CAT Result 2018 - IIM Calcutta will declare the CAT 2018 result tentatively in the second week of January 2019. The CAT result 2018 will be available online for download. Candidates will be able to check the CAT 2018 result using their user id and password provided at the time of registration. CAT result 2018 will be available in the form of scorecard displaying the percentile and section wise & overall scaled scores. IIM Calcutta will also send the result of CAT 2018 to the registered mobile numbers of the test takers mentioning their overall CAT percentile. No hard copy of the CAT result cum scorecard will be sent to the candidates. Based on the CAT 2018 result, candidates will be shortlisted for further selection rounds by IIMs and other participating institutes. In this article, candidates can check all the information related to CAT result 2018 like announcement of result, score calculation, how to download, etc. in the article below.
CAT 2018 result cum scorecard is valid only for one year (till December 31, 2019). Before moving further to know more details related to CAT result, let’s take a look at the important dates revolving around the same.
CAT 2018 Result Dates
CAT 2018 Exam
November 25, 2018 (Sunday)
CAT 2018 Answer Key
First week of December 2018
Second week of January 2019
Fourth week of January 2019
How to check CAT Result 2018?
Candidates can either visit the official website of CAT 2018 or Click on the link given above
Login through your registration credentials – CAT user id and password
Click on the tab ‘Score Card’
Download your CAT 2018 result cum scorecard
Candidates are advised to print and keep the CAT scorecard till the admission process is complete.
CAT result window looks like below image:
CAT 2018 Result on SMS
IIM Calcutta, the conducting body of CAT 2018 exam, will also send the overall CAT result to the registered mobile number of the candidates through SMS. Candidates would be able to check the detailed result either on CAT 2018 official website or on this page.
What are the Details Printed on CAT 2018 Result cum Score card
The following information will be mentioned on the CAT result cum scorecard:
Registration number/User Id
Candidate's name, catgeory and gender
Date of birth (DOB)
Date and time of examination
Candidate contact details and email id
Scaled Score of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
Scaled Score of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
Scaled Score of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
Overall Scaled Score
Instructions for post CAT result 2018 activities
A sample copy of CAT score card is given below:
How is CAT Result 2018 Computed?
The CAT 2018 result is computed as per the marking scheme of the exam.
According to the marking scheme of CAT, each question carries three marks.
One mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
However, negative marking scheme is not applicable for non-MCQs.
CAT 2018 Percentile
IIMs declare CAT result in the form of percentile. A percentile is a measure used to indicate the value below which a given percentage of test takers fall. On the basis of CAT percentile, IIMs and other CAT participating B-schools shortlist candidates for admissions. The CAT 2018 percentile will be calculated on the basis of the CAT normalisation process adopted by the IIMs.
CAT 2018 Result - Highlights
Candidates who appear for CAT 2018 only will be able to download/print the exam result. The CAT result will be available only online. No hard copy of the result will be sent to any candidate.
The Overall Scaled Score is the sum of the scaled scores of the candidate in the three sections.
Percentile refers to the percentage of candidates who receive the score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate.
IIMs and Non-IIM member institutions independently decide how to use CAT 2018 scores follow their own selection process. The score is used only to shortlist candidates for the selection rounds.
In case, any candidate provides incorrect information and violates the admission process, his/her candidature will be disqualified. Candidate’s score will become null and void and s/he will not be allowed to appear for CAT in future. If such instances go undetected during the current selection process but are detected in subsequent years, such disqualification will take place with retrospective effect.
All queries regarding post-CAT 2018 selection process must be directed to respective IIMs. CAT Centre will not answer post-CAT related queries.
CAT 2018 score will be valid only until December 31, 2019, and subject to meeting the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination.
Previous Years' Trends of CAT Result
Last year, more than 2.31 lakh registered for CAT exam and as many as 1.99 lakh candidates appeared. Based on the previous years’ result of CAT, we bring to you the number of candidates who secured a high sectional and overall percentile in the table below.
Year-wise CAT Result Trend
No. of Registrations
No. of candidates given the test
Declaration of CAT Result
CAT Result Declaring IIM
Conversion into percentile
January 8, 2018
January 9, 2017
220.09 – 241.68
January 8th, 2016
254.61 – 249.90
215.54 – 215.43
December 27th, 2014
268.700 – 261.740
What is CAT Normalization Process?
IIMs use CAT Normalization process to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions. CAT Normalization process is a sort of percentile equivalence method similar to that used for calculating scores of GATE.
The process adjusts location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After adjusting the normalization across different forms, the scores are further normalised across different sections.
Under the term ‘Equating’, scores will be normalised across all the sections. These normalised scores will be converted into percentile to shortlist the candidates who will get a call from IIMs which shortlist them.
For purposes of reporting, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Quantitative Ability and Section III: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and total along with the percentiles will be published.
What after CAT 2018 Result?
After the declaration of the CAT result, the official cutoff will be declared by IIMs and CAT 2018 participating institutes will shortlist the candidates for the selection rounds – WAT, PI and GD. CAT 2018 cutoff percentile will vary from institute to institute. While IIMs and some other top B-schools announce their admission criteria including cutoff prior to the result, a majority of the B-schools declare their cutoffs after the CAT result is declared.
Shortlisted candidates will be called for the selection procedure which include Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion/Group Exercise/Case Study and Personal Interview. The final result or the merit lists at the B-schools will be based on candidates’ performance in CAT 2018, selection rounds and overall profile.
Documents Required for IIM Shortlist Process
IIMs will also verify the eligibility criteria of the shortlisted candidates on the basis of the following parameters:
Mark-sheets and Degree Certificates: Institutes will check the candidates’ mark-sheets and attested copies of same at the time of interview to prove their eligibility. They will check whether the candidate fulfils the basic eligibility criteria of CAT 2018 or not.
Reservation and Category Documents: SC/ST/OBC-NC/PWD candidates will have to show their original caste/tribe/disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview.
Final Year Graduation Candidates Documents: Candidates appearing for the final year or equivalent exam will have to submit an original certificate from the concerned authorities of the college (Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution), certifying that the candidates have obtained 50 percent marks or equivalent (45 percent in case of to SC/ST/PWD category) based on latest available marks or grades.
IIMs and government B-schools follow the seat reservation criteria as per the Government of India norms. Let’s have a look at the seats reservation criteria followed by IIMs.
IIMs Seats Reservation Criteria
CAT Cutoff 2018
CAT cutoff varies with from category to category. Candidates can check last year’s CAT cutoff for IIMs from the table given below.
CAT Cutoff for IIMs
Number of Seats for PGDM Admissions 2018 in IIMs
IIMs shortlist candidates on the basis of their CAT result/cutoff for the selection process. After the completion of the selection process, IIMs finally select students for admissions as per the number of seats available. Have a look at the number of seats in each IIM last year.
Number of Seats in different IIMs
No. of Seats
No. of Seats
IIMs Admission Criteria
Every IIM has different admission criteria. The CAT cutoff is different for shortlisting purpose and even the weightage to CAT score, PI, GD and WAT differ with each IIM. Let’s have a look at the previous year’s actual IIM interview call cutoff and the shortlist cutoff mentioned in the admission criteria for General category candidates for the academic year 2016-18.
IIM Interview Call Cutoff and Shortlist Cutoff – General category
Interview Call Cutoff Percentile
Cutoff Percentile Stated in Admission Criteria
As many as 20 IIMs along with 100+ B-schools of India will accept the scores of CAT 2018. Like last year, this year too, around two lakh candidates are expected to appear for CAT 2018. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 will be held on November 25 in two sessions.