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IIM Admission Criteria 2020-2022: Due to COVID-19, some of the IIMs have notified to conduct GD-PI in online mode. 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.Latest: GD-PI to be conducted in online mode for few IIMs. Candidates can download the CAT result 2019 from the official website using their login credentials.
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Authorities had declared CAT 2019 result on January 4, 2020 in online mode on its official website. The result of CAT 2019 was available in the form of scorecard and contains section-wise and overall percentile. Candidates need to secure minimum percentile in order to get shortlisted for further selection procedure. Final selection will be made on CAT overall score, performance in WAT and PI and past academic qualification. WAT and PI rounds of few IIMs have started.
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Notification of CAT 2019 exam
July 26, 2019
Start date for CAT 2019 application form
August 7, 2019
Last date for filling CAT 2019 application form
September 25, 2019
Start and last date when candidates can upload correct scanned image
September 28 from 10:00 AM to September 30 till (5:00 PM)
CAT mock test 2019
October 16, 2019 onwards
Start date for downloading CAT 2019 admit card
October 23, 2019 onwards
CAT 2019 exam date
November 24, 2019
Availability of CAT 2019 response sheet
Last week of November 2019
Availability of CAT answer key 2019
First week of December 2019
Last date to raise objection against CAT 2019 answer key
Second week of December 2019
CAT result 2019
January 4, 2019
CAT 2019 selection process
April - June 2019
IIM, Kozhikode conducted CAT 2019 on November 24. As per IIM admission criteria 2020-22, those candidates who appeared 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 also applied 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.
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) released 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.
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. play a major role in admission process.
Candidates who qualify the first stage of admission criteria (CAT) will be called for writing ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI) rounds. Admission criteria in IIMs are independent from each other. Have a look at the admission criteria of different IIMs for the batch 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.
DI & LR
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
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
The 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 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. The GD PI rounds might be conducted in online mode due to COVID-19.
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 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 has postponed the GD PI round due to COVID-19. The revised dates, venue as well as the mode of GD-PI will be communicated soon.
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 shortlists candidates on the basis of performance in CAT 2019, past academic records and gender diversity. Candidates can now check their status if they have been shortlisted for WAT/PI rounds. IIM Indore admission criteria will be conducted in three-phase i.e. eligibility criteria, 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.
NC-OBC cum transgender
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
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).
Differently Abled Person
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 has increased the total weightage of academic profile to 50%. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of past academic qualification, CAT score, gender diversity and work experience.
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
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.
CAT score/ Percentile
Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)
IIM Kozhikode admission will be based on CAT 2019 scores. As per last year, overall percentage of IIM Kozhikode for General and NC-OBC category candidates has been decreased for admission 2020. Many other changes have 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.
Minimum CAT 2019 Percentile Required
CAT Sectional Percentile
Class 10th Percentile
Class 12th Percentile
Overall Percentile for CAT
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
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 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
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.
Category-wise cutoff of IIM Nagpur
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 include 3 major components such as Personal Appearance (PA), 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.
Differently Abled Person (DAP)
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)
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 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 (Batch-XI) has announced the PGP admission criteria 2020. IIM Rohtak will consider 50% weightage to CAT 2019 and other factors including PI & WAT score having 30% weightage in final admission merit list. Furthermore, for Academic and Gender diversity, candidates will be given a weight of 20%.
IIM Rohtak admission criteria 2020-22 will be a five-stage process.
WAT and PI
The Final Selection List based on CAT score, WAT & PI score & Diversity
Provisional Admission for the PGP programme 2020-22 batch
Joining PGP programme
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. In Gender diversity, 5% weightage will be given to female candidates.
IIM Trichy admission process to the academic year 2020-22 will be conducted in three stages.
Eligibility criteria which include CAT 2019 overall percentile
IIM Shillong admission criteria 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 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 released 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 180. For the final selection IIM Jammu will take few components into consideration such as academic profile, work experience, diversity etc.
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 a further admission process
Preparation of merit list for final selection
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 150 seats for its management programme. Complete admission criteria will go through three steps.
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
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. Total of 180 seats will be offered.
Admission to IIM Sambalpur is done on the basis of following process
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 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.
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.
IIM Kozhikode gives the maximum weightage (75%) to CAT score.
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.
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.
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
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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For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.
There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C
if you have at least
99 percentile in CAT
also you should aim for
99+ percentile in CAT
and also keep in mind that if you score
95+ percentile in VARC Section
it will increase your chances of getting in.
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Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.
For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this
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