CAT 2014 Results reflect an upside down trend with over 98 percent of the test takers scoring positive, a sharp contrast to last year’s CAT Result when only 45 percent of the candidates could score positive marks.


A trend-reversal in the CAT result is evident in the fact that only 2700 candidates out of a total of 1.68 lakh test takers scored either zero or negative as compared to a huge number of 95,000 test takers who had scored zero or negative in CAT last year, where about 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for the test.  In percentage terms, this year only 1.61 percent of test takers scored zero or negative compared to as much as 55 percent candidates scoring zero or negative last year.


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CAT 2014 Scorecard of a candidate who did not attempt any question during her CAT testing on November 22, 2014 suggests that only around 2700 candidates scored zero or negative. CAT 2014 result of the CAT taker, who left her paper blank, shows that she is placed at 1.61 percentile.


According to the IIM officials, “The Percentile refers to percentage of candidates who receive score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate.”


The above clarification means that only about 1.61 percent of the total 1,67,830candidates who appeared for CAT 2014either scored zero or negative in their respective CAT paper. We publish the score card of the student below for more clarity.


Score Card of the candidate –

*Note: The score card shown above belongs to a candidate who did not attempt any single question in CAT 2014 paper. The scores in the separate section, however, does not show ‘zero’ as CAT scoring is based on scaled scores. The candidate had appeared for CAT 2014 on November 22 in the forenoon session.


Magic wand of IIM: CAT 2014 paper pattern change or changed evaluation process?



IIM seems to have learnt a lot from controversies surrounding the CAT results last year. As CAT results last year had caused much trouble for Indian Institutes of Management, they were forced to re-think their exam strategy and evaluation process this year.


Last year, we had reported that total of 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT 2013. CAT 2013 Results, however, showed that 95000 of those appearing for CAT either scored zero marks or obtained overall negative marks.  The score cards released by IIMs showed that the candidate, who did not even answer any of the questions in the CAT 2013 paper, scored around 55 percentile. A standard process of scaling and equalization was followed last year to evaluate the results of CAT takers last year.


This year, however, the scenario has changed completely. There are only 1.6 per cent of the candidates falling in the zero or negative zone, according to the CAT 2014 results announced by the IIMs.So, what measures IIMs took to overcome the ‘zero or negative’ scoring crisis this year?


Easier CAT Paper brings good luck to CAT takers: First of all, a major change was brought in CAT 2014 exam pattern this year. Though, likewise previous year, the paper had just 2 sections- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, but the number of questions and duration of the test changed. This year, each section had 50 questions, making the total number of questions to be 100. The total duration of the test was also increased from a total of 140 minutes to a total of 170 minutes. 


As experts and CAT takers experienced, the test paper was easier this year. This apparently led candidates to at least solve a few questions correctly. In past years, difficulty level of the paper led candidates to keep their attempt very limited. Further, the accuracy of the attempts used to be very low, resulting in more negative marking than the positive ones.


Secondly, after the doubts were raised on CAT evaluation process last year, the evaluation process was also changed this year. According to CAT officials, the scores of thecandidates were subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalizationprocess adjusted the raw scores for location and scaled differences of score distributions across different forms and then the scaled scores obtained by this process were converted into percentiles.


The evaluation process this year was quite similar to that of GATE, as claimed by IIM officials. Since the exam was conducted in just four sessions over two days, the scaling of scores was a much simpler process this year unlike previous years when scores of 39 testing sessions would be scaled.


CAT 2013 Result Controversy:


While CAT 2014 Results bring solace to test takers as majority of them score positive this year, IIMs seems to have taken many lessons from last year controversies surrounding CAT results.


Last year, IIM-Indore had faced huge protest from candidates who appeared for CAT with a few cases over CAT Result transparency still dragging in different courts. Consequently, different courts had to intervene after thousands of candidates filed petitions demanding raw scores and seeking review of the CAT results. CAT 2013 convening body at IIM Indore, however, had  refused to share CAT raw scores and evaluation process methodology citing different reasons including ‘commercial interest of its testing partner’.  IIM Indore which conducted Common Admission Test (CAT) on behalf of all 13 IIMs’ with Prometric being its testing partner, also refused to share answer keys and raw scores for the candidates saying revelation of the same may create ‘significant confusion’.


Careers360 had written an open letter to CAT 2013 Convenor, DrRohitKapoor of Indian Institute of Management Indore seeking his response on specific issues related to transparency in CAT examination and evaluation process for the same. Earlier, Careers360 had also reported on 95000+ candidates scoring zero or less in CAT 2013 and the concerns on CAT evaluation process. Careers360 analysis of actual score cards of the CAT takers had revealed that Verbal Ability section may have played foul with the dreams and aspirations of many students.


CAT 2014 Highlights:


As many as 16 candidates reached 100 percentile in CAT 2014, as confirmed by CAT 2014 Convenor, Dr. Rohit Kapoor. The much awaited results for about 1.68 lakh CAT takers were announced after a week-long delay by Indian Institute of Management Indore on December 27.


CAT 2014 was conducted by IIM-Indore on behalf of all 19 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) being CAT testing partner for the first time. Earlier, Prometric was the CAT testing partner since CAT testing format was changed from paper-pencil to computer-based testing in 2009.


According to Dr. RohitKapoor a total of 1, 95,988 candidates had applied for CAT 2014. However, around 28,000 candidates skipped the exam which was conducted over 2 day window – November 16, 2014 and November 22, 2014 in total 4 slots. Thus, a total 1, 67,830 candidates appeared for the Common Admission Test 2014.


Based on the CAT 2014 result, the IIMs and the participating B-schools will declare the shortlist of candidates for the next round of selection process, GD, PI and WAT rounds.


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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here-

You can reach out to us for more help.

Hope it helps




10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,



How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
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