CAT 2020 Counselling: IIM Selection Procedure, Admission Status and Seat Allotment

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    CAT Selection Process begins after the declaration of results. There is no provision for common counselling, admission to IIMs and other top B schools accepting CAT score is done through Written ability test, group discussion and personal interview. Candidates clearing these rounds make it to the final admission list. IIMs release individually CAT Cutoff, other participating institutes issue their own schedule and selection criteria.

    Update: Final Result for Common Admission Process for PGP/MBA program has been released by respective IIM seperately from May 22, 2020 onwards.

    CAT 2020 notification is expected to release on last saturday of July 2020, IIM Indoreis the coordinating body of CAT 2020 as announced on its official website. Read More

    •  IIMs have started releasing their final shortlist from May 8, 2020 onwards. Candidates who appeared for WAT-PI process can check their results at respective institute website. 
    • Candidates are selected based on their CAT Result, academic background, work experience and diversity ratio for the pre-admission rounds of IIMs. 
    • CAT Result was released on January 4, 2020 and the scorecard can be now accessed from the official website.
    • Common Admission Process (CAP) will be undertaken by 10 third generation IIMs who will conduct a common written ability test and a personal interview. Final Shortlist for which have been released. Read More

    The final selection will be based on an cumulative score of the candidate’s academic profile, work experience, and diversity (gender / academic) for all ten IIMs i.e. IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur and IIM Sirmaur. Check Top MBA Colleges other than IIMs Accepting CAT Scores 

    IIMs send emails to the qualifying candidates who apply for WAT / GD-PI. Those who meet the cuttoff criteria have to login on the official website with their CAT IDs and submit their name and CAT score. CAT score is also used for non-IIM institutes like FMS, SPJIM, MDI Gurgaon, etc. for selecting candidates. 

    Read on to know more about the counseling procedure of the Common Admission Test, who will conduct CAT 2019 counseling, schedule, seat matrix, etc.

    IIM Admission Status

    CAT 2020: IIM Counselling and Admission Status 

    Many IIMs have released their final shortlist after conducting written ability test and personal interview round. Here are tabulated details of institutes whose result have vbeen announced:

    InstituteFinal Admission List Status
    IIM AhmedabadReleased on May 8, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM BangaloreReleased on  May 9, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM KozhikodeReleased on May 13, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM CalcuttaReleased on May 13, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM IndoreWAT Scrapped, PI to be conducted Online (Check Details Here)
    IIM AmritsarReleased on May 20, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM Bodh GayaReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM VishakhapatnamReleased on May 20, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM JammuReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM RaipurReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM RanchiReleased on May 12, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM KashipurReleased on May 23, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM SambalpurReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM IndoreReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM ShillongReleased on May 16, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM LucknowWAT of 10 marks scrapped, PI to be condicted in online mode (Check Details Here)
    IIM RohtakOpted out of CAP, to conduct individual WAT-PI round (Check Details Here)
    IIM UdaipurReleased on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM Sirmaur Released on May 22, 2020 (Check Details Here)
    IIM NagpurReleased on May 23, 2020 (Check Details Here)

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    CAT Counselling Procedure

    CAT Counselling Procedure 

    Candidates are assigned a venue where the counseling sessions will be held. The venue will be alloted on the call letter sent on mail. Candidates have to report to the allotted center in person, with all the required documents. Given below are the steps for CAT Counselling:

    Step 1: Receival of Call Letter

    • Selected candidates will receive call letters on their registered CAT email ID.
    • The call letter contains the following information-
      1. Registration link
      2. Last date to complete the registration
      3. Date of WAT/GD and PI
      4. The venue of WAT/GD and PI
      5. Slot of WAT/GD and PI

    Step 2: Report to Venue and Verify Documents

    • Report at the allocated venue on the date mentioned in the call letter.
    • Reach the helpline center with the original and photocopies of the required documents.

    Documents to be Carried:

    Given below are the documents required at the time of CAT Counselling:

    • Class X mark sheet and Passing certificate
    • Class XII mark sheet and Passing certificate
    • Graduation degree certificates
    • Reservation category certificates (if applicable)
    • Interview Letters
    • CAT Rank Card

    Step 3: Lock Choice

    • After the verification process, visit the official website of the college.
    • Fill the form to register.
    • Select and lock your choice before submission.
    • You receive an intimation via SMS or email. 
    • After confirmation of the seat, visit the allocated institution and submit the seat allotment order.

    CAT Selection Procedure

    CAT Selection Procedure

    This is the second stage of the CAT selection process, after the declaration of the cutoff.Colleges invite candidates upon their performance in the admission test, academic performance, and relevant work experience.Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) are conducted form the main selection rounds. Candidates who qualify all these stages get admission in the mentioned course.

    Written Ability Test

    Most of the IIMs have preferred Written Ability Test (WAT) on Group Discussion (GD) over the last few years. It has been analyzed that 11 out of the 20 IIMs have removed the Group Discussion round from their selection process. Although, a few IIMs likeIIM Lucknow andIIM Kozhikodestill conduct both WAT and GD for the selection of candidates.

    How is WAT Conducted?

    Written Ability Test is designed to test a candidate critical thinking ability and their ability to formulate and communicate their thoughts. Given below is the pattern of WAT. In WAT, the candidate has to write an essay on a given topic.The time given to complete the test varies for different IIMs. For instance, as per the records of last year admissions, candidates were given 30 minutes to complete the essay. While at IIM Lucknow, candidates were allotted 15 minutes to think about the topic and write the essay. Proper practice of essay writing is the key to score well in WAT.The structure is a consideration, but the candidate must focus on time management too.A candidate must try to put in as many clear ideas in their essay as possible.

    Important Topics in WAT

    The topics for essay writing can be from a variety of domains such as current affairs, government policies, topics of social importance, trade and commerce, etc. Some example of WAT topics can be:

    • Media Influence
    • Corruption in India
    • Women’s Reservation Bill
    • Should Petroleum Subsidy go away? 

    Group Discussion (GD)

    • Candidates are generally divided into groups of 8-10 during a GD.
    • The students are asked to put forward their views on a given topic.
    • This round assesses the ability of a candidate to communicate their idea clearly to a group.
    • It also helps to shortlist candidates who can understand group dynamics and are good team players.
    • The topics for group discussion, again, can be varied for different IIMs and the discussion time too.

    Important Topics for GD

    The topics may range from National and International Politics, Current Affairs, topics of Social Importance, Government policies, etc. Some example of topics for Group Discussion are as follows:

    • Atheism: Advantages and Disadvantages
    • Donald Trump as the Next US President – the good and the bad
    • Cricket vs. Football
    • Excise Tax on Jewellers – Reasonable or Unreasonable

    Personal Interview (PI)

    • This round in CAT Selection Procedure separates you from the mainstream crowd. This round is a mandatory round at all IIMs and termed as the most crucial.
    • The PI usually holds a weightage of 30-40% in the entire process
    • Candidates have to face a panel of 2-4 interviewers generally.
    • The key to success in the interview is- Be witty, funny, and confident at the same time.
    • To excel in this final frontier, candidates should be aware of the types of questions that are frequently asked in a personal interview.
    • The questions asked in an IIM interview range from questions about Personal life, Academic Record, Extra-curricular activities, work experience, outlook on contemporary issues, etc.

    Frequently Asked Questions in PI

    Given below are few expected or commonly asked questions in the PI round of CAT 2019:

    • Tell us something about yourself.
    • How did you choose MBA as your career? Why?
    • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
    • Tell us the reasons to select you.
    • Do you have any regrets? (Academic related, life-related, etc.)
    • Past- related Questions.
    • Why do you choose to join IIM (city)?
    • Discuss your strengths/weaknesses.
    • Questions from your GD. 
    • Do you have any questions from us?

    IIM Selection Procedure

    What is IIM Selection Procedure?

    • Each IIM will publish its IIM Cut off 2019. 
    • These cutoffs will serve as a parameter for shortlisting candidates for admission in management courses in the IIMs.
    • Shortlisted candidates will appear for further selection rounds such as WAT and PI rounds.
    • There are multiple factors that affect the final selection of candidates in their desired IIMs.
    • The panel considers many aspects such as Academic Qualification, Work Experience, Extra-curricular activities, etc. for admitting candidates to the IIM.

    Common Admission Process

    Common Admission Process (CAP) 

    • New IIMs participate in CAP rounds for their selection procedure. 
    • CAP is conducted by one of the new IIMs. 
    • Participating IIMs forward its list of shortlisted candidates to CAP conducting IIM.
    • The conducting IIM then combines these lists and sends out calls to the shortlisted candidates for participation in further CAP rounds.
    • CAP consists of two rounds i.e. WAT (Written Ability Test) and PI (Personal Interview) rounds.
    • There is no group discussion round in CAP.
    • To judge the performance of candidates, representatives from participating IIMs are present.
    • When the process is completed, conducting IIM will prepare the list of scores of candidates based on their performance and send it to the participating IIMs.
    • Each Participating IIM will then prepare its own final admission list separately , based on the candidate’s CAT scores, CAP scores, and Profile of the candidates. 

    The weightage for each component, including CAT score for shortlisting of candidates is given below:

    CAT 2019 Score25
    Graduation Marks10
    12th Marks5
    10th Marks10
    Work Experience10
    Personal Interview30

    CAT Reservation Criteria

    CAT Reservation Criteria 2019

    A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

    CategoryReservation (%)
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5
    Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)27
    People with Disability (PWD)5
    Economically Weaker Section (EWS)Up to 10

    Check Here CAT Reservation Criteria

    Seat Intake of IIMs

    CAT Seat Intake

    There are 20 IIMs across India which offer admission to different specializations of MBA. Here is the total seat intake of various IIMs is given below:

    College: Number of SeatsCollege: Number of Seats
    IIM Ahmedabad: 385IIM Ranchi: 155
    IIM Bangalore: 412IIM Rohtak: 180
    IIM Calcutta: 462IIM Raipur: 210
    IIM Lucknow : 436IIM Trichy: 180
    IIM Indore: 550IIM Udaipur: 180
    IIM Kozhikode: 353IIM Kashipur: 210
    IIM Shillong: 120IIM Nagpur: 60
    IIM Vishakhapatnam: 60IIM Sambalpur: 140
    IIM Bodh Gaya: 60IIM Jammu: 45
    IIM Sirmaur: 60IIM Amritsar : 60

    Check IIM CAT Cutoffs

    Important Points:

    • While the IIM MBA course design is different for each institute, the guidelines for IIM selection criteria and admission procedures are the same for all.
    • The admission criteria for foreign nationals will be a valid GMAT Score.

    Check CAT Participating Institutes with Fee

    CAT Counselling FAQs

    Ques: Which IIM conducts CAT Counselling?

    Ans: IIM CAT counseling is conducted by each of the IIMs for candidate’s admission in management programs in their institute. There is no particular IIM that performs centralized counseling for all management colleges. The admission process depends upon a candidate’s performance in CAT exam. 

    Ques: Which factor plays a major role in getting admission in one of the IIMs?

    Ans: Candidate’s performance in CAT exam is the major role in securing a seat in any one of the IIMs. After clearing CAT Cutoff, candidates have to qualify WAT, GD and PI. 

    Ques:What are the documents required for CAT counseling?

    Ans: The documents required for CAT counseling is given below:

    1. CAT Scorecard
    2. Class 10th Marksheet
    3. Class 12th Marksheet
    4. Passport Sized Photograph
    5. Admit Card
    6. Caste Certificate

    Ques: What is the percentage reservation for different category candidates?

    Ans:The reservation criteria for different categories are tabulated below:

    CategoryReservation (%)
    Scheduled Caste15%
    Scheduled Tribe7.5%
    Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes27%
    Person with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)5%
    Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)Up to 10%

    Ques: On what basis do candidates are shortlisted for WAT/GD in IIMs?

    Ans: Depending upon the candidate’s performance in CAT exam, IIMs shortlists the candidates for WAT and GD

    Ques: What is the procedure to get an MBA admission in IIMs?

    Ans: To get admission in MBA program of IIMs, candidates have to follow the steps given below:

    • Take CAT exam
    • Reach the cutoff laid down by IIMs
    • Get shortlisted for a further round of IIMs selection process
    • Appear and clear WAT and GD
    • Perform in PI and secure a seat in IIMs

    Ques: Do class 10th and 12th aggregate considered in IIM admission process?

    Ans: Yes, class 10th and 12th scores are also considered while offering admission to the candidates. Different IIMs have different percentage of weightage that is assigned to consider a candidate’s percentage in class 10th and 12th.

    Ques: What are the number of seats offered by IIMs in MBA admission?

    Ans: The approximate number of seats offered by IIMs is 3300 in total. This year, there may be a hike in seat offered by the IIMs into its management program.

    Ques: Which IIM offers a maximum number of sears?

    Ans: Though the number of seats offered by the IIMs may vary but depend upon the analysis, IIMs offering maximum seats into its management program are listed below:

    1. IIM Ahmedabad
    2. IIM Bangalore
    3. IIM Calcutta
    4. IIM Lucknow
    5. IIM Indore

    *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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    Shipra Gupta

    I got 73% in CAT 2018, 54% in SNAPand 160 in NMAT. Xth: 83%XIIth: 81%BTech: 81% (From UTU, ECE. topper of my branch).I have around 3.4 years from TCS (IT) and is currently serving notice period. Right now I am having package of 4.5 LPA and have joining date in Accenture on 21st feb with 7.8 LPA.

    15 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Rajvi Shah

    Which IIMs have removed GD from their selection process?

    07 Jan, 2019 12:25

    I got 85.8 percentile in CAT. Which colleges should i target where i realistically have a chance?

    10 Jan, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Rittick, You can apply in IIM Ahmedabad according to your percentile. To know more colleges please use this link: CUTOFF

    19 May, 2018 10:53
    Kritika Gupta

    How does CAT help me in the selection of best B. School?

    29 Jul, 2017 14:30
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Kritika, As CAT is a highly prestigious exam, Indian Institutes of Management and other top notch B-Schools prefer CAT Score for the admission in their MBA programs. So higher the rank in CAT, better is the chance of getting admission in the top management schools like IIM Ahmadabad, IIM Indore, etc. 

    29 Jul, 2017 14:43

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