for two years:

Table 2: CAT Percentile Predictions by IMS Learning for CAT 2023 Vs CAT 2022

Percentile
CAT 2023
CAT 2022
99 %ile
77-81
91-92
95%ile
56-59
66-67
90%ile
48-50
53-54

CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile – Big Changes after Release of CAT Paper & Response Sheet (Dec 5)

The above CAT Day predictions were based on personal exam taking experiences of CAT experts, and the ‘memory questions’ that their students share after the exam. While these estimates are generally accurate in a normal paper, with all its twists and turns, CAT 2023 is not a normal paper!

So, after now with the release of Actual CAT exam paper and official answer keys on December 5, CAT Experts have taken a closer look at the real paper, and their correct answers, and have shared their revised estimates for their CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile. MBAUniverse.com was the first platform to publish these details. 

Arun Sharma revised CAT predictions on December 13 – Lowers Scores for 99%, 99%  
Arun Sharma told MBAUniverse.com, “Yes, after looking at the actual paper, particularly for Slot 2 which I took, I will make change to my predictions.” He added, “My perception on CAT score Vs Percentile predictions has changed after release of CAT response sheet and official answers. I anticipate a further drop in Score required to get 99%.”

Table 3: Arun Sharma’s Revised Predictions (Dec 13)

Overall Percentile
Marks
99 %
73-74
98 %
63-64
95 %
51-52
92 %
42-43
90 %
40-41

Arun Sharma said these were estimates based on analysis of difficulty level of past papers, and actual scores vs percentile trends of many of his students. Confident of his predictions, Sharma said, “I have fortunately been right in CAT Score Vs Percentile calls in previous years. I hope to get it right this year too! However, students should take these as estimates, and wait for the actual results.” 

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 How do these new predictions differ from earliest estimates made on exam day? Well, they differ significantly! 

Table 4: Arun Sharma’s Earlier CAT Percentile Predictions Vs Revised Predictions

Percentile
Score Required as Predicted on CAT Exam Day - November 26
Revised Score on December 13
99%
78-80
73-74
90%
53-54
51-52

Other percentile bands are expected to undergo similar downward changes. Arun Sharma also share Sectional Scores required for various percentiles. Check table 5.

Table 5: CAT 2023 Sectional Score Vs Percentile Predictions by Arun Sharma

CAT 2023 Sections
VARC
DILR
Quant
99
26
25
25
90
11
11
 9

Outlining the factors that have led to lower Scores, Arun Sharma told MBAUniverse.com, “I had already concluded that Quant and DILR sections were tough, but after looking at the actual paper, I think even Verbal Section was not as easy as I thought it to be. The answers are too close to each other, and you don’t feel in full control of the paper especially under time pressure.” He added, “Hence I have decided to reduce the Cut Off Score Required.”

IMS Learning Makes Important Changes on Dec 6
Earlier, IMS Learning, known to make in-depth and accurate prediction, also Revised CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile and shared with MBAUniverse.com on December 6. Slot wise Details follow.

  • Slot 1: Big Downward Revision for almost all percentiles in DILR Section. For example: while a score of 36 was required for getting 99.9% in estimates released on Nov 26, a score of just 32 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. Similarly, while a score of 32 was required for getting 99.5% in estimates released on Nov 26, a score of just 27 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower scores will fetch high percentile.
  • Slot 2: Big Downward Revision for almost all percentiles in VARC Section. For example: while a score of 50 was required for getting 99.9% in estimates released on Nov 26, a score of just 45 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. Similarly, while a score of 46 was required for getting 99.5% in estimates released on Nov 26, a score of just 40 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower scores will fetch high percentile.
  • Slot 3: Surprisingly, there is a Big Upward Revision in VARC Section for almost all percentiles. For example: while a score of 46 was required for getting 99.9% in estimates released on Nov 26, a much higher score of 54 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. Similarly, while a score of 42 was required for getting 99.5% in estimates released on Nov 26, a much higher score of 47 will fetch the same percentile as per the new estimates. 

Here are the snapshots of changes across slots and sections:

Table 6: Slot wise & Section wise Changes in CAT 2023 exam

Section Name
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
No Significant Change
Big Downward Revision for almost all percentiles
Big Upward Revision for almost all percentiles
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Big Downward Revision in Scores Required for almost all percentiles
No Significant Change
No Significant Change
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
No Significant Change
Downward Revision for 99.9%; No Significant Changes in Rest
Downward Revision for 99.9% & 99.5%; No Significant Changes in Rest
  • Downward Revision means that the Scores Required for say 99% have been reduced. In other words, the difficulty level is estimated now to be higher than earlier estimates. This is good news for MBA Aspirants as lower scores will fetch high percentile.
  • Upward Revision means that the Scores Required for say 99% have been increased. In other words, the difficulty level is estimated to be lower now than earlier estimates. This is bad news for MBA Aspirants as higher scores are required to fetch high percentile.

Table-7: IMS Learning Revised CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile for Slot 1: A Comparison     

Percentile
Score Released On
VARC
DILR
QA
99.9
December 6
49
32
37
 
November 26
48
36
40
99
December 6
39
24
28
 
November 26
40
28
27
95
December 6
29
17
20
 
November 26
30
19
18
90
December 6
24
14
17
 
November 26
25
16
15

Source: IMS Learning 

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Table-8: IMS Learning Revised CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile for Slot 2: A Comparison        

Percentile
Score Released On
VARC
DILR
QA
99.9
December 6
45
39
35
 
November 26
50
38
40
99
December 6
37
30
26
 
November 26
42
30
26
95
December 6
28
21
19
 
November 26
32
20
18
90
December 6
24
18
15
 
November 26
26
17
14

Source: IMS Learning

Table-9: IMS Learning Revised CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile for Slot 3: A Comparison     

Percentile
Score Released On
VARC
DILR
QA
99.9
December 6
54
38
36
 
November 26
46
36
40
99
December 6
43
29
26
 
November 26
38
28
26
95
December 6
33
22
19
 
November 26
28
19
18
90
December 6
28
19
16
 
November 26
23
16
14

Source: IMS Learning 

It is clear from the above that both IMS Learning and Arun Sharma have responded proactively to the answer key release and have updated their estimates for the benefit of student community.

MBAUniverse.com will also publish the updated CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile by other leading CAT Experts and Coaching companies soon. So, it you took the CAT Exam, stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on CAT Score Vs Percentile.

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