CAT 2015 Result
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CAT 2015 Result – The result of CAT 2015 has been declared by IIM-Ahmedabad officials on January 8, 2016. The CAT 2015 Results have been communicated via text message to the registered contact numbers of the candidates, IIM-A Officials told Careers360. The CAT 2015 official log-in page was not enabled earlier but now has been enabled and the candidates can check and download their CAT 2015 score card. Earlier, students were able to check only their CAT 2015 percentile which was notified via message to their registered numbers. The CAT 2015 exam was held on Sunday, November 29, 2015. IIM Ahmedabad had conducted the test this year.

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The score card of CAT 2015 has now been released and the candidates can check their composite score, sectional and overall percentile. The CAT 2015 official results data available with Careers360 suggests that candidates who left their answer sheet blank came out with an overall 5.01 percentile. This means that any candidate with less than 5 percentile would have scored zero or negative scores. Statistically, with a total of 1,79,602 candidates taking the coveted exam this year, the number of candidates below 5 percentile is a little less than 9000.

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The 3 sections, Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning carried equal marks. According to the marking scheme, each question carried 3 marks and for each wrong answer, there was a negative marking of 1 mark. The non-MCQ type questions did not bear the negative marking scheme. The exam pattern had undergone massive changes this year.

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The process to check the CAT 2015 Result or download CAT 2015 Score Card  is given below:

  • Log-in to your account in the CAT 2015 website

  • Click on the CAT 2015 Result and enter your User-id along with your password

  • Click on the tab- Candidate Score Card and download your CAT 2015 Score card

 Candidates can download  CAT 2015 Result and Score Card below and by clicking here



Since no hard copy of the score card will be sent, you have to take the print out of your CAT 2015 Result and preserve it till your admission process is complete.

CAT 2015 Score Card looks like this:


CAT 2015 Results: 9000 candidates score zero or negative


On the basis of the CAT 2015 Result, the 19 IIMs will announce the shortlist of candidates based on their admission criteria and CAT 2015 cutoff. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The new IIMs conduct a Common Admission Process consisting of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. 


Soon after the results will be declared, the important thing for the candidates will be CAT 2015 Cutoff.  Cutoff refers to the minimum score or percentile which a candidate must secure to get shortlisted by the participating institute for the next rounds of the selection process. While the top B-schools will have a higher range of CAT 2015 cutoffs, 90+ percentile, the mid rung B-schools’ cutoffs range from 75 to 80 percentile and that of the lower rung B-schools is around 50 percentiles.


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This year, 1,79,602 candidates appeared for the exam out of 2,18,664 applicants. Around 62% of the test takers were from the engineering background. The following infogram brings to you the number of total applications and the actual number of test takers over the years.


Last year, 1,67,830 candidates had taken CAT out of 1,96,000 registrations. A total number of 16 candidates secured 100 percentile. Among the 16 toppers, 1 was a female candidate, Neha Manglik who happened to be the only girl to secure 100 percentile since 2009.


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the online testing partner of CAT 2015.


Normalization and Shortlisting at IIMs:

According to the normalization process announced by IIM-A officials, the scores of CAT 2015 results have been adjusted for location and scale differences of score distributions across different test forms. Besides normalization across different forms, the result prepared for CAT 2015 has been further normalized across different sections and the scaled scores obtained by this process have been converted into percentiles. The same percentile will be used as final results for shortlisting by IIMs and other top B-schools accepting Cat scores in India, IIM officials said.


IIM selection process:

After CAT 2015 results, separate shortlist will be announced by different IIMs for next stage of selection process which will include GD-PI and WAT depending on the selection criteria of different B-schools.  “Each IIM will send interview letters to the short-listed candidates directly. The criteria for short-listing vary from IIM to IIM,” officials said.


While the scores of CAT 2015 is given due weightage, different IIMs also use academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. Click here for details on IIM selection criteria and weight-age to different component in selection process



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I wished to apply for the CAT exam but now its not possible to apply because I was too late to apply bur when is the next CAT exam conducted so that I can apply and I need some recommendations and guidance from the authorized management so that I can prepare well for the upcoming year exam

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019
Dear Harini, we can suggest some books. Before that, we shall help you with the exam pattern. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Preparation tips:

Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months. We can recommend a few books for you:

  • NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class

  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha

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I pursuing b. tech 2 yr when should I start preparing for CAT

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

Dinesh, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and more than 1000 participating Institutions which include India's top B-Schools. So the competition is tight and you need to prepare as hard as possible. No time is early for preparing for an exam like CAT. IIMs do not have a specific syllabus for CAT. An assumption is drawn based on previous question papers. So, it inviolves Mathematical formulae and analytical thinking. For being good at these, you need to start preparing as early as possible. You are eligible for appearing for CAT once you are in your final year. So, if you start from this year as well, you can get into a decent top B-School.


What is cat exam syllabus, subject?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

There's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.

There are mainly three sections in CAT-

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.

Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.

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cat exam is available for engineering.?

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

Hey there

If you want to ask engineers are eligible for CAT exam then yes engineers are eligible for CAT exam. For CAT either you should be in final year of graduation or have passed your graduation.

check detailed eligibility for CAT

Good luck


I have applied for CAT exam This year.Can I use this score for getting addmision in Anna University for joining MBA during2020.If no what can I do further to get addmission in 2020 joing batch

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019


You can't use current year marks or rank to get an admission in coming year as it will be unfair to other candidates as your paper features may be different with theirs like it might be a easy paper when you gave and in the coming year if paper gets hard then that will change the evaluation process differently. It will be even unfair to you. So the board don't entertain these kind of forwarding previous year results for next year to get an admission.

If you want to get an admission in year 2020 then you have to appear the exam in year 2020 as you gave this year. You have to do each and every step and follow the process as a normal candidates does in 1st attempt. like you can take you are giving it as a fresh.

Hope it helps!

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