IIM Admission Criteria 2018-20

IIM Admission Criteria 2018-20IIM Admission Criteria 2018-20 - 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. IIM admission criteria 2018-20 is also different in case of all 20 IIMs.

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CAT is a nationwide management entrance exam which is conducted by one of the IIMs every year on a rotational basis. CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow on November 26, 2017 in two sessions.


CAT 2017 – Basic Eligibility Criteria

According to the IIM admission criteria 2018-20, candidates appearing for CAT 2017 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.


Candidates appearing for their final year Bachelor’s degree examination may also apply.


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 2018-20


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.

  1. Common Admission Test (CAT)

  2. Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

Candidates who fulfill 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 2018-20.


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 admission process.


Each IIM has its own admission criteria which they release after the official announcement of CAT. The old IIMs and some of the new IIMs have released admission criteria for 2018-20. As compared to previous year, there has not been much change in terms of CAT cutoff or selection procedure and criteria of the IIMs.


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 2018-20. You can also check the institute wise detailed IIM Admission Criteria 2018-20 as well.


IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2018-20

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. The final merit list is expected to be released by the second week of April 2018. Candidates need to score the below given percentile (category-wise) in CAT 2017 to get short-listed for the admission process.

  • General – 80

  • NC-OBC – 75

  • SC – 70

  • ST – 60

  • PWD – 70

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 2018-20: Overall CAT Cutoff 80 Percentile


IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018-20


To get the final admission offer from IIM Bangalore, 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 2018-20: CAT score, PI grabs maximum weightage


IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2018-20

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.


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 2018-20: Maximum weightage assigned to PI performance


IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2018-20

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 2018-20: 40 per cent weightage assigned to PI


IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2018-20

The admission process at IIM Indore has been almost same as last year. It follows a simple two-step selection process for admissions. First, it short-lists the students on the basis of their CAT’s sectional and overall score. This score differs from category to category. It’s 90 percentile for General, 80 for NC-OBC, 60 for SC and 50 for ST and PWD candidates.


Candidates who fulfill this criterion are called for the next round of the admission process. 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 2018-20: CAT score accounts 20 per cent weightage in final selection


IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018-20

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-GD-WAT  (Personal Interview, Group Discussion and Written Ability Test).


For the final selection, IIM-K gives 45 per cent weightage to PI, 35 per cent to CAT score, 15 per cent to GD-WAT and 5 per cent to work experience (relevant).


Read more: IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018-20: Personal Interview dominates final selection criteria


IIM Vishakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2018-20

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:

  • For General – 90 percentile

  • NC-OBC – 80 percentile

  • SC – 75 percentile

  • ST – 55 percentile

  • DA – 55 percentile

Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score, past academic records, work experience and gender diversity factors.

  • CAT – 40 (QA- 10, Di&LR – 16, VA&RC - 14)

  • 10th Marks – 20

  • 12th Marks – 10

  • Gender Diversity – 2

  • Work Experience – 8

However, the final admission is offered on the basis of CAT, WAT-PI, past academic records and work experience.


Read more: IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2018-20: 25 per cent weightage allotted to CAT 2017 score


IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2018-20

As per the admission criteria of IIM Bodh Gaya, currently being mentored by IIM Calcutta, changes have been introduced in terms of parameters and weightages assigned to candidates for the final selection criteria. The overall CAT 2017 cutoff for different categories are:

  • General - >90

  • NC-OBC - >75

  • SC - >55

  • ST - >35

  • DA - >65

Read more: IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2018-20: CAT and PI weightages increase to 20 per cent


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