IIM Bangalore PGP 2015-17 Admission Criteria
Sreetama Datta, 31 Oct 2014, #CAT
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IIM Bangalore has announced the admission and selection criteria for PGP 2015-17 batch. The CAT 2014 cutoff is the same as last year, which is 90 percentile. According to IIM Bangalore, the B-School follows a 2 phase selection procedure.

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In the first phase, the eligible candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the CAT 2014 scores for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The final merit list would be prepared on the basis of the performance in CAT 2014, WAT-PI rounds, past academic records, work experience and co-curricular activities.

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Let us have a look at the IIM Bangalore PGP 2015-17 admission criteria in detail on both the phases.


Phase 1

The following table gives you the category wise CAT 2014 cutoff.


Section 1 (Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation)

Section 2 (Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning)






















After the first shortlist through CAT 2014 scores, candidates’ past academic records, i.e. scores in Class X, XII, Graduation scores or professional programme scores namely Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting and Company Secretary certifications. “No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardized for all candidates in the first shortlist,” mentions IIM Bangalore.


For candidates with work experience, the formula used to equate is as follows:

5x/36 if 0 < x < 36

= 5 if x >= 36


Here ‘x’ is the months of work experience up to September 2014, as would be mentioned in CAT 2014 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 5 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 Phase 2 to give a maximum score of 10 for work experience,” explains IIM Bangalore.


The weight of work experience or that of the professional courses is 10. “The maximum of the work experience score and the professional course score is considered for selection under a common weight of 10 for work experience or professional course - since both provide professional work experience relevant to a management programme,” mentions the B-School.

The weights of each component apart from work experience are as follows:


CAT =20, 10th board=15, 12th board=10, Bachelors= 15.


The normalization or standardization in any component is carried out as per the following formula. All standardization is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its subdivisions;

Standardized 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}]


Phase 2

The second phase of selection is based on the performance in WAT and PI. For the WAT, the candidates will be given a topic on the basis of which they have to write a short note (one page) within 30 minutes duration. IIM Bangalore states, “The topics chosen will typically reflect current political, economic and business affairs, though other topics such as sports and those that require more creative thinking may also be included.”


The institute adds, “During the interview, the panel will evaluate each candidate's performance on academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits. The written note will be evaluated separately. Scores of both, written note and interview, in combination with pre-PI selection parameters will be used cumulatively in the second and final phase of selection to identify the candidates who will merit selection from among those candidates who appear for the PI.”


In the second phase of selection, 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 (maximum score 5) used in Phase 1 will be revised in Phase 2 (maximum score 10).


The weights assigned to the WAT and PI are:

Note Content = 7.5, Note Style = 7.5, Personal Interview = 20.


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


Summarizing the admission criteria for PGP 2015-17, IIM Bangalore states, “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 short list. 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 emphasizes consistent and high performance in past academics.”


Also Read:

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria for PGP 2015-17

IIM Calcutta 2015-17 Admission Criteria

IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2015-17

IIM Kozhikode PGP Admission Criteria 2015-17


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