CAT Selection Procedure 2017

CAT Selection ProcedureCAT Selection Procedure 2017: The selection procedure of CAT 2017 is a two step process followed by the participating institutes after the exam is conducted. For the MBA aspirants appearing for CAT, this is the first step of the selection procedure. Based on their performance, participating institutes will shortlist candidates. In the second step of the selection process of CAT 2017, shortlisted candidates have to appear for the second and final round, including GD or WAT and Personal Interview rounds.  The CAT 2017 selection procedure will be conducted separately at the participating institutes except for the new IIMs. CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow. This article of Careers360 brings to you detailed account of CAT selection procedure 2017.

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CAT 2017 has been announced on July 29 by IIM Lucknow. The exam will be conducted on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in two slots in same exam pattern as last two years.


Let us first talk about the shortlist process at the participating institutes of CAT 2017.


Shortlist Process at CAT Participating Institutes

  • Each institute has their own CAT cutoff percentile.

  • MBA aspirants will have to apply to the institutes accepting CAT scores within the deadline.

  • The admission committee of the institutes will assess the candidates’ eligibility based on their CAT 2017 percentile, past academic records etc.

  • Qualifying candidates will be shortlisted for the next round of CAT selection procedure 2017

Now we bring to you the CAT selection procedure of B-schools.


CAT 2017 Selection Procedure at Non-IIM B-schools

  • The non-IIM B-schools conduct separate selection procedure and there is no system for common process

  • The selection procedure includes either or Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview

  • Some institutes such as IMT Ghaziabad and MICA conduct Group Activity instead of Group Discussion

  • Some participating institutes conduct both Group Discussion or Group Activity as well as essay writing/writing ability test along with Personal Interview rounds

CAT Selection Procedure 2017 for IIMs


IIMs release their admission criteria in advance, right after CAT is announced. According to the IIM admission criteria, the CAT applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT percentile matches the IIM cutoffs.  In the next step, the shortlisted candidates have to appear for the selection procedure including WAT and PI rounds.


The old IIMs will conduct their CAT selection procedure 2017 separately. However, the new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) rounds. In the CAP rounds, participating IIMs announce individual shortlists and the candidates appear for a common WAT and PI rounds where representatives from all IIMs assess their performances. After the process, the IIMs declare separate institute wise merit lists based on their individual admission and selection criteria.


The recent IIMs established during 2015-16, such as IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu and IIM Nagpur release their merit list on the basis of CAT percentile and profile and do not conduct GD/WAT-PI rounds.


As per the important dates of CAT 2017, the CAT result 2017 will be declared in the second week of January 2018. The selection procedure will be conducted in the months of February to April, 2017. The final result is declared by April-May, 2018.


As many as 20 IIMs will accept the scores of CAT 2017 along with 100+ B-schools of India. Around four thousand seats are offered by 20 IIMs. Apart from the IIMs, over 100 B-schools will accept the scores of CAT 2017. Approximately two lakh MBA aspirants are expected to apply for CAT 2017, which is likely to be conducted in December 2017.


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