CAT 2019 Common Admission Test
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CAT 2019 Results

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on September 03, 2019

The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode will be releasing CAT 2019 Result on in the monthe of January 2020, at 1 pm. The date and time have been officially notified by the examination conducting authority on the official website of IIM CAT at The notification was released by IIM Kozhikode on January 2, 2020, at 8 pm. The candidates who appeared for CAT 2019 can check their result by entering their respective User ID and password. The Common Admission Test i.e. CAT was successfully conducted on November 24, 2019, across the country for admission in various Post Graduate Management Programmes offered by the Indian Institutes of Management and other B-schools accepting CAT 2019 score

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Importance of CAT Result:

CAT Result is considered to be the base for admission in Indian Institutes of Management and other business schools. The candidates who qualify the sectional along with overall cut off for the respective institute will be invited for Group Discussion and Personal Interview Round. Common Admission Test Result is given weightage during final selection also.

Result Date and Timing:

For the first time, the Indian Institutes of Management have announced the date for declaration of CAT Result. Till last year, no such prior announcements were made by the IIMs. The CAT 2019 Result is scheduled to be declared during first week of January 2020. According to the media reports, CAT Result might get released earlier than the given date and time. Candidates must stay tuned to get the latest updates about CAT 2019 Result.

CAT Result Important Dates:



Release of CAT 2019 Response Sheet

December, 2019 (Tentative)

Release of CAT 2019 Answer Key

December, 2019 (Tentative)

Declaration of CAT 2019 Result

January, 2020 (Tentative)

IIM Shortlist or Waitlist for Admission

January, 2020 (Tentative)

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False News about CAT Result:

On January 1, 2019, there were numerous news on the online portals stating that the CAT 2018 Result has been declared on the official website of CAT. However, IIM Calcutta completely denied it and has also deactivated login until the declaration of result. The issue arose due to a technical issue on the website. The candidates who checked the CAT 2018 Result during that period, followed the following steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website of IIM CAT at

Step 2: Click on the login tab available on the right side of the homepage

Step 3: Login entering their User ID and Password

Step 4: By right-clicking view the page source

Step 5: Search for ‘Scorecard'

Step 6: Your percentile would be written inside CDATA bracket

How Cat Result is calculated?

  • The CAT Result is calculated on the basis of the scores obtained by the candidate in each section.
  • The candidate is awarded an additional 3 marks for each correct answer and a mark is deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • The CAT Result is in the form of Percentile. The percentile indicates the value below which a given percentage of the candidate falls.

CAT Normalization Procedure:

  • CAT makes use of Normalization Procedure to ensure a system of fairness and equality in the comparison of performances of the candidates across various test sessions.
  • This procedure makes an adjustment for differences arising in terms of location and scale preferences of score distributions across various forms. After adjustment of normalization across various forms, the scores would be normalized across different sections.
  • For reporting purposes, scaled scores of each section the Verbal, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation along with the percentiles shall be published.

CAT Percentile:

The CAT Result is usually declared in the form of a percentile. A percentile is a measure below which a given count of test takers usually fall. Based on this measure, candidates would be shortlisted in the best of B-schools.

How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

The candidates can calculate their percentile by using the marking scheme mentioned below:

Marks scored in CAT 2018 = (Number of correct MCQ Answersx3) – (Number of incorrect MCQ Answers x 1) + (Number of correct non MCQ answer x3)

Important factors about CAT Percentile:

  • Only candidates who take the Common Admission Test are entitled to the receipt of the CAT Scorecard. The printout of the scorecard should be stored by the candidate until further reference.
  • The Overall Score is the sum of scaled scores of the candidate in all the three sections.
  • Percentile refers to the proportion of the candidates who receive a score less than or that equals the score that is gained by the candidates.

How to convert Normalized Score to Percentile?

The percentile is calculated after scaled scores. The percentile rank will represent the position of the candidate by seeing how many candidates have scored the same or lesser than the candidate whose percentile is being calculated. Following is the formula to check Common Admission Test 2018 percentile:

CAT Percentile = (Number of candidates who scored less than or equal to the candidate/ Total number of candidates who appeared in exam) x 100

IIMs and Non-IIM member institutes independently decide the way to use CAT 2018 scores basing their respective CAT Selection Procedure. The scores should be used for selecting candidates to Post Graduate/Fellow Programme in Management.

If any incorrect information is provided by the candidate or, any process is violated by the candidate shall be leading to the disqualification of the candidate.

All queries that are related to CAT Selection Procedure should be given to the respective IIMs. CAT Organizing committee shall not issue answers to such responses. CAT Score shall stand valid only until December 31, 2020 and is subject to meeting the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination.

CAT Participating institutes would be declaring the shortlisted candidates on the basis of the candidate cutoff and percentile. CAT 2019 Percentile and Cutoff would be varying across institutes. While IIMs and lot other B-schools announce their admission criteria including cutoff declared prior to the CAT Result declaration, a lot of B-schools declare their CAT cutoff once the CAT Result is declared.

The Selected candidates would be required to appear for the CAT Selection Procedure followed by institutes including Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The final result or the merit list at the B-school would are required on the performance of the candidate in CAT, Selection Rounds and the overall profile of the candidate.

Following factors shall be verified by the IIMs:

  • Degree: The mark sheets of the candidate and the certificates related to the degree secured by the candidate shall be verified. The copies would be required to be attested by the candidate.
  • Reserved Categories: The candidates belonging to the reserved categories would have to show a certificate evidencing their reserved category status.
  • Final Year Graduation Document: Candidates appearing for the final year would be required to submit an original certificate from the concerned authorities from a college/institution.
  • IIMs and Government B-schools follow reservation criteria as per the Indian Government.

Following are the factors considered for shortlisting the candidates:

  • Candidate's CAT Score 2018
  • Marks obtained by the candidate in class X and XII
  • Marks obtained by the candidate during graduation
  • Candidate's work experience

Following are the factors considered for selecting the candidates:

  • All the factors of shortlisting the candidates
  • Candidate's Group Discussion Score
  • Candidate's Personal Interview Score
  • Candidate's WAT Score
  • Diversity

CollegeSearch's CAT Percentile Predictor: provides a tool i.e. CAT Percentile Predictor 2018 to calculate the expected percentile. The candidate is required to mention the section-wise expected score based on the CAT 2018 official answer key which was released by IIM Calcutta on December 7, 2018. On the basis of the expected score, the candidate can get their CAT 2018 Percentile predicted by the tool. Knowing the estimated percentile will enable the candidate to apply for the relevant management institute.


Steps to check CAT 2019 Result:

Step 1: Visit the official website of CAT at

Step 2: After the declaration of CAT Result, the ticker will be running on the screen saying, ‘Score Card of CAT 2019'. Click on the link.

Step 3: A new page will appear on the screen. Click on the link saying, ‘download Score Card for CAT 2019'

Step 4: Enter your User ID and Password

Step 5: After logging in, candidate's dashboard will appear on the screen which will be including candidate's details, application PDF, scorecard etc.

Step 6: CAT Scorecard 2019 will appear on the screen. Download it and take a printout for further references.

Steps to be followed if you forgot user ID or password:

Step 1: Visit the CAT 2019 login page

Step 2: Click on ‘Forgot User ID/Password' link

Step 3: Enter your registered email ID

Step 4: Enter the security code appearing on the screen

Step 5: Click on ‘Get User ID/ Password' link

Details mentioned of CAT Scorecard 2019:


Following is the list of details that will be mentioned on CAT Scorecard:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Address of the candidate
  • Registered email ID
  • Passport size photo which was uploaded during registration
  • Candidate's registration number
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Category
  • Date and time of the examination
  • Section-wise scaled score
  • Section-wise percentiles
  • Overall scaled score
  • Overall percentile
  • Instructions

What is CAT Cut off?

CAT Cutoff is the gateway for admission in B-schools. Every management institutes release their individual cutoff on the basis of CAT scores. The CAT score will not determine any cutoff but the individual cutoffs are released by the respective institutes after the declaration of CAT Result.

What is CAT section-wise Cut off?

The sectional cutoff refers to the minimum percentile required by the candidate in each section i.e. DILR, VARC and QA. The sectional cutoff will also vary from institute to institute.

How much percentile would be required for admission in IIMs?

IIMs will be releasing their individual cutoff after the declaration of CAT result. Apart from CAT score, various other factors such as candidate's performance in Group Discussion and Personal Interview is also considered while admissions.

Following is the list of courses offered by the Indian Institutes of Management:


Top MBA Colleges in India:


Top B-Schools in terms of placements (NIRF)

Top MBA Colleges (Other than NIRF Ranking)

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad

FMS Delhi

IIM Bangalore

IIM Bangalore

JBIMS Mumbai

IIM Calcutta

IIM Calcutta

NITIE Mumbai

IIM Lucknow


TISS Mumbai

IIT Bombay


IIT Delhi

CAT Toppers:

The candidates who score 99 percentile and above in CAT 2019 examination will be named as toppers of CAT 2019. Last year, 20 students scored 100 percentile in CAT examination which included 2 females and 3 non-engineering students. After the declaration of CAT Result 2019, name and details of the toppers will be published.


CAT Result related FAQs:

Question: What is the CAT score validity period?

Answer: CAT Score will be valid for 1 year.

Question: Has IIM Calcutta accepted objections?

Answer: Yes, the institute has accepted the objections from numerous students.

Question: What must be the score to get 90 percentile in CAT?

Answer: This may vary every year as there are various parameters that are considered for the same. For CAT 2018, candidates required 106-107 marks to get a 90 percentile. 


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