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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Cut off Trends in Different CAT Participating Institutes
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|
|11||IIM Shilling||PGP, PGPEX , FPM|
|12||IIM Trichy||PGP, PGPBM, PGPHRM|
|14||IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
|16||IIM Sambalpur||PGP, EPGP, FPM|
|17||IIM Sirmaur||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM|
|19||IIM Kozhikode||Executive Post Graduate Programme – Kochi PGP,EPGP .FPM, Campus, MDP,FDP|