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Are 12th class marks important for CAT exam?

The Common Aptitude Test, which is widely known as CAT is an annual entrance test conducted by Indian Institutes Management (IIM) for admission in MBA and other management courses. Every year one of the IIMs conduct this exam by rotation. This year the registration of CAT exam will be published most possibly in August.

The exam will be held in the second half of November. CAT exam eligibility criteria are that the candidate must complete his/her graduation with a 3-year course of bachelor degree and secure 50% (45% for SC/ST/PWD) or more marks.

Are 12th class marks important for CAT exam

Students who are in the final year of their graduation can also apply. There is no upper age limit for appearing in the exam. So, the minimum eligibility for CAT exam does not require a high score in 12th standard.

However, the selection procedure in different institutes and IIMs is different. Each IIM is an autonomous institute, and set up different criteria for CAT Exam selection process. A candidate s overall academic career besides CAT score are taken into account while making the final merit list. Weightage is given to 10th, 12th, graduation marks, extracurricular activities, and work experiences of a candidate. Based on the selection criteria and cut-off set by different institutes, a candidate is called for group discussion and personal interview rounds. Since hundreds of thousands of candidates fiercely compete every year for a place management institutes, the weightage of 10th, 12th marks in CAT cannot be ignored. Some of the IIMs give below 10% weightage to 12th standard percentage of marks, while some IIMs give as high as 50% weightage to a candidate s 12th standard score.

Though it is more pragmatic to check the selection criteria of this year, but one cannot go back to his/her 12th standard score and improve it. It is always good to have a brilliant score in both the board exams iF someone is eyeing to get a seat in the country s leading B-schools. Even if a particular management school is not giving much importance to class 12 marks, when two or more students secure same score in CAT, always higher scorer in 12th standard will be given preference.

The management schools who produce future managers for different corporate houses, always look for candidates who have been performing consistently throughout their academic career. So, board exam result of class 10th and 12th act as an integral part in selection process of the management schools, but not for appearing in the CAT exam. So, one should keep in mind that he/she can write CAT exam without giving much thought to his/her 12th standard score, but when it comes to make it to the merit list, those scores have a great significance.


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Gaurav 21/06/2018

The shortlisting criteria of the IIMs differ and also depends on course taken. The people are also competing, in a way decide the criteria. Getting good score may not in the drivers' seat, but getting a poor score (Hence getting a good score in XIIth as well as Xth is mandatory for making an impression among the ones who clear CAT.  more » The shortlisting criteria of the IIMs differ and also depends on course taken. The people are also competing, in a way decide the criteria. Getting good score may not in the drivers' seat, but getting a poor score (<75) will definitely put you out of contention.
Hence getting a good score in XIIth as well as Xth is mandatory for making an impression among the ones who clear CAT. «less

Anupa 18/04/2018

It is definitely correct to say that 12th board scores are the foundation for your further studies and career. So one needs to put maximum effort to score good in higher secondary level.

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