Become Job Ready with CollegeDekho Assured Program
Learn More

CAT 2021 Attempts vs Percentile Analysis

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: November 30, 2021 05:10 pm IST | CAT

Increasing your accuracy while solving questions will increase your CAT percentile but it impacts the time you take to solve per question. So, where does the sweet spot lie in the attempts vs percentile analysis of CAT? Find out here.

CAT 2021 Attempts vs Percentile Analysis

CAT Ideal Attempts vs Percentile - How many questions to attempt in CAT 2021 is a very common question asked by candidates appearing for the exam. The number of questions you are targeting in CAT 2021 combined with your accuracy will define your CAT 2021 score. Understanding the relationship between your number of attempts in CAT and your final score will also pave the way of understanding how to get 99 percentile in CAT 2021.

In this article, we take a look at the attempts vs percentile analysis of CAT 2021, including basic aspects such as the exam pattern, marking scheme, score calculation, detailed analysis of and comparison between the number of attempts and percentile of a candidate in CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The following exam pattern and marking scheme is followed for CAT 2021.

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
VARC2472
DILR2060
QA2266

CAT 2021 Marking Scheme - You get 3 marks for every correct answer in CAT 2021 and 1 mark is deducted for every incorrectly answered MCQ. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs or TITA questions. Hence, your accuracy has a major role to play in deciding your CAT 2021 percentile.

CAT 2021 Score Calculation

Calculation of CAT 2021 scores of a candidate basically takes place in 3 steps.

CAT 2021 Vs

Step 1: Raw Scores of a candidate are calculated based on their number of correct and incorrect attempts by using the marking scheme.

Step 2: Since CAT 2021 is conducted in multiple shifts, scaled scores of a candidate are calculated after normalizing for any difference in difficulty level across shifts.

Step 3: Finally, the CAT 2021 percentile of a candidate can be calculated. Scaled Scores are used when calculating the percentile of a candidate.

We have explained both the scaled score calculation and normalization process of CAT 2021 in more detail in the following articles.

CAT 2021: How Scaled Score will be Calculated for Three Shifts?CAT Normalization Process 2021 - Revised Process for 3 Shifts

CAT 2021 Score vs Percentile

Here is a quick comparison of the score vs percentile of CAT 2021 based on previous year trends.

CAT 2021 PercentileCAT 2021 Overall Score
99+ %ile111-120
95-98 %ile95-110
90-94 %ile82-100
85-89 %ile70-80
80-84 %ile51-69

This is a very crude approximation of our detailed CAT 2021 Score vs Percentile Analysis. Check it out for a more detailed explanation of the same.

CAT 2021 Attempts vs Percentile - Role of Accuracy

Accuracy plays a major role in deciding your percentile based on your number of attempts. The number of attempts drops drastically with the increase in accuracy. However, one should also keep in mind that the time taken per question also increases to maintain high accuracy.

Accuracy vs Attempts vs Time
For best results, it is important to establish a balance between Accuracy, Attempts and Time.

Also Read: What is a Good CAT 2021 Percentile/ Score? - Check Here

CAT 2021 Attempts vs Percentile Analysis

The following attempts vs percentile analysis provide a rough estimate to the candidates on how many questions they need to attempt to reach their goal. We have considered the previous year trends and mathematical estimations while creating the analysis. It is also important to note that an error margin of +/- 5 marks must also be included when calculating the CAT 2021 percentile 

Here is a table providing the comparison between accuracy and the number of attempts required for various percentiles.

Target PercentileNo. of Attempts
70% accuracy80% accuracy90% accuracy
70 %ile292420
80 %ile403328
90 %ile605143
99+ %ile887260

The following information has been represented in the following graph.

CAT 2020 Score vs Percentile Graph

The perks of increasing accuracy are clearly apparent in the above graph. Following are some of the major inferences which can be drawn.

Inference No. 1Difference between number of attempts at 70 percentile  vs  Difference between number of attempts at 99+ percentileThe difference between the number of attempts at 70 percentile is much smaller as compared to the difference between the two at 99+ percentile.
Inference No. 2

Difference between 70% and 80% accuracy for 99 percentile  vs  Difference between 80% and 90% accuracy at 99 percentile

For a 99+ percentile score, the difference between 70% and 80% accuracy is much higher as compared to the difference between 80% and 90% accuracy.

Hence, we can make the following deductions from this given information.

Deduction No. 1 - From Inference No. 1, it can be seen that the benefit of increasing accuracy in CAT 2021 is much higher when aiming for a higher percentile. Thus, a candidate aiming for a 90+ percentile score will benefit more from increasing his/her accuracy as compared to a candidate aiming for a 70 percentile score.

Deduction No. 2 - From Inference No. 2, it can be seen that there are limits to the benefits you get from increasing accuracy in CAT 2021. If you increase your accuracy by over 90%, this difference would drop further. Since time is limited, it is better to try and maintain accuracy between 80 - 90% while also maintaining a good speed in CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Attempts vs Percentile Section-Wise Analysis

Based on the information given above, here is a section-wise breakdown of the attempts vs percentile analysis of CAT 2021.

With 70% Accuracy

Target PercentileNo. of Attempts
VARCDILRQATotal
70 %ile119929
80 %ile15121340
90 %ile22182060
99+ %ile30292988

With 80% Accuracy

Target PercentileNo. of Attempts
VARCDILRQATotal
70 %ile97824
80 %ile12101133
90 %ile18161751
99+ %ile25232472

With 90% Accuracy

Target PercentileNo. of Attempts
VARCDILRQATotal
70 %ile86620
80 %ile109928
90 %ile16131443
99+ %ile22182060

This was a section-wise analysis of the attempts vs percentile in CAT 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone.

Also Read:Important Topics for CAT 2021: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

Colleges Accepting CAT 2021

Find out which is the best college for you based on the CAT 2021 Cut Off by using the following tools.

CAT College Predictor 2021CAT 2021 Rank Predictor

The following articles can be checked for a list of colleges accepting CAT 2021 for admission to their MBA/PGDM courses.

List of MBA Colleges Accepting 50-60 Percentile in CATList of MBA Colleges Accepting 60-70 Percentile in CAT
List of MBA Colleges Accepting 70-80 Percentile in CATList of MBA Colleges Accepting 80-90 Percentile in CAT

If you need help with admissions, fill the Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2

/articles/cat-attempts-vs-percentile-analysis/

Be the First to Know

Get Access to Latest Updates

View All Questions

Related Questions

Is it possible to join IIMA without cat ?

-BinnuUpdated on October 03, 2022 03:48 PM
  • 1 Answer
Bachan Singh, Student / Alumni

No, it's not possible. You have to sit for CAT if you wish to seek admission in IIM-A. 

READ MORE...

I want to take admission in MBA in 2022

-mrutyunjaya beheraUpdated on September 17, 2022 06:46 PM
  • 12 Answers
Mahima Gupta, Student / Alumni

Dear Candidate,

You can pursue an MBA degree and can apply for the course now. The Business schools have opened the MBA Admission 2022 process. The application portal to most colleges has been opened. Almost all the other business schools follow a similar pattern of the selection process for MBA courses that involves entrance test scores, GD/ PI/ WAT. Also, If you want direct admission to the MBA program then, start applying now.

READ MORE...

Looking for the best MBA college in Gurgoan. Suggest ?

-nipunUpdated on September 15, 2022 11:51 AM
  • 3 Answers
Nidhi Bahl, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

There are many popular MBA colleges in Gurgaon where you pursue your management dream.

Following are some of the names:

Thanks for visiting Collegedekho.com!

READ MORE...

Do you have a question? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

Subscribe to CollegeDekho News

By proceeding ahead you expressly agree to the CollegeDekho terms of use and privacy policy
Apply Now

Latest Updates

Top 10 Management Colleges in India

View All

Know best colleges you can get with your score

Top