CAT Exam Results

CAT 2020 result was announced on January 5th, 2021 at 12 pm. The candidates can download their scorecard from the official IIMCAT website using their registered login ID and password. The scorecard includes the candidate’s name, registration number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile and overall percentile. 

Also Check CAT 2020 Admit Card

CAT 2020 Result Highlights

  • This year, among the 2.09 lakh candidates who took the exam, 10 candidates scored 100 percentile. All the 10 candidates are male and from an engineering/technology background
  • Among the ten, six of them are from IITs, two from NITs and one from Jadavpur university
  • Four of these toppers are from Maharashtra alone. The remaining six toppers are from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Jharkhand.
  • 21 candidates scored 99.99 percentile and all 21 are male, out of which 19 are from engineering/technology background. 
  • About 75,000 female candidates appeared for CAT 2020 and the highest score among them is 99.98 percentile scored by a student from BITs Pilani.
  • CAT 2020 result can be accessed from the official website of IIMCAT till December 31, 2021
  • Almost immediately after the results are announced, IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for written ability test and personal interview rounds
  • Candidates who meet the required cut off will be eligible for written ability test and personal interview to be held in February 2021.

Also Check CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

How to Download CAT Result 2020?

Process of downloading CAT result

 The CAT 2020 result can be downloaded from the official website of IIMCAT. Registered candidates can check their results and download the scorecard by using their CAT login IDs.

Check your CAT result by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website of IIMCAT
  • Click on ‘CAT login
  • Enter CAT 2019 user ID and password
  • Click on the scorecard tab
  • Download the CAT scorecard

Details Mentioned on CAT Result cum Scorecard

The CAT scorecard contains the following details:

  • CAT 2020 registration number/user Id
  • Candidate’s name, category and gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of examination
  • Candidate contact details and email id
  • CAT scaled score (overall)
  • CAT score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (overall)

Also Read – 11 Candidates Score 100 percentile in CAT 2018

The CAT 2020 scorecards can be accessed only from the official CAT website and will be available for download till December 31, 2021. As the hard copy of the result will not be issued, candidates must ensure that they download the scorecard before the download window closes.

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How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

Calculation of CAT percentile involves three steps: 

In CAT, three marks are awarded for each correct answer and one mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. However, there is no negative marking for incorrect answers in non-MCQ type questions.

  1. First, the section-wise scores of each candidate are calculated after which the overall score is arrived at by totaling the section-wise scores.
  2. Next, these section-wise and overall scores (raw scores) are normalized to arrive at the scaled CAT score.
  3. These normalized scores are then converted into percentiles which are reported in the CAT scorecard.

What is CAT Normalization Process?

The CAT exam is conducted in two slots and the difficulty level is different in both the slots. In order to ensure a fair marking system, CAT authorities have adopted a normalization process wherein the marks of each candidate are scaled.

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Parameters taken into consideration during CAT normalization process:

  • Highest score
  • Lowest score
  • Mean score
  • Median score
  • Top 10 percentiles
  • Lowest 10 percentiles

This normalization process is based on GATE scoring process and the calculations are based on statistic equations.

CAT 2017 Results: Top 20 Include 2 Females, 3 Non-engineers 

What after CAT Result?

Once the results are declared, each of the IIMs will set a cut off mark for shortlisting candidates for the WAT-GD-PI rounds. Candidates who meet the minimum cut off can apply on the official website of the IIMs they had selected in the CAT application form. Thereafter, the institutes will shortlist candidates on the basis of their overall and sectional CAT percentile and academic record.

The IIM admission process consists of three stages. Given below is a summary of the admission process:

  1. Screening of candidates on the basis of CAT score and academic history
  2. Written Ability Test- Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD-PI) round
  3. Final selection of the candidates

The final selection of the candidates for Upcoming MBA batches is largely dependent on multiple parameters such as CAT score, academic history, work experience, academic diversity, gender diversity and performance in WAT/GD-PI. 

CAT 2020 Cut Off (Expected)

We compiled a list of probable cut-offs of all the IIMs. These are estimated minimum percentile based on specific parameters and are for reference purposes only.


IIMs      Expected CAT cut-offs (percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad99
IIM Bangalore99
IIM Calcutta99
IIM Lucknow97-98
IIM Indore97-98
IIM Kozhikode97-98
IIM Amritsar95-96
IIM Nagpur95-96
IIM Sambalpur95-96
IIM Trichy94-95
IIM Raipur94-95
IIM Ranchi94-95
IIM Kashipur94-95
IIM Vizag92-94
IIM Udaipur92-94
IIM Bodhgaya92-94
IIM Shillong90
IIM Sirmaur90


CAT 2020 Toppers List

Here’s a list of CAT 2020 toppers who scored 99-100 percentile across India. 

Candidate NamesOverall CAT 2019 Percentile
Rishi Mittal100
Somansh Chordia100
Patrick D’Souza100
Ahsaas Sharma99.93
Yash Dave99.43
Abhiraj Hinge99.90
Preetam Kumar99.76
Ronit Banerjee99.80
Manisha Barnwal99.89
Monisha Goyal99.51
Vineet Jain99.77
Gaurav Gupta99.27
Ankit Desai99.91
Sukumar Chaudhary99.03


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CAT Results FAQs 

Q: Will I be notified about CAT results via SMS?

A: The candidate will get a notification via SMS on their registered mobile number as and when the results are announced. However, this SMS will not contain the CAT scores.

Q: I do not have any work experience. Will my CAT result get affected by this?

A: Not having work experience will not affect your CAT result. It could, however, have an impact on your final selection to the IIMs as extra points are awarded to students who have prior work experience.

Q: For how long is my CAT score valid? I appeared in the CAT exam for two consecutive years. Can I use the highest score of the two for admission?

A: No, your CAT score is valid only for one year. The 2020 exam score will be applicable for 2021 academic year only.

Q: I appeared in CAT when I was in the final year of Graduation. In my final semester, I got a backlog. Will my CAT score still be valid?

A: Your CAT score will be valid but unless you clear the backlog you may not be eligible to secure an admission in any B-School.

Q: If I do not clear the minimum CAT cut-off, will I still be eligible for admission?

A: No, if your score is less than the cut off score set by a particular institution, you will not be eligible to apply for admission

Q: Will I be able to see my scaled score in my CAT scorecard?

A: Yes, the scaled scores are displayed in the CAT scorecard.

Q: I appeared for CAT exam in the second slot. Will my result be declared on the same day as that of the first slot?

A: Yes. The CAT result for both the slots (1 and 2) is announced on the same day.

Q: Whom do I contact if I want my scores to be re-evaluated?

A: There is no process for re-evaluation of scores in CAT. The scores once allotted remain unchanged.

Q: Is there any difference between the results of the first slot and the second slot?

A: No, there is no difference at all. Scores of all candidates are scaled to arrive at equivalent scoring, thereby removing any discrepancies caused by the difference in difficulty levels between the two slots.

Q: Will CAT cut-offs also be announced the same day as the CAT result?

A: CAT cut-offs will not be announced with CAT results. Only those candidates who are eligible to attend the WAT/GD-PI round of IIMs will be aware of the cut-offs.

Q: Till when can I download my CAT 2020 scorecard from the official website?

A: The scorecard will be available for download on the official website till December 31, 2021.

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