What is IIM CAP 2023? Know Participating IIMs, Application Process, Admission Criteria and Final Results

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Vipra Shrivastava
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Updated on Nov 24, 2022 13:33 IST

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. Read more about IIM CAP 2022.

 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 2022 MBA batch. The name of CAP 2023 conducting IIM will be announced soon.

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 be able to check their admission status on the institute website by using their CAT 2022 login credentials. 

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 Trichy
  • 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.
  • 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.

IIM CAP 2023: Important Dates

IIM CAP 2023 registration dates and PI schedule will be announced after the declaration of CAT 2022 result. Check the tentative schedule of IIM CAP 2023 below:

IIM CAP 2023 Events

IIM CAP 2023 Dates

IIM CAP registration begins

Third week of January 2023

Last date for CAP registration

Fourth week of January 2023

Intimation for PI

First week of February 2023

PI Phase I

Second week of February 2023

PI Phase II

Third week of February 2023

PI Phase III

First week of March 2023

Final result (admission list)

Last week of May 2023

How to Apply for IIM CAP?

The candidates can apply for IIM CAP 2023 on the conducting institute website with the help of their CAT 2022 login ID. Check steps to follow:

  • Log on to conducting IIM website
  • Click on the link indicating IIM CAP 2023
  • 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 CAT cut off percentiles for various categories for 2022 batch, for reference. The IIM cut off percentiles can be different for 2023 batch.












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 2022. For 2023batch, the parameters and their weightage can be different.



CAT Score


WAT Score


PI Score






IIM CAP Process

This year, IIM Raipur will conduct CAP for all participating institutes. The IIM CAP process in explained below in 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


CAT Percentile predictor prepared by Shiksha.com helps students to get their predicted CAT percentile on the basis of their expected exam score. So, predict your CAT score by clicking the link below:

CAT Percentile Predictor


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.

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

A: Nine IIMs participate in 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 conducts IIM CAP?

A: In 2022, IIM Trichy conducted it for the group of nine IIMs. In 2023, the announcement of IIM CAP conducting institute will be announced in January. Dates and schedule of registrations have been announced.

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

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 under IIM CAP?

A: Yes, the admission process for all IIMs under IIM CAP is same. The CAT cut off, admission parameters and their weightage are common to all CAP participating institutes.

Q: What is the minimum 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?

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.

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 2023 schedule will be announced in the second week of January.

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

A: No, the CAP form filling process is online and the WAT-PI rounds are being conducted in online mode at all IIMs due to COVID-19 pandemic, aspirants do not have to visit the institute physically.

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.

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.

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