CAT 2013 Results: What’s the fuss over CAT zero score
Ashish Jha, 11 Sep 2014, #CAT
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While CAT 2013 takers and MBA community is stunned at the huge number of candidates scoring zero or less marks in the prestigious MBA exam for admission to premier IIMs and many other top B-schools in the country, experts attribute the phenomenon to the standard normalization and scaling process of evaluation adopted by IIMs and their testing partner Prometric.

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After the CAT 2013 results were published, Careers360 had brought a case where a candidate who did not attempt any question in the CAT paper, found himself in the bracket of 55 percentilers.

A total of 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT 2013. The CAT 2013 Results, however, show 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, has been put in 55th percentile.

Meanwhile, CAT takers are also raising concerns on the evaluation process as many candidates have found their scores differing from what they had expected on their actual correct attempts in CAT 2013 paper.

Authorities yet to respond:

While IIMs enthusiastically shared the number of 100 percentiles and toppers with media, they have so far shied away from sharing the actual number of those who scored zero or less marks.

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

Prometric, which conducted the test for CAT 2013 on behalf of all 13 Indian Institute of Management (IIM), is also yet to respond to query on actual scores of CAT takers.

Experts, however, believe that the number of candidates who scored zero or less might not be a new phenomenon in Common Admission Test (CAT). They suggest that the percentage of students scoring zero or less might have been at a similar level in past years as well, but the only difference is that this particular statistics was not looked and analyzed earlier. But they feel that IIM should be more transparent in dealing with CAT Results.

PT Education Head Sandeep Manudhane says that the scaling and normalization of CAT performance has left students as well as the B-schools confused. “The secret of scaling and normalization has kept students confused for last 4-5 years,” he said, adding, “why IIMs are hiding the actual scores of students when there is nothing wrong in sharing the same with score cards.”

“Why IIMs are not sharing the actual results?” he asks.

CAT results in trouble again?

Last year IIMs had admitted that they had declared inflated scores of about 80 candidates on their official website. Many b-schools who had admitted candidates on the basis of their CAT scores had to re-look into the admission process.


The CAT 2013 results are haunting them yet again as students are raising concerns on the evaluation process of CAT paper this year.

Many students believe that the CAT evaluation process has hampered their chance into a good B-school. Nevertheless, they seek their actual scores to know whether they have been awarded the scaled scores properly. “I believe my scores are not correct. The least the IIMs can do is that they can show our actual marks so that I will be able to have an idea how my actual score converted into my scaled score,” said a CAT 2013 taker who was disappointed with her scores.

Online petitions have also been filed and students are asking IIMs and Prometric to reveal the minute details of the process.

Many students have filed RTI to get their actual scores and also requested IIM to re-evaluate their score card by writing to IIM Indore student support at

Does CAT exam process need a re-look?

The huge number of candidates scoring zero or less marks has also raised concern on the paper pattern and difficulty level of CAT paper.

Arks Srinivas, CEO, VistaMind Education said that the normalization process has done harm to credibility of Common Admission Test. “I wonder how IIMs can normalize the scores of two different slots when the difficulty level of questions can be completely different,” he said adding, “Certain questions determine the difficulty level of a slot, which I believe is a wrong process and it lacks fairness.”

Also, the students appearing in the different slots during the 20 days testing window raised concerns on leaked questions and wrong questions that affected a section of CAT Takers.

Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher felt that the entire process of 20-day window of CAT exam is flawed. He says that “the one-day-one-paper is the ideal way and the CAT should be back with the same mode in the paper pencil format. This will bring back the credibility of the whole process and bring back transparency.”

Is Cut-off of 55 percentile or less meaningless?

As a result of huge number of students failing to score any positive marks in CAT 2013, Experts also believe that the CAT cutoff of 55 or less declared by many B-schools becomes meaningless and such CAT score card just becomes a formality for B-school admission.

Without actually attempting any question in the CAT paper, many candidates become eligible for admission to B-schools which have cutoff of 55 percentile or less, says an expert. Arks Srinivas said that 50-55 percentile cut-off is only a formality. “Today B-schools face shortage of students and that is why they declare cut-off as 50-55 percentiles which are actually meaningless in terms screening quality.”

B-schools however say that CAT is not the only basis of their selection criteria and low percentile should not be seen that way. In many B-schools CAT scores carry only 20-30 per cent weightage in the selection criteria.

“We believe that exams like CAT should be one of the components considered during the admission process. There are other aspects like academic performance, personality traits, and other skills that carry major weightage for admission at our institute,” said Sanjay Padode, Secretary, IFIM Business School Bangalore.

Where does it end?

So, where does this confusion on CAT 2013 results end? Experts say that the CAT scoring process that most of the candidates and educators fail to understand might be core to the confusion.

The Indian Institute of Management, however, maintains that they follow a standard procedure which is internationally accepted. But does that process fit into the Indian context?

IIMs really need to answer this.

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.


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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.


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 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.


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