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CAT IIMs Admission and Selection process 2021 has been started online by all IIMs. IIM Trichy is conducting CAP 2022 counselling for 9 participating institutes- IIM Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Trichy, Udaipur. 

  • CAT 2021 CAP counselling personal interview round has started for the shortlisted candidates on Feb 14, 2022. PI rounds of CAP 2022 counselling will be conducted in 2 more phases- Feb 21-26 and Mar 7-12, 2022. Check CAT 2021 Cut off
  • For admission to IIM Vizag, candidates can apply till March 15, 2022. Check CAT 2021 IIM Vizag Admission
  • For admission to IIM Nagpur, candidates can fill out the online application forms till March 10, 2022. The shortlist for the PI round will be released in the 3rd week of March 2022. Check CAT 2021 IIM Nagpur Admission
  • IIM Ahmedabad released its PI shortlist on Feb 3. Candidates can check their PI shortlist status by entering their CAT 2021 registration number and email id on the official website. Check CAT 2021 IIM Ahmedabad Admission.
  • IIM Rohtak has released the admit card for the PGP PI process on the official website. Candidates can download the same by entering their application number & password. The last date to register for CAT 2021 IIM Rohtak admission was January 21, 2022. Check CAT 2021 IIM Rohtak Admission
  • IIM Amritsar has also started the registration process to shortlist the candidates for round 2 of the admission process. Check CAT 2021 IIM Amritsar Admission
  • CAT selection process involves three stages: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score, Screening of candidates for WAT-GD-PI, and Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection. Check CAT 2021 PI
  • The candidates will be called based on their CAT Scores and CAT Cut Off. In the next stage, the candidates will be screened based on their CAT Score and the Academic Scores at the Undergraduate, HSC, and SSC levels. Next, the composite score will be calculated based on various parameters like graduation marks, work experience, etc. 

Direct Link for CAT 2021 Counselling Process

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CAT IIM Shortlisting Process

CAT IIM Counselling Dates 2021

Different IIMs will release a shortlist of the candidates who will proceed to the next stage of the CAT admission procedure. This shortlist is released on the official website of the respective IIM. The status of the shortlist as per the IIMs will be updated in the table below. Read New IIMs CAP Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIMs IIM Shortlist Start Date
IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist & Admission Criteria PI Shortlist Release Date- February 3, 2022
IIM Indore Shortlist & Admission Criteria PI Shortlist Release Date- January 20, 2022
IIM Jammu Shortlist & Admission Criteria CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Kozhikode Shortlist & Admission Criteria Stage 1 Registration Start Date – January 7, 2022
IIM Amritsar Shortlist & Selection Process Stage 1 Registration Start Date – January 12, 2022
IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlist & Admission Criteria Stage 1 Registration – January 11 to March 15, 2022
IIM Bodhgaya Shortlist & Selection Process CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Raipur Shortlist & Selection Process CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Udaipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Kashipur Shortlist & Selection Process CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Trichy Shortlist & Admission Criteria CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Banglore Shortlist & Admission Criteria

Release of Shortlist for PI- January 15, 2022

Last Date for confirmation for PI- February 2022

IIM Calcutta Shortlist & Admission Criteria

Release of Shortlist- January 13, 2022

Last Date for Registration- February 2022

IIM Lucknow Shortlist & Admission Criteria

Release of Shortlist- January 19, 2022

Last date of Registration- February 2022

IIM Shillong Shortlist & Admission Criteria PI Shortlist Release Date- January 20, 2022
IIM Rohtak Shortlist & Selection Process Stage 1 Registration Last Date – January 21, 2022
IIM Ranchi Shortlist & Admission Criteria CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Nagpur Shortlist & Selection Process Last Date of Stage 1 Registration- March 10, 2022
IIM Sambalpur Shortlist & Selection Process CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022
IIM Sirmaur Shortlist & Selection Process CAP Registration Last Date – February 1, 2022

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CAT 2021 IIM Common Admission Process 2022

CAT Common Admission Process or CAT CAP is conducted for admission in the new IIMs and they are IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu, IIM Ranchi, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur.

  • In CAP counselling process, common rules, guidelines, or criteria are followed to offer admission to CAT qualified students. 
  • CAT CAP counselling PI rounds will be conducted in online mode. However, the detailed information will be shared with shortlisted candidates. 

IIM CAP Counselling 2022 Dates

Events Dates 
CAP 2021 registration starts January 19, 2022
Last date for CAP registration

January 31, 2022

February 1, 2022

Intimation for Personal Interview February 5, 2022
Personal Interview Phase I February 14-19, 2022
Personal Interview Phase II February 21-26, 2022
Personal Interview Phase III March 7-12, 2022

CAP 2022: Important Instructions for Attending Online Personal Interview

Requirements for Online Personal Interview

  • Desktop/Laptop with camera
  • Headphone
  • Microphone
  • Stable and high-speed Internet connection
  • Stationery items like blank sheets, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Install Zoom software
  • A white or a clear background of a lighter color to ensure better visibility
  • A valid photo ID for verification

Instructions for Online Personal Interview

  • Click on the provided link to attend the online personal interview through the Zoom platform on the designated date and time.
  • For the forenoon slot, candidates should join by 9:30 am and for the afternoon slot by 1:30 pm.
  • No one other than the candidate should be present in the room during the PI process.
  • The audio and video should be kept on throughout the PI session. Use of any recording devices is prohibited.

CAP 2022 Counselling: Documents Required

Candidates need to keep the following documents for CAP counselling registration.

  • Soft copy of the Photograph (Less than 100 KB).
  • Soft copy of the Signature (Less than 100 KB).
  • Photo Identity Card Document
  • CAT 2021 Score Card
  • 10th & 12th Marksheet with a pass certificate
  • Graduation related certificates:
    • Graduation Marksheet of all semester/years.
    • Degree Certificate is required for those who have completed the graduation before 2020.
    • Provisional Degree Certificate is required for those who have completed the graduation in 2021 but have not received the degree certificate.
    • Certificate and mark sheets of any other degree-Masters/Professional Qualification as mentioned in the CAP Registration form.
  • Experience related certificates:
    • Please do not consider training and apprenticeship as an experience.
  • Provide a valid caste certificate (NC-OBC/SC/ST) as per the format. 

CAP Counseling 2022: Cut off 

Student Category Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning  Verbal & Reading Comprehension  Total (Overall Percentile)
General 70 70 70 92
EWS 40 40 40 70
NC-OBC 45 45 45 74
SC 35 35 35 54
ST 32.5 25 25 40
DAP 32.5 25 25 40

Key Points of CAT IIM CAP Process

CAT admission process of new IIMs is the same as older IIMs. The qualifying CAT cut off and the weightage of various selection parameters are also common to these new nine IIMs. 

  • Shortlisting of candidates based on CAT Cut off. 
  • Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
  • Final Admission to offer to candidates based on composite CAT scores. 

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CAT Counselling Process 2021 

The 3 stages involved in the CAT Counselling or selection process are:

  • Stage 1: Shortlisting of Candidates – Based on CAT qualifying cut off released by the institute's candidates will be shortlisted for stage 2. 
  • Stage 2: WAT, GD, PI – In the second stage candidates will have to appear for WAT, GD, or PI rounds. 
  • Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score – Based on various parameters the final composite is calculated and based on that admission offers will be made to candidates. 

In the below headings all the stages have been explained in detail for a better understanding of candidates. 

Written Ability Test

CAT Written Ability Test 2021

The Written Ability Test or the WAT is preferred by most IIMs instead of the Group Discussion. Over 11 out of the 20 IIMs have WAT, whereas some IIMs like IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode conduct both WAT and GD. The Major Highlights of WAT are as follows - 

  • WAT assesses a candidate's critical thinking and communication skills.
  • The test is scored on the basis of the following aspects: 
    • Clarity of Thought in the Written Ability Test
    • Simplicity of Expression
    • Comprehensiveness of Perspective
    • Robustness of Reasoning 
  • The weightage for the WAT varies from 10% to 30% of the total score depending on the IIM. 
  • WAT Duration: 
    • The time given to complete WAT varies depending on the IIM. 
    • It can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. 
  • Questions Asked - Essay Type
  • Here are the some of the important topics for WAT - 
WAT Important Topics
Media Influence Corruption in India
Women’s Reservation Bill Should Petroleum Subsidy go away? 
Social Activism is necessary for survival of democratic society  GST: Aim to take economy on faster growth path
Demonetization in India: Decision is more appreciated than criticized Ethics and morals cannot be taught in classrooms only
Browsing at Workplace affects productivity RERA should win the trust of home buyers
Aadhar -Utility is more than perceived Beti Bachao Beti Padhao will change the orthodox mindset?
Global economic slowdown COVID-19 Pandemic
Article 370 Abrogation Farm Bills 2020: Protests and more
Digital India Make in India
Union Budget of India Privatization of the Indian Economy

Read CAT WAT and PI Experiences

CAT WAT Duration

The duration for WAT differs based on the IIM of choice. They can usually be anywhere between 15-30 minutes and are essay tests. Given below is the word limit and the duration for the Written Ability Test: 

B-School Time Limit (in minutes) Suggested Word Limit
IIM Ahmedabad 20-25 300+
IIM Bangalore 30 400
IIM Calcutta 20-25 400
IIM Lucknow 15-20 200+
IIM Indore 20-25 250
IIM Kozhikode 25 300
IIM Shillong 20-25 300
New IIMs 25-30 300
FMS 20-30 300
IIFT 20 300+

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Personal Interview

CAT Personal Interview 2021

  • It is conducted in most IIMs and is an extremely crucial round for the selection procedure. 
  • The selection panel for PI usually involves 2-4 experts. 
  • This is a crucial part of the selection, and the key to succeeding this round is to be very confident and expressing yourself clearly. 
  • The questions asked in an IIM interview range from questions about Personal life, Academic Record, Extra-curricular activities, work experience, outlook on contemporary issues, etc.

CAT PI Things to Remember

There are some important things to remember while attending the CAT PI. Here are some of the key things to remember: 

  • Remember to present yourself well, i.e. be well dressed and well-groomed. 
  • Work on your language skills and presentation skills. 
  • Try to practice public speaking. 
  • Sometimes, the interviewers can ask abstract questions based on anything in your call letter. For Instance, interviewers have asked why a candidate's email has 1990 in it instead of their actual birth year. 
  • Answer to the point and do not speak too much.
  • Do not give cliched or obvious answers.
  • Interviewers will notice your non-verbal cues/body language while responding.

CAT PI Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions in CAT PI - 

  • Tell us something about yourself.
  • How did you choose MBA as your career? Why?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • Tell us the reasons to select you.
  • Do you have any regrets? (Academic-related, life-related, etc.)
  • Past- related Questions.
  • Why do you choose to join IIM (city)?
  • Discuss your strengths/weaknesses.
  • Questions from your GD. 
  • Do you have any questions from us?

Reservation Criteria

Admission in Non-IIMs through CAT 2021

CAT 2021 Scores are accepted by more than 1000 MBA colleges in India. The top non-IIM colleges in India are The selection process for Non-IIMs also includes:

  • Releasing CAT Cut off and Shortlisting of candidates based on CAT scores: The institutes release their respective CAT cut offs after the declaration of CAT results and shortlist candidates for GD-PI rounds based on CAT scores & percentile.
  • GD-WAT-PI rounds: Some institutes conduct all the 3 rounds while others may conduct either the GD or the PI round.
  • Final Merit List: The final merit list is prepared by assigning different weightage to various parameters including CAT scores, GD-WAT-PI scores, Academic record, past work experience.

The top Non-IIMs in India that accept CAT scores are:

Institute Expected CAT 2021 Cut off
FMS Delhi 99+ percentile
IIT Delhi 98+ percentile
IIT Bombay 98+ percentile
IIT Madras 96+ percentile
JBIMS Mumbai 95+ percentile
SPJIMR Mumbai 90+ percentile
NITIE Mumbai 90+ percentile
IBS Hyderabad 85+ percentile

CAT Reservation Criteria 2021

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5
Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability (PWD) 5
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Up to 10

CAT Seat Intake 2021

There are 20 IIMs across India that offer admission to different specializations of MBA. Here is the total seat intake of various IIMs is given below:

College Number of Seats College Number of Seats
IIM Ahmedabad 395 IIM Ranchi 185
IIM Bangalore 400 IIM Rohtak 264
IIM Calcutta 460 IIM Raipur 90
IIM Lucknow  500 IIM Trichy 240
IIM Indore 450 IIM Udaipur 325
IIM Kozhikode 480 IIM Kashipur 240
IIM Shillong 92 IIM Nagpur 130
IIM Visakhapatnam 120 IIM Sambalpur 90
IIM Bodh Gaya 120 IIM Jammu 90
IIM Sirmaur 120 IIM Amritsar 160

CAT IIMs Selection Criteria

CAT Counseling 2021 FAQs

Ques: Which IIM conducted CAT Counselling?

Ans: IIM CAT counseling is conducted by each of the IIMs for candidate’s admission in management programs in their institute. There is no particular IIM that performs centralized counseling for all management colleges. The admission process depends upon a candidate’s performance in the CAT exam. CAT Counselling will be conducted by IIM Indore. 

Ques: Which factor plays a major role in getting admission to one of the IIMs?

Ans: Candidate’s performance in CAT exam is a major role in securing a seat in any one of the IIMs. After clearing CAT Cutoff, candidates have to qualify WAT, GD, and PI. 

Ques: What are the documents required for CAT counseling?

Ans: The documents required for CAT counseling is given below:

  • CAT Scorecard
  • Class 10th Marksheet
  • Class 12th Marksheet
  • Passport Sized Photograph
  • Admit Card
  • Caste Certificate

Ques: What is the percentage reservation for different category candidates?

Ans: The reservation criteria for different categories are tabulated below:

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes 27%
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) 5%
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Up to 10%

Ques: On what basis do candidates are shortlisted for WAT/GD in IIMs?

Ans: Depending upon the candidate’s performance in CAT exam, IIMs shortlists the candidates for WAT and GD

Ques: What is the procedure to get an MBA admission in IIMs?

Ans: To get admission in MBA program of IIMs, candidates have to follow the steps given below:

  • Take CAT exam
  • Reach the cutoff laid down by IIMs
  • Get shortlisted for a further round of IIMs selection process
  • Appear and clear WAT and GD
  • Perform in PI and secure a seat in IIMs

Ques: Do class 10th and 12th aggregate considered in IIM admission process?

Ans: Yes, class 10th and 12th scores are also considered while offering admission to the candidates. Different IIMs have different percentage of weightage that is assigned to consider a candidate’s percentage in class 10th and 12th.

Ques: What are the number of seats offered by IIMs in MBA admission?

Ans: The approximate number of seats offered by IIMs is 3300 in total. This year, there may be a hike in seats offered by the IIMs into its management program.

Ques: Which IIM offers a maximum number of sears?

Ans: Though the number of seats offered by the IIMs may vary but depending upon the analysis, IIMs offering maximum seats into its management program are listed below:

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Indore

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Sep 8, 2020
Does Narssemonje also accept CAT scores?
manika gupta
Sep 14, 2020

Hi Utkarsha, The college doesn’t accept CAT score. The college conducts its own entrance test known as NMAT by GMAC, an upcoming exam whose scores are also accepted by many other B-schools.

Dec 12, 2019
Can I get a counselling session regarding CAT?
May 30, 2019
I'm B. Tech 3rd year student. Am i eligible of CAT 2019
Mar 12, 2019
What is selection procedure in Lucknow IIM through CAT??
Jan 15, 2019
I got 73% in CAT 2018, 54% in SNAPand 160 in NMAT. Xth: 83%XIIth: 81%BTech: 81% (From UTU, ECE. topper of my branch).I have around 3.4 years from TCS (IT) and is currently serving notice period. Right now I am having package of 4.5 LPA and have joining date in Accenture on 21st feb with 7.8 LPA.
Jan 7, 2019
Which IIMs have removed GD from their selection process?
Dec 31, 2018
Hi, I am getting a score of 20 in DILR in CAT 2018. Will I be able to get a sectional percentile of at least 75. I need to know because I have been shortlisted for interview by SPJIMR based on profile. Thanks in advance.
Jan 10, 2018
I got 85.8 percentile in CAT. Which colleges should i target where i realistically have a chance?
May 19, 2018

Hello Rittick, You can apply in IIM Ahmedabad according to your percentile. To know more colleges please use this link: CUTOFF

Jul 29, 2017
How does CAT help me in the selection of best B. School?
Jul 29, 2017

Hi Kritika, As CAT is a highly prestigious exam, Indian Institutes of Management and other top notch B-Schools prefer CAT Score for the admission in their MBA programs. So higher the rank in CAT, better is the chance of getting admission in the top management schools like IIM Ahmadabad, IIM Indore, etc. 

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