CAT Result: Calculate CAT Exam Score, Percentile and Analysis

  • By Aashruti Bhadoria
  • 9 June 2021
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The CAT result 2023 will tentatively be announced in the second week of January 2024. In this article, you are going to learn all about CAT percentile, cut-off, and how to download your CAT entrance exam result.

Here is a comprehensive list of the important dates, including the CAT result 2023 date that you should look out for:

CAT Exam Date 2023

CAT 2023 Registration

2 August 2023

Last date to register

13 September 2023

CAT admit card 2023 date

25 October 2023

CAT Exam 2023

26 November 2023

CAT Result 2023

Second week of January 2024

How to download CAT results?

The CAT results can be downloaded on the official website of IIM-CAT. You will get your CAT result only through an online mode.

How to download CAT scorecard

To download your CAT result, you need to follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the CAT official website ( 
  • Click on the button that says “CAT Login”
  • Enter the CAT 2023 ID and password
  • Click on the scorecard tab
  • Download your CAT exam result

Details mentioned on the CAT scorecard

The CAT exam result will appear with your name, roll number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile.

Your CAT results will be available on the official CAT website till second week of January 2024.

How to calculate CAT percentile?

Before we dive into how to calculate the CAT score, let us remind you of the marking pattern first.

  1. For each correct answer, 3 marks is awarded
  2. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted (-1)
  3. There is no deduction of marks for an incorrect answer to a non-MCQ type question

The CAT percentile is calculated through these three steps:

  • You will first be scored section-wise, after which your overall score will be calculated by totaling the sectional scores
  • Your section-wise and overall scores will be normalised to arrive at a scaled CAT score*
  • These normalised scores will then be converted into percentiles which will reflect on your CAT scorecard.

*The normalisation process refers to adjusting values measured on different scales to a notionally common scale. This helps in aligning distributions to a normal and scaled distribution.

CAT Cut-Off

Following the declaration of the result, the IIMs will begin their process of shortlisting based on the CAT cut-offs, for the selection of candidates for the WAT-PI round.

Factors determining CAT cut-offs

The CAT cut-off represents a basic percentile requirement that the colleges decide upon based on:

  • Reputation of College
  • Number of Aspirants for the college

Top colleges accepting CAT score

Here is a list of the expected CAT cut-offs of 2023 from all the IIMs:

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Indore


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Amritsar


IIM Nagpur


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Trichy


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Kashipur


IIM Vizag


IIM Udaipur


IIM Bodhgaya


IIM Shillong


IIM Sirmaur


CAT Result Analysis

Here are some highlights from the CAT results:

  • There were 9 candidates who scored a perfect 100 percentile.
  • 7 out of these 9 candidates were from an Engineering background, 1 was from a Mathematics background, and 1 from a Management background.
  • 19 candidates had scored an overall percentile of 99.99.
  • Out of these 19 candidates, 16 were from an Engineering background, 2 from an Economics background, and 1 from a Management background.

Useful Resources for CAT Exam: -  CAT Exam Pattern - CAT Admit Card

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FAQ - CAT Result

What is a good CAT score?

If you wish to get into one of the top IIMs, like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, or Indore, a good overall CAT percentile would range from 100-99. For reserved category students, the cut-offs are slightly lower, ranging between 97-98 percentile. To secure admission in these top IIMs, it is of utmost importance to be in the top bracket of CAT scorers.

The cut-offs for the top MBA colleges such as FMS, MDI, SPJIMR range anywhere between 95 and 99 percentile.

When will the CAT results be out?

The CAT results for the 2023 CAT Exam are scheduled to be released in the Second week of January 2024.

Is 70 percentile good in CAT?

Although a 70 percentile cannot be considered as a good score to secure admission in one of the IIM colleges, it may be able to give you a chance to take admission in a decent MBA institute.

Is there any difference between the CAT score and the CAT percentile?

The CAT score refers to the total marks obtained by a candidate in the exam. On the other hand, the CAT percentile is a relative score viz. the total number of candidates who qualify for the exam.

The CAT percentile matters in the screening of candidates for the first round of IIM admissions, which is then followed by a Written Ability Test and Personal Interview (WAT-PI) if the candidate meets the required cut-off.

What is the last date of CAT 2023 registration?

13 September 2023 is the last date for CAT 2023 registration.

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