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Expected CAT 2016 score cut-off for Admission in IIMs

Jan 19, 2017 10:59 IST
    CAT 2016
    CAT 2016

    Bell the CAT!!

    Who will bell the CCAT this year? This question still holds the relevance in every sphere of life. But when it comes to CAT (Common Aptitude Test) it brings new dimension to this jittery question which can easily send shivers down the spine of any CAT aspirant. CAT not only demands perseverance but also requires smart thinking. It is because the exam is tricky and one needs to tackle the CAT questions smartly.

    Waiting for the result? Keep your fingers crossed…..

    With the announcement of CAT results, around 2.32 lakh candidates who appeared for this exam on December 4, 2016 can now take a sigh of relief and start their calculations and analysis to book a seat in one of the top B-schools. While the result of CAT 2016 saw 20 candidates who succeeded in belling the CAT with a 100 percentile score, it is also proving to be a tougher nut to crack.

    CAT 2016 Toppers: Find out how many candidates scored 100 percentile

    This year, CAT percentile is a bit lower than the previous year, which clearly indicates that the tough questions have raised the bar of CAT exam. Well it is not only the CAT score which is taken into consideration while finalizing the process of admission, but other factors – like academic scores in school and college, performance in WAT/GD (Written Analysis/Group Discussion) , Interview, work experience – also taken into consideration while completing the final process of admission.

    Cut-off of top IIMs is out to surprise you again!

    Almost all the IIMs have declared their cut-offs for the second round of selection. First round of cut off of top IIMs has crossed the mark of 90 percentile and second round of cut-off lingered in the range of 80-90 percentile for the general category. As expected Engineers still rule the roost with the twenty 100 percentilers as engineers. For the second tier of B-schools the cut off falls in the range of 70-80 percentile and for third tier it is in the range of 50-60 percentile. If we go by the expert predictions, then a score of 150 to 160 will be suffice to grab a seat in top IIMs.

    Meet the CAT 2016 Top Scorers and know their Success Mantra

    A sneak peak….

    Now let’s take a look at sectional cut off in various IIMs. Yes, its true sectional cut off also plays a major role in fetching a selection in your dream business schools. One needs to score 70-75, 55-60, and 60-65 in Verbal, DI, and LR respectively. There are various factors which determine the ultimate CAT cut-off for e.g. total number of CAT candidates, number of candidates passed the exam, level of question paper, number of seats on offer.

    Below are the tables for the sectional cut-off of top IIMs which will help in you in ascertaining the selection criteria of various B-schools.


    IIM A


    IIM B


    IIM C


    IIM L


    IIM K








    DI & LR












    Overall percentile






    It will be worthwhile to have a sneak peek into the slice of pie of top Business schools apart from IIMs:

    (Non IIM) Top B-school

    Expected CAT 2016 cut-off

    S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai

    85-90 percentile

    Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad

    90-92 percentile

    Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

    95-99 Percentile

    Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi

    98+ percentile

    Department of Management Studies (DMS) IIT Delhi.

    98+ percentile

    Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

    90-95 percentile

    NITIE, Mumbai

    95-98 percentile

    As discussed earlier this year it is going to be even tougher to grab a seat in the top IIMs and other top B-schools as CAT is raising its standard year after year. But there is a good news for female candidates and non-engineering students as various good B-schools give extra weightage to female candidates and non-engineering candidates while shortlisting them in the final round.

    We wish you all the very best for your admission and bright career!!!

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    DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

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