IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21: CAT gets maximum 40 percent weightage in the Final Merit List
Sreetama Datta, 29 Jun 2019, #IIM Bodh Gaya
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IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21: IIM Bodh Gaya, the 16th IIM to be established, has announced the admission criteria for its fourth batch of PGP students. As per the admission criteria of IIM Bodh Gaya, General category candidates need to score 95 percentile overall in order to enter the admission process. The complete admission process will go through three steps. The institute will offer around 120 seats this year for its management programme. Careers360 brings to you a detailed take on IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21. Candidates will be shortlisted solely on the basis of their CAT scores.

The admission process at IIM Bodh Gaya goes through three steps:

  1. CAT exam
  2. Shortlisting for Personal Appearance process (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview) on the basis of CAT score. The PA process is composed of WAT and PI. The PA process will be common to all the 11 IIMs, namely, IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy and IIM Udaipur.
  3. Preparing the Merit List based on CAT score, WAT & PI score and Profile score as indicated in following tables.

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Step 1 - Shortlisting for PA

Candidates need to meet the sectional as well as overall CAT cutoff 2018 criterion as mentioned in the table below in order to enter the PA process.

IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21: CAT 2018 Cutoff


Section – 1


Section – 2


Section – 3




























The CAT cutoff 2018 at IIM Bodh Gaya has changed a bit this year. In comparison to last year, the overall cutoff for the general category has increased to 95 percentile from 90 percentile. For NC-OBC category, the sectional, as well as overall percentile, has increased from 55 to 60 and 75 to 80 respectively. The cutoff for other categories has been reduced significantly.

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IIM Bodh Gaya's Admission Committee will decide the number of candidates who would be called for the PA process on the basis of criteria prepared for each category. However, if the actual number of short-listed candidates were found to be less (more) than the required number of candidates to be called for WAT & PI category-wise, then the overall, as well as the section-wise minimum score, would be reduced (increased) to get the desired number of candidates.

Step 2 - IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019 – Personal Appearance (WAT + PI)

Candidates who meet the CAT percentile criteria mentioned in the table above will be called for the PA process - WAT and PI. The performance in these two rounds will be considered heavily for preparing the final merit list.

Step 3 - IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019 - Preparing Merit List

The criteria for final selection and their weightages are as follows:

IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2019-21: Final Selection Criteria



CAT 2018 Score




Profile (Academics + Work Experience + Diversity)


Now, let's take a look at the weightage given to each sub-factor in the final merit list.

3.1 CAT Score (40 percent weightage)

IIM Bodh Gaya will use the CAT 2018 score to shortlist the candidates for PA process.

3.2 PA (30 percent weightage)

In PA process, the weightage given to each factor is given below:

  • WAT - 10 percent
  • PI - 20 percent

3.3 Profile (30 percent weightage)

The profile includes Academic Profile, Work Experience and Diversity. The following is the weightage given to each factor:

  • Academic Profile - 12 percent
  • Work Experience - 6 percent
  • Diversity - 12 percent

3.3.1 Academic Profile (12 percent)

IIM Bodh Gaya gives the following weightage to each factor in the academic profile:

  • 10th marks - 4 percent
  • 12th marks - 4 percent
  • Graduation marks - 4 percent

The following would be the basis for scoring candidates in respect of their academic profiles: Academic Profile Weightage

Range of Marks10th Class12th ClassGraduation
<= 600.00.00.0
60 to 64.990.50.5
65 to 69.991.01.01.0
70 to 74.991.51.51.5
75 to 79.992.02.02.0
80 to 84.992.52.52.5
85 to 89.993.03.03.0
90 to 94.99
95 to 1004.04.04.0

3.3.2 Work Experience (6 percent)


< 6

7 to 12

13 to 24

25 to 36

37 to 48

49 to 60

60 or more









3.3.3 Diversity (12 percent)

Gender Diversity - 8 percent


Academic Discipline Diversity - 4 percent


Academic Disciplines = 4, Else 0


Arts/Humanities: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Languages, Liberal arts, Law, Library and Information Science, Mass Communication and Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Performing Arts (Dance/Drama/Theatre), Literature, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Social Work,

Statistics, etc.


Commerce: Accounting, Auditing, Banking, Chartered Accountancy, Costs & Works Accountancy, etc.


Science: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Zoology, etc.


All other courses except Engineering (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.)


IIM Bodh Gaya will follow strictly the Government of India's Reservation Policy:

Category-wise Reservation

Category Reservation weightage
Schedule Caste15 percent
Schedule Tribe7.5 percent
NC - OBC27 percent
DAP5 percent

Offer Acceptance Fee and Withdrawal

A candidate receiving the admission offer from IIM Bodh Gaya and accepting the offer within the stipulated date needs to send along with Offer Acceptance, an Offer Acceptance amount of Rs. 50,000/-. If a candidate subsequently wishes to withdraw the offer within the withdrawal date specified by the Institute, Offer Acceptance Amount will be refunded after deducting Rs. 1,000 as processing charges. If a candidate applies for withdrawal after the date specified by the Institute, no refund will be admissible. If a candidate registers for the program, his/her Offer Acceptance Amount will be adjusted against Term I Fee. In the event of withdrawal from the Program after registration, No refund of Offer Acceptance Amount & Term Fee will be made.

Any dispute concerning Admissions for the MBA Batch 2019-21 would be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Bodh Gaya Only.

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Hey,my CAT percentile is 76 I am from NC OBC my work experience is 2 years & btech background.Will I get call from IIM Amritsar or bodhagaya

Akshay Kadam 16th Jan, 2018

It's a little difficult for you to get calls from both IIM Amritsar and IIM Bodhgaya. You need to have a superb profile along with your 76 percentile if you actually want to get a call for the second round of WSAT and interview. And honestly, even if you get a call for second round then you would need to perform out of the box in order to secure your seat in the college. In the second round, you will have a better opportunity because WSAT and Interview marks have highest weightage along with CAT marks in the final list.

All the best!!


What was cat cutoff for IIM Bodh Gaya for OBC-NC.

Monika Shruti Gupta 4th Jan, 2018
IIM Bodh Gaya is a mentee Institute of IIM Calcutta and its cutoff has slightly decreased in the previous year over the past records.
Its cutoff was 90 percentile for general category (overall percentile) for CAT 2017 as compared to 95 percentile in CAT 2016.
However, in CAT 2017 there was a change observed in the sectional cutoffs wherein they increased.
Here is a comprehensive view of sectional as well as overall percentile cutoffs :
* VA-RC : >80 percentile for general and NC-OBC category, >55 percentile for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
*DI-LR : >80 percentile for GENERAL and NC-OBC category,  > 50 percentile for SC/ST/PWD
*QA: > 80 percentile for general and NC-OBC category,  50+ percentile for ST category,  60+ for SC category and 50+ for PWD category.
* Overall cutoff : 90+ percentile for general category, 80+ for NC-OBC category,  65+ for ST category,  75+ for SC category and 65+ for PWD category.
Based on these cutoffs, calls for further rounds of GD-PI-WAT are floated and the final selection is based upon the following criteria :
*CAT score
*Personal Interview
*Writing Ability Test
*Class 12th marks
* graduation marks
*gender diversity
*academic diversity
*work experience.
Wish you all the best!!
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