IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019: WAT-PI included for Final Selection
Vikas Gaur, 13 Dec 2018, #CAT
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IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019 – IIM Jammu has released the admission criteria for 2019-21 batch with major changes. Apart from changing the CAT cutoff for the shortlisting purpose, the institute has also included Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) in the selection process. The recently established IIM will shortlist the candidates on the basis of their CAT score and the ones who clear the cutoff criterion will be called for WAT and PI. As per the IIM Jammu admission criteria 2019, the institute will also consider the past academic performance like marks in class 12th and Graduation, work experience along with the diversity factor for the final selection. The most important criterion is the CAT score. All the factors will be given a certain weightage to create the merit list for admissions. Let’s understand how the IIM Jammu admission criteria 2019 works and the stages it goes through.

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Stages of IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019

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  1. CAT score for shortlisting

  2. Personal Appearance (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview)

  3. Generation of merit list for final selection (CAT + PA + Profile)

The Personal Appearance (PA) process is composed of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The PA process will be common to all the 10 IIMs, namely, IIM Bodh Gaya, Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur and IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur.

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Stage 1: IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019 – Shortlisting candidates based on CAT score

IIM Jammu uses CAT percentile to shortlist candidates for stage 2. The table given below explains the category-wise minimum percentile to get shortlisted for the second stage i.e. WAT & PI. 

IIM Jammu Cutoff for CAT 2018 – Category-wise Minimum overall and sectional CAT 2018 Percentile for shortlisting



Percentile >=


Percentile >=


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*VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*QA – Quantitative Analysis 

IIM Jammu's Admission Committee will decide the number of candidates who would be called for 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 section-wise minimum score, would be reduced (increased) to get the desired number of candidates.

The 10 IIMs (as mentioned above) have decided to adopt a common admission process (CAP 2019 process) of WAT & PI to be coordinated this year by IIM Ranchi. The performance of the candidate in WAT & PI of CAP 2019 would be considered for preparing the merit list.

Stage 2: IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2019 – Personal Appearance (WAT + PI)

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

Stage 3: IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2018 – Preparing merit list for final selection

To prepare the final merit list, the institute will consider the following factors:

Weightage to Each Factor for Final Merit List





Scaled CAT score

40 percent


Personal Appearance (WAT & PI)

30 percent


Profile (Academic Profile + Work Experience + Diversity)

30 percent

Composite Score


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 Jammu will use the CAT 2018 score to shortlist the candidates for PA process.

3.2 PA (30 percent weightage)

PA process includes WAT and PI. WAT gets 10 percent weightage while PI gets 20 percent weightage in the final merit list. 

3.3 Profile (30 percent weightage)

Profile includes Academic Profile, Work Experience and Diversity. IIM Jammu gives the following weightage to each factor:

  • Academic Profile - 15 percent
  • Work Experience - 5 percent
  • Diversity - 10 percent

3.3.1 Academic Profile 

IIM Jammu gives the following weightage:

  • 10th marks - 5 percent
  • 12th marks - 5 percent
  • Graduation marks - 5 percent

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Academic Profile Weightage


Range of Marks10th Class12th ClassGraduation
<= 600.50.50.5
60.01 to 64111
64.01 to 681.51.51.5
68.01 to 72222
72.01 to 762.52.52.5
76.01 to 80333
80.01 to 843.53.53.5
84.01 to 88444
88.01 to 924.54.54.5
92.01 >=555

3.3.2 Work Experience

The candidates will get the marks as per their work experience.                                                                                                

Weightage to work experience

Months6 or Less7-1213-2425-3637-4849-6060 or more

*Only completed months will be considered. 

3.3.3 Diversity

The diversity factor is Gender Diversity and considers the following weightage:

Weightage to Diversity Factor


Academic Discipline Diversity (5)

The following academic disciplines are eligible for diversity score:

Non-Engineering 5


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

Category-wise Reservations


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 Jammu 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 Jammu Only.


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