CAT 2013 Result: 95,000 CAT takers score zero or less marks
Updated on Sep 11, 2014 - 4:07 p.m. IST by Ashish Jha
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A total of 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT 2013. The CAT 2013 Results, however, shows that 95000 of those appearing for CAT either scored zero marks or obtained overall negative marks.  The score cards released by IIMs on January 14 shows that the candidate who did not even answer any of the questions in the CAT 2013 paper, scored around 55 percentile.

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CAT 2013 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor, refused to comment on this statistics.

The official score card of a CAT 2013 taker who did not attempt a single question, has a percentile as high as 55. In other words, the candidates who had left their paper blank would have managed at least 55 percentile this year.  The score card below also implies that those candidates who would have scored at least 1 mark would have emerged with anything more than 55 percentile in their CAT 2013 exams.

*Note: The score card shown below belongs to a candidate who did not attempt any single question in CAT 2013 paper. The scores in the separate section, however, does not show ‘zero’ as CAT scoring is based on a standard process of scaling and equalization. The candidate appeared for CAT 2013 in the morning session on October 16, 2013.


A score of ‘0’ in QA and DI equals 53.61 percentile and the same in VA and LR puts a candidate on 57.23 percentile. The overall percentile for a candidate scoring zero in both the section is 55.46 percentile. 

Are CAT takers non-serious?

When registration number for various MBA exams declined this year followed by further dip in the number of actual test takers, B-school Directors and authorities took consolation by assuming that the number of serious candidates would be more this year.

The top B-Schools had remained confident that the low numbers will not affect them as the reduced number of test-takers only show elimination of non-serious candidates and their applications based on interest of quality aspirants will remain intact.

CAT 2013 Convenor, who had earlier stated that there are more serious candidates despite the decline in the number of CAT registration this year, said that “we don’t comment on any such statistics”. “The score cards of all the CAT takers have been put on the website. Further, we don’t look and analyze such details of the candidates,” said Dr Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 Convenor.

PT Education Head Sandeep Manudhane said that the numbers suggest low quality of CAT takers. However, he advises candidates to wait for other MBA exam results like XAT and NMAT, before making their decision on scrapping their MBA plans this academic year.

Is negative marking making the hole?

Experts and MBA trainers, however, attribute this number to ill-preparedness for the prestigious exam and also to an imbalance between total attempts and accuracy level.

Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher, however, attributed the huge number of candidates scoring zero or below to candidates’ lack of focus towards accuracy. “A major reason for CAT takers scoring zero or less is their lack of focus on accuracy level,” .

According to the CAT 2013 scoring process, each correct answer adds 3 marks and for each wrong answer, there is deduction of 1 mark.  CAT 2013 carried a total of 60 questions equally divided in two sections of 70 minutes each.

CAT 2013 Results –Key Highlights:

According to CAT 2013 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor, the CAT 2013 result show that a total of 8 candidates, all male, are in the 100 percentile bracket.  The next level of 99.99 percentile is occupied by 10 candidates out of whom one candidate is female.


After the CAT result, the admission process to IIMs and other top B-schools enters into second stage which will include CAT cutoff based short listing of candidates for GD-PI-WAT depending on the selection criteria of respective B-schools. “With the declaration of CAT 2013 results, all IIMs have started their respective shortlisting process,” he said, adding, hopefully most of the IIMs will announce their shortlist by end of January 2014. Click here to know more about IIM Selection Criteria.


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The IIMs altogether are expected to shortlist about 15,000 candidates for the next round of selection process, against the total of 3335 this year(with the addition of 115 seats added this year).


Still, CAT 2013 witnessed the lowest number of CAT takers as compared to past years.  The final number of CAT 2013 Registration dropped to 1.94 lakh and total number of test takers further fell with only 1.74 lakh candidates appearing for the test.


 For any doubt and query related to GD, PI and WAT/Essay Writing, call the GD PI WAT helpline number, 011- 40 360 360.

CAT 2013
 was held in a 20-day window from 16 October to 11 November 2013. The 20-day testing window which followed a consistent exam pattern remained glitch free except Day-10 when a wrong question appeared at a few test centres.


For all related queries visit our official CAT 2013 Discussion


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i would like to know how many times i can give cat exam?

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Hello aspirant,
You can appear for cat entrance exam as many times you want. The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in cat exam is as follows:-
In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.

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I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.


dear sir, I have 67 percentile bin cat, which colleges should I apply??

Shiksha 16th Feb, 2020


You can target a few average collges like IBS Hyderabad, mdi murshidabad, amity noida, NBS Ahmedabad, ITM navi mumbai (good colleges)

Others are: vit vellore, isbr pune, ndim delhi, pibm pune, aims banglore, mit pune, ims ghaziabad, etc

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tell me proper cat syllabus and full knowledge of mba colleges admissions

Ina 16th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant,

Hope everything is going well.

The entrance exams through which candidates can get admission in MBA course are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)) and ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions).

Specifically,  For your question,

CAT Syllabus will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. CAT (Common Admission Test) will be managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
The CAT Syllabus divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Quantitative Ability or Mathematics: This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

  • geometry
  • number system
  • interest
  • quadratic & linear equations
  • probability
  • trigonometry
  • time & work
  • percentages
  • profit & loss
  • algebra
  • LCM & HCF
  • averages
  • permutation
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Data Interpretation: In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

  • graphs (line, area)
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  • Charts (Column, bar, pie)
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Verbal Ability & English: This section contains the usage of Standard English grammar & questions on comprehension. The topics are:

  • verbal reasoning
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  • sentence correction
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  • critical reasoning
  • syllogisms
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Logical reasoning: It includes:

  • Direction sense
  • clocks & calendars
  • puzzles
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • coding- decoding
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement, etc.


general cat. lives in haryana percentile 86,any good college in india.

jishua thomas 16th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant..

for admission through the jee mains you need to qualify the examination. Which is know with the declaration of the cutoff for the examination. As per the expected cutoff for  this year it is about 89.75 for the general  category. Work hard and do well in the next session of the jee mains for getting admission in excellent colleges.

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