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Cut-off Score Previous Years

Considering the difficulty level of the CIMA examinations, the past pass rates have been quite encouraging. Students who have studied diligently and have adhered to the guidelines laid down by CIMA have been able to clear the examinations comfortably.

Passing Score:

From November 1, 2015, CIMA has moved from Raw scores to Scaled Scores for determining whether a candidate has passed or not. Since different students answer different versions of the question papers, the scaled scores are a better representative of how the candidates have fared, and are very useful to evaluate their performance objectively.

In the objective type tests, the candidate’s scores can range between 0 to 150, and they need a score of 100 to pass. The pass percentage for the case study exams is 60%

Pass Pass Rates:

CIMA releases the pass rates for every examination session after the results are declared. The latest statistics are available for the year 2016.

  • Overall pass rate: this refers to the percentage of students who have passed the exam after one or more attempts.
  • First-time pass rate: Percentage of students who have passed the exam on the first attempt.
  • Exam pass rate: Total exams passed / total exams taken.

A: CIMA Professional Qualification Objective Test Pass Rates

The following were the pass percentages for the CIMA Professional Qualification Objective Tests held between 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016:

E1 P1 F1 E2 P2 F2 E3 P3 E3
Overall pass rate: 87% 68% 83% 93% 72% 76% 81% 77% 78%
First time pass rate 77% 48% 72% 86% 51% 51% 65% 55% 55%
Exam pass rate 73% 44% 68% 83% 45% 48% 62% 51% 51%

B. CIMA Professional Qualification Case Study Exam Pass Rates

The pass rates for 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 were:

FEBRUARY (2016) MAY (2016) AUGUST (2016) NOVEMBER (2016)
Operational 62% 67% 64% 67%
Management 64% 63% 71% 71%
CIMA gateway 29% 26% 39% 33%
Strategic 56% 45% 63% 65%

C. CIMA Certificate In Business Accounting Exam Pass Rates

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert BA) is for the students who have little or no experience in accounting. They can take the Cert BA course to get a career in the world of business and finance. By passing this examination, they will get a formal entry into the CIMA Professional Qualification.

It is also the gateway to the world renowned Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

qualification. After they clear the Cert BA and the CIMA professional qualification and become eligible for membership, they will be granted the CGMA certification.

The following were the pass rates all the objective type exams conducted between the period of 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016:

C01 C02 C03 C04 C05
Overall exam pass rate 80% 89% N/R 83% 90%
First-time pass rate 88% 81% N/R 72% 83%
Exam pass rate 64% 79% N/R 68% 81%

Results Date

The Computer Based objective type examinations are held around the year and are available to the students on demand. The provisional results of the computer-based objective type test are declared instantly upon the submission of the answer paper by the candidates. After this, a final confirmation of the results is sent to the students within 48 hours of the end of the examination.

The case study examinations are held over for windows in a year in the months of February, May, August, and November. The answers to these examinations are checked manually by human beings, so the results are not declared immediately. Results are declared around 5 weeks after the close of the respective exam windows.