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January 31, 2024

CAT Score Vs Percentile 2023: CAT Result Out; Check Actual Scores Vs Percentile; Likely Cut offs, Conversion Process, Top Colleges

With CAT 2023 exam result released on December 21, you need to check your call chances by IIMs and other top B-schoolswhich is based on CAT cut off, your profile and other parameters.  which will lead to your admission in dream B-school. This year low CAT scores are awarded with higher percentile as compared to last year which are consistent with the predictions by experts. A slight different in slot wise CAT score and percentile has occurred, due to the difference difficulty level in CAT exam slots.

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Actual CAT Score Vs Percentile in CAT 2023

Check below the CAT 2023 score cards leading to different percentile

 

Raunak Tikmani: CAT 2023-99.90 Percentile at CAT Scaled Score of 100.71

Section
Section
Section
Total
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability
Scaled Score
Scaled Score
Percentile
Scaled Score
Percentile
Scaled Score
Percentile
Overall Scaled Score
Overall Percentile
35.88
98.21
32.78
99.71
32.05
99.78
100.71
99.9

SHILADITYA BHADRA: CAT 2023 - 99.38 Percentile at CAT Scaled Score of  81.95

Section Section Section Total
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
Scaled Score
Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Overall Scaled Score Overall Percentile
27.76 94.43 32.78 99.71 21.41 97.87 81.95 99.38

KUMAR KARTIKEY: CAT 2023 – 97.81 Percentile at Scaled Score of 66.39

Section Section Section Total
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
Scaled Score
Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Overall Scaled Score Overall Percentile
27.76 94.43 23.99 98.25 14.64 92.59 66.39 97.81

AJIM MALLICK: CAT 2023 – 91.83 Percentile at Scaled Score of 47.61

Section Section Section Total
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
Scaled Score
Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Scaled Score Percentile Overall Scaled Score Overall Percentile
25.37 92.35 12.65 53.48 9.59 80.61 47.61 91.83

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 CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile: Predictions by MBAUniverse.com Experts
CAT 2023 score Vs percentile as predicted for different scores by experts match for percentile range slot wise as below:

CAT 2023 Percentile
Slot-1
Slot-2 
Slot-3
99 %ile
78-82
77-81
77-81
95%ile
58-60
57-58
55-57
90%ile
44-46
42-45
42-44
85%ile
40-42
37-39
37-39
80%ile
37-39
35-37
34-36

Top B-Schools CAT Percentile cut off 

Here is the revised CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentiles for top B-schools:

CAT Percentile
Overall CAT Score 2023
Top MBA Colleges
99 – 100 %ile
77 - 105
IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, FMS Delhi
95 - 98 %ile
55 - 80
IIM Lucknow, IIM Mumbai, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode,  IIFT, SPJIMR, MDI, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi
90 – 94 %ile
42 - 54
IIM Shillong, IMT Ghaziabad (Apply Now), IMI New Delhi (Apply Now) IIM Rohtak, 9 CAP IIMs
85 – 89 %ile
37 - 41
MICA (Apply Now), FORE School of Management (Apply Now), Great Lakes (Apply Now), GIM Goa (Apply Now), TAPMI (Apply Now), XIMB (Apply Now)K J Somaiya (Apply Now)LBSIM New Delhi (Apply Now), Welingkar Mumbai (Apply Now)
75 – 84 %ile
30 - 34
IIM Bodhgaya, Jammu, Sirmaur, Sambalpur
65 – 74 %ile
20 - 28
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CAT 2023 exam was conducted in three sessions by IIM Lucknow on November 26, 2023. Three different question papers were used in three slots of CAT 2023. The process of CAT score conversion to Percentile score is based on the CAT question papers used in all the three slots. Read below the step by step process of calculation of CAT raw score to percentile score:

Table of Contents

  1. CAT Score Vs Percentile: Step by Step Process
  2. How to Calculate CAT Raw Score?
  3. How the CAT Raw scores are Normalized? Check the Process
  4. How to Calculate CAT Scaled Score after Normalization Process?
  5. How to Calculate CAT Percentile Score?
  6. CAT Score Vs Percentile – What Score is required for CAT 99%, 95%, 90%?
  7. CAT Score vs Percentile 2023 at a Glance: Top B-Schools
  8. CAT Score or Percentile-Which is More Important?

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1. CAT Score Vs Percentile 2023: Step by Step Process

  • Step 1: CAT Raw Score: CAT 2023 Raw score is the first thing to calculate as per the CAT Exam Marking scheme (+3 Marks for each correct answer and -1 mark for each wrong answer for MCQs; No negative marking for non MCQs). Read more about this process below.

  • Step-2: Normalization of Scores: CAT 2023 is conducted in 3 sessions with 3 different question papers. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of all candidates are subjected to a process of ‘Normalisation’. CAT Score Normalisation process adjusts for location, difficulty level and differences of score distributions across the three different question papers. This gives fair chance to all test takers. Read more about this process below.

  • Step-3: Calculation of Scaled Score: After CAT score Normalisation process, the scores are further normalised for all the 3 sections to obtain Scaled Score. Read more about this process below.

  • Step-4: Calculation of CAT percentile: Percentile in CAT exam is calculated by taking into account the total number of candidates who appeared for CAT in all the 3 slots. Each candidate is assigned a rank based on scaled score and if more than one candidate obtains same scaled scores, same percentile is assigned to them. Read more about this process below.

Let’s try to understand above processes by using an example. The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2023 scores and percentile obtained by a candidate. While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, DILR section is chosen as an example. Similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections - namely, VARC and Quant in CAT 2023. Check in detail below the IIMs’ process of CAT score to percentile score calculation  

2. CAT Score Vs Percentile: Example of DILR Section Used

The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2023 scores and percentile obtained by a candidate. While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, DILR section is chosen as an example. Similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections - namely, VARC and Quant in CAT 2023. Check in detail below the IIMs’ process of CAT score to percentile score calculation  

2. How to Calculate CAT Raw Score?

You can calculate CAT raw score as per the marking scheme in CAT 2023 and the accuracy level with which you attempt the questions. You can also check it with answer keys as made available by IIMs after the CAT exam.  

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Raw Score Calculation in CAT Exam

  • +3 Marks for each right answer
  • -1 Mark for each wrong answer (only for MCQs)
  • No Negative Marking for Non MCQ type questions
  • Maximum marks in CAT 2023: 198

For example, if you attempt 10 questions in DILR section and 8 are correct. Out of the 2 wrong answers, if one is for MCQ and other is for Non-MCQ, your Raw CAT score can be calculated as:

  1. 10x3: 30 (Recheck)
  2. -1x4 (Deduct 3 marks for wrong answer for MCQ and -1 for negative marking)
  3. Deduct 3 marks for Non MCQ (No negative marking for wrong answer)
  4. Total raw score that you obtain is: 30-4-3=23 marks

Same process of calculation of Raw score across 3 sections and overall applies for CAT 2023 exam.

3. How the CAT Raw scores are Normalized? Check the Process

There are 3 slots for CAT 2023 exam and three different question papers are used in three slots. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of candidates go through the process of ‘Normalisation’. The Normalisation process adjusts for location, difficulty level, differences in obtaining score in different question papers. After the first normalisation across overall, the scores are further normalised across different sections to arrive at Scaled score. 

 

The process of Normalisation as followed by IIMs, is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Test Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalisation across sections, IIMs will use the percentile equivalence.

4. How to Calculate CAT Scaled Score after Normalization Process?

CAT scaled score of a candidate is calculated after Normalisation process across different sections VARC, DILR and QA in CAT 2023. The overall scaled score is obtained by adding scaled scores of these three sections. While illustrating the scaling process, DILR section is chosen as an example. Following steps are followed to calculate the scaled score of a candidate

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5. How to Calculate CAT Percentile Score?

Next, the CAT Scaled Scores obtained by the above process shall be converted into CAT Percentiles. The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2023 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate.

 

Step 1: Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including morning, afternoon and evening sessions).

 

Step 2: Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, assign identical ranks to all those candidates.

 

As an illustration suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 3 and so on.

 

Step 3: Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section as: 

P = [(N – r )/n] x 100   

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Step 4: Round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points.

For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.

A methodology similar to the one described above is used for the computation of the overall CAT percentile scores and for the percentile scores of other sections.

 

Remember that CAT Score Card contains only your Scaled Score and Percentile Score for each of the three sections, and Total Score.

 

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6. CAT Score Vs Percentile – What Score is required for CAT 99%, 95%, 90%?

Now that you understand how CAT Scores and CAT Percentile are calculated, lets talk about the most important thing. What Score is required for CAT 99%, 95%, 90%?

6.1 CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile – What Score is required for 99 Percentile?

The table below displays the likely Raw score and Scaled Score, good attempts in CAT slot-1 with Accuracy level needed for 99 percentile range:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99 %ile
40
28
28
80

6.2 CAT 2023 Score Vs Percentile – What Score is required for 95 Percentile?

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
95%ile
30
19
19
57

6.3 CAT Score Vs Percentile 2023 – What Score is required for 90 Percentile?

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

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
90%ile
25
16
15
49

6.4 CAT Score Vs Percentile 2023 – What Score is required for 85 Percentile?

The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 85 percentile range:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
85%ile
21
13
12
40

6.5 CAT Score Vs Percentile 2023 – What Score is required for 80 Percentile?

The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 80 percentile range:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
80%ile
19
11
10
36

7. CAT Score vs Percentile 2023 at a Glance: Top B-Schools 

Let us know at a glance the what CAT score will get 99, 95, 90, 85,80,70 percentile and the top B-schools available at the said percentile range. It may be noted that top IIMs and other B-schools like SPJIMR announce only minimum CAT cut off percentile required by them for shortlisting, but the actual percentile cut off goes much higher

CAT 2023 Percentile
CAT 2023 Score
B-school/ MBA Colleges
98 – 100 %ile
110 - 90
IIM A, B, C, FMS Delhi
94 - 97 %ile
89 - 80
IIM L, IIM Mumbai, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, SPJIMR, MDI, IIFT, IITB, IITD,
90 – 93 %ile
79 - 72
IIM Shillong, IMT Ghaziabad (Apply Now), IMI New Delhi (Apply Now) IIM Rohtak, 9 CAP IIMs
80 – 89 %ile
71 - 61
MICA (Apply Now), FORE School of Management (Apply Now), Great Lakes (Apply Now), GIM Goa (Apply Now), TAPMI (Apply Now), XIMB (Apply Now), K J Somaiya (Apply Now), LBSIM New Delhi (Apply Now), Welingkar Mumbai (Apply Now)
70-80
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8. CAT Score or Percentile-Which is More Important?

IIM do not use CAT raw score and use only the CAT percentile in shortlisting process. As such the CAT percentile is more important than the CAT raw score. CAT score conversion formula is based on difficulty level across three sections. It can give you higher percentile for a lower score, or lower percentile for a higher score as it is based on various components and parameters used in CAT score to CAT percentile conversion process.

 

CAT 2023 result will be released in December 2023 last week or January 2024 first week. You can download it, verify your credentials and check your score as well as percentile. 

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