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CAT 2017: Know how much to score to make it to 90 percentile

By: R Chandrakala on November 29, 2017

The most awaited Common Admission Test was done on November 26, 2017. Over the Exam Analysis that was done by coveted experts, it was evident that DILR turned out to be toughest of all sections. The afternoon session for DILR was much easier than the morning session as detailed by the experts. The Quantitative and Verbal Section of the CAT Examination turned out to be really easy for the candidates. The balance of the paper was not able to shift much which has raised the question: What would it take to score 90+ percentile?

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Here is an estimate made by some of the CAT experts who have written the CAT Examination earlier. The range prescribed below may change on the declaration of actual result and is aimed at giving a general idea to CAT Aspirants who have attempted the examination. The estimates may be highly probable but are not absolute values. The CAT Cutoff would only be released subsequent to the declaration of the CAT Result, in the month of January 2018. 

 

Section Question Count Difficulty Level Slot 1 Slot 2
VARC 34 Easy- Moderate 26-27 25-26
DILR 32 Tough 12-14 12-14
QA 34 Easy- Moderate 25-26 25-26
Total     63-67 64-68

A raw score of 158-160 should be able to make a candidate get into the 99 percentile slot. Candidates can check for CAT Analysis of various experts such as MBA Bulls Eye, Career Launcher and TIME. CAT Result is expected to be declared in the month of January

WHAT AFTER CAT?

While some candidates may not be happy with their performance in CAT, they need not really fret about it and should focus on the way forward. The candidates can look forward to writing other MBA entrance examinations such as MAT, NMAT, CMAT, and SNAP. Apart from this, the candidates can also prepare further ahead for the other rounds associated with the CAT Selection Procedure. The Group Discussion and Personal Interview Rounds would require a lot of preparation from the candidates in terms of improving their personality and answering capability.

Group Discussion may be topic based or case study based. The Candidates are expected to have someone mentoring them on the same to help them be able to justify as to why they are interested in doing an MBA in the first place. In case of prior work experience, the candidate would also be expected to justify the skillset that he has developed in the context of the work he had performed.

Candidates part of an NGO or involved in social activities can also bring forth qualities of initiative and leadership to give an anecdote about the activities that they have done or achieved.

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