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By: Sunil Kushwaha

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IIM Lucknow has released the CAT Cutoff Percentile after the Result Declaration. IIM Lucknow will convoke CAT 2023, India’s most extensive MBA entrance exam, to be organized on 26th November. CAT 2023 Cutoff will be out by several IIMs. Candidates who will perform in CAT 2023 must satisfy an overall cutoff percentile and a sectional cutoff percentile to feature in the following rounds. The anticipated announcement of the CAT Exam 2023 date will be followed by the release of cutoff scores after the exam concludes. Candidates should then focus on the subsequent stages, involving group discussions and interviews.

After the results are out, candidates must secure their scorecards from the official website using their login credentials for future admission purposes. The selection process comprises an online test with both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Type Answer (TITA) questions, followed by an interview phase. Reviewing past years’ cutoffs can offer candidates an idea of the expected cutoff for 2023.

Entrants planning to go in for CAT 2023 Exam must qualify for the sectional along with the overall cutoff to qualify for the next rounds of the selection procedure, namely WAT-GD/PI. CAT is directed each year by IIMs on a rotational basis for admission to MBA/PGDM courses proffered through IIMs and 100 other top B-schools in the country

CAT 2023 Cut Off – Released by IIM

newicon CAT Previous Year Cutoff has been Released for Various Courses by IIM. Click to View Details Cut Off Percentile.

CAT 2023 Cut Off

The anticipated CAT cutoffs for the year 2023 are expected to range at 99+ percentile for male candidates with an engineering background in the general category aiming for admission into esteemed institutions like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, MDI, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, among others. For IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Trichy, other new IIMs, IITs, and various MBA colleges such as XIMB, IMT Ghaziabad, and IMI, the expected CAT cutoff range is projected to be between 85 to 95 percentile. The CAT cutoff in 2023 is set to serve as a significant criterion for shortlisting candidates for subsequent MBA admission stages, encompassing Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).

CAT 2023 Cut Off – Released

Stage 1: Shortlisting for Writing Ability Test (WAT) – Personal Interview (PI)

Applicants will undergo a selection process based on their CAT 2023 scores, previous academic achievements, and other specified criteria. Specifically for the MBA-SM program, a minimum work experience of 24 months is an additional eligibility requirement.

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Stage 1a: Eligibility Criteria for WAT-PI

CategoryMBAMBA-ABMMBA-SMTotal
GeneralVARC: 85DILR: 85QA: 8590
EWSVARC: 77DILR: 77QA: 7782
NC-OBCVARC: 77DILR: 77QA: 7782
SCVARC: 55DILR: 55QA: 5565
STVARC: 50DILR: 50QA: 5060
PWDVARC: 50DILR: 50QA: 5060

VARC=Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; DILR=Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; QA=Quantitative Ability

Stage 1b: Calculation of the Composite Score for Shortlisting for WAT-PI stage

Candidates who achieve the specified minimum sectional and total percentiles for their respective categories in CAT 2023 will exclusively be taken into account for Stage 1b. The composite scores in Stage 1b will be calculated based on these candidates’ performances.

Sl. No.ComponentWeight (MBA)Weight (MBAABM)Weight (MBASM)Method of scoring
1Scaled CAT score (CS)606060Candidate’s CAT score CS × (Highest CAT score of 2023 / Candidate’s CAT score)
2HSC marks (12M)10101012M = [{Max(P, 80) – 80}/20] x 10, where P = Candidate’s Class 12th percentile based on pooled data
3Graduation marks (GM)101010Normalized as per Academic Discipline: (i) Engineering; (ii) Science; (iii) Commerce; (iv) Arts; (v) Others
4Work Experience (WE)10010IF (Prog = MBA & x > 6) WE = min{(x – 6)×0.50, 10} ELSE IF (Prog = MBA-ABM) WE = 0; ELSE (Prog = MBA-SM & x > 24) WE = min{(x – 24)×0.50, 10}
5aDiversity Factor (DFa): Academic Discipline (AD)520*5IF (Prog = MBA/MBA-SM) & Bachelor level degree is Non-Engineering DFa = 5 ELSE IF (Prog = MBA-ABM & AD listed in Table 3) DFa = 20 ELSE DFa = 0
5bDiversity Factor (DFb): Gender55*5IF (Prog = MBA/MBA-ABM/MBASM & Gender = Female) DFb = 5 ELSE DFb = 0
Composite Score100100100Calculated based on the specified weights and scoring methods for each component.

Scheduling for WAT-PI

The composite score (derived from Stage 1b) for candidates qualifying in Stage 1a, along with the shortlist for the WATPI (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview) process, will be accessible on our official website www.iiml.ac.in. These candidates must complete and submit the WAT-PI form online within the specified deadline. Failure to submit the WAT-PI form within the allotted time will result in disqualification from the WAT-PI process. IIM Lucknow will not entertain any queries regarding this matter. Candidates are strongly advised to regularly check the official website of IIM Lucknow (www.iiml.ac.in) for updates and notifications related to the admission process after the declaration of CAT-2023 results.

Stage 2: Criteria for Final Selection of Candidates for MBA/MBA-ABM/MBA-SM program

The final score determining a candidate’s selection for the MBA/MBA-ABM/MBA-SM program for the batch 2024–26 will be computed based on the allocated weights.

S. No.ComponentWeight (MBA & MBA-SM)Weight (MBA-ABM)
1Common Admission Test (CAT)3035
2Academic Performance (12M + GM)5 + 55 + 5
3Diversity Factor (DFa + DFb)55
4Work Experience5NA
5Writing Ability Test (WAT)*1010
6Personal Interview (PI)4040
Final Score100100

Notes:

  • Minimum PI Passing Requirement: Candidates need a minimum of 12 out of 40 marks in the Personal Interview (PI) to pass. Candidates failing to pass the PI won’t be included in the final merit list.
  • Academic Program Classification: The final decision regarding the academic category in which a program is classified is under the authority of the Admissions Committee at IIM-Lucknow.
  • Reservation Policy: IIM Lucknow adheres to the Government of India’s reservation policy for admission to Central Educational Institutions (CEIs).
  • Dispute Resolution: Any disputes related to admissions for the batch 2024-26 will be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent Courts within the territorial boundaries of Lucknow only.

How To Download CAT Cut Off 2023

Accessing CAT 2023 Official Cutoffs:

  • Step 1: Visit the official ‘CAT’ website.
  • Step 2: Locate and select the option ‘CAT Cut Off 2023’.
  • Step 3: A new webpage will appear, displaying the cutoff scores categorized for candidates belonging to different categories.
  • Step 4: Review and examine the cutoff scores relevant to your specific section and the category you belong to.

Factors Affecting the CAT Cut-Off 2023

All candidates are encouraged to understand the CAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus thoroughly. Having a clear comprehension of these aspects is pivotal as it helps individuals commence their preparation early. The CAT cutoff is influenced by multiple factors each year. Here are some of the elements that impact the CAT Cut-Off 2023:

  • Applicant Volume: An upsurge in participant numbers usually leads to a rise in the cutoff threshold.
  • Exam Complexity: Tough exams often result in lower cutoff marks, while moderately difficult exams tend to have higher cutoff expectations.
  • Available Positions: Refers to the number of seats available for admissions in various institutions.

CAT Cut Off 2023 Category Wise

The projected CAT cutoffs for 2023 in the General category for male candidates with an engineering background and specific academic scores (90% in class 10th, 85% in class 12th, and 80% in graduation) are estimated to be around 99.68 percentile for IIM Ahmedabad, approximately 99.89 percentile for IIM Bangalore, and roughly 99.71 percentile for IIM Calcutta. Unfortunately, there is no table or further details provided regarding the category-wise CAT 2023 cutoffs for OBC, SC, ST, and EWS categories in the provided text.

Institute NameGeneral Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad99.68
IIM Bangalore99.89
IIM Calcutta99.71
Institute NameOBC Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad97.71
IIM Bangalore96.08
IIM Calcutta97.87
Institute NameSC Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad79
IIM Bangalore83
IIM Calcutta91.44
Institute NameST Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad73
IIM Bangalore78.93
IIM Calcutta77.9
Institute NameEWS Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad97.71
IIM Bangalore95
IIM Calcutta99.03

Expected IIM CAT Cut off 2023

For General category students, the CAT cutoff range for IIM typically spans between 99 and 100 percentile. Among reserved category students in CAT 2023, aiming for a percentile of 97 to 98, slightly below the national average, is the target. Estimated CAT cutoff projections for prestigious MBA institutions such as SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, and others in 2023 are expected to range between 95 to 99 percentile. The CAT cutoff comprises the qualifying cutoff, disclosed before the official announcement, and the final cutoff. The IIM CAT Cutoff 2023 includes the CAT Qualifying Cutoff and the CAT Final Cutoff.

CAT 2023 Cut Offs for IIM Admission

Below are the anticipated CAT 2023 cut-off percentiles for general category candidates aiming for admission into the top 21 IIMs. These projected cut-offs represent the expected minimum percentiles that candidates need to achieve in CAT to secure an interview round. It’s noteworthy that CAT cut-offs for the general category tend to increase annually, typically ranging between 90 to 100 percentile. Conversely, for reserved category students, there’s usually a significant relaxation in the minimum percentile required for eligibility.

IIM NameCAT Cutoff 2023 (Expected)
IIM Ahmedabad99-100
IIM Bangalore99-100
IIM Calcutta99
IIM Lucknow97+
IIM Indore97+
IIM Kozhikode97 to 98
IIM Amritsar95+
IIM Nagpur95+
IIM Sambalpur95+
IIM Trichy94
IIM Raipur94
IIM Ranchi94
IIM Kashipur94
IIM Vizag92
IIM Udaipur92
IIM Bodhgaya92
IIM Shillong90
IIM Sirmaur95
IIM Rohtak95
IIM Mumbai97

CAT Cut Off for Top MBA Colleges (Non-IIM)

CAT is a compulsory requirement for candidates aspiring to secure admission to IIMs. However, numerous prestigious B-schools in India also consider CAT scores for their MBA programs. Candidates appearing for CAT 2023 have the opportunity to apply to various MBA colleges across the nation.

Besides the IIMs, a range of other leading MBA colleges such as IMT Ghaziabad, SP Jain, TAPMI, IIM Shillong, MICA, IIT Bombay, IPU MBA, etc., have their respective CAT cutoffs for the forthcoming academic session.

B-SchoolCAT Cutoff (Expected)
FMS Delhi98.20 Percentile
BITSOM94 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi98+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration90+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay99+ Percentile
IMT Ghaziabad90+ Percentile
MDI Gurgaon95+ Percentile
NITIE Mumbai95+ Percentile
SPJIMR85+ Percentile
XIMB90+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras95+ Percentile
TAPMI Manipal85+ Percentile

CAT Qualifying Cut off vs CAT Final Cut off

Prospective candidates aiming for admission to IIMs should understand the distinction between two significant types of CAT cutoffs that significantly impact the admission process. These are:

  • Qualifying CAT Cut Off for IIM 2023: This cutoff represents the minimum percentile or score required in the CAT exam to be eligible for consideration in the initial shortlisting process for admissions at IIMs. Meeting this cutoff doesn’t guarantee a call for further rounds but serves as a preliminary eligibility criterion.
  • Final CAT Cut Off (IIM Call Cut Off): This cutoff is the minimum percentile or score decided by each IIM after the initial shortlisting. Candidates surpassing the Qualifying CAT Cut Off are then assessed based on various criteria, and those meeting the Final CAT Cut Off are typically invited for further rounds of the selection process, such as Group Discussions (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interviews (PI), for final admission consideration.

CAT Qualifying Marks vs Final Marks for IIMs

Typically, candidates often inquire about the qualifying marks for CAT. The qualifying marks in the CAT exam denote the eligibility conditions that candidates must meet to participate in this national-level MBA entrance test. However, it’s crucial to differentiate between CAT qualifying marks, which determine eligibility for the exam, and CAT qualifying cutoff, which is a separate criterion for participation in subsequent selection rounds. The CAT final marks for IIMs represent the actual category-specific cutoffs that are individually disclosed by authorities on their respective official websites.

IIM NameMinimum Overall Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad80 percentile
IIM Bangalore90.6 percentile
IIM Calcutta90 percentile
IIM Lucknow90 percentile
IIM Indore90.5 percentile
IIM Kozhikode90 percentile

Previous Year Cut Off list. Check Below-

CAT 2022 Cutoff

Name of the IIMsCAT 2022 Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad85
IIM Bangalore85
IIM Calcutta85
IIM Lucknow90
IIM Indore90
IIM Kozhikode85
IIM Amritsar90
IIM Nagpur85
IIM Sambalpur93
IIM Trichy93
IIM Raipur93
IIM Ranchi90

IIM Ahmedabad Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2023 Percentile Ranks

CategoryVARCDILRQAOverall Percentile Rank
General, EWS70707080
NC-OBC-cum-transgender65656575
SC60606070
ST50505060
PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)60606070
PwD (ST)50505060

IIM Bangalore Previous Year CAT Cutoff (2022)

CategoryVARCDILRQAAggregate
General80808085
NC-OBC70707075
EWS70707075
SC60606070
ST55555565
PWD50505060

This table displays the sectional (VARC – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, DILR – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, QA – Quantitative Aptitude) and aggregate percentile requirements for various categories.

IIM Calcutta Minimum requirements of CAT 2023 percentiles for Stage I

CategorySection-1 (VARC)Section-2 (LRDI)Section-3 (QA)Overall Percentile
Open≥80≥80≥75≥85
EWS≥70≥65≥65≥75
NC-OBC≥70≥65≥65≥75
SC≥65≥60≥60≥70
ST≥55≥55≥55≥65
PwD≥45≥45≥45≥55

IIM Lucknow Cutoff Criteria 2023

CategoryMBAVARCDILRQATotal
General8585859090
EWS7777778282
NC-OBC7777778282
SC5555556565
ST5050506060
PWD5050506060

IIM Kozhikode Cutoff Criteria 2023

CategoryCAT Score PercentileSectional PercentileSSC/X Class PercentageHSC/XII Class Percentage
General85756060
OBC-NCL/EWS75656060
SC65555555
ST/PwD55455555

IIM Kashipur Cutoff Criteria 2023

CategoryCutoff-PercentileQALRDIVARCTotal Percentage
General7070709280.25
EWS4040407050
NC-OBC4545457461
SC3535355441
ST32.532254034.13
DAP32.532254034.13

IIM Indore CAT 2023 Sectional and Overall Percentile Cut-offs

CategoryQALRDIVARCOverall
General80808090
EWS80808090
NC-OBC70707080
SC55555560
ST40404045
PwD40404045

IIM Ranchi and Kashipur CAT Cutoff 2023

CategoryQALRDIVARCTotal Percentile (Overall)
General70707092
EWS40404070
NC-OBC45454574
SC35353554
ST32.5322540
DAP32.5323540

This table represents the scores in each section (QA – Quantitative Aptitude, LRDI – Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension) and the overall total percentile for different categories.

What After IIM CAT Cutoff 2023 – Admission Procedure

Candidates listed under the CAT IIM cutoff are required to undergo the IIM admission procedure. The CAT cutoff is determined by various factors considered by IIMs. Candidates can assess their CAT raw score against the corresponding percentile in the CAT 2023 result.

CAT Score vs Percentile

Typically, candidates scoring above 80 percentile in the CAT 2023 examination are selected and invited for subsequent examination rounds by leading B-schools in India. The CAT marks vs percentile are categorized into four main ranges.

IIMs further invite candidates for their selection process based on the CAT cutoff marks achieved by the candidates.

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List of Top B-Schools Accepting CAT Scores and Cutoffs

Over 600 B-schools consider CAT scores and CAT cutoff 2023 for admission. Prospective students often inquire about the CAT cutoffs for prestigious MBA colleges. Post the CAT entrance exam, many participating institutes commence their admission procedures. Based on candidates’ percentiles in the CAT exam, respective B-school authorities shortlist them for subsequent selection rounds in the MBA program admission process.

CAT 2023 Cut Off FAQs

What is CAT Cut Off?

The CAT cut-off is the minimum percentile or score candidates require to qualify for the next stage of the selection process in various management programs offered by prestigious institutions.

How is CAT Cut Off determined?

CAT cut-off is determined based on multiple factors such as the number of candidates, exam difficulty level, available seats, and past trends. It varies for different categories and institutions.

When are CAT Cut Off scores announced?

CAT cut-off scores are generally released after the CAT exam results, following which various participating institutions announce their cut-offs for admission.

Is CAT Cut Off the same for all IIMs and other institutions?

No, the CAT cut-off varies for different IIMs and other institutions based on their admission policies, number of applicants, and available seats.

What happens if I meet the CAT Cut Off?

Checking the CAT cut-off qualifies you for further rounds of the selection process, which may include the Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI), and Group Discussion (GD) among others.

Are sectional cutoffs considered in CAT?

Yes, many institutions consider sectional cutoffs in CAT. Candidates must meet the sectional cutoffs along with the overall cutoff to qualify for further rounds.

Can CAT Cut Off change every year?

Yes, the CAT cut-off varies annually due to factors like exam difficulty, number of candidates, and available seats. It may increase or decrease compared to previous years.

Do CAT Cut Off scores guarantee admission?

Meeting the CAT cut-off doesn’t guarantee admission. It’s one of the qualifying criteria. Admission depends on various factors, including performance in subsequent selection rounds and overall competition.

What is the usual range of CAT Cut Off for top institutions?

For top institutions like IIMs, the CAT cut-off generally ranges between the 95th to 99th percentile. However, it can vary for different categories and institutes.

Where can I find official information about CAT Cut Off?

Official CAT cut-off information is usually available on the respective institute’s official website or admission portal post the declaration of CAT results. Candidates are advised to check these platforms regularly for updates.

If you have any queries regarding CAT 2023 Cut Off, you can ask your query and leave comments below.

Sunil Kushwaha

As a dedicated Biology Science graduate, I'm passionate about sharing the latest updates in national and state entrance exams through my blog. I aim to keep aspiring students informed about exam trends, important dates, and changes in syllabi. With a keen interest in education, I strive to offer valuable insights for students navigating the competitive landscape of entrance examinations and admission tests. Stay updated with me.

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