IIM Admission Criteria 2020-22

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November 6, 2019

IIM Admission Criteria 2020 not only for IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or Lucknow but also for all the 20 IIMs have been announced with various changes in their admission policy. Each IIM Admission Criteria is individually announced with its respective shortlisting and final selection parameters. However, all the 20 IIMs' admission policy contains common eligibility criteria. The CAT 2019 score cut offs and selection process 2020 in the IIM admission criteria remain different as each IIM has its own admission criteria.

 

IIM Admission Criteria explain the key requirements, process and weightage parameters how to get admission in IIM right from taking the mandatory entrance exam -Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs till getting the final admission offer. The key components in IIM Admission Criteria are more or less same but they are used at different stages. The most important criterion in IIM admission is the IIM Eligibility for admission, cut off and weightage for CAT exam score, applicability of age limit in IIM Admission. 

 

IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, IIM Bangalore admission criteria, IIM Calcutta selection criteria and all other 17 IIMs' admission criteria differ from one IIM to other. These IIMs' admission criteria consist of CAT score cut offs,  weightage points for other components like academics, work experience, diversity. However, the applicability of this weightage at the shortlisting stage or final admission round stage differs from one IIM to other IIM.  

 

IIMs in India came into being in 1960's. The first IIM at Calcutta followed by IIM at Ahmedabad was established in 1961. After that IIMs were established at Bangalore and Lucknow. The number of IIMs in India remained four for a long time. Later on, more IIMs were added to this family gradually. At present there are 20 IIMs in India located across the country. The MBA admission to IIM is through a Common Admission Test conducted by IIMs - IIM CAT. No IIM offers admission to the candidates of Indian Resident category without clearing and qualifying the IIM CAT exam with prescribed minimum score.  

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IIM CAT: Mandatory Exam for IIMs Admission
IIM-CAT is the mandatory MBA entrance exam for all the IIMs and many other top MBA colleges. All the 20 IIMs offer admission to their flagship MBA programmes by conducting a Common Admission Test IIM-CAT every year. Considered as the largest MBA entrance test, number of candidates registered in IIM-CAT are increasing year after year. For CAT 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates have applied as against 2.41 lakh candidates registered last year. 

 

IIMs Admission criteria with CAT cut offs
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced their admission criteria for admission to MBA/PGP 2020-22 batch. All the 20 IIMs will shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT 2019 scores and other parameters like Academics, Diversity, Work experience among others. Each IIM has announced its distinct weightage to different parameter apart from announcing minimum qualifying sectional and overall percentile score in CAT exam.

 

IIMs have announced the admission criteria by reducing the weightage to CAT 2019 exam scores to improve the academic diversity in the IIM class rooms.

 

The admission criterion in IIMs is independent from one another. There is no role of another IIM in formulating the admission policy of one IIM unless it is a new IIM and is under the mentorship of another IIM. Following IIMs have announced their Admission criteria. The CAT cut offs and programme fee as announced by the IIMs is shared below:

 

IIMs with Admission Criteria 2020
CAT 2019 Cut Offs
Programme Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)
80
Rs. 23 lakhs
85
Rs. 21.5 lakhs
85
Rs. 21 lakhs
90
Rs. 14.16 lakhs
90
Rs. 16 lakhs
90
Rs. 13 lakhs
95
Rs. 14 lakhs
90
Rs. 17 lakhs
95
Rs.12.73 lakhs
95
Rs. 15 lakhs
95
Rs. 12.31 lakhs
90
Rs. 12 lakhs

IIMs MBA Admission Process
At present there are 20 IIMs in India and all of the IIMs open and close their admission process simultaneously with the opening and closing of CAT registration process. Two out of the four step Admission process at IIMs synchronizes with conduct of CAT exam and rest two steps are conducted by the IIMs individually or by making a group as done by new IIMs.

 

Step-1: Register & Apply for CAT exam
The admission opens in August first week and closes in September last week with close of Registration for CAT exam. Candidates desirous of seeking admission in IIMs should register and apply for CAT exam within the specified registration window. Usually the CAT registration process remains open for 45 to 50 days.

 

Step-2: Appear in CAT Exam
Those who want to pursue management course PGP/MBA programme from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or other IIMs must have appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019.

 

Step-3: Shortlisting Process
After declaration of CAT result in January, IIMs 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 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.

 

Step-4: Final Admission Process- GD-PI-WAT Round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). 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 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 5 newest IIMs - IIM Amritsar, IIM BodhGaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, is coordinated by one of these comparatively older IIMs. All these participating IIMs do not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP round alongwith their other individual admission components, prepare the merit list to make admission offer to the candidates.

 

IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam conduct own final admission Process
IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam have so far not participated in CAP round and conduct their own final admission round 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.

 

The shortlisting criteria, parameters and weightages for admission to IIMs are shared below:

 

IIM: Ahmedabad
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT percentile:70
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 70%
Weight to Academic profile: 30%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with profile
Weight to Work Experience: In final selection
Weight to Gender Diversity: In final selection

Note: The admission process of IIM Ahmedabad is unique. Actual CAT cut offs may deviate drastically in the range of 82 to 100 and may offer admission to 82 percentiler while it may decline admission to 100 percentiler in CAT exam, as happened in the past also 

 

IIM Bangalore
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75 for Quant and DILR and 80 for VARC
Weight to CAT score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

 

IIM Calcutta
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Weight to CAT score: 56%
Weight to Academic profile: 40%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 4%
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: In Final selection

 

IIM: Lucknow
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 85
Weight to CAT score: 60%
Weight to Academic profile: 20%
Weight to Academic deversity: 5%
Weight to Work Experience: 10%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5%

 

IIM: Indore
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 20%
Weight to Academic profile: 74%
Weight to Diversity: 6%
Weight to Work Experience: Nil

 

IIM: Kozhikode
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 45
Weight to Academic profile: 45
Weight to Academic/Gender deversity: 10*
*IIM Kozhikode awards maximum 10 point weightage which includes both academic & gender diversity. No separate weightage to each factor is awarded.

 

IIM Shillong
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: Considers Sectional Percentile
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Marks required in class X: 80

Marks required in class XII: 80

Weight to Academic profile: In Final selection
Weight to Academic diversity: In Final selection
Weight to Work Experience: In Final selection
Weight to Gender Diversity: In Final selection

 

6 New IIMs Admission Criteria

Six New IIMs who started operation in 2010 conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) after declaration of CAT result. Almost all these IIMs will shortlist the candidates purely based on CAT 2019 performance and are expected to announce the shortlist around mid-January 2020. These candidates in the shortlist would be eligible for WAT and PI process for admission to the PGP/MBA 2020-22 Batch of IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Tiruchirappali, Udaipur. 

 

Except IIM Rohtak which awards weigthtage to other parameters like academics, work experience, gender diversity at the shortlisting stage, other IIMs will award weightage to these parameters at the time of preparing the final merit list after WAT and PI round.   

 

IIM: Kashipur

Shortlisting
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 100%

 

Final Selection:

Weight to CAT score: 30

Weight to PI: 20

Weight to WAT: 10
Weight to Academic profile: 20

Weight to Academic diversity: 5
Weight to Work Experience: 5
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5

Weight to CA/CS/ICWA qualification: 5

 

IIM: Raipur

Shortlisting Criteria

Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
 

Final Admission Criteria

Weight to CAT 2019 Score: 35%
Weight to PI: 25%
Weight to WAT: 10%
Weight to Academics: 10%
Weight to Academic Diversity: 4%

Weight to gender diversity: 8%
Weight to Work Experience: 8% 

 

IIM: Ranchi

Shortlisting
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 100%
Final Selection: To Be announced

Weight to Academic profile: 
Weight to Academic deversity: 
Weight to Work Experience:
Weight to Gender Diversity: 

 

IIM: Rohtak

Shortlisting
Overall CAT percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score in shortlisting: 100%

 

Final Admission Weights

Weight to CAT Score: 35%
Weight to PI-WAT Score: 30%
Weight to Academics, Work Ex, diversity: 35%

 

IIM: Tiruchirappalli
Shortlisting

Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
 

Final Selection

Weight to CAT score: 50

Weight to Personal interview: 14

Weight to WAT: 14

Weight to Academic profile: 10
Weight to Professional Qualification:2
Weight to Work Experience: 5
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5

 

IIM Udaipur

Shortlisting Cut offs
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
 

Final Selection Weights

CAT 2019 score: 55

Personal interview: 15

Written Ability Test (WAT): 6

Weight to Academic profile: 8
Weight to Academic diversity: 3
Weight to Work Experience: 6
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5

CA/CS/ICWA: 2

 

7 Newest IIMs

Seven IIMs are the newest IIMs and are mentored by top rated older IIMs. The shortlisting in these IIMs will also be based on CAT 2019 scores and some of these IIMs will also consider the academics, diversity, work experience and other factors at the time of shortlisting. Most of the baby IIMs announce their admission policy in January every year. The cut offs and weightage on CAT score and other parameters for other IIMs for admission 2020 are expected to remain the same as were the last year.

 

IIM Amritsar
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 70
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

 

IIM Bodh Gaya
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

 

IIM Nagpur

Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 72
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 35%
 

Final Admission Criteria

Weight to CAT 2019 Score: 20%
Weight to PI: 35%
Weight to WAT: 5%
Weight to Academics: 20%
Weight to Work Experience: 20% 

 

IIM: Sambalpur
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic deversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

IIM: Sirmaur
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic diversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

IIM: Visakhapatnam
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 75 for Quant and DILR and 80 for VARC
Weight to CAT 2019 score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

 

IIM: Jammu
Overall CAT 2019 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2019 percentile: 75
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic deversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

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