CAT 2020 Counselling

Exam Date : November 24, 2020
Result Date : January 4, 2021

After CAT Results are declared a candidate on the basis of his or her score can participate in the Counselling conducted by the colleges. Generally, there are three rounds in this counselling process. Each process is clearly described below. Each IIM will release the list of shortlisted candidates and a call letter will be sent to each of those selected aspirants. The shortlisting criteria also vary among each of the IIMs.

The admission process differs from each college and the admission criteria as set by a particular IIM may vary from the other.

The aspirants belonging to the SC/ST Category or the EWS Category must produce the certificate at the time of admission process and at the time of joining an IIM.

Attention: It is advised in the interest of candidates to check the official website of the concerned IIM or IIMs from which they have received a call letter to understand the procedure of admission.

CAT 2020 Counselling Details



Date of Counseling 

The admission process of each IIM or any other college accepting CAT Score differs. It will be updated on the official website.

Merit selection

CAT 2020 Admission is based on merit list and a strict and focused selection process.

Personal Interview

CAT 2020 Personal Interview is an important element in the candidate's selection in the IIMs.

Written test and GD

More weightage is given to the Written test as compared to the group discussion at the time of selection of the candidate for CAT 2020 IIMs Admission.

CAT 2020 Group Discussion

Few days after CAT 2020 Result, based on your CAT percentile you will get the most anticipated "calls" from the IIMs for the next level of the selection process. The Counselling Process of the CAT 2020 starts after the candidate has cleared the CAT 2020 Cutoff.

Every IIM decides the cut off for their institute and there is no universal cut off applicable to all. Also, the Institutes announces their admission process and selection criteria for the year beforehand. You can find this information on the respective institutes' official websites.

The next level is WAT/GD- PI rounds. WAT stands for Written Ability Test, GD for Group Discussion and PI for Personal Interview. Usually, the WAT/GD-PI round is conducted in the months of February and March.

Group Discussion: Group Discussion is an integral part of CAT 2020 counselling process for admission to IIMs. At this stage, generally, groups of 5-6 students are given one topic and they discuss that topic for about 10 minutes or so.  

First round: First round includes the ability of a candidate to communicate his ideas clearly to a group. The candidate must be Highly convincing, logical and reasonable. It also helps to shortlist candidates on the basis of 'team handling quality'. The topics for group discussion will be different for each group. The GD is conducted not just to evaluate your knowledge on the topic, but also gauge your team approach, leadership skills, and communication skills.

Hot topics of GD:  The topics are based on National and International Politics, Current Affairs, topics of socialism. So be prepared by reading newspapers daily, if you have not started reading them and be updated socially. Magazines, social media, Articles will also help you in getting a day to day knowledge about current affairs. Some hot topics for Group Discussion are as follows:

  • Narendra Modi- Innovating India
  • Make In India
  • Farm Income
  • General Election
  • RBI Autonomy
  • Regionalism
  • Fugitive Economic Offenders
  • Section 377
  • Me too
  • ISRO's Manned Mission
  • US-China Trade War
  • Immigration crisis
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Social media and Privacy
  • Impact of technology on jobs
  • End of Globalisation
  • Banking Scam, etc.

CAT 2020 Written Ability Test

WAT: Written Ability Test for CAT 2020 analyzes the candidate’s critical thinking ability, and their ability to solve the problems precisely and clearly in a given period of time. As a part of a WAT, a student will have to write an essay on a given topic. The topic will be given on the spot and specific time will be allotted for it.

Essay Structure: Essay structure is important since the time is limited. A student must not spend too much time in planning the structure of the essay. A candidate must improve his writing skills to score good marks in WAT. 

The topics for essay writing can be from a variety of topics like current affairs, socialism:

  • Corruption in India
  • Life and work balance
  • Women's welfare etc.

CAT 2020 Personal Interview

Difficulty level: The questions may be asked in an IIM interview based on Personal life, Academic Record, Extracurricular activities, work experience, hobbies and any technical questions.

Compulsory: Each IIM compulsorily has Personal Interview round for the selection of candidates. So you need to develop some soft skills to get prepared for Face to Face Interview at the time of selection process of CAT 2020.

CAT 2020 Reservation of Seats

As per the Indian government reservation scheme, seats reserved in an institute as per the information given in the table. These data are according to the authentic information given on the official website.

CAT 2020 Reservation

Student Category

Percentage of seats allocated

Scheduled Caste (SC)

15% of seats

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

7.5% seats

Other Backwards Classes (NC-OBC)

27% of seats

PWD Differently Abled Candidates (DA)

5% of seats

Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

10 % of Seats

Documents Required for CAT 2020 Counselling

Scorecards: Your CAT 2020 Score Card should be taken along with other original documents for document verification session.

Marksheet: Candidates are required to produce Original and self-attested Photocopy of 10th, 12th and graduation Marksheets in CAT 2020 Counselling.

Photographs: 4 passport size photographs are required at the time of CAT 2020 Counselling

Admit card: Original and Photocopy of CAT 2020 Admit card will be required for the admission process.

Caste certificate: Original and Photocopy of Caste certificate signed by authorized authority is required for those candidates who come under the reserved category.

Final Year Candidates: In case you are in the final year of the bachelor's degree or equivalent, then it is mandatory for you to submit an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/Institution.

CAT 2020 - Participating IIMs

Studying in IIMs is a dream for many students aspiring to do a management course in India. To get into it one has to clear the CAT exam 2020. One must score high to get into IIMs referring CAT previous years question papers will help a student to score high.

CAT Participating IIMs


Official Website 

IIM, Ahmedabad

IIM, Amritsar

IIM, Bangalore

IIM, Bodh Gaya

IIM, Calcutta

IIM, Indore

IIM, Kashipur

IIM, Kozhikode

IIM, Lucknow

IIM, Nagpur

IIM, Raipur

IIM, Ranchi

IIM, Rohtak

IIM, Shillong

IIM, Trichy

IIM, Udaipur

IIM, Visakhapatnam

IIM, Jammu

IIM, Sambalpur

IIM, Sirmaur

Non-IIMs Participating in CAT 2020 Counselling

  • Non- IIM institutes: CAT 2020 scores are valid for some Non-IIM institutes also. But these institutes don't participate in the selection procedure. Therefore, candidates have to apply for these organizations individually. Below are the Non-IIM institutions, which consider CAT 2020 scores.

CAT 2020 Participating Colleges

CAT 2020 Participating Non-IIMs

 Andhra Pradesh  

 Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR University)


 Jawaharlal Nehru School of Management Studies 


Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)

Development Management Institute



 University Business School


Faculty of Management Studies

Fore School of Management

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management

IMM-Fostiima Business School (IFBS)

Fortune Institute of International Business

International Management Institute

Apeejay School of Management

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Technical Campus

New Delhi Institute of Management


 Goa Institute of Management 



Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

School of Petroleum Management, PDPU

Institute of Rural Management Anand

Institute of Management, Nirma University



 Management Development Institute (MDI)

 Jammu & Kashmir 

 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University


Indus Business Academy

Myra School of Business

AIMS Institute of Higher Education (AIMS Institutes)

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies

T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)

ISBR Business School

Alliance University

International School of Management Excellence

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

Institute of Finance & International Management (IFIM Business School)

GIBS Business School

International Institute for Business Studies (IIBS)

 Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute For Mangement Development




SCMS School of Technology & Management

SCMS Cochin School of Business

Saintgits Institute of Management (Dept of MBA, Saintgits College of Engineering)

 Rajagiri Business School



 Madhya Pradesh 

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Indore)

Indian Institute of Forest Management

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior


K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research

Institute Of Technology And Management

SP Jain Institute of Management & Research

National Institute of Bank Management

Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM)

Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering

Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development (BIMHRD)

Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)

National Insurance Academy

Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

MILE - Management Institute for Leadership and Excellence

 Flame School of Business (FLAME University)




Xavier University Bhubaneswar

KIIT School of Management at KIIT University



LM Thapar School of Management

University Business School - Ludhiana



Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani


 Tamil Nadu 

Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM)

National Institute of Technology

VIT University

 KCT Business School




Institute Of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM)

University of Hyderabad (School of Management Studies)

Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE)

Siva Sivani Institute of Management

Hyderabad School of Business Management

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management

 Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management



 Uttar Pradesh 

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Lucknow)

Jaipuria Institute of Management (Noida)

Birla Institute of Management Technology

Indian Institute of Information Technology

Institute of Management Studies 

University Of Lucknow

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Amethi

Shiv Nadar University


 Doon Business School

 West Bengal 

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)

International Management Institute (Alipore)

Army Institute of Management

Management Development Institute, Murshidabad

Calcutta Business School


Note: All candidates must understand that completing CAT Exam is just the first level and they have to cross the CAT 2020 Counselling process to get admitted. Having said that, each candidate must score well to get a call for counselling.

Selection Parameters

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Parameters
College Program Parameters for GDPI Parameters for Final Admission
IIM A PGP CAT (Normalised overall score in): 70% + Normalised Application Rating score (10th/12th and Graduation score based on your stream): 30% Normalised Personal Interview Score: 50% + Normalised Academic Writing Ability Score: 10% + Composite Score: 40%
IIM A PGP - FABM CAT score + The candidate must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme. CAT Score: 70%, Application Rating Score: 30% (10th marks, 12th marks, Graduation Marks)
IIM B PGP  CAT = 40, 10th Std = 20, 12th Std = 10, Bachelors = 20, Gender Diversity = 2, Work Experience = 8.

The WAT score (weightage = 10), and the personal interview score (weightage = 30), after standardization scores will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score.

CAT (weightage = 25), 10th board (weightage = 10), 12th board (weightage = 5), Bachelors (weightage = 10), Weighted Work Experience (weightage = 10)

The PGP programme offered in IIM A is not only based on the AWT (Academic Writing Test) and PI (Personal Interview) but all other factors like previous academic records, work experience, extracurricular and co-curricular activities. For PGP - FABM, as the course is related to the field of agriculture, candidates with a bachelor's degree or master's in the field of agriculture will be preferred in the GD-PI rounds.

IIM Bangalore

IIM Bangalore Selection Parameters
College Program Parameters for GDPI Parameters for Final Admission
IIM B PGP  CAT = 40, 10th Std = 20, 12th Std = 10, Bachelors = 20, Gender Diversity = 2, Work Experience = 8.

The WAT score (weightage = 10), and the personal interview score (weightage = 30), after standardization scores will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score.

CAT (weightage = 25), 10th board (weightage = 10), 12th board (weightage = 5), Bachelors (weightage = 10), Weighted Work Experience (weightage = 10)

IIM B adopts a two-phase selection process. The first phase is for all eligible candidates who appear for CAT to determine those qualifying candidates for personal interview (PI). The second phase is PI-WAT. Candidates selected for the PI process will be required to take a Written Ability Test (WAT) on a topic provided for them. The topics chosen will typically be around current socio-political, economic and business affairs, though other topics such as sports and topics that demand the creative thinking of a candidate are also asked.

The 40 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 14 points, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 16 points, and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 10 points.

Note: Gender diversity is applicable only for the first phase and not for the second phase of the selection process.

IIM Calcutta

IIM Calcutta Selection Parameters
IIM  ram Parameters for GDPI Parameters for Final Admission

CAT Score: 28%,

Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages. (X: 10%, XII: 10%), and

Gender Diversity: 2%

15%, Personal Interview (PI): 24%, Writing Ability Test (WAT): 5%, Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level 

Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list below are eligible for Academic Diversity Factor at Bachelor's Degree (ADFB). A person under ADFB will get added points.

BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering bachelor’s degree.

If Bachelor’s degree is from the list above then ADFB=2 otherwise ADFB=0.

Work Experience: A maximum of 4 points will be given to people with work experience. Only full-time paid experience counts and other internships/training will not be considered as work experience.

Note: All the data mentioned above about the selection parameters are based on the official announcement of 2018. After CAT 2020, each IIM will release its own selection parameters/admission policy in its authentic website. So candidates can wait for the same.

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Discussion Forum

Counselling reservation process.

What is the counselling reservation process for the CAT 2017 examinations?

Asked By: Aayushi B,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

According to the policy of Indian government, the seat reservation will be applicable for CAT and the seats are reserved for the various categories are as follows:



Schedule Caste (SC)

15% seats

Schedule Tribe (ST)

7.5% seats

Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)

27% seats

PWD Differently Abled (DA) candidates

3% seats

Counselling Process for CAT 2017.

What is the counselling process for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Dhawan G,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Admission Process for CAT 2017:

The IIMs mainly offer Postgraduate, Executive, and Doctoral programmes.

The two-year flagship programme of IIMs - Post Graduate Diploma - is popularly known as MBA. 

After the CAT results are announced, the list of selected candidates is put up for each of the IIMs separately.

The counselling and Admission process for all the IIMs is done separately. 

CAT Admission is based on merit and a rigorous selection process that consists of CAT scores, Group Discussions (GD), Essay Writing, Personal Interview (PI), and other factors.

In recent years, it is seen that the IIMs tend to give more weightage to the Written test and not the group discussion.

The Group Discussion is not as preferable as the other steps. 

The Personal Interview is a very important step and can be the deciding factor in the Candidate's selection in the IIMs.