CAT Admission Process 2022: Clearing the MBA entrance exam, the Common Admission Test (CAT 2022) is only the first step towards getting admission to the prestigious IIMs or other top MBA colleges. You have to go through several other steps before you can secure yourself a seat to the post graduate management programs offered by IIMs and renowned B-schools.
Performance in CAT 2022 exam is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs, and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may check out the admissions policies of all the IIMs.
The CAT admission process takes place in January every year. Just after the release of CAT results, IIMs starts shortlisting students based on their CAT score for Written Ability Test (WAT)/ Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).
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In CAT admission process, Candidates have to submit their applications to their desired IIM and then the said IIM shortlists the candidate based on the cutoff and academic profile for WAT- PI. The whole CAT admission process usually takes around 3-4 months to complete.
The CAT admission are done based on three parameters, namely, CAT score, Written Ability Test (WAT)/ Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). The three steps to CAT admission process includes:
A list of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection are made available on the individual IIM websites on the basis of CAT score. Each IIM will send interview letters to the candidates it has short-listed. The criteria for short-listing varies for every IIM.
2. WAT/GD and PI round
In this stage, IIMs conducts WAT/GD and PI round for the shortlisted candidate. Please note that each IIM shortlists candidates for a second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include either one/two or all of these three:
3. Final selection
In the final selection round, candidates are scored on the basis of their academic performance. Tabulated below are the selection parameters for the final round:
|CAT Selection Parameters||Weight|
|Class 10 board||10|
|Class 12 board||5|
|Weighted Work Experience||10|