IIM CAP 2021: Important Dates, Participating Colleges, Selection Criteria, Preparation Guide for PI & WAT

IIM CAP 2021: Important Dates, Participating Colleges, Selection Criteria, Preparation Guide for PI & WAT

The Common Admission Process (CAP) is the selection process conducted by the 9 new IIMs. It is conducted for admission to the postgraduate programmes of the Indian Institutes of Management participating in CAP 2021. Candidates who had appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 conducted on November 29 will be eligible to participate in CAP 2021.

The CAP 2021 coordinating IIM will conduct the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) of applicants. Group Discussion (GD) will not be a part of CAP 2021. Thereafter, the merit list of candidates for each individual participating college will be calculated and sent to the respective college. The final results of MBA admissions will then be announced by the colleges individually.

 The respective institutes will also send admission offers to the selected candidates through email and all the selected candidates will have to confirm the acceptance of the admission before the due date in order to avoid rejection by the IIMs.

IIM CAT 2021: Important Dates



CAT 2020 Results

January 2, 2021

Last Date to Apply for CAP 2021

January 23, 2021, by 11 pm

Intimation Regarding CAP 2021 Personal Interview (PI)

January 27, 2021

CAP 2021 PI Phase 1

February 15 - 20, 2021

CAP 2021 PI Phase 2

February 22 - 27, 2021

CAP 2021 PI Phase 3

March 8 - 13, 2021

IIM CAP 2021: Participating Colleges

The list of IIM participating in CAP 2021 is now available. Candidates can check the table given below for the updated list of colleges participating in CAP 2021.

IIMs Participating in CAP 2021

IIM Ranchi

IIM Udaipur

IIM Trichy

IIM Kashipur

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Raipur

IIM Jammu

IIM CAP 2021: Steps to Apply

Step 1: Visit the official site for CAP registration

Step 2: Click on the link for registration on the homepage and fill in all the required information (personal information, CAT percentile, etc)

CAP 2021

Step 3: Upload scanned documents as asked

Step 4: Press on ‘Submit’ and complete application

IIM CAP 2021: Important Documents

  1. Soft copy of the Photograph (Less than 100 KB).
  2. Soft copy of the Signature (Less than 100 KB).
  3. Photo Identity Card Document
  4. CAT 2020 Score Card
  5. 10th & 12th Marksheet with a pass certificate
  6. Graduation related certificates:
  1. Graduation Marksheet of all semester/years.
  2. Degree Certificate is required for those who have completed the graduation before 2019.
  3. Provisional Degree Certificate is required for those who have completed the graduation in the year of 2020 but not received the degree certificate.
  4. Those who are in the final year graduation, s/he should upload the certificate as per the CAT 2020 format, which will be obtained from the competent authority by following the CAT website’s format.
  5. Certificate and mark sheets of any other degree-Masters/Professional Qualification as mentioned in the CAT form.
  1. Experience related certificates:
  1. Please do not consider training and apprenticeship as an experience.
  2. Experience Certificate of all past companies. The certificate must be on the company letterhead with seal and signature of the competent authority.
  3. Service certificate is required from the company letterhead's competent authority with the seal and signature for those presently working. Otherwise, please provide the offer letter/Joining letter with a first-month payslip and payslip of the latest two (2) months.
  4. In case the candidate is a proprietor or partner of a firm, the candidate has to provide the document proof such as the income tax for the relevant period and a certificate of registration for doing a business from the municipal corporation or appropriate authorities such as MSME certificate issued by Govt. of India, Udyog Aadhar Registration Certificate, Partnership deed of the firm duly signed by all partners and GST registration certificate.
  5. In case a candidate has worked or is working in the unorganised sector, the candidate has to provide the cash voucher along with the bank statement as a proof for the salary and the GST registration of the firm with the experience certificate.
  1. Provide a valid caste certificate (NC-OBC/SC/ST) as per the format given on the CAT website. In the case of NC-OBC, it should be valid for the next six months from the date of registration.
  2. In the case of DAP/PWD, please provide the certificate following the format given on the CAT website.
  3. In the case of EWS, the certificate should be valid for the year 2020-21 (based on the income for the FY 2019-20). For format, please visit the CAT website.
  4. Co-curricular and extra-curricular certificates.

IIM CAP 2021: Shortlisting Criteria


Cut-off Percentile (>=)

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Verbal & Reading comprehension (VRC)

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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.

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
  • Has the Covid-19 Pandemic taken us a step back?
  • 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?

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
  • Your City, State & Country
  • General knowledge based questions
  • Current affairs based questions
  • Questions on management
  • About IIMs
  • Finance, economics and current market situation

IIM CAP 2021: PI and WAT Centres

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

  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi

IIM CAP 2021: Major Changes

  • CAP 2021 shortlisting cut off is reduced to 93 percentile in CAT as against 94 last year
  • Sectional CAT cut offs in shortlisting for CAP 2021 have been reduced to 70 percentile as against 80 last year
  • CAP participating IIMs also have their own CAT cut off for shortlisting like IIM Bodh Gaya cut off is reduced at 90 percentile for General candidates and 87 for Female candidates (Supernumerary seats)

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