CAT cut-off is an important part of the admission process for MBA/PGDM. Therefore, the candidates must keep a close eye on the trends and the upcoming CAT cut-offs. This article will provide you with an idea of the trends that the CAT exam cut-off normally follows and what factors affect the cut-off. 

CAT Exam: Overview

NameCAT (Common Admission Test)
Conducting BodyIndian Institutes of Management Lucknow
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year, Annually
Exam ModeComputer-Based Test (CBT)
Sections3: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning
Number of Questions66 Questions
Total Marks198 Marks
Marking Scheme3 marks for each correct answer, -1 mark for each incorrect answer (for multiple-choice questions)
Duration2 Hours (120 Minutes)
EligibilityBachelor’s degree with minimum 50% aggregate marks (varies for reserved categories)
Syllabus3: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning
Exam Date26 November 2023, Sunday
Application ProcessOnline registration and application submission through the official CAT website

CAT Cut off: Determining Factors

Several factors influence the CAT cutoff for Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top business schools in India.

  1. Number of applicants: The number of applicants each year significantly impacts the CAT cutoff. A higher number of applicants generally leads to a higher cutoff as the competition for admission intensifies.
  2. Performance of applicants: The overall performance of applicants in a particular year also plays a role in determining the cutoff. A lower average score among applicants could result in a lower cutoff, and vice versa.
  3. Number of seats available: The number of seats available at each IIM and other top business schools also influences the cutoff. With limited seats, the cutoff tends to be higher to maintain competitiveness.
  4. Reservation policy: The reservation policy for various categories, such as Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC), affects the cutoff for each category. The cut-offs for these categories are typically lower than the general category cutoff.
  5. Past year trends: The CAT cutoff often follows a trend based on previous years’ cut-offs. Analyzing past year trends can indicate the expected cutoff for the upcoming year.

The CAT cutoff is a dynamic figure influenced by multiple factors. Understanding these factors can help aspiring MBA candidates assess their chances of admission and make informed decisions about their preparation strategy.

CAT Cut off: IIMs

S.No.IIMsCAT cut off (percentile)
Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad99-100
Indian Institutes of Management, Bangalore 99-100
Indian Institutes of Management, Calcutta99 
Indian Institutes of Management, Lucknow97-98
Indian Institutes of Management, Indore97-98
Indian Institutes of Management, Kozhikode97-98
Indian Institutes of Management, Amritsar95-96
Indian Institutes of Management, Nagpur95-96
Indian Institutes of Management, Sambalpur95-96
Indian Institutes of Management, Trichy94-95
Indian Institutes of Management, Raipur94-95 
Indian Institutes of Management, Ranchi94-95 
Indian Institutes of Management, Kashipur94-95 
Indian Institutes of Management, Vizag92-94 
Indian Institutes of Management, Rohtak92-94 
Indian Institutes of Management, Udaipur92-94
Indian Institutes of Management, Bodhgaya92-94 
Indian Institutes of Management, Shillong90
Indian Institutes of Management, Sirmaur90
Indian Institutes of Management, Jammu90

CAT Cut Off (For other Top Non-IIM B-Schools)

S.No. Top MBA CollegeCAT Cut Offs (percentile)
Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi98-99
S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai95-99
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad95-97
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai96
Management Development Institute, Gurgaon97-99
International Management Institute, New Delhi90
Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar91
Goa Institute of Management, Goa85
K J Somaiya, Mumbai86
T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal80
FORE School of Management, New Delhi85
Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai80
Institute of Rural Management Anand80
Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad80
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai70
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore70

CAT Cut Off: Comparison of CAT Percentile to CAT Scores

S.No.CAT PercentileCAT VARCCAT DILRCAT QAOverall Score
99.5 %ile443639101
99 %ile41313691
98 %ile35283180

Previous Year’s CAT Cut off 2022

S.No.IIMsQA PercentileDILR PercentileVARC PercentileOverall CAT Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad 70707080
IIM Bangalore 75758085
IIM Calcutta 75808085
IIM Kozhikode 75757585
IIM Shillong 757575
IIM Lucknow 85858590
IIM Indore 80808090
IIM Udaipur 70707092
IIM Amritsar 80757585
IIM Sirmaur 70707092
IIM Raipur 70707092
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Kashipur 70707092
IIM Ranchi 70707092
IIM Trichy 70707092
IIM Bodh Gaya 70707092
IIM Nagpur 72727285
IIM Jammu 656565Males- 90Females- 87
IIM Visakhapatnam 70707080
IIM Sambalpur 70707092


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