CAT 2020 RESULT & COUNSELLING
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CAT 2020 Result will be declared by conducting IIM in first week of January 2021 tentatively. Candidates can access their results on the official website iimcat.ac.in. Scorecard will be avilable to download for a year till 31 December 2021 by using login credentials. IIMs and other participating institutes release seperate CAT Cutoff after the declaration of results. Individuals who will qualify cutoff will be called for the written ability test, group discussion round and personal interview.
Qualifying CAT Cut off of various Participating colleges is the first step in one’s MBA Admission process. IIMs announce their admission criteria based on the CAT score as well as the WAT (Written Ability Test), GD (Group Discussion), and PI (Personal Interview). While the older IIMs hold independent GD/PI/WAT rounds, the 11 new IIMs will follow a Common Admission Process (CAP). Many big establishments like JBIMS, FMS, and SPJIMR also accept CAT scores.
|CAT 2020 Exam Date||3rd Week of November 2020|
|Announcement of CAT 2020 Result||1st Week of January 2021|
|List of shortlisted candidates for WAT, GD and PI rounds||4th week of January 2020|
|Final Selection||April 2021|
CAT 2020 Scorecard can be downloaded from official website, on the declaration of CAT Result. Non-IIMs accepting CAT score also require students to submit their official CAT Score Card during their admission process. Candidates are advised to check all the information mentioned on scorecard carefully.
The details given in CAT Score card are as follows:
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CAT 2020 Result can be accessed from the official CAT website. Candidates will also receive result updates on their officially registered email and mobile numbers. The steps to download Score Card are as follows:
Step 1: Visit the Official website of CAT 2020
Step 2: Click on Download CAT Score Card.
Step 3: You will be redirected to the login page.
Step 4: Enter your User Id and Password.
Step 5: You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
Step 6: Click on the Download Scorecard link and download it for future correspondence.
Depending upon their CAT performance, candidates shall be eligible to appear in the next rounds of admission of various colleges. With CAT rank predictor, you can predict your accurate Percentile and shortlist your colleges accordingly:
With CAT being conducted at such a large scale, IIM released the CAT Percentile and Score Calculation method to maintain transparency in the result process. CAT raw scores are first converted into scaled scores and finally into CAT Percentile. As per CAT Exam Pattern each question holds 3 marks. For each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted as penalty. There is no negative marking for Non-MCQ questions.
CAT Percentile – CAT Result is declared in the form of a percentile score. The higher the percentile score, the greater are the chances to get shortlisted for the admission procedure. These percentile scores are determined by the normalization of scores.
CAT Score Validity – CAT Score is valid for one year only, candidates can apply for the management academic sessions of various colleges, right after their CAT results.
CAT Score vs Percentile – CAT percentile vs score signifies percentile corresponding to the score. There is no defined criteria for knowing what scaled score results in a certain percentile. For the convenience of candidates, here’s an expected CAT Score Vs Percentile record based on the past year records:
|CAT Percentile||CAT Score|
99.02 to 99.95
155.85 to 200.49
98.03 to 98.98
142.83 to 155.24
97.05 to 97.84
134.6 to 141.07
96.02 to 96.99
128.23 to 134.27
95.08 to 95.97
123.36 to 127.97
The difficulty level for each question set varies. Hence, to ensure fairness and equity in the marking process, CAT exam authority followed a normalization process where marks of each candidate were scaled.
"The Normalization process adjusts for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores will be further normalized across different sections."
Example- To explain further, let’s suppose 1000 students appeared in both the shifts in two cities A and B. The question paper in the second shift was tougher on the second shift. Also, the students from City B are from Hindi medium background but the question paper was in English. Now, the average score of students in the first shift is 110 and the average score of students in the second shift is 100. Also, the average score of students in city A is 120 and city B is 100.
Now, comparing the scores of all the students on the same parameter would not be fair. So the scores of the students in the second set and city would be multiplied by a number which is arrived at by careful consideration of multiple factors such as:
Lakhs of aspirants try their luck at CAT each year. A total of around 2.09 lakh aspirants sat for CAT 2019. With the competition increasing every year, scoring a higher percentage in CAT has become very difficult. The table below gives you past year CAT Result Trends so that you get a clearer picture of what to expect from this year’s CAT Result. Have a look:
CAT 2017 observed a decrease in total applicants. However, the actual test takers were more in 2017. A comparative analysis of 2016, 2017 & 2018 is given below:
Total actual test-takers
CAT Result trend from the year 2014 to 2018 is tabulated below:
|Year||No. of candidates appeared||Scores obtained||Conversion into percentile|
|CAT 2017||199632||230.17 – 232.31||100|
|CAT 2016||195000||220.09 – 241. 68||100|
|CAT 2015||179602||254.61 – 249.9||100|
|215.54 – 215.43||99.89|
|CAT 2014||167829||268.700 – 261.740||100|
IIM Kozhikode released the CAT 2019 Answer Key Pdfs on November 29, 2019 on the official website. Candidates who appeared for the exam can download the CAT 2019 Answer Key from the official website. Candidates can match their responses with the Answer Key to be sure of their score.
The stepwise process to apply for IIMs is as follows:
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After the declaration of result, each CAT Participating College releases its own cut off/ percentile. As many as 20 IIMs will accept the scores of CAT 2020 along with 100 B-schools of India. The table below represents CAT Cutoff as well as the seats available in each institute:
|B-Schools||Cut off in Percentile||Available Seats|
|IFMR Chennai||80+ Percentile|
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|SP Jain CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2020||Click Here|
|LIBA CAT Cutoff & Admission 2020||Click Here|
|NITIE CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2020||Click Here|
|UBS Chandigarh CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2020||Click Here|
|FMS Delhi CAT Cutoff & Admission 2020||Click Here|
|LBSIM CAT Cutoff & Admission 2020||Click Here|
|XIMB CAT Cutoff & Admission 2020||Click Here|
To inspect the eligibility of a candidate, documents are verified at the time of the IIM selection process. The authorities there verify the eligibility criteria of the waitlist candidates on the following guidelines:
2.09 lakh candidates sat for the CAT 2019 examination. Out of the lot, only 10 candidates ended up scoring an overall 100 percentile. Just like previous year records have testified, most of the candidates were males and held tech/engineering backgrounds. Out of the 10 candidates who topped: 6 of them are IIT graduates, 2 hold degrees from NIT, and 1 topper is from Jadavpur University. It is also important to mention that there are 21 candidates who scored a 99.99 percentile in CAT 2019.
|CAT 2019 Toppers||Overall Percentile|
Ques. If I have used an email that does not belong to me, will it cause any problems during my results?
Ans. All communication with prospective candidates in regards to CAT 2020 will be communicated through either email or SMS. Thus, all candidates have to provide their own personal email accounts through which they can be reached directly. This will also include result updates. Therefore, it is not advisable for an individual to create an email ID that does not belong to them.
Ques. I do not have any work experience. Will it affect my performance in CAT?
Ans. The presence or absence of your work experience will not affect your CAT exam conduction. It may impact your final selection since that also includes a GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview). Although significant weightage is not given to the work experience, students with additional work exprience may have an edge due to more practical knowledge. Read CAT More Weightage to Academics and Work Experience
Ques. What is the marking or grading scheme for CAT? Is there any negative marking for the Non-MCQ questions?
Ans. CAT 2020 will include both MCQ and non-MCQs. There are different marking and grading strategies for both.
For all the non-MCQs, each question would contain 3 marks and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
For all questions that are MCQs, they will all carry 3 marks as well and there is negative marking involved. 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer. In case a test taker skips an MCQ, no marks will be added or deducted from the final tally.
Ques. Will I receive an SMS when the CAT results come out?
Ans. CAT 2020 Result will be posted on the IIM Kozhikode official website and candidates who have given the exam will be informed through email/SMS
Ques. What is the stipulated time of IIM Kozhikode taking out their CAT 2020 Result?
Ans. The result are set to come out on January 7, 2020. The tentative timing for the results to come out is 10 am, considering that has been the trend from last year.
Ques. Will there be a common shortlist for all the IIMs for the next stage?
Ans. No. Each IIM will separately release their list of candidates that have been shortlisted. The lists will be made available on each IIMs website as per their discretion. All the IIMs will individually send interview letters to candidates directly.
Ques. I have done B.Tech Biotech, and I am an IIM aspirant. Will my previous degree affect my selection in IIM based on CAT result?
Ans. No, your previous education will not affect your performance in CAT results. Your previous education is irrelevant to your CAT exam. The only requirement is completion of a candidate’s graduation without any backlogs.
Ques. While filling options in the CAT application form, I accidentally selected the IIM PGP program. Can I get any other program in IIM after the result is out?
Ans. You will be evaluated on the basis of your choices filled. The chances of getting a program other than choices filled by you are rare. Once the counseling process of IIM is over, the next round will be done homogeneously from the top rankings, where again the preference is given to the choices submitted by the candidates initially.
Ques. If I score more than 85 % in Common Aptitude Test and I get selected in all the GD, PI, WAT, then am I eligible for the admission in IIM without any work ex?
Ans. Yes, you are but for IIMs. Generally, the trends are more than 95 percent. Also, it’s the percentile score that matters and the percentage come second on the list. Read CAT COUNSELLING
Ques. My last name is different in class 10 and class 12 certificate. Will this affect my CAT result?
Ans. No, this will not affect your CAT results but this can affect your admission process at any institute. Better create an affidavit supporting the change of the last name.
Ques. If my CAT score is between 123 and 128, what method can I use for calculation of CAT percentile score?/
Ans. Your CAT percentile will be used for seat allotment, so your percentile can come between 95.08 to 95.97. The same can be calculated with the help of the CAT Percentile Predictor tool
Ques. I am from OBC category, Punjab state. Can I get admission in LIBA Chennai on 68 percentile?
Ans. This will depend on the cut off declared for the categories. However, to get admission in LIBA Chennai, the minimum percentile required is 80. Read LIBA CAT Cutoff and Admission Criteria 2020
Ques. If I appeared for an improvement exam in CBSE in class 10, will my CAT result be affected by it or not?
Ans. Your improvement exam score will not affect your performance in the CAT exam. But this may affect your admission process.
Ques. I have written CAT 2020. My final semester result has released now and it shows that I have backlogs. So is my CAT score valid or not?
Ans. The score will be valid, but you cannot get admission in any B.School with backlogs in the final semester.
Ques. If I score a good percentile in CAT, but I have a backlog of my graduation degree, can I get admission in IIM?
Ans. No, you can get admission only if you do not have any backlogs.
Ques. What is the minimum score needed for admission into the IIT and IIM MBA program?
Ans. A minimum of 95 percentile is required for admission into any of the IIT and IIM program.
Ques. If I do not clear the minimum CAT Cutoff, will I still be eligible for admission?
Ans. You need to clear the minimum cut off for the admission process. If you fail on this step, you cannot get admission in any of the IIMs. Maybe in some private college, depending upon their admission rules.
Ques. I wrote the CAT 2020 exam is shift II. So will get the result on the same day as that of the shift I?
Ans. Yes, the result will be declared for all the CAT aspirants on the same day irrespective of the shift you wrote the exam in.
Ques. I am from Haryana. Will I get some state reservation in MDI, Gurgaon on the basis of CAT score?
Ans. No, there is no state reservation in MDI Gurgaon or any other MBA institute.
Ques. My password is not working on the CAT website, what do I do?
Ans. If the password is not working on the CAT website, then you can reset the password by clicking on the “forgot password” link.
Ques. What is the validity period for my CAT 2020 score?
Ans. CAT score will remain valid only until December 31, 2020, and not after that.
Ques. Will my scaled score be displayed on my CAT scorecard?
Ans. Yes, your scaled score will be displayed on the CAT scorecard.
Ques. Is there a process of a centralized counselling on the basis of CAT score?
Ans. There is centralized counselling only for the IIM’s. For the rest of the institutes, a separate counselling is conducted by each of the participating institutes.
Ques. If I have part-time work experience in a managerial position, will that be considered at the time of the selection process?
Ans. No, only full-time work experience is considered by the management institutes.
Ques. Will I get an SMS stating that the CAT result is announced on the day of result declaration?
Ans. Yes, there is a provision of SMS and email circulation process.
Ques. Ques. What is the weightage of work experience in my selection process?
Ans. The weigtage to the various parameters are as follows:
Aggregate CAT Score
SSC (12th score)
Diversity factor: Gender
Diversity factor: academic discipline
Ques. I want to get my CAT score rechecked, who should I contact?
Ans. There is no provision of recheck of the CAT score; the score once announced will not be changed under any circumstances.
Ques. My photograph is blurred on my CAT scorecard, what to do?
Ans. You may send the present CAT scorecard to the authorities on their email id listed and they would issue a new scorecard. The contact details are 1800-2663-549/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ques. If I have left a section un-attempted in CAT 2020, will I still get a percentile?
Ans. You will get a percentile but your score will be invalid as you have left the section unattempted.
Ques. I am from Chennai. Can I get admission in FMS Delhi on the basis of CAT score? Is there any state quota?
Ans. No, there is no state quota in the admission process of FMS Delhi. All the students will have clear FMS CAT Cut off to get selected for further rounds of admission in FMS, once the result is declared the admission will be made on the basis of the performance in GD and PI along with the CAT score. CAT Cut off for FMS generally falls between 97- 99%.
*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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