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Content Curator | Updated On - Jul 9, 2022

CAT cutoff will be released by the respective Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on their respective official website for the admission of the academic year 2023-25. The aspirants who qualified for the cutoff will be eligible for admission to the IIMs and IITs. The candidates who qualified for the cutoff will receive the call for the Personal Interview/ Group Discussion round. Check GD-PI in IIMs

  • The CAT qualifying cutoff for IIM-A was 80 percentile for the General category and 85 percentile for IIM-B and IIM-C for the General category.
  • The overall cut off of the General category for the year 2021 is 92 % in the IIM CAP CAT cut off.
  • candidate qualifies the cut off does not guarantee that a Personal Interview call from the IIMs.
  • Factors like work experience, and academic records are affected in the cutoff.

CAT Qualifying Cut off 2022 (Expected)

The final cut off of CAT will be released by the respective IIMs after the conduction of the CAT examination. The final cut off for the top Indian Institute of Management is expected to be above the 99 percentile for 2022. The cut off for the newer Indian Institute of Management and IIMS is expected to be around 90 to 95 percentile. Below given is the expected CAT 2022 cut off.

IIMs QA Percentile DILR Percentile VARC Percentile Overall Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad 70 70 70 80
IIM Bangalore 75 75 80 85
IIM Calcutta 75 80 80 85
IIM Kozhikode 75 75 75 85
IIM Shillong 75 75 75 85
IIM Lucknow 85 85 85 90
IIM Raipur 70 70 70 92
IIM Rohtak 70 70 70 95
IIM Kashipur 70 70 70 92
IIM Ranchi 70 70 70 92
IIM Indore 80 80 80 90
IIM Tiruchirapalli 70 70 70 92
IIM Udaipur 70 70 70 92
IIM Bodh Gaya 70 70 70 92
IIM Amritsar 80 75 75 85
IIM Nagpur 72 72 72 85
IIM Jammu 70 70 70 92
IIM Visakhapatnam 70 70 70 80
IIM Sambalpur 70 70 70 92
IIM Sirmaur 70 70 70 92

Final CAT Cut off 2022 (Expected)

Every year the difficulty of the CAT examination is rising and the cut off is also showing an upward trend. The difficulty of the exam of each section also varies in the CAT examination. if the aspirant scores more than 99 percentile, the aspirant may get a call from the below-mentioned IIMs.

  1. IIM Ahmedabad: If the applicant has around a 99.5 percentile CAT score, he may get a call from the IIMs. Moreover, the aspirant must have above 80 % in the class 10th, 12th, and Bachelor.
  2. IIM Bangalore and Calcutta: For getting admission to these two IIMs the procedure is the same as IIM Ahmedabad. Moreover, if the applicant has a low percentage, then the chances to get the call for the Personal Interview are low if you don’t have proper work experience.
IIM Expected Final Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad 99
IIM Bangalore 99
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow 97 to 98
IIM Indore 97 to 98
IIM Kozhikode 97 to 98
IIM Amritsar 95 to 96
IIM Nagpur 95 to 96
IIM Sambalpur 95 to 96
IIM Trichy 94 to 95
IIM Raipur 94 to 95
IIM Ranchi 94 to 95
IIM Kashipur 94 to 95
IIM Vizag 92 to 94
IIM Udaipur 92 to 94
IIM Bodhgaya 92 to 94
IIM Shillong 90
IIM Sirmaur 90
IIM Jammu 90

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CAT 2022 Expected Score vs. Percentile

The expected score vs. percentile of CAT 2022 is given in the tabular form below:

CAT Percentile QA Percentile DILR Percentile VARC Percentile Overall Percentile
99.5+ 37 to 38 30 to 32 37 to 39 104 to 108
99+ 34 to 35 28 to 30 36 to 37 98 to 102
98+ 32 to 33 27 to 28 30 to 32 90 to 93
95+ 32 to 34 20 to 21 28 to 30 80 to 82
90+ 29 to 30 17 to 19 26 to 27 72 to 75
85+ 24 to 25 14 to 15 20 to 22 59 to 61
80+ 20 to 22 11 to 13 15 to 16 46 to 48

CAT Cut Off: Previous Years Comparison

Every year, the CAT cut off is different according to the various factors which affect the overall cut off. The cut off for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020 is given in the tabular form below.

IIMs CAT Cutoff 2018 CAT Cutoff 2019 CAT Cutoff 2020
IIM Ahmedabad 95+ 81+ 99
IIM Bangalore 90+ 90+ 99
IIM Calcutta 95+ 95+ 99
IIM Lucknow 90+ 90+ 97+
IIM Indore 90 90 97+
IIM Kozhikode 95+ 95.5 97 to 98
IIM Amritsar ----- 90 95+
IIM Nagpur ----- 90 95+
IIM Sambalpur ----- 90 95+
IIM Trichy 96 96 94
IIM Raipur 90+ 90 to 94 94
IIM Ranchi ----- 90 94
IIM Kashipur ----- 90 94
IIM Vizag ----- 90 92
IIM Udaipur 90 90 92
IIM Bodhgaya ----- 90+ 92
IIM Shillong ----- 90 90
IIM Sirmaur ----- 95 95
IIM Rohtak ----- 90+ 95

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Previous Year CAT Cut Off

Category-wise qualifying cut off for IIM CAT cut off 2021

The Indian Institute of Management will release the section-wise and category-wise cut off to shortlist candidates for the selection round i.e. Personal Interview. The category-wise and section-wise qualifying cut off of various IIMs for 2021 is mentioned in the tabular form below.

IIM Category VARC DIILR QA Overall Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad General 70 70 70 80
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 60 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 50 50 50 60
Differently able 50 50 50 60
IIM Amritsar General 80 75 75 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 60 60 75
Scheduled Caste 55 50 50 55
Scheduled Tribe 35 35 35 40
Differently able 35 35 35 40
IIM Bangalore General 80 75 75 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 70 65 65 75
Economically Weaker Section 70 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 65 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 55 55 55 65
Differently able 50 50 50 60
IIM Calcutta General 75 80 80 80
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 65 70 75
Economically Weaker Section 65 65 70 75
Scheduled Caste 60 60 65 70
Scheduled Tribe 55 55 55 65
Differently able 55 55 55 65
IIM Lucknow General 85 85 85 90
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 77 77 77 82
Differently able 55 55 55 70
Scheduled Caste 50 50 50 65
Scheduled Tribe 50 50 50 65
Economically Weaker Section 77 77 77 82
IIM Indore General 80 80 80 90
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 70 70 70 80
Scheduled Caste 55 55 55 60
Scheduled Tribe 45 45 45 50
Differently able 45 45 45 50
IIM Shillong General 75 75 75 80
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 60 60 75
Scheduled Tribe 50 50 50 55
Scheduled Caste 60 60 60 65
Differently able 50 50 50 55
IIM Ranchi General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
IIM Trichy General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Udaipur General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Khasipur General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Nagpur General 72 72 72 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 65 65 76.5
Differently able 40 40 40 55
Scheduled Caste 50 50 50 60
Scheduled Tribe 40 40 40 40
Economically Weaker Section 72 72 72 85
IIM Vishakapatnam General 80 75 75 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 70 65 65 75
Economically Weaker Section 70 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 65 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 55 55 55 65
Differently able 50 50 50 60
IIM Raipur General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Bodh Gaya General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Sirmaur General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Sambalpur General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70
IIM Jammu General 70 70 70 92
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 45 45 45 74
Differently able 32.5 25 25 40
Scheduled Caste 35 35 35 54
Scheduled Tribe 32.5 25 25 40
Economically Weaker Section 40 40 40 70

CAT Cut off 2020

The aspirants can check the cutoff of CAT 2020 of IIMs in the tabular form given below.

IIMs CAT Cut off 
IIM Ahmedabad 99
IIM Bangalore 99
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow 97+
IIM Indore 97+
IIM Kozhikode 97 to 98
IIM Amritsar 95+
IIM Nagpur 95+
IIM Sambalpur 95+
IIM Trichy 94
IIM Raipur 94
IIM Ranchi 94
IIM Kashipur 94
IIM Vizag 92
IIM Udaipur 92
IIM Bodhgaya 92
IIM Shillong 90
IIM Sirmaur 95
IIM Rohtak 95

CAT IIT Cut off 2020

The aspirants can check the cutoff of CAT 2020 of IIT in the tabular form given below.

IIT CAT cut off
IIT Delhi 98
IIT Bombay 98.5
IIT Kharagpur 90
IIT Roorkee 94.6
IIT Madras 96
IIT Kanpur 95
IIT-ISM Dhanbad 80

CAT Cut off 2019

The aspirants can check the cutoff of CAT 2019 of IIMs in the tabular form given below.

IIM Category Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DIILR) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad General 70 70 70 80
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 65 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 60 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 50 50 50 60
Differently able 50 50 50 60
IIM Rohtak General 70 70 70 95
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 60 60 60 78
Scheduled Caste 50 50 50 60
Scheduled Tribe 30 30 30 40
Differently able 30 30 30 40
IIM Bangalore General 80 75 75 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 70 65 65 75
Economically Weaker Section 70 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 65 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 55 55 55 65
Differently able 50 50 50 60
IIM Calcutta General 80 80 75 85
Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Caste 70 65 65 75
Economically Weaker Section 70 65 65 75
Scheduled Caste 65 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribe 55 55 55 65
Differently able 55 55 55 65

CAT Cut off 2018

The aspirants can check the cutoff of CAT 2018 of IIMs in the tabular form given below.

IIMs CAT Cut off
IIM Ahmedabad 95+
IIM Bangalore 90+
IIM Calcutta 95+
IIM Lucknow 90+
IIM Indore 90
IIM Kozhikode 95.5
IIM Rohtak 90+
IIM Trichy 96
IIM Udaipur 90

CAT Cut off 2017

The aspirants can check the cutoff of CAT 2017 of IIMs in the tabular form given below.

IIMs CAT Cut off
IIM Ahmedabad 100
IIM Bangalore 90.72
IIM Kozhikode 95.16
IIM Indore 90.05
IIM Trichy 95
IIM Raipur 95
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Udaipur 95
IIM Sirmaur 95
IIM Nagpur 90.09
IIM Visakhapatnam 90.09
IIM Amritsar 94.76
IIM Sambalpur 95

B-School Categorization based on CAT Cutoff

In the following table given below institutes have been classified IIMs and B- schools on the level of CAT cut offs.

Rating Level (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General) Institutes
A+ I (CAT Percentile 98.5+) IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-K, IIM-I, IIM-L, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, RGIIMS
II (CAT Percentile 96.5+) SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, JBIMS, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T
A III (CAT Percentile 94.5+) IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)
I (CAT Percentile 90+) MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA
B+ II (CAT Percentile 87+) WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H
III (CAT Percentile 85+) MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU

Top Non-IIM B-Schools Accepting CAT Score

Many institutes that take part in the CAT counseling process are the Indian Institute of Technology and the above-mentioned B-schools, apart from the top Indian Institute of Management. The required percentile to qualify for the Personal Interview round of CAT is given below.

Name of the Institute Required CAT Percentile
Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University 99 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 96 + Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 98+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 94+ Percentile
SPJIMR Mumbai 85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar 94+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai 97+ Percentile
T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal 85+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai 79 to 85 Percentile
Institute for Financial Management & Research, Chennai 80+ Percentile

Difference between Qualifying CAT Cut Off & Final CAT Cut Off

In the CAT examination, there are two types of cut off which are CAT Cut off (mainly for eligibility) and CAT final cut off. The differences between these two are mentioned in the tabular form below.

Qualifying CAT cut offs Final CAT cut offs
The following cut off gives the eligibility of the aspirant for the Personal interview or group discussion round and is also known by the name of eligibility cut off. It is called the IIM official cut off where a minimum percentage is fixed by the Indian Institute of Management for the selection of the aspirants.
Even if the candidate gets selected in the eligibility cut off there is no guarantee that he will be selected in the Personal Interview or Group Discussion round. Even if the candidate gets selected in the final cut off. He/ she cannot select the institute of his own choice but must take admission according to the percentage match of the Indian Institute of Management.
The qualifying cut off is figured out before the announcement of the CAT result. It is declared by the result of the announcement of the CAT result.
Since 2016, except for IIM Ahmedabad, the qualifying cut off for all the IIM is above the 90 percentile. Every year the final cut off for CAT is above 99 percentile and for some institutes, it is above 95 percentile.
The CAT qualifying cut offs include overall as well as sectional cut offs The final CAT cut offs include overall and sectional cut offs.

Factors Determining CAT 2022 Cutoff

The cut off mark of the CAT exam is calculated based on several factors. These factors change every year of CAT, due to which the cut off marks vary as well. The following points mention the key factors upon which CAT cut off is decided:

The number of applicants: If the total number of applicants applying for CAT is much greater than last year, then the cut off marks will automatically increase.

  • The Total number of seats in the IIMs and other participating institutes.
  • The overall difficulty level of the CAT paper.
  • The highest score will be obtained in the CAT.
  • Previous year cutoff trends of CAT.
  • Overall performance of the candidate of different categories.

CAT 2022: IIM Admission & Selection Process

CAT CAP Counselling is conducted for admission to different IIMs. The CAT CAP common admission process for IIM 2023-25 is:

  • The common rules, guidelines, or criteria are followed to offer admission to qualified CAT students during the CAT counseling process.
  • Every year different IIMs get the conducting authority of the examination.
  • The counseling of the CAT CAP is conducted in cities across India like Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

The overall procedure to get selected for the CAT 2022 exam is given below:

  • Appearing for the CAT 2022 exam: The aspirant must first appear in the CAT examination which is expected to be conducted on November 27th, 2022.
  • CAT Eligibility cut offs:  After the conduction of the CAT examination, the IIMs and other participating institutes will release the eligibility cut offs for admission into the various institutes.
  • CAT Official cut off: After the release of the eligibility cut off, the CAT counseling institute will release the final cut off and the aspirant will get called for the Personal Interview/ Group Discussion round.
  • IIM CAT Personal Interview: Every Indian Institute of Management has its own admission rules for the selection of candidates.
  • Release of Final Merit List of the CAT: The participating institutes will prepare the final merit list of the CAT on various parameters which are mentioned below.
Parameter Overall Details
CAT 2022 Percentile The IIM CAT cut off is calculated on the overall and sectional section and the percentile is from 80 to 99 depending on the Indian Institute of Management.
Graduation Marks The aspirants' scores in the Bachelor's Degree will be considered for admission.
Class 10th & 12th Marks The aspirant marks of class 10th and 12th marks will also be considered in the aggregate.
Academic Diversity The aspirants who are from non-engineering backgrounds are given diversity points to get proper representation.
Gender Diversity The aspirants who are female are also given diversity points to promote gender diversity in IIMs.
Work Experience The candidates who have work experience of 2 to 3 years are awarded 5 to 10 points.

CAT Counseling 2022

The candidates will have to qualify for the minimum cutoff marks to be eligible for admission to various Indian institutes of Management and they must submit the required documents during the time of CAT counseling which is mentioned below.

  • Class 10th and 12th Mark sheet and Certificate of the candidate during the time of counseling.
  • Graduation Mark Sheet and Certificate.
  • Category certificate of the candidates.
  • Date of Birth proof & admission letter.
  • Address Proof

CAT 2022 Reservation Criteria

CAT Reservation for different categories are mentioned in the tabular form below. 

Category Reservation of Seats in percentage
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5 %
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15 %
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10 %
Person with Disability (PWD) 5 %
NC-Other Backward Class (NC-OBC) 27 %

CAT Seat Intake 2022

Below mentioned is the expected total seat intake of seats in various Indian Institute of Management 2022 which is given below:

Name of the College Number of Seats (Expected) Name of the College Number of Seats (Expected)
IIM Ahmedabad 395 IIM Ranchi 185
IIM Bangalore 400 IIM Rohtak 264
IIM Calcutta 460 IIM Raipur 90
IIM Lucknow 500 IIM Trichy 240
IIM Indore 450 IIM Udaipur 325
IIM Kozhikode 480 IIM Kashipur 240
IIM Shillong 92 IIM Nagpur 130
IIM Visakhapatnam 120 IIM Sambalpur 90
IIM Bodh Gaya 120 IIM Jammu 90
IIM Sirmaur 120 IIM Amritsar 160

FAQs

Ques. Are the cut offs of CAT the same for all categories?

Ans. No, the cut offs of CAT are not the same for all the categories. The cut off of the reserved category is comparatively lower than that of the general category in the CAT examination.

Ques. What parameters does CAT consider for admission in the IIMs and non-IIMs?

Ans. The conducting and counseling institutes take various parameters for admission in the IIMs and non-IIMs which are:

  • Appearing for the CAT 2022 examination.
  • IIM CAT Personal Interview.
  • CAT Official cut off.
  • CAT Eligibility cut offs. 
  • Release of Final Merit List of the CAT.

Ques. Is the CAT cut off the same every year for admission to the IIMs?

Ans. No, the cut off of CAT varies every year for admission to the IIMs. Various factors affect the overall cut off of the CAT examination which are mentioned below:

  • The Total number of seats in the IIMs and other participating institutes.
  • The overall difficulty level of the CAT paper.
  • The highest score will be obtained in the CAT.
  • Previous year cutoff trends of CAT.
  • Overall performance of the candidates of different categories.
  • The number of applicants

Ques. What are the next steps after the release of the qualifying cut off for the CAT examination?

Ans. After the release of the CAT cut off, the selected candidates are called for the Personal Interview or Group Discussion round in the various Indian Institute of Management and non-IIMs.

Ques. What are the necessary documents for the counseling of CAT 2022?

Ans. The candidate has to submit necessary documents during the time of counseling of the CAT. This includes Class 10th and 12th Mark sheet and Certificate, Graduation Mark Sheet and Certificate, Category certificate of the candidates, Date of Birth proof & admission letter, and Address Proof.

Ques. What is the required cut off for admission in the newer IIMs?

Ans. The required cut off for applicants to get admission in the newer IIMs such as IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, etc is 90 to 95 percentile.

Ques. Is there only one cut off for all the IIMs and non-IIMs?

Ans. No, there is not only one cut off for all the IIMs and non-IIMS. Every Indian Institute of Management releases its cut off on its official website for admission.

Ques. What is the reservation percentage for different category candidates in the CAT 2022?

Ans. The CAT provides a representation of the seats for different categories which are mentioned in the tabular form below. 

Category Reservation of Seats in percentage
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5 %
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15 %
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10 %
Person with Disability (PWD) 5 %
NC-Other Backward Class (NC-OBC) 27 %

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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