Cracking IIM Lucknow admission is easier than IIM Indore - Reveals RTI
Is it tougher to crack IIM Lucknow than IIM Indore? The answer, going by perception, is ‘yes’. But, the answer is ‘no’ if you go by the admission cutoff data of the two institutes. An RTI query related to admission cutoff data of these institutes reveal that a seat in IIM Indore was tougher to crack as compared to IIM Lucknow in the admission year 2016.
Older the IIM, tougher it is to crack. This is the common perception among MBA aspirants while measuring interview call chances from the IIMs, especially given the fact that IIM Lucknow is the fourth IIM of India and 12 years older than IIM Indore. However, the popular perception is a myth which is busted in this article by Careers360.
While answering about a question comparing IIM Lucknow and Indore on Quora, Amit Datta, an IIM L student answers, “IIML is considered among the tough four IIM’s in the colleges. It is probably the only IIM which can dare to compete with A, B and C (probably that is why they have a sports fest just within these four). The professors, infra-structure and the diverse batch-profile make it really special.”
But, despite being the fourth IIM, the interview call cutoff composite score for IIM Lucknow is lower than that of IIM Indore, as revealed by RTI queries. The CAT cutoff or screening percentile for General category candidates is same for both IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow, i.e. 90. However, the cutoffs mentioned at the admission criteria can be quite misleading and there is a stark difference between shortlist cutoff and the actual interview call cutoff. Careers360 has already shown the huge gap between the two in this article and assessed the reasons.
How big is the gap between cutoffs?
The following table brings to you the interview cutoff scores of both IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow for the previous admission year 2016-18, as mentioned by the institutes through RTI requests.
IIM Indore and Lucknow Interview Call Cutoff Percentage – General category
Call Cutoff (with maximum score of 100)
Both institutes have released shortlist data in terms of Composite Scores. The components that are included in computing the Composite Score include CAT score, past academic records, work experience and Academic & Gender Diversity. For the admission year 2016, the maximum weightage for IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore’s Composite Score was 50 and 100 respectively. After equating the composite scores of both institutes considering the maximum score to be 100, IIM Indore cutoff more than 70 for IIM Lucknow, it is around 57 out of 100. Not just for the General category candidates, the gap is equally big for the other categories, such as Other Backward Classes (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST). Refer to the table below for the cutoff scores of other candidate categories in IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow.
IIM Indore and Lucknow Interview Call Cutoff Percentage – Other categories
Call Cutoff (with maximum score of 100)
The difference is approximately 20 per cent in the cutoff for other candidate categories as well and not just in General category.
Now that you know the actual interview cutoff, let us assess the final admission criteria followed by these prestigious institutes.
Factors of Shortlist and Final Selection
Both institutes consider past academic records, diversity factors along with CAT scores. Not all shortlisting factors are same and for common factors, the weightages vary. Take a look at the below tables.
IIM Lucknow Shortlist Factors and Weightages - 2017
CAT Score (CS)
Class XII Marks (12M)
Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline (DFa)
Diversity Factor: Gender (DFb)
Although the parameters considered for shortlist remained same, the maximum Composite Score for shortlist was 50 instead of 100 in 2016.
IIM Indore Shortlist Factors and Weightages - 2017
10th Standard/SSC Scores
12th Standard/HSC Scores
CAT 2016 Overall Score
Gender Diversity Factor (GDF)
4 for Female Applicants 0 for others
Sum of the Above Scores (Max 100)
While IIM Lucknow does not consider Class X score in the past academic records criteria, IIM Indore does not take the Graduation marks into account. Moreover, Work Experience and Academic Diversity factors are also not included for Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) shortlist of the latter. IIM Indore gives least weightage to CAT score for shortlisting candidates for WAT-PI rounds.
Final Selection Criteria
For preparing the final merit list, both IIM Lucknow and Indore consider factors like WAT and PI performance, CAT score along with their respective shortlist parameters. The weightages for both IIMs are in the tables below.
IIM Lucknow Final Selection Criteria - 2017
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Academic Performance (12M + GM)
IIM Indore Final Selection Criteria - 2017
10th Standard/SSC Scores
12th Standard/HSC Scores
CAT Overall Score
CAT Scores given higher weightage in IIM Lucknow
For the final selection, IIM Lucknow assigns higher weightage to CAT than that of IIM Indore. Among the parameters, Personal Interview round is given the highest weightage by both the IIMs followed by CAT score. Hence, in order to convert the call from IIM Indore, the candidates not only have to perform well in WAT-PI rounds, but also have a good academic background. Both CAT scores and academic records carry a weightage of 20 per cent in IIM Indore final selection criteria.
For IIM Lucknow, not only do candidates’ WAT-PI, CAT and past academic records matter, but work experience and both academic and gender diversity factors are taken into account.
You may note that last year, i.e. for admission in academic year 2016-18, IIM Indore final selection criteria did not include CAT score. The merit list was generated on the basis of performance in WAT-PI, past academics (Class 10, Class 12 and Bachelor’s Degree).
Academics Vs Work Experience - Who has a better chance?
Based on the above criteria, a fresher with strong academic records will have a better chance to convert IIM Indore call compared to IIM Lucknow. At the same time, someone with a good work experience but not so strong academic records or from non-engineering background can expect to convert IIM Lucknow call.
Assessing chances of converting call for IIM Indore, Akshay Sharma, an IIM Lucknow student says, “IIM Indore gives the least importance to CAT score in giving GD/PI calls. Even a percentile>99/99.5 is not enough to get a call. One can get a call for interview even with a percentile of 96–98, if he/she has balanced and good academics.”
Despite having a tough admission process, MBA aspirants seem to prefer IIM Lucknow over IIM Indore. But as they say, age is just a number and you should consider the achievements of a B-School over the number of functioning years.
Perception Vs Reality
There is a difference between the common perception and reality. While in your perception IIM Indore is a younger institute, hence should be easier to get in. But in reality, despite being established after over a decade since the inception IIM Lucknow, the achievements of the former institute are no less. In fact, IIM Indore was the first institute to introduce the five year Integrated Programme in Management in the year 2011. Let us take a look at the other strengths and factors of both B-schools.
Both institutes have multiple campuses
IIM Indore has a second campus in Mumbai which was established in 2012. The Mumbai campus was the only IIM in Maharashtra, till IIM Nagpur was established in 2015. IIM Indore was also the first IIM to have an international campus in Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE. However, the campus stopped functioning from 2014 owing to regulatory issues, poor batch strength and other reasons.
The second campus of IIM Lucknow is located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh which offers the three year Working Manager’s Programme. The Noida campus was established in 2005.
Programmes and Accreditations
The programmes of both institutes are accredited by Association of MBAs, London or AMBA, one of the prestigious accrediting bodies.
At present, IIM Indore offers four full time programmes as listed below:
Post Graduate Programme, offered in both Indore and Mumbai campuses
Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management
Integrated Programme in Management
Fellow Programme in Management
The institute also offers Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives in the Mumbai campus, which is a two year alternate week programme.
While IIM Indore does not offer any specialised programme, IIM Lucknow offers two specialised programmes, in Agribusiness Management (PGP-ABM) and Sustainable Management (PGP-SM) along with the flagship two year PGP. The full time programmes at IIM Lucknow include:
Post Graduate Programme
Post Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management
Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management
International Programme in Management for Executives
IIM Lucknow also offers Fellow Programme in Management and Executive Fellow Programme in Management.
IIM Indore has 95 full time faculty members and 63 visiting faculty members. There are around 1500 students on campus. As many as 82 full time faculty members are there in IIM Lucknow with around 1100 students.
IIM Indore has mentored three new IIMs, IIM Raipur, IIM Udaipur and IIM Sambalpur established in the years 2010, 2011 and 2015 respectively. On the other hand, IIM Lucknow is the mentee institute of four new IIMs, namely, IIM Rohtak (2010), IIM Kashipur (2011), IIM Sirmaur (2015) and IIM Jammu (2016).
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