IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018-20: CAT score, PI grabs maximum weightage

IIM Bangalore Admission CriteriaIIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018-20 - Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM B) has announced the admission criteria for its Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) for the academic year 2018-20. Like last year, Common Admission Test (CAT) along with Personal Interview (PI) have been given the maximum weightage this year as well. The renowned institute selects students for admissions through a two-step process which includes performance in CAT and Writing Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). Students who qualify CAT with the scores prescribed by the institute move to the next round of the selection process where they are judged on their writing and personal interaction skills. Let’s have a look at IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018 in detail.

LatestCAT 2017 Result Announced


Step 1 - IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018-20


The first step towards admission in IIM Bangalore is to score the required overall as well as sectional percentile in CAT 2017. Students need to score a minimum percentile as declared by the institute to get short-listed for the next round of the admission process. Here is the section-wise and aggregate percentile for different categories in CAT:


IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018 - CAT cutoff
































*VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*QA – Quantitative Analysis


The CAT 2017 cutoff at IIM Bangalore has remained the same as that of last year.


As per the scores are given in the table above, all the short-listed candidates’ percentage scores in the 10th and 12th exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained on that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.


Final scores obtained by all the short-listed candidates (as per the table above) are used for the Bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the candidates’ final score is pending. Thus, for final year Bachelor’s degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective disciplines. This gives the adjusted score for the Bachelor’s degree for all candidates in the first shortlist.


Candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardised for all candidates in the first shortlist.


The score/weight for work experience is calculated as:


Pre-Personal Interview (Pre-PI) score for Work Experience = 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36 = 8 if x >= 36 where x is the months of work experience up to July 2017, as captured in CAT application form (and substantiated in the application to IIMB). This implies that the score will peak at 36 months’ work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre-PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Step 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.


The maximum of the work experience score and the score of the professional course is considered for selection under a common parameter of work experience – since both provide professional work experience relevant to a Management programme. The weights for the parameters are as follows:


IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018 - Shortlisting Criteria



CAT Score


10th Board Marks


12th Board Marks


Bachelor’s Degree Marks


Gender Diversity


Work Experience



The CAT score (40 points) is derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 16 points, Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) - 14 points and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 10 points.


Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for Step 2 of the admissions process.


For all the short-listed candidates as per the CAT 2017 cutoff, the weighted total of the six components namely 

  • Work experience or professional course

  • CAT

  • 10th board

  • 12th board

  • Bachelors Degree

  • Gender diversity 

Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components:


(a) WAT

(b) Personal interview

(c) Review of work experience (if any)


For all candidates in the first shortlist, normalisation or standardisation in any component stated above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardisation is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its subdivisions; Standardised score, truncated between 0 and weight (wt) is computed from the raw score (val) as: Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean) / sd) * wt / 6}]


Step 2 – IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018-20


The performance of each candidate on the Written Ability Test (WAT) will be scored in terms of content and style. Each interviewer will use the Personal Interview to comprehensively evaluate the candidate's motivation and ability to fit in and benefit from the PGP program. All candidates will be required to provide three confidential reference letters from their employers or faculty and this will also be used in the personal interview evaluation. For Personal Interview – the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered, while for the WAT, the scores given by an independent evaluator will be considered.


The work experience score will be multiplied by the quality of experience score, as evaluated by the interviewing panel as an assessment of the relevance of the work experience to the program. The quality of work experience score will be evaluated on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) by each member of the panel during the interviews. The average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly, the work/professional experience component score used in Step 1 will be revised to arrive at a weighted work experience score.


The scores in all past academics will also be updated, if required, on the basis of actual mark sheets/grade cards submitted. Unless otherwise mentioned, percentages would be calculated by considering all subjects that the candidate has appeared for the examination. The final selection criteria are given in the table below.


IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018 - Final Selection Criteria





CAT Score




Bachelor’s Degree


Work Experience


10th Marks


12th Marks


The final admission offers to candidates in each category will be made on the basis of the final aggregate score.


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.”


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First Published On : 28 Sep 2017 02:38 PM IST

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