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CAT Selection Process 2023: Check Details


CAT Selection Process 2023: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) across the country conducts the Common Admission Test (CAT) to determine students’ eligibility for MBA, PhD, and FPM programs. The exam is conducted on a rotating basis by different IIMS. The selection process has three rounds, i.e. the CAT exam, Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview.

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In this article, candidates will find the complete selection process and its details for CAT. Having a good idea of the selection process means that candidates are well aware of how to prepare for each stage and then they can make an effective study and preparation plan. To know more about IIMs selection criteria, continue reading the article until the end.

CAT Selection Process Details 2023

The CAT selection process has three rounds. IIMs will call candidates who secure the cut-off percentile for the interview round and for GD or WAT. The three rounds of the CAT exam selection process are as follows:

  • CAT Entrance Exam
  • Group Discussion (GD) and/or Writing Ability Test (WAT)
  • Personal Interview

Each round has a different weightage in the final merit list. Moreover, work experience and graduation marks also play a significant role in the final merit list. The tentative breakdown of the final merit list weightage is given below:

CAT Percentile25
Personal Interview30
Written Ability Test and Group Discussion10
Class 10 Marks10
Class 12 Marks5
Graduation Marks10
Weighted Work Experience10

CAT Entrance Exam

The IIMs conduct the CAT exam annually to admit candidates into various IIMs and B-schools. The IIMs will provide the CAT cut-off marks after the result is declared. On the basis of the cutoffs for each college, candidates will be called for further stages to determine their selection.

The IIM CAT 2023 exam will be conducted by IIM Lucknow. This year the IIM CAT exam is expected to be conducted on November 26, 2023.

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CAT Group Discussion and Written Ability Test

Candidates who will secure the cut-off marks will have to appear for GD and WAT, depending on which institution they are applying for. The second stage of the CAT selection process, i.e. GD round and the WAT, will test candidates’ general knowledge, communication skills, aptitude, and presence of mind.

CAT Personal Interview

Candidates will then be called for the Personal Interview round, which is the last stage of the CAT selection process. The Institutes will look at several parameters, such as professionalism. Candidates will also be evaluated on their performance in previous rounds. The PI round will carry a total weightage of 30 marks to the final merit list.

FAQs on CAT Selection Process 2023

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the CAT selection process.

Q: How many rounds are there in the CAT selection process?

Ans: The selection process has three rounds per the IIMs guidelines. They are the candidates’ performances in the CAT exam, GD and/or WAT, and Personal Interview round.

Q: How much weightage does work experience have in CAT’s final merit list?

Ans: Work experience will carry a weightage of 10 marks.

Q: What is the CAT cut-off marks for IIMs?

Ans: The cutoff marks will be released soon on each IIM official website.

Q: When will the CAT result be declared?

Ans: The result of the CAT entrance test was released on December 21, 2022.

Q: How much weight does CAT’s entrance test have in CAT’s final merit list?

Ans: The marks obtained in the CAT exam will have 25 marks weightage in the final merit list

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