CAT Score Vs Percentile 2022: Score Calculation, Normalization Process, Percentile and Cutoffs

By BYJU'S CAT|Updated : December 7th, 2022

CAT Score Vs Percentile: The most common question that arises in aspirants’ minds is 'What is CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile'. The aspirants who are appearing for the CAT must know the difference between these two. CAT score is the score evaluated based on marks obtained in the exam, and the percentile is the relative score calculated based on the number of applicants appearing for the exam.

In simple words, the CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile is the measure of procuring a relative score by ranking a candidate on his/her performance compared to other candidates. The CAT percentile is much more important than the CAT score for screening candidates for GD-WAT-PI rounds. Read the article below to understand the difference between CAT Score vs Percentile.

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CAT Score Vs Percentile: The most common question that arises in aspirants’ minds is 'What is CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile'. The aspirants who are appearing for the CAT must know the difference between these two. CAT score is the score evaluated based on marks obtained in the exam, and the percentile is the relative score calculated based on the number of applicants appearing for the exam.

In simple words, the CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile is the measure of procuring a relative score by ranking a candidate on his/her performance compared to other candidates. The CAT percentile is much more important than the CAT score for screening candidates for GD-WAT-PI rounds. Read the article below to understand the difference between CAT Score vs Percentile.

What is CAT Score and How is it Evaluated?

The CAT Exam score is calculated according to the marking scheme of the exam. Let us see the following points mentioned below for evaluating the CAT score:

  • The CAT paper consists of 66 questions (as per the latest pattern seen in CAT 2022) and is divided into three sections: VARC-24, QA-22, and DILR-20
  • Each question carries +3 marks, and thus, the paper is of 198 marks
  • For each incorrect answer, one mark is deducted. There is no negative marking for unattempted and CAT Non MCQ Questions.
  • The sectional scores are added to form a total score out of 198 marks.

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What is CAT Percentile?

It adverts the total percentage of the candidates secured more or less than a particular candidate. For instance, if a candidate scores 90 percentile, then it means around 90% of the students have scored less than you or 10% are the candidates who have secured the position higher than you.

Imagine 10,000 students appeared in the exam and you bag the 2nd position, then your percentile will be: (9,998/10,000) *100= 99.8 percentile.

So, a candidate's percentile is not based on his/her actual performance in the exam but the individual's performance compared to other candidates.

How is CAT Percentile Evaluated?

Follow the steps listed below to calculate CAT Percentile:

  • Step 1-The first step is to figure out the number of candidates (N) who have appeared for the CAT examination in both shifts
  • Step 2- Take into consideration the marks of one of the sections of CAT. Let us take Quantitative Ability (QA) section
  • Step 3- Then, rank (R) all the aspirants by the marks obtained in QA. if a candidate has the same marks in the QA section, then they are allotted the same rank
  • Step 4- Compute the percentile (P) of the candidate with ranking (R) in the QA section as shown: P = (N-r)/N x 100
  • Step 5- Now, a round of the percentile of a particular candidate to two decimal points

Now, follow the same procedure to evaluate the percentile of all other sections as well as the overall CAT Percentile

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CAT 2022 Score Vs Percentile

A glance at the table provided below for the following years and fetch an idea of how many marks you need to achieve to secure the 90+ percentile.

Percentile​

Marks in​

Marks in​

Marks in​

Marks in​

Marks in​

Marks in​

Marks in​

CAT 2022​

CAT 2021​

CAT 2020​

CAT 2019​

CAT 2018​

CAT 2017​

CAT 2016​

Total Marks

198

198

228

300

300

300

300

99.9

110.72

120

131

196

192

208

191

99.5

93

107

115

170

170

183

168

99

82.5

97

102

157

155

173

153

95

60

71

77

120

125

139

123

90

48.5

59

63

90

110

121

108

80

35.5

45

49

75

80

98

84

 

Note: CAT 2020 had 76 questions rather than 100 questions like past year CAT exams; therefore, marks have dropped in the overall scores. CAT 2020 reduced the time duration also from 3 hours to 2 hours. In CAT 2021 & CAT 2022 had 66 questions.

What is CAT Scaled Score?

  • A scaled score is prepared by adjusting scale differences of score distribution across different slots' question papers.
  • Calculating a scaled score in CAT is an intricate procedure involving various statistical equations.
  • Scaling is done to ensure fairness and equity among the candidates since CAT is conducted in two slots.
  • CAT Normalization score can be a little more or less than the raw score of the candidate
  • Based on scaled scores, a merit list is prepared for shortlisting the candidates for further WAT-PI rounds.

Parameters for CAT Composite Score Calculation

Only the candidates securing the minimum percentile will be considered for the calculation of the composite score for the WAT-PI round. Here are some parameters listed below according to which the CAT composite score is calculated.

  • Scaled CAT Score
  • Class 10th and 12th percentage
  • Graduation Marks (Aggregate)
  • Diversity Factor (Gender)
  • Work Experience (If any)
  • Diversity Factor: Academic Disciplines

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FAQs on CAT Score 2022 vs Percentile

  • 97-99 percentile is considered as a good one for walking into the IIMs institutes. However, other Top-B schools of India accept candidates having 80-90 percentile.

  • Overall, candidates must answer at least 75+ questions accurately for achieving 99+ percentile.

  • Yes, there is a negative marking of -1 for each incorrect answer. So, candidates are advised to attempt questions in which they are 100% sure.

  • The CAT 2022 score is calculated on the basis of the number of questions answered correctly/wrongly in the paper. For each correct question, 3 marks are awarded, and for each wrong, one mark is withdrawn. There is no negative marking for Non-MCQs and un-attempted answers. The total CAT score is the score obtained by a candidate in the CAT exam.

  • The CAT percentile 2022 is evaluated on the difficulty level of the paper (normalisation takes place), raw CAT score and the number of applicants who appeared in the exam.

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