CAT Score Vs Percentile 2022: Get Free CAT Percentile Calculator Here

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What is the difference between CAT score and Percentile? How much CAT 2022 score will fetch you 99+ percentile? Read below.

CAT score vs percentile

Check Detailed score vs percentile analysis for CAT exam. Find out the score required to get a good 99+ percentile in CAT 2022 as per experts analysis at Shiksha

CAT Score vs Percentile: The most common questions that CAT aspirants ask are, "what is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?" and "which of the two is more important?" The answer: CAT score and CAT percentile are two different scores and both are equally important as they both directly influence the chances of admission into IIMs and other top B-schools. CAT score is the total marks obtained by a candidate in the exam while, CAT percentile is a relative score viz, the total number of candidates who qualify the exam.

CAT percentile matters a lot in screening of candidates for the first round of IIM admission, i.e. Written Ability Test and Personal Interview (WAT-PI). In simple words, CAT percentile is a measure of obtaining relative score by categorising a candidate on the basis of their performance compared to other candidates. This relative score is arrived at by analysing marks scored in the CAT exam along with a few other parameters. CAT result is announced in the form of score as well as percentile and most of the B-schools considered the overall percentile for MBA admissions. So, how to calculate the CAT score and CAT percentile? In order to clear the CAT score vs percentile confusion, let’s understand it in detail.

To understand CAT score, let’s understand the CAT scores and marking scheme, first.

  • The CAT question paper carries 66 questions from Quantitative Ability (24), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (22) and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (20)
  • The total marks of CAT exam is 198. For each correct answer, three marks are allotted and for each wrong question, one mark is deducted
  • There is no negative marking for unanswered questions and non-MCQs
  • The CAT score of any candidate is the total score they obtain in the paper
  • The sectional scores are summed up and sorted to arrive at the total CAT score

CAT Score Vs Percentile: What is CAT Percentile?

The CAT percentile is referred to as the total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate. For example, if a candidate’s CAT percentile is 99, it means his/her performance was better than 99 per cent of the total CAT test takers that year. Or one can say, candidates scoring above 90 percentile would be the top 10 per cent of the students that year.  

Suppose, 1,000 people take an exam and you bag the top rank, which means 999 candidates scored less than you. Then your CAT percentile will be 999/1000*100= 99.9.

Thus, CAT percentile does not refer to the actual performance in the CAT exam, but refers to a particular candidate’s performance in comparison to all the test takers.

CAT 2021 percentile calculation will be based on the same formula.

CAT 2022 Score Vs Percentile: What is CAT Scaled Score/Marks?

CAT exam is held in multiple sessions (two or three). The question papers of all the sessions are slightly different from each other and to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances, a scaled score is calculated through normalisation process. This scaled score might be more or less than the raw score.

Also Read: CAT - How Scaled CAT Score will be Calculated for Three Slots?

CAT Score vs Percentile Estimation

Take a look at the *table below to understand how much CAT score will fetch how much CAT percentile as estimated by IMS India experts. These are estimated CAT 2021 scores versus percentiles of all three slots basis the number of questions.

CAT Percentile

VARC Score 

DILR Score

QA Score

Overall Score

99.5 %ile

45

33

48

104

99 %ile

41

29

42

97

98 %ile

37

26

37

86

95%ile

32

21

28

72

90%ile

27

17

23

59

85%ile

23

15

19

52

80%ile

21

13

16

44

Also view slot-wise CAT percentile vs score for previous year's exam for reference. 

CAT 2020 Slot 1

CAT Percentile

VARC score

DILR score

QA score

Overall

80%ile

25

17

19

57

90%ile

30

23

27

69

95%ile

35

27

33

83

98%ile

39

33

40

101

99%ile

42

36

44

106

99.5%ile

47

41

48

122

CAT 2020 Slot 2

CAT Percentile

VARC score

DILR score

QA score

Overall

80%ile

25

16

17

54

90%ile

30

21

23

66

95%ile

34

26

30

78

98%ile

38

31

37

96

99%ile

40

35

40

101

99.5%ile

43

39

45

115

CAT 2020 Slot 3

CAT Percentile

VARC score

DILR score

QA score

Overall

80%ile

27

16

17

57

90%ile

33

22

24

69

95%ile

37

27

30

82

98%ile

42

32

36

100

99%ile

45

36

40

104

99.5%ile

47

39

44

118

*The above figures are estimation and not actual representation.

Also Read:

CAT Score Vs Percentile: What is Normalisation of CAT score?

CAT normalisation process is based on GATE scoring, where the normalisation is based on the assumption that distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions. The calculations are based on statistic equations.

GATE normalisation takes into account all the variations in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different session.

Also Read: Understanding CAT normalisation process

CAT Score Vs Percentile: How is Overall CAT Percentile Calculated?

The CAT percentile is mapped against scaled score of each of the three sections and overall scaled score. All these six measurements are taken into account for reporting purpose, i.e. each candidate’s CAT result-cum-scorecard will contain section wise and overall scaled scores and percentiles.

CAT 2021 result and scorecard

It must be noted that even though CAT percentile is a popular terms and indicates the candidate’s performance compared to the rest, it is the CAT score (scaled) which is used for the calculation of composite score for shortlisting candidates for WAT-PI round of IIMs.

CAT 2022 Score Vs Percentile: CAT Composite Score Calculation

The composite score of each candidate is arrived at by calculating their score on the basis of some parameters. The parameters for CAT 2022 score and percentile calculation will include:

  • CAT score (scaled)
  • Class 12 marks
  • Class 10 marks
  • Graduation score
  • Work Experience
  • Diversity (Gender)
  • Diversity (Academic)

Given below is the formula of calculating CAT Composite Score used by the IIMs.

CAT Percentile predictor prepared by Shiksha.com helps students to get their predicted CAT 2022 percentile on the basis of their expected exam score. So, predict your CAT 2022 score by clicking the link below:

CAT Percentile Predictor

Also Read: IIM shortlist and selection criteria

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FAQs on CAT Score vs Percentile

Q: What is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?

A: CAT score is the total marks obtained by a student in the paper while CAT percentile is the candidate’s rank among all the test takers. For admission CAT percentile is taken into consideration.

Q: How is CAT percentile calculated?

A: CAT percentile calculation is based on a formula of total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate. CAT percentile is the relative performance of a candidate against rest of the test takers. Scroll up for the CAT percentile formula.

Q: What is a good score in CAT?

A: For IIMs, nothing less than 97-98 percentile is good but for other top MBA colleges 90-95 percentile is good. A majority of CAT test takers fall in the category of 80-90 percentile and 100s of B-schools accept candidates having CAT score in this range.

Q: Is scoring 90 percentile in CAT easy?

A: 90 percentile is not difficult to score in CAT. A large number of students start scoring 90 percentile in mock tests by the time CAT exam nears. However, the journey from 90 to 99 percentile is tough.

Q: How difficult is it to score 99 percentile in CAT exam?

A: Over 2 lakh students appear for CAT exam every year, so it is indeed difficult to score 99 percentile. But, it is not impossible. If you study well for about six to nine months with full dedication, you too can score 99 percentile.

Q: How much should I score in CAT to get 99 percentile?

A: To aim 99+ percentile in CAT, one should attempt at least 75 per cent questions accurately. Which means they need to solve 2/3rd of total questions in each section. This is achievable with a good strategy of smart selection of questions and time management. Read here how to get 99+ percentile in CAT

Q: I have 85 percentile in CAT. Will I get a good MBA college?

A: Yes, you can get a good private MBA college with 85 percentile in CAT such as GIM Goa, FORE School of Management, GLIM, LIBA, etc. Check the list of colleges accepting CAT score above 85 percentile

Q: What are the factors taken into consideration for calculating CAT percentile?

A: For calculation of CAT percentile, factors taken into consideration are difficulty level of the paper (to normalize raw score), raw CAT score and total number of candidates who cleared the exam.

Q: Which MBA college accept CAT score in range of 60 to 70 percentile?

Q: Which MBA college accept CAT score in range of 70 to 80 percentile?

Q: Which MBA college accept CAT score in range of 80-90 percentile?

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Which college can I get with 75 percent marks in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 12

Yesterday

At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 12

Yesterday

At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal78+ PercentileIndian School of Mines, Dhanbad75 PercentileAmrita School of Business, Coimbatore75 PercentileJaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur75 PercentileBirla Institute of Techn...Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
78+ Percentile
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
75 Percentile
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur
75 Percentile
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
75 Percentile
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar & Pune
75 Percentile
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile Management, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr. SR University, Chennai
75 Percentile
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur
75 Percentile
Christ University, Bangalore
75 Percentile
FMS, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad
75 Percentile
IBS Business School, Hyderabad
75 Percentile
National Institute of Technology, Warangal
75 Percentile
BIMTECH, Greater Noida
75 Percentile
SOIL Gurgaon - SOIL Institute of Management
70 Percentile (Minimum)

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While filling CAT 2022 form, I followed the best of 5 marking pattern for SSC which is not correct. Can I fill the form again?

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yash sahani

Contributor-Level 7

Yesterday

We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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Harsh Rastogi

Beginner-Level 5

4 weeks ago

No, you cannot fill the form again. You should always read the instructions carefully before filling any form.

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I have heard that UGC has given regulations for CAT eligibility that the colleges can accept CAT eligibility for the past two years. Is it?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibil...An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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ANKIT Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. After which candidates will have to take the following years' CAT exam for admissions in respective institutes. Most of the Institutions/Universities in India accept the CAT score for admissions.

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What percentile should I score in CAT exam to get MDI Gurgaon under defence quota?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a s...Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a safe bet.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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How to start preparing with CAT and IIFT?

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Sunit Chatterjee

Beginner-Level 5

4 days ago

To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
2. Do sudoku and basics of dilr
3. Do quant from ncert if your basics are weak if it is strong then do past year paper or previous year mock
5. Give ample amount of mock and sectional test thanks.

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I am applying for CAT 2022 and also had applied for CAT last year. Do I need to re-register or should use last year's credentials?

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ANISHKA LUNAWAT

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Yes, you have to apply for the CAT form again from the beginning even if you have registered last year also. Since exam score is valid for only one year.

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I have a gap year in my engineering. What should I fill in the duration of course in CAT form? Should I fill 4 or 5 years?

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Sonima Dwivedi

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

It will still be counted as 4 years.

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I'm under waiting list at a rank of 64 CS and 14 (IT) in ETH category in CUSAT CAT 2022. Is there a chance to get admission with these?

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Shubham Chakravarty

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position accordin...Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100
Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position according to the CUSAT CAT score and S denotes the actual score of the candidate. Once the percentile index is calculated, the authorities will integrate the Percentile Indices to calculate the relative position of a candidate in the CUSAT CAT rank list 2022 for a particular engineering programme.

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I have scored 71% in 10th,64% in 12th and in UG, 70%. I belong to SC category. Can I get into FMS or not with 90 %ile in CAT?

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Yash Jain

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

With 90 percentile in CAT you can get admission in FMS. For SC category the criteria of FMS is between 50 to 80 percentile.

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