What is a good CAT Score? How to achieve it in CAT Exam 2021?
What is a good CAT Score? How to achieve it? - Planning to take CAT 2021? Wondering what is a good CAT score to get admission to top B-School and how to achieve it? Then all your worries-related queries to CAT 2021 end here. Many top B-schools and IIMs give importance to the CAT percentile to shortlist candidates for the selection rounds. All institutions accepting CAT scores release different CAT cutoff both section-wise and overall.
Therefore, while giving CAT 2021 it becomes necessary for the candidates to attempt questions from all sections with much efficiency and accuracy to fetch a good score. CAT remains the top management entrance exam for which 2 lakh (approximately) students appear every year. Read this complete article to know what is a good CAT score? How to achieve it?
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Therefore, the level of competition every year remains high. Nonetheless, not only CAT score will make you eligible to take admission to top B-schools there are several other entrance examinations that are conducted at a national level for admission to the top B-school of your dream.
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What is a good CAT score?
The good CAT score differs for various tiers or the institutes that the candidates wish to apply for. For instance, if a student wants to apply for IIMs in that case, the ideal score to get qualified for selection rounds is a minimum 95 percentile. Whereas, there are other top B-schools like IIFT, IITs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR, and so forth that accept CAT scores below 95 percentile.
On the other hand, third-tier B-schools may accept candidates with low CAT scores. Let’s have a look at the CAT percentile breakdown below:
Overall CAT score
Minimum score in VARC
Minimum score in DI LR
Minimum score in QA
What is a good CAT score for B-Schools?
The good CAT score for B-schools may vary from institute to institute. The B-schools accepting CAT scores can be divided into three tiers as mentioned in the table below:
Minimum CAT score
Minimum Sectional Score
Candidates not qualifying in any of the tiers above, still have chances of getting into good B-schools that accept low CAT score or can appear for other national level entrance exams like CMAT, XAT, SNAP, and so forth which are accepted by the B-schools.
CAT Cutoff 2021
After the declaration of the CAT 2021 result, B-schools accepting CAT score and IIMs will release their respective cutoff on the basis of CAT score. Candidates meeting the minimum cutoff criteria for the B-school they want to apply for will be shortlisted for the selection rounds. The cutoff of CAT 2021 is determined on various factors such as:
The difficulty level of the question paper
Number of test-takers
Reputation of Institute
Past year cutoff trends
How to achieve a good CAT score?
To achieve a good CAT score one has to prepare a strategic timetable to bell the examination. Some of the best tips for CAT preparation are:
Time management is life management, hence, when you begin your preparation you must allot the time for each section equally. Candidates must know that the sectional time limit will be imposed. For each section students will be given 60 minutes, hence candidates have to be quick and effective while solving questions from QA and DI which are more time-consuming.
Students must create a timetable to know which topic or section has to be prioritized first and modify your timetable as you assess your performance by giving mock tests or solving test papers.
Know CAT 2021 sectional time limit and number of questions
Total Number of Questions
Duration for all Category
Duration for PwD Category
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
53 Minutes and 20 Seconds
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
53 Minutes and 20 Seconds
Quantitative Ability (QA)
53 Minutes and 20 Seconds
159 Minutes and 60 Seconds
Take frequent mock tests
To know how to manage the stress level and time during the D-day students must give the mock test of CAT 2021. Solving the CAT 2021 sample papers will help candidates to become familiar with the exam environment and most importantly can know the detailed exam pattern of CAT 2021. Also, mock tests help students to become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses which will help to gauge the preparation level.
Appear for test series
Prior to taking any entrance test, it is important for students to appear for test series which acts as stepping stones to success. With the advancement in technology, students can now appear for online test series with the help of e-learning websites that determine their score and preparation level.
Students can avail themselves of the opportunity of having web chatting sessions and taking help from experts for the test series designed by them. They give you assistance and tips to prepare for CAT 2021.
Know your strengths and weaknesses
By solving the mock tests students must know their weaknesses and strengths in order to execute the strategy for preparation. This practice inculcates strategic planning, positivity, lots of practice, self-guidance, and hard work. Students must know that there are no shortcuts to gain success. One must work hard towards its weaknesses sincerely to bell the most covered entrance exam.
Maintain you cool
While preparing for CAT 2021 it is important to keep your level of enthusiasm and positivity high to confront any kind of challenge or difficulty. While writing the exam it not only checks your accuracy but your level of anxiety on how you can manage the stress level while solving the questions. Remember while attempting the CAT 2021 it’s not completely about the number of questions you attempt but the quality and accuracy with which you have attempted the questions.
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sir i scored 518 marks in neet 2021 and i am obc B cat which college i can get seat
Based on previous year data, with 518 marks you may get a rank between 74929-82675. You can also predict your rank using NEET Rank Predictor https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-rank-predictor?utm_source=qna&utm_medium=neet_rp
According to your profile, you're from Andhra Pradesh. You may have a chance of getting a seat through Andhra Pradesh State Counseling under OBC quota in the following colleges -
- Viswabharati Medical College and Hospital
- Santhiram Medical College and Hospital
- PES Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
To know more about Andhra Pradesh cut off, check here https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cutoff-ap
To get a complete list of colleges in which you can get Mbbs/Bds seat, you can use NEET College Predictor https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?utm_source=qna&utm_medium=neet_cp
It is important to know that the above predictions are based on previous year data and cut offs and ranks vary every year depending on the difficulty level of the paper, the performance of the students and the number of seats available.
my air 71523 jeemain can i get iet lucknow cs branch cat.gen
First of all congratulations for your result.
As per previous year cutoff, It is difficult to get admission there, but you can try some other good top colleges also. You have to try hard to get seat in good college.
For CSE you need a rank under 1100 for general.
For IT around 2200 for general.
Hopefully this will help you.
Sir🙏 I have got 20000 ranking in veterinary . Can i get seat sir.I belongs to the Obc (2A cat) sir ..plz
Cutoff for vertenairy varies year to year as cutoff depends upon no. Of candidates appearing and the difficulty level of question paper. Yes, you can get it with this score
For previous year cutoff, do visit
Hi, I want to appear for CAT but i have a gap of 5 years between 12th and graduation. Will this gap create problem in selection for a college or while selecting for job after MBA? I have cleared CA intermediate in these 5 years and have a suitable experience of full time job in a good company.
Hi Vipul. No the 5 years gap won't be a problem in college selection or interview process or job placement . Those will be considered as educational gap since you have a genuine reason and good achievements like clearing CA intermediate, and good company job. Still to be on the safe side, try to get a good percentile , prepare for interview and build up your resume
Hlo,sir/mam recently I completed my graduation now I fill the form of CAT examination for 2021 .so please suggest me how I study or tricks to clear the exam in first attempt?
I hope you are doing well!
Last year, many changes in the CAT 2021 exam pattern and testing slots were made by IIM Indore. This year it is expected that CAT 2021 pattern will change again as IIM Ahmedabad which is conducting CAT 2021, may bring about more changes in CAT exam structure. CAT 2021 may go back to its earlier test structure and time slots. As per the regular pattern, CAT 2021 will be a computer based test of 3 hours with 100 questions divided in three sections. CAT preparation 2021 strategy also needs to be slightly changed from previous year.
How to Plan CAT Preparation 2021
With the expected changes in CAT 2021 pattern, the CAT 2021 preparation according to experts, should also be changed. Experts have advised following required changes in CAT preparation strategy:
Change in CAT Exam 2021
Required Change in CAT preparation
Number of questions to go up from 76 to 100
Test taking stratgey to be tweaked. Selection of questions becomes important
Increased Overall CAT duration to 3 hours and Sectional duration to 60 Minutes each
Students should focus on preparation. Exam could prove more beneficial with better scoring opportunity
Difficulty Level may go up
Improve your skills in each section, IIMs may decide to have stronger skilled students
Change in Mock Test Taking Strategy
Increase total number of questions and duration for your mock test. This will give you a real feel of new CAT pattern
CAT toppers and experts describe CAT preparation strategy in two words – ‘Smart Preparation’ and avoid the hard meaningless preparation that consumes lot of your time with lesser gain.
Since, IIMs do not require a professor or a deep learner in only one area, the CAT exam is designed to measure your aptitude and assess your analytical and communication skills in the areas of English language and usage, Analysis of a situation with data, Approach to arrive at the decision by using reasoning and the basic mathematical skills.
You always have a choice to prepare for CAT with or without coaching. However, it depends upon your requirements, availability of time, skills that you have and the areas you wish to improve among other factors. CAT Self Study with right CAT 2020 Study material or a mix of preparation without coaching and opting for weekend CAT coaching with test series option can be decided now or later as per your requirement.
If you wish to opt for CAT self study, you need to understand first how to prepare for CAT exam at home with the help of right books for CAT exam preparation and other appropriate CAT 2021 study material.
Most of the CAT toppers have opted for CAT preparation without coaching. CAT toppers like IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2020-22 batch, Rahul Gupta with 100 percentile in CAT 2019; Ashish Jhunjhunwala with 99.90 percentile in CAT 2017; Vipul Kukkar 99.99 percentile in CAT 2017 and IIM Calcutta students did self study for CAT exam with the help of books and other CAT study material.
Preparation tips on how to start CAT exam preparation without coaching are focused on following points to guide you how and when you should start your exam preparation 2021:
- Go through the revised CAT exam pattern & CAT syllabus 2021 and Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the three sections and work on improving them
- Gather the best books and CAT study material for preparation 2021
- Take as many CAT Mocks during your preparation online and do the analysis of each Mock. Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
- If you are weak in VARC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies will be helpful. Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day
- Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit more time consuming. Start practicing on DI questions. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.