CAT Scorecard Validity 2021 - 2022: Steps to Download CAT Scorecard, Percentile Calculation

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : December 31st, 2021

According to the official CAT 2021 notification, CAT results should be out by the second week of January 2022. However, as per the result trends over the past few years, candidates can expect IIM-Ahmedabad to release the CAT 2021 scorecards as early as the first week of January on the official CAT website iimcat.ac.in. Candidates will be able to download the CAT 2021 scorecard using their CAT 2021 user ID and password.

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Earlier, IIM- A had opened the “candidate response” and “objection management” tabs for CAT 2021 from December 8 (10 AM) till December 11 (5 PM). During this duration, candidates were able to view the CAT 2021 answer key alongside their individual responses to questions. Based on the raw scores obtained by analyzing the answer key, candidates can approximately predict their CAT 2021 percentile range with the help of CAT Score vs Percentile trend for the last five years. An overall raw score of 95-97 should most likely fetch a 99 percentile in CAT exam.

IIM-A will thoroughly examine the objections raised by candidates before releasing the final answer key and CAT 2021 scorecards. Below are the important dates related to the CAT 2021 result.

CAT 2021 Exam Date

November 28, 2021

Release of preliminary answer key and candidate responses

December 8, 2021 (10:00 AM)

Opening of the ‘objection management” tab

December 8, 2021 (10:00 AM)

Last date to submit answer key objections

December 11, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Release of final answer key and CAT 2021 scorecard

1st or 2nd week of January, 2022

CAT 2021 Score Validity

CAT 2021 score will be valid only till 31 December 2022, subject to meeting the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination. Following the declaration of CAT result, IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for admission to the 2022-24 batch by releasing their separate cut-offs to call candidates for the Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) round. In addition to the 20 IIMs, candidates can use the CAT 2021 score to seek admissions to various top B-schools, including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, and the IITs, among others.

Steps to Download CAT 2021 Scorecard

Soon after the result declaration, IIM-A will send an SMS to all the candidates who appeared for the exam mentioning their overall CAT 2021 percentile. Candidates can download the detailed CAT 2021 scorecard by following these steps: 

  • Visit the official CAT website (iimcat.ac.in)
  • Click on “Registered Candidate Login”
  • Enter CAT 2021 User ID and password
  • Click on the “Scorecard” tab
  • Download CAT 2021 scorecard

The CAT 2021 scorecard will be available for download on the official website till December 31, 2022.

CAT Scorecard Details

The CAT 2021 scorecard will include the following information:

  • Name of the candidate, photograph, and signature
  • Candidate contact details and email address
  • CAT 2021 registration number/user Id
  • Date of birth and gender
  • Category and PWD status
  • Date and time of test
  • Section-wise and overall CAT scaled score
  • Section-wise and overall CAT percentile

The overall scaled score is the sum of the candidate’s scaled scores in all the three sections of CAT – VARC, DILR, and QA. Candidates must note that the CAT 2021 scorecard will contain only scaled scores and percentiles, and not raw scores.

In case of any discrepancies in the CAT 2021 scorecard, candidates must reach out to the CAT helpdesk via phone or email.

CAT 2021 Percentile Calculation

Many candidates are often confused about CAT Percentile calculations. Percentile refers to the percentage of candidates who receive a score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate. Since around 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for CAT 2021, someone with an overall 99 percentile, for instance, would rank among the top 1,920 candidates. 

The overall percentile is calculated based on a candidate’s overall scaled score, while section-wise percentiles are calculated separately based on the candidate’s score in a particular section.


CAT 2021 Scaled Score and Normalization Process

The CAT 2021 exam was conducted in three slots with slightly varying difficulty levels. Hence, in order to ensure fairness and equality in the performance of candidates across all three slots, IIM-A will apply a normalization process to the raw scores of candidates. The CAT 2021 normalization process will take into account the section-wise and overall average performance of candidates and the scores of the top 0.1% candidates in each slot. The scaled scores obtained using this normalization process will form the basis of the percentile calculation.

What After CAT 2021 Results?

IIMs and several other prestigious B-schools in the country use CAT scores as part of their shortlisting and final selection process, while also taking into consideration a candidate’s academic and professional background. Each institute has unique selection criteria, assigning different weightage to CAT score, work experience, academic and gender diversity, and 10th, 12th, and graduation scores.

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