How your CAT 2016 score will affect the percentile?

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Often, we see that the CAT aspirants are clueless about the scaled score and percentile, especially the first timers. They are always seen asking questions like, “If I get this much score then how much percentile it would turn out to be, what score should I get in test so that I have this much percentile, how much should be the sectional percentile if I want to take admission in one of the top IIMs etc. To make the life of aspirants a little easier, we have prepared this article clarifying the score and percentile relationship. By the end of this article we assure you that your concepts regarding the calculation of score-percentile, effect of score on percentile, correlation of number of questions attempted and percentile, and many more will be cleared out, so keep reading.

 

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Is it necessary to have an idea about the score and percentile it would convert to?

Well, having correct and right amount of knowledge is always good. Since, students are busy preparing for CAT 2016, having an idea about the scaled score and what percentile will that score convert to can help them plan a better preparation strategy. Believe it or not but hard work alone doesn’t guarantee that you’ll perform well in CAT. Along with hard work, one has to do smart work if they wish to grab that seat in one of the IIMs or other top B-schools.

This idea of score vs. percentile will help you set a target for yourself. Like if you wish to be a CAT topper this year then you have to set a goal of obtaining 99+ percentile for yourself, so now it’s important to know that how much you should score in CAT 2016 which will convert to this much percentile. Since IIMs use a normalization process for converting the scaled score into percentiles, it becomes important to have an idea on how much your score should be to get a certain percentile.

Are number of attempts and percentiles actually correlated?

This is of course true but the correlation is extremely exaggerated. The far deeper correlation is likely to be between accuracy and percentile. You can say that the number of attempts is the most visible metric and therefore the most discussed. There are lots of students who appear for CAT every year, attempt lots of questions, and consistently get between 85 and 90 percentile. What they should focus on is the fact that accuracy is more important than just attempting. This results in a false myth that the scoring, normalization, percentile conversion, exam etc. were incorrect.

The CAT is a high quality exam. If you have attempted fewer questions but are sure about the accuracy then you shall end up getting a good percentile. The toppers and students who have aced this test are the ones who attempted less than 60 questions but easily got around 99 percentile. So, if you are a CAT 2016 aspirant, decide it for yourself that you want to run after accuracy or number of attempts.

Given below is the correlation between the number of attempts and the percentile you can get if you attempt the said number of questions accurately in CAT 2016. Do remember that these are all just permutations and combinations figured out by experts and have been given here to give you just an idea.

Overall attempts with decent accuracy Percentile that you can expect
75 questions Higher than 99.9
70 questions 99.9
65 questions 99.7
60 questions 99.4
55 questions Around 99
50 questions Around 98
45 questions Around 94
40 questions Around 90

 

#Quick tips for the CAT 2016 aspirants regarding attempts

  1. You should focus on getting the answers correct rather than attempting maximum questions while taking mocks. Try developing this habit and it will help you on the D-Day as by then your way and perspective of attempting the test would have changed. You would see yourself concentrating more on marking the answers accurately than answering more and more questions.
  2. Another thing which the aspirants should take care is that they should not get carried away by all the number of attempts they hear. Just for the kick of saying, enormous number of students say that they have attempted this many questions in the test.

How is the CAT percentile calculated?

A percentile is a statistical measure of distribution. A percentile criterion is a relative method to calculate how you performed in an exam compared to others. Let’s understand the concept of percentile with an example, say you have scored a 98 percentile in the test then it would simple mean that 98% of the test takers scored less than you.

Calculation of percentile basically depends on the number of test takers. Total 2,18,664 candidates registered for CAT in 2015 and out of this, only 1,79,602 took the test. One of the CAT’15 toppers had a scaled score of 246.8, which converted to 100 percentile. Technically speaking, there is no such thing called “100 percentile”.

Like if somebody has secured the 1st rank out of the 3,00,000 students, then his/her percentile would be (299999/300000)x100 = 99.9996 percentile, which when rounded off to two digits will give you 100 percentile. So, technically anyone scoring above 99.996 percentile should be getting a 100 percentile. And those scoring below 99.996 percentile but above 99.985 percentile would get a 99.99 percentile.

The calculation of CAT percentile can be done using a simple formula, which is as follow –

Formula = {1 – (Rank/No. of test takers)} x 100%

Predicting a CAT percentile on the basis of the score is as good as predicting the result of Bihar Polls. A lot of variables are involved in the calculation of percentile. But, still all CAT aspirants crave for the magic formula to predict this. We at Entrance corner again bring you the predictions given by experts based on the data from the previous years.

The table given below allows all CAT 2016 aspirants to get an idea of the score and the percentile it converts to. The details of the sectional score and the sectional percentile it converts to has also been provided at the end of the table. This data is from the leading CAT coaching experts who have summarized the same from the results of their CAT 2015 candidates. 

Score that will get you above 95 percentile in CAT 2016
Scaled score Percentile
250.09 100
246.8 100
226.81 99.95
210.97 99.85
207.77 99.81
203.01 99.74
188.73 99.39
181.43 99.07
180.88 99.04
174.88 98.70
172.91 98.57
172.19 98.52
169.62 98.33
168.45 98.22
168.80 98.26
168.23 98.20
162.73 97.69
161.57 97.59
161.47 97.58
160.17 97.43
160.15 97.43
158.88 97.28
157.65 97.14
154.40 96.72
154.04 96.67
152.68 96.48
152.61 96.47
152.50 96.45
151.94 96.36
151.13 96.25
151.06 96.52
150.89 96.21
150.05 96.07
148.33 95.88
146.40 95.45
144.03 95.01
Score that will fetch you 90 to 95 percentile in CAT 2016
Scaled score Percentile
142.25 94.66
142.04 94.61
142.03 94.61
140.38 94.30
141.50 94.51
141.45 94.49
140.86 94.40
139.72 94.28
138.91 94.17
138.89 93.99
137.38 93.68
136.97 93.58
135.77 93.32
135.39 93.24
135.07 93.16
135.06 93.16
134.72 93.09
134.11 92.95
133.83 92.88
133.75 92.86
133.42 92.78
129.43 91.75
128.77 91.55
128.26 91.41
127.33 91.26
127.75 91.26
126.62 90.93
125.73 90.67
125.70 90.66
124.34 90.27
Score that will fetch you 80 to 90 percentile in CAT 2016
Scaled score Percentile
118.92 88.50
118.85 88.48
118.44 88.34
117.94 88.15
11.78 88.09
117.09 87.85
116.94 87.79
115.37 87.23
114.52 86.93
114.10 86.77
112.65 86.21
112.63 86.20
111.02 85.57
110.22 85.24
110.08 85.18
110.05 85.17
109.12 84.76
107.98 84.19
107.14 83.93
107.13 83.92
105.37 83.12
105.09 82.99
106.14 83.49
104.25 82.64
103.99 82.52
103.71 82.40
100.91 81.10
101.54 81.41
100.30 80.82
99.88 80.63
99.74 80.57
99.38 80.39

Score that will fetch you below 80 percentile in CAT 2016

Scaled score Percentile
95.58 78.53
94.66 78.05
88.90 74.92
87.30 73.97
86.76 73.65
86.54 73.51
86.51 73.49
85.15 72.65
84.47 72.25
83.04 71.39
81.35 70.30
80.88 70.00
78.78 68.58
62.61 56.56
60.03 54.37
68.92 61.54
55.28 50.26

Raw data of CAT 2015 score & percentile

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