CAT Score Vs Percentile 2022

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August 22, 2022

CAT Score Vs Percentile: Check the Likely Cut offs, Conversion Process, Top Colleges

 

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA/PGP admission 2023 in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurugram and IITs DMS. This year, IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT on November 27, 2022 in three slots of 2 hours duration.   


CAT 2022

Last year CAT 2021 had only 66 questions and low CAT score was awarded high percentile for top range of 90, 95, 99 and above. To arrive at the CAT percentile, IIMs convert your raw score in CAT exam to percentile score after taking into account the various factors for score normalization.

 

CAT Score Vs Percentile: Key Highlights

  • Lower CAT 2022 score to Get Higher Percentile: Check Predictions by Experts
  • CAT Score Vs Percentile Conversion Process Revised: Check Below
  • Check Below the Top IIMs and Other Top MBA colleges Available for Admission at 99, 90, 80 Percentile           

IIM Bangalore will release the CAT 2022 result in January 2023 first week. You can download it, verify your credentials and check your score vs percentile. Your CAT exam raw score is converted into a percentile score after taking various factors into account for score normalization. To help you check what percentile you can get with your RAW CAT Score, MBAUniverse.com shares below CAT Score vs Percentile process calculated by experts. It contains the process of calculating CAT percentile at different CAT score range.

 

But, before we go deep into the CAT Score Vs percentile conversion process, let us know at a glance the CAT score Vs percentile for 99, 95, 90, 85,80 percentile awarded last year in CAT 2021. Since No change is expected in the number of questions in CAT 2022, its scoring pattern and score vs percentile conversion process, similar percentile can be expected at the score range as given below in the table

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CAT Score Vs Percentile Cut offs: Overview
Below is shared the CAT Score Vs percentile score as was awarded and as expected by experts

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99 %ile
34
26
36
96
98 %ile
32
28
30
90
95%ile
32
20
29
81
90%ile
29
17
26
72
85%ile
24
15
20
59
80%ile
20
12
15
47

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To help you to check how much percentile, you are likely to get with your raw CAT score, MBAUniverse.com shares below the stages of conversion of Raw CAT score to percentile, expected CAT score Vs percentile predictions by experts, Process of CAT Score Vs percentile calculation, top MBA colleges accepting different CAT percentile range for admission among other details.

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Table of Contents

  1. Overview: What is CAT Score Vs Percentile & What are its Stages of Conversion    
  2. MBAUniverse.com CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
  3. IMS Learning CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
  4. Career Launcher CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
  5. T.I.M.E. CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
  6. Hitbullseye CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
  7. CAT Score Vs Percentile Calculation: Detailed process
  8. Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2022  

1. Overview: What is CAT Score Vs Percentile & Stages of Conversion   

  • There are expected 66 total questions in CAT 2022
  • +3 Marks for each correct answer and -1 Mark for each wrong answer for MCQs
  • +3 Marks for each correct answer and Zero negative marks for wrong answer for Non MCQs
  • Accordingly, total maximum raw score in CAT 2022 question paper is as under:
Section
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Total Maximum Marks
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
24
19
5
72
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
20
15
5
60
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
22
14
8
66
Total
66
 48
18
198

Source: CAT 2021 Question Paper & Scoring Pattern 

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1.1 CAT Score Vs Percentile Conversion: 3 Stages
CAT score conversion to percentile score goes through various stages. First the raw scores in CAT 2022 will be changed to scaled scores. Then the scaled scores will determine your CAT percentile. But your CAT score card will contain two main scores – CAT Scaled Score and CAT percentile score. The core marks that you obtained in CAT exam are not visible in the CAT score card. Only your Scaled CAT score Vs Percentile - overall and section wise will be displayed on your score card. So, there are three stages to convert your Raw CAT score into final percentile:

  1. Raw Score in CAT: You can calculate it as per the marking scheme in CAT 2022 and the accuracy level with which you attempt the questions. Also can check it with answer keys as made available by IIMs after the CAT exam
  2. Raw score to Scaled score: Calculation is done by IIMs after normalization of raw scores for all the CAT exam slots
  3. CAT Scaled score to Percentile score: Calculation is done by IIMs depending upon the number of test takers across the CAT exam slots  

1.2 Key Modifications in CAT 2022 Percentile Calculation Process
IIM Bangalore is likely to keep the CAT percentile calculation process like last year with following criteria:

  • All percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 to be rounded off to 100
  • All percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 to be rounded off to 99.99 and so on

We share below the CAT score Vs Percentile predictions by MBAUniverse.com, IMS, CL, T.I.M.E., Hitbullseye

 

2. MBAUniverse.com CAT Score Vs Percentile Predictions
CAT score Vs Percentile predictions by MBAUniverse.com are shared below for 99, 95 and 90 percentile range:

 

2.1 MBAUniverse.com CAT Percentile Predictions: CAT Score for 99%ile & Above

Section in CAT exam 2022
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2022
Section-1: VARC
14-16
85
36-40
45-55
99+
Section-2: DILR
12-14
85
32-34
44-50
99+
Section-3: QA
14-16
85
36-40
46-54
99+
Overall
42-48
85
104-114
135-159
99-99.5

2.2 MBAUniverse.com CAT Percentile Predictions: CAT Score for 95-98%ile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 95-98 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2022
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2022
Section-1: VARC
13-15
85
34-38
 40-45
95-98
Section-2: DILR
 8-10
90
26-30
 32-36
95-98
Section-3: QA
14-16
85
35-40
 40-44
95-98
Overall
35-41
85
95-100
112-125
95-98

2.3 MBAUniverse.com CAT Percentile Predictions: CAT Score for 90-94%ile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 90 – 94 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2022
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2022
Section-1: VARC
11-13
90
29-35
 36-40
90 - 94
Section-2: DILR
   7-9
90
17-22
 22-28
90 - 94
Section-3: QA
10-12
85
26-32
 32-48
90 – 94
Overall
28-34
85
72-89
 90-116
90 - 94

3. IMS Learning: CAT Percentile Predictions
CAT 2021 score Vs Percentile predictions by IMS Learning are shared below. It is expected that percentile predictions for CAT 2022 will remain very much similar to last year.

 

CAT Score Vs Percentile by IMS Coaching

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
45
33
48
104
99 %ile
41
29
42
97
98 %ile
37
26
37
86
95%ile
32
21
28
72
90%ile
27
17
23
59
85%ile
23
15
19
52
80%ile
21
13
16
44

Source: IMS Learning CAT 2021 Analysis

 

4. Career Launcher: CAT Percentile Predictions
Below are the section wise CAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile Cut off Predictions by Career Launcher for 99 percentile

Section Name      
Raw Score for 99%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
37-39
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
27-30
Quantitative Ability (QA)
40-42
Total
97 - 99

Source: Career Launcher CAT 2021 Analysis  

 

5. T.I.M.E. CAT Percentile Predictions
Below are the section wise CAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile Cut off Predictions by T.I.M.E.

Section Name      
Raw Score for 85%ile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
21-39
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
16-18
Quantitative Ability (QA)
21-23
Total
97 - 99

Source: T.I.M.E. CAT 2021 Analysis

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6. Hitbullseye CAT Percentile Predictions
Below are the CAT 2021 score Vs percentile predictions shared by Hitbullseye

Overall Attempt
VA & RC Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
52+
17-20
10-12
17-20
110+
99.5
46-52
15-19
9-11
16-19
100
99
38-46
13-17
8-10
15-18
85
97
31-38
12-15
7-9
13-16
73
95
22-31
9-13
5-8
7-11
55
90
15-22
6-10
4-7
5-8
46
80

Source: Hitbullseye CAT 2021 Analysis

 

7. CAT Score Vs Percentile Calculation: Detailed process
IIMs need to equate and normalize the CAT scores across all the exam sessions before arriving at accurate percentile. If there are more CAT exam slots, IIMs have to normalize CAT score for all the sessions according to the difficulty level of each session. Since CAT 2022 will be conducted in three slots, the conversion of raw CAT score to percentile will be arrived at after normalizing the scores of all three slots as per their difficulty level. 

 

Another key point to convert CAT score to percentile depends upon the number of candidates who have appeared in all the sessions of CAT. The percentile will fluctuate according to the number test takers.   

 

7.1 CAT Score Vs Percentile: 3 Key Components
After getting a picture of CAT 2022 question paper and marking scheme, you should know what are the key components at each stage of CAT score Vs percentile conversion process. The important components are shared below

 

CAT Marking Scheme Vs Percentile Score

Raw Marks in CAT Exam
Scaled Score in CAT Exam
CAT Percentile Score
+3 Marks for each right answer
-1 Mark for each wrong answer (only for MCQs)
Maximum marks in CAT 2022: 198
You can check your CAT marks with the CAT answer keys released by IIMs with the help of above calculation
 
IIMs are conducting CAT 2022 in three Slots.
CAT question paper difficulty Level in the three Slots differ
IIMs use Score Equating and Normalization process for all the  slots on the basis of  different sets of test papers
The scaled score is arrived on the basis of this normalization process
CAT Scaled score is usually more than your raw CAT marks but it may remain below your raw CAT marks
Percentile Score in CAT is the total percentage of the candidates who score equal to or less than the candidate in question.
CAT percentile is related to relative performance of the candidate in CAT exam and not the actual performance
Thus, the candidates scoring 80 percentile & above refer to the candidates who are top 20% CAT test takers

Please note that it is not only the overall CAT score and percentile, but also the CAT section wise score and required minimum percentile which is also very important to clear the sectional cut offs in IIMs. Not only the 20 IIMs but also other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, accept CAT percentile score in shortlisting and also award weightage to CAT score in final selection process. It may be noted that CAT score card does not display your CAT score Vs percentile and only the scaled CAT score Vs percentile is mentioned in CAT Score Card. Read here to know about the CAT Scaled Score and Percentile conversion process. Read More

 

8. Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2022
Below are the top MBA colleges accepting CAT score and percentile in the range of 80 to 100 percentile.

 

8.1 Top MBA Colleges Accepting 90+ CAT Percentile
Top IIMs and other MBA colleges will shortlist you for final selection round for MBA admission 2023 on the basis of 90+ CAT percentile. Some of the top colleges are listed below

IIMs & other Top B-Schools
Expected CAT 2022 Cut Off Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad
95-98
IIM Bangalore
94-97
IIM Calcutta
97-98
IIM Lucknow
93-96
IIM Indore
91-93
IIM Kozhikode
93-95
97-98
90-95
95-97
94-95
International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi
90-92
90-92
XIM-Xavier University Bhubaneswar
90-93
IIT BOMBAY Mumbai
90-94
90-93

8.2 Top MBA Colleges Accepting 80+ CAT Percentile
Some of the Top MBA colleges including IIMs will shortlist the candidates at CAT 80+ percentile and above. A list of such top B-schools is shared below.

IIMs & other Top B-Schools
Expected CAT 2022 Cut Off Percentile 
IIM Bodhgaya
85-88
IIM Jammu
84-87
IIM Sirmaur
80-85
IIM Sambalpur
80-85
TAPMI Manipal
80-85
Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai
80-85
MICA Ahmedabad
80-85
K J Somaiya Mumbai
80-86
IRMA Anand
80-85
LBSIM New Delhi
80-85
FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi
80-85
GIM Goa
80-85
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai
80-85

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