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IIM CAT 2018 Eligibility

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [ 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste ( SC ), Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) and Differently Abled ( DA ) ( It may also referred to as Persons with Disability ( PWD ) categories ) ], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university / institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades / CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades / CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university / institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university / institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if he / she submits a certificate latest by June, 2018 from the Principal / Registrar of his / her College / Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the CAT 2018 Selection Process, the details of which are provided at the IIM CAT Website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria for Indian Institute of Management will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs.

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the Selection Process of CAT 2018.

List of Equivalent Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology ( 4 years after 10+2 / Post B.Sc. / Post Diploma ) or B.E / B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD / UPSC / AICTE ( e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers – India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India ).

Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University / Institutions.

Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

Note

For SC / ST, NC – OBC, and DA Candidates

If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste / tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you send to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state :

  • Name of your caste / tribe;
  • Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe;
  • District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence;
  • The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste / tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

A copy of the certificate must SC / ST and / or PWD (DA) certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of CAT Application online. Failure to upload a copy of the caste / class certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The SC / ST and / or PWD ( DA ) certificate must be uploaded at the time of IIM CAT 2018. Application Registration. Failure to upload a copy of the caste/class certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The SC / ST and / or PWD (DA) certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

If you belong to the Non – Creamy Other Backward Classes ( NC – OBC ), you must produce the NC – OBC certificate duly signed by competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of IIM CAT 2018 Interviews. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programs of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT 2018 selection process will result in you not being considered under the reserved category.

The DA certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the DA certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programs of any of the IIMs.

CAT 2018 Reservation of Seats

As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste ( SC ) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non – creamy” layer ( NC – OBC ).

For all caste based reservations, the castes included in the Central Govt. list as on the last date of registration shall be used. For an updated central list of state – wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website www.ncbc.nic.in.

In case of NC – OBC category, the castes included in Central List ( available at www.ncbc.nic.in ) of NC – OBC by the National Commission of Backward Classes, Government of India as on last day of registration will be used. Any subsequent changes will not be effective for CAT 2018 unless there is a change made by the Central Government or judiciary with retrospective effect.

As per the provision under section 39 of the PWD Act, 1995, 3% seats are reserved for Differently Abled ( DA ) candidates. The three categories of disability are :

  • Low – vision / blindness,
  • Hearing impairment, and
  • Locomotor disability / cerebral palsy.

This provision is applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said Act.

The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavour of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC / ST / PWD / Non – Creamy OBC categories join the Programs in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in the admission process.

The candidates should read carefully the description of admission process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after the closure of registration window; hence, the applicants are advised to give attention while registering.