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IIM Admission Criteria 2019-21: Around two lakh students appear every year for the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM). However, only a few thousand candidates manage to qualify for the exam and make it to IIMs. Candidates are short-listed for the admission process in different IIMs on the basis of their CAT scores. There are 20 IIMs in the country and each one of them has different admission criteria. Till date, only IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta and IIM Lucknow have released their admission criteria for 2019-21 batch. Rest of the IIMs are likely to release their admission criteria soon. In this article, Careers360 presents the IIM Admission Criteria 2019-21 for different IIMs. The IIM admission criteria 2019-21 will help the aspirants to know how much they need to score to get shortlisted for the admission process.
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According to the IIM admission criteria 2019-21, candidates appearing for CAT 2018 must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50 per cent marks (for General category) and 45 Percent (for SC, ST and PWD category) or equivalent CGPA from any recognised university.
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It is important to know that the admission criteria of each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria including CAT score, academic cut-offs, past academic performance, relevant work experience etc.
IIM Admission Criteria 2019-21
All the IIMs usually follow a two-step selection process. First, short-listing on the basis of CAT score and then WAT and PI rounds for the short-listed students.
Common Admission Test (CAT)
Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)
Candidates who fulfil the first stage of the admission criteria (CAT) are called for WAT and PI rounds. Different IIMs as per their admission criteria offer admissions to the selected students. Let’s have a look at the admission criteria of different IIMs for the batch 2019-21.
Most of the IIMs give maximum weightage to Personal Interview and CAT score for admissions. However, factors like academic cut-offs, past academic performance, relevant work experience, gender diversity etc. also play a major role in the final selection.
Each IIM has its own admission criteria. The old IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta have released their admission criteria for 2019-21. As compared to the previous year, there has not been much change in terms of CAT cutoff or selection procedure and criteria.
IIMs do not conduct any common counselling process. The six new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) which includes common WAT and PI rounds. However, the participating institutes declare separate merit lists. The recent IIMs, IIM Sirmaur and IIM Jammu, both mentored by IIM Lucknow do not conduct WAT-PI rounds and declare merit list based on CAT score, past academic records, work experience and diversity factors.
This article of Careers360 brings to you the snapshots of IIM admission criteria 2019-21. You can also check the Institute wise detailed IIM Admission Criteria 2019-21 as well.
IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2019-21
As mentioned earlier, the final selection of candidates at IIM Ahmedabad is based on different factors - Performance in CAT, AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc. Candidates need to score the below given overall percentile (category-wise) in CAT 2018 to get short-listed for the admission process.
The short-listed candidates will be called for PI & WAT rounds. After these rounds, all the deciding factors will be taken into consideration before finalising the admission.
Read more: IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2019-21: Overall CAT Cutoff 80 Percentile
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21
The admission criteria for admission to IIM Bangalore is the same as last year. The only change is that the institute has reduced the CAT cutoff for ST and PWD category candidates for shortlisting purpose. To get the final admission offer from IIMB, candidates need to not just score well in CAT but their PI skills, writing ability and past academic records will also be taken into consideration heavily. Candidates may get short-listed at the first stage on the basis of their CAT score but they need to perform really good in PI and WAT to grab an admission offer from IIM-B. Factors along with their weightage for the final selection are given below:
PI – 30
CAT score – 25
WAT – 10
Bachelor’s Degree – 10
Work Experience – 10
10th Marks – 10
12th Marks – 5
Read more: IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21: PI grabs maximum weightage in the final merit list
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2019-21
The very first IIM of the country also keeps Personal Interview factor on the top in terms of weightage given to the different factors for admission. IIM Calcutta short-lists the students on the basis of their CAT score (overall and sectional). The cutoff percentile varies from category to category. The institute also considers marks in X and XII marks as one of its selection criteria. There is also a gender diversity factor which is taken into consideration before finalising the selection of a candidate. Here is the category-wise CAT cutoff for CAT 2018-
General – 90
NC-OBC – 85
SC – 70
ST – 70
PWD/DA – 70
For the final selection procedure, IIM-C gives maximum weightage to Personal Interview (48), followed by CAT score (30), WAT (10), work experience (8) and past academic performance (2). The calculation is based on a computation process.
Read more: IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2019-21: Maximum weightage 48 per cent assigned to PI round
IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2019-21
IIM Lucknow first shortlists the students on the basis of their CAT score. There is different sectional and overall CAT cutoff for different categories. General category students need to score 90 percentile while NC-OBC, SC, ST and PWD category students need to score 82, 70, 65, 65 respectively to get short-listed for the admission process. For the final selection of a candidate, IIM-L has given maximum weightage to the Personal Interview round (40) followed by CAT score (30), academic performance (10), WAT (10), work experience (5) and diversity factor (5).
Candidates need to score at least 12 points out of 40 in Personal Interview to clear the round. Candidates who fail in PI will not make it to the final merit list.
Read more: IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2019-21: PI gets maximum 40 per cent weightage in the final merit list
IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2019-21
The admission process at IIM Indore for the academic year 2019-21 has been the same as last year. It follows a simple two-step selection process for admissions. First, it shortlists the candidates on the basis of their CAT’s sectional and overall score. This score differs from category to category.
General – 90
NC-OBC – 80
SC – 60
ST – 50
PWD – 50
Candidates who fulfil this criterion are called for the next round of the admission process - WAT and PI rounds. Just like other IIMs, IIM-Indore also gives maximum importance to PI. For the final selection criteria, the institute has given 40 points to PI, 20 points to CAT score and WAT each and 10 points to X and XII marks each. Unlike other IIMs, IIM Indore doesn’t consider work experience as a selection factor.
Read more: IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2019-21: PI holds maximum weightage in final selection
IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2019-21
CAT score/percentile holds the maximum weightage when it comes to IIM Udaipur admissions followed by the candidate's profile and PA process (WAT-PI). Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria i.e. CAT percentile both overall and sectional are shortlisted for Personal Appearance process which consists of WAT and PI. Post that, the institute prepares the final merit list based on the candidate's CAT score, performance in WAT & PI and Profile (work experience, past academic performance, and gender diversity. The final merit list carries the following weightage:
IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria - Weightage to each factor for final merit list
Weightage (in Percentage)
55 per cent
Personal Appearance (WAT & PI)
21 per cent
24 per cent
The institute also reserves seats for different categories.
Read More: IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2019: Maximum 55 per cent weightage to CAT score
IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2019-21
The admission process at IIM Vishakhapatnam goes through multiple stages. Category-wise CAT cutoff to get short-listed at the first stage is given below:
Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score, past academic records, work experience and gender diversity factors. For the final merit list, the institute considers the following factors along with the weightage:
Read more: IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2019-21: PI gets maximum weightage in the final merit list, CAT score comes second
IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2019-21
IIM Kashipur follows quite the similar process for admissions to its PGPM 2019-21 batch. However, this year, the institute has made major changes in its admission criteria as far as weightage given to different factors is considered for the final merit list. The weightage to CAT score has been reduced to 30 from 40 last year and the weightage to PI has been also reduced to 20 from 30 last year. As per the admission criteria of IIM Kashipur, candidates who applied for admission to IIM Kashipur, are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score and then the shortlisted ones are called for WAT and PI to create the final merit list before offering the admission. The weightage given to each stage in the final selection list is given below:
- CAT score/percentile - 30 percent
- PI (Personal Interview) - 20 per cent
- Written Ability Test (WAT) - 10 per cent
Other factors taken into consideration for the selection are past academic performance, work experience and diversity. Academic Performance includes marks in Class Xth, XIIth, Graduation and Post-Graduation. The weightage given to each factor is different. Graduation marks get maximum 10 points in the final merit list. The Diversity factor includes Academic Discipline and Gender Diversity.
Read More: IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2019-21: Maximum Weightage to CAT score in the final merit list; PI comes second
Rest of the IIMs haven't released the admission criteria for 2019-21. Here are the previous year admission criteria of IIMs. The same will be updated here as and when released.
IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2019-21
Like other IIMs, IIM Kozhikode follows quite the same selection process but doesn’t consider X and XII marks for the final selection. In the first step, candidates are short-listed on the basis of their CAT score (sectional and overall) and marks in X and XII class. CAT cutoff is different for different categories. Then, short-listed candidates are called for PI-WAT (Personal Interview and Written Ability Test). As compared to last year, the CAT cutoff and Class X and XII percentage cutoff have remained same. However, various changes have been brought to the shortlist process and final selection criteria in terms of parameters and the assigned weightages. This year, IIM Kozhikode has removed the Group Discussion criterion and WAT will be conducted along with PI rounds.
For the final selection, IIM-K will give 40 per cent weightage to CAT, 30 per cent to PI score, 20 per cent to WAT and 10 per cent to work experience (relevant).
Read more: IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2019-21: CAT score assigned highest weightage for final selection
IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2019-21
Like most of the IIMs, IIM Ranchi offers admission to the candidates based on their combined performance in CAT, WAT and PI. The institute also considers academic profile, work experience and gender diversity before finalising admission of a candidate. The overall selection process goes through two stages as given below:
Stage 1 - Shortlisting for WAT and PI on the basis of CAT cutoff
Candidates of different categories are shortlisted on the basis of CAT score for WAT and PI rounds. Candidates need to score a certain percentile (overall and sectional) to get shortlisted. The institute has lowered the cutoff in comparison to the previous year. General category students need to score 95 percentile, for NC-OBC candidates - 78, SC - 60 and ST & DAP candidates need to score 40 percentile in CAT. Compared to last year, the IIM Ranchi CAT cutoff for General category candidates has increased by five percentile.
Stage 2 - WAT and PI
Shortlisted candidates will appear for WAT and PI rounds. After that, few other parameters are also taken into consideration at the time of final selection.
For the final selection, the institute gives 30 per cent weightage to CAT score, 30 per cent to PI, 10 per cent to WAT and 30 per cent to candidate's profile (academic, work experience and gender diversity). The institute gives 5 marks to female candidates to keep the gender balance in the classroom.
Read more: IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2019: 30 per cent weightage assigned to CAT, PI and Profile
IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2019-21
Like most of the IIMs, IIM Nagpur considers the following factors for the admission:
- Past Academic Performance
- CAT score
- Work Experience
- Performance in PI and WAT
However, the maximum weightage is given to the Personal Interview factor (35 per cent) followed by CAT score, Work Experience and Past Academic Performance (20 per cent each). And the 5 per cent weightage is given to the Diversity factor. Female or Transgender candidates will get the 5 per cent weightage in Diversity factor.
Read More: IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2019-20: 35 per cent weightage assigned to PI
IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2019-21
Like other IIMs, IIM Raipur gives maximum weightage to the CAT score and Personal Appearance round (WAT and PI) in the final merit list for admissions. The institute has made some major changes this year in the entire admission criteria. IIM Raipur has increased the CAT cutoff for General category candidates and has significantly reduced the same for other category candidates for the shortlisting purpose. Candidates who score the minimum percentile set by the institute (overall and sectional) get shortlisted for the next rounds of the selection process which are WAT and PI.
Here is the step by step weightage given to each selection stage:
- CAT score - 35 percent
- PA (WAT & PI) - 35 percent (WAT - 10; PI - 25)
- Candidate's profile - 30 percent (Academics - 12, Work Experience - 8, Diversity - 10)
However, the final admission will be offered to the candidates who meet the entire criteria on each stage. The institute has the right to change in the shortlisting and selection criteria at any point.
Read More: IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2019-21: 35 percent weightage to CAT score and Personal Appearance each
IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2019-21
The admission criteria of IIM Sirmaur is same as last year. The only difference is that General category candidates need to score at least 80 percentile in each section and 95 percentile overall in CAT 2018 exam to get qualified for the selection rounds. Last year, the overall CAT percentile to qualify was 90. IIM Sirmaur focuses on the overall performance of the candidates in every aspect before offering the admission. The institute has given a significant weightage to all the possible parameters on which the selection of a candidate should be based on. However, the institute follows quite a smiliar admission process - shortlisting on the basis of CAT percentile, conducting WAT and PI for the shortlisted candidates and then preparing the final merit list based on various factors. The final merit list is prepared on the following parameters:
IIM Sirmaur Weightage
Scaled CAT score
PI including Extempore test
Class XII marks
Diversity Factor (DFa): Academic Disciplines
5 (if academic discipline is any of those mentioned in the table below); Else = 0
Diversity Factor (DFb): Gender
5 for Female candidates; Else = 0
IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2019: CAT score gets the maximum weightage
IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria 2019-21
IIM Rohtak divides the weightage to each factor in the final merit list almost equally. Post shortlisting the candidates for WAT and PI on the basis of CAT score, the institute prepares the final selection list which considers the candidate's performance in WAT, PI, CAT score and profile. The minimum eligibility criteria for the General category students to qualify CAT is 80 percentile in each section and 95 percentile overall. WAT and PI rounds are conducted for the shortlisted candidates and then the final merit list is prepared. The below-given table explains the weightage to each factor in the final merit list.
IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria
35 per cent
WAT & PI
30 per cent
Profile (Academic Performance+Work Experience+Diversity)
35 per cent
Candidates who meet the performance criteria mentioned in the table are likely to get the admission call from IIM Rohtak.
Read More: IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria 2019: Equal weightage to CAT score and Candidate's profile
IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2019-21
IIM-T has made significant changes when it comes to CAT cutoff for shortlisting purpose but kept the weightage to all the factors in the final merit list same as last year. The foremost criterion is CAT percentile to get shortlisted for the selection rounds i.e. WAT and PI. However, the institute considers various other factors before finalising the admission. General Category students need to score overall 95 percentile in CAT 2018 and the reserved category candidates including NC-OBC, SC, ST, and PWD category candidates need to score 78 percentile, 60 percentile, and 40 percentile respectively. All the paramters for the final selection with their weightage are given below:
IIM Trichy Admission Criteria
Scaled CAT score
Diversity Factor: Gender
5 for Female candidates; Else = 0
The candidates who fulfill the criteria are offered the admission by the institute.
Read More: IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2019: Weightage to CAT, WAT, and PI remains same as last year
IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2019-21
Performance in Personal Interview holds the maximum weightage in the final merit list followed by CAT score and GD when it comes to admissions to IIM Shillong. The institute shortlists the students on the basis of their CAT score, X and XII marks for GD-PI rounds which is the minimum eligibility criteria. And then prepares the final merit list based on the combined performance in all the selection rounds and academic background will also be considered.
General category students need to score 75 percentile in each section of CAT and 80 per cent in class X and XII in order to get a call for GD-PI rounds. The minimum eligibility criteria are given below:
IIM Shillong Admission Criteria
IIM Shillong gives 30 per cent weightage to CAT score and 50 percent weightage to PI in the final merit list. GD gets 20 percent weightage.
Read More: IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2019: Weightage to CAT, PI and GD remains same as last year
IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019-21
In comparison to last year, IIM Jammu has made many changes in its admission criteria. The newly formed IIM shortlists the candidates on the basis of their CAT score/percentile. Unlike last year, the institute will conduct WAT-PI rounds for the final selection. The overall percentile to get shortlisted for different categories are given below:
- General: 95 percentile
- NC-OBC: 78 percentile
- SC: 60 percentile
- ST: 40 percentile
- PWD: 40 percentile
Candidates who meet the above-mentioned criterion will be called for Personal Appearance round which includes Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). For the final selection, the institute will consider the performance in CAT, WAT-PI and Profile (XIIth and Graduation marks, work experience, etc.). The weightage to each factor to prepare the final merit list is given in the table below:
IIM Jammu Admission Weightage - Final Merit List
Scaled CAT score
Personal Appearance (WAT + PI)
30 percent (WAT - 10, PI - 20)
Profile (Academic Performance + Work Experience + Diversity)
30 percent (Academic - 15, Work Exp - 5, Diversity - 10)
Read More: IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019: WAT-PI included for final selection; 40 percent weightage to CAT score
IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-201
As per the admission criteria of IIM Bodh Gaya, General category candidates need to score at least 95 percentile overall to clear the cutoff criterion. As comapred to last year, the institute has increased the cutoff criterion for NC-OBC and SC category and has significantly reduced for ST and DAP category. The overall CAT 2018 cutoff for different categories are:
General - 95
NC-OBC - 78
SC - 60
ST - 40
DA - 40
The institute gives maximum 40 percent weightage to CAT score in the final merit list. WAT & PI combined gets 30 percent weightage and Profile of the candidate including Academics, Work Experience and Diversity gets 30 percent weightage.
Read more: IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21: Maximum 40 percent weightage to CAT score in the Final Merit List
IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2019-21
IIM Sambalpur considers the profile of the candidate as the most important aspect of admission. The other important factors for admission to IIM Sambalpur are CAT score, WAT and PI performance. First, the institute checks the basic eligibility on the basis of CAT score and then shortlists for Personal Appearance process which includes WAT and PI. For the final merit list, the institute also considers the candidate's profile which includes academic performance, work experience and diversity. The weightage given to each step for final merit list is given below:
- CAT score - 35 percent
- Candidate's Profile - 45 percent (Academic profile - 10, Work Experience - 15 and Diversity - 20)
- WAT & PI - 20 percent (WAT - 5 and PI - 15)
Read More: IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2019-21: Weightage to CAT score reduced to 35 percent
IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2018-20
IIM Amritsar focuses more on the candidates' CAT score/percentile and the performance in Personal Interview in the final merit list. Hence, the more weightage is given to these two parameters. These two factors are followed by WAT, Work Experience and Profile to create the final merit list for admissions. However, the foremost criterion is the CAT percentile in order to get shortlisted for WAT and PI. The weightage to each factor is given below:
IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria
Weightage (in Percentage)
Profile (Academic+Gender Diversity)
Read More: IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria: CAT score gets maximum 40 Percent Weightage; PI follows with 35 percent