Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 10 Jan, 2020 13:53 IST
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The CAT selection process is carried out in two rounds, which are conducted by the participating institutes once the results are out. Based on the candidates' performance in CAT, participating institutes shortlist candidates for further rounds, which may include Group Discussion (GD)/Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The selection process basis CAT score spreads out over a period of 3-4 months across all of the 20 IIM's in the country. MBA admissions are then finally concluded in the month of April. In 2019, over 2 lakh aspirants will appear for the CAT entrance exam. Out of them, only a few thousand will make it to the 20 IIM's in India located at Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Bodhgaya, Bangalore, Indore, Kashipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Jammu, Nagpur, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam.
The parameters for preparing the final merit list for admission in IIMs across the country is as follows -
|Common Admission Test 2019 score||25|
|Written Ability Test (WAT)||10|
|Class 10 Board Results||10|
|Class 12 Board Results||5|
|Undergraduate Programme Final Score||10|
|Weighted Work Experience||10|
Note* - Please note that weightage for each parametre varies from IIM to IIM every year. The above parametre & weightage is an assumption based on IIM Bengaluru CAT 2019.
While all IIM's follow the same selection process by and large, the CAT selection procedure is conducted separately at the participating institutes except for the new IIMs. Once the shortlisted candidates appear for these rounds, the list of selected candidates is released by participating institutes separately. Now that the CAT 2019 result is out, students should refer to the individual colleges' (IIM's & non-IIM's) cut-offs and selection criteria for admission.
Here are the Selection Criteria for IIM - Lucknow, Ahmedabad & Kozhikode:
Any candidate who is shortlisted for interviews by IIMs will have to comply with the eligibility criteria and verification that involves the following:
Degree certificates & mark sheet verification – Produce original as well as attested copies of certificates and mark sheets at the time of interviews. If selected, original degree and mark sheets of all semesters or years plus attested copies will have to be submitted at the time of joining. Documents required at the time of WAT/ GD and PI include:
Reserved category – Produce original as well as an attested copy of ST/SC/NC-OBC/DA certificates at the time of interviews. If selected, original certificates pertaining to reservation category plus attested copies will have to be submitted at the time of joining.
Final year undergraduate students – Produce an attested copy as well as an original certificate from the Registrar/ Principal/ Director of the institute or university stating that the candidate has obtained 50 percent marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest grades/marks available. Their admission will be provisional until an original mark sheet and qualifying degree at the bachelor level is submitted before December 31, 2020. If a candidate is unable to submit requisites in time, his/her admission will automatically result in cancellation.
CAT 2019 Exam Date
|24th November 2019|
|CAT 2019 Result Date||
4th January 2020
CAT 2019 Selection Process Begins
|3rd Week of January 2020|
The selection criteria for different IIM's vary - for eg., at IIM Ahmedabad, is basis performance in CAT, WAT & PI. In addition, past academic qualifications, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc. will also be taken into consideration. Similarly, IIM Bangalore's selection process includes CAT score, past academic performance, relevant work experience, writing ability test & personal interview. The newer IIM's like IIM Udaipur, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Visakhapatnam etc., will give more weightage CAT exam score amounting to 45-50%.
Having said that, the final selection process for CAT 2019 will be as per the following:
Step 01: Shortlisting Basis CAT 2019 Percentile
CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24, post which, every IIM announced its individual CAT 2019 sectional cut-offs and CAT 2019 overall cutoffs & shortlist students. The minimum cut-off for the older IIM's is above 90 percentile for General candidates. The minimum cut-off for Reserved categories will be lower. The minimum cut-offs for the newer IIM's will range between 80-60 percentiles. Candidates fulfiling this criterion will be summoned for GD, PI/ WAT.
Step 02: Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT)
If you have the individual CAT-IIM cut-off basis CAT 2019, you will be called for either GD or WAT.
Step 03: Personal Interview (PI)
This is the final round before a student gets selected into any of the IIM's. Candidates are adjudged on various parametres such as overall academic performance, GK, communication skills, performance in previous rounds and presence of mind etc.
Step 04: Individual Final Merit List
The admission criteria for each IIM will vary. But overall, the IIM's will release the final merit list basis: CAT exam score, Overall performance in WAT, GD and PI rounds, Class 10th and 12th Marks, Gender Diversity Factor, Work Experience & Reservations.
|IIM Lucknow||IIM Ranchi||IIM Kozhikode|
|IIM Kolkata||IIM Rohtak||IIM Kashipur|
|IIM Udaipur||IIM Ahmedabad||IIM Bangalore|
|IIM Trichy||IIM Bodhgaya||IIM Indore|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||IIM Shillong||IIM Amritsar|
|IIM Jammu||IIM Sambalpur||IIM Raipur|
|IIM Nagpur||IIM Sirmour|
Note* - The newer IIMs viz - Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur, Udaipur, Trichy, Kashipur will conduct a common counselling process known as Common Admission Process (CAP). This is in addition to WAP & PI. Each of these IIM's will also release a separate merit list basis a candidate's performance. However, there will not be any WAP & PI rounds for IIM Jammu & Sirmaur for CAT 2019. Instead, they will be evaluated on the basis of CAT 2019 score, past academic records, work experience & diversity.
The following IIM's will follow the CAP basis CAT 2019 result -
|IIM Udaipur||IIM Trichy||IIM Ranchi|
|IIM Jammu||IIM Sirmaur||IIM Sambalpur|
|IIM Kashipur||IIM Bodhgaya|
Besides qualifying CAT 2019 cut-off & weightage of section parametres, all the IIM's listed above will conduct the WAT & PI. IIM Ranchi will conduct the CAP for CAT 2019.
|IIM Ahmedabad||6th January 2020 (Released)|
|IIM Kozhikode||6th January 2020 (Released)|
|IIM Calcutta||7th January 2020|
|IIM Lucknow||8th January 2020|
|IIM Bangalore||9th January 2020|
|IIM Indore||10th January 2020|
|IIM Shillong||18th January 2020|
|IIM Rohtak||24th January 2020|
|IIM Trichy||24th January 2020|
|IIM Udaipur||24th January 2020|
|IIM Ranchi||24th January 2020|
|IIM Kashipur||24th January 2020|
|IIM Raipur||27th January 2020|
|IIM Amritsar||22nd April 2020|
|IIM Bodhgaya||25th April 2020|
|IIM Nagpur||26th April 2020|
|IIM Vishakhapatnam||26th April 2020|
|IIM Jammu||10th May 2020|
|IIM Sambhalpur||15th May 2020|
|IIM Sirmaur||15th May 2020|
Due to the lack of a common admission system basis CAT in India, non-IIM's will have its own selection procedure. Similar to the IIM's, the selection process of other B-Schools in India will follow a similar pattern including - Group Discussion, WAT and PI, which will be assessed by the respective MBA college. Please note that the selection process may or may not include all of the above processes. For eg., IMT Ghaziabad and MICA conduct group activity or group exercise instead of group discussion. Some other PGDM colleges may choose to include all the three processes.
If you wish to understand the detailed selection process of CAT participating colleges, please check out the links below:
Like other management entrance exams, the Common Admission Test (CAT) also involves the percentile calculation of the candidates. Percentile Calculation is extremely important as the IIMs and numerous other management institutes offer admissions in their various management courses basis the aspirants' percentile score. Calculating CAT percentile is a crucial step as it helps B-Schools shortlist eligible candidates for counselling. Every year, IIMs, as well as other business schools, release their respective cut-offs after the CAT exam is conducted. Those who clear the cut-offs are considered for further selection rounds such as Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI)/Written Ability Test (WAT).
CAT Percentile Calculation
First, test takers are allotted a particular rank as per their respective CAT scores. After rank allotment, the candidates' scores are normalised. The scaled CAT scores of these candidates are then converted to percentiles, which are calculated using the following formula:
CAT Percentile= [1- (Respective Rank in CAT exam/ Total no. of CAT candidates)] X 100
You can read about the detailed comparison between CAT Score and CAT Percentile here.