The cutoff of CAT is the minimum marks or percentile you must obtain in order to qualify for the next round of selection process. IIMs and other participating institutes release the CAT cutoff to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure. You must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff in order to get shortlisted for the next rounds of the selection process - WAT-GD and PI.

Factors Determining CAT Cutoff 

The cutoff depends on various factors:

  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Number of test takers
  • Number of candidates qualifying for the next rounds
  • Number of seats
  • Institute reputation or ranking 

CAT Cutoff 2017 for IIMs 

IIM Ahmedabad

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC cum Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70 

IIM Bangalore

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 75
DA 60 60 60 75

IIM Calcutta

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General ≥80 ≥80 ≥80 ≥90
SC ≥65 ≥65 ≥65 ≥70
ST ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
NC-OBC ≥75 ≥75 ≥75 ≥85
PWD ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70

IIM Lucknow

Category PGP PGP-ABM PGP-SM
VARC DI & LR QA Overall VARC DI & LR QA Overall VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 85 85 85 90 80 80 80 85 80 80 80 85
SC 55 55 55 70 55 55 55 65 55 55 55 65
ST 50 50 50 65 50 50 50 60 50 50 50 60
OBC-NC 77 77 77 82 72 72 72 77 72 72 72 77
PWD 50 50 50 65 50 50 50 60 50 50 50 60

IIM Kozhikode

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 90
SC 50 50 50 65
ST 40 40 40 55
NC-OBC 70 70 70 80
PWD 40 40 40 55

IIM Indore

Category QA Percentile Rank DI & LR Percentile Rank VARC Percentile Rank Overall
General 80 80 80 90
OBC (NC) 70 70 70 80
SC 55 55 55 60
ST 45 45 45 50
PWD 45 45 45 50

IIM Visakhapatnam

Category Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DI & LR) Section 3 (QA) Aggregate
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 55
DA 50 50 50 55

IIM Ranchi

Category Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DI & LR) Section 3 (QA) Aggregate
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 60 60 60 78
SC 50 50 50 60
ST 30 30 30 40
DA 30 30 30 40

IIM Bodh Gaya

Category Section – 1VARC Section – 2DI & LR Section – 3QA Overall
OPEN >80 >80 >80 >90
NC-OBC >55 >55 >55 >75
SC >50 >50 >50 >55
ST >30 >30 >30 >35
DA >50 >50 >50 >65

IIM Nagpur

Category DILRPercentile VARCPercentile QAPercentile Aggregate
General 72 72 72 90
NC-OBC 65 65 65 81
SC 50 50 50 65
ST 40 40 40 40
DAP 50 50 50 65

IIM Sambalpur

Category DILRPercentile >= VARCPercentile >= QAPercentile >= Aggregate
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 60 60 60 78
SC 50 50 50 60
ST 30 30 30 40
DAP 30 30 30 40

IIM Kashipur

Category DILR VARC QA Aggregate
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 60 60 60 78
SC 50 50 50 60
ST 30 30 30 40
DAP 30 30 30 40

IIM Raipur

Category DILR VARC QA Aggregate
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 72 72 72 81
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 65
DAP 50 50 50 65

IIM Shillong

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 75 75 75 75
SC 60 60 60 60
ST 50 50 50 50
NC-OBC 75 75 75 75
PWD 50 50 50 50  

IIM Rohtak

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 85
SC 45 45 45 60
ST 40 40 40 60
NC-OBC 70 70 70 75
PWD 50 50 50 60

IIM Trichy

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 90
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 75
NC-OBC 72 72 72 81
PWD 50 50 50 65

IIM Udaipur

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 90
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 65
NC-OBC 72 72 72 81
PWD 50 50 50 65

IIM Kashipur

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 90
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 65
NC-OBC 72 72 72 81
PWD 50 50 50 65

IIM Sirmaur

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 75 75 75 80
SC 50 50 50 70
ST 45 45 45 65
NC-OBC 68 68 68 72
PWD 50 50 50 70

IIM Jammu

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 75 75 75 80
SC 50 50 50 65
ST 45 45 45 60
NC-OBC 68 68 68 72
PWD 50 50 50 70

IIM Amritsar

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 90
SC 50 50 50 55
ST 30 30 30 35
NC-OBC 55 55 55 70
PWD 30 30 30 35

CAT Cutoff for Non-IIM Institutes

B-School CAT Cutoff
Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, DU) 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+ Percentile
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai 85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ Percentile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+ Percentile

After the 2018 result is declared, participating institutes will shortlist candidates based on their cutoffs and other eligibility criteria. Shortlisted candidates have to appear for further selection procedure which includes Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.