IIM CAP 2021: Dates, Shortlist, Process, New/Baby IIMs

IIM CAP 2021

IIM CAP 2021 – Intimation for personal interview or shortlist for CAP IIM 2021 will be announced on 27 Jan. Registration has been closed; last date to apply was 23 Jan. The 9 new and baby IIMs namely IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Tiruchirappalli, and IIM Udaipur are a part of the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021.

What is CAP IIM 2021?

The said IIMs hold common Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) for the CAT qualified candidates. This common process is called Common Admission Process (CAP). Whereas for the other IIMs, candidates have to individually apply and appear their admission processes. This year, these IIMs will hold personal interviews in three phases.

IIM CAP 2021

Latest: CAP IIM 2021 shortlist will be announced soon! Check here

Important Details on IIM Common Admission Process 2021

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IIM CAP 2021 Dates

The dates of IIM CAP 2021 have been released by the coordinating IIM of CAP 2021.

IIM CAP 2021Important dates
Declaration of Shortlist Criteria for CAP 202116 Jan 2021
Call for CAP 2021 to Shortlisted candidates and release of CAP form16 Jan 2021 2021
Last date for CAP 2021 registration21 23 Jan 2021
Intimation regarding Personal Interview (PI)24 27 Jan 2021
Personal Interview Phase I15-20 Feb 2021
Personal Interview Phase II22-27 Feb 2021
Personal Interview Phase III08-13 Mar 2021

Shortlisting Criteria for the common admission process (CAP) 2021

The minimum cut-offs of CAT percentile required in each section and overall percentile for shortlisting candidates for personal interview are given below:

CategoryQA Cut Off PercentileDILR Cut Off PercentileVARC Cut Off PercentileTotal Cut Off Percentile
General70707093
EWS50505074
OBC-NC50505074
SC35353554
ST27272740
DAP27272740

IIM CAP 2021 Shortlist

The shortlist, wait list, final results for IIM CAP 2021 will be available soon. Check here.

Each participating IIM of CAP 2021, shall decide their CAT cutoff (usually it is the sectional cutoff same for all the IIMs, however, the overall cutoff varies). Candidates qualifying the cutoff, are shortlisted for CAP PI and WAT.

Each of the shortlists from the CAP participating IIMs is sent to the CAP organising IIM. Here the shortlists are centralised and the candidates on the shortlist get an email for CAP PI and WAT.

Guidelines for CAP registration for candidates with incomplete documents

Candidates who do not possess the required documents as specified in the CAP registration form, you are required to upload the available documents along with “Undertaking for Incomplete Documents” duly filled-in and signed by you. The link to download the undertaking form is https:// cap2021.iimraipur.edu.in/pdf2021/Undertaking-for-Incomplete-Documents-Request-FormCAP-2021.pdf. Similarly, Candidates who are facing the issues related to validity of the certificate, certificates printed in the regional languages, and/or different format other the CAT format for the certificates related to EWS/NC-OBC/DAP, please upload the document that you have along with the “Undertaking for Incomplete Documents” duly filled-in and signed by you.

Regarding the candidates who are presently working, please mention for the “To date”, the date of filling the registration form. However, consideration of experience for preparing the merit list/ score depends on the policy of the respective IIMs.

IIM CAP 2021 Process

The process of IIM CAP 2021 is completed in the following stages:

Stage 1: CAT Score – IIM releases CAT result and percentile score. CAP members consider the CAT percentile score of the candidates. The score is considered section-wise and overall.

Stage 2: Cut off and Shortlisting – CAP members release their individual shortlist based upon the cutoff CAT percentile that is decided by them and send it to the CAP organising IIM.

Stage 3: CAP Form –The shortlisted candidates are intimated about their PI and WAT venue, time, date via email. The email also contains the CAP form that the candidates have to fill, print, and carry on the CAP PI and WAT day.

Stage 4: WAT / PI – Then the candidates face the CAP procedure, which consists of a single WAT/PI at the intimated place, date, and time.

Stage 5: Final Merit List – The scores of the candidates in the WAT/PI are then sent to all the IIMs under CAP. Taking the score into the account, all the CAP IIMs prepare a final shortlist. The preparation of the Final merit list shall depend on the respective IIMs. These criteria are available on the websites of the respective institutes.

You can watch the video below to understand the CAP process:

IIM CAP 2021 PI and WAT

On the day of the interview, candidates have to reach their allotted exam venue on the allotted exam date and time. Also on the day of the interview, the candidates are asked to take with them important documents that are mentioned in their call letter.

The written ability test (WAT):

In the written ability test candidates are asked to write on a certain topic with a word limit of 300 to 500 words. Here are some topics that were given last few years:

  • Economic growth rate v/s the happiness index
  • India’s ease of doing business- an achievement or consolation
  • India’s ease of doing business- an achievement or consolation
  •  Is China’s rise a threat to Indian economy
  • Reconciling of religion and science is a big challenge
  • B-schools should focus more on generating entrepreneurs or regular employees?
  • Every citizen of India should work for military for 3 years period be made mandatory?
  • Should road construction be privatised?

The Personal Interview (PI):

In PI the candidates are asked face to face questions. A panel of experts take the interview and the candidates are asked question related to the following:

  • About yourself and family.
  • General knowledge based questions
  • Current affairs based questions
  • Questions on management
  • About IIMs
  • Finance, economics and current market situation

IIM CAP 2021 Waitlist Movement

This refers to the number of seats that move up from waitlist to offer. In other words, if the candidate is in waitlist number 10, whether or not they get a call letter for PI and WAT.

It is interesting to note the waitlist of the past few years in all IIMs. Though there is a dearth of official data on this, here are some of the data available via discussions and blogs / social media on this topic. Below is the waitlist movement of some of the CAP participating IIMs.

IIMs waitlist movement from past trends for general category candidates:

IIMsWaitlist movement by
IIM Ranchi1164
IIM Trichy691
IIM Udaipur916
IIM Kashipur1615

IIM CAP 2021 Terms to Know

Written Ability Test (WAT) – It is a written test wherein the candidates are judged based on their writing and management skills.

Personal Interview (PI) –Usually, an IIM attaches a lot of value to the PI, and a significant amount of weightage is given to it. Candidates are judged for the personality, presence of mind, and a lot of other factors.

CAP Form – The candidates also receive a CAP form, which they have to fill to further the procedure.

Final Admission Merit List – The scores of the candidates in the WAT/PI are then sent to all the IIMs under CAP. Taking the score into the account, all the CAP IIMs prepare a final shortlist. The final merit list can be based on various factors like:

  • Past Academic Performance(PAP) –Percentages/CGPA of 10th board, 12th board and graduation are considered in here. A rating or point system is attached and the score is awarded based on the percentage in all these courses and the difficulty level of degree.
  • Work Experience (WE) –The quality of work experience is considered in many IIMs and a rating/points system is attached to it.
  • Reference Letter (RL) – Some IIMs ask a candidate to bring two reference letters from the teachers, where the performance of the candidate is evaluated. This section also carries a certain amount of weightage.
  • Diversity (DI) –The diversity section is about allocation of marks according to gender. In certain Institutes, an extra score is credited to female and transgender candidates.

Check the video below to get more perspective on CAT 2020 expected cutoff for admission in the IIMs:

The previous year cutoff of IIM CAP participating institutes are as follows:

IIMsVARCDILRQAOverall
IIM Raipur80808094
IIM Ranchi80808090
IIM Kashipur80808090
IIM Tiruchirappalli80808095
IIM Udaipur80808090
IIM Bodh Gaya80808090
IIM Sambalpur80808094
IIM Sirmaur80808090
IIM Jammu80808090

Eligibility to Participate in IIM CAP 2021

There are 2 condition to be followed so that one can participate in CAP 2021:

CAT 2020 cutoff: The candidates must qualify the CAT cutoff of the CAP participating IIMs.

Email for CAP PI and WAT: If selected the shortlisted candidates get email for CAP PI and WAT. Th email has CAP form, PI and WAT details and more instructions. The candidates receiving the CAP email are eligible for CAP.

IIM CAP 2021 Form

The CAP form is basically a CV. This form is sent to the shortlisted candidate via email. The candidates have to fill this form. Once the form is filled it must be printed and the hard copy of it is to be carried on the day of CAP PI and WAT.

While filling the form make sure all details are correct. This form is very important as without it the candidates are not allowed to participate in CAP.

CAP 2021 PI and WAT Centers

CAP 2021 is to be held in the following cities. The time and date for CAP are intimated to the shortlisted candidates via call letter or email.

  1. Bangalore
  2. Chennai
  3. Kolkata
  4. Mumbai
  5. New Delhi

IIM CAP Shortlisting Data

Each year, number of candidates selected via IIM CAP are increasing. You can check the data below.

YearTotal SeatCandidates Shortlisted
CAP 20212000+ (tentative)20000+ (Expected)
CAP 20201600+17000
CAP 20191500+14000+
CAP 2018146012790

IIM CAP 2021 Participating Institutes

CAP was looked over by IIM Ranchi in the past years. The IIMs that participate in IIM CAP are:

  1. IIM Bodhgaya
  2. IIM Jammu
  3. IIM Kashipur
  4. IIM Raipur
  5. IIM Ranchi
  6. IIM Sambalpur
  7. IIM Sirmaur
  8. IIM Tiruchippalli (IIM Trichy)
  9. IIM Udaipur

IIM Rohtak opted out of CAP last year.

Old IIMs, New IIMs and Baby IIMs

Old IIMs are: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, and IIM Kozhikode.

New IIMs are: IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Tiruchirappalli and IIM Udaipur.

Baby IIMs are: IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, and IIM Sirmaur.

The Difference Between IIM CAP 2021 and Individual IIM Selection Process

The only difference is that the shortlisted candidates have to appear for a common PI and WAT for admission in member IIMs of CAP. While for admission in other IIMs, candidates have to appear in individual PI and WAT as applicable.

IIM CAP 2021 Participating Institute, Website, Seats and Fees

The seats and fess are as per last year:

IIMsSeatsFeesWebsite
IIM Raipur260Rs. 21,48,000iimraipur.ac.in
IIM Ranchi180Rs. 15,30,000iimranchi.ac.in
IIM Kashipur240Rs. 7,31,500iimkashipur.ac.in
IIM Tiruchirappalli240Rs. 18,00,000iimtrichy.ac.in
IIM Udaipur325Rs. 17,05,000iimu.ac.in
IIM Bodh Gaya150Rs. 10,60,000iimbg.ac.in
IIM Sambalpur180Rs. 13,03,000iimsambalpur.ac.in
IIM Sirmaur120iimsirmaur.ac.in
IIM Jammu240Rs. 14,82,000iimsirmaur.ac.in

CAT 2020

Common Admission Test is a computer-based test national level entrance exam. It is the first step to get into IIMs, FMS, SP Jain, DTU, etc, colleges. Qualifying candidates have then put through the selection process that includes PI, Written Tests, and group discussions. The final selection of the candidates in the IIMs is based on CAT score and the marks obtained in the selection process.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

There are in all 20 IIMs in India. All of them enjoy the status of “Institutes of National Importance”. The 2 years Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is the flagship course of the IIMs. The course is equivalent to the MBA course. The admission in this course across all the IIMs is based on the common admission test (CAT). Out of all the 20 IIMs, 6 are the old IIMs, 7 are the new ones and the rest 7 are the baby IIMs that have been established from 2015.

IIM CAP 2021 FAQs

Which IIMs are part of CAP?

These IIMs are part of IIM CAP 2021:
New IIMs are: IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Tiruchirappalli and IIM Udaipur.
Baby IIMs are: IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, and IIM Sirmaur.

Which is the newest IIM?

IIM Jammu is the newest IIM.

How can I check the selection process of IIMs?

The candidates can check the selection process of the IIMs from their respective websites.

What is the IIM admission process?

Candidates will first have to perform well in CAT exam. After that, the IIMs will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT cutoff that they decide. Selected candidates will be called for WAT and GD/ PI round. Those who perform well in all the rounds will be selected for admission.

What are the important parameters for IIM selection criteria?

IIM selection criteria involve seven important parameters namely CAT scores, work experience, academic scores, gender diversity, academic diversity, WAT/ PI and graduation scores.

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