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CAT 2021 Cut Off - Category Wise Cut Off for IIMs & Top MBA Colleges

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 27 Nov, 2021 15:53

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What Exactly does CAT 2021 Cutoff Mean?

CAT 2021 Cutoff is the minimum percentile required by candidates to get a call for admission to the various CAT participating colleges. Knowing the CAT 2021 cutoff for MBA colleges is helpful in deciding which MBA college is best for a candidate as per his/her performance. Each MBA college accepting CAT score releases its own CAT 2021 Cutoff for admission to their courses. This includes the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The cutoff for different courses or MBA specialisations offered by individual institutes is also different.

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Factors Affecting CAT Cutoff

There are various factors that influence the CAT cutoff required for each institute. Following is the list of factors that determines CAT cutoff for an institute.

  • Number of seats for a course

  • Number of applicants for the course

  • Number of candidates shortlisted for the selection round

These were the only factors that determine what a CAT cutoff for an institute would be. However, there are many other factors that also influence an increase or decrease in the cutoff. These include.

  • The difficulty level of CAT 

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the exam

  • Number of candidates who qualified the exam

  • Rank/reputation of the institute (affects the number of applicants)

Factors Affecting CAT Cutoff

Can an Average Student Clear CAT Cutoff?

Yes, an average student can clear the CAT Cutoff. Since CAT is a test of reasoning and analytical skills, a candidate who is otherwise average in academics can succeed in clearing the CAT Cutoff. It is possible for an average student to get a 99+ percentile score in CAT with hard work and a good preparation plan. However, the hiccup arises while applying for admission to the IIMs since they include academic scores, especially for candidates who are aspiring for IIMA, IIMB and IIMC.

How to Clear CAT Cutoff?

Clearing the CAT cutoff not only requires dedication and hard work but also needs a good preparation strategy and measured study. Here are some of the best preparation tips to help you clear the CAT cutoff.

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What to Do with CAT Cutoffs?

Knowing and understanding the CAT cutoff will help a candidate set targets for the college he/she is aiming for. Given below are some articles that will help a candidate find out the best colleges basis his/her CAT percentile.

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How is CAT Qualifying Cutoff Different from CAT Final Cutoff?

CAT Qualifying Cutoff – Also known as IIM Eligibility Cut off, CAT qualifying cutoff marks is the minimum mark that must be scored by a candidate in order to be eligible for the Interview round of IIMs. If a candidate successfully secures the CAT qualifying marks, then he/she will be eligible to be called up for the GD-PI/WAT rounds conducted by different IIMs.

CAT Final Cutoff – Also goes by the name IIM Call Cut off, CAT final cutoff marks is the minimum percentile score defined by the IIMs for the selection of candidates for the GD-PI/WAT rounds of IIMs. The table provided below will list out the difference between CAT qualifying cutoff and CAT final cutoff:

CAT Qualifying Cutoff

CAT Final Cutoff

Meeting this cutoff criterion will not assure the selection of the candidates for the GD-PI/WAT round

Meeting this cutoff criterion will not assure the admission of the candidates in IIMs

This cutoff is fixed before the CAT result is announced

This cutoff is fixed after the CAT result is declared

Each campus announce this cutoff in their admission criteria and shortlist notification

The Institutes do not announce this cutoff publicly

This cutoff for all IIMs remains above 90 percentile except for IIM Ahmedabad where CAT qualifying cutoff has hovered around 80 percentile from 2016 onwards

The final CAT cutoff of top IIMs remains 99 percentile and above and the same for the new IIMs remain 95 percentile and above

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIMs

IIMs declare the CAT 2021 cutoff to shortlist candidates for the admission process. However, the actual call cutoff of IIMs is much higher than the eligibility cutoff. The eligibility cutoff is declared before the declaration of CAT 2021 results but the call cutoff or final cutoff is only released after the results are released. 

IIMs require candidates to clear both sectional as well as the overall cutoff for CAT 2021 in order to shortlist them for the selection rounds, which include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

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After the declaration of CAT 2021 Results, IIMs prepare a merit list of candidates to shortlist them for the admission process. The cutoff is different for reserved and unreserved seats in each individual IIM and every candidate has to satisfy the cutoff for their category to be called for an IIM interview.

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IIM Selection Criteria

IIMs select candidates on the basis of their CAT scores. Here is the selection process in brief.

IIM Selection Criteria

Step 1: Shortlisting

 IIMs release their Eligibility Cut Off before the declaration of CAT results. Only the candidates who clear the eligibility cutoff can fill the application form for the respective IIM. Once, CAT 2021 is conducted and results are declared, IIMs release the final shortlist of candidates called for admission rounds based on the Call Cut Off.

Step 2: Interview

Candidates who clear the Call Cut Off appear for the selection rounds of the respective IIMs. As a part of the selection process, IIMs conduct WAT, GD and PI and the performance of the candidates is note din all three of these rounds.

Step 3: Selection

The final selection of candidates is done based on the overall application and performance of the candidate. The following factors are considered in final selection:

  • CAT score
  • Graduation score
  • Class X & XII score
  • Performance in GD-PI/WAT
  • Work experience
  • Diversity factors

Various IIMs release their respective weightage for the calculation of the final composite score based on which the final Merit List and Wait List are released by respective IIMs. Merit Listed candidates must confirm their admission by paying the fee. Any seats left vacant thereafter are transferred to the Waitlisted candidates as per merit.

For the detailed selection criteria, check the link below.

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Expected CAT 2021 Cutoff For IIMs

The expected CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIMs has been provided in the table below.

S. No.
IIM
Expected CAT 2021 Cut Off Percentile
Expected Cutoff 2022
1IIM Ahmedabad99+IIMA Expected Cutoff 2022
2IIM Bangalore99+IIMB Expected Cutoff 2022
3IIM Calcutta99+IIMC Expected Cutoff 2022
4IIM Lucknow97-98-
5IIM Kozhikode97-98IIMK Expected Cutoff 2022
6
97-98
-
7
95-96
-
8
95-96
-
9IIM Sambalpur95-96-
10IIM Ranchi94-95-
11IIM Tiruchirappalli94-95-
12IIM Kashipur94-95-
13IIM Raipur94-95-
14
92-94
-
15
92-94
-
16
92-94
-
17
90+
-
18
90
-
19
90
-
20IIM Shillong90-

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CAT 2021 Expected Cutoff of Non-IIM B-Schools

Here is the list of the top non-IIM B-Schools that accept the CAT 2021 score.

Name of Institute 

CAT Score Required [in Percentile]

Loyola Institute of Business Administration [LIBA, Chennai]

90+

TA Pai Management Institute [TAPMI, Manipal] 

85+

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research [SPJIMR, Mumbai]

85+

Institute of Management Technology [IMT, Ghaziabad]

90+

Xavier's Institute of Management [XIM, Bhuwaneshwar]

94

Management Development Institute [MDI, Gurgaon]

95+

IIT Delhi

98+

IIT Bombay

99+

Faculty of Management Studies

98.20

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CAT 2021 Cutoff Dates

Following are some of the important events and dates related to the CAT 2021 cutoff.

Event

Date

Declaration of Eligibility Cutoff by IIMs

October 2021 - January 2022

CAT 2021 Exam Day

November 28, 2021

CAT Result Declaration

First week of January 2022

Release of the CAT 2021 Cutoff and Merit List

January - February 2022

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad (Latest)

CAT percentile or cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad admission for admissions 2021 year can be checked below.

Section 

General 

NC-OBC/ Transgender

SC

ST

PwDPwD (ST)

VARC

70

65

60

50

6050

DILR

70

65

60

50

6050

QA

70

65

60

50

6050

Overall

80

75

70

60

7060

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Calcutta (Latest)

CAT 2020 percentile/ cutoff for IIM Calcutta admissions for the 2021-23 year can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

75

6565

60

55

45

DILR

80

6565

60

55

45

QA

80

7070

65

55

45

Overall

85

7575

70

65

55

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Bangalore (Latest)

CAT cutoff or percentile for IIM Bangalore admission for the upcoming year can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

7075

65

55

50

DILR

75

6565

60

55

50

QA

756565605550

Overall

85

7575

70

65

60

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Lucknow (Latest)

CAT percentile/ cutoff for IIM Lucknow admission for the last year is as follows

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

85

7777

55

50

50

DILR

85

7777

55

50

50

QA

85

7777

55

50

50

Overall

90

8282

70

65

65

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Kozhikode (Latest)

CAT 2020 cutoff/ percentile for IIM Kozhikode admission for 2021 can be checked below.

Section 

General

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

Class X

60%60%60%55%55%55%

Class XII

60%60%60%55%55%55%
CAT 2021

VARC Percentile

75

6565

55

45

45

DILR Percentile

75

6565

55

45

45

QA Percentile

75

6565

55

45

45

Overall Percentile

85

7575

65

55

55

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Indore (Latest)

CAT percentile/ cutoff for IIM Indore admission for 2021 can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

8070

55

45

45

DILR

80

8070

55

45

45

QA

80

8070

55

45

45

Overall

909080605050

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Nagpur (Latest)

CAT 2020 cutoff/ percentile for admission to IIM Nagpur for the 2022-24 session is as follows. 

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

DAP

VARC

72

7265

50

35

35

DILR

72

7265

50

35

35

QA

72

7265

50

35

35

Overall

85

8576.50

60

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Amritsar (Latest)

CAT 2020 percentile or CAT cutoff for admission to IIM Amritsar for 2022-24 academic session is as follows.

Section 

General 

NC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

75

60

50

35

35

DILR

75

60

50

35

35

QA

80

65

55

35

35

Overall

85

75

55

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Sambalpur (Latest)

CAT 2021 percentile/ cutoff for IIM Sambalpur 2022-24 admissions can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

75

7560

50

35

35

DILR

75

7560

50

35

35

QA

80

8065

55

35

35

Overall

85

8575

55

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Ranchi (Expected)

 CAT 2021 cutoff/ percentile for IIM Ranchi admission for the 2022-24 academic year can be checked below.

Section 

General

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

6060

45

30

30

DILR

80

6060

45

30

30

QA

80

6060

45

30

30

Overall

94

7575

55

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Trichy (Latest)

The CAT 2021 Cutoff percentile for IIM Trichy 2022-24 admissions is as follows.

SectionGeneralEWSNC-OBCSCSTPwD
VARC705050352727
DILR705050352727
QA705050352727
Overall937474544040

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Kashipur (Latest)

CAT 2021 cutoff percentile for IIM Kashipur admission for 2022-24 can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

70

5050

35

27

27

DILR

70

5050

35

27

27

QA

70

5050

35

27

27

Overall

93

7474

54

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Raipur (Latest)

The CAT 2021 cutoff/percentile for admission in the 2022-24 batch of IIM Raipur is given below.

SectionGeneralEWSNC-OBCSCSTPwD
VARC705050352727
DILR705050352727
QA705050352727
Overall937474544040

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Visakhapatnam (Expected)

CAT 2020 cutoff/ percentile for IIM Visakhapatnam admission for the academic year 2022-24 is given below.

Section 

General

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

85

7070

50

30

30

DILR

80

7070

70

30

30

QA

80

7070

50

30

30

Overall

85

7575

55

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Bodh Gaya (Expected)

CAT 2021 cutoff or percentile for admission to IIM Bodhgaya for 2022-24 batch is as follows.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

8060

50

30

30

DILR

80

8060

50

30

30

QA

80

8060

50

30

30

Overall

90

8578

60

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Udaipur (Expected)

 CAT 2021 cutoff/ percentile for IIM Udaipur 2022-24 admissions are given below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

8060

50

30

30

DILR

80

8060

50

30

30

QA

80

8060

50

30

30

Overall

90

8578

60

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Rohtak(Expected)

CAT 2021 cutoff percentile for IIM Rohtak admission for the 2022-24 batch can be checked below.

Section 

General 

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

70

6060

50

30

30

DILR

70

6060

50

30

30

QA

706060503030

Overall

95

9078

55

30

30

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Sirmaur (Expected)

The expected CAT 2021 cutoff percentile for IIM Sirmaur 2022-24 admission is as follows.

Section

General

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

80

6060

50

45

30

DILR

80

6060

50

45

30

QA

80

6060

50

45

30

Overall

95

7575

70

55

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Jammu (Latest)

The expected CAT 2020 percentile cutoff for admission to IIM Jammu for 2022-2 academic session as follows.

Section

General

EWSNC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

70

5050

35

27

27

DILR

70

5050

35

27

27

QA

70

5050

35

27

27

Overall

93

7474

54

40

40

CAT 2021 Cutoff for IIM Shillong (Expected)

CAT cutoff/ percentile for IIM Shillong admission for the last year is as follows:

Section

General

EWS

SC

ST

DA
Class X8080555050
Class XII8080555050
Graduation8080555050
CAT 2020

VARC

75

75

60

50

50

DILR

75

75

60

50

50

QA

75

75

60

50

50

CAT Previous Year Cutoff for Indian Institute of Management - IIM CAT Cut off 2019

Here is the list of the IIMs with their previous years’ cut-off for CAT examination and based on this the CAT 2020 cut-off would be determined.

Indian Institute of Management 

Indian Institute of Management  Cut-off

Total seats

Indian Institute of Management  Ahmedabad [2019]

80

395 

Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore [2019]

85

400

Indian Institute of Management  Lucknow [2019]

90

500

Indian Institute of Management  Kolkata [2019]

85

460

Indian Institute of Management  Kozhikode [2019]

90

375

Indian Institute of Management  Indore [2019]

90

450

Indian Institute of Management  Trichy [2019]

95

180

Indian Institute of Management  Rohtak [2019]

95

240

Indian Institute of Management  Udaipur [2019]

95

260

Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore

  • High Academic Profile is considered for selection 

  • 1000+ candidates will be shortlisted

Indian Institute of Management  Indore

  • Cut-off of the shortlisted candidate would be 90 percentile

  • 1400 candidates shortlisted

  • Final cut-off during admission might raise up to 90+

Indian Institute of Management  Ahmedabad

  • 182 candidate would be shortlisted from CAT 2019 with percentile below 90

  • 1200 candidates will be shortlisted all together

  • The general category must have 81.53 percentile 

Indian Institute of Management  Lucknow

  • Only 1500 candidates will be selected for PI-WAT round

  • The CAT cut-off would be more than 90+

  • No group discussion for the shortlisted candidates. 

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FAQs about CAT Cut Off

Do all colleges have separate CAT cutoff?

Yes, all colleges have separate CAT cutoff. Candidates may check the CAT cut off from the official website of the respective institutes.

Is the qualifying CAT cutoff different from final CAT cutoff?

Yes, the qualifying cutoff is the minimum percentile required to be eligible for the WAT-PI round while the final cutoff is the minimum percentile required to get a call for WAT/GD-PI round of any IIM or B-School.

Is there any difference between the CAT cutoff for general category and reserved category candidates?

Yes, there is a separate cutoff for reserved category candidates. The cutoff for reserved category candidates is generally low as compared to general category candidates.

Is it necessary to clear the sessional cutoff of CAT along with the overall cutoff?

Most of the B- schools and IIMs select candidates on the basis of overall cutoff as well as the sessional cutoff so it is necessary to meet the sessional cutoff of CAT along with the overall cutoff.

How can I check the final CAT cutoff for all IIMs?

IIMs do not release their cutoff officially. The cutoff will be available only to those candidates who are selected for GD/ PI round.

When do the colleges release their CAT cutoff?

Colleges will release their CAT cutoff along with the CAT result. Candidates may check the cutoff of the selected college before proceeding for admission.

What factors are responsible for deciding the CAT cutoff?

Cutoffs of all the colleges are prepared after considering the difficulty level of the exam, number of candidates appearing for the exam and total seats.

What is CAT cutoff?

CAT cutoff is the minimum percentile required for admission at any college. Every college has its cutoff which the candidate has to satisfy in order to get admission.

Does the CAT cutoff vary every year?

Yes, CAT cutoff varies every year. The cutoff will decide whether the candidate is eligible for admission or not.

Does CAT have sectional cut off?

It depends on the college. Some colleges have a separate cutoff for all the three sections while some colleges have a common cutoff for sections.

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