IIM fee structure and seats - If your dream B-school is one of the IIMs, it’s not just the Common Admission Test (CAT), Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI) or Group Discussion (GD) that you have to deal with. You also have to keep in mind that studying at one of the 20 IIMs comes with a cost that can dig a deep hole either in your pocket or your parents’ pocket. And with the recent hike in the fee by many IIMs, the management education with IIM tag is going to cost even more. Although there are loan facilities available to pay the fee, you need to check whether it’s going with your financial condition or not. Hence, while planning for MBA admission, MBA aspirants seek information on IIM fee structure and seats. CAT toppers who have been shortlisted by the older IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, and IIM Indore, can expect a good ROI (Return on Investment) but it may not be the same with newer IIMs.

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IIM Fee Structure - Components

The total MBA course fee to be paid semester-wise. IIM course fee includes lodging and boarding as well as other expenses. The IIM Fee includes following expenses:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tuition fee
  • Travel
  • Boarding
  • Mess charges
  • Course material
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Alumni activity
  • Laptop and computer
  • Miscellaneous expenses

IIM Fee Structure and Seats

Few IIMs have either increased the fees or have processed the increase. MBA candidates had to pay around 5-17 per cent more for the 2020-22 batch. Inflationary pressure and high operational cost including infrastructure cost and faculty salaries are the main reasons cited behind the fee hike by the officials of IIMs.

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As IIMs will shortlist for WAT-GD and PI, shortlisted candidates must check the fee structure and seat matrix of IIMs. In this article, Careers360 brings the IIMs fee structure and the number of seats that each IIM offered for the academic year 2020-22.

IIM Fee Structure and seats - Previous Year (2019-2021)

Name of the Institute

Number of Seats

Programme Fee (INR)

IIM Ahmedabad


Rs. 25 lakh

IIM Bangalore


Rs. 23 lakh

IIM Calcutta


Rs. 27 lakh

IIM Lucknow


Rs. 14.16 lakh

IIM Kozhikode


Rs. 19 lakh

IIM Indore


Rs. 16 lakh

IIM Trichy


Rs. 23.6 lakh

IIM Amritsar


Rs. 12 lakh

IIM Rohtak


Rs. 15.8 lakh

IIM Bodhgaya


Rs. 8.85 lakh

IIM Sambalpur


Rs. 10 lakh

IIM Sirmaur


Rs. 10.34 lakh

IIM Jammu


Rs. 11.5 lakh

IIM Ranchi



Rs. 15 lakh

IIM Raipur


Rs. 14.20 lakh

IIM Kashipur


Rs. 13.15 lakh

IIM Shillong


Rs. 19 lakh

IIM Udaipur


Rs. 13.25lakh

IIM Nagpur


Rs. 12.10lakh

IIM Visakhapatnam


Rs. 12 lakh

*Fees mentioned is as per the recent hike announced by IIMs till April 2019. Not all the IIMs have announced the hike.

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Note: IIMs have the right to change the fee structure and number of seats at any point of time as per their policies/requirements.

IIM Admission Process

IIMs will conduct admission on the basis of CAT 2019 scores. After the declaration of CAT result, candidates fulfilling the CAT cutoff of IIMs are shortlisted for the further rounds of the selection procedure. For the final merit list generation, each IIM has different parameters and criteria.

The parameters considered for final selection are CAT score, performance in GD/WAT-PI, past academic records, work experience and academic & gender diversity factors. The weightage assigned varies from IIM to IIM.

The new IIMs (established after 2010) conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) which consists of WAT and PI.

Careers360 will update the information related to IIM fee structure and number of seats in case any further change is announced.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIM Fee Structure for MBA and Seats

Question: What is the range of fee structure at IIMs?


IIM fee structure ranges between 9.50 lakhs- 22 lakhs.

Question: What is the criteria for getting shortlisted?


Candidates are shortlisted for Personal Appearance (PA) on the basis of CAT score. Candidate's who will meet the minimum cutoff criteria of the respective IIMs will be shortlisted. Final Selection will be made on the basis of the composite score. 

Question: When will the selection process begin?


The selection process for CAT will begin tentatively from mid of February.

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I have 76% in 10th, 88% in 12th and 80% in graduation. Addition to that i have a 2 years work experience. How MUCH percentile do i need to score in cat to get a call from IIM ABC ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As per the details provided, you have decent academic record and its really good that you have 2 years of work experience. It'll give you an edge in selection process. Also, if you belong to general category, then to get a call from IIM A,B,C you should focus on getting a minimum of 98 percentile in cat.

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Hlo....mam or sir! Im Rajlaxmi frm Odisha.. How to preparation for CAT ... during bba 2nd yr... how to crack CATexam ..

Prateek Sinha 30th Mar, 2020

Prepare for the syllabus according to the weight age of each section.  Give mock tests and improve upon your timing skills. if you join a coaching class it would be good as you will get a clearer idea.


why these exams are conducting

Aniket Sharma 29th Mar, 2020

hi lramprasad,

CAT is commencing on 25th November in 2020. So it does not need to get postponed/cancel due to corona virus. The situation should get better till November. So, we can't argue why CAT is conducting.

Please elaborate your query and provide more details so that we can help you better!!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !


What is the CAT exam pattern ?

Aashima Puri 29th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant, hope you are doing well!

CAT ( Common admission test) is a very reputed entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admissions into various colleges for MBA. The duration of the exam is 3 hours for all the categories and 4 hours for the PwD category. The sectional duration for each section is 60 minutes each whereas it is 80 minutes for the candidates of the PwD category.

The total number of questions asked in the entrance exam are 100. It is a computer based examination.

Candidates lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and gain 3 marks for every correct answer. No marks are deducted for the questions which the candidate didn't attempt.

The examination consists of 3 sections namely - Quantitative ability , Data interpretation & logical reasoning and Verbal ability and reading comprehension. These sections consists of 34,32 and 34 questions each respectively.

The candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. He/she can move to the next section only after attempting the previous section which he/she was completing. Though, the candidates are allowed to switch between questions within the same section.

These were some of the main points to be kept in mind for the CAT exam.

Further you can go through this link to know everything about CAT exam. https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-exam-pattern/amp

Hope it helps! All the very best for your future endeavours!

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