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CAP: New IIMs Shortlist and Admission Criteria

Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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Common Admission Procedure or CAP as it is widely known among CAT aspirants, is a procedure introduced recently to get admission into new IIMs. With the coming up of new IIMs in the period of 2009 to 2016, a separate procedure was outlined in order to make the admission process more competitive.

For the year 2020, details of CAP will be released after commencement of CAT 2019 exam. However, with past trend analysis, it will be safe to draw out certain conclusions:-

  • The pattern of CAP might remain same as that of 2019.
  • Total 10 IIMs may participate in the upcoming session; 6 new IIMs and 4 Baby IIMs.
  • Scores of WAT (Written Analysis Test) and PI (Personal Interview) will be common for all IIMs.Check Score Calculation
  • For the year 2019, CAP was coordinated by IIM Ranchi.
  • CAP shortlist was released in the 3rd week of January last year, the same date can be expected this year.

Since the few top rank holders of CAT find seats in the old and prestigious IIMs, CAP is a step further in the filtration process in order to allocate seats to qualified candidates. 


Components of CAP 2019

With the declaration of CAT results, the process of CAP starts to unfold. CAP is usually conducted after two weeks of declaration of CAT result in order to provide ample time to candidates for preparation.

The candidates are shortlisted for CAP after the release of the list of candidates for WAT, GD and PI. Candidates shortlisted for CAP are required to appear for the following:

  • Common Written Analysis Test
  • Personal Interview

The final list of shortlisted candidates is first prepared by individual IIMs and then handed over to the conducting IIM.


Key Steps of CAP 2019

Common Admission Process Rules for the Post Graduate Programme are:

  • Shortlisting of candidates by individual new IIMs.
  • Each IIM then sends the list to CAP Coordinator.
  • The final list is prepared by conducting IIM.
  • Candidates take part in WAT and PI process.
  • CAP scores are then shared by coordinating IIM with participating IIM.
  • Final admission list is prepared by individual IIMs calculating composite scores that includes WAT, PI, work experience, and past academic performance.

CAP 2019 Intake

The number of candidates that may be shortlisted for CAP is always a point of concern among CAT exam takers. In recent years, the seat capacity has increased at IIMs, thereby increasing the number of shortlisted candidates. For CAP 2019, around 14,000 candidates were selected, making the selection for this year to rise further. Below mentioned are the details of participating IIM and their intake for 2019-21 batch.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)Intake for 2019-2021 batch
IIM Bodhgaya60
IIM Kashipur220-260
IIM Raipur280-320
IIM Ranchi120-180
IIM Rohtak240-280
IIM Sambalpur60
IIM Sirmaur60
IIM Trichy180-260
IIM Udaipur240
IIM Jammu60
IIM Amritsar105

Final Call Selection Criteria

At the time of preparation of final merit list, many factors are considered including WAT and PI. A candidate may get multiple opportunities under CAP if s/he gets a call from various IIMs. The following table** gives a detailed description of the weightage given to each section while preparing the list.

B-SchoolFinal Call Selection Criteria
CAT10th12thGradWork ExpAcad DiversityGender DiversityGD/WATPIProf Qual
IIM Bodhgaya40%4%4%4%6%4%8%10%20%
IIM Kashipur30%5%5%10%5%5%5%10%20%5%
IIM Raipur35%10%8%4%8%10%25%
IIM Ranchi30%15%5%5%5%10%30%
IIM Rohtak35%35%30%
IIM Sambalpur35%2%2%6%15%5%15%5%15%
IIM Sirmaur30%5%10%15%5%5%15%15%
IIM Trichy50%10%5%#5%14%14%2%
IIM Udaipur55%2%2%4%6%8%6%15%2%
IIM Jammu40%5%5%5%5%5%5%10%20%
IIM Amritsar35%5%10%15%35%

** As per CAT 2018


CAP Process

The selection process for new IIMs consists of two rounds: WAT and PI. Though the entire CAP process has not been revealed and each IIM has its own selection criteria, broader details have been provided below as per the analysis made from the data available on various platforms.

Essay Writing (WAT) 

  1. Average Duration: 20 minutes
  2. Word Limit: 300 words
  3. Possible topics for essay writing:
    • What measures can be adopted to curb pollution levels in Delhi?
    • How can social media be a danger to Right to Privacy?
    • Mob lynching- a threat to Indian democracy
    • Women have remained silent for many years and continue to remain so in the present. Can this act as an obstruction in Rights of Womens’ Movement?

Personal Interview

  1. Average Duration: 10-15 minutes
  2. Number of Panelists: 2 to 7
  3. Process:
    • At first candidate’s profile is scrutinized.
    • Questions are then put forward keeping in mind the candidate's academic and professional (if any) background.
    • Candidate is asked to deliver a two- minute extempore on a topic (topic may be provided on the spot or allowed to make a choice of his/her own).
  4. Excerpts from Interview:
    • (Candidate Profile: Fresher, Commerce graduate)

      Which subjects have you studied during your graduation?Define the functions of HR. Tell us about the types of interviews that you are aware of. How can a company check the efficiency of its recruitment process? Explain the 4 P's and 7 P's of marketing? Have you studied Taxation? How is the President of India elected? Have you read about any major news in the past four months? What is it? 

      Extempore (2 minutes) - The panel asked the candidate to speak on the state of declining Indian economy.

    • ( Candidate Profile: B.Tech (ECE) with work experience)

      Tell us something that makes you unique? (Questions were asked on candidate’s hobby- painting) What is special about M.F.Hussain? What are the different ancient types of paintings found in India? Name the railway junction which was awarded the most clean railway station of India. 

      Extempore (2 minutes) - Painting is nothing but a reflection of thoughts.


CAP Centers

In the year 2019, Personal Interview and Written Analysis Test rounds were conducted at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. The exact dates for CAP are communicated through the coordinating IIM. For this year, CAP centers are expected to remain more or less the same, with a slight variation in one or two cities.

When it comes to CAP preparation, many candidates find it difficult to analyse CAP pattern in its entirety. Though there’s a proper coordination belt built between the New IIMs, it is necessary to know the pattern as the final selection list is released by each separately. Thus, CAP is considered to be the last opportunity for CAT aspirants to hit the dart at the right spot.


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