MBA admission process at Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) begins soon after the results are declared. There is no provision of common counselling for B-school admission. The next level of admission process at IIMs and other top B-schools accepting CAT scores includes multiple elements like Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). However, many private B-schools and even IIMs have scrapped the Group Discussion (GD) part recently.
Candidates clearing the second level of admission process are shortlisted for the final admission list based on their merit on different parameters. Each of the IIMs issues its own CAT cutoff and similarly, other participating institutes also do the same.
Post the CAT result declaration, the IIMs initiate the shortlisting process of candidates for WAT-PI. In this process, each IIM separately computes each candidate’s CAT score against the final cut off and academic profile to shortlist applicants. Post the first level shortlisting, the candidates are issued call letters to participate in the next level of admission process that generally includes WAT and PI.
This is followed by an official communication by IIMs to the qualified candidates. Those shortlisted have to sign-in to the official website with their CAT credentials and are required to submit their name and CAT score. The final merit list for admission is announced in mid-March. IIM admission process of all the 20 institutes lasts for about 3-4 months and the classes start in June-July. Admission procedure of non-IIMs also follows a similar procedure and timeline.
The CAT score is also used by non-IIM institutes such as FMS, SPJIM, MDI Gurgaon, etc. for shortlisting applicants.
Latest Update: A few IIMs have decided to hold online GD/PI rounds for 2020 admission because of the COVID-19 pandemic. IIM Kozhikode, Lucknow and Indore have also postponed their interview schedule along with FMS Delhi and XIME Bangalore.
|Release of CAT 2019 Result||January 4, 2020|
|Commencement of CAT Counselling||Last week of January 2020|
|CAT Option Entry Dates||Last week of January 2020|
|Classes begin from||June 2020|
Candidates are assigned a particular venue where the counseling sessions are held. The venue is mentioned on the call letter which is sent online via mail. Candidates have to report to the allotted center in person, with all the necessary documents. Steps for CAT Counselling are given below:
1. Selected candidates receive call letters on their registered CAT email ID.
2. The call letter contains the following information-
List of documents required at the time of CAT Counselling are:
A certain percentage of seats in IIMs is reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. To gain an overview on seat reservation for different categories, check out the table below:
|Category||Reservation (in %)|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5|
|Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)||27|
|People with Disability (PWD)||5|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||Up to 10|
Below is the tentative seat intake by different IIMs for the admission year 2020:
|Name of Indian Institute of Management (IIM)||Number of seats in MBA/PGP|
The fee for different IIMs is not similar and ranges from INR 9 lakhs to INR 22 lakhs. IIM Ahmedabad cost the highest (INR 22 lakhs) with IIM Bangalore being the second most expensive (INR 21 lakhs).
CAT is a prestigious exam with tough competition. However, students who scored 70 percentile should not feel disappointed as there are some good options available for them. These are:
Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida
Christ University Institute of Management, Hosur Road, Bangalore
CMS Business School, JP Nagar, Bangalore, and many more.
After the CAT results are declared, the second level of selection process may include:
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Group Discussion (GD)
Personal Interview (PI)
Group Exercise (GE)
Following documents are required for CAT counselling:
Class X mark sheet and passing certificate
Class XII mark sheet and passing certificate
Graduation degree certificates
Reservation category certificates (if applicable)
CAT rank card
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