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IIM Call Cutoff Vs IIM Eligibility Cutoff: Why there is huge gap?

IIM Call Cutoff Vs IIM Eligibility Cutoff: Why there is huge gap?

Edited By Anusha Bhalotia | Updated on Dec 22, 2023 12:08 PM IST | #CAT

IIM Call Cutoff Vs IIM Eligibility Cutoff - After the release of admission criteria by all the IIMs, candidates must feel optimistic about getting selected or receiving an interview call from their dream management institutes based on the CAT percentile. But there is a difference between the IIM Call Cutoff and Eligibility Cutoff. Have you ever wondered why there are huge gaps between the two cutoffs of the IIMs? Careers360 brings to you the factors behind the gaps that exist between the actual interview call and the official shortlist cutoff of the CAT exam at IIMs.

IIM Call Cutoff Vs IIM Eligibility Cutoff

CAT 2023 was held on November 26, 2023, following which the CAT result 2023 was announced on December 21. The previous year, while MBA aspirants rejoiced in the fact that IIM Bangalore overall cutoff for General category candidates was 85 percentile and the sectional cutoffs were 75 percentile (Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal and Reading Comprehension) the reality was quite different. The interview cutoff for the General category candidates at IIM Ahmedabad will probably be much higher for the 2024-26 batch.

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What are IIM Eligibility Cutoff and IIM Call Cut-offs?

The IIM Eligibility Cutoff is the minimum CAT Cutoff score, which a candidate needs to secure in the CAT exam, to be eligible for the IIM admission process. There is no official IIM call cutoff for CAT test-takers. Each IIM that accepts the CAT score, announces their own CAT cutoffs. The individual cut-offs by IIMs consist of both sectional and overall cutoffs, which candidates need to satisfy to be eligible for further selection rounds of admission criteria.

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Hence, the eligibility cutoffs for each IIM are different and before applying for admissions candidates need to check the eligibility first. If a candidate falls under the eligibility cutoff range of an IIM, that does not mean they will get a call from that IIM.

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Why there are huge gaps?

The gap exists because the eligibility cutoff announced by an IIM is the minimum CAT percentile candidates are required to secure for getting into the list of candidates who can be considered for the next stage of the CAT selection process comprising WAT and PI.

The actual IIM call cutoff, however, depends on the number of candidates available from the top. Thus for IIM Lucknow, which may call 600-1000 general category candidates (generally three times the seat capacity), it gets the desired numbers within the 98 to 100 percentile. This is because, within the top 2 percentile, it may get as many as 4,000 candidates in a scenario where the number of test-takers is near 2 lakh.

Nishit Sinha, IIM Lucknow alumnus and author of MBA preparation books mentions in a related query posted in Quora, “For actual selection, IIMs look for top N students who have cleared the cut-off in different sections and overall. It is decided by percentile. In other words, Percentile indicates the All India Rank. For example - 99.5 percentile means top 0.5 percent of the total aspirants who have appeared.”

Thus, you must understand that the CAT cutoff percentile released by IIMs is the eligibility criteria or the minimum percentile a candidate has to secure intoe eligible for getting shortlisted.

How do the number of test-takers and IIM intake influence the cutoff?

A percentile is a measure indicating the value below which a given percentage of test-takers come under. For example, the 90 percentile refers to the value below which 90% of the CAT exam takers would fall. Hence, test takers securing 90 percentile or above refers to the top 10% of the test takers. So, if the total number of actual test takers is near 2 lakh, approximately 20,000 candidates (1%) would come under the percentile range of 99 to 100.

IIMs, generally, shortlist three times the number of seats for the next level of the IIM selection process. The total number of seats in 20 IIMs is around 4000, which means the total number of short-listed candidates would be 12,000. Out of this, the number of General category candidates to be shortlisted will be 50 per cent, which is nearly 6,000. Now, if we consider the case of IIM Lucknow, where the total number of seats is around 400, with around 200 general category seats, the number of shortlisted candidates in the general category would be around 600.

This means, be that in the top institute within the IIMs system, IIM-L could get the desired number of candidates within the range of 99.5 – 100 percentile. But since the candidate profile is also considered while shortlisting candidates, the shortlisting cutoff percentile finally settles in the range of 98 to 100 percentile. So, it is quite evident that the candidates to be finally shortlisted belong to the top percentile bracket of 98 to 100 and are not within the 90 percentile as mentioned in the IIM admission criteria.

For the top IIMs, which are popularly and collectively referred to as BLACKIS (B–Bangalore, L–Lucknow, A-Ahmedabad, C–Calcutta, K–Kozhikode, I–Indore, S–Shillong) by the MBA aspirants, the combined intake is around 2600, which is approximately half of the number of candidates falling within top three percentile brackets (97 to 100 percentile). So you can understand why the actual interview call cutoff of the top IIMs ranges from 97 to 100 percentile.

Academics and work experience - Other factors which influence shortlist cutoff

Top IIMs–BLACKIS, consider other factors like past academic records, work experience, academic and gender diversity, and overall candidate profile for making the final shortlist offer. They calculate a scaled score or percentile based on the above-mentioned factors. To equate the scores in all other parameters, IIMs may have to go down a couple of percentiles, say 97 percentile. The actual interview call cutoff is the culmination of these factors.

At the same time, securing above the 99 percentile is not always a benchmark for appearing in IIM interview rounds as the composite score for shortlisting depends upon multiple factors. For the final selection also IIMs calculate the composite scores in terms of performance in CAT, WAT & PI, and candidate profile.

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The eligibility criteria for the CAT exam are set by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) that conduct the test. Here's a breakdown of the main requirements:


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A recognized university here refers to an institution established by an act of the central or state legislature in India or any educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared as a deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.


Final Year Students: Final year students of a Bachelor's degree course can also appear for the CAT exam.


Professional Degrees: Candidates with professional degrees like CA, CS, and ICWAI with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks are also eligible.


There is no upper age limit for appearing in the CAT exam. However, there is an implicit age limit by virtue of the educational qualification requirement.

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2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

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True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

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123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


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123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

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At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


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No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


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2


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7


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55


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None of the above


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