CAT 2019 Expected Cut off by VistaMind

Updated On - August 30th 2019By - Deepesh Johri

After the declaration of CAT 2019 result, all the participating institutes will release their separate cut off list. Candidates who will score equal or more than CAT cut off marks will be eligible to apply for their desired institute. CAT cut off is determined on the basis of various factors such as the number of candidates appeared for exam, difficulty level of the paper, number of qualified candidates and previous year cut off trends.

  • CAT 2019 will be held on November 24, 2019  at various exam centers. The result for CAT 2019 will be announced in the first week of January 2020. 
  • CAT Registration has commenced on August 7, 2019 in online mode. 
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks can register at the official website i.e. till September 18, 2019. Check CAT Eligibility
  • One of the top institutes for CAT examination, VistaMind has released the expected cut off for CAT 2019. This can be helpful in analyzing the expected score and possible college. 

CAT 2019 Expected Cut off

According to the experts, the overall CAT cutoff is expected to be higher than last year. While Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning will have the lowest sectional cutoff, Quantitative Ability cutoff have the highest one. VARC sectional cutoff will be similar to that of last year.

However, the actual CAT Cut off will depend on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, number of test takers and the number of seats.

CAT 2019 Cut off by VistaMind - Slot 1

The following table brings to you the sectional CAT 2019 cutoff by VistaMind for Slot 1:

SectionCutoff Score
DI & LR33-34

CAT 2019 Cut off by VistaMind - Slot 2

The following table brings to you the sectional CAT 2019 cutoff by VistaMind for Slot 2:

SectionCutoff Score
DI & LR37-38

Read Expected CAT 2019 Cut off by TIME

IIMs will release the scaled scores in order to meet the CAT normalization process which is to ensure that the scores of both sessions' test takers are equated since CAT is conducted in two slots. IIMs normalize the CAT scores using a formula similar to that of GATE. At the time of result, scaled scores for each section along with percentiles will be announced.

The cutoff ranges between 85-99 percentiles and above for the top B-schools in India accepting CAT scores after which the next round of CAT selection procedure including Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds will be conducted.

Top B-schools Accepting CAT Score

Apart from the top leading IIMs of India, there are Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and other top B-schools that accept CAT Score too. The expected CAT 2019 percentile for some of the top b-schools is provided in the table given below-

Name of the InstituteCAT 2018 Expected Cutoff
Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi98+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay99+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon95+ Percentile
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)90+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai95+ Percentile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal85+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai80+ Percentile

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT question paper consists of 100 questions which are divided into three different sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.

S. No.SectionMCQsNon-MCQsQuestionsTotal MarksTime allotted (minutes)
2DI & LR248329660
Total -7526100300180

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques – Who is responsible to release CAT Cutoff?

Ans –  IIMs and other management colleges accepting CAT scores release their own cutoff. The cutoff score is released category-wise. 

Ques – Do candidates have to clear each section of CAT exam separately?

Ans – IIMs and other participating B-schools shortlist the candidates based on the overall and sectional cutoff. Thus, candidates have to clear each section separately. 

Ques – When will CAT 2019 Cutoff release?

Ans – CAT 2019 cutoff will be released by IIMs soon after the declaration of CAT result. The cutoff will be at the respective website of the institute. 

Ques – Will I get admission in one of the IIMs if I clear CAT Cutoff?

Ans – No, clearing CAT cutoff is the initial steps to secure a seat in one of the IIMs. Candidates have to appear in WAT/ GD-PI too to get into an IIM. 

Ques – What is CAT Cutoff of IIMs for foreign candidates?

Ans – IIMs releases CAT cutoff for international students after the declaration of CAT result. 



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