IIM Lucknow PGDM Admissions 2020: Courses, Eligibility, Registration, Entrance Exam, Admission Process

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IIM Lucknow is an autonomous public business school located in Uttar Pradesh, India. Ranked among the top 5 B-schools in India, IIM Lucknow offers the following full-time residential MBA courses:

Students who possess a graduate degree with at least 50% aggregate of marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC/ST candidates) from a recognized university can apply for the MBA Programmes at the institute. Candidates must also possess valid CAT score in order to be eligible for admission to IIML MBA programs.

Selection of the students to the MBA programmes for the batch 2020 will be done on the basis of following parameters:

  1. CAT Scores
  2. Scholastic Achievements
  3. Performance in Academic Writing Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI)
  4. Work Experience

Candidates are shortlisted for WAT and PI round on the basis of their past academic record and marks scored in CAT. The ranking and the final selection is based on a number of components such as performance in CAT, WAT & PI, scholastic achievements as well as work experience of the candidate. Check IIM Lucknow Admission

Those seeking admission to IIM Lucknow can register themselves through the official CAT website by selecting the MBA programme offered at the institute. Completely filled-in applications should be submitted online along with the prescribed processing fee within the stipulated time.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate should possess graduate degree (minimum 3 years), with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the reserved category candidates) from any recognized institution or university
  • If the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks by the university, the normalization of marks will be done based on the procedure certified by the said university. In case, the university does not have scheme for normalization, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100
  • Candidate due to appear for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination or students who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. Such a candidate will be provisionally admitted only if he/she must submits a certificate issued by the concerned institution/ university confirming his/her graduate degree or equivalent qualification  
  • Such a candidate must submit his/her mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor’s degree examination on or before June(including supplementaries, if any) issued by the concerned institution/ university

List of Equivalent Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE
  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions

Selection/ Admission Process

Stage 1: Shortlisting for Writing Ability Test (WAT) – Personal Interview (PI)

Step 1: Eligibility Criteria for WAT-PI

Candidates will be shortlisted for WAT and PI rounds mainly on the basis of their CAT scores. CAT consists of three sections viz. Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC).

The following table contains the minimum required percentile (sectional and overall) in CAT for different category of candidates:

For admission to PG Programme in Management:


For admission to PGP-ABM:


For admission to PGP-SM:


Note: For PGP-SM, minimum work experience of 24 months is an additional Eligibility Criteria.

Step 2: Calculation of Composite Score for Shortlisting for WAT-PI stage

Only the candidates securing the minimum percentile in each category in CAT  will be considered for calculation of their composite score (CS) in Stage 1b on the basis of several factors as given in the following tables:

Table 1: Method of Scoring for CAT Scores and Scholastic Achievements (12M and GM)

ComponentWeightage (PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM)Method of Scoring
Scaled CAT score60(Candidate’s CAT score/Highest CAT score) * 60
Class 12 marks (12M)10If % <= 80, 12M= 1 If % lies b/w 80.01-82.00, 12M = 2 And so on till If % lies b/w 98.01-100.00, 12M=10
Graduation marks (GM)10To be normalized as per Academic disciplines through the given formula.
GM = { [ { (Candidate’s grad % score - µ)/ σ} * (50/3) ] +50 } * 0.1
Note: (µ = Mean and σ = Standard Deviation of the respective Academic Discipline)

Table 2: Method of Scoring for Work Experience (WE) and DIversity Factors (DFa and DFb)

ComponentWeightageMethod of Scoring
Work Experience
PGP = 10If x>6, WE = min {(x-6) * 0.5, 10}
PGP-SM = 10x>24, WE = min {(x-24) * 0.5, 10)
where x = No. of months of work experience 
Diversity Factor (DFa): Academic
Disciplines (AD)
PGP = 5If AD listed in Table 3: Column 1, DFa = 5
PGP-ABM = 20*If AD listed in Table 3: Column 2, DFa = 20
PGP-SM = 5If AD listed in Table 3: Column 1, DFa = 5
In all other cases, DFa = 0
Diversity Factor (DFb): GenderPGP = 5If Gender = Female, DFb = 5 Else DFb = 0
PGP-SM = 5

Table 3: Academic Disciplines (AC) required for PGPM, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM programmes

Column 1: For PGPM and PGP-SMColumn 2: For PGP-ABM
Arts/Humanities: Anthropology, Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Painting), Geography, History, Journalism, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, SociologyAgriculture: Agriculture, Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural, Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology
Commerce/Economics: Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Administration, Business Organization, Commerce, Economics, Economic Development and Planning, Public Administration, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices.Science: Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-technology (includes Biotechnology Engineering), Botany, Home Science, Life Science, Zoology. 
Chartered Accountancy, Cost and Works Accountancy, Company SecretaryshipAnimal Husbandry/Fisheries
Dairy Science/Technology Forestry, Horticulture
Food Technology, Food Technology & Management Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
Agricultural Engineering, Veterinary Science 

Stage 2: Criteria for Final Selection of candidates for PGP/PGP-ABM/PGP-SM programme

Final selection to PGP/PGP-ABM/PGP-SM programme for the batch 2020 will be done through candidate’s final score calculated on the basis of weightage assigned to following components:

CAT Scores3035
Academic Record (12M + GM)5+55+5
Diversity Factor (DFa + DFb)55
Work Experience5NA
Written Ability Test (WAT)1010
Personal Interview (PI)4040

Note: Minimum requirement for a pass in Personal Interview is 12 out of 40 marks. Names of candidates who do not pass in PI will not be included in the final merit list.

How to Apply

CAT aspirants must follow the given procedure to apply for an MBA at IIM Lucknow

  • The candidate must first register to receive a user id and password.
  • Use the credentials to log in to the CAT website.
  • Fill the application form.
  • Upload the documents.
  • Verify the academic qualifications.
  • Add the work experience.
  • Select the program.
  • Select the interview city.
  • Select any four test cities.
  • Pay the fees through anyone of the online payment options.

Students seeking admission to MBA programmes at IIM-L should apply through official CAT website. The registration fee is INR. 1900/- (For General and NC-OBC candidates) and INR. 950/- (For SC/ST/ OBC candidates)

For admission to IIM Lucknow, candidates will have to select the name of the MBA program offered at the institute as per their preference. Along with the preference for the program, candidates also have to enter their choice of city for the interview.


SC15% Seats
ST7.5% Seats
OBC27% Seats

Contact Details

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
Prabandh Nagar, IIM Road,
Lucknow – 226 013.

Phone No. +91-522-2734101, 2734111-20, 6696001

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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