CAT Score Vs Percentile
CAT Score vs Percentile - A management aspirant, who intends to get admission in top IIMs and other B-schools has to understand that the CAT score he gets in the exam will be the basis of the percentile, which indicates his position in comparison to the rest of the students who sat for the CAT entrance.
Let us understand the term “CAT score"
In the CAT 2018 exam, the question paper had a total of 100 questions. The various sections were Quantitative Ability (34), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34), and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (32) and the total marks were 300. The student got + 3 for every correct attempt and -1 for every incorrect attempt. The final CAT score which the student got was after the marks of individual sections were compiled.
Let us understand the term “CAT Percentile"
The term ‘percentile’ is a number where a certain percentage of scores fall below that number. Let us understand it further by taking an example. If a student gets 85 percentile, then it means that 85% of the students who appeared in the CAT exam have scored less than him. Moreover, students securing 85 percentile or above suggests that they are in the top 15 percent of the total number of students who sat for the entrance exam.
To understand the difference between CAT marks and CAT percentile we have a table for your reference:
Let us understand the term “Normalization of CAT score”
In 2018, CAT was conducted in two sessions. The CAT exam was conducted on November 25 with the morning session (conducted during 9 AM-12 noon ) and afternoon session (conducted during 2:30- 5:30 PM). There were two different test forms for the students. Keeping in mind that the students should be assessed fairly in their performances across different test sessions, a process of normalization is followed. According to the official conducting body of CAT “The Normalization process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections.” Finally, when you have calculated your CAT percentile, it will help you in predicting the calls that you would be receiving from the reputed B-schools. The expected CAT score will further bring you closer to achieving your aim of getting admission in the B-school. Moreover, it will motivate you to start revising general knowledge topics for the second phase of CAT exam, i.e. Group discussion, personal interview and WAT.