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**CAT score vs percentile is an analysis of the score required in CAT exam to get the desired percentile. **To know what CAT score is required to get a 99+ percentile, it is essential you know last year’s CAT score vs percentile, CAT score calculation and normalization process, and cut off percentiles for the **21 IIMs, 8 IITs, and 1000+ other top MBA colleges**. In this article, we have covered all the aspects to clear your doubts and apprehensions about what is a good score and percentile in CAT, difference between CAT score and percentile, calculation process, percentile predictor, and more.

**CAT score is of 2 types- raw score and scaled score.** Raw CAT score is the total marks obtained out of 198. CAT scaled score is obtained after normalization of the raw score to ensure equality across all shifts. The normalized CAT score can be either less or more than the raw score.

CAT percentile is the relative score of a candidate in comparison to all others who take the exam.

**What does 99 percentile in CAT indicate? **Often candidates confuse percentile with percentage. But these two are completely different. Percentage is nothing but a conversion of your CAT score into a fraction of 100. On the other hand, CAT percentile is a measure of your performance in relation to every other competitor. 99 percentile in CAT indicates that your score is more than 99% of the total test-takers.

For example:You have a CAT score of 110 after normalization. Now, in terms of percentage, it will be (110/198)*100 = 55.55%. However, your score of 110 is higher than 99.5% of the total test-takers, so your CAT percentile will be 99.5%ile. |

Note that CAT percentile is always calculated on the scaled scores and not the raw score. IIM CAT Cut off includes both sectional and overall percentile. It is mandatory to clear both the sectional and overall **CAT cut off percentile** to be shortlisted for the PI process.

Based on last year’s CAT score vs percentile analysis, you need above 100 to get a 99.5+ percentile. The level of competition is high this year with more than 3.3 lakh applicants. So, you can expect the score range to be higher to get 99+ percentile, likely around 110.

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2023: Predicted Estimation

CAT Percentile | CAT VARC Score | CAT DILR Score | CAT QA Score | Overall CAT Score |
---|---|---|---|---|

100 | 40-45 | 33-35 | 40-42 | 120+ |

99+ | 34-35 | 28-30 | 36-37 | 100-110 |

98-99 | 32-33 | 27-28 | 30-32 | 90-95 |

95+ | 32-34 | 20-21 | 28-30 | 80-82 |

90+ | 29-30 | 17-19 | 26-27 | 72-75 |

85+ | 24-25 | 14-15 | 20-22 | 59-61 |

80+ | 20-22 | 11-13 | 15-16 | 46-48 |

Both CAT scores and CAT percentile are mentioned in CAT result. This year, **CAT 2023 result** will be released in January 2024 as per the notification by IIM Lucknow.

## CAT Marks vs Percentile Section Wise

Knowing CAT marks vs percentile section wise is equally important. What score you need in each section for a particular percentile is essential as you need to clear the sectional cut offs as well.### CAT VARC Score vs Percentile

CAT VARC score vs percentile for the last 3 years is tabulated below. Based on the analysis of the data, **attempting 7-8 questions with 100% accuracy can easily get you between 85-90 percentile.** For VARC, if you attempt **all 24 questions with 60% accuracy, you will still score somewhere between 35-36 and get around 97-98 percentile.**

CAT VARC Percentile | CAT 2022 Score | CAT 2021 Score | CAT 2020 Score |
---|---|---|---|

99+ | 38-39 | 44-45 | 41-42 |

95+ | 29-30 | 34-35 | 33-34 |

90+ | 23-24 | 29-30 | 29-30 |

85+ | 20-21 | 23-24 | 24-25 |

80+ | 17-18 | 20-21 | 21-22 |

### CAT DILR Score vs Percentile

CAT VARC score vs percentile for the last 3 years is tabulated below. Based on the analysis of the data, **attempting just 1 set of 5 questions with 100% accuracy can easily get you between 85-90 percentile.** For DILR, if you **attempt at least 2 sets (10 questions) with 75% accuracy, you will easily end up getting 95+ percentile.**

CAT DILR Percentile | CAT 2022 Score | CAT 2021 Score | CAT 2020 Score |
---|---|---|---|

99+ | 28-29 | 32-33 | 34-35 |

95+ | 19-20 | 25-26 | 25-26 |

90+ | 15-16 | 20-21 | 21-22 |

85+ | 12-13 | 17-18 | 18-19 |

80+ | 10-11 | 14-15 | 16-17 |

### CAT Quant Score vs Percentile

CAT Quant score vs percentile for the last 3 years is tabulated below. Based on the analysis of the data, it can be easily deciphered that **attempting just 10 questions with 80% accuracy can get you above 95 percentile**. For 99+ percentile in CAT quant, managing to attempt 14-15 questions and getting 12-13 right is enough to score above 99 percentile.

CAT Quant Percentile | CAT 2022 Score | CAT 2021 Score | CAT 2020 Score |
---|---|---|---|

99+ | 33-34 | 35-36 | 44-45 |

95+ | 22-23 | 24-25 | 30-31 |

90+ | 17-18 | 17-18 | 23-24 |

85+ | 13-14 | 13-14 | 19-20 |

80+ | 11-12 | 11-12 | 16-17 |

## How Many Questions to Attempt for 99+ Percentile in CAT 2023?

Out of the 66 questions in **CAT 2023**, attempting around 45 questions with 85-90% accuracy can get you a 100 percentile. Given here is the section-wise number of questions to attempt in CAT 2023 to get 99+ percentile, 95+ percentile, and 90+ percentile.

CAT Percentile | VARC questions to attempt | DILR questions to attempt | QA questions to attempt | Overall questions to attempt |
---|---|---|---|---|

100 | 15-16 | 11-12 | 15-16 | 42-45 |

99+ | 14-15 | 10-11 | 13-15 | 40-41 |

95-98.99 | 13-14 | 9-10 | 12-13 | 35-39 |

90-94.99 | 11-12 | 7-8 | 11-12 | 29-34 |

85+ | 9-10 | 6-7 | 9-11 | 24-28 |

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**People Also Ask**

**Ques. What marks is 70 percentile in CAT?**

**Ans.** Marks between 35 to 40 are equivalent to about 70-72 percentile in CAT. With 70 percentile in CAT, you can get admission to colleges like:

- SDMIMD Mysore
- SOIL Institute of Management Gurugram
- JAGSOM Bangalore
- LIBA Chennai
- IMI Kolkata
- BIIB Pune
- SIES Navi Mumbai
- VIT Vellore
- Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore

**Ques. Can I get IIM with 85 percentile?**

**Ans.** 85 percentile is the qualifying CAT cut off for many IIMs including IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Calcutta. However, you also need to clear the sectional cut offs to be eligible for applying for admission at these IIMs. This score does not guarantee that you will get a PI call from the IIMs as other parameters are also evaluated- class 10 marks, class 12 marks, graduation marks, work experience, etc. For top IIMs, the final call cut off is usually above 98 percentile.

**Ques. What percentile is 72 marks in CAT?**

**Ans.** 72 marks in CAT is somewhere between 90-92 percentile. Given the high competition this year, the corresponding percentile range for 72 marks may decline to 89-90 percentile.

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2023: How is CAT Score Calculated?

To understand CAT score vs percentile analysis, you need to have an idea of how CAT raw score and CAT scaled score is calculated..

**CAT Raw Score:** These are the total marks obtained as per the marking scheme.

**VARC section:**24 questions (72 marks)**DILR section:**20 questions (60 marks)**QA section:**22 questions (66 marks)

As per CAT 2023 marking scheme, 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for the incorrect answers to MCQs only.

Raw CAT Score: (3*total correct answers) - (number of incorrect answers)

**CAT Scaled Scores:** As CAT is held in multiple shifts, the IIMs normalize the raw scores to ensure that all candidates are scored at an equal level irrespective of the difficulty level across shifts. These normalized CAT scores are called CAT scaled scores.

### How is CAT Score Normalized? Know CAT Score Normalization Process to Get Scaled Scores

The scaled scores of each section are calculated and then added to get the overall CAT scaled score. The steps to calculate CAT scaled scores are provided below:

- Calculating Mean and Standard Deviation of raw scores obtained by all candidates of slot 1 (8:30 am to 10:30 am)
- Calculating Mean and Standard Deviation of raw scores obtained by all candidates of slot 2 (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
- Calculating Mean and Standard Deviation of raw scores obtained by all candidates of slot 3 (4:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
- Calculating Mean and Standard Deviation of raw scores obtained by all candidates of all slots of CAT 2023 exam
- Calculating mean scores obtained by top 0.1% candidates of slot 1 (8:30 am to 10:30 am)
- Calculating mean scores obtained by top 0.1% candidates of slot 2 (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
- Calculating mean scores obtained by top 0.1% candidates of slot 3 (4:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
- Calculating mean scores obtained by the top 0.1% candidates of all slots of CAT 2023 exam
- Then, based on these values, the scaled score is calculated.

To know the formulas used to calculate CAT scaled scores after normalization, **click here**

**[Source: iimcat.ac.in]**

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2023: How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

CAT percentile is a measure of the comparative performance of candidates. It indicates the percentage of test-takers who have scored less than the given candidate.

For example, if there are 1500 candidates and you have secured a 100 percentile, this means that you have scored higher than the 1499 candidates. The formula used to calculate CAT percentile is:

**P = [(N-r)/N] X 100;**

**N is the total number of candidates, r is the rank assigned on the basis of the scaled score in CAT**

The percentile score obtained is then rounded off to 2 decimal points.

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2022

Given below are section-wise analysis of CAT Score vs Percentile 2022.** [Source: IMS India]**

CAT Percentile | Slot 1 | Slot 2 | Slot 3 |
---|---|---|---|

99.5%ile | 101 | 101 | 98 |

99%ile | 90 | 92 | 88 |

97%ile | 80 | 80 | 77 |

95%ile | 66 | 66 | 63 |

90%ile | 53 | 53 | 50 |

85%ile | 45 | 45 | 42 |

80%ile | 40 | 40 | 37 |

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2021

The slot-wise analysis of CAT Score vs Percentile 2021 is provided here by one of the most trusted coaching institutes in India. **[Source: IMS India]**

### 2021 CAT Score vs Percentile Slot 1

CAT Percentile | CAT Score VARC | CAT Score DILR | CAT Score QA | Overall CAT Score |
---|---|---|---|---|

99.5 %ile | 46 | 35 | 42 | 108 |

99 %ile | 42 | 32 | 39 | 100 |

98 %ile | 37 | 29 | 35 | 90 |

95%ile | 31 | 23 | 28 | 75 |

90%ile | 26 | 19 | 23 | 64 |

85%ile | 24 | 16 | 20 | 58 |

80%ile | 21 | 14 | 17 | 53 |

### 2021 CAT Score vs Percentile Slot 2

CAT Percentile | CAT Score VARC | CAT Score DILR | CAT Score QA | Overall CAT Score |
---|---|---|---|---|

99.5 %ile | 47 | 41 | 43 | 114 |

99 %ile | 43 | 38 | 39 | 106 |

98 %ile | 39 | 34 | 34 | 95 |

95%ile | 32 | 29 | 27 | 79 |

90%ile | 27 | 24 | 21 | 67 |

85%ile | 23 | 21 | 17 | 60 |

80%ile | 21 | 19 | 14 | 54 |

### 2021 CAT Score vs Percentile Slot 3

CAT Percentile | CAT Score VARC | CAT Score DILR | CAT Score QA | Overall CAT Score |
---|---|---|---|---|

99.5 %ile | 51 | 31 | 40 | 108 |

99 %ile | 48 | 29 | 35 | 102 |

98 %ile | 44 | 26 | 31 | 92 |

95%ile | 38 | 22 | 25 | 81 |

90%ile | 33 | 18 | 20 | 69 |

85%ile | 31 | 16 | 17 | 62 |

80%ile | 29 | 15 | 15 | 58 |

## CAT Percentile Predictor 2023: Calculate and Predict Your Percentile Based on CAT Scaled Scores

Various top coaching institutes provide free CAT percentile predictor tools to help you predict your percentile based on the scores obtained in CAT exam. You just need to register on the website of the coaching institute and use CAT percentile predictor tool to get the most accurate results. The predictions are based on a comparative analysis of the number of candidates who register for the coaching’s CAT score and percentile predictor.

Coaching Institute | Percentile Predictor |
---|---|

CL CAT Percentile Predictor | Check Here |

TIME CAT Percentile Predictor | Check Here |

IMS CAT Percentile Predictor | Check Here |

## CAT Marks vs Percentile Analysis

A comparative analysis of CAT Marks vs Percentile of the last 5 years is presented below. Note that CAT total marks were not consistent every year leading to changes in what constitutes an ideal score for a given percentile. A detailed comparison report is tabulated here for your reference.

CAT Exam | CAT Total Marks | CAT Score for 99.5-99.9 percentile | CAT Score for 99-99.5 percentile | CAT Score for 95-99 percentile | CAT Score for 90-95 percentile |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

CAT 2022 | 198 | 95-110 | 93-84 | 65-83 | 50-63 |

CAT 2021 | 198 | 108-120 | 99-107 | 75-95 | 60-70 |

CAT 2020 | 228 | 115-132 | 102-114 | 75-100 | 65-70 |

CAT 2019 | 300 | 170-195 | 157-170 | 120-155 | 90-120 |

CAT 2018 | 300 | 170-192 | 155-170 | 125-155 | 110-125 |

**People Also Ask**

**Ques. Is scoring 80 in CAT easy?**

**Ans.** No, scoring 80 in CAT is not an easy task as the difficulty level of CAT exam is high and so is the competition from test-takers. For scoring 80 in CAT, attempting about 30 questions with about 90% accuracy would be enough.

**Ques. What percentile is 28 marks in CAT?**

**Ans. **28 marks in CAT will fetch you a percentile lower than 60. With such low percentile, getting admission to the top MBA colleges is not possible. However, there are other MBA colleges that accept 50-60 percentile in CAT:

- Asian Business School
- NDIM, Delhi
- IIMS Pune
- JIMS Delhi
- Acharya Business School, Bangalore
- Doon Business School
- AIMS Bangalore
- Apeejay School of Management, Delhi
- MIT College of Management, Pune

**Ques. How many marks is 60 percentile in CAT?**

**Ans.** 60 percentile in CAT is around 65-70 marks. You must aim for 70+ in CAT as the corresponding percentile range may vary this year given the high competition. To get 70+ in CAT, it is essential that you attempt at least 25 questions with 95% accuracy.

## CAT 2023 Percentile Score: Check CAT Cut off for IIM

Every IIM releases its separate CAT qualifying cut off percentile much before the announcement of CAT result. You can check CAT 2023 Cut off and admission criteria for the batch of 2024-26 using the links given below. The IIMs are listed in order of the latest NIRF management rankings 2023.

IIMs | Cut off and Admission Criteria |
---|---|

IIM Ahmedabad | Check Here |

IIM Bangalore | Check Here |

IIM Kozhikode | Check Here |

IIM Calcutta | Check Here |

IIM Lucknow | Check Here |

IIM Indore | Check Here |

IIM Raipur | Check Here |

IIM Rohtak | Check Here |

IIM Udaipur | Check Here |

IIM Kashipur | Check Here |

IIM Trichy | Check Here |

IIM Ranchi | Check Here |

IIM Shillong | Check Here |

IIM Visakhapatnam | Check Here |

IIM Jammu | Check Here |

IIM Nagpur | Check Here |

IIM Amritsar | Check Here |

IIM Bodh Gaya | Check Here |

IIM Sambalpur | Check Here |

IIM Sirmaur | Check Here |

## CAT Score vs Percentile 2023: Expected CAT Score and Percentile for Top Non-IIM MBA Colleges

We have provided below the expected CAT score vs percentile 2023 for top MBA colleges other than IIMs. Using the links provided below, you can also check the previous year cut offs, MBA fees, and placement reports of each non-IIM institute listed.

MBA Colleges | CAT Percentile | CAT Score | CAT Cut off Trends |
---|---|---|---|

FMS Delhi | 98+ | 95 - 110 | Check Here |

IIFT | 98+ | 85-90 | Check Here |

SP Jain | 95+ | 85-90 | Check Here |

IIT Bombay | 95+ | 85-90 | Check Here |

IIT Delhi | 95+ | 85-90 | Check Here |

MDI Gurgaon | 95+ | 85-90 | Check Here |

XIMB | 90+ | 75-80 | Check Here |

IMT Ghaziabad | 90+ | 75-80 | Check Here |

IMI Delhi | 90+ | 75-80 | Check Here |

MICA | 85+ | 65-72 | Check Here |

GIM Goa | 85+ | 65-72 | Check Here |

Great Lakes | 85+ | 65-72 | Check Here |

K J Somaiya | 78+ | 58-64 | Check Here |

BIMTECH | 78+ | 58-64 | Check Here |

IMT Nagpur | 78+ | 58-64 | Check Here |

Welingkar Mumbai | 78+ | 58-64 | Check Here |

## CAT 2023 Score vs Percentile: IIM and Non-IIM Call Predictor

Now, based on your predicted or actual CAT scores and percentile, you can use **CAT Call Predictor 2023** to predict your admission chances in top MBA colleges including 21 IIMs, 8 IITs, and 1000+ other non-IIM MBA colleges.

#### Do IITs accept CAT scores?

Yes, 8 IITs accept CAT scores- IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Jodhpur, and IIT-ISM Dhanbad. As per the previous year cut off, candidates would need CAT scores above 98%ile for IIT Delhi & Bombay, 95+%ile for IIT Madras & Kanpur, 90+%ile above for IIT Kharagpur, and 80%ile for ISM Dhanbad. **Check CAT 2023 Cut off & Admission Process for IITs**

## CAT Score vs Percentile: What is CAT Composite Score for IIM Admission?

CAT Composite Score is calculated by each IIM for shortlisting CAT appeared candidates for PI and WAT rounds. While preparing the composite scores, the IIMs take into consideration various factors apart from CAT scaled scores and percentile.

- Class 12th Marks
- Class 10th Marks
- Graduation Marks
- Work Experience
- Gender Diversity
- Academic Diversity

Every IIM has a different set of weighted scores assigned to each parameter.

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## Frequently Asked Questions

**Ques. What percentile is 40 marks in CAT?**

**Ans. **40 marks in CAT is equivalent to 75-78 percentile. It is an estimate on the basis of last year's CAT score vs percentile by experts from top coaching institutes. With this percentile score in CAT, getting a call from IIM is difficult but you can get admission to other MBA colleges like IMT Nagpur, XIME Bangalore, BIMTECH Greater Noida among others.

**Ques. How much percentile is 50 marks in CAT?**

**Ans.** 50 marks is approximately between 85-89 percentile in CAT as per last year's reports. However, as per the 2021 estimates by IMS India, 50 marks would get you less than 80 percentile. This year, it is expected that the corresponding percentile range for 50 marks may be lower than 78 percentile given the highest number of CAT applicants 2023 at 3.3 lakhs.

**Ques. How much percentile is 48 marks in CAT?**

**Ans.** 48 percentile in CAT can be anywhere close to 80 percentile or lower depending on the number of CAT test takers and their exam performance.

**Ques. What is 120 marks in CAT?**

**Ans.** 120 marks in CAT is a very high score. Not many candidates manage to get such a high score in CAT. With 120 marks in CAT, it is very likely that you get a 100 percentile or 99.9+ percentile.

**Ques. What score is 99.5 percentile in CAT?**

**Ans. **There is no particular score that may guarantee a 99+ percentile since it changes every year with the difficulty of the CAT exam. But based on previous years’ analysis, 99.5+ percentile in CAT would require a minimum score of 100-105. For getting this score in CAT, it is important to attempt at least 45 questions out of 66 with 98% accuracy.

**Ques. What percentile is 30 marks in CAT?**

**Ans.** With 30 marks in each section of CAT, i. e. an overall scaled score of 90 means your percentile can be expected somewhere around 98-99. But 30 marks overall in CAT is a very low score. It would be equivalent to no more than 60-65 percentile in CAT.

**Ques. How much is 99 percentile in CAT?**

**Ans.** CAT 2023 exam will have 66 questions carrying 3 marks each. Based on expert CAT score vs percentile analysis, it is believed that a score in the range of 98-102 would be sufficient to get 99 percentile. The expected sectional scores required to get this percentile would be:

- VARC Score: 34-35
- DILR Score: 28-30
- QA Score: 36-37

**Ques. How much is 60 marks in CAT percentile?**

**Ans.** 60 marks in CAT percentile would be somewhere between 85 to 90 percentile as per the CAT percentile vs score analysis of 2022 and 2021.

**Ques. CAT percentile is calculated on raw scores or scaled scores?**

**Ans.** CAT percentile is calculated on the basis of the scaled scores. CAT scaled scores are calculated after normalizing the raw scores for the difficulty level across all 3 slots of CAT exam.

**Ques. What is a good percentile score in CAT?**

**Ans. **Based on previous years’ analysis, at least 98+ percentile is needed for the top IIMs. For new IIMs and IITs, a percentile score of 95 would be sufficient. There are also good MBA colleges that accept 85-95 percentile like TAPMI Manipal, IFMR Chennai, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB, and SPJIMR Mumbai.

*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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