CAT Selection Procedure 2019
Saakshi Lama, 13 Mar 2019, #CAT
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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 are 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 their 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 2019 will be conducted tentatively in the fourth week of November. The concerned authorities will be releasing the result of CAT 2019 tentatively in the first week of January 2020. The selection procedure will be held tentatively in February and March 2020. 

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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. 


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. 


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 is scheduled to be released tentatively in July. 


All of 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 the 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 AhmedabadIIM CalcuttaIIM 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 SirmaurIIM 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 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 personal interview.


This article has been written as per last year’s information. Updated details will be available here as soon as it is released by the authorities.

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