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BITS Pilani CAT 2018 Selection Process

Last Updated - June 14, 2019

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) is one of the leading institutes of the country with three campuses located at Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa. At present, BITS Pilani campus offers various integrated undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses related to Technology, Pharmacy and Management.

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Admissions to MBA programme at BITS Pilani(on campus) is done on the basis of CAT/GMAT scores followed by GD & PI. Candidates’ academic performance and work experience are also considered during admission.

About CAT- CAT is a national level management exam held for MBA/PGDM admissions in IIMs and the top B- Schools. CAT 2018 is scheduled on November 25, 2018.  

BITS Pilani CAT Selection Process Highlights

InstituteBirla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS), Pilani
Basic Admission Criteria60% marks in qualifying degree
Application ModeOnline
Entrance AcceptedCAT/GMAT

BITS Pilani CAT Selection Process: Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be aware of the eligibility criteria set up by the Institute for admission to MBA programme. Only the candidates who are eligible should fill the application form. For the MBA programme, the eligibility criteria are as follows –

  • Candidates must have a B.E./B.Tech in Engineering or a Masters Degree in any discipline from any recognized university.
  • Candidates with any Integrated first degree of BITS are also eligible.
  • Candidates should have obtained a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in qualifying degree.

BITS Pilani CAT Selection Process

BITS Pilani CAT Selection process has a total of three stages: 

Common Admission Test is the first stage, and the second stage is shortlisting of candidates based on their CAT score, Work experience, and academic record. In the third stage, shortlisted candidates are called for Group Discussion and Interview to be held in a few cities including Pilani during March/April 2019. Other centers for Test/Interviews may also be added depending upon the number of shortlisted candidates.


Based on the application send to the admission committee, the committee makes a merit list of the applicants’ profile based on their CAT score, academic record, and work experience(if any). 70% weightage is given to CAT score while shortlisting. Students are called based on the profile of the applicants instead of minimum performance standards.

Group Discussion 

After shortlisting, Aspirants are called to attend GD rounds. In this round, Aspirants are given a topic to discuss among themselves for 15-20 minute. In Group Discussion, the committee normally checks for leadership qualities, confidence, content and delivery. It’s a process to screen the Aspirants’ potential as well as their skills. 

GDs are used to assess aspirants on their leadership skills, communication skills, tactfulness, problem-solving abilities, and ability to stay focused and get the task done in the designated time.

Personal Interview

After GD, aspirants are called for personal interview. It’s a face to face interview designed to assess Aspirants’ confidence, thought clarity, interpersonal and soft skills. Personal Interaction duration depends totally on Aspirants.

The purpose of conducting a personal interview survey is to explore the responses of the Aspirant, his/her interpersonal and soft skills, confidence and thought clarity to gather more and deeper information/understanding about the Aspirant.

Candidates have to write an SOP(Statement of purpose) before going into the Interview, highlighting the points why the applicant is interested in pursuing MBA from BITS Pilani.

Final Selection

Based on candidates performance in GDPI, another merit list will be prepared to offer admission to aspirants into the MBA programme at BITS Pilani.

CAT Score40%
Academic performance20%
Work experience
Group discussion40%
Personal interview

Important Points

  • The final list of centers for GDPI will be released on the official website only after all the applications are received.
  • Applicants with a high CAT score may not get shortlisted as the student may be found lacking on other areas and vice versa.
  • There is no minimum cutoff score for CAT. Preference is given to candidates with better Profile.
  • In case, any candidate has submitted more than one score, the best of the submitted scores will be considered for evaluation.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be called for GDPI rounds of the selection process.
  • Admission to MBA Programme is purely based on Merit.

BITS Pilani CAT Selection Process: Fee and Required Documents

Candidates selected for MBA programme at BITS Pilani will be required to pay all fees in advance.

Candidates will also need to produce the following attested certificates in original and 2 sets of photocopies during admission:

  • CAT Scorecard
  • Offer Letter
  • General Undertaking
  • Anti-Ragging Affidavit from Student and Parent
  • Class 10th and 12th mark sheets
  • Degree mark-sheets of all semesters
  • Degree Certificate
  • Gap Certificate in a prescribed format (if applicable)
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Transfer Certificate from last attended college
  • Migration Certificate
  • UID Aadhar Card
  • Medical Fitness Certificate



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