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CAT 2019 Percentile Calculation Method (Released): Check Process, Rank Predictor

Updated On - September 17th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

IIM Kozhikode has released Percentile Score Calculation method for CAT 2019. CAT Percentile will determine the rank of a management aspirant, seeking admissions in IIMs and other top B-schools of the country. 

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  • IIM Kozhikode has released a step wise method for CAT 2019 Percentile Calculation.
  • The marks of all examinees are calculated through a Normalization Process. 
  • Using our CAT Rank Predictor, candidates can check where they can apply for admissions. 

CAT 2019 will be conducted in two sessions on a single day, to maintain equality in scores. Candidates must be aware of the method of CAT Score Calculation. Normalization helps in equating marks, allotting ranks, and identifying candidate’s scores across multiple forms. All the CAT test takers can go through the following article and understand the procedure that is followed while calculating the CAT percentile and scores. 

CAT 2019 – Percentile Score Calculation

Keeping Quantitative Ability (QA) as an example, the stepwise procedure for the calculation of overall score and percentile score is as follows:

  • Step 1: Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT in both the sessions i.e. morning and evening. 
  • Step 2: Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. If two or more candidates obtain equal scores in the QA section, then identical ranks will be asigned to those candidates.

For example, if two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then the asigned rank of both the candidates will be 1. The candidate(s) obtaining the second highest scaled score in the QA section will be asigned Rank 3 and so on.

  • Step 3: The percentile score(P) of a candidate with rank(r ) in the QA section can be calculated using the following formula: 

𝑃 = ( (𝑁−𝑟) /𝑁 ) × 100

  • Step 4: Finally, 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 which are greater than or equal to 99.985 but less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on. 

Note: The same process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2019.

CAT Normalization Process 2019

  • Exam creation is a set of statistically profiled questions. These questions are of comparable difficulty. These different questions with the same difficulty levels are used in re-scaling candidate’s score to the metric of the item bank. 
  • The questions are properly analysed and their difficulty levels is assessed according to a standard metric. The normalization carries a base assumption that “in all multi session CAT papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all of the sessions”.
  • Then, the raw score of the candidate is scaled, and scores are established accordingly. This helps in awarding ranks to the candidates.
  • The percentile rank is equated based on percentage score that falls below a certain specified score.
  • With the total scale scores arranged in rank order from the lowest to highest in 100 equally sized groups, a table with the total scale scores to percentile ranks will be created.
  • After the scores are identified and arranged, high scoring candidate’s name will be determined from the top among high scorers and subsequent list of low scorers.
  • CAT percentile decides the rank of a management aspirant, relative to the rest of the aspirants who appeared for the same MBA entrance exam. The basic idea of the CAT percentile is to tell you what percent of the students have scored less than you in the examination.

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CAT 2019 Marking Scheme

  • CAT scores are sub-normalized based on three parts of the exam- Quantitative Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning and Verbal and Reading Comprehension.
  • CAT exam score, which is valid for one year only, is converted into percentile form and the best scorer is highlighted at the top to up the level of competitiveness.
  • A candidate is awarded three marks each for the correct answer.
  • However, it also applies negative marking, since one mark each is deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates may note that no mark will be deducted for an unanswered question.
  • CAT score helps in shortlisting of the eligible candidates for further rounds.

CAT exam generally maintains a consistent level of difficulty throughout the examination process. CAT Exam is designed in a manner which makes it difficult for candidates to answer all the questions correctly and thus chances for a perfect score are minimal.

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How is CAT Exam Equated?

Equating CAT follows a psychometric process to adjust differences in difficulty level. The process is followed to keep a tab on comparable metric and be justified to candidates who test across multiple days. There are three phases in equating the CAT Exam

  • Raw scores are calculated where three marks are awarded for a correct answer, and one mark is deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Through an equating process, raw scores are adjusted for variances in difficulty levels across the different test forms. Then through statistical properties, candidates’ performance is judged on the same questions asked in two or more different forms. These equating measures help to adjust raw marks accordingly.
  • Equating helps in placing the scores on a common scale and create a range of scores which help in creating percentile rank.

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CAT 2019 Percentile Predictor

  • CAT Result will be declared in January on the official website.
  • However, candidates can use the CAT Percentile Predictor on to determine the ranks based on their respective percentiles, before the result is out.
  • All the participating institutes will shortlist candidates based on CAT Cutoff.
  • Hence, CAT Rank Predictor helps predict your scores and choose a college accordingly. 


We hope this article helped learn about the CAT Score Calculation. CAT 2019 is scheduled in November, while the result will be out in January 2019. We wish you luck!

Overall CAT Percentile – CAT 2018

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*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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1 Comment
Manish Srivastava

Is there any provision of receiving a hard copy of CAT scorecard 2017?

07 Nov, 2017 18:06

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