The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta will be the conducting body for CAT 2018, hence, it would be declaring the results for the same on 1st of January.
CAT 2018 was conducted on 25th November 2018 across 147 cities across the country. The exam was held in two sessions; forenoon and afternoon. The former was conducted from 9 am to 12 pm and the latter from 2 pm to 5 pm.
CAT 2018 Exam: Downloading the Score Card
The CAT 2018 result can be downloaded from the official website of IIMCAT. Candidates are supposed to download their CAT Score Cards by using their login ID and password. An SMS will also be sent to all registered candidates regarding the declaration of CAT 2018 results on the same day.
CAT 2018 Results: Important Dates
Here is a table mentioning important dates regarding CAT 2018.
|CAT 2018 Exam||November 25th, 2018|
|CAT 2018 Answer Key||1st week of December|
|CAT 2018 Results||1st of January|
|CAT 2018 IIM shortlisting||Fourth week of January|
|CAT 2018 Selection Procedure||February – March 2019|
|CAT 2018 Final Selection||April 2019|
Where to check CAT 2018 Results?
The results will be declared online on the official website of IIMCAT. You simply need to visit the said website, click on ‘ Download CAT 2018 Score Card,’ enter your CAT 2018 Id and password and subsequently download your Score Card.
Go to the official website of IIMCAT –https://iimcat.ac.in
CAT 2018 Results: The SMS Way
The results for CAT 2018 would be sent to each candidate who sat for the said exam through the means of SMS on their registered mobile number mentioned in the CAT 2018 application form. Therefore, it is vital for the candidate to produce a functional mobile number at the time of registration.
CAT 2018 Results: Important Details
The Score Card of every candidate would contain the following details:
- CAT Registration Number/User Id
- Candidate’s Name, Category, and Gender
- Date of Birth
- Date and Time of Examination
- Candidate’s Contact Details and Email Id
- Composite Score
- Section-wise Score
- Sectional Percentile
- Overall Percentile
CAT 2018 Results: How will the results be calculated?
CAT entrants are awarded 3 marks for each correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. The calculation, thus, is done taking into consideration the same marking scheme. Notably, there are no deductions under the non-MCQ section of the examination.
Post calculation of the marks, the CAT 2018 results are declared in a percentile score format. Candidates who score a higher percentile score would possess a greater chance of getting shortlisted for admission to the top business schools of the country. These institutes follow the same CAT marking scheme to calculate the percentile. Once the CAT exam paper is checked, the total scores will be calculated and normalized across sections through the normalization process, which brings us to the ‘Normalization Process.’
CAT 2018 Results: The Normalisation Process
This process is done by adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across various forms. The scaled CAT scores obtained in this process are then converted into percentiles. On the basis of the obtained percentile, candidates are shortlisted for PI-WAT (Personal Interview – Written Ability) rounds. Since CAT is conducted in two sessions, two kinds of tests are administered for the two rounds.
Like the term suggests, this process is carried out in order to ensure fairness and equity in the performances of the candidates in both the sessions. Their respective scores will go through the Normalisation Process to arrive at percentile. As we know, the exam is conducted in two slots and the difficulty level of each question set varies for both the slots. The CAT authorities aim at ensuring equity in the marking process, and for the same reason, following a normalization process where they scale the marks of every appearing candidate.
As per the formula used to obtain the scores, the CAT Score Card will contain the scaled scores for each section along with the final percentile. For those who are not aware of the sections the CAT exam entails, there are three sections, viz;
- Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
- Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
- Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT scores are derived through a GATE scoring method, wherein the Normalisation is based on the assumption that distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions. The calculations are based on statistic equations. Via the GATE method, Normalisation takes into account all the variations in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions.
Post Normalisation, the scores are then converted into percentiles. Post the CAT 2018 results, the scores of each candidate will undergo this process. Some parameters that this process includes are:
- Highest scores
- Lowest scores
- Top 10 Percentile Scores
- Lowest 10 Percentile Scores
- Other criteria such as native city, educational background etc.
CAT Results 2018: What Next?
On an average, close to 20 IIMs will accept the scores of CAT 2018 alongside other reputed management institutes of India. Every IIM will decide its own selection criteria and admission process, except for the nine new IIMs, which would be having a Common Admission Process instead.
In general, the admission process comprises of three stages, viz;
- Screening of candidates on the basis of CAT 2018 results and previous academic record
- PI-WAT rounds
- Final selection of the candidates
Here is a reference table with cut-offs of some of the prominent IIMs along with the availability of seats.
|Name of the Institute||Cut-offs in Percentile||Total Number of Seats|
|IIM Bangalore||99.5 and above||412|
|IIM Ahmedabad||99.6 and above||385|
|IIM Lucknow||99.5 and above||436|
|IIM Calcutta||99.5 and above||462|
|IIM Kozhikode||96.3 and above||353|
|IIM Indore||94.7 and above||550|
CAT Results 2018: FAQs
1. If I am not able to obtain the required CAT cut-off, will I still be eligible for admission?
Ans. You need to clear the minimum cut-off for the admission process to begin. This is the first step and the bare minimum to secure a seat in an IIM. Sans it, you cannot secure admission in any of the IIMs. You, however, might be able to attain a seat in any of the private management institutions.
2. My password is not working on the CAT website. What should I do?
Ans. If you are unable to log in with your original password, you can always reset it by clicking on the “Forgot Password” option.
3. Will my scaled score be displayed on my CAT scorecard?
Ans. Yes, your scaled score will be displayed on the CAT Score Card.
4. If I manage to score a good percentile in CAT, but have a backlog of in my Graduation degree, can I secure an admission in any of the IIMs?
Ans. If with a backlog, you manage to score a percentile of 100, you will be called for an interview by IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and almost all IIMs of the country.
5. What is the validity period for my CAT 2018 score?
Ans. The CAT score will remain valid only until December 31, 2018.