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January 2, 2021

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

IIMs have released the CAT 2020 Result on January 2, 2021. The CAT Score Vs Percentile conversion process was already released by IIM Indore. After examining and comparing the expected raw scores of hundreds of CAT 2020 test takers and based on the Difficulty level for Slot-1, Slot-2 and Slot-3, the updated version of CAT 2020 score conversion  to percentile score for each slot is shared below with the calculation of your raw score to percentile score. 

 

Before you check your CAT score Vs percentile, please note that the conversion process goes through various stages. First the raw scores in CAT 2020 are changed to scaled scores. Then the scaled scores determine your CAT percentile. But your CAT score card contains two main scores – CAT Scaled Score and CAT percentile score. 

 

With the help of the CAT Result release, you can very well check your CAT scaled score leading to CAT percentile. You can check your CAT percentile with the help of CAT Percentile PredictorPlease note that Raw CAT scores are not visible in the CAT score card. Only your Scaled CAT score Vs Percentile - overall and section wise will be displayed in it.

 

So, there are three stages to convert your Raw CAT score into final percentile:

  1. Calculation of Raw Score in CAT: You can calculate it as per the marking scheme in CAT 2020 and the accuracy level with which you attempted the questions. Also can check it with answer keys as made available by IIMs after the CAT exam
  2. Conversion of Raw score to Scaled score: Calculation is done by IIMs after normalization of raw scores for all the CAT exam slots
  3. Conversion of CAT Scaled score to Percentile score: Calculation is done by IIMs depending upon the number of test takers across the CAT exam slots   

Detailed process is given below.
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 2020 is conducted in three slots instead of earlier two, 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.   

 

This article will help you to understand the process of converting the Raw CAT marks to scaled score and the Scaled CAT score to Percentile calculation. Besides, you will also find here some of the top IIMs and other top MBA colleges accepting minimum percentile range of CAT score

 

Before we go deep to understand each of the three stages of conversion of CAT score Vs percentile, please note the key changes in CAT 2020 question paper and CAT marking scheme. This will help you to assess your raw CAT score and expected percentile score. 

CAT 2020 Question Paper: Marking Scheme & Sectional Composition
Since CAT 2020 exam time duration was reduced to 2 hours from earlier 3 hours, CAT question paper had a dip of 24% in number of questions also. CAT 2020 had 76 questions as against 100 questions in earlier CAT exams. The question paper was divided into three sections with reduced number of MCQs and Non-MCQs and reduced maximum marks for the exam.

 

The marking scheme is +3 marks for each correct answer and -1 mark for wrong answer only for MCQs. Non MCQs do not have any negative marking for wrong answer. Accordingly, following is the shape of CAT question paper with marking scheme and maximum raw score that a test taker can obtain section wise and overall.  

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Total maximum marks
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
78
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
72
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
78
Total
76
54
22
228

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis of CAT 2020 Question Paper

 

CAT Score Vs Percentile: 3 Key Components
After getting a clear picture of CAT 2020 question paper and marking scheme, you should know what are the key components at each stage of CAT score Vs percentile conversion process as 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 2020: 228
You can check your CAT marks with the CAT answer keys released by IIMs with the help of above calculation
 
IIMs are conducting CAT 2020 in three Slots.
CAT question paper difficulty Level in the three Slots may 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

Candidates are keen to know their CAT score and the corresponding CAT percentile to get admission in top IIMs & other B-schools. Besides, 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.

 

Conversion of CAT Raw Score to Percentile Score: Required Attempts & Accuracy Level
Now, let us understand how many attempts in each section of CAT exam and at what accuracy can award you high percentile. 

Slot-wise CAT Score for 99 Percentile: Good Attempts, Accuracy Level

 

Slot-1: 99 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT slot-1 with Accuracy level needed for 99 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
16-18
85
 40-46
45-55
99
Section-2: DILR
13-15
90
 35-41
40-46
99
Section-3: QA
16-18
85
 40-46
45-54
99
Overall
45-51
85
115-133
131-155
99

Slot-2: 99 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT slot-2 with Accuracy level needed for 99 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
17-19
85
 43-51
47-56
99
Section-2: DILR
12-14
90
 32-38
36-44
99
Section-3: QA
15-17
85
 37-43
43-47
99
Overall
44-50
85
112-132
126-147
99

Slot-3: 99 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT slot-3 with Accuracy level needed for 99 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
18-20
85
 46-52
50-56
99
Section-2: DILR
11-13
90
 29-35
34-40
99
Section-3: QA
16-18
85
 40-46
44-50
99
Overall
45-51
85
115-133
128-146
99

Slot-wise CAT Score for 95 Percentile: Good Attempts, Accuracy Level  

 

Slot-1: 95 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 95 percentile range in Slot-1:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
13-15
85
35-41
 40-46
95
Section-2: DILR
  9-11
90
23-29
 28-35
95
Section-3: QA
14-16
85
36-42
 40-46
95
Overall
36-42
85
94-112
108-127
95

Slot-2: 95 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 95 percentile range in Slot-2:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
13-15
85
35-41
 40-46
95
Section-2: DILR
   8-10
90
 20-26
 24-30
95
Section-3: QA
14-16
85
36-42
 40-44
95
Overall
35-41
85
91-109
104-120
95

Slot-3: 95 Percentile
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 95 percentile range in Slot-3:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
14-16
85
38-44
 42-48
95
Section-2: DILR
   7-9
90
 17-23
 24-28
95
Section-3: QA
13-15
85
35-41
 40-46
95
Overall
34-40
85
90-108
106-122
95

CAT Score for 90 Percentile: Good Attempts, Accuracy Level
 

Slot-1
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 90 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
11-13
90
29-35
 36-40
90
Section-2: DILR
   7-9
90
17-22
 22-28
90
Section-3: QA
10-12
85
26-32
 32-48
90
Overall
28-34
85
72-89
 90-116
90

Slot-2
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 90 percentile range in Slot-2:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
11-13
90
29-35
 36-40
90
Section-2: DILR
   6-8
90
14-20
 20-26
90
Section-3: QA
  9-11
85
23-29
 32-48
90
Overall
26-32
85
66-84
 88-114
90

Slot-3
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 90 percentile range in Slot-3:

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
12-14
90
30-38
 34-44
90
Section-2: DILR
   5-7
90
11-17
 16-24
90
Section-3: QA
  9-11
85
23-29
 28-35
90
Overall
26-32
85
64-84
 78-103
90

CAT Score for 85 Percentile: Good Attempts, Accuracy Level
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 85+ percentile range in Slot-1, Slot-2, Slot-3. The range of good attempts and score that you have obtained as shared below will fetch 85+ percentile

Section in CAT exam 2020
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Scaled Score
Likely percentile Score in CAT 2020
Section-1: VARC
10-12
90
26-31
 30-36
85
Section-2: DILR
   5-7
90
11-17
 16-22
85
Section-3: QA
  8-10
85
20-26
 24-30
85
Overall
23-29
90
57-74
 70-88
85

Overall & Sectional Raw Score in CAT 2020 for 99 Percentile
The overall and section wise CAT score for 99 Percentile as predicted by experts are:

  • Your overall CAT 2020 score of 120+ gets you 99 percentile
  • Your VARC score of 38+ gets you 99 sectional percentile in VARC
  • Your DIlR score of 30+ gets you 99 sectional percentile in DILR
  • Your QA score of 40++ gets you 99 sectional percentile in Quant

70 to 99 Range of Overall CAT Score Vs Percentile
Experts at MBAUniverse.com and other top CAT preparation institutes have prepared the expected overall CAT score Vs percentile and CAT section wise score vs percentile for different range of score on the basis of the conversion formula of CAT score to percentile. We present below the CAT score vs percentile range prepared by experts assuming that number of questions in CAT 2020 are not more than 70:

CAT 2020 Percentile Range
CAT 2020 Overall Score
99+
119-120
95-98
   95-110
90-94
   72-100
85-89
   70-80+
80-84
   51-69
75-79
   41-49
70-74
   31-40

Source: MBAUniverse.com CAT 2020 Analysis 

CAT Score Vs Percentile by IMS Learning
CAT 2020 Cut off Predictions by IMS Learning are as below

CAT 2020 Overall Marks
CAT 2020 Percentile
114
99.5
104
99
 97
94
 95
88
 90
75
85
66

Source IMS Learning

 

CAT 2020 Score Vs Percentile by Career Launcher
Below are the section wise CAT 2020 Cut off Predictions by Career Launcher

Section
CAT 2020 99%ile
Verbal & RC
40-42 Marks
DILR Verbal & RC
30-32 Marks
Quant
47-50 Marks
Overall
105-110 Marks

CAT Score Vs Percentile by HitBulls Eye
Below are the CAT 2020 score Vs percentile predictions shared by Hitbulls eye

Overall Attempt
VA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA
Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
55+
18-21
15-18
17-20
120+
99.5
50-55
16-19
13-16
15-19
 
99
45-50
14-18
10-14
12-16
 
97
32-36
11-15
8-12
10-14
 
95
24-32
9-13
6-10
7-11
 
90
18-24
7-11
5-8
5-8
 
80

Source: Hitbulls Eye CAT 2020 Analysis

 

Last Year CAT Scaled Score Vs Percentile
Last year there were 100 questions in CAT exam. The maximum raw score available as per the marking scheme in CAT was 300 marks. Below is the CAT scaled score leading to various percentile range. It is expected that 30% less scaled score will lead to same percentile in CAT 2020

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99 %ile
70
51
57
161-164
95%ile
59
40
40
127-130
90%ile
52
34
31
107-110
85%ile
45
29
27
95-98

Top MBA Colleges Accepting 90+ CAT Percentile
Top IIMs and other MBA colleges will shortlist you for final selection round for admission 2021 on the basis of 90+ CAT percentile. Some of the top colleges are listed below

IIMs & other Top B-Schools
Range of CAT 2020 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

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
Range of CAT 2020 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
80-86
GIM Goa
80-85
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai
80-85

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CAT Scaled Score Vs Percentile Conversion
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 

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