IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018-20: Personal Interview dominates final selection criteria

IIM Kozhikode Admission CriteriaIIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018-20 - Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM K) has declared its admission criteria for the Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) 2018-20. The institute adopts a two-step selection process for admissions which includes (a) Short-listing of candidates on the basis of their CAT score (overall and sectional), 10th and 12th marks (b) Personal Interview, Group Discussion and Written Ability Test for all the short-listed candidates. The institute gives different weightage to all the sections before finalising the admission of a candidate. However, Personal Interview has been given the maximum weighatge followed by the CAT score by the institute for the admission in 2018-20 batch. The detailed IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018-20 is given below.

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Category-wise Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Step 1 Short-list


Candidates who fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria (as given below) will be eligible for the first step of the selection process. This criterion will be applied to all the candidates who have opted for IIM Kozhikode at the time of registration. Here is the category-wise percentile required in CAT, 10th and 12th to get short-listed at the first step.


IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – CAT cutoff


CAT (Overall Percentile)

CAT (Sectional Percentile)

10th Class Percentile

12th Class Percentile





















*SC – Scheduled Caste, ST – Scheduled Tribe, PwD – Person with Disability or Differently Abled, NC-OBC – Non-Creamy Other Backward Caste


Candidates with the above mentioned criteria need to register online for admissions to IIMK. Only successfully registered candidates will be considered for the next stages of the selection process. Now, the first step of the selection process begins.


Step 1: Shortlisting for Personal Interview, Group Discussion and Writing Ability Test (PI-GD-WAT)


The first step is to short-list the candidates who have fulfilled the minimum eligibility criteria. A shortlist of candidates in each category will be created based on an Aggregate Index Score (AIS). The AIS is computed based on the performance in CAT 2017, Class 12th, Bachelor’s degree marks and work experience. The weight of each component in the AIS is given below:


IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – Shortlisting criteria


Maximum Weight

CAT 2017 Scores (overall and sectional)


Class 12th marks


Graduation marks


Work experience


Academic/Gender Diversity Factor




The short-listed candidates will have to register at the official website of IIMK. Only the successfully registered candidates will be considered for the subsequent process. The details of each component are given as follows:


CAT Index Score - CAT score is an important component in the admission process of IIMK. Scaled Scores from the three sections (with equal weightages) of CAT 2017 will go into the computation of the CAT Index Score. This component will carry the maximum weightage - 75%.


HSC/Class 12th/Equivalent/Diploma Score - The percentage of marks obtained in HSC/Class 12th/Equivalent/Diploma score would be the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks-sheet or grade-sheet irrespective of the board’s regulation. Any candidate with a score of 60% or below gets zero weightage. Any candidate with a score 81% or above gets a maximum of 7.5%. The weightage of 7.5% is proportionately allotted for any candidate with a score between 60% and 81%.


Graduation Score – Some important points regarding the computation of the Graduation score:

  • For candidates with a Bachelor’s degree - The percentage of marks reported in their marks/grade sheet will be considered. If the Institute/University does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark-sheet.
  • If the percentage of marks awarded by Institute/University does not take into account marks obtained in all the subjects as mentioned in the mark-sheet(s) for all the years, the candidates must produce a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying details of the practice, at the time of the PI-GD-WAT, if shortlisted.
  • Percentage marks for candidates who have not completed Bachelor’s degree will be based on their available marks, certified by a Head of the institution. The Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/institution has to certify that those are the latest available marks, without which the candidate becomes ineligible for the graduation index score.
  • Candidates with graduation score of 60% or below get zero weightage. Candidates with a score 81% or above get a maximum of 7.5%. The weightage of 7.5% is proportionately allotted for candidates with a score between 60% and 81%. 

Work Experience Score - Professional work experience will carry a weight of up to 5% depending on the length of service as on January 31, 2018. Candidates must know that only full-time work experience after graduation will be considered. Part-time/project-based work/Internship/articleship/pre-graduation work experience should not be entered and will not be counted as work experience. A candidate with a work experience of 6 months or above will be eligible for work experience score.


Diversity Score - To ensure diversity, 5% marks will be awarded for both the gender diversity and academic diversity. However, a candidate is entitled to diversity score of 5% either from gender diversity or academic diversity. A candidate with any bachelor’s degree other than engineering/technology (B.Tech/BE) will be eligible for academic diversity score.


Step 2: IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 - Final Short-listing Criteria


In the second step, the short-listed candidates will have to appear for a GD/WAT followed by a Personal Interview (PI). Candidates will be writing a short essay and participate in group discussion followed by personal interview. The topic will be announced at the venue just before the GD/WAT. The panel will evaluate the academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits of each candidate during the personal interview.


After the conclusion of PI and GD/WAT, the final scores will be computed based on the performance in CAT 2017, PI, GD/WAT, and quality of professional work experience. The components and maximum weightage for computing final scores after PI-GD-WAT are:


IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – GD/WAT/PI Weightage


Maximum Weight

Personal Interview


CAT 2017




Work experience quality


Category-wise merit list will be prepared based on the final scores and the admission at IIMK will be offered to the students who successfully get on the final merit list.


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First Published On : 29 Sep 2017 11:00 AM IST

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