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CAT 2015 Results announced by IIM-A has revealed that about 9000 candidates have either scored zero or negative marks in the coveted MBA entrance exam. This year, a total of 1,79,602 candidates had appeared for the exam out of 2,18,664 applicants. The CAT 2015 Results were announced via text SMS to the mobile number of registered candidates on January 8.


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According to the number of test takers shared by IIM Ahmedabad, which conducted CAT on behalf of all IIMs this year, the detailed score cards carry more details on sectional scores of all candidates.

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. One of such candidates shared her text message with Careers360. “Dear Candidate, your percentile for CAT 2015 for application number 50003013 is 5.01,” read the SMS text received by the candidate.  

CAT 2015 Results: 9000 candidates score zero or negative

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.

Though the number of candidates scoring zero or negative marks has reduced significantly over the years, experts suggest that 9000 candidates scoring in negative is still a worrying signal for IIMs and CAT exam pattern.

In the year 2013, a total of 1.74 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT 2013. The CAT 2013 Results, however, showed that 95000 of those appearing for CAT either scored zero marks or obtained overall negative marks.  

On the basis of the CAT 2015 Result, all 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.  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.


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cat percentile for mnit allahbad

thomas joy 28th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

MNIT or Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology is situated in allahabad an is one of the best institutes

College has MBA, B tech, MCA, M.SC courses etc.

For MBA, CAT cutoff is around 65 % for general category and varies for each year and for OBC it is 48% to 52%.

Hope this will help you.

Thank you


my cat percentile is 60, is there any chance in bhu?

thomas joy 28th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

It is noted from the last year cutoff of BHU minimum 85% and above is needed for the admission in MBA programs in CAT exam percentage.

Fee structure of the MBA is above 4,5000 per year 8n BHU and the application is up to January 25th 2020.

Hope this will help you

Thank you


hi, suggest best MBA colleges for healthcare management who accept MAT score not CAT??

hrithik jain 28th Jan, 2020


These are some of the options:


2. Ajeenkya DY patil University

3. Hindustan institute of technology and science.

4. Jamia Hamdard

5. School of Management studies, Hyderabad

6. Dr. BR ambedkar open University

7. Jaipur National University

8. Mittal School of Business, LPU


My cat score is 90.83. Colleges that I can apply for?

Manisha Gupta Expert 28th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As a general Category the chances are very less to get a call from IIMs. The other colleges you can apply in colleges-

DMS, IISc Bangalore

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

TAPMI, Manipal

Goa Institute of Management

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi

But CAT marks are not the only parameter involved in the selection procedure. After CAT exam every college in which you apply prepares a merit list to call students for next round of interview based on your aggregate score which comprises of many parameters such as CAT marks, 10th, 12th and graduation percentage, work experience etc. whose weight age varies for all different colleges. After the round of interview again a merit list is prepared which includes marks of your interview, GD and WSAT which along with CAT marks generally have the highest weightage.

You can also use CAT Pathfinder tool given below to know your other admission possibilities.


Good Luck!


Hi Team Careers360, my cat 19 score is 95.49. I am fresher, nonengineer, male general. Can i expect a call from IIMs CAP? if not what are the other alternatives?

Sampriti Student Expert 28th Jan, 2020
You have a pretty good CAT percentile and considering the fact that you are a fresher you can expect a call from the new IIMs. The new IIMs are yet to declare their shortlist and the newest IIMs will release their list on their respective websites soon whereas IIM Bodhgaya has already declared their list. Depending on your academic background you'll receive a call from the newer IIMs now.

The selection process will take place with the new IIMs in the CAP round.

Good Luck
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