Every CAT aspirant keeps an eye out for the CAT Cut off of all the top B-Schools so that he/she has an idea of what they are shooting for. The CAT Cut Off is the initial stage that must be cleared by the candidate to be considered for the further procedures. While the actual CAT Cut Off is far higher than the CAT Cut Off given by the colleges, these CAT Cut Offs must also be kept in mind to ensure that the aspirant has a realistic target for which they can aim.
The general trends for the top B-Schools are:
Apart from the overall CAT Cut Off that has been mentioned in above paragraph, most top B-Schools also have a sectional CAT Cut Off. If the candidate clears the over CAT Cut Off but fails to clear the Section CAT Cut Off, he/she will not get a call from the B-School.
CAT 2020 will be held in the last week of November with the final date being announced through the CAT 2020 Notification in the last week of July.
The CAT Exam attracted almost 2,30,000 aspirants in CAT 2020. This makes it difficult for the colleges to select the ideal candidates from this selection. An additional complexity is that the other colleges will simultaneously be selecting candidates for their own batch.
Therefore, the Business Colleges decided to bring in something called the CAT Cut Off. This represents a basic percentile requirement which the colleges decide upon based on:
These two factors are somewhat inter-related because the bigger the reputation of the college, more the number of candidates who would want to gain admission in the college.
There are certainly other factors such as quality of the faculty, the placement record and even the location of the college. The last factor matters because if there are two colleges with equally competent student base, companies would rather visit the college which is closer to their location. It is due to this reason, that colleges tend to crop up in industrial hubs such as Mumbai and Bangalore.
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There are several different factors which can affect the CAT Cut Off:
All these factors come into play when the final CAT Cut Off is decided. If the number of test takers increases, the CAT Cut Off generally increases. This is because while the number of people that the college calls for the further processes is generally similar, the increase in number of test takers means that those number of people can be found at higher CAT Cut Offs. On the flip side, when the difficulty level of the paper increases, the CAT Cut Off generally tends to decrease. The story is similar with the number of seats. When the number of seats increases, the colleges calls more people to fill these seats which leads to a decrease in the CAT Cut Off. The University Repute affects the CAT Cut Off when it changes as higher repute colleges tends to have higher CAT Cut Offs.
There is no announcement date for the CAT 2020 Cut Off. As mentioned above, the CAT Cut Off is fairly dynamic in nature which always leaves some amount of uncertainty for the aspirant. The Important Dates for CAT 2020 will be released through the CAT 2020 Notification which will be released in the last week of July.
|CAT 2020 Notification||29th July 2020|
|CAT 2020 Registration||5th August 2020|
|Registration Deadline||16th September 2020|
|Admit Card Availability||28th October 2020|
|CAT 2020 Exam||29th November 2020|
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The CAT 2020 Cut Off will be announced post the CAT 2020 Result. The CAT 2020 Result is expected to be released in the start of January 2021. Following the results, the IIMs are usually the first institutes to announce their initial shortlist for interview calls.
IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore are usually the first institutes to release their first shortlist of interview calls which gives the cut off. Following this procedure, the other IIMs along with other Tier 1 Colleges release their shortlist. With the shortlist, the CAT Cut Off can also be deduced using the percentile of the candidate with the lowest percentile who got a call for the college.
The CAT Cut Offs for the IIMs for candidates from the general category are extremely high. According to the trends over the past few years, the CAT Cut Offs for top IIMs are:
For the top three IIMs, the CAT Cut Offs are, as expected, extremely high. However IIM Ahmedabad definitely gives opportunities to candidates who have different profiles. So candidates from the B. Arts background can receive a call from IIM Ahmedabad with slightly lower percentiles as well. For the other old IIMs:
These IIMs have to reduce their CAT Cut Offs so that they can attract students other than those who have a chance at the top 3 IIMs. Thus by reducing the CAT Cut Off, the IIMs are able to attract a larger group of candidates.
For new IIMs and baby IIMs:
Similar to the logic with IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Indore, group of student targeted by these institutes is different from the students targeted by the top IIMs.
While most aspirants aim to get into the older IIMs as they are considered to be the best B-Schools in India, not everyone can accomplish their dream. However there are several other colleges which have almost the same level of repute as the IIMs. Some of these colleges include SP Jain, FMS, MDI Gurgaon, IIT Delhi, JBIMS, NITIE, etc. The CAT Cut Offs for these colleges are often times as high and occasionally even higher than that of the IIMs.
These are the colleges which are counted amongst the best B-Schools in India which leads to the high CAT Cut Offs as indicated above.
The CAT 2020 represents a milestone in the life of several candidates. Therefore, they need to plan their entire CAT 2020 Preparation extremely carefully. This is where the CAT Cut Off and the CAT Score come into play.
Every candidate has a basic idea of what they can achieve in the CAT 2020 with a good level of preparation. Keeping this in mind, the candidate needs to build a shortlist of Business Scores that they can aspire for. While making this shortlist, the candidate needs to keep in mind the selection criterion that the Business Schools have.
These selection criteria are usually available on the college website itself or on some other internet source. With the help of the selection criteria, the candidate can make a realistic estimate of the Business Schools that the candidate has a fair chance of getting selected.
Summarize the course curriculum - Identify and prioritize the topics that require the most amount of attention which require deep learning. You can refer previous year CAT question papers, question banks framed specifically for the candidates and individual weightage of each section in the CAT exam.
Devote your time to online sectional tests
Plan your Schedule
Segregation of time
Video lectures on QA and Reasoning by experts
Mock practice tests
Get in touch with your peers and faculty members
The CAT Cut Off is a just another tool that the candidate has in his locker. It gives the candidate a better idea of where they need to focus their efforts and the kind of CAT Score and CAT Percentile that they need to aim for.
This is especially important because while aiming for 100%ile is good, there should also be a realistic target for the candidate to chase.
Hope this article cleared some doubts you had about the CAT Cut Off!
All the best!