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CAT Selection Process: Check IIM Admission Criteria 2025-27

CAT Selection Process: Check IIM Admission Criteria 2025-27

Edited By Alen Tom Shaji | Updated on Mar 21, 2024 10:56 AM IST | #CAT
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CAT Selection Process: IIMs will start the selection process for admission to post-graduate management programmes after the conclusion of the CAT exam. IIM is expected to announce the CAT result 2024 in December in online mode. Candidates can check their CAT results by visiting the official website- iimcat.ac.in and by using the required CAT login credentials, such as CAT ID and password. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their score in CAT 2024 for further rounds such as GD and PI. Candidates should also perform well in the admission rounds to get selected for admission.

CAT Selection Process 2025-2027

The IIM admission process will be based on the composite scores of candidates in all rounds. Also, academic performance will be considered for the CAT admission process. The criteria for shortlisting candidates will vary across IIMs, with each IIM having its own separate admission policy. For details of the CAT admission process, candidates can visit the official website of the respective IIM. Most of the IIMs will release their admission criteria on their websites. Non-IIMs will also release the admission criteria. Candidates interested in taking admission at B-schools other than IIMs will have to check the admission criteria on their website.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) shortlists candidates for the interview round based on their admission criteria. However, the CAT score is a common and most important component in the CAT selection process for MBA at IIMs as well as CAT score accepting institutes. Other selection factors include candidates' past academic records, gender, diversity of qualifications, etc.

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IIMs will shortlist candidates based on CAT 2024 core and the selection process as they have mentioned separately on their website. The CAT selection process for MBA will consist of a Group Discussion (GD), a Written Ability Test (WAT), and a Personal Interview (PI). Post the current COVID-19 scenario, some institutes conduct only online interviews for shortlisted candidates.

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IIM Admission Criteria 2025-27 through CAT

In this complete Careers360 article, we discuss the weightage given to various aspects, the CAT exam selection process, the different selection processes of IIMs, non-IIMs, and other B-schools accepting CAT scores. The CAT 2024 selection procedure for IIMs consists of three rounds such as:

  • Round 1: CAT 2024 Result and IIM Shortlist

  • Round 2: Personal Interview

  • Round 3: Final Selection and Eligibility Verification

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Round 1: CAT 2024 Result and IIM Shortlist

The first step is the announcement of CAT 2024 results by the exam conducting body. Respective IIM, the test conducting body for the CAT exam, declares the CAT 2024 result. Consequently, IIMs will start releasing shortlist dates and then begin their shortlisting process. IIMs will release their individual CAT cutoff for different categories. The list of shortlisted candidates for the next stages of selection will be made available on the respective websites of the concerned IIMs. IIMs will send interview letters directly to all shortlisted candidates.

MBA Admission Process 2025 through CAT - IIM Interview Call Letter

Candidates selected for the first round of the IIM admission process after CAT will receive invitation letters in their registered email id. The invitation letter will contain the following information:

  • Registration link

  • Last date to complete the CAP registration (for 9 IIMs)

  • Date, time, and venue of WAT/GD and PI

Round 2: WAT, PI, and GD Rounds

All candidates who meet the CAT cutoff can move on to the next stage of the IIM selection process 2025-27 for MBA i.e. Written Ability Tests (WAT), Personal Interviews (PI), and Group discussions (GD). Candidates are evaluated based on general knowledge, communication ability, performance in previous rounds, and presence of mind.

Round 3: Final Selection and Eligibility Verification

Any candidate listed for a personal interview at IIMs must comply with the eligibility and verification for the CAT final selection process.

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At this point, candidates get marks based on their academic performance. Here is a breakdown of the tentative parameters on which candidates are selected.

CAT ParametersWeightage
CAT 202425
PI30
WAT10
Class 1010
Class 125
Graduation10
Weighted Work Experience10
Total100

NOTE: The table above contains the parameters and weightage of the respective IIMs for the CAT exam. The weightage of each parameter will vary from year to year for each IIM.

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Candidates are listed for WAT / GD-PI processes based on the CAT percentile. The aggregate score calculation process for the shortlist for WAT / GD-PI provided by IIM Lucknow is as follows:

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What are the Documents to be Taken at WAT/GD and PI Time?

Degree Certificates & Mark Sheet Verification:

Candidates are required to produce original and attested copies of certificates and mark sheets during the IIM selection round i.e. personal interview. If selected, the original degree mark sheets for all semesters and attested copies must be submitted at the time of joining.

Required Documents at the Time of WAT/GD and PI:

  • IIM Interview call letter

  • CAT 2024 scorecard

  • Class 10 mark sheet and certificate

  • Class 12 mark sheet and certificate

  • The graduation mark sheet and certificate

  • Reservation category proof of certificate (if applicable)

  • Work experience certificate (if any)

Reserved Category

Candidates are required to produce an attested copy as well as the original ST/SC/NC-OBC/DA certificates during the personal interview. If selected, original certificates and attested copies of the reservation category must be submitted upon joining.

Final Year Undergraduate Students

The selected candidates will have to submit an original as well as an attested copy of the certificate that the student has obtained 50% marks (45% for reserved categories) from the Registrar/ Principal/ Director of the institute or university.

Their admission will be temporary until the original mark sheet and the qualifying degree at the undergraduate level are submitted before December 31, 2025. If a candidate fails to submit requisite documents on or before the stipulated time, his / her admission will be automatically cancelled.

Final CAT Selection Process

Other additional factors considered by most IIMs for CAT counselling are:

  • Previous academic performance of the candidates

  • Relevant work experience

  • Gender and academic diversity

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CAT 2024 Admission Process - (Tentative) Parameters for Final Selection Process

Parameters

Details

CAT 2024

Overall percentile score obtained in CAT 2024 exam.

Class 10

The aggregate percentage marks in class 10

Class 12

The aggregate percentage marks in class 12

Graduation

The aggregate percentage in 3 or 4 year’s degree course

WAT/ GD-PI

In WAT / GD-PI the performance of each candidate is evaluated, and marks are allotted accordingly.

Academic Diversity

Candidates with a non-engineering background are awarded extra points to ensure a fair representation of students from other streams. Points for academic diversity vary for each campus.

Gender Diversity

IIMs give extra points to women / transgender people to promote fair representation of each gender. Points for gender diversity vary for each campus.

Work Experience

Additional points are awarded to candidates with work experience. For this, a limit of experience is defined as the lowest to the highest. Points for work experience vary for each campus.


NOTE: It should be noted that these parameters vary from institute to institute each year.

Common Admission Process (CAP): CAT Admission Process for New IIMs

The newer IIMs such as Ranchi, Raipur, Trichy, Udaipur, Kashipur, etc will conduct a common counselling process called Common Admission Process (CAP). A shortlist of candidates will be made and they will be required to appear for the common written ability test and personal interview rounds. Each of these IIMs will publish a candidate’s performance based on a separate merit list.

The Following New IIMs will Follow the CAP-Based CAT result 2024

Key Points of IIM CAP

  • All the participating Indian Institute Management will send the shortlisted candidates for WAT-PI to the IIM conducting CAP.

  • That IIM will conduct the WAT-PI round for all CAP participating IIMs.

  • After the CAP, the participating IIMs will evaluate the performance of the candidates in WAT, PI, CAT score, profile, etc., and create their individual merit list to offer admission.

  • The final list of selected candidates will be displayed on the respective IIM website. This is only available to candidates with an institute login/ CAT ID.

NOTE: The weightage of the eligible CAT cut-off and admission parameters will be common to all CAP participating institutes.

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IIM Shortlist Status 2025-2027 Based On CAT 2024 Score

After the CAT 2024 results, IIMs will release the list of shortlisted candidates to join their 2025-27 batches. Candidates can check the table below for the previous year shortlist details. This will help them have an idea about tentative shortlist dates of IIMs and the number of seats for MBA and PGP programmes.

IIMs

Shortlist Release Date

Number of Seats in MBA/PGP (Tentative)

IIM Ahmedabad

Second week of January 2025

395

IIM Kozhikode

First week of January 2025

375

IIM Jammu

First week of March 2025

240

IIM Visakhapatnam

Last week of January 2025

120

IIM Rohtak

Last week of January 2025

240

IIM Calcutta

Third week of January 2025

460

IIM Lucknow

Third week of January 2025

500

IIM Sambalpur

First week of March 2025

120

IIM Bangalore

Third week of January 2025

400

IIM Amritsar

First week of March 2025

160

IIM Raipur

Last week of January 2025

260

IIM Ranchi

Last week of January 2025

185

IIM Kashipur

First week of March, 2025

240

IIM Udaipur

Last week of January 2025

260

IIM Trichy

Last week of January 2025

240

IIM Shillong

Last week of January 2025

180

IIM Indore

Third week of January 2025

450

IIM Sirmaur

First week of March, 2025

120

IIM Nagpur

First week of March, 2025

130

IIM Bodhgaya

First week of March, 2025

120

MBA Admission 2025-27 Through CAT in Non-IIMs

88 institutes do not fall under the IIM category but are registered with CAT 2024. These institutes conduct their own CAT exam procedure for MBA. The CAT 2024 counselling includes the same set of rounds as WAT and GD / PI. However, not all of these rounds are mandatory for final admission. Some institutes like IMT Ghaziabad conduct group activities or group training instead of group discussions.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. When will IIM shortlist be out?

The IIM shortlist will be released tentatively in the first week of January 2025 by the respective IIMs on their official websites.

2. What is IIM selection process? or What is the process of CAT selection?

Based on the candidate’s performance in the CAT exam 2024, participating institutes of CAT 2024 will shortlist candidates for further rounds such as Group Discussion (GD)/ Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

3. Do Non-IIM institutes also follow the same CAT selection process as other IIMs?

The three rounds of the CAT selection process are the same. However, they are not mandatory. Any institute can conduct rounds according to its specifications.

4. What is the qualifying cutoff of IIM Ahmedabad?

This year IIM Ahmedabad qualifying CAT cutoff  was 80%. The final cut off is expected to be 99 percentile or above.

5. What are the documents to be carried at the time of the WAT, GD/PI round?

The documents which will be carried to the WAT, GD/ PI are the IIM interview call letter, CAT scorecard, Class 10 and Class 12 mark sheet and certificates, the graduation mark sheet and certificate, reservation category proof of certificate (if applicable), and work experience certificate (if any).

6. Does IIM CAP include non-IIMs?

No, IIM CAP only contains new IIMs. Other MBA colleges that accept the CAT score conduct admissions separately.

7. What happens after clearing CAT exam?

After clearing the CAT exam, candidates wait for CAT cut-off individual IIMs to go for further rounds of selection. 

8. What is the CAT exam process for MBA?

The CAT exam for MBA involves a computer-based test assessing quantitative aptitude, verbal ability, data interpretation, and logical reasoning. Successful candidates are shortlisted by various MBA institutes for subsequent rounds, which may include interviews, group discussions, and written ability tests.

9. Is there any interview after CAT exam?

Yes, many MBA institutes shortlist candidates based on their CAT scores for the next selection rounds, which typically include interviews, group discussions, and written ability tests to assess candidates' suitability for their programs.

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Getting admission to an IIM without taking the CAT is possible through alternative routes such as:

1. Executive MBA (PGPX,EPGP,ect .)  : Many IIMs offer Executive MBA programs for experienced professionals, which may require GMAT scores instead of CAT .

2.Integrated programs: Some IIMs offer integrated programs like IPM (Integrated Program in Management), where admission cab be based on entrance exams other than CAT.

3.Doctoral programs (Ph.D.): Some IIMs accept GMAT/GRE scores for their doctoral programs .

4. Specialized Courses: IIMs offer various short-term and ccertificate programs that don't require CAT scores.

Check the specific IIM websites for detailed admission criteria and processes for these programs .


The Common Admission Test, is a computer based standardized test conducted in India. It is one of the most prestigious and competitive entrance exams for admission into postgraduate management programs, Including MBA, in various Indian Institutes of Management and other top business schools across the country.

To know more about CAT 2024 like exam date, eligibility, syllabus and more, click on the below link.

https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-2024


Both GMAT and CAT exams are considered to be highly competitive. Therefore, it is difficult to measure which one is harder than the other as it depends on the individual strengths ,weaknesses, and personal preferences.

GMAT quant section is often considered to be easier, however, its verbal section is tougher for non-native English speakers. Whereas, CAT quant section is considered to be trickier in comparison to the verbal section. Therefore, students are advised to analyse both CAT and GMAT exam pattern carefully before opting for one.

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Generally admissions are given based on your rank. So based on your overall percentile in JEE your rank could be between 56470 - 63480 approximately.

Unfortunately, Based on the marks you scored, it will be difficult to get admitted into NIT Trichy under OBC category. However there is also a second chance for you to attend for JEE, so I recommend you to take that chance and score better.

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4) NIBM
5) TAPMI
Do your research about these colleges as to what is their average package, the roles offered.

Colleges like NIBM specialize in Finance, and IRMA has a lot of sales marketing Roles. So ultimately the choice is yours which specialization you want to pursue.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


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Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


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6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

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