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Indian Institutes of Management are the dream institutions of MBA aspirants in India. This is well reflected in the tough selection processes through which candidates are selected for different coveted IIMs.
Click here to know the IIM Admission Criteria 2016-18.
While CAT is the gateway for all 13 IIMs, each of the IIMs draws their own selection criteria to admit best from thousands of aspirants applying for each IIM.
Before we look into the individual selection criteria of different Indian Institute of Management, let’s look into the broad process through which IIMs select their students.
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IIM Admission process:
The IIMs follow a 2 step admission process- CAT or the Common Admission Test and Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Factors like past academic records, work experience and diversity are also taken into consideration. While the first round of shortlist is mainly based on the CAT 2014 cutoff and the past academic records and work experience, second round of selection is based on the performance in WAT/GD and PI; past academic records, work experience, co-curricular activities and diversity factors (if applicable). Each parameter is assigned particular weightage on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weights vary in each of the IIMs.
Over the last couple of years, Group Discussion is being replaced by WAT. The 6 new IIMs, namely IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conduct a Common Admission Process (CAP) wherein shortlisted candidates have to participate in common WAT and PI rounds. Last year IIM Trichy conducted the CAP round for the six new IIMs. However, the merit list is declared separately by the IIMs.
While some institutes include CAT score as a parameter during both the shortlist as well as the selection criteria, some IIMs, such as IIM Indore does not give any weightage to the CAT score to prepare the final selection list.
Now let us have a look at the admission criteria of all 13 IIMs for the academic year 2015-17.
IIM Ahmedabad – The CAT 2014 cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad is 90 percentile and above for the General category candidates. The cutoff percentile was the same as last year. The past academic records such as Class X, Class XII and Bachelor’s Degree percentage are also considered for the first shortlist. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of CAT Scores, performance in AWT & PI and CAT 2014 scores. Click here to know more.
IIM Bangalore – IIM Bangalore has declared the PGP 2015-17 admission criteria will have CAT 2014 cutoff of 90 percentile or more for the General category candidates. The shortlist criteria include the CAT 2014 scores, past academic records and work experience. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of CAT scores, academic profile and work experience and the performance in WAT and PI rounds. Click here to know more.
IIM Calcutta – IIM Calcutta will consider the CAT 2014 scores, past academic records (Class X & Class XII) and Gender Diversity factor to shortlist the candidates for WAT and PI rounds. The final selection will be based on the CAT scores, performance in WAT & PI, past academic records and work experience. Click here to know more.
IIM Lucknow – The admission criteria of IIM Lucknow for 2015-17 is similar to that of last year. The CAT 2014 cutoff is 90 percentile for the General category candidates for PGP programme and 85 percentile for PGP-ABM and PGP-SM programmes. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The other parameters for the selection criteria include past academic records, work experience, Academic and Gender Diversity. Click here to know more.
IIM Indore – IIM Indore is the last among the 13 IIMs to release the admission criteria for PGP batch of 2015-17. IIM Indore will follow the 2 step admission process. The CAT 2014 takers will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance and eligibility criteria. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. Click here to know more.
IIM Kozhikode – IIM Kozhikode admission 2015-17 for the flagship PGP programme will be a 2 stage process. The first step is to shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT 2014 scores, past academic records, work experience and diversity factor. The CAT 2014 cutoff is 90 percentile for the General category candidates. The final selection will be based on CAT score, GD/WAT, PI and work experience. Click here to know more.
IIM Shillong – IIM Shillong admission criteria of 2015-17 is same as that of last year. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their CAT 2014 percentile and board exam marks. The CAT 2014 cutoff for General category candidates is 70 percentile. Click here to know more.
IIM Ranchi – IIM Ranchi has declared the admission criteria for the PGDM and PGDHRM academic year 2015-17. The CAT 2014 cutoff has been lowered compared to that of last year. Rest of the criteria is similar to last year. Last year, the cutoff for the General category candidates was 96.82 percentile which was higher as compared to the present year, which is 90 percentile. Click here to know more.
IIM Raipur – IIM Raipur has declared the PGP admission criteria for 2015-17. Compared to last year, the CAT 2014 cutoff has been reduced to 96.82 percentile to 90 percentile for the General category candidates. Click here to know more.
IIM Rohtak – IIM Rohtak has announced the admission criteria for the upcoming PGP batch of 2015-17. Compared to last year’s admission criteria, there has not been any change. Similar to last year, the admission process will follow 2 steps, shortlist and final selection. Click here to know more.
IIM Trichy – IIM Trichy or IIM Tiruchirappalli has declared the admission criteria for the PGP 2015-17 batch. Though the basic admission criteria remain same, the CAT 2014 cutoff has been changed as compared to last year. While for the General, SC and NCOBC category the overall cutoff has been lowered, the other categories like ST and DA/PWD have higher CAT cutoffs. Click here to know more.
IIM Udaipur – Compared to last year, the CAT cutoff has been lowered. While the CAT 2013 cutoff for the General category candidates was 96.82 percentile, that of the present year is 90 percentile. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for WAT and PI rounds of the Common Admission Process for new IIMs. Click here to know more.
IIM Kashipur – As far as the CAT 2014 cutoff is considered, it has changed compared to last year. While for General category the cutoff has decreased, it has increased for the other categories namely SC, ST, NC OBC and DAP/PWD. On the other hand, the sectional CAT 2014 cutoffs have increased for all the categories. Click here to know more.
IIM Nagpur – IIM Nagpur, mentored by IIM Ahmedabad is the first among the 6 new IIMs to declare the admission criteria. There are 60 intakes for the first batch which is commencing from 2015. The overall cutoff for the General category candidates is 96.3 percentile. Click here to know more.
IIM Visakhapatnam – Mentored by IIM Bangalore, IIM Visakhapatnam was the last among the new IIMs to announce the admission criteria. The cutoff is also lower compared to the other new IIMs. The CAT 2014 cutoff for the General category candidates is 90 percentile. Click here to know more.
IIM Bodh Gaya – IIM Bihar or IIM Bodh Gaya, mentored by IIM Calcutta has the same CAT 2014 cutoff as the new IIMs. The admission criteria include weights on Class X, XII and Graduation and work experience. Click here to know more.
IIM Sirmaur – IIM Sirmaur or IIM in Himachal was the second among the new IIMs to declare the CAT 2014 cutoff and the selection criteria. The batch is all set to commence from August 2015. The admission criteria are same as the other new IIMs apart from IIM Visakhapatnam. Click here to know more.
IIM Sambalpur – IIM Sambalpur, Odisha under the mentorship of IIM Indore will be functional from September 2015 with 60 students. The fee will be Rs. 10 lakh for 2 years. Click here to know more.
IIM Amritsar – IIM Amritsar, Punjab is mentored by IIM Kozhikode. The admission criteria or the CAT 2014 cutoff across categories is same as the other new IIMs. Click here to know more.
IIM Seat Structure
Seats available per 1000 candidates
Total number of CAT applicants
Total number of seats at IIM
Given the tough competition for IIM admissions, it is imperative for students to get familiar with the nitty-gritty of the selection process for each IIM. As explained earlier, CAT is first level common test for all IIMs, the second stage of selection process is entirely decided by individual IIMs.
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Thus, the CAT 2014 aspirants who are aiming for admission in the IIMs should not only prepare for a good score in CAT 2014 but should also be aware of the admission criteria of the IIMs for 2015-17. This page brings to you the IIM Admission Criteria 2015-17 of all functioning13 institutes. Although the Union Budget of 2014-15 and 2015-16 has proposed 8 new IIMs in Telangana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh. The IIMs in IIMs in Telangana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab are expected to start functioning in the acaemic year 2015-17.
Why is it important to crack the CAT 2014 Cutoff?
The first criterion of shortlist is the CAT cutoff. Each IIM declares the overall and sectional cutoffs in the admission criteria across categories. Hence, the sectional scores should be balanced as an overall high percentile but skewed sectional percentile will mar the chance of getting shortlisted. IIMs look for a balanced performance across areas. After all, a good manager should be equally well equipped in both the sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
With the announcement of CAT 2014 made on July 27, the exam pattern saw major change in terms of duration and number of questions. The duration of the exam has been extended by 30 minutes. Till last year, the duration was 2 hours 20 minutes or 140 minutes. This year, the total duration would be 170 minutes or 2 hours 50 minutes. The number of questions has also been increased from 60 to 100. In the previous years, the number of questions in each section was 30, which has been increased to 50 in each section. Another major change in the pattern is that, the sections are not time bound anymore instead of 70 minutes sectional duration. Moreover, the candidates are also given the liberty to choose the section to start with. Till last year, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation was the compulsory first section. However, the scoring and equating process has been same as last year.
IIM Admission Criteria 2016-18
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Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
Yes I'll enlist down some of the top institutes for MBA whose cutoffs are between 80 to 90 percentile.
Thank-you. Best wishes.
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