Is it possible to score 99.5+ percentile on the CAT and not get selected for IIM – A?

Is it possible to score 99.5+ percentile on the CAT and not get selected for IIM – A?

Answer by Anish Passi:

Many answers to this question already. And they all explain various scenarios. I’ll just add my 2 cents here.

P.s.: This is not going to be a personal/ friend’s example. Just some simple logic:

  1. A candidate may not get an interview call even after scoring a 99.5+ percentile
    1. This has already been explained with examples by many people in this thread. Basic reason: CAT score is 1 component. Academics, work experience also play an important part.
  2. A candidate may get a PI call, but not a final call
    1. Think of it this way: All those who get an interview call from IIM A are in the same range for CAT scores and academics. So in that regard, the field is almost leveled again. While your CAT score will still be a factor in your final selection, your entire competition will be people who have scored in the top 1 percentile.
    2. In this level playing field what you do in your interview (and writing assessment test) will decide whether you get a final call.

There are plenty of examples for each scenario mentioned by others. So, I am not going to add more.

Is it possible to score 99.5+ percentile on the CAT and not get selected for IIM – A?

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Anish Passi is the founder of Test Cafe. With 99th percentiles in both the GMAT (760/ 800) and CAT (99.55 percentile), Anish has a keen understanding of how aptitude tests work. He has shared his conceptual and test taking expertise with students for over a decade, and has helped them master their tests, and shape their careers.
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