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CAT 2018; Admit Card ,Selection Procedure

CAT 2018: CAT is a national level online test conducted for admission to MBA/ PGDM in IIMs and top business schools of India. CAT (Common Admission Test) is conducted annually on rotational basis by Indian Institute of Management. CAT 2018 will be organised by IIM Delhi. The official notification is expected to be released in the month of July 2017.

CAT 2018 will be held in December 2017. The minimum eligibility criteria for CAT 2018 is graduation with minimum 50% marks and 5% of relaxation is given to the candidates belonging to SC/ST category.

Cut Off

  • Students will get admission in various IIMs on the basis of cut-off.
  • CAT cut-off will be released after the declaration of result.
  • CAT Cut-off will depend upon the various terms like number of students, seats availability, exam difficulty, etc.
  • Cut-off will be published separately for various categories like NC-OBC, ST, ST and DA/PwD.

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Selection Procedure for CAT 2018

The applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2018 cut off marks, IIMs and numerous b-schools. The shortlisted applicants will be called for personal interview (PI), group discussions (GD) and written ability test (WAT).

The admissions will be provided on the basis of overall performance of the applicants in CAT 2018, DG, PI & WAT. The applicants’ academic records and work experience (if any) will also be considered to provide admissions.

Candidates are selected for various MBA courses in different IIM’s on the basis of their score in the CAT exam. After the declaration of result, shortlisted candidates would appear in CAT Selection Procedure. The selection process further comprises of three stages conducted by the IIM’s separately for the shortlisted candidates. The three stages of selection are illustrated below:

  1. Written Ability Test: Candidates are given one or more topics on which they are required to write a brief essay in time duration 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
  2. Group Discussion: The second stage is a called GD in which 8-10 candidates are given a topic to discuss. This round is held to access the group dynamics of them.
  3. Interview: This is the final round of selection in which a candidate has to present himself before a panel of 4-8 interviewers. This round is set to test the academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc. of the candidates.

In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

The cut-off for the IIMs is very high ranging generally in the bracket of 90-99 percentiles. The expected CAT 2017 cut-off will not vary much from the cut-off trend of the last year. The below-given table gives the expected cut-off in various top B- schools:

B-School CAT 2016 Cut-off (expected)
UBS Chandigarh 93+ Percentile
FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi) 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+ Percentile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+ Percentile

CAT 2018 Participating Institutes

CAT examination is held every year by various IIM’s and there is no specific list of Institutes that participate in CAT. However, almost every top Business School accepts the scores obtained by the candidate in CAT examination.19 IIMs ,118 B-schools along with top B-Schools like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), FMS, SP Jain, MDI, etc. Participate in the CAT examination.

Here is the list of CAT Participating IIM’S along with details of the management courses offered by them:

S.No. Name of IIM MBA specialization offered
1 IIM Ahmadabad PGP, PGP-ABM , FPM
2 IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, FPM
3 IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM ,PGP PGDCM ,FPM
4 IIM Indore PGP, EPGP, FPM
5 IIM Kolhapur PGP, EPGPM
6 IIM Kozhikode PGP FPM
7 IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM , FPM
8 IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE , FPM
9 IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGDHRM , FPM
10 IIM Rothay PGP
11 IIM Shilling PGP, PGPEX , FPM
12 IIM Trichy PGP, PGPBM, PGPHRM
13 IIM Udaipur PGP
14 IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
15 IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
16 IIM Sambalpur PGP, EPGP, FPM
17 IIM Sirmaur PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM
18 IIM Nagpur PGP
19 IIM Kozhikode Executive Post Graduate Programme – Kochi PGP,EPGP .FPM, Campus, MDP,FDP

 

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