How Important is CAT 2020 Score to get admission into Premier IIMs?

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Megha Rohilla

University Data Specialist

Indian Institute for Management are the premium institutions in India for post-graduation, doctorate and executive education programs. The admission in IIMs is not a cake walk, it takes a lot of hard-work for any candidate to qualify the Common Admission Test (CAT), group discussion/ written ability test, personal interview. 

If any candidate wants to sit for the group discussion and personal interview then he/she first needs to clear CAT, which holds certain weightage in IIMs. The weightage of CAT for IIMs is not the same for every IIM.

Weightage of CAT Score in IIMs

Indian Institute of Management CAT Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad 65%
IIM Bangalore 40%
IIM Calcutta 56%
IIM Indore 20%
IIM Kozhikode 45%
IIM Lucknow 60%
IIM Kashipur 100%
IIM Rachi 100%
IIM Rohtak 100%
IIM Trichy 100%
IIM Udaipur 100%
IIM Raipur 100%
IIM Shillong 100%
IIM Vizag 40%
IIM Nagpur 30%
IIM Jammu 100%
IIM Sirmaur 100%
IIM Amritsar 100%
IIM Bodh Gaya 100%
IIM Sambalpur 100%

IIMs also consider previous work experience, 10th and 12th score, other achievements but CAT is the first step towards IIMs. CAT score is the first call selection criteria followed by group discussion and personal interview as the final selection criteria.

CAT 2020

CAT 2020 will be conducted on 29th November, 2020. CAT 2020 result will be declared in January 2021, IIMs will select students for the first round on the basis of CAT 2020 score, as you can clearly see in the above section the weightage of CAT is different for each IIM. Check how CAT 2020 will be conducted amidst COVID-19.

Over the past few years, the shift in the emphasis can be seen from CAT to personal interview; when it comes to IIMs. As IIM Ahmedabad has alone increased the weightage of personal interview in the selection process to 50%. Moreover, IIMs are increasing their diversity base by considering students from different academic backgrounds and giving certain weightage to women candidates to ensure gender diversity. 

CAT 2020 Selection Process in COVID-19

The pandemic has forced IIMs to bring changes in the selection process. IIMs are suggesting scrapping the Written Ability Test (WAT) completely and IIM Kozhikode has already scrapped WAT and has completely shifted its focus on personal interview.

The changes have not only been done in the selection process of IIMs but even CAT will be conducted under certain guidelines because of COVID-19. Read CAT 2020 Dress Code

CAT 2020 and selection process of IIMs have gone through certain changes due to COVID-19 but still CAT holds maximum importance for IIM aspirants.