IIMs, the top institutes for postgraduate management courses. Each IIM declares their cut off percentile for selection of aspirants into their management courses.
Overall CAT cut offs are announced after the results are declared. IIMs only declare their qualifying cut offs along with their admission procedure and criteria. Final cut off is not announced in public by any of the IIMs. Whereas, other B schools accepting CAT score announce the cut offs before-hand.
Difference between Qualifying CAT Cut off and Final CAT Cut Off
With just 6 months to go, It is crucial for applicants to be aware of the difference between the two kinds of cut offs CAT that have a significant role in the process of admission. Below table will clarify the distinction among them:
|Qualifying CAT cut offs||Final CAT cut offs|
|It is the least marks applicants must score so they are eligible for interview call from the IIMs for WAT/GD-PI round.||It is the least score of percentile fixed by the IIM institutes for applicant selection process for WAT/GD-PI round.|
|Also qualifying cut off does not implies that applicants will be selected for the round of WAT-GD/PI.||Getting the CAT final cut off does not imply that the applicants selection for the admission.|
|Its percentiles of CAT cut off are declared by every campus in their criteria of shortlist and admission notification.||It is not declared publically through any IIM or the top institutes for MBA.|
|It continues to be more than 90 percentile for every IIM, except for IIM Ahmedabad which has qualifying cut off 80 percentile since 2016||It continues to be as high percentile as 99+ for every topmost IIM and percentile of 95+ for new IIMs.|
|It comprises of sectional and comprehensive every cut offs.||It comprises of sectional and comprehensive every cut offs.|
|It is fixed for every category such as the General category students cut off is high, while for students of reserved category is low.||It is fixed for every category such as the General category male students with background of engineering the final cut off is high in comparison to female students, reserved category students, and non-engineering background.|
Expected CAT Cut Offs 2019
In below mentioned table expected final cut offs with actual category-wise CAT cut offs for CAT 2017 and CAT 2016 of some of the top IIM is listed. IIMs have liberalised their cut offs from 2018 to improve diversity of batches.
|ST||42 (42.07)||40 (40.01)||40||65|
|DA||40 (40.19)||40 (40.16)||40||70|