IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020
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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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CAT Result

IIM Kozhikode has declared CAT 2019 result on January 4, 2020. The result will be declared in the form score card containing percentile (both overall and sectional). Candidates can check 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 will be appearing for CAT 2019 to shortlist candidates for personal appearance round which include the following rounds:

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  • Written Ability Test

  • Personal Interview

Only candidates who will meet the minimum section wise and overall percentile for CAT 2019 will be considered. IIM Bangalore will release 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 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 2018.

Note- score will peak at 36 months of experience and will be at 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 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 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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IIM has given the criteria for PwD under the " Rights of person with Disabilities Act 2006" and according to it, a person must not have disabilities less than 40% , which means disability should be 40% affective.
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And few others. So according to the last point mentioned above, you are eligible and might get admission in pwd category if you meet the requirements of scores and cut-off and if you fulfill the criteria.

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Hey, i have 57% in both 10th and 12th and 81% in graduation. Any possibility of getting call from IIMB if i score 99%tile ?

KUNAL LANJEWAR 17th Jan, 2020


Yes. You have a chance of getting a call from IIM Bangalore.

The eligibility criteria for getting selected by IIM Bangalore is :

  • Minimum 50% in 10 + 2 + Graduation
  • Required CAT percentile
  • Minimum 4 years work experience in respective field

The candidates who clear the above eligibility criteria are shortlisted and they are further sent for further shortlisting.

The further shortlisting is done on the basis of Personal Interview, Written Ability Test. The candidate clearing all the stages are finally selected for admission in IIM Bangalore.

You can receive a call, but you will face problems during shortlisting, as the percentage of 10th, 12th and graduation play a very important role in shortlisting.

Best Wishes.


Hi can anyone tell how is the PGP Business Analytics course (2 yr full time residential) of IIM B and how is its placements?

Sampriti Student Expert 13th Jan, 2020
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10th - 10 CGPA , 12th - 78% , Grad- 80% . If i get 99 percentile in CAT 2020 will i be able to get into top B-schools. PS- I am a fresher

Yashu Shrivastava 11th Jan, 2020

Hello Vivek

As you mentioned your academics score and it is good but at 99 percentile in CAT,you have a lot more chance to get calls from top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad,IIM Bangalore,IIM Calcutta,IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore.But there is one drawback that you are fresher and you dont have any previous job background which can be a problem for you.So,yes you will surely get call from top IIMs at 99 percentile because it is very good marks.

Hope This Helps

Best Of Luck!!


10th 50percentage and 12th 48 percentage degree 45percentage, and cat 90 Percentage

Yashu Shrivastava 9th Jan, 2020


Your academics marks is very low,and that may affect on your chances of getting calls from some best colleges.Talking about the IIM Bangalore,sorry but you can't get call from IIM Bangalore because of your academics marks and also your CAT percentile does not meet the sufficient marks.The expected cut off of IIM Bangalore is 98+ percentile with good academics marks and also work experience also matters.

But,don't worry,if you want some good colleges,there are some colleges where academics marks does not matter much,you can check about those colleges here


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Best Of Luck!!

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