Cracking IIM Lucknow admission is easier than IIM Indore - Reveals RTI
IIM Lucknow Admission: 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 reveals that a seat in IIM Indore was tougher to crack as compared to IIM Lucknow in the admission year 2021.
The older the IIM, the 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 that is busted in this article by Careers360.
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While answering 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 that can dare to compete with A, B, and C (probably that is why they have a sports fest just within these four). The professors, infrastructure, and 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 the 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 the 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 2020-22, as mentioned by the institutes through RTI requests.
IIM Indore and Lucknow Interview Call Cutoff Percentage – General category
Call Cutoff (with a 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 the CAT score, past academic records, work experience, and Academic & Gender Diversity. For the admission year 2021, 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 cut off 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.
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IIM Indore and Lucknow Interview Call Cutoff Percentage – Other categories
Call Cutoff (with maximum score of 100)
The difference is approximately 20 percent in the cutoff for other candidate categories as well and not just in the 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 CAT scores. Not all shortlisting factors are the same and for common factors, the weightages vary. Take a look at the below tables.
IIM Lucknow Shortlist Factors and Weightages - 2021
CAT Score (CS)
Class XII Marks (12M)
Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline (DFa)
Diversity Factor: Gender (DFb)
Although the parameters considered for shortlisting remained the same, the maximum Composite Score for shortlisting was 50 instead of 100 in 2020.
IIM Indore Shortlist Factors and Weightages - 2021
10th Standard/SSC Scores
12th Standard/HSC Scores
CAT 2020 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 the 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 - 2021
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Academic Performance (12M + GM)
IIM Indore Final Selection Criteria - 2021
10th Standard/SSC Scores
12th Standard/HSC Scores
CAT Overall Score
CAT Scores are given higher weightage in IIM Lucknow
For the final selection, IIM Lucknow assigns a higher weightage to CAT than that of IIM Indore. Among the parameters, the 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 percent in IIM Indore's 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 the academic year 2020-22, IIM Indore's final selection criteria did not include a 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 good work experience but not so strong academic records or from a non-engineering background can expect to convert IIM Lucknow call.
Assessing chances of converting calls 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 an 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 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 over a decade since the inception of 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 in 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 the 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 specialized programme, IIM Lucknow offers two specialized 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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SIR MY NEET SCORE 471 AND I AM GEN CAT FROM PUNJAB DEMILIE CAN I GET MANAGMENT SEAT IN LUDHIANA DMC OR PIRM JLD OR SRI GURU RAM DASS AMRITSAR .
First of all, a very heartiest congratulation for securing such good marks in your NEET examination. Secondly, I would like to say that each and every year the cut-off criteria get changed depending upon the merit list. This year it is expected to secure 50 percentile for general category ,for getting the chance of admission. The previous year's cut-off marks was 720-147 .
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460 neet score,obc cat can possibility of get admission in MBBS course
Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
----------) SBKS Med. Inst. and Res. Centre, Sumandeep Vadodara:- 446 marks
----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
And a few more
To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.
sir as punjab democile cat. gen sroce 471 can i got best ptv collage in punjab
Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!