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IIM Amritsar CAT Cut Off 2021: Check Admission Process, Eligibility, Fees, & Placement

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On - Jun 19, 2021

IIM Amritsar CAT cut off for shortlisting the candidates for WAT, GD, or PI round was 85 percentile for GN category candidates. For other category candidates, it was between 40-75 percentile for the session 2021-2023. IIM Amritsar has successfully conducted all the rounds and the final admission list for admission in MBA batch of 2021-2023 will be released on May 17, 2021. Check Here

IIM Amritsar ranking is 27th position as per OUTLOOK-ICARE MBA Ranking 2021. For the 2021-23 MBA batch IIM Amritsar had shortlisted a total of 2500 candidates for the PI process against 320 MBA seats. Check IIM Amritsar Admission Process

CAT Latest Updates:

  • May 14: IIM Bangalore, Calcutta, etc are expected to release the final admission list in the 2nd week of May 2021. Check Here
  • May 13: IIM Ahmedabad has released the final admission list for MBA batch of 2021-23. Check Here

Direct Link to Check IIM Amritsar Final Admission Result on May 17, 2021

The total fee for the MBA program is INR 12 Lakhs. The highest CTC for IIM Amritsar is INR 40 LPA and the Average CTC for 2020 Placements was 12.61 LPA. Check IIM Amritsar Placement

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IIM Amritsar CAT Cutoff

CAT Cutoff for IIM Amritsar 2020

IIM Amritsar cut-off is the basic percentile that candidates must score for entrance to the various MBA and PGDM programmes at the country's IIMs and other B-schools. IIM Amritsar admission criteria 2020 consists of two measures including preliminary screening and shortlisting criteria with enormous weightage of the CAT score. The final selection criteria will have a lower weightage of the CAT score.

  • To get shortlisted in pre-admission rounds, candidates have to clear both the sectional and the overall cut-off in CAT.
  • At IIM Amritsar, the cut-off for the 2-year PGDM programme is about 85 percentile this year.
  • For IIM Amritsar CAT cut-Off depends on several variables.
  • Shortlisted candidates are called on for CAT Counselling based on their CAT ranking.
  • The IIM Amritsar selection process consists of 3 phases - Preliminary screening, WAT (Writing Ability Test) and PI (Personal Interview) screening, and the final selection process.
  • The college considers the candidates' academic success in the 10th, 12th, and degree assessments.

Also Check IIM Institute Wise Cut off

Quantitative Aptitude (Percentile) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (Percentile) Verbal & Reading Comprehension (Percentile) Total (Overall Percentile)
Section-1 Section-2 Section-3
General 80 75 75 85
Non Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC- OBC) 65 60 60 75
Scheduled Castes (SC) 55 50 50 55
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 35 35 35 40
Persons with Disabilities(PwD) 35 35 35 40

IIM Amritsar CAT Cut off 2019

IIM Amritsar's cut-off for the general category was 85. Compared to previous years, the cut-off had substantially decreased and, unlike other IIMs, it was below 90. For the other categories, the cut-off for the PwD candidates went from 30 to 35. IIM Amritsar 2019 cut-off for different categories is set out in the table below:

Category Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Overall Percentile
General 70 70 70 85
NC-OBC 55 55 55 75
SC 50 50 50 55
ST 30 30 30 35
PwD 30 30 30 35

IIM Amritsar CAT Cut off 2018

No changes were noted in IIM Amritsar's cut-off for 2018 and its preceding year. The cut-off was identical to the previous year, apart from the cut-off for PwD candidates that went down from 35 to 30. IIM Amritsar cut-off for the year 2018 is listed in the following table:

Category Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Overall Percentile
General 70 70 70 90
NC-OBC 55 55 55 75
SC 50 50 50 55
ST 30 30 30 35
PwD 30 30 30 30

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IIM Amritsar Eligibility

IIM Amritsar 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree with an average of at least 50 percent marks or an equivalent CGPA (45 percent marks for SC/ST/PwD candidates).
  • Upon completing Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized board, applicants must obtain a Bachelor's degree or equivalent for a term of at least three years.
  • In the case that the applicant is given grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalent will be made on the basis of the equivalence accredited by the institute/university from which the applicant received a Bachelor's degree. If the institute has no particular scheme to convert CGPA into marks, IIM Amritsar will do the equivalent by dividing the total CGPA obtained by the highest possible CGPA and multiplying the result by 100.
  • Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree or any other equivalent exam or those who have showed up for their final year exam and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • A final year student deemed qualified by IIM Amritsar and offered admission is expected to submit his/her mark sheet and a final year Bachelor's examination degree certificate obtained on or before 30 June 2020. The last date for presenting such a certificate and mark sheet is 31 December 2020.
  • In addition to the academic qualification, applicants must bear in mind that they are expected to appear in CAT 2020 and must achieve the minimum desired score in the entrance test to be considered eligible for admission to the IIM Amritsar postgraduate programme.
  • Working professionals and entrepreneurs with full-time job experience of at least 6 months after graduation (as on 31 March, 2020) is required.

IIM Amritsar Application Process

IIM Amritsar 2021 Application Process

The following are the important details pertaining to the application process for admission to the MBA programme in IIM Amritsar -

  • Candidates wishing to apply to IIM Amritsar must register for the CAT.
  • CAT payment fee was INR 1,900 (SC / ST categories had to pay INR 950).
  • Candidates must remember that they do not have to apply and pay application fee separately for admission to IIM Amritsar.
  • Following the outcome of the CAT 2020 declaration, candidates will be able to confirm whether or not they will get shortlisted for admission to IIM Amritsar.

IIM Amritsar Admission Process

IIM Amritsar Admission Process

Step 1 - Candidates must have appeared in CAT 2020 and scored the minimum required percentile.

Step 2 - Applicants are short-listed for WAT and PI screening from those holding a valid CAT 2020 score and have applied to the postgraduate course at IIM Amritsar and meet the minimum eligibility criteria required for admission here.

Step 3 - After the WAT and PI screening, the successful candidates will be considered for the final stage by IIM Amritsar. The final selection for the IIM Amritsar postgraduate programme will be made on the basis of a variety of criteria, including success in CAT, success in WAT and PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, and work experience.

Step 4 - The final admission offer will be made to the applicants based on the Final Composite Score (FCS) which grants 25% weightage to the PI round's score, 10% weightage to the WAT score, 25% weightage to the CAT score, 10% weightage to the work experience, and 20% weightage to the academic record of the candidate.

IIM Amritsar Admission Fees

The admission fee for the 2020-22 batch in IIM Amritsar Postgraduate Programme is provided below. Note that the fee can be updated at any time.

  • Total fees are INR 9,00,000 for the two year MBA programme of 2020-22.
  • The fee is INR 4,50,000 per year (2020-21 and 2021-22).
  • The fees cover the expenses of the Tuition, Books and Case Content, Library, IT & Computer, Hostel and Electrical, Medical and Student Activities.
  • The mess and personal costs are not included in the fees set out above. The expense of the mess is expected to be around INR 10,000 per month, to be paid on an actual basis.

For any questions, please refer to the contact information given below -

  • Address: Information Centre, Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar, Punjab Institute of Technology Building
  • Inside Government Polytechnic Campus, Polytechnic Road, PO: Chheharta, G.T. Road, Amritsar - 14310
  • Email -
  • Phone - +91 75895 61149

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IIM Amritsar Selection Process

IIM Amritsar Selection Process 2021

Candidates need to undergo a two-stage selection process to get selected at IIM Amritsar. The two stages are listed below -

Stage 1 - Pre-Personal Interview Process

It is the first screening step for applicants eligible through CAT scores. Here, candidates for WAT and PI are selected based on their CAT score, which is fixed for all categories.

Stage 2 - Shortlisting on the basis of WAT/PI

Candidates need to appear at this stage for a 20-minute written ability test, followed by a personal interview. Candidates are then shortlisted to prepare a final shortlist based on stage 1, WAT / PI score, and other parameters given below.

Parameter Weightage
CAT score 45%
Class 10th scores 10%
Class 12th scores 10%
Bachelor's degree 20%
Gender diversity 10%
Work experience 5%

Final shortlisting

Based on the students selected in the above two levels, they will be evaluated for final selection on the basis of the following parameters -

Parameter Weightage
10th Boards 5%
12th Boards 5%
Bachelor's/Professional Degree 10%
Work Experience 10%
Academic Diversity (applicable to non-engineers) 5%
Gender Diversity 5%
CAT 25%
Personal Interview (PI) 25%
Written Ability Test (WAT) 10%

Students who are chosen on the basis of the above requirements will receive an offer letter of admission, which must be accepted in order to confirm enrollment.

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IIM Amritsar Seat Intake

IIM Amritsar Seat Intake 2021

IIM Amritsar increased the seat intake for the upcoming batches of the MBA programme to 153.

IIM Amritsar Seat Reservation 2021

Seat reservation at IIM Amritsar is in line with Government of India reservation policy as follows -

Category Seat Reservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes 27%
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) 10%
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) 5%

IIM Amritsar Placements

IIM Amritsar Placement

  • Highest CTC – INR 40 LPA
  • Average CTC – INR 12.61 LPA
  • Average CTC for top 25% – INR 17.86 LPA
  • Total candidates placed – 106

IIM Amritsar Placement Sector Wise

Sector Percentage 
Consulting 23
IT 11
Ed Tech 10
Financial Services 7
Gems & Jewellery 6
Logistics 5
Education 5
Media & Advertising 3
Research 3
Healthcare 2
Construction 2
Technology Services 1

IIM Amritsar Placement Domain Wise

Domain Percentage of Jobs offered
Sales 33
Advisory 17
Business Analyst 12
Operations & Analytics 9
Marketing 8
Finance 7
Consultant 6
Business Development 6
HR 1
IT Software 1

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IIM Amritsar Admission 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are the top recruiting sectors at IIM Amritsar? 

Ans. The top three recruiting sectors at IIM Amritsar are Consulting, BFSI, and IT.

Ques. What is the eligibility for MBA at IIM Amritsar?

Ans. The eligibility for MBA at IIM Amritsar is Eligibility: Must have passed Bachelor's degree, have valid score card of CAT entrance and the Selection Criteria is Entrance Merit-based. 

Ques. What are the previous years cut off for IIM Amritsar?

Ans. Starting with a typical cut-off of 96.30 for the starting batch (2015), the cut-off for 2016 batch dropped to 95.6 and remained stable at 90 until 2018.

Ques. What is the placement rate at IIM Amritsar?

Ans. The previous MBA batch witnessed 100% placement. The highest salary package was of INR 40 LPA. The institute welcomed 21 new recruiters. The most prominent recruiters include:

  • Accenture
  • Anand Rathi
  • Apollo Munich
  • Deloitte
  • GroupM

Ques. What are the factors of admission at IIM Amritsar?

Ans. Besides that, admission often relies on previous academic records and job experience of the applicant. Therefore, IIM Amritsar takes 5 elements into account when preparing the final merit list - CAT percentile, PI Score, WAT Score, Academic/Gender Diversity and Work experience. Those who pass all rounds of the application process successfully will be eligible for admission.

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

CAT 2021 : 4 answered questions


Ques. What would my score have to be to get a call from any of the top IIM or other B-Schools like FMS, SP Jain, XLRI, ISB, MDI, etc.?

● Top Answer By Udita Mishra on 05 Jul 21

Ans. My brother is a CAT aspirant and has done extensive research on the cutoff for reputed B-Schools. Here is what he had to say about it.  Most of the colleges mentioned above take admission through CAT. So, if you are a general category student then you will need to score around 90-95% in order to get accepted at MDI, IMI, TAPMI, Great Lakes, KJ Somiya, and new IIMs.  In order to get admission at top IIMs, FMS, or ISB you will have to score at least around 98.5 or above.  XLRI takes admission through XAT and the cutoff is similar and around 99 percentile.  Hope this gives you some idea about the cutoff required for admission at these B-Schools.Read more
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Ques. How can a student with low academics get placed in B schools like XLRI, FMS, JBIMS, MDI, etc.?

● Top Answer By Damini Das on 28 Jun 21

Ans. It is important to know about the factors that might help you to get admission to B-schools. If you ask me, XLRI, MDI, JBIMS, and a few of the newer and baby IIMs have admission policies with distributed weight-age systems. Not only CAT cut off but also they do a selection on the profile basis. They check for job experience and other skill sets if any. You may face tough interrogation during the Interview process as you have low academic scores but it may also be overlooked if your CAT scores are high and your profile is good. Also, if you have any decent work-ex, it can make an impression on the selection committee. Moreover, you should score at least 60% in your academic career as most organizations require this. Exception cases are considered provided one is able to display significant tech skills/managerial qualities or a high score on the job requisite skills matrix. If in case you have less than 60%, you are already out of IIMs criteria and your chance to get into IIMs. Also, colleges like FMS give more weightage on CAT scores and less on academics.Read more
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Ques. What are my chances for IIM B,C or XLRI BM if I score 99.5%+ in CAT and XAT?

● Top Answer By Rahul Regi on 18 Jun 21

Ans. If you have a 99.5+ percentile in CAT, you have a good chance to get selected in IIM A, B, C, or XLRI. One of my friends was in a similar situation and these points helped him understand the proper requirements to get an interview call from these institutes. An overall good academic profile is definitely required. Mostly, the academics of college, 10th and 12th are considered.  In IIM interviews, there are several candidates with 90+ percentages in 10th and 12th, and 80+ percentages in engineering.  So, good academics can make a huge difference. Candidates in the SC category even get seats in IIM A, B, C, XLRI, etc with a 95+ percentile score in CAT and with some high academics.  So, the 99.5 percentile for an SC student is an excellent score. During the initial shortlisting, sports and other extracurricular activities don't matter much. But, in interviews, it can turn out to be an important point of discussion. For summer and final placements, extra-curricular definitely helps a lot. For the rest of IIMs, 90+ percentile is a sufficient score. There are several students with 91-92 percentile and got admission in IIM L, I, and K. So, the chances of new IIMs to shortlist such a candidate is very high. For XLRI, the score required for Business Management is 96 percentile, and for Human Resource Management, it is 93/ 94+ percentile in XAT. So, a student with a 99.5 percentile is sure to get shortlisted. Getting 99.5 percentile in CAT/ XAT is not an easy task, and requires a lot of hard work, dedication towards studies, and a never-give-up attitude. Such a score has good chances in all the top Business Schools in India.Read more
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Ques. What should be my CAT percentile and how can I get a call from IIM A/B/C/L/I/K, FMS and XLRI?

● Top Answer By Ajay Singh on 30 May 21

Ans. You will not get a call from IIM A or IIM B if your 12th marks are low. Neither IIM K will call you as they do not give weightage to 10th marks, but to 12th and graduation score. You can get a call from IIM-K if you have a percentile between 97-98. The percentile you need to get a call from other IIMs are as follows: IIM C- To get a call from IIM-C you need above 99.5 percentile, which is likely to decrease the increasing diversity. IIM L- You need above 99.2 percentile, which is likely to decrease the increasing diversity. FMS- You need 98.5 percentile and 99.5 percentile for conversion, XLRI- XAT score in BM should be 95 percentile for call and 99.2 percentile for conversion. And in HRM 90 percentile for getting a call, and 9 percentile for conversion.  Therefore, you need to work hard and get above 90 percentile to get a call from IIMs. Read more
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shivkumar dama
I live in Amritsar, do I still need to live in the campus hostel?
sinbad chongtham

It is not mandatory to opt hostel facility at the IIM, Amritsar. Priority for hostel accommodation is given to students who lives distantly from the campus.

kashish tomar
How shall I prepare for the exam?
aniket ranjan

CAT Exam consist of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning as well as Quantitative Aptitude. your sole focus should be on making yourself comfortable with the exam pattern and working on efficiency and accuracy. Start attempting mock tests, sample papers, or solving previous year papers.

Total how many seats are there in IIM Amritsar?
aditi arun

Hello Devi,

The seat matrix keeps on changing and there is no fixed number of seats available. The intake in the year 2020 was 120. So it will be approximately the same this year too. For more details about the college, visit – IIM Amritsar.

Is IIM Amritsar a good college for future prospects?
aditi arun

Hello Sameer,

IIM Amritsar is one of the best IIMs among the New IIMs. The final placements go as high as 54 LPA with an average of 12 LPA.