Cutoff for a competition exam is a statistical measure of distribution which helps colleges shortlist probable candidates. Every year the cutoff for CAT varies. The factors that determine the CAT cutoff are:
- Based on Aspirants
- Total number of candidates appearing for the CAT exam.
- Calibre of the test takers who are competing for the seats.
- Based on Available Seats
- Total number of seats available in IIMs and other CAT participating institutes.
- Based on Exam Pattern & Scores
- Overall difficulty level of the CAT exam and individual sections – VARC, DILR & QA.
- Normalized scores in order to ensure uniformity in the overall performance of all candidates.
Speaking of the IIMs alone, they are known to screen applicants who have at least 95 to 96 percentile score. Thus, out of two lakh (approx.) students who sit for CAT exam, only 8 to 10 thousand candidates are shortlisted for nearly 3200 seats.
With large number of well qualified aspirants, hard & tricky questions, and limited number of seats, the CAT fight is surely fierce.