IIM Admission 2016: Unique Features of IIM Selection Criteria
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The IIMs and other top B-schools have started releasing the shortlist of candidates. After receiving the shortlist offer from IIMs, you need to face the second round of the selection procedures. When it comes to the rounds of selection, one size does not fit all. Each IIM has a different selection methodology or admission criteria. The parameter of shortlist or selection does not stick to just CAT scores but to various other parameters. Careers360 brings you the unique features of selection criteria of different IIMs, to let you have an understanding of the process each IIM follows to select a candidate for final admissions.


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As far as the selection process is concerned, Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds are the universal criteria for the IIMs except few like IIM Kozhikode. Over the past few years, the B-schools are ruling out the importance of Group Discussion and preferring Written Ability Test or Essay Writing as it brings more insight into the thinking ability and analytical skills of the candidates.


The six new IIMs, including IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conduct a Common Admission Process which includes Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The IIMs then declare the list of selected candidates based on the admission criteria.


Apart from CAT percentile and WAT/GD and PI, the other parameters which are considered include Past Academic Records, Work Experience, and overall profile and diversity factors.

Unique admission parameters introduced at B-schools

Although the basic procedure to shortlist and select the candidates are similar in all 19 IIMs. However, if we analyse the criteria in detail, we may find out that there are certain unique features in each of the IIMs. Let us take a look at the unique features of the IIM admission criteria.

IIM Ahmedabad

At different stages of the selection process of IIM Ahmedabad, ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used. An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ based on her/his percentage of marks obtained in 10th standard, 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ ‘Arts & Humanities’) and bachelor’s degree examinations (depending upon the discipline) respectively.


In order to promote academic diversity, IIM Ahmedabad declares specific cut-offs for the criteria of past academic records. After the AWT-PI rounds are conducted, the final selection takes place on the basis of performances in CAT and AWT-PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.  

IIM Bangalore

IIM Bangalore will consider the parameters like CAT section wise cut-off, past academic records, work experience and Gender Diversity. As per IIM Bangalore’s admission criteria, candidates shortlisted  as per the CAT cut-off table, the percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained in that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

The final selection will be made on the basis of WAT and PI. The parameters for evaluation will include (a) note content, (b) note style, (c) personal interview, and (d) review of work experience.

ALL-iim-logoIIM Calcutta

The IIM Calcutta shortlist is made on the basis of the composite score which is computed on the basis of the factors like CAT score, Class X and XII marks and Gender diversity factor. After the WAT PI rounds are conducted, the final selection will be made on the basis of the factors like CAT score, PI, WAT, Academic diversity and work experience. For the final selection, maximum weight-age is levied on PI followed by CAT, WAT and work experience which are 44, 35 and 10 and 8 respectively.


IIM Lucknow

This year onwards, IIM Lucknow has replaced Group Discussion with Written Ability Test. Unlike last year, Class X scores are not considered for preparing the merit list of shortlisted candidates. Instead, the Class XII weight has been doubled compared to that of last year. The weight of the Diversity factor under the PGP-ABM programme has been increased from 5 to 13.

The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the factors like CAT score, Class XII Marks, Graduation Marks, Work Experience and Academic & Gender Diversity factors. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the grand total of the shortlist score and WAT-PI scores.

IIM Indore

IIM Indore does not give any weight-age on the work experience factor. The scores of Class X and XII are considered in both shortlisting as well as while computing the final merit list. CAT scores are not given any weight-age in the final selection process. The Bachelor’s Degree scores are considered only for the final selection round along with the Class X, Class XII, WAT and PI scores.

IIM Kozhikode

IIM Kozhikode has released not only CAT 2015 cutoff but also separate cutoffs for Class X and Class XII marks. The overall shortlist of candidates for the next round of takes place on the basis of CAT scores, past academic records, work experience and diversity factor. For the final selection, the candidates will have to appear for PI and GD/WAT rounds. IIM Kozhikode is the only IIM which conducts the GD round.


The final selection criteria include factors like performance in PI, GD/WAT, CAT scores and work experience quality. Maximum weight-age is given to the PI scores for the final selection followed by CAT scores.

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong shortlists candidates based on the cut-offs of CAT and past academic records. The shortlisted candidates will be further segregated into 7 Academic Categories (AC) as per their graduation academic disciplines. From each Academic Category, a certain percentage of candidates would be shortlisted for WSAT and PI.


The final shortlist would be based on the candidates’ academic background on Bachelor’s Degree and category. The candidates would then be ranked in the decreasing order of their overall CAT percentile.


Hence, the total number of shortlists will be based on the candidates’ overall performance in CAT 2015, the number of seats available, buffer for possible overlap and attendance trends in the past, etc.


For the final selection process, WSAT and PI scores will be clubbed together. The scores of WSAT and PI and the Overall CAT Absolute Score will be normalized for preparation of the merit list.

IIM Ranchi

IIM Ranchi has separate admission criteria for PGDM and PGDHRM programmes. The shortlist of candidates is made on the basis of CAT cutoffs. For PGDHRM, apart from CAT scores, Bachelor’s Degree marks and work experience are also given due weight-age. Separate Rating Scores are allotted for the Bachelor’s Degree disciplines.

The final selection takes place on the basis of CAT score, PI, WAT, Academic Profile, Work Experience and Diversity factors. The weightages assigned to the components vary between PGDM and PGDHRM programmes.

IIM Rohtak

IIM Rohtak shortlists candidates based on multiple parameters like CAT scores, past academic records (Class X, XII and Graduation), work experience, gender and academic diversity. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for the Common Admission Process of the new IIMs. The final selection is based on CAT scores, performance in WAT & PI and candidate profile. During the computation of merit list, maximum weight-age of 50% is levied on the CAT.

IIM Raipur

The shortlisting at IIM Raipur takes only on the basis of CAT cutoff. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the other factors like CAT scores, performance in PI & WAT and profile. The Profile criteria is further divided into factors like past academic records, work experience and diversity.

IIM Tiruchirapalli

The candidates at IIM Trichy are shortlisted only on the basis of CAT percentiles. The final admission criteria do not include the parameter of Class X and XII. The performance of Undergraduate level and Master’s Degree/Professional Degree is given due weight-age. The Differential rating is given for the different disciplines of the Undergraduate level. The other factors include CAT scores, WAT, PI and Gender Diversity. CAT scores are given the highest weight-age of 50%.

IIM Kashipur

IIM Kashipur shortlists candidates on the basis of multiple factors including CAT cutoff, past academic records (Class X, XII, Graduation and Post-Graduation), work experience, Diversity factor (Academic and Gender). The final selection takes place on the basis of the grand total of WAT & PI scores and the shortlist score.

IIM Udaipur

The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of CAT cutoff percentile. After the appearance in the WAT-PI rounds, the final selection will be based on CAT Score, Personal Appearance and Profile. The Profile factor further includes factors like Academic Profile, Work Experience and Diversity.

IIM Nagpur

The IIM Nagpur shortlist for WAT-PI rounds will take place only on the basis of CAT percentiles. The final selection is based on CAT scores, Past Academic records and Work Experience. CAT scores are given maximum weight-age of 50% followed by Past Academic scores (30%) and Work Experience (20%).

IIM Bodh Gaya

The candidates shortlisted on the basis of CAT percentiles will have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. The final selection will take place on the basis of CAT scores, Class X and Class XII marks, work experience, Academic Diversity for Bachelor’s Degree, Personal Interview, Written Ability Test, Work Experience and Gender Diversity.

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Sirmaur, the mentee B-School of IIM Lucknow considers several factors apart from CAT scores for shortlisting the candidates. These factors include Class XII marks, Graduation Marks, Work Experience and Academic & Gender diversity factors. The total marks for shortlists is 50. The B-School will not conduct WAT/PI rounds. The final selection will be made on the basis of the above mentioned factors.

IIM Visakhapatnam

The instittue will conduct a 3 phase admission process. The first phase is shortlisting the candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 cutoff. The second round of shortlist involves factors like PAP, Work Experience and Gender Diversity factors. IIM Visakhapatnam will not participate in the CAP rounds.


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