IIM Admission Criteria 2020-2022
Himanshu.shekhar, 09 Oct 2019, #CAT
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IIM Admission Criteria 2020-2022: IIM admission criteria specifies the key parameters which the candidates must meet such as the minimum qualifying marks, admission process, how to get admission in premier colleges of IIMs Every year around two lakh candidates appear for Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM). However, only a few thousand candidates manage to qualify and make it to the premier management colleges. On the basis of CAT scores candidates get shortlisted in different IIMs. There are total 20 IIMs across the country and each of them have individual admission criteria. The most important criterion in IIM is the selection process which is on the basis of the minimum marks which the candidates must score. CAT cutoff refers to minimum score to obtain to get shortlisted by CAT Participating institutes. In this article, Careers360 presents the IIM admission criteria for the academic session 2020-2022. It will help aspirants to know how much marks they need to secure to get shortlisted for admission process.

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IIM Admission Criteria 2020 - Important Dates

S.No

Events

Dates

1

Notification of CAT 2019 exam

July 26, 2019

2

Start date for CAT 2019 application form

August 7, 2019

3

Last date for filling CAT 2019 application form

September 25, 2019

4

Start and last date when candidates can upload correct scanned image

September 28 from 10:00 AM to September 30 till (5:00 PM)

5

CAT mock test 2019

October 16, 2019 onwards

6

Start date for downloading CAT 2019 admit card

October 23, 2019 onwards

7

CAT 2019 exam date

November 24, 2019

8

Availability of CAT 2019 response sheet

Last week of November 2019

9

Availability of CAT answer key 2019

First week of December 2019

10

Last date to raise objection against CAT 2019 answer key

Second week of December 2019

11

CAT result 2019

Second week of January 2019

12

CAT 2019 selection process

April - June 2019

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2019

IIM, Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019 on November 24. As per IIM admission criteria 2020-22, those candidates who will appear in CAT 2019, they all must have done their bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks (for general category) and 45 percent marks (for SC, ST and PWD category) or equivalent CGPA for recognized university. Those candidates who are pursuing their final year bachelor’s degree may also apply for CAT. It is important to know that the independent admission criteria of each IIM to mandate their own eligibility including CAT 2019 score, past academic performance, academic cut-offs, work experience etc.

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IIM Admission Criteria 2020-22

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will release their admission criteria for batch 2020-22. All the 20 IIMs will shortlist candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT 2019 score and on other parameters such as past academic qualification, diversity, work experience etc. After shortlisting candidates all the IIMs conduct written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI) round.

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Many of the IIMs give maximum weightage to CAT score and personal interview for admission. In the final selection factors like past academic performance, academic cut offs, gender diversity, work experience etc. plays plays major role in admission process.

Candidates who qualify the first stage of admission criteria (CAT) are called for writing ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI) rounds. Admission criteria in IIMs is independent from each other. Have a look at the admission criteria of different IIMs for the batch 2020-22.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22

The final selection of candidates at IIM Ahmedabad is based on performance in CAT, AWT & PI, past academic qualification, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc. apart from that candidates must meet the requisite cutoff in different sections of CAT 2019 so as to get shortlisted for the next round of admissions process.

IIM Ahmedabad Minimum Cut-off 2019

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Aggregate

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC-Transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PWD ST

50

50

50

60

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Ahmedabad is a two step process.

Step 1- Shortlisting for analytical writing test (AWT) and personal interview (PI)

Step 2- Final selection

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020-22

Evaluation process of IIM Bangalore is done on the basis of candidates CAT 2019 score, past academic performance, relevant work experience, writing ability test and personal interview. IIMB follows a two-phase selection process. Candidates can get shortlisted for the first phase on the basis of CAT 2019 score but they have to perform well in WAT and PI to get admission in IIM Bangalore.

IIM Bangalore Cut-off 2020-22 (Expected)

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall

General

80

75

75

85

NC-OBC

70

65

65

75

Scheduled Caste

65

60

60

70

Scheduled Tribe

55

55

55

65

PwD

50

50

50

60

IIM Bangalore Selection Process 2020-22

Parameters

Weightage

CAT score

25

PI

30

WAT

10

Bachelor’s Degree

10

Work Experience

10

10th Marks

10

12th Marks

05

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Calcutta has changed the IIMC admission criteria 2020 for two years full time MBA programme. Earlier it was known as PGP, but now IIM Calcutta has changed the name of PGP diploma programme to MBA degree programme after implementation of IIM Act 2017. The important modification in shortlisting process at IIM Calcutta is the authorities has increased the weightage to other parameters at the shortlist for writing ability test and personal interview round.

IIM Calcutta Cutoff 2020

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Aggregate

General

75

80

80

85

NC-OBC

65

65

70

75

EWS

65

65

70

75

SC

60

60

65

70

ST

55

55

55

65

PWD

55

55

55

65

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Calcutta is a three step process.

  • Minimum CAT percentile cutoffs to be considered for WAT and PI.

  • Shortlisting for writing ability test and personal interview.

  • Final selection for the MBA programme.

IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2020 will consider 60% weightage to CAT 2019 score in shortlisting for WAT and PI. IIM Lucknow admission policy requires 90 percentile in CAT 2019 for PGP and 85 for PGP-SM & PGP-ABM for the first stage shortlisting. Past academic qualification, work experience, diversity will be awarded at different stages of the admission process.

IIM Lucknow Cut-off 2020

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Total

General

85

85

85

90

NC-OBC

77

77

77

82

SC

55

55

55

70

ST

50

50

50

65

PWD

50

50

50

65

EWS

77

77

77

82

IIM Lucknow selection criteria is a two step process.

Step 1- Shortlisting candidates for WAT and PI

Step 2- Final selection of candidates for PGP/ PGP-SM/ PGP-ABM

IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Indore shortlists candidates on the basis of performance in CAT 2019, past academic records and gender diversity. IIM Indore admission criteria will be conducted in two phase i.e. shortlist the candidates for WAT and PI and final merit list will be prepared on the basis of academic diversity, gender diversity, work experience and so forth.

IIM Indore Cut-off 2020

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

90

NC-OBC cum transgender

70

70

70

80

ST

45

45

45

50

SC

55

55

55

60

PWD

45

45

45

50

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Indore a three phase selection process

Phase 1- Eligibility Criteria

Phase 2- Shortlist for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

Phase 3- Final selection

IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2020-22

When it comes to IIM Udaipur admission, CAT score/ percentile holds the maximum weightage. Who meet the minimum eligibility criteria i.e. CAT percentile overall and sectional are shortlisted for Personal Appearance process which consists of PT and WAT. Final merit list will be made on the basis of CAT score, performance in PI & WAT and profile (past academic performance, work experience and gender diversity).

IIM Udaipur Cut-off 2020

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

95

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

Differently Abled Person

30

30

30

40

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

IIM Udaipur admission criteria 2020-22 will be a three step process.

Step 1- Eligibility criteria

Step 2- Shortlisting for Personal Appearance (PA) process

Step 3- Final admission

IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Visakhapatnam has increased the total weightage of academic profile to 50%. Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of past academic qualification, CAT score, gender diversity and work experience.

IIM Visakhapatnam Cut-off 2020

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

85

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

70

70

80

SC

60

60

60

75

ST

50

50

50

55

DA

50

50

50

50

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Visakhapatnam a three step selection process

Step 1- Pre-shortlisting criteria basis of CAT 2019 score

Step 2- Shortlisting criteria for WAT & PI

Step 3- Final selection

IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2020-22

On the basis of score obtained in CAT 2019 candidates will be shortlisted for WAT & PI. Candidates will be required to meet the minimum cutoff requirement to appear for written ability test and personal interview.

IIM Kashipur Cutoff 2020 (Expected)

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General

80 (80.14)

80 (80.17)

80 (80.04)

95

NC-OBC

60 (60.42)

60 (60.71)

60 (60.05)

78 (78.01)

SC

50 (50.59)

50 (50.93)

50 (52.15)

60 (60.24)

ST

30 (30.90)

30 (30.49)

30 (31.75)

40 (40.71)

Differently Abled Person

30 (30.90)

30 (32.15)

30 (33.64)

40 (40.76)

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Kashipur a two step selection process

  • CAT score/ Percentile

  • Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Kozhikode reduced the CAT 2019 weightage to 45% in shortlisting for admission 2020. Many other changes announced in the IIM Kozhikode admission criteria for PGP 2020-22 batch. Weightage to academic record & gender diversity is back, while no weightage for bachelor’s degree marks has been announced in IIM Kozhikode admission criteria.

IIM Kozhikode Cut Off 2020 (Expected)

Category

CAT Sectional Percentile

Class 10th Percentile

Class 12th Percentile

Overall Percentile for CAT

General

80

60

60

90

NC-OBC

70

60

60

80

SC

50

55

55

65

ST/ PWD

40

55

55

55

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Kozhikode a three phase selection process

Phase 1- Minimum Eligibility Consideration on the basis of CAT score.

Phase 2- Shortlisting Criteria for WAT & PI

Phase 3- Final selection

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Ranchi admission criteria 2020 will be based on CAT 2019 score, Personal Interview (PI) and candidates profile which includes past academic records, diversity, work experience etc. The WAT and PI process will be common for all the participating IIMs.

IIM Ranchi Cutoff 2020 (Expected)

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

DAP

30

30

30

40

IIM Ranchi admission criteria 2020-22 will be a three step process.

  • Eligibility criteria which includes the CAT 2019 percentile

  • Shortlisting criteria for personal interview round

  • Final admission selection criteria

IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2020-22

Admission criteria of IIM Nagpur will based on CAT 2019 marks secured by candidates. Meeting the minimum CAT cut off marks is the first step of selection. IIM Nagpur will consider few factors such as Past academic record, diversity, work experience and performance in WAT and PI.

IIM Nagpur Cut-off 2020 (Expected)

Category

DI & LR

VARC

QA

Overall Percentile

General

72

72

72

92

NC-OBC

65

65

65

81

SC

50

50

50

65

ST

40

40

40

40

DAP

40

40

40

55

IIM Nagpur admission criteria 2020-22 will be a three step process.

  • Minimum CAT 2019 percentile

  • Evaluation of past academic performance, work experience and diversity.

  • Written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI)

IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Raipur admission criteria will include 3 major components such as Personal Appearance (PA), conduct of WAT & PI and final admission offer. IIM Raipur admission for PGP 2020-22 batch aims for higher female ratio with an increased weightage of 8 points in the final selection. It is expected that the PGP 2020-22 batch strength will be around 260 students. In the final selection IIM Raipur will award 35% weightage to CAT 2019.

IIM Raipur Cutoff 2020 (Expected)

Category

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Overall

General (including EWS)

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

Scheduled Caste

50

50

50

60

Scheduled Tribes

30

30

30

40

Differently Abled Person

30

30

30

40

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch at IIM Raipur a three phase selection process

  • Eligibility criteria which include CAT 2019 percentile

  • Shortlisting criteria for (WAT & PI)

  • Final admission selection criteria

IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2020-22

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur admission criteria is a two step process. Candidates who will meet the admission criteria as per the stages will eligible for admission offer to IIM Sirmaur. Admission policy of IIM Sirmaur will consider the valid score of CAT 2019, personal presence process, scoring of each component and so forth.

IIM Sirmaur Cut Off 2020 (Expected)

Category

Quantitative Aptitude

DI & LR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

Scheduled Tribe

30

30

30

40

Scheduled Caste

50

50

50

60

DAP

30

30

30

40

IIM Sirmaur admission process to the academic year 2020-22 will be conducted in two phases.

Phase 1- Shortlisting candidates for Personal Presence Process (WAT & PI)

Phase 2- Preparation of final merit list

IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Rohtak has announced the PGP admission criteria 2019. IIM Rohtak will consider 35% weightage to CAT 2019 and other factors including PI & WAT score having 65% weightage in final admission merit list.

IIM Rohtak Cut Off 2020

Section

VARC

DI & LR

QA

Total

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

DAP

30

30

30

40

IIM Rohtak admission criteria 2020-22 will be a three step process.

  • Eligibility criteria which include CAT 2019 percentile

  • Shortlisting criteria for (WAT & PI)

  • Final admission selection criteria

IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM-T announces admission process for the flagship PGP 2020-22 batch. The three components include shortlist for Personal Appearance (PA), conduct of WAT & PI round and final admission offer. The total batch strength will be around 240 students. A 50% weightage to CAT score will be awarded in the final selection and other parameters will also play a major role in the final selection.

IIM Trichy Cut Off 2019

Category

QA

DI & LR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

90

NC-OBC

72

72

72

81

SC

60

60

60

75

ST

50

50

50

65

DAP

50

50

50

65

IIM Trichy admission process to the academic year 2020-22 will be conducted in three stages.

  • Eligibility criteria which include CAT 2019 overall percentile

  • Shortlisting criteria for (WAT & PI)

  • Final admission selection criteria

IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Shillong admission criteria will be announced for admission into PGPM for the academic year 2020-22. IIM Shillong admission process will be conducted in two stages. In the first stage, candidates will be shortlisted for GD & PI. Candidates will have to meet the minimum cutoff requirement to get selected for stage 1.

IIM Shillong Cut Off

Category

DI & LR

VARC

QA

Class 10

Class 12

Differently abled

50

50

50

50

50

Scheduled caste

60

60

60

55

55

Scheduled tribe

50

50

50

50

50

Others

75

75

75

80

80

IIM Shillong admission process will be conducted in two stages.

Stage 1- Shortlisting of candidates for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round.

Stage 2- Preparation of final merit list.

IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Jammu will release the admission criteria for the 2020-22 batch. IIM Jammu admission process consists of three step process which includes CAT 2019 score and shortlisting of candidates and preparation of final merit list. The total batch strength will be around 140. For the final selection IIM Jammu will take few components into consideration such as academic profile, work experience, diversity etc.

IIM Jammu Cut Off

Category

DI & LR

VARC

QA

Overall

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

Scheduled caste

50

50

50

60

Scheduled tribe

30

30

30

40

PwD

30

30

30

40

IIM Jammu admission process to the academic year 2020-22 will be conducted in three stages.

  • Shortlisting based on CAT 2019 percentile

  • Expression of Interest, Candidates will be asked to fill an (EOI) to be further admission process

  • Preparation of merit list for final selection

IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2020-22

First phase of selection by IIM Bodh Gaya will be done on the basis of CAT score obtained by candidates. General category candidates required to score 95 percentile overall in order to enter in the admission process. IIM Bodh Gaya offers around 120 seats for its management programme. Complete admission criteria will go through three steps.

IIM Bodh Gaya CutOff 2020

Category

QA

DI & LR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

DAP

30

30

30

40

Admission process at IIM Bodh Gaya will be a three step procedure

Step 1- Shortlisting based on CAT 2019 score

Step 2- Shortlisting for Personal Appearance Process (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview)

Step 3- Preparation of merit list based on CAT score, profile score and WAT & PI score

IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2020-22

When it comes to admission in IIM Sambalpur the profile of the candidates is the most important aspect. Other important parameters for admission to IIM Sambalpur are CAT score and performance in WAT and PI. For the final merit list, IIM Sambalpur will consider the profile of candidates which includes past academic record, work experience and diversity.

IIM Sambalpur Cut Off 2020

Category

Quantitative Ability

DI & LR

VARC

Overall

General

80

80

80

95

NC-OBC

60

60

60

78

SC

50

50

50

60

ST

30

30

30

40

PwD/ DA

30

30

30

40

Admission to IIM Sambalpur is done on the basis of following process

  • CAT 2019

  • Shortlisting of candidates for Personal Appearance (PA) process (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview)

  • Final selection list based on CAT score, PA score and profile score.

IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Amritsar admission process 2020 will include two stages. Candidates will have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria to get admission into IIM Amritsar. In the first stage, candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT performance. In second stage candidates have to appear for writing ability test and personal interview.

IIM Amritsar Cut Off 2020

Category

QA

DI & LR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

75

75

75

90

NC-OBC

55

55

55

75

SC

50

50

50

55

ST

30

30

30

35

PwD

30

30

30

35

Admission criteria of IIM Amritsar will be conducted through two stages.

Stage 1- Shortlist eligible candidates on the basis of CAT score

Stage 2- Final selection on the basis of CAT score, PA score and profile score.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIM Admission Criteria 2020-2022

Question: Which IIM gives more weightage to CAT score?

Answer:

IIM Kozhikode gives the maximum weightage (75%) to CAT score.

Question: What percentile is required for IIM Indore?

Answer:

IIM Indore requires an overall percentile of 90 and above. With 90 marks required for general category and 50-80 marks range for reserved category candidates.

Question: How much should I score in CAT to get into IIM?

Answer:

General category candidates requires to score 95 percentile, for NC-OBC candidates need to score 78, for scheduled caste candidates - 60 and for ST & DAP candidates need to score 40 percentile.

Question: How much marks is required for CAT?

Answer:

CAT percentile for IIMs

  • IIM A - 99.6 +

  • IIM C - 99.5 +

  • IIM B - 98.5 +

  • IIM L - 98.2 +

  • IIM K - 98+

  • IIM I - 98+

Following IIMs cutoff in the 90 to 95 range

  • IIM Nagpur

  • IIM Sirmaur

  • IIM Visakhapatnam

  • IIM Amritsar

  • IIM Sambalpur


Question: What percentile is required for IIM Ahmedabad?

Answer:

General category candidates will have to score a minimum of 70 sectional percentile in each section and 80 overall percentile in CAT 2019.

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I pursuing b. tech 2 yr when should I start preparing for CAT

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

Dinesh, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and more than 1000 participating Institutions which include India's top B-Schools. So the competition is tight and you need to prepare as hard as possible. No time is early for preparing for an exam like CAT. IIMs do not have a specific syllabus for CAT. An assumption is drawn based on previous question papers. So, it inviolves Mathematical formulae and analytical thinking. For being good at these, you need to start preparing as early as possible. You are eligible for appearing for CAT once you are in your final year. So, if you start from this year as well, you can get into a decent top B-School.

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