CAT Selection Procedure 2018

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 01 Dec, 2018 13:38 IST

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CAT 2018 Selection Process

The CAT selection process involves 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/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.

The CAT selection procedure is held 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.

Note: 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.

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, 2017. If a candidate is unable to submit requisites in time, his/her admission will automatically result in cancellation.

CAT 2018 Selection Process - Important Dates

Events Dates
CAT 2018 Exam Date 25th November 2018
CAT 2018 Result Date 2nd Week of January 2019
CAT 2018 Selection Process Begins 3rd Week of January 2019

How CAT Participating Institutes Shortlist Candidates

  • Every institute releases its own CAT cut-off percentile.
  • Those who meet the cut-off must apply to these institutes before the deadline.
  • The institutes then evaluate candidates based on their CAT percentile, past academic records etc.
  • Candidates who qualify based on the factors given above are shortlisted for the further stages of CAT selection procedure.

If you wish to understand the detailed selection process of CAT participating colleges, please check out the links below:

How to Calculate CAT Percentile

Like many other 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)] * 100

You can read about the detailed comparison between CAT Score and CAT Percentile here.

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