CAT Selection Procedure 2019 - Candidates will be able to check the selection procedure of CAT 2019 after it is announced by the participating IIMs and other institutes. CAT 2019 selection procedure will differ according to the institutes. However, the basic framework of the selection process is likely to be of two steps - firstly, the performance of the candidates in CAT will be checked and secondly, the shortlisted candidates will be assessed on their performance in Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Every institute will release the admission criteria for CAT selection procedure 2019. The factors involved in both steps of admission will be given weightage during selection procedure of CAT 2019. Read the full article to know more information about CAT Selection Procedure 2019.
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CAT Selection Procedure 2019

CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24. The concerned authorities has released the result of CAT 2019 on January 4, 2020. The selection procedure will be held tentatively in February and March 2020.

The procedure of Shortlisting Candidates

Candidates will be shortlisted for the selection rounds mostly based on their performance in the CAT 2019 examination i.e., their secured scores or percentile. Every participating institute will be releasing their own cutoff of CAT 2019. The cutoff will be prepared after checking various factors related to the entrance examination. Those candidates who meet the cutoff will be eligible for the selection rounds of admission.

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During the selection procedure of CAT 2019, the candidates will be assessed by the admission committee of the participating institutes on the basis of their percentile secured in the entrance exam, past academic records, work experience and more. After the candidates are selected, they will have to participate in the selection rounds which consists of written ability test, personal interview and group discussions.

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MBA aspirants will be required to apply separately within the allotted dates to the institutes accepting CAT scores.

Selection Procedure of CAT 2019 at IIMs

The selection procedure of IIMs will be different as per the institute regulations. Candidates will be able to check the admission criteria which will be released by each of the IITs as soon as CAT 2019 is announced. The notification of CAT 2019 was released on July 26, 2019.

All the candidates will be shortlisted for admissions on the basis of their performance in CAT 2019 i.e., as per their secured score/percentile. Here, the cutoffs will be important since every institute will be releasing their own cutoff for shortlisting which will be different as per the institute. All of those candidates who meet the cutoff will be able to move to the next stage of the selection procedure - Written Ability Tests (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). While CAT 2019 performance will be an important factor for selection, IIMs may also additionally use other factors such as previous academic performance, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity.

CAT 2019 selection procedure varies as per the IIMs:

  • Old IIMs such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore and more will separately conduct their selection procedure

  • Common Admission Process (CAP) will be conducted by the newly established IIMs for selection. Shortlisting of candidates will be done and they will have to appear for a common written ability test and personal interview rounds. The representatives from all IIMs will be assessing the candidates’ performance and after it concludes, separate institute-wise merit list will be declared based on individual admission and selection criteria.

  • Newly established IIMs such as IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu and IIM Nagpur will be releasing their own merit list according to CAT score or percentile and profile of the candidate. These institutes will not conduct GD/WAT-PI rounds for selection of candidates.

Selection Procedure of CAT 2019 at Other B-Schools

Since there is no common admission system, the B-schools who do not fall under the IIM category will be conducting their own selection procedure. The process of selection such as group discussion, written ability test and personal interview will be decided by the institutes. Institutes such as IMT Ghaziabad and MICA conduct group activity or group exercise instead of group discussion. However, some institutes do conduct group discussion or group activity as well as essay writing/writing ability test along with the personal interview.

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How to know the 2019 cutoff for mtech admisssions for EWS cat in various iits/nits?

Aman Raj Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Veeru

Gate Cutoffs varies from branches to branches and Categories to Categories.

As you have not mentioned an hence i am attaching a link of our Article which will give you the information about each and every IIT's. and NIT's.


Hi there! Im doing engineering in B. Tech Food technology and currently in 6th semester. Which career portion will be good for me , I should go for GATE Or CAT exam.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

See, no course is good or bad.Both the courses are equally good and can enhance your chances if etting good jobs in future but you its you who has decide what you actually want to do,where your interest lies.MBA is about business,finance,sales,marketing,different types of management jobs etc. On the other hand if you work further in technology field or research/teaching then you should go with GATE.
Both will reward you good jobs in future if you are hardworking and determined.

Good Luck

My class 10th cgpa is 9.4,whereas my class 12th percentage is 94.6 and, graduation (b tech) Cgpa is 7.6. I am planning to appear for CAT in next exam. Is there any chance that i can get good IIMs Or any other good management clg, if I do well in my CAT exam.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

Hi Shivam,

Yes, absolutely. You have good academic scores apart from your graduation score. You can get call from some of the top colleges/universities like FMS, IIM Calcutta, Kozhikode, Shillong and other cap IIMs. Older IIMs are still a bit dicey in the matter and all the admissions will be mainly based on your CAT score. Given you are a Btech student then you should target a score of 99+ percentile to get a call from these B-school.

You can follow the link below for more information

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.



I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020


see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80




iim bangalore:

general- 85




for more details you may follow the below link,


is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

For more information on eligibility/entrance test/admission you can reach out to us.

Hope it helps,


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