Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 Selection procedure

The selection process for an Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) is an extremely rigorous process that requires a lot of preparation.  In this article, we will share with you the details about the CAT 2017 selection procedure. The process is basically a two-step process, which is broadly described in this article below.

Detailed information for the CAT 2017 Selection Procedure

Registration for CAT 2017

The first step for admission to IIM’s is the registration for Common Admission Test (CAT). This year the CAT 2017 will be held on 26th November 2017 (Sunday) . The online registrations will start from 09th August 2017  and closes on 20th September 2017  at 05.00 pm. During the registration process, the candidates will have to select any four cities out of which one will be allotted for the examination centre. The next step is to download the admit card for the CAT 2017 exam. The admit cards will be made available for downloading from 18th October 2017 (from 01.00 pm).

Common Admission Test

The next step is to appear in the Common Admission Test to be held on 26th November 2017 (Sunday)  across 135 (approx) cities in India. The performance in the CAT 2017 is an important component in the selection process for admission. The Indian institutes of Management also use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process.

CAT Results Declaration

The next step is the declaration of CAT result.  The results of CAT 2017 will be announced by IIM Bangalore in the second week of January 2018. After the declaration of result, the IIM’s and B-schools will announce their shortlist on the basis of their cutoffs. The shortlisted candidates are then called for the Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds. The IIM’s and other B-schools will publish the list of shortlisted candidates on their respective websites. The criterion for shortlisting is different for every IIM.

Group discussion and Written Ability Test

Over the past few years, the IIMS have replaced the Group discussion (GD) round with the Written Ability Test (WAT) as the GD round often turns into a fish market situation and the candidates are not able to express their thoughts and knowledge. However, some business schools are still having the GD round with Written Ability Test.

Personal Interview

After the Group discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds, the candidates are required to go through the Personal Interview (PI). Along with the GD, PI and WAT rounds, the top B-schools also consider the past academic records, work experience, extra-curricular activities in the candidate’s profile.

All the candidates shortlisted for the WAT and PI will be required to go through the eligibility verification process. They will be required to be present on the scheduled date with all the necessary proofs and documents for the verification at the respective Institutes.