IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020 - Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore has released the admission criteria for Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) for the academic year 2020-2022. Candidates can download the call letter for interview by entering their application number and email address. IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2020 details the process for shortlisting candidates. Candidates will be admitted to IIM Bangalore on the basis of their performance in Common Admission Test (CAT) and their academic records. Certain weights are given to the selection parameters in the IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2020 such as CAT score, past academic record, work experience, interview and so forth. Admission criteria of IIM Bangalore will be carried in two phases, based on which composite scores will be calculated for shortlisting participants in each selection round. Read this article by Careers360 to know about the IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2020.
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Important Dates of IIM Bangalore 2020

Test for IIM Bangalore will be conducted on February 2, as per the IIM Bangalore important dates 2020. IIM Bangalore has released a schedule of events for the admission in the academic year 2020-22. The dates are tentative as per the latest update. Check the following table to know complete details of the admission schedule at IIM Bangalore.
IIM Bangalore Important Dates 2020:

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Offer and WaitlistMarch 09, 2020*
Last date of offer acceptanceMarch 20, 2020*
Withdrawal last dateMarch 25, 2020*

*The dates are tentative and are subject to change if necessary.

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CAT Result

IIM Kozhikode declared CAT 2019 result on January 4, 2020. The result was declared in the form score card containing percentile (both overall and sectional). Candidates checked their result by login through their credentials on the official website of CAT. Candidate have to secure a minimum percentile in order to get shortlisted for the further admission process. A minimum percentile is mentioned on the official website of IIM along with the admission criteria. However the actual percentile on which the candidate will get shortlisted is far above the minimum percentile. Check the whole admission process below.

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IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020- Stages

Stage 1- Shortlisting of candidates for personal appearance

Stage 2- Preparing final merit list

Stage 1- Shortlisting of candidates for personal appearance

The first phase is applicable for all the candidates who appeared for CAT 2019 to shortlist candidates for personal appearance round which include the following rounds:

  • Written Ability Test

  • Personal Interview

Only candidates who meet the minimum section wise and overall percentile for CAT 2019 will be considered. IIM Bangalore released the cutoff for selection process. Check IIM Bangalore cutoff 2020 here. However, based on previous year cutoff candidates can know the percentile that was applied to CAT 2018.

Minimum Cutoff Requirement (CAT 2019)

Minimum Percentile requirements for the 1st shortlist*


Section 1- VARC

Section 2- DILR

Section 3- QA


Minimum Cutoff Requirement (CAT 2018)


Section 1- VARC

Section 2- DILR

Section 3- QA












Scheduled Caste





Scheduled Tribe










*VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*QA – Quantitative Analysis

Participants who are shortlisted as per the table mentioned above, their 10th and 12th scores are adjusted by dividing each score by the 90th percentile score. To identify the 90th percentile, past two years records of the CAT aspirants are used.

Adjusted score of the candidates is calculated for bachelor’s degree based on the final score obtained by the participant are used for professional degree and bachelor’s degree. The intermediate or incomplete score of graduation are considered only if the final score of the participant is pending. The incomplete graduation score will be taken in lieu of final graduation score.

Only candidates who have been shortlisted as per the table above with Company Secretary, Cost Accounting, and Chartered Accountancy will be eligible for weightage for the category of professional course. No other professional course will be applicable other than mentioned above.

Candidates who will be shortlisted their work experience will be calculated as:

= 8x/36 if 0 < x< 36

= 8 if x>= 36


x= number of months of experience upto July 2019.

Note- score will peak at 36 months of experience and will be at a level for the experience exceeding 36 months.

In the pre PI stage, the work experience (maximum 8) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience on a 5 pointer scale (0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2) which will be given by the interviewers in stage 2.

Participants in the first shortlist are weighted on a total of six components. The weightage for each parameter is fixed as per the table mentioned below:

Parameters and Weightage



CAT 2019


10th score


12th score




Gender Diversity


Work Experience


Further CAT 2019 points are divided as:

CAT Sections and Weightage




14 points


16 points


10 points


40 points

Note - Weightage for gender diversity is applicable only for stage 1 and not for admission process in stage 2.

The first top 10 candidates in the following parameters will directly qualify for PI round

  • CAT score

  • Adjusted bachelor’s score

  • Professional score

However, in stage 2 such candidates merit score will be calculated as per any other participant.

The normalization or standardization of the parameters mentioned is carried by the following formula:

Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((Val- mean) / sd) * wt/6}]


Wt- Weight

Val- computed from raw score

Stage 2- Preparing the final merit list

In this stage, the performance of each participant in each parameter will be evaluated on the following basis

Parameters and Base for Evaluation


Base of evaluation

Written Ability Test

  • Content

  • style

Personal Interview

  • Candidate’s motivation

  • Ability to fit in

  • Benefit from the PGP

Note- provide two confidential referential documents from either employers or teachers. These letters are used for evaluation in PI.

Work Experience

Multiplied by the quality of experience score

Candidates will be evaluated on a 5 point scale by each member of the interview panel.

Average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre- PI work experience score.

Past Academic Record

Actual mark sheets/ grades submitted

The final selection criteria will be considered on the following components aggregate score:

Components and Weightage for Final Merit List







CAT score


Bachelor’s Degree


Work Experience


10th Marks


12th Marks


As IIM Bangalore explains, “Since IIMB follows a comprehensive multi-criteria process at the pre-PI stage, it is able to identify many candidates for the PI who have an excellent academic record and work experience but who, while doing well enough in the CAT to be in the first shortlist, may have narrowly missed the high score that would have been required if CAT alone was the basis for the PI shortlist. Such candidates effectively replace candidates who have only a high CAT score but score poorly in terms of their past academic record and work experience. IIMB emphasises consistent and high performance in past academics and all other parameters.”

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020

Question: Which professional courses will be considered for weightage?


Chartered Accountancy

Cost Accounting

Company Secretary

Question: Is the criteria for stage 2 different for different categories?


No, the selection process, weights and components will remain uniform for all categories.

Question: Can the cutoff vary for stage 1?


The cutoff for stage 1 can vary depending upon the number of required candidates is met or not.

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I have 76% in 10th, 88% in12th and 80% in Graduation. Plus 2 years work experience. Is there any chance to get calls from IIM A,B,C ?

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020

Hi Jateen,

Yes, provided you have a decent percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too. You have a decent profile 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 and many other factors which play a role.

You can follow the link below for more information https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iim-admission-criteria

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

Hope it helps.



10th/12th/B.tech = 87.4/79/78.2 General+Engg.+Male, 1.8 yrs Exp. Hw much percentile shuld i score to get IIM and othr gud MBA clgs?

srikar kanakala 16th Mar, 2020
Hi Aman,

You have a very decent academic record which have chances of getting a seat in a good MBA institute. You have good work experience also but it would have been better if it was 24 months i.e 2- years as it is the span of work experience which evryone considers as ideal work experience. You don't have any problem even if you have 1.8 years work experience it's quite enough to raise your bar while applying for an admission.

If you are aiming for IIM's you definitely need to have CAT percentile above 99 or atleast 98 Irrespective of your category. Even 99 isn't a promising percentile for tier-1 IIMs. Besides CAT percentile there are lots of factors involved in the selection process for IIMs. CAT score helps you to proceed to the next step in the admission process and plays a nominable role in the selection process. There are many aspirants who scored above 99 percentile and didn't receive a call for next step from any of the IIMs. Whatever it is better to score  percentile above 99.

For other MBA institutions CAT percentile above 90 will be a promising score. Every institution doesn't maintain same cut-off, so if you maintain above 90 you can meet the criteria of most of the colleges. Apart from IIMs there are many good colleges for MBA.


As a GEM what should be my cat score to get calls from atleast one of the IIM-BLACKI [top 5 iims ]?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 27th Feb, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

As a GEM, you must need to have  a good to excellent academic background to get a call from these IIMs. A good academic background will be:

X - 90% +

XII - 90% +

Engineering - 75% +

CAT - 99.5 percentile

And an excellent academic background will be

X - 90% +

XII - 95% +

Engineering - 85%

Work-Ex - 1.5 year

CAT - 99 percentile

For a good profile you might miss a call from one of the holy Trinity, but for an excellent profile, you'll definitely get a call.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


Is it possible to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad with 93% in 10th, 95% in 12th, 85% in B.Tech from Tier 3 college without any internships and extra curricular activities and 99%tile in CAT?

Anshu Saini 20th Feb, 2020
Hi aspirant,
IIMs are known to raise their bars of the expected percentile in the examination. The general bracket of the accepted CAT percentile ranges from 95 to a 99.98 percentile so as to get you a PI, that is, a Personal Interview call from the IIM institutes. In regard to this they also consider 12 and 10 class marks and grade them. With your score you have fair chances of getting a call from IIM ahemdabad but you have to clear analytical written test (AWT) and personal interview for admission. Follow this link for more details-
Hope this helps.

Hi All, I want to apply for IIMs and I have a query regarding EWS certificate. I had applied for EWS but I got it in my regional format (marathi). The college I am applying is not accepting this format. And I am confused of how to apply the format that they want. Does that format has any name ? TIA

Akram Khan 28th Jan, 2020


Many institution give the format of the document required in their information brochure or at the official site. So visit the official site of CAT exam. There in the certificate section you will find the format of all the certificate required.

From there download the  EWS certificate. And after proper attestation submit it.

Hope it helps.

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