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August 20, 2020

Selection Process in IIMs for admission 2021 depends upon your performance in three major areas – Your CAT 2020 exam score; your academic record and performance in Personal Interview round. With the start of CAT 2020 registration process on Aug 5, 2020 and exam date announced as November 29, 2020, the first stage of IIM selection process has already begun.

 

IIM Selection process for the 20 IIMs in India differs from one another. While all of these IIMs adopt 3 stage selection process, beginning with the 1st stage of CAT Selection process with minimum sectional and overall CAT percentile, the IIM selection criteria at each of these IIMs is independent of other IIM. Although a good performance in CAT 2020 exam is the mandatory requirement for the first stage of CAT selection process 2021, other key parameters like academics, work experience, diversity, performance in GD-PI-WAT,  play even a greater role in the IIM selection process 2021. 

 

Stage Wise IIM Selection Process 2021
You need to go through the 3 stages of IIMs Selection process including your performance in CAT 2020 before you would get your final admission offer:

 

Stage-1: Performance in CAT 2020
The preliminary consideration to qualify for IIM Selection process at the first stage is your CAT percentile score. So at first, you need to register and apply for CAT 2020 exam before the last date, appear in the exam and score high. All the IIMs announced their minimum CAT cut off percentile to shortlist candidates. So, at the first stage of CAT selection process, you will be screened for Minimum required CAT sectional and overall percentile score and to seek admission in one of the 20 IIMs, the basic requirement is to appear and score high overall and through the three sections in CAT exam.

 

CAT selection procedure has prescribed the minimum requirement for overall and sectional CAT 2020 percentile for admission. This requirement of minimum CAT percentile is different in each IIM selection process 2021. For the first stage of CAT selection procedure, IIMs require a minimum CAT percentile in the range of 70-85 sectional percentile and 80-95 overall percentile.

 

The top rated IIM Ahmedabad has announced the CAT 2020 percentile cut offs at 70 sectional and 80 overall percentile while even the new IIMs need minimum 90 overall percentile and 75-85 sectional percentile. However, actual cut off percentile may go much higher than the minimum required percentile.

IIMs Selection Process 2021
CAT 2020 Overall Percentile Requirement in IIM Selection Processs
CAT 2020 Sectional Percentile Requirement in IIM Selection Process
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 Stage-2: Shortlisting in IIM Selection Process
After considering that the candidate has qualified on CAT sectional and overall percentile score requirements, next stage in IIM Selection Process is the shortlisting process. The second stage of IIM Admission process is the one of the toughest as you are not able to do much at this stage. Most of the IIMs award good weightage to Academic excellence, Academic Diversity in the shortlisting process. However, the parameters and weightages to all the components differ from IIM to IIM in their respective shortlisting process. 

 

After declaration of CAT result in January 2021 first week, IIMs will shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the respective IIM’s admission policy and weightages.

 

The shortlisting process is completed by each IIM individually. While newer IIMs declare the 1st stage shortlists on the basis of CAT scores, older IIMs also take into account the other parameters at the 1st stage shortlist.. Read More

 

Stage-3: IIMs Final Selection Process 2021
The final selection process at IIMs consists of Personal Interview, Written Ability Test and in some of the IIMs  Group Discussion round is also conducted. The shortlisted candidates are called to attend the PI round in number of cities as per the choice exercised by the candidates at the time of applying and completing the CAT 2020 registration form.

 

PI-WAT round commands higher weightage than CAT score in the IIMs selection criteria. Your final selection also depends upon your academic profile and diversity. Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode also conduct GD round based on the WAT. On the basis of their performance in final selection round, weightage awarded to CAT scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated and admission offers will be made by the respective IIMs.

 

Selection Process at New IIMs: Common Admission Process (CAP)
The final selection process at 9 to 11 new IIMs is conducted as a common process. One of the six new IIMs co-ordinates this selection process which is referred to as Common Admission Process (CAP). The CAP 2021 will consist of common WAT and PI round for 9 to 11 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi,  Trichy,Udaipur and some of the newest IIMs like IIM Bodhgaya, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Jammu.

 

CAP 2021 is being coordinated by one of the five new IIMs. It will consist of two components – WAT followed by PI. All these participating IIMs will not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP round alongwith their other individual admission components, they will prepare the merit list to make final admission offer to the candidates after the final selection process is over.. Read More

 

IIM Nagpur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Visakhapatnam Not to Participate in CAP 2021
IIM Nagpur, IIM Rohtak and IIM Visakhapatnam do not participate in CAP round and conduct their own final selection process to make admission offer to the students. The admission offers will be generated as per the merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.

 

If you have done well in Personal Interview Round, have excellent academics you may expect to receive the final admission offer by IIMs in the month of April/May 2021. In case of more admission offers, it will be your decision to join the preferred institute 

 

CAT Selection Procedure Vs IIM Selection Process
CAT Selection process for admission to IIMs is the first stage screening process. IIMs screen the candidates who have scored a minimum required CAT percentile score in the first stage CAT selection procedure. The next and more important is the IIM Selection process which involves shortlisting for final selection process on the basis of profile, work experience, diversity among other parameters. The final round of IIM Selection process is the PI-WAT round after which the final admission offers are generated with less weightage to CAT score.