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How to Calculate CAT 2020 Score and Percentile: Know Expected Marks For CAT 99.5 Percentile

IIM Indore has conducted Common Admission Test, CAT 2020 this last Sunday, November 29. This year, the scoring and paper pattern has been revised. Instead of 3 hours exam duration, CAT 2020 exam duration was for two hours, and the paper is divided into three sections — Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, over 2 lakh students have appeared for this management admission test following health and safety guidelines. Check out how CAT 2020 Scores and percentile would be calculated as well as what percentile to expected on the basis of raw scores.

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CAT Score Normalization Process

The first step after the exam is to ensure the equalisation of the difficulty levels of the three sessions. As the test CAT 2020 held in three different sessions, so different sets of paper are issued in different sessions. So how to ensure there is no disparity?

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Here is where the CAT normalization process comes to the fore. These parameters (location, session, the difficulty of the different paper sets) are adjusted and equalized while scaling the raw score obtained by the student such that there is no disparity on account of these factors.

After normalisation across different forms, the scores shall be further normalised across different sections. The Scaled Scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting. This normalized score is used for calculation of the CAT percentile.

Calculation of CAT 2020 Percentile Score

Since the CAT exam held in three sessions, the normalised score obtained by students will be converted into a percentile score to arrive at the rank obtained in the exam. We have simplified and details the process used in CAT percentile calculation for the ease of the students attempting the exam.

The stepwise procedure to calculate the marks in any section, be it Quantitative Aptitude (QA) is given below :

1- Variable N is taken. N is basically the total number of aspirants that appear in the CAT examination in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

2- Now a variable r is assigned. Here r means the rank on the basis of the score obtained in that section. If any number of the candidates obtain an equal score, the same r is assigned to them. The person who gets the highest mark in the section is assigned rank 1.

3- Now, with the help of the formula (N-r/N) * 100, the percentile in that section is calculated.

4- In this step, the rounding off for the score is done up to the two places of decimal. For example, if a candidate scores 97.985 his score would be rounded to 97.99 for that section.

Note: the similar process is repeated to get the percentile scores of the DILR and VARC sections. Once the overall percentile for the CAT score in all the sections is found out, the scores are added together. A similar methodology is applied to obtain the final CAT percentile score.

CAT 2020: Expected Percentile

This year the total number of questions in CAT 2020 has also been reduced to 75-76, divided into a VARC – 26, LRDI – 24, Quant – 26 questions format. The CAT paper has MCQs (multiple choice questions) along with non-MCQs. While +3 will be given for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. In the case of non-MCQs, the correct answer will give +2 but there is no negative mark.

Once your raw scores are calculated, the same would then be scaled and normalized as per the Scaled Score Calculation as laid out by the IIM. For the same, the score obtained by a candidate in a section would be normalized against the maximum score obtained in that section across the slot and ranked in terms of percentile. Candidates’ sectional percentile would be calculated to determine the final or overall percentile.

As per CAT 2020 analysis by our expert, following are the expected marks for 99.5 percentile

CAT 2020: Expected Marks for 99.5 percentile


Note that these scores are not official and based on paper analysis. Official information will be available only after CAT 2020 result.

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