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CAT 2021 Result

Updated By Anjani Chaand on 01 Aug, 2021 13:21

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CAT 2021 Result

Institutes of Management (IIMs), which conduct the exam on a rotational basis every year, release the CAT 2021 result of the candidates usually in the 1st week of January. CAT 2021 results are released in the online mode on the official website of the exam. CAT 2021 scorecard is also sent as an SMS on the candidate's registered mobile number once the result is out. IIMs do not send the hard copy of the CAT Result. As part of their selection process, IIMs and other CAT participating management institutes will generate a list of shortlisted students on the grounds of CAT results and their individual selection processes.  The scorecards will not be sent via post but can be viewed online using login details (CAT User ID and password). After viewing the result, candidates will have to download the result and take a printout of the CAT scorecard for further use. A list of shortlisted candidates on the basis of CAT result will be generated by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other participating management institutes, as part of their selection process.

The CAT 2021 scorecard will have the candidate's name, category, registration, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile as well as the overall percentile. More information about CAT 2021 score can be checked at the link given below.

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For CAT cutoff, you can click on the link, and you can check the IIM-wise CAT percentile for admission. Aspirants, in the meanwhile, can check the detailed CAT Exam Analysis to know what was the difficulty level of last year's exam. Candidates can also predict their percentile using our CAT Percentile Predictor to find out their chances of admission at IIMs and other top B-Schools in the country.

Past Results

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 result was released by IIM Indore on January 2, 2021, at 5 pm. The result was released for the candidates in all of the three slots of CAT 2020, which were held on November 29. The scorecard contained the total CAT Marks/ Percentile scored by a candidate in the exam.

In CAT 2019, 10 candidates out of 2.44 lakh candidates scored 100 percentile in CAT. All the candidates who scored 100 percentile in the CAT are from Engineering background. The highest number of toppers in CAT 2019 were from Maharashtra where four candidates scored 100 percentile. Almost 21 candidates scored 99.99 percentile, and 19 of them were from the Engineering background.

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    CAT 2021 Result Dates

    Captured below are the important dates of the CAT 2021 Result. Go through them to stay updated with the exam schedule.


    Tentative Date

    CAT 2021 Exam Date

    28th November 2021
    CAT 2021 Result Announcement

    1st week of January 2022

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    CAT 2021 Result Highlights

    Enlisted below are the significant features of the CAT 2021 Result.



    Website for CAT Result


    How to Check CAT 2021 Result

    Through CAT 2021 login on the official website (using ID and password)

    Method of Calculating CAT Percentile

    CAT Normalization Process

    CAT 2021 Scorecard Validity

    1 year (for admission in the cycle of 2022-23)

    Alternative Method to Check CAT Result

    Via SMS (text message)

    Format of CAT Scorecard


    Some of the important points to note about CAT 2021 results are as follows.

    • CAT 2021 result will be released by IIM Ahmedabad.
    • The result of CAT 2021 will be released in the form of a scorecard.

    • The CAT 2021 scorecard will contain the section-wise scores as well as the overall score of the candidates.

    • CAT 2021 results are accepted by 20 IIMs and more than 2000 other MBA colleges in India.

    • A print out of the CAT 2021 scorecard will be required during the CAT selection process.

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    How to Download CAT 2021 Result

    Here are the steps explaining how to download the CAT 2021 Result.

    • Visit the official website, iimcat.ac.in or click on the direct link to check CAT 2021 result given on this page.
    • Click on the link available to access CAT 2021.
    • You will be redirected to a page wherein you will have to log in using your credentials- (User ID and Password).
    • Click on the ‘Login' tab provided.
    • Click on the ‘Score Card' tab and download your scorecard.
    • Save, take a print copy and keep the CAT 2021 scorecard for future reference.

    CAT 2021 Result via SMS

    Candidates who appeared for the CAT 2021 examination will receive the overall CAT result on their registered mobile numbers. The detailed result will be available on the official website of CAT. 

    CAT 2021 Result cum Scorecard

    Considered as an extremely important document, CAT 2021 scorecard will be required at the time of the admission process. Not just IIMs, many other institutes that accept CAT score ask for the official CAT Scorecard during their process of admission.

    Calculation of CAT 2021 Result

    The result for CAT 2021 will be calculated based on the exam's marking scheme. As per the marking scheme, candidates are awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and they lose one mark for every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs.

    CAT 2021 Percentile

    The CAT result is announced by IIMs in the form of percentile. IIMs and other CAT participating institutes shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT percentile. The CAT Normalisation Process adopted by the IIMs will be used to calculate the CAT 2021 percentile.

    How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

    • Scores of CAT are calculated during the marking scheme of CAT i.e 3 marks for each correct answer and -1 mark for each incorrect answer.

    • After that, the section-wise scores, as well as overall scores of CAT, are normalized to calculate the scaled CAT score.

    • The normalized scores of CAT are then converted into percentiles which are then updated on the CAT scorecard.

    • The percentile of CAT will depend upon many factors such as difficulty level of the exam and the number CAT aspirants.

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    CAT 2021 Normalization Process

    Since CAT 2020 was conducted in three sessions, the normalisation process of CAT 2021 provided here is as per the last year's pattern. The information will be updated if there are any updates to the CAT exam pattern this year. Each session of CAT 2021 has a different question paper. Also, the difficulty level of each question set can be slightly different. Therefore, making use of the normalization process ensures fairness and equity in the marking process for candidates across all the sessions. CAT 2021 normalization is done along the similar lines as GATE scoring, where the normalization is done basis the fundamental assumption that the distribution of candidates' abilities is similar across all the sessions. The normalization followed in GATE takes into consideration all the variations in the question papers' difficulty levels across different sessions.

    The scorecard of CAT comprises the 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. The scaled scores are obtained through the normalization process, which involves adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. The scaled scores are then converted into percentiles for shortlisting candidates for further admission rounds at IIMs.

    Detailed CAT Normalization Process 2021

    Details Mentioned in CAT 2021 Result

    When you receive your CAT result cum scorecard, make sure it has the following details printed on it:

    Details Mentioned on CAT Scorecard

    • Candidate's Registration number/User ID.

    • Name, category, and gender of the candidate.

    • Candidate's Date of Birth (DOB).

    • Date and time when the examination was taken by the candidate.

    • Contact details and email ID provided by the candidate.
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension).
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning).
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability).
    • Overall Scaled Score (the sum of candidates' scaled scores in the three sections).
    • Overall Percentile (the percentage of candidates who receive the score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate).
    • Instructions to be followed post the CAT 2021 result.

    CAT 2021 Score Validity

    The CAT score is valid for one year only. For CAT Result 2021, the score validity will be until 31st December 2022. Any query related to the scorecard will not be entertained beyond this date.

    What After CAT 2021 Result

    Once the CAT results are published, IIMs and CAT 2021 participating institutes will declare their official cutoff. Based on the cutoffs, candidates will be shortlisted for the further admission rounds, which may include Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion/Group Exercise/Case Study and Personal Interview. The cutoff percentile will vary from institute to institute. While some of the top B-schools including the IIMs announce their selection criteria as well as the cutoff prior to the announcement of the result, there are many management institutes that announce their cutoffs post the announcement of CAT result. Based on the candidates' performance in CAT 2021, selection rounds and overall profile, the final merit will be prepared for admissions.

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    CAT Result Dates of Previous Years


    No. of RegistrationsNo. of Candidates Who AppearedCAT Result DateConducting Body

    CAT 2020

    2,27,8351,90,1432nd January 2021IIM Indore

    CAT 2019

    244,1692,09,9267th January 2020IIM Kozhikode

    CAT 2018

    2,40,3382,09,4055th January 2019IIM Calcutta
    CAT 2017



    8th January 2018

    IIM Lucknow

    CAT 2016



    9th January 2017IIM Bangalore
    CAT 2015



    8th January 2016IIM Ahmedabad

    List of CAT Toppers

    The list of CAT toppers can be checked at the link given below.

    List of CAT 2020 Toppers

    List of CAT 2019 Toppers

    List of CAT 2018 Toppers


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    Sir, I am a college student studying for the CAT. Could you please tell me how I should plan for it?

    -Abhishek negiUpdated on May 11, 2021 08:21 AM
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    Rahul Raj, Student / Alumni

    Dear Student,

    We recommend that you go through our CAT 2021 Preparation Strategy & Study Plan Exam Page for CAT preparation. Other resources that may be useful in preparing for the CAT 2021 Entrance Exam are listed below:

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    Hi, I am candidate of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC). can i apply for CAT 2020 from SEBC category?

    -Kunal shelkeUpdated on September 18, 2020 03:51 PM
    • 1 Answer
    Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student,

    CAT 2020 does not have any seat reservations for Socially and Economically Backward Students (SEBC). You can find more information about the same in our article on the CAT 2020 seat reservation policy.

    Please feel free to write back to us if you require any other information. For help with admission to MBA colleges in India, please fill our Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.

    Thank you.


    I don't have any old EWS certificate and my new certificate will come after 16th sept. Can I submit the undertaking without any old certificate as of now??

    -AyushiUpdated on September 18, 2020 02:47 PM
    • 1 Answer
    Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student,

    You have to submit any available certificates with the CAT 2020 undertaking. However, CAT 2020 exam dates have now been revised and the deadline to submit the CAT 2020 application form has been extended to 23rd September to help candidates get sufficient time to arrange any certificates.

    Please feel free to write back if you have any other queries,

    Thank you.


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    FAQs about CAT Result

    How is the CAT score of a candidate calculated?

    CAT results are calculated on the basis of the marking scheme decided by the conducting body. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer while one mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

    How can I check CAT 2021 Result?

    You can check the result of CAT 2021 from the official website of CAT. You will have to enter your login ID and password to check your score.

    Can I save my CAT result?

    Yes, you can download your CAT scores from the official website of CAT. You can also take a print out of the score card for future reference.

    Will I receive CAT results on my mobile number?

    No, you will just receive notifications regarding the CAT result on your registered email address.

    What is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?

    CAT score is the marks obtained by the candidate in the exam while CAT percentile shows the position secured by the candidate.

    What details are mentioned in the CAT result?

    Some important details such as Candidate's Registration number/User ID, Overall Scaled Score, Overall Percentile and Scaled Score of each section are mentioned in the CAT result.

    What is the highest CAT score?

    Highest CAT scores varies every year. However, the topper will be decided on the basis of the percentile. The candidate who scores 100 percentile will be the CAT topper.

    What happens after CAT result?

    Once the CAT results are out, IIMs will release the cutoff scores. Candidates who meet the cut off will be selected for WAT and the GD-PI round.

    Is 80 percentile good in CAT?

    All the IIMs select students with more than 97 percentile. If you have scored 80 percentile, you can apply to other MBA colleges.

    What is a good CAT score?

    The average score of CAT is between 86 to 114. Candidates who score above this are good performers. 132 is well above average. 133 is above average score.

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