CAT 2019 Cut Off- IIM Cut off, CAT Percentile for General/ OBC/ SC/ST

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    The following table enlists the expected CAT Exam 2019 cut off for all participating IIMs based on the previous year trends:

    Name of IIMExpected PercentileAverage Fee (MBA/PGDM)Know More About IIMs
    IIM Bangalore99+21.01 LClick Here
    IIM Ahmedabad99+ 19.71 LClick Here
    IIM Calcutta99+ 18.81 LClick Here
    IIM Lucknow97+ 15.03 LClick Here
    IIM Kozhikode97+ 8.75 LClick Here
    IIM Indore97+ 16.31 LClick Here
    IIM Raipur94+ 2.13 LClick Here
    IIM Udaipur92+ 4.77 LClick Here
    IIM Ranchi94+ 4.92 LClick Here
    IIM Bodh Gaya92+ 1.66 LClick Here
    IIM Visakhapatnam92+ 15.21 LClick Here
    IIM Amritsar95+ 4.50 LClick Here
    IIM Sirmaur90+ 5.17 LClick Here
    IIM Nagpur95+-Click Here

    CAT Cutoff for Various Colleges

    Name of the InstituteCAT 2019 Score RequiredAverage Fee (MBA/PGDM)
    Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi 99 Percentile 0.60 L
    DMS, IIT Delhi96+ Percentile 2.10 L
    SJMSOM, IIT Bombay98+ Percentile 8.36 L
    Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras95+ Percentile 5.08 L
    Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon94+ Percentile 13.89 L
    SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai85+ Percentile 18.10 L
    Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)94+ Percentile 9.75 L
    Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile 7.15 L
    National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai97+ Percentile 5.39 L
    TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal85+ Percentile 7.00 L
    Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai77+ Percentile 12.51 L
    Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR) Chennai80+ Percentile 11.25 L

    Check Top Non-IIM Institutes and their Admission Criteria

    IIM Sectional Cut off for CAT 2019

    SectionsGeneralNC-OBC-cum transgenderSCSTDA
    Verbal and Reading Comprehension  (VRC)7550656060
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning  (DIILR)7050656060
    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)7050656060
    Overall Percentile8060757070

    IIM Calcutta Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)8075656065
    Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)8075656065
    Section 3 (Verbal Ability)8075656065
    Overall Percentile9085707070

    IIM Indore Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA)8070554545
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8070554545
    Section 3 (VARC)8070554545
    Overall Percentile9080605050

    IIM Lucknow CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)8577555055
    Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)8577555055
    Section 3 (Verbal Ability)8577555055
    Overall Percentile9082706570

    IIM Bangalore Sectional  CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA & DI)8070505050
    Section 2 (VA & LR)9080505050
    Overall Percentile9080707060

    IIM Shillong Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    SectionsGeneral & OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA)70605050
    Section 2 (DI & LR)70605050
    Section 3 (VARCC)70605050
    Overall Percentile----

    IIM Kozhikode Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA)80705040
    Section 2 (DI & LR)80705040
    Section 3 (VARC)80705040
    Overall Percentile90806555

    IIM Rohtak Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA & DI)8045407050
    Section 2 (VA & LR)8045407050
    Overall Percentile8560607560

    IIM Ranchi Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA)8060507250
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8060507250
    Section 3 (VARC)8060507250
    Overall Percentile9075658165

    IIM Trichy Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA & DI)8060507255
    Section 2 (VA & LR)8060507255
    Overall Percentile9075658170

    IIM Sectional Udaipur CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA)80605072
    Section 2 (DI & LR)80605072
    Section 3 (VARC)80605072
    Overall Percentile90756581

    IIM Kashipur Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Section 1 (QA)8060507250
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8060507250

    IIM Amritsar Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)7055503030
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)7055503030
    Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)7755503030
    Overall Percentile Rank (PT)9075553535

    IIM Jammu Sectional CAT Cutoff 2019

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)7568504550
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)7568504550
    Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)7568504550
    Overall percentile rank (PT)8072656070

    Top B-Schools CAT Cut off

    RatingLevel (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)Institutes
    A+I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-K, IIM-I, IIM-L, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, RGIIMS
    AIII (CAT Percentile 94.5+)IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)
    III (CAT Percentile 85+)MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU

    IIMs and other top participating institutes release CAT Cut off to shortlist candidates for admission in their management programs. The cutoff will release with the declaration of CAT Result on January 7, 2020. CAT Cutoff must be cleared to participate in the further rounds of the admission process of IIMs and other CAT Participating Institutes.

    CAT Cut Off 2018 For IIMs

    IIMDate of Release of ShortlistCutoffsFee (in lakhs) for Batch 2019-20Average Placement 2018 (Rs. lakhs)Total Seats
    IIM AhmedabadJanuary 8, 201881.5321.1422.58395
    IIM BangaloreJanuary 8, 201890+21.42400
    IIM CalcuttaJanuary 13, 201895+1920.00460
    IIM LucknowJanuary 15, 201890+14.1618.45500
    IIM IndoreJanuary 15, 2018901416.23450
    IIM KozhikodeJanuary 9, 201895.51617.14375
    IIM RohtakJanuary 25, 201890+12.2012.3240
    IIM TrichyJanuary 25, 20199612.3513.3180
    IIM UdaipurJanuary 25, 20199013.0811.94260

    Key highlights from CAT 2018 cut-offs

    IIM Ahmedabad

    • 1200 candidates shortlisted in 2018.
    • 182 candidates shortlisted with CAT 2018 percentile below 90.
    • General category candidate with 81.53 percentile in CAT shortlisted.

    IIM Bangalore

    • 1000+ candidates shortlisted
    • High Academic profile considered for shortlisting

    IIM Lucknow

    • 1500 candidates shortlisted for PI-WAT round 
    • CAT 2018 Cutoff for PGP was 90+
    • CAT Cutoff for PGP-ABM and PGP-SM was 85+
    • Final admission round consists of PI & WAT; no group discussion

    IIM Indore

    • 1400 candidates shortlisted 
    • Shortlist cut off was 90 percentile
    • Final cut off in admission offer may go to 90+

    Latest: IIM Kozhikode has released CAT 2019 Answer keys PDFs on November 29, 2019 at

    About CAT – CAT 2019 received a total of 2.44 lakh applications, which is the highest in the past 10 years. Common Admission Test or popularly recognized as CAT, is the most significant management entrance examination of the country. Read More

    The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. With CAT 2019 almost here, we wish all the aspirants good luck for the test day!

    • CAT Cutoff for old IIMs and top B-schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, etc. goes over 99 percentile almost every year. Check CAT Score Calculation
    • New IIMs including IIM Sambalpur, IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Udaipur, Trichy and Kashipur and other top B-schools have cutoffs that are situated in the 90 percentile and above. 
    • On the other hand, the cutoff for B-schools belonging to tier two to four range from 80 to 50 percentile.
    • CAT 2019 will be conducted on November 24, 2019 by IIM Kozhikode.
    • CAT 2019 Answer Key is expected to release within a weak after the exam day. Check Here
    • Applicants must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff to get shortlisted for the next rounds of the selection process – WAT-GD/PI. Various factors determine CAT Cut off, such as level of difficulty of the exam, total available seats, etc.

    Qualifying CAT Cut Off and Final CAT Cut Off: Difference

    There are two kinds of cut offs that are present in the CAT exam. These are the CAT cutoffs (IIM eligibility cut off) and the final CAT cut offs (after which you get the IIM cut off call). The differences in the two are enumerated as below: 

    Qualifying CAT cut offs Final CAT cut offs 
    This is also called the IIM eligibility cut off / IIM shortlist cut off. It represents the minimum a candidate must score so that they can eligible for the interview call (for WAT / GD-PI round) from the IIMs. Also called the IIM call cut offs / official IIM cut offs, these represent the minimum percentage score that is fixed by the IIMs for selecting candidates for the 2nd stage of selection. This stage is generally the WAT / D-PI round. 
    Just because a candidate has met the requirements for the qualifying cut off does not guarantee their selection for the WAT – GD / PI round.Just because a candidate has met the requirements for the final cut off, it does not mean that the candidate will necessarily be selected for admission into any IIM Institute. 
    This specific cut off is ascertained before the CAT result has been announced. This cut off is decided after the release of the CAT result
    The qualifying cut off are above 90 percentile for all IIMs expect IIM Ahmedabad whose cut off has remained at 80 percentile since 2016. The final cut off reach as high as 99+ percentile for most IIMs, especially the top ones and 95+ for the relatively new ones. 
    The qualifying cut offs include overall as well as sectional cut offs The final cut offs include overall and sectional cut offs 
    The qualifying cut off is segmented into categories. The cut off for general students generally ranks pretty high at 90 percentile, while it is relatively lower for reserved category students, usually ranging from 70 and below. The final CAT cut off is regulated category wise. For general category students that are male and come from an engineering background, the final cut off is higher compared to students that come from the reserved category, female students, and those that come from a stream that is not engineering. 

    Factors Determining CAT 2019 Cutoff

    • The difficulty level of exam
    • Number of test-takers
    • Number of candidates qualifying for the next rounds
    • Number of seats
    • Institute repute or ranking 

    CAT Cutoff FAQs

    Ques. Who releases the CAT Cut-Off?

    Ans. IIMs and other non-IIM B-Schools accepting CAT score for admissions release their category-wise cut-offs for admissions. If candidates meet the cut off criteria, they need to participate in the further rounds of selection like Group Discussion, Personal Interview etc. 

    Ques. What is the selection procedure for admission adopted by the IIMs and other participating B-Schools?

    Ans. Generally, the IIMs and other participating B-Schools shortlist candidates for admission through a 2-3 stage selection process comprising of a round of Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The Institutes use these stages to assess and analyze the students’ creative writing skills, the pattern of logical thinking, and verbal communication skills. Different institutes place varying degree of weightage on these components of the selection procedure. The Admission Policy of the IIMs specifies how they prioritize the scores in secured CAT, WAT, GD, or PI. New IIMs participate in Common Admission Process or CAP and prepare their final admission list on the basis of Candidate’s CAT Score, Performance in CAP rounds and their profile. Read CAT 2019  Counselling 

    Ques. When will the CAT 2019 Cut-Off be announced?

    Ans. Soon after the announcement of CAT 2019 Results, all IIMs and other non-IIM B-Schools accepting CAT Scores will release their respective cut-offs. CAT 2019 Result is expected to be declared in January 2020, and so are the CAT Cut-Offs for admission. The Cut-Off scores will be announced on the respective B-School’s official website.

    Ques. How many scores do I need to secure to get shortlisted for pre-admission selection rounds at the IIMs?

    Ans. Topmost B-Schools like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-K, IIM-I, IIM-L, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, RGIIMS require a minimum score of 98.5 percentile to be considered for the selection rounds.

    Ques. Is there any general, indicative list as to which institutes require what minimum CAT Cut-Off Scores?

    Ans. The table below depicts the approximate CAT Cut-Off Percentiles that the participating Institutes accept for selection for admission into their respective programs:

    Approx. CAT Cut-Off Percentiles (General Category)Institutes
     CAT Percentile 94.5+IIT-C, IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-Asr, IIM-BG, IIM-L (ABM), IIM-N, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, IIM-V, MDI-M
    CAT Percentile 85+AJKMCRC, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, ISBM-P, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), MISB, MBE-DU, WIMDR-B

    Ques. Do these institutes have any ranking based on their Cut-Off Score requirement?

    Ans. Yes, the CAT participating institutes can be ranked as per their indicative Cut-Off Percentile.

    RatingLevel (Indicative CAT Cut-Off Percentiles for General Category Candidates)
    A+I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)
    II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)
    AIII (CAT Percentile 94.5+)
    I (CAT Percentile 90+)
    B+II (CAT Percentile 87+)
    III (CAT Percentile 85+)

    Check CAT Selection Procedure

    Ques. Is clearing CAT 2019 cut off enough to get admission in the IIMs?

    Ans. No, CAT result is followed by a WAT and PI for which candidates will be sent personal call letters from IIM(s). Merely clearly CAT cut off does not guarantee you get a call from any IIM. New IIMs participate in CAP (Common Admission Process) and prepare their final admission list on the basis of CAP (Common Admission Process), CAT Scores and candidate’s profile. 

    Ques. Do the IIMs and other participating B-Schools announce sectional scores?

    Ans. The IIMs and other participating B-Schools announce Overall CAT Cut-Off Percentile as well as sectional Cut-Off Percentile for their respective admission selection procedures.

    Ques. Are the CAT Cut-Off Scores same for all category of candidates?

    Ans. No. The minimum cut-off (overall as well as sectional cut-offs) for Reserved category students is different and lesser than the General category students.

    Ques. What is the IIM Admission Policy?

    Ans. Before the announcement of the CAT result, each IIM announce their admission policy for the academic year that comprises of details regarding the total score, the marks normalization process, relaxation extent for reserved category students, selection parameters and stages, cut-off scores, etc.

    Ques. What parameters are considered for selection for admission at the IIMs?

    Ans. The parameters that are considered by the IIMs during the selection procedure are:

    • CAT score
    • All academic records till the qualifying examination
    • Gender diversity
    • Academic diversity
    • Work experience (if any)

    Ques. What is the minimum score required to clear CAT 2019?

    Ans. A minimum score to qualify CAT cannot be specified offhandedly as the system of scoring is relative and dependent mainly on the number of participants; the cut-off score varies each year and is announced by the IIMs and other participating institutes. A detailed study of retrospective Cut-Off data can reveal a trend to estimate an expected cut-off figure.

    Ques. Do the candidates have to clear each of the sections separately?

    Ans. Yes, candidates are supposed to clear each section separately as the IIMs and other participating B-Schools shortlist based on overall Cut-Off as well as sectional Cut-Off.

    Ques. What is the minimum cut-off for each section?

    Ans. Just like overall Cut-off Score is relative and varies every year. Likewise, sectional cut-off also varies with every edition of CAT. However, experts, based on their experience, swear by the thumb rule of 70% questions attempted of the total lot with an 80% accuracy rate is required to clear the cut-off score trend.

    Ques. Will each section have the same cut-off?

    Ans. The cut-off for each section will also vary with every edition of CAT.

    Ques. If I secure the prescribed cut-off score of my preferred B-School, is my admission guaranteed?

    Ans. Getting a good percentile does not ensure selection for admission in the desired B-School. Performance in the Selection Round is equally essential to convert an Interview Call into an  Admission Offer. Candidates’ level of Confidence, attitude and overall quality of performance in the Selection round is what ensures an offer for admission in the desired B-School.

    Ques. What percentile would be needed in the CAT 2019 to get a call from the top IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Lucknow) at these credentials General/Male/2.5 years of Work experience; ClassX-91%, XII-93%, B.E.- 95 %?


    • A: With a splendid academic track record and a work experience of 2.5 years, you have a good chance of getting interview calls from all the IIMs.
    • An engineer with a CAT score of 99.65 percentile and a non-engineer with 95 percentile in CAT can expect a call from IIM-Ahmedabad.
    • IIM Calcutta lays 77% weightage on CAT score, and 10% each for class X and XII marks and 3% for academic diversity; thus a general category male candidate will need to score around 99.55 percentile for an interview call from IIM-C.
    • IIM Bangalore has a complicated process with weightage for Class X and XII marks, graduation marks and work experience. However,  the institute lays less stress on CAT score and as such a 95 percentile scorer can expect a call from IIM-B but to ensure an admission offer, it is safe to score 98 percentile or more.
    • IIM Lucknow lays 76% weightage on CAT score and so a higher CAT score as compared to IIM-B, of around 99% percentile is advisable for an interview call.

    Ques. What are the different candidate categories for which the IIMs and other participating institutes release separate cut-off scores?

    Ans. The IIMs consider Candidate's category and other participating B-Schools are General, Other Backward Caste (Non-Creamy Layer) and Transgenders (IIAM-A only), Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Differently Abled Persons or Persons with Disability.

    Ques. What has been the admission policy of IIM Ahmedabad for the session 2019-2020?

    Ans. IIM-A selection for its Post Graduate Program in Management I for the 2019 session was a two-step process. In the first step, candidates were short-listed for an Academic Writing Test (AWT) round and Personal Interview (PI) round from among the candidates who qualified the B-Schools CAT 2019 cut-off score. Candidates who secured more than the following minimum sectional and overall cut-off percentile scores along with positive raw scores in all the sections of CAT 2019, got a chance to proceed in further rounds of the selection process.


    Apart from the aforementioned cut-off scores, each applicants’ Application Rating was also considered. Application rating is the sum of a candidate’s scores in Class X, XII and Graduation.

    Ques. What has been the admission policy of IIM Calcutta for the session 2019-2020?

    Ans. IIM-C considered CAT 2019 score, along with past academic records and other criteria for shortlisting candidates for the Selection rounds. The sectional and overall cut-off percentiles for selection to PI round at IIM-C is tabulated below:


    Ques. What has been the admission policy of IIM Lucknow for the session 2019-2020?

    Ans. IIM Lucknow has fixed the weightage on CAT score at 30 points, 10 points lower than PI and WAT combined points of last year. However, there were no changes in the CAT cut-off scores. The final selection of the candidates was made through Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) The minimum sectional and overall CAT cut-off Percentile considered are:


    Ques. What has been the admission policy of IIM Indore for the session 2019-2020?

    Ans. IIM Indore had fixed their CAT 2019 cut-off score at 90 percentile for general category students. Sectional and overall percentile score announced by IIM Indore for admissions 2019-2020 were:


    *The candidates were further screened in the WAT/PI round. The final selection was made based on overall academic record, including high school score, gender diversity, etc. Please note that IIM-I laid double weightage on High School score than CAT 2019 score.

    Ques. How much do I need to score to get 99+%ile?

    Ans. That is subjective to several factors like several candidates appearing for CAT 2019, the difficulty level of the exam, etc.Read CAT 2019 Score Calculation

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    CAT qualified student how much fee reimbursement getting.

    08 Nov, 2019 17:29
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Dasari, this depends on the college/institute in which you are applying for admission.

    08 Nov, 2019 17:52
    Shubham Mathur

    I wants to know how much percentile i required to get admission in top 30 mba colleges by cat im belong to sc category im pursuing bca my 10 12 is 70 70 %%

    22 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Shubham, usually, it is required that you score at least 90 percentile in order to get a decent college for MBA.

    30 Oct, 2019 17:41

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    10 Jan, 2019 00:20
    sejal nagar

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    30 Apr, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

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    I got 69.16 in CAT and 79.8 in CMAT (General Category) Which descent college will i get?

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