The CAT 2019 Exam took place on November 25, 2018. CAT 2018 Results were announced @iimcat.ac.in on January 5, 2019. The link CAT 2018 Results are made live on the official website of IIM. A ticker running on the website says ‘CAT 2018 Score Card is live and available for download. Reportedly, IIM calls have already been released, with students already receiving calls from several IIMs. 

CAT 2018 saw over 2.40 lakh registrations from students, with over 10,000 retakers and more attempts from the previous candidates compared to the previous years. CAT is one of the most prestigious management exams in the country which offers admissions to the top 20 IIMs and other reputed management institutes. MBA has become as one of the most sought after degrees as they offer extremely lucrative salary packages with key positions in prominent companies.

The second round of admissions include Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Students who qualify the CAT exam would be qualified for the subsequent rounds which is the WAT-PI Round. Each IIM has their own shortlisting criteria and the trend has not changed much since. Most of the IIMs give maximum weightage to Personal Interview and CAT Score for admissions. However, factors like academic cut-offs, past academic performance, relevant work experience, gender diversity etc. also play a major role in the final selection.

The six new IIMs have a Common Admissions Process (CAP) which included the WAT-PI Rounds. Otherwise, no IIMs have any kind of common counselling process.

11 IIMs have so far announced their shortlists for WAT-PI Round for Admissions 2019. The IIM shortlists were released soon after the declaration of CAT 2018 Results on January 5, 2019. Among all the IIMs, IIM Calcutta was the first to announce the shortlist for final selection round with 1990 candidates even before IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore.

IIM Ahmedabad, the cream of all IIMs has a more diversity-focused Shortlist. This time IIM Ahmedabad has shortlisted 1220 candidates including exceptional candidates. IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Ranchi, IIM Trichy, IIM Rohtak and IIM Kashipur have released their shortlists as well.

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IIM Shortlisting Criteria: Key Parameters

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IIMs shortlist focuses more on the quality of the candidate they want to give admission to in the college. This cannot be simply measured through metrics and the CAT 2018 Exam scores. Therefore, ‘candidate profile’ plays a key role in the entire process, and is generally considered for improving diversity in classrooms.

Accordingly, IIM Shortlisting criteria focus mainly on the following 3 Parameters:

  • CAT 2018 Exam Scores: Each IIM shortlisting criteria specifies its minimum required Sectional and Overall Percentile score in the range of 70 to 95 percentile.
  • Academic Profile & Diversity: IIMs shortlisting criteria award weightage to excellent academic record till graduation and to the candidates coming from the non-engineering background. Female candidates are also awarded weightage to promote gender diversity in IIM classrooms.
  • Work Experience: To become eligible for GD-PI-WAT round, if a candidate possesses a work experience between 2-3 years in a supervisory cadre, good weight in the range of 5 to 10% is awarded in the IIMs shortlisting process.

Students, after the IIM Calls are released, wait for the IIM Calls to come as per the CAT Cutoff Percentile. However, there is a huge difference between IIMs Call Cutoffs and IIMs Eligibility cutoffs. Let us attempt to understand IIM Call Cutoffs and IIM Eligibility Cutoffs.

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IIM Call Cutoffs v/s IIM Eligibility Cutoffs

The Eligibility Cutoffs are the minimum CAT Cutoffs that the candidate needs to obtain in the exam to be eligible for the IIM Admissions Process. Candidates, however, should know that there is no official IIM Call Cutoff for the CAT exam takers.

Each institute announces their own CAT Cutoffs and accepts score according to the same. The announced cutoffs comprise of both sectional and overall cutoffs. Candidates need to satisfy both the cutoffs for them to be eligible to move to further rounds of the CAT Admission Process.

Therefore, the eligibility cutoffs for every IIM is different. Candidates must first check them before applying for the admission process at the IIMs. Even if a candidate falls within the Eligibility Cutoff range of a particular IIM, it is not mandatory that they will receive a call from that IIM. IIM Eligibility Cutoffs are usually announced by the IIMs before the announcement of the CAT Exam Results. These cutoffs are popularly released as “IIM Admission Criteria” on the official website of each institute including the IIMs.

To understand the IIM Eligibility Cutoffs better, have a look at the IIM Ahmedabad Cutoffs:

Category

Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank

(PVRC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank

(PDILR)

Quantitative Aptitude  percentile rank

(PQA)

Overall percentile rank

(PT)

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC-cum-transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PwD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PwD (ST)

50

50

50

60

IIM Call Cutoffs

These are the actual cutoffs based on which the candidates are called in for the Second Round of the Admissions (GD/PI/WAT round). These cutoffs depend on the number of candidates who score a percentile equivalent to more than the ones mentioned in the Admission Criteria.

There is no official announcement for these cutoffs. However, just like the eligibility cutoffs, these cutoffs also differ from one institute to another.

The difference between the two cutoffs

The core difference between the two cutoffs comes into picture as the Eligibility Cutoffs are the minimum CAT Percentile (Sectional + Overall) which the candidates require to be shortlisted in the list of candidates who can be considered for the Second Round of Admissions. The IIM Call Cutoffs, on the other hand, are the actual cutoffs based on which candidates are called for PI-WAT Rounds. 

The actual Call cutoff, however, relies on the number of candidates available from top. IIMs shortlist candidates three times the number of seats available for PI-WAT Rounds. 

For example, if IIM A were to select three times the number of candidates than the seats available, it would probably get the required number of candidates within a small rang of percentile, like top 2-3 percentile students. This is so because of the large number of students writing CAT entrance exam which shoots up the competition exponentially. Therefore, the institute can easily find several candidates within the top 2 -3 Percentile who satisfy the institute’s selection criteria.

So, this is all you need to know about the difference between the IIM Eligibility Cutoffs and IIM Call Cutoffs. CareerAnna provides all the information related to MBA and B-schools. Stay tuned!

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