What is IIM CAP 2024? Know Participating IIMs, CAT 2023 Cut Offs, Registration, Admissions, Dates

What is IIM CAP 2024? Know Participating IIMs, CAT 2023 Cut Offs, Registration, Admissions, Dates

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Vipra Shrivastava
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Updated on Nov 26, 2023 12:28 IST

IIM CAP or the Common Admission Process is a single-window selection process for MBA admission to the nine new IIMs. The selection is based on CAT cut offs. Read more about IIM CAP 2024 for MBA admission on the basis of CAT 2023 scores.

 What is IIM CAP

What is IIM CAP? -  IIMs conduct admission to their MBA/PGP courses after the declaration of CAT result. The IIM admission process includes shortlisting of candidates based on their CAT exam score, conduct of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) and final selection based on various parameters including academic record and work experience. However, the new IIMs have a common admission process. Under this Common Admission Process or CAP, selection process of the participating IIMs is common. It is done by one of the nine IIMs on rotation. Last year, IIM Trichy conducted IIM CAP for admission to 2024 MBA batch. The IIM CAP 2024 will be conducted soon. The announcement of IIM CAP 2024 conducting institute will be made in January 2024. 

The IIMs conduct admissions for MBA/PGP individually between February and April. The final admission lists for all top IIMs and IIM CAP participating institutes is announced in May. Candidates will have to check their admission status on the institute website by using their CAT 2023 login credentials. 

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IIM CAP Highlights

  • The nine new IIMs participate in IIM CAP conducted for MBA/PGP admission
  • The nine CAP participating IIMs are IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy and IIM Udaipur
  • Every year, one of these nine IIMs is given the responsibility to conduct CAP. This year, it will be conducted by IIM Udaipur
  • No Written Ability Test (WAT) was conducted in 2023 under IIM CAP.
  • Till 2019, IIM Rohtak was also a part of IIM CAP group but in 2020, it opted out and conducted WAT-PI on its own.
  • IIM CAP cut off for interview calls is common for all participating IIMs.
  • Shortlist for CAP is released in the month of third week January. Candidates have to fill an online application form to participate in IIM CAP.
  • The CAP conducting IIM releases the final merit list of candidates by May, but admission offers are made to selected students individually by the institutes.

What in IIM CAP?

IIM CAP or the Common Admission Process is a single-window selection process in which the candidates eligible for admission to the nine new IIMs have to appear for a single WAT-PI round. It means that the candidate who has selected IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur and IIM Raipur for admission, does not have to appear for WAT-PI round of all the four institutes. He/she only has to appear for this round conducted by the CAT conducting institute.

Under the IIM CAP, participating IIMs send the list of candidates shortlisted for WAT-PI process to the institute conducting CAP for that particular year. The CAP conducting institute conducts the WAT-PI round. Qualifying CAT cut off, admission parameters and their weightage are common to all CAP participating institutes.

The scores obtained by candidates in CAP are shared with individual institutes. Based on the final score of candidates, the nine IIMs declare their own merit list of candidates selected for admission. The final list of selected candidates is displayed on individual institute website. Only those candidates who have institute login can access the merit list.

How to Apply for IIM CAP?

Candidates can apply for IIM CAP 2024 on the conducting institute website with the help of their CAT 2023 login ID. Check steps to follow:

  • Log on to conducting IIM website
  • Click on the link indicating IIM CAP 2024 or click here
  • Go to candidate login and press 'click here'
  • Click on candidate sign in and enter CAT registration ID
  • Enter password, captcha code and click on submit
  • Fill the CAP form, upload relevant documents and click on submit

IIM CAP Qualifying CAT Cut Offs

The table below indicates qualifying IIM CAT cut off percentiles for various categories for 2023 batch, for reference. The IIM CAP calls cut off percentiles could be higher for 2024 batch.


IIM CAP cut off for QA

IIM CAP cut off for DILR

IIM CAP cut off for VARC

IIM CAP cut off for Overall







50 50 50 74





















Final Merit List: Parameters and Weightage

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of all participating candidates’ scores on the following parameters. The parameters and weightage mentioned below are for the batch of 2023. For 2024 batch, the parameters and their weightage can be different.

IIM CAP Parameter


CAT Score


WAT Score


PI Score






IIM CAP Process 2024

The IIM CAP process in explained below in 8 steps.

Step 1: Selection of IIM campuses in the CAT application form.

Step 2: CAP institutes shortlist candidates basis CAT score and predefined criteria for WAT-PI.

Step 3: The CAP conducting IIM collates list of candidates selected by participating IIMs sends e-mails to the aspirants, mentioning the IIMs which have shortlisted them for WAT-PI.

Step 4: The shortlisted candidates have to fill an online form for participation in WAT-PI.

Step 5: CAP conducting IIM sends an email informing the WAT-PI date and venue to students who confirmed participation in the admission round.

Step 6: Candidates participate in the common WAT-PI process.

Step 7: The CAP conducting IIM sends the WAT-PI score report to all participating institutes under CAP

Step 8: Based on the scores received, each IIM prepares final merit list and sends offer letters to selected candidate via email.

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IIM Admission Criteria of non-CAP institutes

Listed below are the shortlist & admission criteria of IIM institutes that do not participate in CAP.

IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Bangalore Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Calcutta Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Lucknow Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Kozhikode Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Indore Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Shillong Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Rohtak Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Amritsar Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Nagpur Shortlist & Admission Criteria


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FAQs on IIM CAP 2023

Q: What is IIM CAP? How can I participate in it?

A: IIM CAP is a Common Admission Process for shortlisting and selection of candidates for admission to MBA/PGP programmes offered by the baby IIMs. To participate in the CAP, one needs to clear the CAT exam and meet the cut offs fixed for CAP institutes. Candidates also need to select these insitutes in the CAT application form 2023 for shortlisting.

Q: Which IIMs are a part of IIM CAP process?

A: Nine IIMs participate in the IIM CAP every year. They are - IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy and IIM Udaipur. 

Q: Which IIM will conduct IIM CAP 2024?

A: In 2022, IIM Trichy conducted it for the group of nine IIMs. In 2023, the responsibility of conducting the IIM CAP was given to IIM Udaipur. The IIM CAP 2024 conducting institute will be known after the declaration of CAT 2023 results in January 2024. Dates and schedule of registration for IIM CAP will be announced by the conducting insitute by the third week of January 2024. 

Q: What is the IIM CAP cut off for General category candidates?

A: Under IIM CAP, the qualifying CAT cut off for General category candidates is 93 percentile (overall). Sectional CAT cut offs are as follows:

  • QA: 70 percentile
  • DILR: 70 percentile
  • VARC: 70 percentile

Q: Is the admission process same for all IIMs that participate in IIM CAP?

A: Yes, the admission process for all IIMs under IIM CAP is same. The IIM CAP cut off, admission parameters and their weightage are common to all participating institutes. The CAP conducting institute conducted the shortlisting process for all 9 IIMs. Then the institutes select candidates individually and the WAT-PI is conducted. 

Q: What is the minimum CAT cut off required from SC/ST candidates for IIM CAP?

A: The minimum CAT cut off requirement for IIM CAP from SC candidates is 54 percentile (overall) and from ST candidates, 40 percentile (overall). Candidates meeting the minimum cut off are eligible for being shortlistefd for the PI round of IIM CAP institutes.

Q: What is the eligibility criteria for IIM CAP 2024?

A: The eligibility criteria for IIM CAP is same as CAT eligibility criteria, i.e. minimum 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent in graduation (45 per cent for Reserved category candidates). Candidates must ensure they also meet the qualifying CAT cut off fixed for IIM CAP institutes to be eligible for selection. The selection for WAT-PI will however be based on the final CAT 2023 cut off, which can be higher than the qualifying cut off. 

Q: When is IIM CAP process conducted?

A: IIM CAP process is conducted after the CAT result announcement. It is conducted every year between January and March. The IIM CAP 2024 schedule will be announced in the second week of January 2024 after the CAT 2023 result has been announced. In 2022, the CAT result was announced in December but the CAP process started in the third week of January 2023. 

Q: Do I need to be present physically at any institute for IIM CAP?

A: The WAT-PI rounds were being conducted in online mode at all IIMs in the last three years due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, from 2023 onwards, the institutes have gone back to conducting the WAT-PI rounds in online mode. Candidates are given the choice of interview city. The institute communicates time and venue with the selected candidates who have to be present in person for the personailty assessment round. 

Q: How can I apply for IIM CAP?

A: IIM CAP application is an online process. The CAP form will be released at the conducting IIM and all participating IIM websites. Candidates can fill the form to participate in IIM CAP by using their CAT credentials. They will need to enter their CAT ID and password. In the form, they will have to fill their personal details and CAT score. 

Q: Who conducts WAT-PI round under IIM CAP?

A: The IIM CAP conducting institute conducts WAT-PI round for all participating IIMs and sends the scores of candidates to respective IIMs. The participating IIMs then individually prepare the final merit list for admission. This process is convenient and helps the new IIMs to select candidates on the same parameters and scale.

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Dharun L

10 months ago

(b.com final year student ) as my college didnt provide marksheets for the last two semesters (3&4). i ve marksheets for the first two semesters only, wht shld i do o fill the CAP 2023 form?

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Hem Shailabh Sahu

11 months ago

Thanks for the Insightful post.

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