Criteria for IIMs MBA admission for 2017 - 2018

iim_mba_admissions_2017_criteriaApart from your CAT 2016 score, what are the other criteria you must fulfill for gaining admission in MBA/ PGDM programs of the IIMs? The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are premier b-schools dedicated to postgraduate management education such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Fellow Program in Management (FPM) and Postgraduate Program in Management (PGP).

There are now a total of 20 IIMs in India that will be using CAT 2016 exam scores and other criteria for admission to their MBA/ PGDM courses. (Also read: CAT 2016 cut-off & other eligibility details for all IIMs)

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General Admission Process for PGP at the IIMs:

While the details may vary, admission to all the 20 IIMs generally consists of two stages: the Common Admission Test (CAT) and shortlisting for some type of interview or additional examination. This second stage might include the Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussions (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT). To gain admission to a school, you must:

  • Initially be eligible to appear for CAT (having minimum eligibility to appear for the test does not guarantee consideration for the shortlist)
  • Earn the minimum percentile rank on CAT to qualify for shortlisting (varies by school and category)
  • Perform well in the PI/ GD/ WAT
  • Have the necessary academic prerequisites, academic achievement, post-degree work experience and extra-curricular activities

All these factors may be taken into consideration when admission lists are prepared. Particular variables that may change across IIMs are academic cut-offs, weight given to various parameters and the admission process. Candidates may also apply with a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score for some schools. This is a process for candidates who have been living abroad, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) or foreign nationals.

CAT Results | IIM Shortlisting | Selection

After CAT results are published, individual IIMs announce short-listed candidates online for the next round of selection. Those candidates selected receive interview letters from the respective school. The steps of admission generally following the stages below:

  • Shortlist announced (minimum CAT 2016 percentile)
  • Merit list constructed (adds factors apart from CAT)
  • GD, PI or WAT conducted
  • Final selection made

If you are selected for an interview, your eligibility must be verified at that time. Confirmation of your eligibility may include your original degree certificate, mark sheets, or latest available marks/grades for final-year candidates. For reserved category candidates, your original caste/class/disability certificate is usually needed.

The interview process, which may include Group Discussion, Personal Interview or Written Ability Test, is generally conducted in a few cities across India.

The specific criteria for admission to all the 20 IIMs for 2017 - 2019 management programs are now out. Please note that the selection process varies for each IIM. Click on each IIM's name to understand the criteria for admission to that IIM:

IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A)

IIM Bangalore (IIMB)

IIM Calcutta (IIMC)

IIM Indore (IIMI)

IIM Kozhikode (IIMK)

IIM Lucknow (IIML)

IIM Kashipur

IIM Ranchi (IIMR)

IIM Rohtak (IIM-R)

IIM Raipur (IIMR)

IIM Shillong (IIM-S)

IIM Tiruchirappalli (IIM T)

IIM Udaipur (IIMU)

IIM Nagpur

IIM Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

IIM Bodh Gaya (Bihar)

IIM Amritsar (Punjab)

IIM Sambalpur (Odisha)

IIM Sirmaur (Himachal)

IIM Jammu (J&K)

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM - Ahmedabad

The short-listing criteria for IIM Ahmedabad's PGP gives 30 percent weightage to the Application Rating score and 70 percent to the CAT/GMAT score.

Stage 1

Application Rating (AR)

Rating Score

1

2

3

A

Percentage score in 10th Std. Exam

<60

60-80

80+

B

Percentage score in 12 Std. Exam

<60

60-80

80+

C

Percentage score in bachelor's degree exam

<60

60-80

80+

D

Percentage score in master's degree exam

<60

60-80

80+

E

Work experience

<1 year

1-2 years

2+ years

AR table from IIM-A. AR is figured by the following: (AxBxC)+D+E. The maximum score for the AR is 33.

Stage 2

Personal Interview Criteria

Across all categories, there will be about three candidates per seat called for the Personal Interview. The maximum CAT score is 450. Short-listed candidates are listed below.

Minimum composite scores:

  • Top 558 General Category candidates: 0.7100
  • Top 315 Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) Category candidates: 0.6090
  • Top 36 Differently Abled (DA) Category candidates: 0.4720
  • Top 178 Scheduled Castes (SC) Category candidates: 0.5330
  • Top 89 Schedule Tribes (ST) Category candidates: 0.4640

Equivalent GMAT scores

GMAT scores from 700 to 800 are equivalent to CAT scores of 223 to 377. This is relevant for overseas candidates.

IIM Bangalore

IIM - Bangalore

IIM Bangalore's process of admission to the PGP is explained below. Two parts make up the admission process: CAT and the Personal Interview. Candidates chosen for the interview will also write a one page note on a select topic provided by the school.

Topics for the note generally include current economic, political and business affairs and possibly other subjects requiring creative thinking. Interviewers evaluate the note and the candidate's interview performance. Scores for the above, plus work experience and pre-Personal Interview parameters for selection determine the final selection stage.

Phase 1

The initial step in the selection process is the first shortlist (see table below from IIMB). Percentile cut-offs were not for those called for an interview, but rather the first step in selecting a group of candidates. Only CAT scores determined this list, but other steps of the admission process give weight to different parameters.

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile:

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Aggregate

General merit

80

90

90

NC-OBC

70

80

80

SC

50

50

70

ST

50

50

70

DA

50

50

60

  • QA+DI: Quantitative Ability and Date Interpretation
  • VA+LR: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Percentage scores on 10 and 12 Class board exams are then adjusted for first shortlist candidates by dividing each score by the 90th percentile score achieved in that particular board. Bachelor's and professional degrees, where applicable, are then taken into account. Certifications are eligible for weightage under a professional course: Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting and Company Secretary certifications. This score is standardized for candidates in the first shortlist. Work experience is factored in as well.

The weights given to factors under consideration (apart from work experience or professional course or courses), are the following:

  • CAT: 20
  • 10th board: 15
  • 12th board: 10
  • Bachelor's: 15

The top ten candidates in each section and total score from the first shortlist automatically qualify for the Personal Interview. However, these candidates must also achieve a particular composite aggregate score at the end of Phase 2 to merit selection.

Phase 2

The Personal Interview includes scoring of the one page note, according to quality of content and style. Three confidential letters of reference from employers or faculty must also be provided for evaluation in the interview. Averages of the scores below are taken into consideration in the Personal Interview process.

Weights given to scores:

  • Note Style: 7.5
  • Note Content: 7.5
  • PI: 20

Work experience and quality of experience are evaluated.

Final offers of admission are given solely based on ranking in each category of the final aggregate score. Admission is also available through GMAT (only for those residing abroad for at least 18 months over the past three years).

IIM Calcutta

IIM - Calcutta

Admission to IIM Calcutta's PGP is conducted in two parts: CAT and Personal Interview/Written Ability Test.

Stage 1

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile (from IIMC):

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

Open

90

90

95

NC-OBC

81

81

86

SC

65

65

75

ST

60

60

70

DA

60

60

70

Stage 2

The next stage takes Class 10 and Class 12 marks into account. The composite score is computed as follows:

(A/B)x77+(C/5)x10+(D/5)x10+Points for Gender Diversity

  • A=Total CAT 2016 score
  • B=Maximum CAT 2016 score (450)
  • C=Points awarded for Class 10 marks
  • D=Points awarded for Class 12 marks

Female candidates are given three points for Gender Diversity. The criteria above is used to determine candidates going on to the Personal Interview Stage.

For final selection, the criteria are as follows with respective weights at right:

  • CAT score: 35
  • PI: 44
  • WAT: 10
  • Academic Diversity Factor (certain Bachelor's degrees): 2
  • Postgraduate degree/Professional Qualification: 1
  • Work experience: 8
  • Total: 100

Final selection is based on candidates' merit for each category.

IIM Indore

IIM - Indore

IIM Indore admission to the PGP is conducted through CAT and Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. CAT score, relevant work experience and academic record determine whether a candidate is short-listed.

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile (from IIMI):

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

85

85

90

NC-OBC

75

75

80

SC/ST and DA/PWD

50

50

55

(Persons with Disabilities or PWD)

Short-listed candidates are usually notified by late January. Factors for final selection include:

  • Academic achievement
  • Work experience
  • Academic record
  • WAT/PI
  • CAT score

GMAT-based applications are also accepted for foreign national/NRI candidates. Scores should 650 overall and obtained in either 2015 or 2016 only.

IIM - Kashipur

Admission to IIM Kashipur's PGP is conducted in two stages.

Stage 1A

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile (from IIM Kashipur):

Category

SEC 1 (QA+DI)

SEC 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

75

75

80

NC-OBC

65

65

72

SC

50

50

60

ST

45

45

55

DA

45

45

60

Stage 1B

The merit list is figured from the following elements (respective weights are listed to the right).

  • CAT Score: 42
  • Class 10 marks: 1
  • Class 12 marks: 1
  • Graduation marks: 3
  • Post Graduation: 1
  • Work experience: 5
  • Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline: 3
  • Diversity Factor: Gender: 4
  • Shortlist total: 60

Stage 2

Stage 2 consists of the WAT and PI. Weights for each part are given below:

  • WAT: 10
  • PI: 30
  • Group Discussion Personal Interview (GDPI) total: 40

The grand total score for candidates is computed by adding the shortlist total to the GDPI total. These scores rank students by merit.

IIM - Kozhikode

If you are eligible to appear for the CAT, you are eligible to apply for IIM Kozhikode. The interview shortlist for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview is available online when you enter your information.

NRI or foreign national candidates are eligible to apply with recent (within the past year) GMAT scores of at least 700.

IIM - Lucknow

Short-listing for admission to IIM Lucknow is determined by CAT score, work experience and academic achievement.

Stage 1A

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile for PGP only (not PGP in Agribusiness Management) from IIML:

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

85

85

90

NC-OBC

75

75

80

SC

55

55

75

ST

50

50

70

PWD

55

55

75

Stage 1B

The merit list consists of the following parts and respective weights:

  • CAT score: 38
  • Class 10 marks: 1
  • Class 12 marks: 1
  • Graduation marks: 3
  • Work experience: 2
  • Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline: 3
  • Diversity Factor: Gender: 2
  • Shortlist total: 50

Stage 2

Stage 2 is made up of the WAT, GD and PI. Weights for each part are given below:

  • WAT: 10
  • GD: 10
  • PI: 30
  • Group Discussion Personal Interview (GDPI) total: 50

The final admission offer list is created from the grand total score, computed by adding the shortlist total and the GDPI total.

NRIs or foreign nationals are eligible to apply with GMAT scores. Foreign candidates living in India when CAT is offered must take the test, however.

IIM - Raipur

The admission process for IIM Raipur consists of CAT and short-listing for the Personal Appearance (PA) process. The PA process consists of the Personal Interview and Written Analysis (WA). The admission list is created from the CAT score, Personal Interview and Written Analysis score, and the Profile score.

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile requirements (from IIMR):

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

70

70

90

NC-OBC

63

63

81

SC

60

60

75

ST

50

50

65

DAP

55

55

70

The merit list is prepared with the following:

  • CAT score: 40%
  • Personal Appearance: 40%
    • Written Analysis: 10%
    • Personal Interview: 30%
  • Profile: 20%
    • Academic Profile: 30% of Profile weight
      • 10th Standard: 5%
      • 12 Standard: 10%
      • Undergraduate: 15%
    • Work experience: 30% of Profile weight
    • Diversity: 40% of Profile weight
      • Female: 20%, Male: 0

As with other schools, certain academic disciplines are factored in to the diversity score.

IIM - Ranchi

For admission to IIM Ranchi's Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) 2016-2017, candidates will be evaluated through CAT, Personal Interview, the Written Ability Test and profile.

Stage 1

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile requirements:

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

70

70

90

SC

60

60

75

ST

50

50

65

NC-OBC

65

65

85

PWD

55

55

70

Candidates in the list above are not guaranteed a spot in the shortlist. The shortlist will be created after processing further from the table above (source: IIMR). If you are eligible for the Written Ability Test/Personal Interview, you will need to additionally complete an online profile form for evaluation.

Stage 2

The next step of the admission process is the Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. Admission offers are then announced based on the merit list, which is created on the basis of the following:

  • CAT score: 30%
  • PI score: 30%
  • WAT score: 20%
  • Profile: 20% (marks below out of 20)
    • Academic profile: 10
    • Work experience: 10
    • Extra-curricular activities: 5

Admission offers are announced online after the Personal Interview and Written Ability Test process are completed.

Overseas candidates (Indians and foreign nationals) may apply with GMAT scores of at least 670 and no older than two years (as of 31 January 2014).

IIM - Rohtak

Admission to IIM Rohtak includes CAT, shortlisting for the Personal Appearance process and the Personal Interview and Written Analysis.

Minimum CAT 2016 percentile requirements (from IIM-R):

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

80

80

85

NC-OBC

70

70

75

SC

45

45

60

ST

40

40

60

DAP/PWD

50

50

60

Candidates from this list are considered for shortlisting. Weighted scores are computed from the following. The maximum score is listed to the right.

  • CAT 2016 total: 200
  • CAT 2016 QA+DI: 60
  • CAT 2016 VA+LR: 60
  • Class 10 marks: 50
  • Class 12 marks: 50
  • Undergraduate marks: 45
  • Work experience: 75
  • Female: 30
  • Non-engineering: 30
  • Total: 600

Overseas applicants (NRI/PIO/foreign nationals) may apply with GMAT scores of at least 670. If applicants are in India during CAT, they must take the test.

IIM - Shillong

Admission to IIM Shillong is conducted through CAT, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Stage 1

Candidates with a valid CAT score and minimum eligibility criteria are short-listed for the Personal Interview and Group Discussion.

Stage 2

After completion of the Personal Interview and Group Discussion, and registering online for Stage 2, select candidates will be offered admission. Elements under consideration are:

  • CAT score
  • Academic achievement
  • Socio-psychological attributes
  • Extra-curricular
  • Post-degree work experience

Overseas candidates may apply with GMAT scores from the past year (as of 15 December 2012).

IIM Tiruchirappalli (IIM Trichy)

Admission to PGP at IIM Tiruchirappalli is based on CAT, performance in Personal Interview and Written Analysis Test, work experience and academic achievement.

Stage 1

Cutoff criteria for CAT 2012 (from IIM T):

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

71.03

70.10

97.16

NC-OBC

63.86

63.08

81.02

SC

51.30

50.18

67.48

ST

40.78

40.62

55.05

PWD

42.31

40.62

55.05

Actual cutoffs may vary, as the table is based on previous years' cutoffs.

Stage 2

Short-listing for the Personal Appearance process is determined by CAT score and Class 10, Class 12 and undergraduate marks. After the Personal Appearance process (Personal Interview and Written Ability Test), the criteria used to select candidates are the following:

  • WAT: 15%
  • PI: 17%
  • Work experience: 5%
  • Undergraduate performance: 10%
  • Master's or professional qualification: 2%
  • Gender Diversity: 1% for female candidates
  • CAT score: 50%

Admission is then offered to the resulting selection of candidates.

IIM - Udaipur

Admission to IIM Udaipur's PGP consists of CAT, Personal Appearance process shortlisting, Personal Appearance process (Written Analysis and Personal Interview) and merit list announcement (from CAT, PI/WA and Profile).

Stage 1

Cutoff percentile marks below determine eligibility for the Personal Appearance process (table from IIMU).

Category

Section 1 (QA+DI)

Section 2 (VA+LR)

Total

General

70

70

90

NC-OBC

63

63

81

SC

60

60

75

ST

50

50

65

DAP

55

55

70

Passing the criteria for these cutoffs does not necessarily guarantee that you will be eligible for the Personal Interview and Written Analysis Test.

Stage 2

The merit list is constructed from the following elements:

  • CAT score: 50%
  • Personal Appearance: 30%
    • Written Analysis: 10%
    • Personal Interview: 20%
  • Profile: 20%
    • Academic Profile: 30% of Profile weight
      • 10th Standard: 10%
      • 12 Standard: 10%
      • Undergraduate: 20%
    • Work experience: 30% of Profile weight
    • Diversity: 30% of Profile weight
      • Female: 15, Male: 0

IIM Udaipur will prepare admission offers from the resulting list.

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