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CAT 2018 Admissions: More weightage to Academics and work experience

Last Updated - June 17, 2019

From the past several years all the IIMs and FMS Delhi have decided to give preference to the candidate’s profile rather than the CAT score. So, now scoring high in the CAT does not ensure admission in any top B-schools of the country. All one needs is to build a strong profile which will help in scoring higher weightage in the final round of selection.

CAT 2018CAT EligibilityCAT Exam Pattern

For the academic year 2018, CAT will be held on November 25 (Sunday) via computer-based mode. The online registration for CAT 2018 is has started from August 8, 2018. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks can register at the official website i.e. The last date of CAT 2018 Registration is September 19, 2018

Weightage gave to the Profile by: FMS & IIMs

High CAT scores is no more a matter of concern for the aspiring candidates the selection committee has started evaluating the aspirants potential through their profile that showcase their skills viz communication skills (written and spoken),  good academic record, work experience of 1 or 2 years.

If any candidate has secured low CAT score he does not have to worry much about getting admission in PGP 2019-21 batch in any IIMs and FMS Delhi if he/she has a good profile that will definitely help in admittance in the top B-Schools.

Check CAT FMS Delhi CAT Cutoff and Admission Procedure 2018

IIMs and FMS Admission Criteria

This new session 2019-21 has brought a major change in the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow and FMS for PGP. Now candidates have to know that the high CAT percentile is not a ticket to any IIM or FMS Delhi, one needs to fulfill all the criteria added by the committee this year. It is compulsory for all the aspirants to qualify in each 3 sections individually.

The overall 99 percentile will not yield the expected result if a candidate does not qualify in each section, but if a candidate scores 94 percentile and qualifies each section his probability of getting admission will definitely increase.

Here we have mentioned the eligibility criteria of IIM Calcutta, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and FMS Delhi in detail.

  • Less Weightage to CAT Score   

From this session, 2019-21 IIMs and FMS have decided to give low weightage to CAT 2018 scores, as they have shifted their focus to other essential points. Now IIM Lucknow, Calcutta, Ahmedabad have decided to give more weightage to Communication skills (verbal and written), academic profile, and work experience. They have reduced the weightage of CAT Score by 10 points. Experts are considering it as a major change in the admission policy of leading B-Schools of the country.

  • High Weightage to Academic Profile

This time it is very clear that all those aspirants who have scored more than 90% marks in X, XII and graduation have the max chance of getting admission in the IIMs.

This academic year 2019-21 preference will be given to the candidates of Commerce, Arts, etc. background, also more weightage will be given to the aspirants of non-engineering or non-technical background viz. Humanities, Economics, History, Arts etc.

  • Work Experience

IIMs give almost 5-10 percent weightage to the candidates who have quality work experience of 2-3 years. It is informed that work experience of fewer than 6 months is not considered. Aspirants can mention their internship as a work experience as well. If any candidate has worked with any NGO or contributed in any social cause are advised to mention it as their work of experience, it shows their potential as a leader.



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