In the last couple of days my mailbox is overflowing and with a single query from many of you. How many questions should be attempted to ensure an IIM call appears to be a common worrying point. Unfortunately most of you believe that one needs a minimum of 99%ile for an IIM call, this creates unnecessary pressure and stresses you out. The reality is that even for a general category candidate the cutoff for most of the IIMs (including IIM A) is significantly lower than 99%ile.

To help you fine tune your test taking strategy I have created a short video that will give you the minimum attempts that you should target for an IIM call based on the category (General/NC-OBC/SC/ST) you belong to. The target attempts assumes 85% accuracy and is based on the data of CAT 2011 & 2012.

In addition to the CAT score, the interview calls from IIMs depend upon your profile score. You can check your profile score for the various IIMs by updating your profile in the SIS.

Click here to access this video. For more information on the target attempts for other institutes based on your category and latest updates on all tests visit

All the best for CAT’13