CAT Result

The CAT result is available online for download. You check the CAT result using user id and password provided at the time of registration. CAT result is in the form of scorecard displaying the percentile and section wise & overall scaled scores.

No hard copy is sent to the candidates. Based on the CAT result, candidates are shortlisted for further selection rounds by IIMs and other participating institutes.

CAT result cum scorecard is valid only for one year.

How to check CAT Result

  1. Visit the official website of CAT
  2. Login through your registration credentials - user id and password
  3. Click on the tab ‘Score Card’
  4. Download your result cum scorecard

You are advised to print and keep the CAT scorecard till the admission process is complete.

CAT Result on SMS

The result will also be sent to the registered mobile number of the candidates through SMS.

Details on CAT Result cum Score card

The following information will be mentioned on the CAT result cum scorecard:

  • Registration number / User Id
  • Candidate's name, category and gender
  • Date of birth (DOB)
  • Date and time of examination
  • Candidate contact details and email id
  • Scaled Score of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
  • Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
  • Scaled Score of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
  • Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
  • Scaled Score of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
  • Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
  • Overall Scaled Score
  • Overall Percentile
  • Instructions for post CAT result activities

How is CAT Result Computed

Each question carries three marks. One mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. However, negative marking scheme is not applicable for non-MCQs. IIMs declare CAT result in the form of percentile. A percentile is a measure used to indicate the value below which a given percentage of test takers fall. On the basis of CAT percentile, IIMs and other CAT participating B-schools shortlist candidates for admissions.


  • Candidates who appear for CAT only will be able to download or print the exam result. The result will be available only online. No hard copy of the result will be sent to any candidate.

  • The Overall Scaled Score is the sum of the scaled scores of the candidate in the three sections.

  • Percentile refers to the percentage of candidates who receive the score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate.

  • IIMs and Non-IIM member institutions independently decide how to use CAT scores and follow their own selection process. The score is used only to shortlist candidates for the selection rounds.

  • In case, any candidate provides incorrect information and violates the admission process, his or her candidature will be disqualified. Candidate’s score will become null and void and will not be allowed to appear for CAT in future. If such instances go undetected during the current selection process but are detected in subsequent years, such disqualification will take place with retrospective effect.

  • All queries regarding post-CAT selection process must be directed to respective IIMs. CAT Centre will not answer post-CAT related queries.

  • CAT score will be valid only for one year, and subject to meeting the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination.

CAT Normalisation Process

IIMs use Normalisation process to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions. The process adjusts location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After adjusting the normalisation across different forms, the scores are further normalised across different sections.

Under the term ‘Equating’, scores will be normalised across all the sections. These normalised scores will be converted into percentile to shortlist the candidates who will get a call from IIMs which shortlist them.

Previous Years Trends of CAT Result

Year Registrations Candidates appeared Result date
2018 2,40,338 2,09,405 January 5, 2019
2017 2,31,067 1,99,632 January 8, 2018
2016 2,32,343 1,95,000 January 9, 2017
2015 2,18,664 1,79,602 January 8th, 2016