CAT IIMs Admission and Selection process 2021 will start soon after the release of CAT Result. New IIMs like IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Sambalpur, etc will conduct CAT CAP counselling to offer admission to candidates. The qualifying CAT Cut Off and other parameters for admission in new IIMs will be the same. However, for admission in other or old IIMs candidates will be required to apply on their official website. CAT selection process involves three stages: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score, Screening of candidates for WAT-GD-PI, and Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection. Check CAT GD/ PI procedure
The candidates will be called based on their CAT Scores and CAT Cut Off. In the next stage, the candidates will be screened based on their CAT Score and the Academic Scores at the Undergraduate, HSC, and SSC levels. Next, the composite score will be calculated based on various parameters like graduation marks, work experience, etc.
CAT Latest Updates:
- June 5: CAT 2021 counselling or selection process is expected to start in the month of January 2022. Check Here
- May 30: IIM Lucknow has released the final admission result of the MBA programs on the official website. Check Here
- May 25: IIT Roorkee has released the 2nd list of candidates to offer admission in MBA on May 21. Check Here
Read the article to know more about CAT counselling process, selection criteria, and much more.
CAT IIM Shortlisting Process
CAT IIM Shortlisting Process Dates
Different IIMs will release a shortlist of the candidates who will proceed to the next stage of the CAT admission procedure. This shortlist is released on the official website of the respective IIM. The status of the shortlist as per the IIMs will be updated in the table below. Read New IIMs CAP Shortlist & Admission Criteria
|IIMs||IIM shortlist status Dates|
|IIM Ahmedabad||January 2022|
|IIM Kozhikode||January 2022|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||January 2022|
|IIM Calcutta||January 2022|
|IIM Bangalore||January 2022|
|IIM Amritsar||March 2022|
|IIM Bodhgaya||March 2022|
|IIM Nagpur||March 2022|
|Scholarships Offered Through CAT||Management Colleges With Low Fees Structure||Top Non-IIM Colleges Accepting Less than 90 Percentile|
CAT IIM Common Admission Process 2021
CAT Common Admission Process or CAT CAP is conducted for admission in the new IIMs and they are IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu, IIM Ranchi, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur.
- In CAP counselling process, common rules, guidelines, or criteria are followed to offer admission to CAT qualified students.
- Last year for the 2021-23 session CAT CAP counselling was conducted by IIM Kashipur. The founding institute for this year CAP counselling will be announced after the declaration of CAT Result 2021.
- CAT CAP counselling is conducted in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Chandigarh.
Components of IIM CAP
CAT admission process of new IIMs is the same as older IIMs. The qualifying CAT cut off and the weightage of various selection parameters are also common to these new nine IIMs.
- Shortlisting of candidates based on CAT Cut off.
- Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
- Final Admission to offer to candidates based on composite CAT scores.
Key Points of CAT IIM CAP Process
- CAP conducting IIM will share the list of shortlisted candidates based on CAT cut off with all the participating IIMs.
- Based on the shortlist of candidates, WAT and PI rounds are being conducted.
- After that, the participating IIMs assess the performance of candidates and score them on the parameters like CAT Score, WAT, PI, Profile of the candidate.
- Then each IIM prepares its individual merit list to offer admission.
- The final admission list of selected candidates can be checked or accessed by vising the official website of the colleges.
|IIM Udaipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria||IIM Trichy Shortlist & Admission Criteria|
|IIM Jammu Shortlist & Admission Criteria||IIM Ranchi Shortlist & Admission Criteria|
CAT Counselling Process 2021
The 3 stages involved in the CAT Counselling or selection process are:
- Stage 1: Shortlisting of Candidates – Based on CAT qualifying cut off released by the institute's candidates will be shortlisted for stage 2.
- Stage 2: WAT, GD, PI – In the second stage candidates will have to appear for WAT, GD, or PI rounds.
- Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score – Based on various parameters the final composite is calculated and based on that admission offers will be made to candidates.
In the below headings all the stages have been explained in detail for a better understanding of candidates.
CAT Written Ability Test 2021
The Written Ability Test or the WAT is preferred by most IIMs instead of the Group Discussion. Over 11 out of the 20 IIMs have WAT, whereas some IIMs like IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode conduct both WAT and GD. The major Highlights of WAT are as follows -
- WAT assesses a candidate's critical thinking and communication skills.
- The test is scored on the basis of the following aspects:
- Clarity of Thought in the Written Ability Test
- Simplicity of Expression
- Comprehensiveness of Perspective
- Robustness of Reasoning
- The weightage for the WAT varies from 10% to 30% of the total score depending on the IIM.
- WAT Duration:
- The time given to complete WAT varies depending on the IIM.
- It can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
- Questions Asked - Essay Type
- Here are the some of the important topics for WAT -
|WAT Important Topics|
|Media Influence||Corruption in India|
|Women’s Reservation Bill||Should Petroleum Subsidy go away?|
|Social Activism is necessary for survival of democratic society||GST: Aim to take economy on faster growth path|
|Demonetization in India: Decision is more appreciated than criticized||Ethics and morals cannot be taught in classrooms only|
|Browsing at Workplace affects productivity||RERA should win the trust of home buyers|
|Aadhar -Utility is more than perceived||Beti Bachao Beti Padhao will change the orthodox mindset?|
|Global economic slowdown||COVID-19 Pandemic|
|Article 370 Abrogation||Farm Bills 2020: Protests and more|
|Digital India||Make in India|
|Union Budget of India||Privatization of the Indian Economy|
CAT WAT Duration
The duration for WAT differs based on the IIM of choice. They can usually be anywhere between 15-30 minutes, and are essay tests. Given below is the word limit and the duration for the Written Ability Test:
|B-School||Time Limit (in minutes)||Suggested Word Limit|
|IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process 2021||IIM Bangalore Selection Process 2021||IIM Calcutta Selection Process 2021|
CAT Group Discussion 2021
CAT 2021 GD/PI is one of the major steps towards getting admission into an IIM of your choice. This aspect of the selection procedure tests the candidates interpersonal skills and ability to work within groups. Some IIMs do not conduct GD/PI as part of the selection procedure, however.
- Shortlisted candidates are divided into groups of 8-10 and given a topic.
- Based on the topic, students are asked to present their views/opinions.
- This part of the selection procedure also assesses the candidates ability to present their views or ideas to a larger group.
- The duration for GD varies in each IIM.
- Here are some important topics for CAT GD -
|GD Important Topics|
|Atheism: Advantages and Disadvantages||Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin|
|Cricket vs. Football||Excise Tax on Jewellers – Reasonable or Unreasonable|
|Citizenship Amendment Act - What and Why||COVID 19: Importance on spending on Public Health|
|Union Budget of India||Will fake news kill Social Fiber of India if unchecked?|
|Is social distancing the new world order?||Online education, work from home: Have we arrived in virtual world|
|Why Is Individual Data Privacy is important?||How beneficial is the IIM 2017 bill for students?|
|Will Denuclearisation Instill World Peace?||Hard Work Vs Smart Work|
|Is MBA necessary to be Successful in Business?||Agriculture Vs Manufacturing Industry in India|
|Minimum Support Price: Is it a Political gimmick?||Is Globalization an Opportunity or a Threat?|
|High Deficit Financing V/s high interest rates: Can both go together?||Views on YONO|
|Is Net Neutrality essential to make India Digital?||Should the national anthem be played in cinema halls?|
CAT GD Previously Asked Topics
Looking at the previously asked topics would give you an idea of the kind of questions that are asked so that you can practise for this round. Here are some of the previously asked topics in the Group Discussion Section of the CAT Selection Procedure:
|CAT GD Previously Asked Topics|
|Is introducing bullet trains in India a good idea||Caste-based reservations are impediments on building a casteless society|
|Ban of additional homework given to students from school to be done at home||Poverty in India: Facts, Causes, Effects, Solution|
|Agriculture Role in India and Subsidies: Problems & Challenges||Women Empowerment & Gender Justice: Addressing the Equality Challenges|
|End of Globalization/ De-Globalization/ Nationalization||Climate Change/Pollution|
|Banking Scams||Traveling: Helps in Generating Ideas and Experiential Learning|
|Zero||Death penalties for perpetrators of crime against women. Is it Justified?|
CAT Personal Interview 2021
- It is conducted in most IIMs and is an extremely crucial round for the selection procedure.
- The selection panel for PI usually involves 2-4 experts.
- This is a crucial part of selection, and the key to succeeding this round is to be very confident and expressing yourself clearly.
- 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.
CAT PI Things to Remember
There are some important things to remember while attending the CAT PI. Here are some of the key things to remember:
- Remember to present yourself well, i.e. be well dressed and well groomed.
- Work on your language skills and presentation skills.
- Try to practise public speaking.
- Sometimes, the interviewers can ask abstract questions based on anything in your call letter. For Instance, interviewers have asked why a candidate's email has 1990 in it instead of their actual birth year.
- Answer to the point and do not speak too much.
- Do not give cliched or obvious answers.
- Interviewers will notice your non verbal cues/body language while responding.
CAT PI Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions in CAT PI -
- 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?
CAT Final Selection Parameters 2021
|CAT Parameters||Weight (Percentage)|
|CAT 2021 Score||25|
|Weighted Work Experience||10|
CAT Reservation Criteria 2021
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:
|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|
CAT Seat Intake 2021
There are 20 IIMs across India that offer admission to different specializations of MBA. Here is the total seat intake of various IIMs is given below:
|College||Number of Seats||College||Number of Seats|
|IIM Ahmedabad||395||IIM Ranchi||185|
|IIM Bangalore||400||IIM Rohtak||264|
|IIM Calcutta||460||IIM Raipur||90|
|IIM Lucknow||500||IIM Trichy||240|
|IIM Indore||450||IIM Udaipur||325|
|IIM Kozhikode||480||IIM Kashipur||240|
|IIM Shillong||92||IIM Nagpur||130|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||120||IIM Sambalpur||90|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||120||IIM Jammu||90|
|IIM Sirmaur||120||IIM Amritsar||160|
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CAT Counseling 2021 FAQs
Ques: Which IIM conducted 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 the CAT exam. CAT Counselling will be conducted by IIM Indore.
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:
- CAT Scorecard
- Class 10th Marksheet
- Class 12th Marksheet
- Passport Sized Photograph
- Admit Card
- Caste Certificate
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||27%|
|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 seats 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:
- IIM Ahmedabad
- IIM Bangalore
- IIM Calcutta
- IIM Lucknow
- 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.