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    CAT Cut off 2020: Check IIM Wise Cutoff

    Anam Shams Anam Shams
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    CAT 2020 result will be declared tentatively on January 5, 2021. Applicants must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff to get shortlisted for the next round of the selection process – WAT-GD/PI. CAT cutoff is released every year after the exam. Cutoff refers to the minimum percentile which a candidate must score in order to qualify for the selection process. Various factors determine CAT Cut off, such as level of difficulty of the exam, total available seats, number of applicants, and ranking of that institute. 

    Latest Update: CAT 2020 notification has been released on July 29 by IIM Indore on official website iimcat.ac.in. Exam is scheduled to take place on November 29, 2020. Check Details Here

    • All IIMs and participating colleges have different cutoffs which will be declared on their respective websites. 
    • Apart from percentile (or overall cutoff), there are sectional cutoff for each B school. Candidates who fail to clear the sectional cutoff scores will not be qualified. 
    • Shortlisted candidates will participate in the CAT Selection Procedure that will begin in February 2021.
    • CAT exam is taken by the candidates who wish to secure admission into IIMs or several other prestigious B-schools of India. 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools accept CAT Score. 
    CAT 2020 Expected Cutoff

    CAT 2020 IIM Wise Expected Cutoff

    Expected cutoff and seat availability is given below:

    IIM NameExpected CutoffTotal Number of Seats
    IIM Ahmedabad100 - 99385
    IIM Bangalore 100 - 99382
    IIM Calcutta 100462
    IIM Lucknow 98 - 99419
    IIM Indore 98 - 99450
    IIM Kozhikode 98 -99375
    IIM Amritsar 96 - 97107
    IIM Nagpur 96 - 9760
    IIM Sambalpur 96 - 9760
    IIM Trichy 95 - 96102
    IIM Raipur 95 - 96120
    IIM Ranchi 95 - 96120
    IIM Kashipur 95 - 9690
    IIM Vizag 93 -9560
    IIM Udaipur 93 -95120
    IIM Bodhgaya 93 -95120
    IIM Shillong 91120
    IIM Sirmaur -60
    IIM Jammu 9160

    CAT 2020 Sectional Cutoff

    CAT 2020 IIM Wise Expected Sectional Cutoff

    One can estimate the sectional cutoff for 2020 based on the previous year’s records. 

    IIM NameQADILRVARCOverall
    IIM Ahmedabad727171821
    IIM Bangalore76768185
    IIM Calcutta82827685
    IIM Kozhikode76767685
    IIM Shillong76767682
    IIM Lucknow86868691
    IIM Raipur82822895
    IIM Rohtak71717195
    IIM Kashipur82828291
    IIM Ranchi82828291
    IIM Indore82828291
    IIM Tiruchirappalli82828295
    IIM Udaipur82828291
    IIM Bodh Gaya82828291
    IIM Amritsar76768282
    IIM Nagpur72727285
    IIM Jammu82828291
    IIM Visakhapatnam82828591
    IIM Sambalpur82828295
    IIM Sirmaur82828295

    IIM Ahmedabad Expected Cutoff

    IIM Ahmedabad cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralNC-OBC-cum transgenderSCSTDA
    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)7265615252
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)7265615252
    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)7265615252
    Overall Percentile8176726161

    IIM Bangalore Expected Cutoff

    IIM Bangalore cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA & DI)7666615651
    Section 2 (VA & LR)8171675753
    Overall Percentile8676726561

    IIM Calcutta Expected Cutoff

    IIM Calcutta cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)7565605555
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8165605555
    Section 3 (VARC)8271655555
    Overall Percentile8575716565

    IIM Indore Expected Cutoff

    IIM Indore cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralOBCSCPWDST
    Section 1 (QA)8271564646
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8271564646
    Section 3 (VARC)8271564646
    Overall Percentile9182615151

    IIM Lucknow Expected Cutoff

    IIM Lucknow cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionOpenNC-OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA)8778565353
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8778565353
    Section 3 (VARC)8778565353
    Overall Percentile9182736666

    IIM Shillong Expected Cutoff

    IIM Shillong cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionOpenNC-OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA)7761515176
    Section 2 (DI & LR)7761515176
    Section 3 (VARC)7761515176
    Overall Percentile-----

    IIM Kozhikode Expected Cutoff

    IIM Kozhikode cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralOBCSCST/DA
    Section 1 (QA)77665746
    Section 2 (DI & LR)77665746
    Section 3 (VARC)77665746
    Overall Percentile86776657

    IIM Rohtak CAT Cutoff

    IIM Rohtak previous year cutoff:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA & DI)8045407040
    Section 2 (VA & LR)8045407040
    Overall Percentile9555307830

    IIM Ranchi CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Ranchi cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)8050306030
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
    Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
    Overall Percentile9060408040

    IIM Trichy CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Trichy has reached the percentile of 90 for the last 3 years. IIM Trichy cutoff estimate based on previous year

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)8050306030
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
    Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
    Overall Percentile9060408040

    IIM Udaipur CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Udaipur reached the level of 96 percentile in the year 2014. However, in 2015 the cut off for IIM Udaipur went to 90 percentile.The overall Expected CAT 2020 cut off for IIM Udaipur according to the categories for the last two years is given in the table below:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)80503060
    Section 2 (DI & LR)80503060
    Section 3 (VARC)80503060

    IIM Kashipur CAT Cutoff 

    The cut off for IIM Kashipur reaches around 90 percentile. The expected CAT 2019 overall cut off percentile for IIM Kashipur is given below:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)8050306030
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
    Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
    Overall Percentile9060407840

    IIM Nagpur CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Nagpur cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)7552416641
    Section 2 (DI & LR)7552416641
    Section 3 (VARC)7552416641
    Overall Percentile8662417856

    IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Visakhapatnam cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)8262517251
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8262517251
    Section 3 (VARC)8262517751
    Overall Percentile9277568151

    IIM Raipur CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Raipur cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    CategoryQAVARCDI & LROverall Percentile
    General82828295
    DAP31313141
    OBC (NC)61616178
    ST31313141

    IIM Bodh Gaya CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Bodh Gaya cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
    Section 1 (QA)8251316131
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8251316161
    Section 3 (VARC)8251316141
    Overall Percentile9160417941

    IIM Sirmaur CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Sirmaur cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCDAP
    Section 1 (QA)8251316131
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8251316131
    Section 3 (VARC)8251316131
    Overall Percentile9161417941

    IIM Sambalpur CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Sambalpur cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCDA
    Section 1 (QA)8251316131
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8251316131
    Section 3 (VARC)8251316131
    Overall Percentile9561417841

    IIM Amritsar CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Amritsar cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA)7661513636
    Section 2 (DI & LR)7661513636
    Section 3 (VARC)8266563636
    Overall Percentile8677564141

    IIM Jammu CAT Cutoff 

    IIM Jammu cutoff estimate based on previous year:

    SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
    Section 1 (QA)8261523131
    Section 2 (DI & LR)8261523131
    Section 3 (VARC)8261523131
    Overall Percentile9178614141

    CAT Cutoff 2019 for colleges

    CAT Cutoff 2019

    Cutoff for 2019 depended on the same factors as 2019 and the previous years. This will help you get an idea based on the changing trends each year. 

    All IIMs release their CAT cut-off individually. Details for the previous year are tabulated below. 

    IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryQuantitative Ability Percentile Rank (PQA)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Overall
    General70707080
    NC-OBC65656575
    SC60606070
    ST50505060
    DA/PwD60606070
    PwD(ST)50505060

    IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryQuantitative Ability Percentile Rank (PQA)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Overall
    General70707080
    NC-OBC65656575
    SC60606070
    ST50505060
    DA/PwD60606070
    PwD(ST)50505060

    IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryQuantitative Ability Percentile Rank (PQA)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Overall
    General70707080
    NC-OBC65656575
    SC60606070
    ST50505060
    DA/PwD60606070
    PwD(ST)50505060

    IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryQuantitative Ability Percentile Rank (PQA)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Overall
    General70707080
    NC-OBC65656575
    SC60606070
    ST50505060
    DA/PwD60606070
    PwD(ST)50505060

    IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryQuantitative Ability Percentile Rank (PQA)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Overall
    General70707080
    NC-OBC65656575
    SC60606070
    ST50505060
    DA/PwD60606070
    PwD(ST)50505060

    IIM Bangalore CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI & LRQAOverall
    General80757585
    NC-OBC70656575
    SC65606070
    ST55555565
    DA/PwD50505060

    IIM Calcutta CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI & LRQAOverall
    General80808090
    NC-OBC75757585
    SC65656570
    ST60606070
    PwD60606070

    IIM Kozhikode CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI & LRQAOverall
    General80808090
    SC50505065
    ST40404055
    NC-OBC70707080
    PwD40404055

    IIM Indore CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARC Percentile RankDI & LR Percentile RankQA Percentile RankOverall
    General80808090
    NC-OBC70707080
    SC55555560
    ST45454550
    PwD45454550

    IIM Visakhapatnam CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI LRQAOverall
    General85808090
    NC-OBC75707080
    SC60606075
    ST50505055
    PwD50505055

    IIM Ranchi CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI LRQAOverall
    General80808095
    NC-OBC60606078
    SC50505060
    ST30303040
    PwD30303040

    IIM Bodh Gaya CAT 2019 Cut Off:

    CategoryVARCDI LRQAOverall
    General 80808080
    NC-OBC60606078
    SC50505060
    ST30303040
    PwD30303040

    CAT Cut off trends

    CAT Cut off trends

    Apart from the overall cut off, each institute declares a sectional cut off, as well. The previous year’s CAT percentile of various IIMs has been given below. With this, candidates can get an idea of the cut-off trends for the section-wise cut-off. 

    CAT 2017 Sectional Cut-off

    COLLEGEQuantitative AbilityVerbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    GENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwD
    IIM Ahmedabad807055454580705545458080554545
    IIM Bangalore807565606085757060608070656060
    IIM Calcutta807565606080756560608075656060
    IIM Indore807055454580705545458070554545
    IIM Lucknow857755505585775550558577555055
    IIM Udaipur806050303080605030308060503030
    IIM Rohtak807045405080704540508070454050
    IIM Kashipur807260505080726050508072605050
    IIM Raipur807260505080726050508072605050
    IIM Trichy807260505080726050508072605050

    The CAT exam had around 36-28 TITA questions in 2017. QA and VARC sections were comparatively easier than the DILR section. An overall attempt of 65 questions with an accuracy of 80-85 % was considered a nice attempt. 

    Read  CAT 2019 Marks vs Percentile

    CAT 2016 Sectional Cut-off

    COLLEGEQuantitative AbilityVerbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    GENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwD
    IIM Ahmedabad706560506070656050607065605060
    IIM Bangalore807065606085757060608070656060
    IIM Calcutta807565606580756560658075656065
    IIM Indore807565606580705545558070554545
    IIM Lucknow857755505585775550558577555055
    IIMs Rohtak807060505580704540508070454050
    IIM Kashipur807260505580726050508072605050
    IIM Raipur807260505580726050508072605050
    IIM Trichy807260505580726050508072605050

    The DILR section was for CAT 2016 was a bit easier in terms of the amount of calculation or logic. However, it was certainly lengthy and more time to consume. VARC, the first section in CAT 2016 paper had 5 passages of RC for 24 Questions overall. It was a pleasant surprise as the RC passages were not very long and quite a few questions were direct.

    Read  CAT 2019 Exam Analysis

    CAT 2015 Sectional Cut-off

    COLLEGEQuantitative AbilityVerbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    GENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwDGeneralOBCSCSTDA/PwD
    IIM Ahmedabad807570607080757060708075706070
    IIM Bangalore807060606085757060608070656060
    IIM Calcutta807565606580756560658075656065
    IM Indore807055454580705545458070554545
    IIM Lucknow857755505585775550558577555055
    IIMs Udaipur807260505080726050508072605050
    IIM Raipur807260505080726050508072605050
    IIM Trichy807260505080726050508072605050

    In CAT 2015, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation were combined to make one separate section. The questions in the logical reasoning section are asked mainly from Seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Venn diagram, Propositions, Data Arrangement, Puzzles, Assumptions, Statements, Clocks and Calendars, Sets, etc. In CAT 2015, this section consisted of 32 questions.

    Check Apply to Top B-Schools through CAT 2019

    • For the Quantitative Aptitude section, the minimum percentile for CAT 2015 as well as CAT 2016 cut off was 80. But CAT cut off for IIM Ahmedabad was decreased by 10 in the year 2016. 
    • For the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section, the cut off for 2016 all the IIMs was 80 for a majority of IIMs. For IIM Ahmedabad it was 70 for the General category. CAT cut off 2016 was greater than the previous year.
    • For Verbal and Reading Comprehension, CAT cut off 2016 as well as CAT cut off 2015 was a minimum of 80 for a majority of IIMs for the General category. 

    After CAT Cut off has been declared, the CAT Composite score shortlists the candidates for admission to any IIM. CAT composite score is calculated on the basis of CAT Score, WAT/GD/PI, work experience, and academic record. 


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