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CAT 2015 and CAT 2016: Analysis of Sectional Cut off And Overall Cut off

Last Updated - August 30, 2017

CAT 2016 Result has been declared on January 9, 2017. Post result declaration, each IIM releases separate cut off list to shortlist candidates for GD/PI rounds. IIMs have been known to have set an extremely high bar for the CAT Cut offfalling in the bracket of 95-99.98 percentile.

  • The sectional cut-off is the cut off for each section from the CAT Exam Pattern that the candidate needs to qualify along with the overall cut off. 
  • According to CAT 2015 and CAT 2016 Cut off, minimum CAT percentile required was 80 for all the subjects separately, for a candidate from General category to get admission in top IIMs. 
  • According to the overall CAT 2015 and CAT 2016 cut off, 85 was the minimum percentile required by IIMs for a General category candidate, but for CAT 2016, cut offs of a majority of top IIMs required minimum 90 percentile. 

CAT 2016 and CAT 2015: Sectional Cut off

Apart from the overall cut off, each institute declares a sectional cut off as well. The minimum CAT percentile for 2017-19 admission announced by the IIMs for Quantitative Ability have been given below. With this, candidates can estimate CAT 2017 section wise cut off

Sectional Cut-off for Quantitative Ability for CAT 2016

S NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad7065605060
2IIM Bangalore8070656060
3IIM Calcutta≥ 80≥ 75≥ 65≥ 60≥ 65
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Udaipur8072605050
7IIM Rohtak8070454050
8IIM Kashipur8072605050
9IIM Raipur8072605050
10IIM Trichy8072605050

Prior to CAT 2015, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation were combined to make one section of the test paper. In CAT 2015, however, the Quantitative ability was one separate section with a total of 34 questions.

Sectional Cut-off for Quantitative Ability for CAT 2015

S NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad8075706070
2IIM Bangalore8070606060
3IIM Calcutta8075656065
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Shillong7070605050
7IIM Rohtak8070454050
8IIM Ranchi8072605050
9IIM Raipur8072605050
10IIM Trichy8072605050
11IIM Udaipur8072605050
12IIM Kashipur8072605050

The DILR section was for CAT 2016 was a bit easier in terms of the amount of calculation or logic. However, it was certainly lengthy and more time to consume.

Sectional cut off for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT 2016

S NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad7065605060
2IIM Bangalore8070656060
3IIM Calcutta≥ 80≥ 75≥ 65≥ 60≥ 65
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Udaipur8072605050
7IIM Rohtak8070454050
8IIM Kashipur8072605050
9IIM Raipur8072605050
10IIM Trichy8072605050

In CAT 2015, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation were combined to make one separate section.The questions in the logical reasoning section are asked mainly from Seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Venn diagram, Propositions, Data Arrangement, Puzzles, Assumptions, Statements, Clocks and Calendars, Sets etc.In CAT 2015, this section consisted of 32 questions.

Sectional cut off for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT 2015

NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad8075706070
2IIM Bangalore8070656060
3IIM Calcutta8075656065
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Shillong7070605050
7IIM Rohtak8070454050
8IIM Ranchi8072605050
9IIM Raipur8072605050
10IIM Trichy8072605050
11IIM Udaipur8072605050
12IIM Kashipur8072605050

VARC the first section in CAT 2016 paper had 5 passages of RC for 24 Questions overall. It was a pleasant surprise as the RC passages were not very long and quite a few questions were direct.

Sectional cut off for Verbal and Reading Comprehension for CAT 2016

NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad7065605060
2IIM Bangalore8575706060
3IIM Calcutta≥80≥75≥65≥60≥65
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Rohtak8070454050
7IIM Ranchi8072605050
8IIM Raipur8072605050
9IIM Trichy8072605050
10IIM Udaipur8072605050
11IIM Kashipur8072605050

In the year 2015, Verbal and Reading Comprehension was introduced as a stand-alone third section in the test paper. Below is the sectional cut off for VRC section for CAT 2015.

Sectional cut off for Verbal and Reading Comprehension for CAT 2015

NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad8075706070
2IIM Bangalore8575706060
3IIM Calcutta8075656065
4IIM Indore8070554545
5IIM Lucknow8577555055
6IIM Shillong7070605050
7IIM Rohtak8070454050
8IIM Ranchi8072605050
9IIM Raipur8072605050
10IIM Trichy8072605050
11IIM Udaipur8072605050
12IIM Kashipur8072605050
  • For Quantitative Aptitude section, the minimum percentile for CAT 2015 as well as CAT 2016 cut off was 80. But CAT cut off for IIM Ahmedabad was decreased by 10 in the year 2016. 
  • For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section, the cut off for 2016 all the IIMs was 80 for a majority of IIMs. For IIM Ahmedabad it was 70 for General category. CAT cut off 2016 was greater than the previous year.
  • For Verbal and Reading Comprehension, CAT cut off 2016 as well as CAT cut off 2015 was minimum 80 for a majority of IIMs for General category. 

After CAT cut off has been declared, CAT Composite score shortlists the candidates for admission to any IIM. CAT composite score is calculated on the basis of CAT score, WAT/GD/PI, work experience, and academic record. 


CAT 2015 and CAT 2016: Overall CAT Cutoff

CAT 2015 was held in November. IIM aspirants were in for a treat for CAT 2015, as six new IIMs were set to open along with the existing 13 IIMs. This increased the total number of seats for IIM aspirants. 

After the CAT cut off, a candidate comes to know about whether he/she is eligible for the admission or not. Getting admission depends on various factors like CAT score, overall percentile score with sectional cut off. Candidates who get selected get a call from IIMs and other B-schools for the interview round. Given below is CAT 2015 Overall Cut off:

NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Ahmedabad8075706070
2IIM Bangalore9080707060
3IIM Calcutta>90>85>70>70>70
4IIM Indore9080605050
5IIM Lucknow8677706570
6IIM Kashipur9075658165
7IIM Rohtak8575606060
8IIM Ranchi9075658165
9IIM Raipur9075658165
10IIM Trichy9075758170
11IIM Udaipur9075658165

CAT Cut off is deemed fit for WAT/GD/PI rounds. Candidates can go through previous year’s CAT cut off in order to get an estimate of CAT 2017 cut off. Given below are tables that will help you judge what the CAT Cut off 2017 for each IIM will be like. CAT 2016 Overall Cut off is given in the form of a table below:

NO.COLLEGEGENERALOBCSCSTDA/PwD
1IIM Visakhapatnam9075558055
2IIM Bangalore9075758075
3IIM Nagpur9075658165
4IIM Indore9060608050
5IIM Lucknow8565607760
6IIM Kashipur9075658165
7IIM Rohtak8560607560
8IIM Ranchi9075658165
9IIM Raipur9075658165
10IIM Trichy9075758175
11IIM Udaipur9075658165

Factors Determining CAT Cut off

CAT 2016 Cutoff was be determined by organizing authority after the declaration of CAT Result. The cutoff is the minimum marks which a candidate must obtain for qualifying entrance exam. Determination of Cut off is based on following factors:

  • Number of applications received for CAT 2016
  • Previous year CAT cut off
  • Number of candidates who actually attended CAT 2016
  • Performance of candidates in CAT exam
  • Level of difficulty in CAT entrance exam
  • Availability of seats

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