CAT Selection Process (Soon) - Check IIM Admission Criteria 2023-25

CAT Selection Process (Soon) - Check IIM Admission Criteria 2023-25

CAT Selection Process 2022: IIMs will commence the CAT 2022 selection process after the declaration of CAT results. The CAT result 2022 will be available tentatively in the second week of January 2023. Those who will pass the CAT 2022 exam will have to go through the next rounds of selection. The list of selected candidates for the next level of admission process, WAT, GD, PI will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) will have individual selection policies that will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Performance in the CAT 2022 exam is crucial consideration for the selection. In addition, IIMs will also consider other factors such as past academic records of the candidates, academic diversity, gender, and the likes for shortlisting candidates for MBA admission 2023-25. On the basis of CAT score, CAT 2022 score accepting institutes will release the list of shortlisted candidates for further selection rounds (Personal Interview, Written Ability Test/ Group Discussion).

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CAT Selection Process for MBA Admission 2023-25

IIMs will shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT 2022 and the selection process as they have mentioned separately on their website. The selection process of CAT will consist of Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI). In the current covid-19 scenario. Some institutes conduct only online interview for shortlisted candidates.

IIM Admission Process 2023-25 through CAT

In this complete CareersToday article, we clearly discuss the weightage given to various aspects, the CAT selection process, the different selection processes to IIMs, non-IIMs, and other B-schools accepting CAT scores. The selection procedure for IIMs for CAT 2022 consists of three rounds such as,

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  • Round 1: CAT 2022 Result and IIM Shortlist

  • Round 2: Personal Interview

  • Round 3: Final Selection and Eligibility Verification

Round 1: CAT 2022 Result and IIM Shortlist

The CAT 2022 results will be announced by IIM Bangalore probably in the second week of January 2023, IIM shortlist dates will be released soon and all IIM will begin their shortlisting process. Individual IIMs will release the CAT cutoff 2022 based on the CAT score. The list of new IIM shortlisted candidates for the next CAT Counseling will be available on the respective IIMs' website.

Each IIM will then send interview letters directly to the shortlisted candidates. The CAT IIM selection criteria for shortlisting is varying across IIMs.

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MBA Admission Process 2023 through CAT - IIM Interview Call Letter

Candidates selected for the first round of the CAT selection process 2023 will receive invitation letters in their registered email id. The invitation letter will contain the following information:

  • Registration link

  • Last date to complete the CAP registration (for 9 IIMs)

  • Date, time, and venue of WAT/GD and PI

Round 2: WAT, PI, and GD Rounds

All candidates who meet the CAT cutoff can move on to the next stage of the IIM selection process 2022-24 for MBA i.e. Written Ability Tests (WAT), Personal Interviews (PI), and Group Discussion (GD). Candidates are evaluated on the basis of general knowledge, communication ability, performance in previous rounds, and presence of mind.

Round 3: Final Selection and Eligibility Verification

Any candidate listed for a personal interview at IIMs must comply with the eligibility and verification for the CAT final selection process.

At this point, candidates get marks based on their academic performance. Here is a breakdown of the tentative parameters on which candidates are selected.

CAT ParametersWeightage
CAT 202225
Class 1010
Class 125
Weighted Work Experience10

NOTE: The table above contains the parameters and weightage of IIM Bangalore for the CAT exam. The weightage of each parameter will vary from year to year for each IIM.

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Candidates are listed for WAT / GD-PI processes based on the CAT percentile. The aggregate score calculation process for the shortlist for WAT / GD-PI provided by IIM Lucknow is as follows:

What are the documents to be taken at WAT/ GD and PI time?

Degree certificates & mark sheet verification:

Candidates are required to produce original and attested copies of certificates and mark sheets during the IIM selection round i.e. personal interview. If selected, the original degree mark sheets of all semesters and attested copies must be submitted at the time of joining.

Required documents at the time of WAT/ GD and PI:

  • IIM Interview call letter

  • CAT 2022 scorecard

  • Class 10 mark sheet and certificate

  • Class 12 mark sheet and certificate

  • The graduation mark sheet and certificate

  • Reservation category proof of certificate (if applicable)

  • Work experience certificate (if any)

Reserved category

Candidates are required to produce an attested copy as well as the original ST/ SC/ NC-OBC/ DA certificates during the personal interview. If selected, original certificates and attested copies of the reservation category must be submitted upon joining.

Final year undergraduate students

The selected candidates will have to submit an original as well as an attested copy of the certificate that the student has obtained 50% marks (45% for reserved category) from the Registrar/ Principal/ Director of the institute or university.

Their admission will be temporary until the original mark sheet and the qualifying degree at the undergraduate level are submitted before December 31, 2023. If a candidate fails to submit requisite documents on or before the stipulated time, his/ her admission will be automatically canceled.

Final CAT Selection Process

Other additional factors considered by most IIMs for CAT counselling are:

  • Previous academic performance of the candidates

  • Relevant work experience

  • Gender and academic diversity

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CAT Admission Process 2022 - (Tentative)Parameters for Final Selection Process



CAT 2022

Overall percentile score obtained in CAT 2022 exam.

Class 10

The aggregate percentage marks in class 10

Class 12

The aggregate percentage marks in class 12


The aggregate percentage in 3 or 4 year’s degree course


In WAT / GD-PI the performance of each candidate is evaluated and marks are allotted accordingly.

Academic Diversity

Candidates with a non-engineering background are awarded extra points to ensure a fair representation of students from other streams. Points for academic diversity vary for each campus.

Gender Diversity

IIMs give extra points to women/ transgender people to promote fair representation of each gender. Points for gender diversity vary for each campus.

Work Experience

Additional points are awarded to candidates with work experience. For this, a limit of experience is defined as the lowest to the highest. Points for work experience vary for each campus.

NOTE: It should be noted that these parameters vary from institute to institute each year.

Common Admission Process (CAP): CAT Admission Process for New IIMs

The newer IIMs such as Ranchi, Raipur, Trichy, Udaipur, Kashipur, etc will conduct a common counseling process called Common Admission Process (CAP). A shortlist of candidates will be made and they will be required to appear for the common written ability test and personal interview rounds. Each of these IIMs will publish a candidate’s performance based on a separate merit list.

The following new IIMs will follow the CAP-based CAT result 2022

IIM Jammu

IIM Ranchi

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Kashipur

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Bodhgaya

IIM Trichy

IIM Udaipur

IIM Raipur


Key points of IIM CAP

  • All the participating Indian Institute Management will send the shortlisted candidates for WAT-PI to the IIM conducting CAP.

  • That IIM will conduct the WAT-PI round for all CAP participating IIMs.

  • After the CAP, the participating IIMs will evaluate the performance of the candidates in WAT, PI, CAT score, profile, etc., and create their individual merit list to offer admission.

  • The final list of selected candidates will be displayed on the respective IIM website. This is only available to candidates with an institute login/ CAT ID.

NOTE: The weightage of the eligible CAT cut-off and admission parameters will be common to all CAP participating institutes.

MBA Admission 2023-25 Through CAT in Non-IIMs

There are 88 institutes that do not fall under the IIM category but are registered with CAT 2022. These institutes conduct their own CAT selection procedure 2022. Though the CAT 2022 counseling includes the same set of rounds as WAT and GD/ PI. However, not all of these rounds are mandatory for final admission. Some institutes like IMT Ghaziabad conduct group activity or group training instead of group discussion.

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IIM Shortlist Status 2023-2025 based on CAT 2022 score

After the CAT 2022 results, IIMs will release the list of shortlisted candidates to join their 2023-25 batches. Candidates can check the table below of previous year shortlist details. This will help them have an idea about tentative shortlist dates of IIMs and the number of seats for MBA and PGP programmes.


Shortlist Release Date

Number of Seats in MBA/PGP

IIM Ahmedabad

Second week of January 2022


IIM Kozhikode

First week of January 2022


IIM Jammu

First week of March, 2022


IIM Visakhapatnam

Last week of January 2022


IIM Rohtak

Last week of January 2022


IIM Calcutta

Third week of January 2022


IIM Lucknow

Third week of January 2022


IIM Sambalpur

First week of March, 2022


IIM Bangalore

Third week of January 2022


IIM Amritsar

First week of March, 2022


IIM Raipur

Last week of January 2022


IIM Ranchi

Last week of January 2022


IIM Kashipur

First week of March, 2022


IIM Udaipur

Last week of January 2022


IIM Trichy

Last week of January 2022


IIM Shillong

Last week of January 2022


IIM Indore

Third week of January 2022


IIM Sirmaur

First week of March, 2022


IIM Nagpur

First week of March, 2022


IIM Bodhgaya

First week of March, 2022


List of Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT score in India

Faculty of Management Studies, University of DelhiManagement Development Institute, Gurgaon
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, MumbaiShailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
VGSOM IIT KharagpurDepartment of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
International Management Institute, DelhiGreat Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
SPJIMR, MumbaiTA Pai Management Institute, Manipal