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CMAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile: Know Calculation Process & Tie-Breaking Criteria

NTA has successfully conducted CMAT 2021 on March 31, 2021. Out of 71490 candidates who registered for the CMAT 2021 exam, only 52327 appeared for the exam. CMAT Merit list 2021 is expected to be released soon and it will include the candidate’s sectional score, overall CMAT score, All India Rank, and the percentile obtained. CMAT 2021 Result has also been declared on April 9. Click here to see CMAT Result 2021.

It is extremely important for the candidates to understand the meaning and significance of CMAT Score vs Percentile to be able to interpret the result and the details on the merit list better. Read the complete article to know all about CMAT 2021 Score vs Percentile

CMAT Latest Updates

  • May 15: Last Date to apply for Admission to MBA/PGDM courses at SEIS, Navi Mumbai. Check here
  • May 14: IPE Hyderabad is accepting admissions based on CMAT 2021 Score till May 31, 2021. Check here
  • May 10: Predict your rank using CMAT 2021 Percentile Predictor. Check here
  • April 19: Top AICTE Approved B-Schools accepting CMAT Score for admission. Check here
  • April 9: CMAT Scorecard 2021 has been released on the official website of NTA. Check here

 CMAT Selection Procedure 2021 will begin soon after the release of CMAT Cut Offs by the respective participating Institutes. Know expected CMAT 2021 Cut off.


What is CMAT Score?

What is CMAT Score?

The marks obtained by the candidates on the basis of the prescribed marking scheme are called CMAT scores. In other words, it is the sum total of marks obtained by the candidates in all four sections of CMAT 2021 Exam. To calculate the CMAT score, candidates can follow the below-mentioned process:

  • CMAT Question Paper comprises 100 questions divided into 4 sections. The total time duration is 3 hours. However, in CMAT 2021 Exam, a new optional section consisting of 25 questions on Entrepreneurship and Innovation was added. For candidates who chose to attempt this section were given extra time of 0.5 hr.
  • Four marks are awarded for each question. 
  • For each wrong or incorrect answer, one mark is deducted
  • For unanswered questions, no marks are awarded or deducted
  • The Total score is calculated by totaling the marks as per the number of questions answered.

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CMAT Score Calculation

How to calculate CMAT Score?

Given below is a sample to calculate CMAT Score 2021:

Candidate Questions Answered Correct Answers Wrong Answers Marks for Correct Answers Marks for Wrong Answers CMAT Score
AA 100 75 25 75*4= 300 25*1= 25 300-25= 275
BB 88 80 8 80*4= 320 8*1= 8 320-8= 312

Any candidate can calculate his score as per this method. The sectional and overall score of the candidate is mentioned on CMAT 2021 Scorecard, which is available for download on the official website.


CMAT Percentile

What is CMAT Percentile?

The relative score which shows the percentage of candidates obtaining a lower score than a particular candidate is called the percentile in reference to CMAT. To put it differently, it is a measure of categorizing the candidates based on their performance. It shows the position obtained by candidates on the merit list.

Candidates must note that:

  • The percentile of the total score will not be the sum or average of the percentile of the individual subjects.
  • The percentile score will not be equal to the percentage of marks obtained.

Calculation of CMAT Percentile

The CMAT Percentile vs Score denotes the percentage of candidates that have scored equal to or below that particular CMAT percentile in the examination. Therefore the highest score taker of each session will get the same CMAT percentile of 100. The marks obtained in between the lowest and highest scores are also converted to appropriate CMAT percentiles.

Percentile scores are calculated up to 7 decimal places to avoid the bunching effect and reduce ties. The CMAT percentile score of a candidate is calculated on the basis of CMAT Score using the given formula:

Total Percentile (TP1) = 100 x (No. of candidates who appeared from the session with raw score EQUAL TO or LESS than T1 score/ Total No. of candidates who appeared in the session). However, The committee also has a proper formula to calculate the candidates’ percentile, which is: P=( 1 - All India rank( No. of candidates in that subject) x 100

An easy way for students to calculate their percentile on the basis of rank is by following the below-mentioned formula:

P= 100*{(Total number of candidates who appear for the exam – rank obtained)/Total number of candidates who appeared for the exam}. Perhaps, if there are around 10,000 candidates who appear for CMAT 2021 exam and one of the candidates secures 8th rank. Then his or her CMAT percentile will be

P = 10000-8/10000*100

The calculation brings us to 99.92. This means that his or her CMAT percentile of the exam will be 99.92. As you can see, percentiles of all the candidates will and are calculated in this way, using just this formula.


CMAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile

CMAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile

 The detailed analysis of CMAT 2021 Score vs Percentile will be available soon after the release of CMAT Merit list. However, based on expert analysis of the past few years’ CMAT Score vs Percentile, given below is the expected CMAT 2021 Score vs Percentile for your reference:

CMAT 2021 Score vs Percentile(Expected)

CMAT 2021 Percentile CMAT 2021 Score 
100 345 – 359
90 – 99.99 296 – 344
80 – 89 230 – 295
71 – 79 181 – 229
61 – 70 131 – 175
51 – 60 115 – 129
50 and below Below 114

CMAT Score vs Percentile 2020

Find below the CMAT Score vs Percentile analysis for 2020. 

CMAT 2020 Percentile CMAT Score 
100 347
99.99 342
95 – 99.90 251 – 341
90 – 94.99 232 – 250
89.99 231
85 – 89.99 216 – 230
80 – 84.99 204 – 215
75 – 79.99 192 – 203
70 – 74.99 180 – 191
65 – 69.99 172 – 179
60 – 64.99 160 – 171
Rank Allocation Process

CMAT Rank Allocation Process

CMAT rank is decided on the basis of the candidate’s overall marks. But, there is a possibility that more than one candidate gets the same marks, then, In that case, the rank is allocated on the basis of the below-mentioned criteria:

  • In the case of a tie, ranking is based on the sectional scores as per the defined preference order.
  • The order of preference given to sections is:

                                       Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation > Logical Reasoning > Language Comprehension > General Awareness.

           So firstly, the scores in the section of Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation will be compared. Candidates with more marks in this section will be given preference. If the marks in this section are equal, then the candidate scoring more in the logical reasoning section will be preferred over other the candidate. This process will continue till the General Awareness section.

  • At last, if no conclusion can be drawn from the above method, then candidates with lesser negative marks or who are older in age will be given preference.

So, if one goes on to calculate the CMAT score, it is crucial to keep the above-mentioned points in mind. The All India Rank mentioned on the CMAT Merit List will be based on all these factors.

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Institutes accepting CMAT Scores

Institutes accepting CMAT 2021 Scores

Given below is the list of top colleges accepting CMAT 2021 Scores:

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CMAT Score Vs Percentile FAQs

CMAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile FAQs

Ques. On what basis is the tie score of CMAT 2021 calculated?

Ans. If the CMAT score is similar to more than one candidate, then the ranking is carried out on the basis of the scores gotten by the candidates in the sections. The sections, with the highest weightage to the lowest, are listed below –

  • Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Language Comprehension
  • General Awareness

Ques. How is CMAT Score Calculated?

Ans. CMAT score is calculated as per the allotted marking scheme –

  • 4 marks are given for every correct answer
  • 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer

Ques. How is CMAT Rank allotted to the candidates?

Ans. NTA determines the rank of the candidates through the overall score of the candidates.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in CMAT?

Ans, The candidate will get -1 for every incorrect answer as defined by NTA. 

Ques. Will NTA release sectional score and percentile of CMAT 2021?

Ans. Yes, NTA will release the sectional score of CMAT 2021, along with the overall percentile.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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