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CAP 2021 - New IIM Admission Process

Latest Update:  New IIM Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for MBA admission 2021 for 9 new IIMs will begin in the month of February 2021


After declaration of CAT 2020 result on January 5, 2021, new IIMs’ CAP round will begin in a month or so. The first stage shortlisting for all the CAP 2021 participating IIMs will be done by the CAP coordinating IIM on the basis of CAT 2020 scores for common PI-WAT round. The CAP round is organized for the IIMs which started operation in 2010-11 and the new generation IIMs that started operating in 2015-16. 


Before we go deep into the CAP process 2021, let us understand what is CAP round and how it is conducted leading to admission in New IIMs.


What is CAP 2021?

Common Admission process or CAP 2021 is the final selection round for MBA admission in new IIMs. CAP 2021 is being conducted in the month of February-March 2021 by one of the new IIMs. Last year it was conducted by IIM Ranchi.


The CAP 2021 selection process consists of two components – Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) round. CAP 2021 is a single point selection process and is common PI-WAT round for all the participating IIMs. It is conducted in prominent cities of India.

There is no need to separately appear in PI-WAT for each of the participating IIMs as the scores of CAP 2021 are applicable for all the participating IIMs.  


CAP 2021 Participating IIMs
Out of total 13 new and baby IIMs, 9 IIMs are participating in new IIM Admission process -CAP 2021 for admission to their flagship MBA/PGP programs.


5 Out of 6 New IIMs in CAP 2021 Selection Process
Out of the six new IIMs, five IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Tiruchirappalli and IIM Udaipur are participating in CAP 2021.


IIM Rohtak has opted out of Common Admission process 2021 and is conducting its own PI-WAT round.


4 out of 7 Baby IIMs in CAP 2021
Out of the 7 Baby IIMs, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur are participating in CAP 2021.


These 9 IIMs will prepare their final merit list for MBA admission 2021 on the basis of scores obtained in CAP 2021. These IIMs will make their final admission offer individually on the basis of the marks scored in CAP 2021, CAT 2020 exam and other parameters like academic profile, diversity depending upon their respective admission criteria.

IIM CAP 2021 Dates
IIM CAP 2021 Dates will be announced by CAP coordinating IIM. The CAP 2021 dates will start in the second week of February 2021 and the process will conclude in March 2021


CAP 2021 Shortlist: 15000 Expected to be Shortlisted
With the increased number of seats at each IIM, it is expected that 15000 candidates who appeared and qualified the sectional and overall cut offs in CAT 2020 exam will figure in the CAP 2021 shortlist.


The IIM which is coordinating the Common Admission Process 2021 will announce the CAP 2021 shortlist for all the participating IIMs for WAT and PI round. The CAP 2021 selection process is the final admission round for IIMs and consists of Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).


CAP Shortlist 2021: Intake Expected to Increase Further
The CAP participating IIMs had an intake of 1600+ seats last year for 9 IIMs. It is expected that the intake will increase further before the final admission offer is released by IIMs.


Since IIMs are now empowered to award MBA degree instead of earlier PGDM and as MHRD has also impressed upon these IIMs to increase their intake in coming academic sessions, the list of 9 IIMs with the proposed intake for MBA 2021-23 is:

IIMs in CAP 2021
Proposed Intake for 2021-23 batch
IIM Bodhgaya
150 (Baby IIM)
IIM Jammu
240 (Baby IIM)
IIM Kashipur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Sambalpur
180  (Baby IIM)
IIM Sirmaur
120  (Baby IIM)
IIM Tiruchippalli (IIM Trichy)
IIM Udaipur

Shortlisting Ratio increased
More candidates per seat will be shortlisted by IIMs as against earlier ratio.

CAP Year
Total seats in participating IIMs
Total candidates to be shortlisted
CAP 2021
2000+ (Expected)
CAP 2020
CAP 2019
CAP 2018

New IIMs Admission: CAT Cut off in CAP 2021
CAT 2020 score remains the basic shortlisting criterion of CAP 2021 for new IIMs admission process. Below is the shortlisting criteria based on expected CAT score and number of candidates in different categories proposed to be shortlisted by IIMs for Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for 9 IIMs:

Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Verbal & Reading Comprehension
Total Percentile
Total candidates to be shortlisted
80 (80.35)
80 (80.40)
80 (80.62)
60 (60.35)
60 (60.38)
60 (60.45)
78 (78.02)
60 (60.37)
78 (78.01)
50 (50.75)
50 (51.67)
50 (51.06)
60 (60.01)
30 (31.54)
30 (30.16)
30 (30.60)
40 (40.01)
30 (31.54)
30 (30.16)
30 (30.60)
40 (40.16)
Total (Expected to be shortlisted)

(Expected cut off Percentile in brackets)


CAP 2021 Centers

CAP 2021 centres are five. The CAP 2021 comprising Personal Interview and Written Analysis Test would be conducted at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.


CAP coordinating IIM will communicate the designated CAP 2021 centre and CAP 2021 date for PI & WAT to the short-listed candidates.


New IIM Admission ProcessCAP 2021 Rules
Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 Rules for admission to MBA/PGDM 2021-23 are:

  • Individual IIMs will prepare a shortlist based on their shortlisting criteria. These shortlists will be combined for further processing by the coordinating IIM. The shortlisting criteria for all the IIMs participating in the CAP 2021 process are the same.  
  • From the combined list, Candidates will be called for the New IIMs Common Admission Process comprising Common Personal Interview & Written Analysis Test (PI & WAT).
  • Request for change of CAP centre 2021 for PI & WAT have to reach the admission cell/e-mail ID of CAP coordinating IIM on or before February first week say Feb 05, 2021. These requests will be accommodated solely at the discretion of CAP conducting IIM and would be communicated to candidates.
  • Each IIM will take the PI & WAT score of the candidates shortlisted by them and combine it with other scores-CAT 2020 Score, Profile score and any other score to make their own individual merit list to make final offers to the candidates.
  • Only PI & WAT are conducted commonly for the new IIMs.
  • The final merit list of candidates will be arrived by each IIM according to its own selection criteria.
  • These criteria will be available on the websites of the respective institutes.
  • Candidates may also be informed that attending the CAP 2021 WAT & PI process is compulsory for all the shortlisted candidates.

IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur & IIM Visakhapatnam not to participate in CAP 2021
Except IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam, other 4 baby IIMs have announced to participate in CAP 2021. MBAUniverse.com shares below all the key details about CAP 2021 to help you understand the process:


New IIM CAP Dates 2021

  1. Declaration of Shortlist for CAP 2021: January 2021, Last week
  2. Announcement of CAP 2021 dates: February 2021, 1st week
  3. Call for CAP 2021 to Shortlisted candidates: February 2021, 1st week
  4. Last date to apply for change of CAP centre: February 2021, 1st week
  5. CAP 2021 start date: Mid February 2021
  6. CAP 2021 to end on: 2nd week of March 2021

Components of New IIMs CAP 2021
Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for 9 new and baby IIMs will consist of two components as final selection round called final admission stage.The shortlisted candidates for CAP 2021 will be required to appear for:

  1. Common Written Analysis Test (WAT), and
  2. Personal Interview (PI)

All the 9 CAP participating new IIMs may have similar shortlisting criteria but will announce their shortlisting criteria independent of others and despite going for Common Admission Process (CAP), final merit list will be generated by each of them separately.


How to know when to participate in CAP 2021?
The shortlisted candidates will be able to check their CAP 2021 dates on website of respective IIMs and will also be informed on their registered mail only after the CAT 2021 result is declared. It is expected that CAP 2021 will commence in mid February 2021. The candidates who are not shortlisted by the 9 new IIMs will not be sent further communication.


Coordination process between New and old IIMs
Students shortlisted for some older IIMs might not have to appear for the CAP, as some of the older IIMs will share their PA scores with CAP Coordinating IIM. Those candidates who have been called by more than 1 older IIM will have their scores averaged across the IIMs where they have been interviewed. Finally, the scores of PA Process will be shared with the other IIMs participating in CAP, who will then make their own merit lists according to the normalized scores.


7 key steps in New IIMs CAP 2021


Step 1: Shortlist by Individual IIMs
Each of the new IIMs will shortlist the candidates for CAP 2021 independent of each other. It is expected that the candidates will be shortlisted at the 1st stage around 10 to 12 times of the intake for MBA admission 2021 by each IIM. It may create the multiplicity of calls for the same candidate if he/she meets the shortlisting criteria of many IIMs.


Step 2: Each IIM to send shortlist to CAP 2021 Coordinator IIM
Each CAP participating IIM will forward its list of shortlisted candidates to the CAP 2021 coordinating IIM.


Step-3: CAP Conducting IIM to create Final List of Shortlisted Candidates for CAP 2021 Calls
CAP coordinating IIM will combine the list of all participating IIMs and prepare a final list of candidates for CAP 2021 Calls. The IIM will then send out calls to these candidates. More than 20,000 candidates are expected to get New IIMs CAP 2021 Calls.


Step 4: Candidates to participate in PI & WAT Process
CAP 2021 Personal Assessment (PA) round will only have Personal Interview (PI) and Written Abilities Test (WAT). There will be no Group Discussion. A candidate will be asked to appear at one of the 5 CAP Centers New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.


Step 5: CAP 2021 Scores to be sent by Coordinating IIM to participating IIMs
Based on the performance of the candidates in the PI & WAT round, CAP coordinating IIM will prepare the scores for the CAP Round. This will be sent to all the participating IIMs after CAP round is over.


Step 6: All IIMs to prepare their own Final Admission List
Each participating IIM has its own admission policy. They will provide weightages to CAT scores, CAP scores, and in some cases Applicants Profile, for making final admission offers.

It is very much possible that one of the new IIMs may not send you final admission offer while others offer you admission based on your CAT 2020 scores and other parameters.