With the announcement of CAT 2015 and beginning of application procedure, IIMs have started announcing the admission criteria for the academic year 2016-18. CAT 2015 is the gateway for admissions to all 19 IIMs, each having their own selection criteria to admit best from thousands of aspirants who apply each year.

The Indian Institutes of Management through their tough selection process select the best lot of students for different coveted IIMs. As the IIMs have started announcing their selection process, let’s first broadly have a look to the selection process of IIMs.

IIM Admission process


The IIM Admission Process is a two-step process

  • Common Admission Test –CAT, and

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

Candidates are first shortlisted on the basis of the CAT cut-off percentiles, sectional as well as overall, along with past academic record and work experience. After the shortlist, the candidates are called for WAT- PI rounds conducted by each of the IIMs. The selection at this round is based on the performance at each stage of the round with assessment on past academic records, work experience, co-curricular activities and diversity factors (if applicable).


Each parameter is assigned a particular weightage on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weights vary with each of the IIMs.


Over the last couple of years, Group Discussion is being replaced by Written Ability Test. Until last year IIM Calcutta and Lucknow conducted GD rounds as a part of their selection process, but from 2015 onwards, both the institutes have exempted the GD rounds and now only conduct WAT-PI as a part of their selection process.


Some IIMs include CAT score as a parameter for assessment during both the shortlist stages of the selection process. However, IIM Indore does not give any weightage to the CAT score at the second stage to prepare the final selection list.


The 6 new IIMs, namely IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conducts a Common Admission Process (CAP) wherein shortlisted candidates have to participate in common WAT and PI rounds. However, the merit list is declared separately by the IIMs. Last year, i.e. for the admission in 2015-17 batch, the CAP round was conducted by IIM Udaipur.


As the IIM s have started announcing their selection process, let’s start with each of the admission criteria of 19 IIMs for the academic year 2016-18.


IIM Ahmedabad: The admission criteria for IIM Ahmedabad consist of 2 steps. In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have taken CAT 2015, fulfilled the eligibility criteria and have applied to the programme. The cutoff for general category candidates is 90.


At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) scores 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.


Read full IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM  Bangalore: IIM Bangalore admission criteria is a 2 phase process where the CAT takers are shortlisted on the basis of the cutoff percentile, past academic records, work experience and Gender Diversity. The final selection will be based on performance in WAT and PI,


Read full IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2016-18 


IIM Calcutta: IIM Calcutta has announced the admission criteria for the PGP-PGDM batch of 2016-18. The admission process includes 2 steps, shortlisting of candidates based on CAT 2015 scores followed by WAT and PI rounds. The cutoff announced by IIM Calcutta for CAT 2015 is 90+ for the academic year 2016-18. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 score, past academic performance and other criteria. The composite score is calculated on the basis of CAT 2015 score, Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages, and gender diversity factor.

Read full IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Lucknow: As per the IIM Lucknow admission criteria for the PGP batch of 2016, there will be a 2 step process for shortlisting and selecting the students. According to the IIM Lucknow admission criteria, this year the Group Discussion (GD) round will not be held. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Till last year, the institute conducted, GD, WAT and PI rounds. After shortlisting the candidates on the basis of the cutoff, a merit list will be generated based on the weights and factors given in the following table. The Cutoff for IIM Lucknow is 90 for the general category candidates.


Read full IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Indore: The admission criteria for IIM Indore states that the B-School will follow a 2 step process including shortisting candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 scores, past academic record and Gender diversity factor. After appearing for the WAT-PI rounds, the final selection will be made on the basis of academic records and performance in WAT & PI.  


Read full IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Kozhikode: In the admission criteria shared by IIM Kozhikode the selection process would be of 2 steps. The CAT 2015 cutoff for the General category candidates is 90 percentile. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their CAT 2015 performance, past academic records (Class XII and Graduation), work experience and diversity factor. The final selection will be based on CAT scores, GD/WAT, PI and work experience.


Read full IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Shillong: As per the admission criteria of IIM Shillong, the canidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 percentile and past academic records including SSC, HSC and Graduation marks. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear in WSAT and PI rounds. The final selection will be based on the CAT and WSAT & PI performances.


Read full IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Ranchi: The admission criteria, components and weights vary for PGDM and PGDHRM programmes. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 scores, past academic records and work experience. The final selection will be made on the basis of performance in CAT, WAT-PI and profile.


Read full IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Trichy: In 2015, IIM Trichy plans an intake of 120 students. The admission process will have 2 steps, shortlisting on the basis of CAT 2015 scores followed by WAT and PI rounds and past academic records and work experience. IIM Trichy mentions, “The cut-off percentiles given in above table are indicative. The actual cut-off percentiles for 2016-18 batch may vary from those mentioned in the Table. IIM Trichy will decide the number of candidates to be called for the PI & WAT for each of the above categories.”


Read IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Raipur: The admission criteria will be for IIM Raipur’s 7th PGP batch, with approx. 140 students to be selected for final admissions.The final selection procedure will compromise of Personal Appearance (PI) which is composed of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal interview (PI). In the first step, candidates are short-listed for PA from among the candidates who have appeared in CAT 2015, and secured scores on the basis of IIM Raipur Cutoff.


Read IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Kashipur: IIM Kashipur has announced the admission criteria for 2016-18 academic year. The criterial is similar to last year, including shortlist of candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 percentile followed by WAT & PI rounds. This year the CAP rounds will be conducted by IIM Kashipur. The CAT 2015 cutoff for General category is 90 percentile. 


Read IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Udaipur:  The admission criterion for the 6th batch of PGP batch has been announced. It is likely that the batch will have around 180 students. As per the process, CAT 2015 scores will have 55% weightage in preparing the final merit list along with other parameters. The final selection procedure will compromise of Personal Appearance (PA) which is composed of Written Analysis (WA) and Personal interview (P). In the first step, candidates are short-listed for PA from among those candidates who have appeared in CAT 2015, and secured scores on the basis of IIM Udaipur cutoff.


Read IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Bodh Gaya: The mentee institute of IIM Calcutta has announced the admission criteria for the batch of 2016-18. The shortlist of candidates will be made on the basis of sectional and overall CAT 2015 cutoffs. The final selection process will have the parameters like CAT score, performance in WAT and PI, past academic records, work experience and Academic and Gender Diversity.


Read IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2016-18.


IIM Sirmaur: Located in Himachal Pradesh and mentored by IIM Lucknow, IIM Sirmaur has released the admission criteria for its second batch. The first step of the process includes shortlisting candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 overall and sectional cutoff percentiles. The final selection will be made on the basis of various factors such as CAT score, past academic records, work experience and diversity factors.


Read IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Nagpur: IIM Nagpur has announced the admission criteria for its second PGP batch 2016-18. Like IIM Sirmaur, IIM Nagpur too will not conduct WAT-PI rounds. After the shortlist of candidates through CAT  percentiles, the candidates have to express their interest in admission. The final selection will take place on the basis of Past  Academic Performance (PAP) and Work Experience of the shortlisted candidates.


Read IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Sambalpur: IIM Sambalpur, the mentee institute of IIM Indore has announced the shortlist criteria for the candidates. The CAT 2015 cutoff has been declared but the final selection procedure is yet to be announced. 


Read IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2016-18


IIM Visakhapatnam: IIM Visakhapatnam, mentored by IIM Bangalore has announced that the admission will take place in three phases. The candidates will be shortlisted twice before the final selection takes place. Apart from performance in CAT, applicants' Past Academic Performance, Work Experience and Gender Diversity factors will be considered in the second phase of shortlist. IIM Visakhapatnam will not participate in the CAP rounds conducted by IIM Kashipur. 


Read IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2016-18


Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, CAT is the most popular entrance exam for the admission to 19 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. Last year the total numbers of seats were 3335. The 6 new IIMs namely, Telangana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, each offers 66 seats for its post graduate management programmes. The result is expected to be declared in the second week of January, 2016.

CAT 2015 has undergone massive changes in terms of pattern, schedule and test window.  Unlike the previous multiple day test, CAT 2015 was held in a single day in 2 sessions on November 29, 2015.  CAT has three sections with a total of 100 questions to be answered within 180 minutes. Candidates are allowed to switch from one section to another and they will be allowed exactly 60 minutes to attempt one section. 

The total duration of the exam is 180 minutes with exact 60 minutes to answer each section. The total number of questions is 100, divided into three sections. The three sections are Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). QA and VRC consists of 34 questions each and DILR section consists of 32 questions. Some questions in each section were not multiple choice type. Such questions do not carry negative marking scheme.


One of the major changes, and also first time in the history of CAT, candidates were allowed to use basic on-screen calculator for calculation. 


Also Read:

GD-PI-WAT Preparation: Tips from Toppers and Experts


Top Questions to prepare for Personal Interview rounds

How to crack GD PI WAT rounds of top B-schools

IIM Admission Criteria 2015-17

CAT 2015

CAT 2015 Preparation Tips


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I have 87.4% in 10th and 73.8% in 12th and 67.4% in graduation ,can I get a call from iim if I score 99 percentile in cat exam

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020


You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a  percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs-  Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.

Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum 7lakh..in MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here- https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat


You can reach out to us for more help.

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

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