What After CAT 2018 Result
Ranjini Basu, 05 Jan 2019, #CAT
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What After CAT 2018 Result - IIM Calcutta has declared the CAT 2018 result on January 5, 2019. The CAT scorecard is made available in the official website and can be downloaded in PDF format. The most prominent entrance examination for getting into management studies is undoubtedly the Common Admission Test, well-known as CAT. IIMs conduct the test on a rotational basis. CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta on November 25, 2018. Post exams, the only thought that keeps revolving in test-takers’ mind is the CAT scores! On January 2, 2019, IIM Calcutta has officially declared to release the CAT result 2018 on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1 PM. All eager eyes will be fixed on the screens to check their scores and percentiles. The anxiety is obvious, however, candidates should remember that CAT result 2018 is not the final goal; rather it is just a stepping stone towards a much wider and larger goal one has to attain. CAT scores will let candidates qualify for the further rounds of selection processes pertaining to admission to different management institutes. CAT result declaration will be followed by yet another sought-after examination, XAT 2019 to be conducted on Sunday, January 6, 2019. In this article, Careers360 will render guidance to management aspirants pertaining to the events after the announcement of CAT result 2018.
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What to Expect - Analyse CAT Score and Search for Institutes 

By now, candidates must have checked their scores on the basis of the CAT answer key 2018 which was officially declared on December 7, 2018. So, after the receiving the CAT scorecard, one can check their percentile and start shortlisting the institutes they might get admissions into. Any percentile between 80-95 can fetch a seat at any reputed management institute.

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The following table will provide information on colleges accepting CAT 2018 score-



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IIM Ahmedabad

80 Percentile


IIM Bangalore

90 Percentile


IIM Calcutta

90 Percentile


IIM Lucknow

90 Percentile


IIM Indore

90 Percentile


IIM Kozhikode

90 Percentile


IIM Trichy

90 Percentile


IIM Udaipur

90 Percentile


IIM Shillong

80 Percentile


IIM Raipur

90 Percentile


IIM Kashipur

90 Percentile


IIM Rohtak

96 Percentile


IIM Ranchi

95 Percentile


IIM Nagpur

95 Percentile


IIM Vishakhapatnam

90 Percentile


IIM Amritsar

90 Percentile


IIM Bodh Gaya

95 Percentile


IIM Sirmaur

95 Percentile


IIM Sambalpur

90 Percentile


IIM Jammu

95 Percentile

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Prepare Academic Documents

CAT 2018 results are out. Post declaration of the CAT result, excitement and anxiety might sweep away important aspects from one’s mind. For further rounds, candidates must keep their academic and professional certificates handy. Moreover, certificates should be attested, especially the degree and mark sheets.

Check Application Deadlines of Colleges
There isn't much time left in the admission process to start and it is very important to fill and submit application forms of colleges before the deadline. There might not be too many application forms available at this stage, and missing the ones which are available is not recommended. So, candidates should start tracking the application status.

Check Selection Parameters of Management Institutes

More than two lakh candidates appeared for CAT 2018 which was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Candidates are shortlisted for the admission process in different IIMs on the basis of their CAT scores. There are 20 IIMs in the country and each one of them has different admission criteria. It is imperative to have a thorough knowledge of the selection parameters of management institutes. All the IIMs usually follow a two-step selection process. They are -

  • Common Admission Test (CAT)

  • Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

However, all IIMs do not conduct any common counselling process. The six new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) which includes common WAT and PI rounds. The newly formed IIMs, IIM Sirmaur and IIM Jammu, both mentored by IIM Lucknow do not conduct WAT-PI rounds and declare merit list based on CAT score, past academic records, work experience and diversity factors.

Gear Up for Next Level of Evaluation 

As already mentioned, apart from CAT, there are various other evaluating rounds which B-Schools exercise for selecting candidates, namely Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI), Essay Writing. Moreover, a few of the institutes consider work experience as well. After CAT results, candidates should focus on equipping themselves with relevant skills to master in the mentioned skill sets. This stage varies from college to college. Based on the overall performance (CAT score, PI, GD, Past Academic Records, etc), the college will offer admission to candidates.

Few Questions that might be asked in the Personal Interview (PI) round are -

  • Why MBA?

  • Why pursue MBA from this college?

  • Why do you want to do MBA in (name of specialisation)?

  • How do you spend your leisure time?

  • Introduce yourself

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • Why should we select you?

  • Questions from the work domain

  • Questions from your current Company & its financial state, if applicable

  • Questions from your graduation academic area

  • Learn about social issues in India and the global economy.

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