CAT 2019 CUTOFF
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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 IIM||Expected Percentile||Average Fee (MBA/PGDM)||Know More About IIMs|
|IIM Bangalore||99+||21.01 L||Click Here|
|IIM Ahmedabad||99+||19.71 L||Click Here|
|IIM Calcutta||99+||18.81 L||Click Here|
|IIM Lucknow||97+||15.03 L||Click Here|
|IIM Kozhikode||97+||8.75 L||Click Here|
|IIM Indore||97+||16.31 L||Click Here|
|IIM Raipur||94+||2.13 L||Click Here|
|IIM Udaipur||92+||4.77 L||Click Here|
|IIM Ranchi||94+||4.92 L||Click Here|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||92+||1.66 L||Click Here|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||92+||15.21 L||Click Here|
|IIM Amritsar||95+||4.50 L||Click Here|
|IIM Sirmaur||90+||5.17 L||Click Here|
|IIM Nagpur||95+||-||Click Here|
|Name of the Institute||CAT 2019 Score Required||Average Fee (MBA/PGDM)|
|Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi||99 Percentile||0.60 L|
|DMS, IIT Delhi||96+ Percentile||2.10 L|
|SJMSOM, IIT Bombay||98+ Percentile||8.36 L|
|Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras||95+ Percentile||5.08 L|
|Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon||94+ Percentile||13.89 L|
|SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai||85+ 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) Mumbai||97+ Percentile||5.39 L|
|TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal||85+ Percentile||7.00 L|
|Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai||77+ Percentile||12.51 L|
|Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR) Chennai||80+ Percentile||11.25 L|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)||75||50||65||60||60|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DIILR)||70||50||65||60||60|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||70||50||65||60||60|
|Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)||80||75||65||60||65|
|Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)||80||75||65||60||65|
|Section 3 (Verbal Ability)||80||75||65||60||65|
|Section 1 (QA)||80||70||55||45||45|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||80||70||55||45||45|
|Section 3 (VARC)||80||70||55||45||45|
|Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)||85||77||55||50||55|
|Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)||85||77||55||50||55|
|Section 3 (Verbal Ability)||85||77||55||50||55|
|Section 1 (QA & DI)||80||70||50||50||50|
|Section 2 (VA & LR)||90||80||50||50||50|
|Sections||General & OBC||SC||ST||DA|
|Section 1 (QA)||70||60||50||50|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||70||60||50||50|
|Section 3 (VARCC)||70||60||50||50|
|Section 1 (QA)||80||70||50||40|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||80||70||50||40|
|Section 3 (VARC)||80||70||50||40|
|Section 1 (QA & DI)||80||45||40||70||50|
|Section 2 (VA & LR)||80||45||40||70||50|
|Section 1 (QA)||80||60||50||72||50|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||80||60||50||72||50|
|Section 3 (VARC)||80||60||50||72||50|
|Section 1 (QA & DI)||80||60||50||72||55|
|Section 2 (VA & LR)||80||60||50||72||55|
|Section 1 (QA)||80||60||50||72|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||80||60||50||72|
|Section 3 (VARC)||80||60||50||72|
|Section 1 (QA)||80||60||50||72||50|
|Section 2 (DI & LR)||80||60||50||72||50|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)||70||55||50||30||30|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)||70||55||50||30||30|
|Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)||77||55||50||30||30|
|Overall Percentile Rank (PT)||90||75||55||35||35|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)||75||68||50||45||50|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)||75||68||50||45||50|
|Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)||75||68||50||45||50|
|Overall percentile rank (PT)||80||72||65||60||70|
|Rating||Level (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|
|II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)||SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, JBIMS, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T|
|A||III (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)|
|I (CAT Percentile 90+)||MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA|
|B+||II (CAT Percentile 87+)||WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H|
|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.
|IIM||Date of Release of Shortlist||Cutoffs||Fee (in lakhs) for Batch 2019-20||Average Placement 2018 (Rs. lakhs)||Total Seats|
|IIM Ahmedabad||January 8, 2018||81.53||21.14||22.58||395|
|IIM Bangalore||January 8, 2018||90+||21.42||400|
|IIM Calcutta||January 13, 2018||95+||19||20.00||460|
|IIM Lucknow||January 15, 2018||90+||14.16||18.45||500|
|IIM Indore||January 15, 2018||90||14||16.23||450|
|IIM Kozhikode||January 9, 2018||95.5||16||17.14||375|
|IIM Rohtak||January 25, 2018||90+||12.20||12.3||240|
|IIM Trichy||January 25, 2019||96||12.35||13.3||180|
|IIM Udaipur||January 25, 2019||90||13.08||11.94||260|
Latest: IIM Kozhikode has released CAT 2019 Answer keys PDFs on November 29, 2019 at iimcat.ac.in.
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!
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.|
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 98.5+||IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-L, FMS, IIT- B, MDI-PGPM, RGIIMS|
|CAT Percentile 96.5+||IIT-D, SPJIMR, JBIMS, NITIE-PGDIM, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-KS, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-T, IIM-UP|
|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 90+||BIM, FSM, IRMA, IMI-D, IMT-G/N, KJSIMSR, MICA, NIRMA, PUMBA, SPJAIN-D/S, TAPMI, UBS-CHD|
|CAT Percentile 87+||BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, GLIM, IBS-ICFAI, IFMR, IMI-K/B, IMT-H LBSIM, LIBA, MFC-DU, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, WIMDR-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.
|Rating||Level (Indicative CAT Cut-Off Percentiles for General Category Candidates)|
|A+||I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)|
|II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)|
|A||III (CAT Percentile 94.5+)|
|I (CAT Percentile 90+)|
|B+||II (CAT Percentile 87+)|
|III (CAT Percentile 85+)|
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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:
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 %?
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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