IIM Selection Process

There are 20 IIMs in India at present. While all of these IIMs adopt 3 stage selection process, the selection criteria at each of these IIMs is independent of other IIM. Although a good performance in CAT 2018 exam is the mandatory requirement for the IIM selection process 2019, other key parameters like academics, work experience, diversity, performance in GD-PI-WAT play even a greater role in the IIMs’ selection process. 

 

Stage Wise IIM Selection Process 2019
You need to go through the 3 stages of IIMs Selection process including your performance in CAT 2018 before you would get your final admission offer:

 

Stage-1: Performance in CAT 2018
The preliminary consideration to qualify for IIM Selection process at the first stage is your CAT percentile score. To seek admission in one of the 20 IIMs, the basic requirement is to appear and score high percentile in CAT exam.

 

The minimum requirement for overall and sectional CAT 2018 percentile for admission is different in each IIM selection process 2019 and is in the range of 70-85 sectional percentile to 80-95 overall percentile.

 

The top rated IIM Ahmedabad has announced the CAT 2018 percentile cut offs at 70 sectional and 80 overall percentile while even the new IIMs need minimum 90 overall percentile and 75-85 sectional percentile.

IIMs
CAT 2018 Overall Percentile Requirement in IIM Selection Processs
CAT 2018 Sectional Percentile Requirement in IIM Selection Process
80
70
90
85 VARC/80 others
90
80
90
85
90
80
90
80
90
80
90
80
95
80
95
80
95
80
90
85 VARC/80 Others
IIM Nagpur
90
72

Stage-2: IIM Shortlisting Process
After considering that the candidate has qualified on CAT sectional and overall percentile score requirements, next stage in IIM Selection Process is the shortlisting process. The second stage of IIM Admission process is the one of the toughest as you are not able to do much at this stage of IIM Selection process. Most of the IIMs award weightage to Academics, Diversity in the shortlisting process. However, the parameters and weightages to all the components differ from IIM to IIM in their respective shortlisting process. 

 

After declaration of CAT result in January 2019 first week, IIMs will shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the respective IIM’s admission policy and weightages.

 

The shortlisting process is completed by each IIM individually. While comparatively newer IIMs declare the 1st stage shortlists on the basis of CAT scores, older IIMs also take into account the other parameters at the 1st stage shortlist.. Read More

 

Stage-3: IIMs Final Selection Process 2019
The final selection process at IIMs consists of Personal Interview, Written Ability Test and in some of the IIMs Group Discussion is also conducted. The shortlisted candidates are called to attend the PI round in number of cities as per the choice exercised by the candidates at the time of applying and completing the CAT 2018 registration process.

 

PI-WAT round commands higher weightage than CAT score in the IIMs selection criteria. Your final selection also depends upon your academic profile and diversity. Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode also conduct GD round based on the WAT. On the basis of their performance in final selection round, weightage awarded to CAT scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated and admission offers will be made by the respective IIMs.

 

New IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP)
The final selection process at 9 to 11 new IIMs is commonly conducted. IIM Ranchi is co-ordinating the new IIMs common admission process 2019. The common WAT and PI round, known as Common Admission Process (CAP), for 9 to 11 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy,Udaipur and some of the baby IIMs is coordinated by one of these comparatively older IIMs.

 

CAP 2019 being coordinated by IIM Ranchi will consist of two components – WAT followed by PI. Earlier CAP 2018 and CAP 2017 were coordinated by IIM Rohtak. All these participating IIMs will not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP round alongwith their other individual admission components, will prepare the merit list to make final admission offer to the candidates after the final selection process is over.. Read More

 

IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam to conduct own final selection Process
IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam have so far not participated in CAP round and conduct their own final selection process to make admission offer to the students. The admission offers will be generated as per the merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.

If you have done well in Personal Interview Round, have excellent academics you may expect to receive the final admission offer by IIMs in the month of April/May 2019. In case of more admission offers, it will be your decision to join the preferred institute