IIM Bangalore CAT Cutoff and Selection Process

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    IIM Bangalore emerged as the leading management institution of the country by securing the first rank in NIRF 2019 Rankings. It is also among the top 50 global schools in the Financial Times Executive Education 2020 Rankings, the only institute from India to feature in this list. IIM Bangalore adopts a two-phase selection process- Phase I involves Clearing CAT Cutoff, Phase II involves - Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). 

    IIM Bangalore released the final shortlist for its 47th PGP batch on May 9, 2020. Delay in the final selection process occured due to COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown. Shortlist for Written ability test and personal interview was released on January 10 after CAT Result was declared on January 4, 2020. IIM bangalore relaxed CAT Cutoff for admissions in 2020 with greater focus on academic profile. 

    • WAT and PI shall be conducted at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. Candidates shortlisted for the PI process have to take WAT on a topic provided by IIM Bangalore.

    • Class X and XII grades, academic performance at graduation level, and prior work experience are also considered while preparing the final merit list.

    • IIM Bangalore increased the weightage of CAT Score to 40% for PGP admissions 2020-2022. 

    • For foreign nationals, GMAT score will be accepted. 

    Candidates can check their admission status by entering your CAT 2019 registration number and Email Id at IIM Bangalore website as shared below.

    Direct Link to Check IIM Bangalore Final List

    The management programs offered by the Institute are as follows:

    1. Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP)

    2. Fellow Program in Management (FPM)

    3. Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM)

    4. One year full-time Executive Postgraduate Program in Management (EPGP)

    5. Post Graduate Program in Enterprise Management (PGPEM)

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    CAT Cut off for IIM Bangalore

    CAT Cut off for IIM Bangalore

    Cut off is the minimum score or percentile which a candidate must get to be shortlisted by a college or an institute for the next phases of the selection process. Each of the IIM has its own separate cut off to admit the best candidates from the thousands of aspirants who apply every year.

    Considering the fact that IIM Bangalore is one of the premium business schools in the country and the number of applicants is almost the same as the number of CAT takers, the cut-off remains on the higher side.

    IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2019

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    IIM-B Admission Criteria - Phase 1

    IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria: Phase 1 - CAT Cutoff 

    A balanced score in all three sections of CAT: Verbal ability and reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude,data interpretation and logical reasoning. In addition a sound academic profile is a must to get into prestigious IIM Bangalore. The minimum eligibility criteria for the previous year is as follows:

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    IIM-B Admission Criteria - Phase 2

    IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria - Phase 2

    In this phase, the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered. While for the content & style, the score given by an independent evaluator will be considered in Personal Interview. IIM Bangalore Selection Process Phase 2 includes the below stages- 

    1. Written Ability Test (WAT) (Score = 10)

    2. Personal Interview (PI) (Score = 30)

    The WAT score and the personal interview score after standardization across interview panels and sessions will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score.

    • CAT (weight = 25)

    • 10th board (weight = 10) 

    • 12th board (weight = 5) 

    • Bachelors (weight = 10)

    • Weighted Work Experience (weight = 10)

    The final offers of admission to candidates will be made strictly on the basis of ranks in each category on the final aggregate score.

    The average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly, the work / professional experience component score (maximum score 5) used in Phase 1 will be revised in Phase 2 (maximum score 10).

    IIM Bangalore Shortlisting Parameters

    IIM Bangalore Shortlisting Parameters 2019

    • IIM Bangalore increased the weightage of CAT Score to 40% for PGP admissions 2020-2022.

    • The parameter followed for PGP admissions 2020-22 are tabulated below:

    ParameterWeightage in Percentile on a 100 scaleDetails
    CAT 2019 Percentile40Prescribed differently for each section
    Class 10 marks2090% and above
    Class 12 marks1090% and above
    Bachelors Degree20Stream wise weightage
    Gender diversity2Preference to Female candidates
    Work Experience83 years and more given maximum weightage
    • The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.
    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, final scores obtained by them are used for the bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if their final score is pending.
    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardized for all candidates in the first shortlist.
    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, the score/weight for work experience is calculated as:

    Pre PI score for Work Experience

    = 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36

    = 8 if x >= 36

    Where x is the months of work experience up to July 2019, as captured in CAT application form (and substantiated in the application to IIMB). This implies that the score will peak at 36 months work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre-PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score

    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, the weights for the parameters are fixed as:

    1. CAT = 40

    2. 10th board = 20

    3. 12th board = 10

    4. Bachelors = 20

    5. Gender Diversity = 2 

    6. Work Experience = 8

    The 40 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows:

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)10
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)16
    Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)14
    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, the top 10 candidates in each of the following: total score in CAT , adjusted Bachelors’ score (commerce, arts, and science disciplines) and Professional (CA/ICWA/CS), from the first shortlist, as created using the criteria (in first table) automatically qualify for PI. These candidates are given a chance to appear for PI due to their exceptional performance in these categories. However, at the end of Phase 2, all such candidates must merit selection at an identical level of composite aggregate score like any other candidate.
    • For all candidates in the first shortlist, normalization or standardization in any component stated above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardization is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its sub-divisions; Standardized score, truncated between 0 and weight (wt) is computed from the raw score (val) as:
    Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean) / sd) * wt / 6}]

    IIIM Bangalore Admission Dates 2021

    IIIM Bangalore Admission Dates 2021

    Given below are tentative dates for PGP 2021-23:

    EventDate (Tentative)
    Application DeadlineDecember 05, 2020(5.00 p.m. IST)
    Interview ShortlistDecember 08, 2020
    Interviews DatesDecember 16 or 17, 2020
    OffersDecember 26, 2020
    Last date for accepting offersJanuary 25, 2021
    Programme RegistrationJune 14, 2021

    IIM Bangalore Admission through GMAT

    IIM Bangalore Admission through GMAT

    • For candidates applying via GMAT, a separate process will be followed.

    • It is important for a candidate applying via GMAT to have resided abroad for at least 18 months in the preceding three years, have a valid GMAT score, and should not be / have been in a position to appear for CAT. The GMAT code for IIMB PGP is Q9H-KK-49. 

    • The first shortlist among such applicants is created by applying the same percentile cut-offs for CAT, as used for the general category candidates. 

    • The academic background and international experience of the candidate will be scrutinized.

    • The evaluating faculty will also assess whether the candidate is likely to gain admission through CAT. 

    • All shortlisted candidates will appear for the PI round. 

    • Candidates appearing for the PI process through remote video conferencing would be required to take the Written Ability Test (WAT) through email.

    *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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