CAT 2018 Cut-Off

CAT Cut-Off

Conducted by the IIMs, the CAT is one of the most competitive exams in the country. The Common Admission Test is a prerequisite for admission in all the IIMs and several other prestigious B-Schools.

The IIMs and other institutes that accept CAT scores put forth a minimum cut-off to shortlist the candidates for successive rounds. The IIMs conduct a Written ability test (WAT) followed by a Personal Interview (PI) while some institutes conduct Group Discussion (GD) and PI.

The candidates are required to clear the overall and sectional cut-offs accordingly to get eligible for shortlisting by their preferred institutes. It should be noted that the CAT score is not the only shortlisting criteria and that, the shortlisting criteria differs from institutes to institutes.

What is CAT Cut-off?

As mentioned earlier, the CAT cut-off can be defined as the minimum score or percentile that a candidate has to secure to get eligible for the shortlisting criteria of the different institutes. Though the final selection depends upon various other factors, the CAT percentiles are used as an initial shortlisting criterion.

The IIMs consider the cut-off score of CAT to shortlist the candidates and then consider other factors like CAT score, previous year academic score, work experience, etc. to select candidates for final selection i.e. WAT and PI.

Factors Affecting CAT Cut-off:

The cut-off for CAT varies every year from institute to institute. The institutes consider different factors and declare their respective cut-offs accordingly. Some of the most important factors that affect the cut-offs are given below.

  • Total number of seats
  • Number of test takers
  • Difficulty level of questions
  • Category of the Candidate

The IIMs also consider other factors like gender diversity, PWD status to vary the cut-off accordingly. It should be noted that clearing the cut-off does not necessarily mean that one will be called for WAT and PI. As previously mentioned, the IIMs and other institutes take academic records and work experience into consideration for shortlisting.

CAT 2018 Cut-offs

The CAT 2018 results are already declared by IIM Lucknow and the institutes will declare their respective cut-offs later. An expected CAT cut-offs 2017 for different IIMs and other top management schools are mentioned in the following table.

  • CAT 2018 Cut-off For IIMs (Expected):

The expected cut-offs of the top 5 IIMs are given here. Both the sectional and overall cut-offs are given here for all the categories.

IIM Ahmedabad Cut-offs

Sectional Cut-offs
Overall Cut-off
General 70 80
NC-OBC 65 75
SC 60 70
ST 50 60
PWD 60 70

IIM Bangalore Cut-offs

Sectional Cut-offs
Overall Cut-off
General 70 90
NC-OBC 60 80
SC 50 70
ST 50 70
PWD 45 60

IIM Calcutta Cut-offs

Sectional Cut-offs
Overall Cut-off
General 80 90
NC-OBC 75 85
SC 65 70
ST 60 70
PWD 65 70

IIM Lucknow Cut-offs

Sectional Cut-offs
Overall Cut-off
General 85 90
NC-OBC 77 82
SC 55 70
ST 50 65
PWD 50 65

IIM Kozhikode Cut-offs

Sectional Cut-offs
Overall Cut-off
General 80 90
NC-OBC 70 80
SC 50 65
ST 40 55
PWD 40 55


  • Expected CAT 2018 Cut-off For non- IIMs:

Some of the top non-IIM institutes are given along with their expected CAT 2017 cut-off. It should be noted that the list does not represent the rank of the institutes. These cut-offs are expected and might change depending upon the institutes.

Institute Name

CAT Percentile Cut-off

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Delhi 98
Department of Management Studies (DMS), Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi (IITD) 97
Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IITB) 95
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai 95
S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai 90
MDI, Gurgaon 90
International Management Institute (IMI) Delhi 90
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 88
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management and Research – Mumbai 87
It should be noted that the cut-offs are decided by the individual institutes and they can vary the cut-offs according to their respective requirements. The candidates can also check the list of top management colleges in India to know about the latest rankings of the top institutes. Stay tuned with BYJU’S to get more such information related to CAT exams and MBA admissions. BYJU’S also provide the latest notifications to keep the candidates updated with the recent news.