IIM 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 has been 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.
Common Admission Test (CAT)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2018-20
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 90 percentile, for NC-OBC candidates - 78, SC - 60 and ST & DAP candidates need to score 40 percentile in CAT.
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.
IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria 2018-20
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 90 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 how it's created?
IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria
WAT & PI
Profile (Academic Performance+Work Experience+Diversity)
Candidates who meet the performance criteria mentioned in the table are likely to get the admission call from IIM Rohtak.
IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2018-20
Personal Interview and Group Discussiom hold the maximum weightage in the final merit list 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 percent in class X and XII in order to get a call for GD-PI rounds. The minimum eligibility criteria is given below:
IIM Shillong Admission Criteria
IIM Shillong gives 30 percent weightage to CAT score and 70 percent weightage to GD-PI in the final merit list.
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
IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2018-20
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 percent) followed by CAT score, Work Experience and Past Academic Performance (20 percent each). And the 5 percent weightage is given to the Diversity factor. Female or Transgender candidates will get the 5 percent weightage in Diversity factor.
IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2018-20
IIM Kashipur follows quite the similar process for admissions to its PGPM 2018-20 batch. 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 - 40 percent
- Personal Interview - 30 percent
- Written Ability Test - 10 percent
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 Diversity factor includes Academic Discipline and Gender Diversity.
IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2018-20
IIM Sambalpur considers CAT score as the most important aspect for admission. The other important factors for admission to IIM Sambalpur are WAT, PI and Candidate's profile. 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 - 55 percent
- Candidate's Profile - 25 percent (Academic profile - 5, Work Experience - 10 and Diversity - 10)
- WAT & PI - 20 percent (WAT - 5 and PI - 15)
IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2018-20
Unlike other IIMs, IIM Raipur gives maximum importance to a candidate's profile in the final merit list before offering the admission. However, the basic eligibility criteria to enter the admission process of IIM Raipur remains the same i.e. CAT cutoff. 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, PI and candidate's profile.
Here is the step by step weightage given to each selection stage:
- CAT score - 32 percent
- WAT & PI - 30 percent
- Candidate's profile - 38 percent
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.
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)
IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2018-20
IIM-T hasn't changed much in terms of the admission criteria in comparison to 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 at least 80 percentile in each section and 90 percentile overall score in CAT 2017 in order to get shortlisted for further selection. 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 fulfills the criteria are offered the admission by the institute.
IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2018-20
CAT score/percentile holds the maximum weightage when it comes to IIM Udaipur admissions followed by candidate's profile and 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 Weightage
Weightage (in Percentage)
Personal Appearance (WAT & PI)
The institute also reserves seats for different categories.
IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2018-20
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. General category candidates need to score at least 80 percentile in each section and 90 percentile overall to get qualified for the next selection rounds. 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 Jammu Admission Criteria 2018-20
In comparison to last year, IIM Jammu hasn't changed much in terms of its admission criteria. The newly formed IIM shortlists the candidates on the basis of their CAT score/percentile. The institute doesn't conduct GD-WAT-PI for the final selection. However, it considers other factors such as class XII marks work experience, and diversity for the final selection. The overall percentile to get shortlisted for different categories are given below:
- General: 85 percentile
- NC-OBC: 75 percentile
- SC: 65 percentile
- ST: 55 percentile
- PWD: 55 percentile
Candidates who meet the above mentioned criterion are asked to fill the Expression of Interest (EOI). Post that, the profile of shortlisted candidates will be considered along with all the factors mentioned above for the final selection.
IIM Jammu Admission Weightage
Scaled CAT score
Class XII marks
Diversity Factor (DFa): Academic Disciplines
Diversity Factor (DFb): Gender