IIM Calcutta PGDM Admissions 2020: Eligibility, Dates, Registration, Forms, Selection

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IIM Calcutta is one of the topmost institutions of India for management education. This institute strives to equip the students with respect to today’s scenario to face upcoming challenges tomorrow. IIM Calcutta offers a two-year full-time residential program in management, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGP-PGDM). This program is committed to developing business fundamentals in areas of marketing, finance, Economics & Operations management. 

Candidates with a bachelor's degree along with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized institution or university can only apply for PGP PGDM at the institute. Students must also possess a valid CAT (GMAT for foreign nationals) score in order to be eligible for admission to the IIM-C MBA program.

There are two ways for admissions to the PGP PGDM: one for Indian students and the other is for overseas candidates. The admission proceedings and application processes for both are different. The final selection of a candidate will depend on CAT score, Academic weightage, Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB) & Performance in WAT & PI.

Check IIM Calcutta Admission

Students looking for admission have to apply online through the official website of the CAT test. Completely filled-in applications should be submitted online along with the prescribed processing fee within the stipulated time.

CourseAdmission Link
PGDM Admission Link

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must possess the minimum qualification in order to apply for CAT  as discussed below:

  1. Candidate should have completed their Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or should have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.
  2. The minimum percentage required in the Bachelor’s degree for appearing in CAT  is 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) for General and NC-OBC candidates.
  3. For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the University or Institute.
  4. Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply. In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution. The certificate should state that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements of the course.

Note 1: A recognized university is one which is constituted by an act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.

Note 2: In case of Universities which award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to a percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:

(Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA)  X 100 = Equivalent Percentage

Selection Process

PGP-PGDM is a two-year full-time residential program. This course involves a mandatory credit-based curriculum & a non-credit based mandatory summer internship. Criteria for shortlisting & final selection for PGP-PGDM is discussed as:

  • Shortlisting criteria for Personal Interview (PI): Students will be selected on the basis of CAT  score and past academic performance.

STAGE 1: Includes the basic criteria to be considered for PI:

Candidates are required to obtain the minimum sectional cut off in order to score optimum marks.

Open≥ 80≥ 80≥ 80≥ 90
NC-OBC≥ 75≥ 75≥ 75≥ 85
SC≥ 65≥ 65≥ 65≥ 70
ST≥ 60≥ 60≥ 60≥ 70
PWD≥ 60≥ 60≥ 60≥ 70

Candidates, who will score minimum desired marks in the above-mentioned sections, will only be shortlisted for further calculation of the composite score.

Note: Students must keep in mind that actual sectional marks may be much higher than the minimum marks listed above, as shortlisting for PI is done on the basis of the individual composite score.

Short-listing for PI and WAT process-

The composite score will be calculated on the basis of marks of class Xth, XIIth& gender diversity factor. Marks will be optimized on the basis of the rules given below:

Marks in Xth (%)Points to be consideredMarks in XIIth (%)Points to be considered
≥ 75 and < 808≥ 75 and < 808
≥ 70 and < 756≥ 70 and < 756
≥ 65 and < 704≥ 65 and < 704
≥ 60 and < 652≥ 60 and < 652
< 600< 600

In order to compute the percentage of marks for the Xth & XIIth standard, authorities will consider all the subjects mentioned on the marks sheet issued by the board irrespective of whether the board has considered those subjects for percentage calculation or not.

The composite score will be used to shortlist the candidates for PI round. The below-listed table is presenting the idea to calculate corresponding category wise weightage.

ComponentsWeightageCriteria of Calculation
CAT  Score28(A/B) x 28
Class X marks10With respect to the calculation of the composite score
Class XII marks10With respect to the calculation of the composite score
Gender Diversity Parameter22 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity

A= Candidate’s total CAT score

B= Maximum CAT score

Criteria for Final selection for PGP-PGDM: Final selection will be made on the basis of merit in each category.

CAT Score15
Personal Interview (PI)24
Written Ability Test (WAT)5
*Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)For graduation degree mentioned here, ADFB=2 For others, ADFB=0
Work Experience4

*Students with any of the graduation degree will be considered for admission: BA, BA (H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharm, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering degree, which are not mentioned above.

In the case of work experience, a maximum of 4 points will be awarded (depending on the duration of service).  Only managerial work experience will be considered after degree, no other project work, training or work in the academic department will be considered.

Candidates may confirm their total earned points with respect to a total number of months of service in this way:

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

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the MBA program at IIMC should apply through the official CAT website.

  • The candidates must register by creating their login credentials.
  • Access the application form.
  • Fill in the personal details.
  • Followed by academic qualifications and work experience.
  • Select the Program and the test city.
  • Pay registration fees through the Payment gateway.
  • Preview the application.
  • Confirm the declaration.
  • Submit the form.

The Registration Fee is as follows:

General and NC-OBC candidatesINR 1900/-
SC/ST/ OBC candidatesINR 950/-

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

Contact Details

Diamond Harbour Road 
Joka, Kolkata (Calcutta) - 700104 
West Bengal 

Phone: +91-33-2467-8300/8301/8302/8303/8304/8305/8306/8312

*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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