# How to Get 100 Percentile in CAT? Know the Calculation Behind It

Every year, lakhs of candidates sit for the CAT exam and aim to crack it by getting a score of 100 percentile, which realistically speaking is tough to achieve. We all know that the CAT exam is known for its extreme competition where candidates aim to achieve a perfect 100 percentile in CAT. While this might sound tough but with a proper strategy and the right preparation anything can be achieved. To know how you can achieve this goal, we have prepared a blog.

## What is CAT Percentile?

To calculate every candidate’s CAT percentile, the examination authority applies a formula. The CAT percentile of every candidate is done through their raw score. To put test takers’ raw scores on a common scale, the CAT exam’s raw scores from each session are first normalised. The exam’s raw scores are subsequently translated into percentiles using the following formula:

## How to Calculate CAT Percentile?

To calculate every test taker’s CAT percentile, below is the formula which the examination authority follows. Keep in mind that the CAT percentile of every candidate is calculated from their raw score.

For further clarification, first, the raw scores of all the test takers across each session of the CAT exam are normalised to bring them on a common scale. Secondly, the raw scores are then converted into percentile based on the formula mentioned below.

In this formula,

P refers to the Percentile score
R= Rank of the candidate arrived at based on scaled CAT score or the total number of test takers ranking below a particular candidate.
N= Number of candidates who appeared in CAT exam (all three sessions)
Eg: Suppose, 1,000 people take CAT and one candidate scores 196 out of 198 (scaled score) and the rest 999 score below 196. Then the CAT percentile of the candidate who got the highest raw score will be 999/1000*100 = 99.9.

## How to Score 100 Percentile in CAT?

If you are one of those who is aiming to get 100 percentile in the CAT exam and aspire to study in one of the top institutions in India offering an MBA programme, IIM. Then you must prepare yourself to follow a different preparation strategy from the rest of the students. To help you, we have compiled some major preparation tips to get 100 percentile in the CAT exam:

If you are clear with your aim, i.e. to score 100 percentile in the CAT exam, then you must be prompt and begin your preparation as soon as you get your hands on the syllabus. This will not only keep you ahead of the others but give you an edge over the other candidates. You will get more time to master the syllabus.

### Understand the Syllabus

Secondly, to begin in full swing you must familiarize yourself with the syllabus, exam pattern and marking scheme. This will help you create a well-structured plan for yourself. After going through the syllabus, identify the most important parts of the syllabus, understand your strengths and weaknesses and then move ahead.

Now that you are clear with the goal, you must have a clear idea about how many marks you need to achieve to reach the same.

### Choose the Best Study Material

Make sure you choose the best study material as it plays a vital role in the preparation for the CAT exam. There are plenty of books and study materials which you can go through to prepare for the CAT exam. Make sure you do thorough research on the books and study material that is best.

### Create a Structured Study Plan

Finally, when all of this is done then create a structured study plan which will help you to be disciplined and reach your target easily. Make section-wise weekly goals that need to be achieved and track your progress accordingly.

### Solve Previous Year’s Question Papers

Finally, when all the preparation is complete, don’t forget to solve the previous year’s question papers. This will help you test the knowledge that you have acquired and track your performance for the final day.

## Significance of Scoring 100 Percentile in CAT Exam

All those candidates who score 100 percentile in the CAT exam get to move to the next round, i.e get interview calls from some of the top IIMs – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta. Note that getting 100 percentile is the highest CAT cut-off for Personal Interview (PI) shortlisting of a candidate from the General category.

All those candidates who perform well in the CAT exam, have a good academic record and clear the WAT-PI rounds to get the final admission call. Candidates holding the 100 percentile not only have the chance to study in some of the top IIMs but any major B-school.

## FAQs

Which IIM has the lowest cutoff?

IIM Ahmedabad is said to have the lowest cutoff, i.e. 70 percentile or above for each section.

Which IIM is easy to get into?

IIM Shillong is easy to get into as it even accepts students having a 75 cutoff.

Which is harder to get into IIM or IIT?

IIM is considered to be more difficult to get into. This is because of the extreme competitive nature of the CAT exam.

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