CAT Counselling 2019 is expected to begin from the 2nd week of January after the announcement of CAT 2019 Result.Candidates are selected based on CAT Result, academic background, work experience, etc. for the pre-admission rounds of IIMs. Latest: IIM Kozhikode has released CAT 2019 Answer keys PDFs on November 29, 2019 at iimcat.ac.in.
About CAT – CAT 2019 received a total of 2.44 lakh applications, which is the highest in the past 10 years. Common Admission Test or popularly recognized as CAT, is the most significant management entrance examination of the country. Read More
The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. With CAT 2019 almost here, we wish all the aspirants good luck for the test day!
IIMs send personalized call letters to the qualifying candidates. 9 out of 20 IIMs have their selection procedure. Check CAT Cutoff
It includes Written Ability Test (WAT) and /or Group Discussions, and Personal Interview.
Admission to New IIMs is done through CAP or Common Admission Process. CAP is conducted by one of the New IIMs.
This year, nearly 4000 seats in IIMs will be filled through CAT 2019
CAT score is also used non-IIM institutes like FMS, SPJIM, MDI Gurgaon, etc. for selecting candidates. Check OtherCAT Colleges
CAT Answer Keywill be released before CAT Result, candidates can compare their responses and calculate their CAT Score.
CAT Result is expected to release in the first week of January 2019.
Read on to know more about the counseling procedure of the Common Admission Test, who will conduct CAT 2019 counseling, schedule, seat matrix, etc.
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-
Last date to complete the registration
Date of WAT/GD and PI
The venue of WAT/GD and PI
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)
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 2019
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 like IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode still conduct both WAT and GD for the selection of candidates.
How is WAT Conducted?
Written Ability Test is designed to test a candidate’s 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 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.
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:
Class 10th Marksheet
Class 12th Marksheet
Passport Sized Photograph
Ques: What is the percentage reservation for different category candidates?
Ans: The reservation criteria for different categories are tabulated below:
Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes
Person with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)
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:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College