Expected CAT Cut off – CAT 2018


CAT is a national level entrance examination which is accepted by more than 100 well-reputed institutions in India. Each year approximately 2 lakhs students appear for the CAT examination and for the ease of the humongous crowd, the CAT exam is conducted in more than 140 cities spread across the nation. The test is scheduled for 25 November 2018 and the CAT cut off and the result will release in the third week of January.

After the declaration of results, each of the CAT participating institutes will release its own cut off, including the 20 IIMs. For IIMs and some of the other participating institutes as well, candidates 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/PI.

CAT Cut Off Determining Factors

  • Number of the candidates appearing for the exam
  • Number of seats available
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Institute’s reputation or ranking

It has been seen that the cut off for old IIMs and top notch B-schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, etc. goes over 99 percentile. Whereas, for the B-schools of tier two, the cut off remains below 90 percentile.


IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Lucknow have already released the CAT exam cut off as per the provisions for different categories and the rest of the IIMs are expected to release IIM CAT cut off soon.

IIM Ahmedabad Cut Off

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

IIM Calcutta Cut off 2018

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

IIM Lucknow CAT Cut off 2018

General 85 85 85 90 80 80 80 85 80 80 80 85
NC-OBC 77 77 77 82 72 72 72 77 72 72 72 77
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
PWD 50 50 50 65 50 50 50 60 50 50 50 60

Expected CAT Cut off for Other participating colleges

There are more than 120 institutes participating in the CAT exam 2018, out of which 20 are IIMs only. So, here is the list of expected Cut offs for some of the CAT participating institutes. Please note that IIMs have no authority over the cutoffs for these institutes. Also, registering for the CAT or IIMs does not register you for these colleges. Candidates have to register themselves in each of the colleges separately.

B-School Expected CAT Cut off
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

Overview of the CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Question Paper Pattern Details

Duration of the Test

3 hours or 180 minutes

Total Number of Sections in CAT


Sectional Duration

1 hour or 60 minutes

Total Number of Questions in CAT


CAt Total Marks


Marks per question


Negative marking for wrong answer


CAT Marking Scheme

As per the CAT exam pattern, the number of questions asked varies in each section – 34 question is Quantitative and VA-Rc both, while 32 questions in DI-LR. In the CAT exam, the candidate is awarded 3 marks for each correct answer ( for all the sections) whereas, one mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. However, there is no negative marking for any unattempted question. Also, in the previous year, it has been observed that there was no negative marking for the non-MCQs.

After the CAT 2018 result is declared the participating institutes will shortlist the candidates for the further selection rounds where most of the colleges conduct – GD, PI and WAT. Candidates are then selected on the basis of the accumulation of their CAT score along with GD, PI and WAT.