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What to do after CAT Result?

Last Updated - September 12, 2017

CAT (Common Admission Test) is conducted by one of the IIMs based on rotational basis and this year Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) is the conducting CAT 2017. CAT is an All India Level management entrance exam to offer admission to candidates to various IIM institutes. CAT 2017 registration window started on August 9, 2017.

CAT Result is expected to be declared in 2nd week of January, 2018. All the candidates who successfully clear the selection process will get admitted in 20 different IIM institutes. CAT will be conducted on November 26, 2017 for in various management programmes.

The CAT selection procedure will be conducted from February to April 2018 and the final results for admission will be announced by May 2018. The MBA/PGDM sessions for 2018-20 batches will commence from July 2018.

CAT 2017 Exam Schedule

Registration StartsAugust 9, 2017
Registration Closes on September 20, 2017
Admit Card DownloadOctober 18, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Exam DateNovember 26, 2017
Result DeclarationSecond week of January 2018
Selection Procedure Starts fromFebruary 2018

After CAT Result Announcement

After the declaration of CAT Result, the final admission process will be conducted by the 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. CAT 2017 Selection Procedure will start in the month of February, 2018. Using percentile and score indicated in score card, candidates can apply for admissions in colleges apart from IIMs separately.

The IIM’s and other B-schools will publish the list of shortlisted candidates on their respective websites. The criterion for shortlisting is different for every IIM. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly.

Procedure after CAT Result

After the declaration of CAT Result, a procedure is being followed by various IIMs and B-schools for the selection of candidates. The admission procedure has four steps which are:

Admission Procedure

The Admission process has 4 steps which are as follows:

  1. Cut Off: After the result, cut off is declared of different categories.
  2. Admission Process: Admission process starts for different IIMs and B-schools.
  3. Shortlisting Candidates: Based on the CAT Cut Off, different IIMs shortlist the candidates for final admission process.
  4. Final Selection: After final preparation of list, candidates are admitted to different IIMs.

IIMs Cut off

CAT Cut off is the minimum percentile score for admission to MBA/PGDM programs in Indian Institute of Management and other B-schools in India. Candidates need to secure a score above CAT Cutoff to be shortlisted for the selection procedure of various IIMs and other top B Schools. The table below depicts the CAT Cut Off for different categories along with the selection procedure of IIMs:

IIMsOverall PercentileSelection Process
 GeneralNon Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)Schedule Caste (SC)Schedule Tribe (ST)Person with Disability (PwD) 
IIM Ahmedabad8075706070Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Amritsar9075553535Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Bangalore9080757575Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Bodh Gaya9075553535Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Calcutta9085707070Personal Interview
IIM Indore9080605050Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Jammu8072656070No Written test or Interview
IIM Kashipur9081756565Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Kozhikode9080655555Academic Writing Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview
IIM Lucknow9082706570Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Nagpur9081756565No Academic Writing Test or Personal Interview
IIM Raipur9081756565Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Ranchi9081756565Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Rohtak8575606060Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Sambalpur9075603535No Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Sirmaur8072706570No Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Tiruchirappalli9081756565Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Udaipur9081756565Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
IIM Visakhapatnam9080755555No Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview

How will I get a call from Management Institutes?

Getting a call from IIMs or other Management Institutes in India entirely depends on certain attributes, which are as follow:

  • Overall percentile score of CAT
  • Sectional cutoffs of CAT
  • Overall CAT Score
  • Academic record & work profile of the candidates
  • Work experience

CAT Admission Process

In this second stage of the CAT Selection Procedure, the candidates will have to appear for the Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. While Personal Interview round is common in all the B-schools’ admission process, GD and WAT rounds vary from B-School to B-School. The process is discussed below:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussions (GD)
  • Personal Interviews (PI)

Group discussion

Over the past few years, this round is less preferred but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate’s performance and group dynamics are assessed. However, some business schools are still having the GD round with Written Ability Test.

Written Ability Test

WAT is basically a test to analyze a management aspirant’s writing skills and coherency & clarity of thought process. Comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Personal Interview

After the Group discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds, the candidates are required to go through the Personal Interview (PI). It usually taken by a group associated with the IIM, be it the faculty, ex-faculty or in some cases even alumni. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.

Along with the GD, PI and WAT rounds, the top B-schools also consider the past academic records, extra-curricular activities, work experience in the candidate's profile.

All the candidates shortlisted for the WAT and PI will be required to go through the eligibility verification process. They will be required to be present on the scheduled date with all the necessary proofs and documents for the verification at the respective Institutes.

Documents Required for IIM Selection

In case the candidate gets a call from IIM, they will be required to furnish the following documents for the purpose of eligibility verification-

  1. Original & Xerox copy of Mark sheets and Degree certificates.
  2. Candidates still pursuing last year of graduation – need to submit an attested copy of the original certificate obtained from concerned authority specifying the fulfilment of required marks.
  3. If belonging to Reservation category, then certificates supporting the same, both original & Xerox.



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