IIM Eligibility Criteria: Check Reservation, Shortlisting Criteria and IIM Requirements

    Himanshi Sharma Himanshi Sharma
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    The first step towards getting admission into the IIMs is appearing for the CAT entrance examination. Their aim is to provide admission to the eligible applicants every year in MBA and PGP Programmes. The IIM Eligibility Criteria and Selection Procedure includes three stages i.e. CAT score, performance in WAT and PI Round, and overall academic record - work experience, gender diversity and academics. 

    • In order to get admission in IIMs through CAT, it necessary for the candidates to fulfill the eligibility criteria and minimum required marks prescribed by the authorities. As Candidates get shortlisted on the basis of CAT score to get in IIMs. Check  CAT Eligibility Criteria

    • Candidates belonging to General Category are required to score 95 percentile, For NC-OBC candidates- 78 percentile, whereas, Scheduled Caste candidates must score 60 percentile and for ST & DAP candidates need to score 40 percentile respectively in the entrance exam.

    • The basic eligibility criteria in all the 20 IIMs is that the candidates need to secure 50% marks in graduation and CAT scores.

    • It is also required that a candidate must score above CAT Cut off marks fixed for that year.

    • Indian Institute of Management or commonly known as IIM has released the IIM Selection Criteria 2020-22. The official authorities will conduct an admission procedure which is known as IIM Selection Criteria 2020. 

    Read the article to know more about eligibility criteria, weightage, IIM Seat intake etc.

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    IIM Eligibility Criteria for MBA

    IIM Eligibility Criteria for MBA

    IIM Eligibility Criteria is similar to CAT Eligibility Criteria i.e. atleast 50% marks in the graduation for Unreserved Category. The candidates who are eligible to appear for CAT are also eligible for admission to the IIMs. However, they need to meet few other requirements for selection. The eligibility criteria for IIMS is mentioned below:

    • The basic eligibility criteria is that a candidate has to secure at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA for General and NC-OBC Category candidates.

    • Cadidates belonging to reserved categories (SC, ST and PwD/DA Category) must secure at least 45% marks or equivalent CGPA in the bachelor’s program. 

    • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam or awaiting for their results are also eligible to apply for IIMs.

    • Those candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be as per the process certified by the university/institute.

    • In order to be eligible for IIM Interview call, that candidate must meet the IIM qualifying cutoff/ shortlist.

    • To participate in WAT/GD-PI and interview call, candidates have to fulfill the IIM call cutoff set by the authorities.

    Eligibility Criteria for preparing IIM Merit list

    Eligibility Criteria for preparing IIM Merit list

    The eligibility criteria for preparing IIM Merit list will as follows:

    • As per the eligibility criteria of IIM Merit List, it includes 55% marks of CAT score, 21% of total marks consist of Personal Apperance (WAT & PI) whereas the rest 24% consist of Profile.

    • The Candidates CAT score is divided by maximum CAT score among candidates who have applied to IIMU and attended WAT and PI.

    • The Personal Appearance has further divided into two categories i.e. Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) which comprises 21% of the total marks.

    • The Candidates who do not meet the minimum required score in WAT & PI will not be considered for the merit list. The minimum score will be decided by IIM Udaipur

    • Profile consists of various components which includes, Academic Profile, Work Experience, Diversity. It comprises 24% of the total marks.

    Weightage for IIM selection

    Weightage for IIM selection

    Candidates can check the table given below which contains the weighatge of different parameters during the final selection in IIMs. 

    CAT Score55%
    Class 12th Score2%
    Class 10th Score2%
    Gender Diversity8%
    Under Graduation4%
    CA/CS/ICWA (Completed)2%
    Work Experience6%
    Written Ability Test6%
    Personal Interview15%

    IIM Minimum Eligibility for shortlisting to WAT/GD-PI Round

    IIM Minimum Eligibility for shortlisting to PA (WAT & PI) Round

    The cut-off percentile for IIM Eligibility to the Personal Appearance round is based on the percentile of the three sections. Candidates can check the category wise cut off list given below:

    CategoryPercentile (VARC)Percentile (DILR)Percentile (QA)Overall Percentile

    Note: The above data contains parameters and weight of IIM Udaipur of CAT 2019. Weights of each parameter vary for each IIM every year. 

    Documents required in WAT/GD-PI Round

    Candidates appearing for WAT/GD-PI Round, need to bring the following documents mentioned below:

    • Marksheets of class 10th and 12th and Graduation (Original and self attested photocopies).

    • Caste/disability/or class certificate in case of SC,ST,NC-OBC and PwD candidates (Original and self attested photocopies).

    • Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree or equivalent examination must have a certificate from the Pricipal/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that he/she has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (for general category candidates) and 45% marks or equivalent for candidates belonging to SC,ST,NC-OBC and PwD category.

    • Candidates can submit the marksheet and passing certificates before the deadline i.e. December 31, 2020. Non-submission of these documents before the last date will automatically result in cancellation of admission.

    Stages of IIM Admission and Selection Procedure

    Stages of IIM Admission and Selection Procedure

    IIM Admission procedure is divided into three stages. Candidates can read the various stages for IIM admission given below:

    Stage 1: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT Score

    After the announcement of CAT Result, the candidates are invited to apply for WAT/GD-PI, round by each IIM on its official website. Candidates meeting the minimum required shortlist cut off have to login through their CAT IDs to submit their name and CAT score.

    Stage 2: Screening of Candidates for WAT/GD-PI Round

    In this stage, candidates who applied for WAT/GD-PI, are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score and academic record. After that interview letters are sent to the shortlisted candidates.

    Stage 3: Calculation of Composite score and Final Selection

    In the third stage, the candidate’s composite score is calculated on the basis of various parameters to finalise his/her selection. In IIMs, the final selection includes assessing a candidate on certain parameters and calculating his/her composite score. The various parameters include, 

    • CAT score- Overall percentile score obtained in CAT entrance exam.

    • Graduation score- The aggregate percentage obtained in a three-year degree course or equivalent.

    • Class 10 & 12 score- The aggregate percentage score in class 10 and 12 or equivalent.

    • Performance in WAT/GD-PI- Each and every candidate’s performance in WAT/GD-PI is assessed and marks are allotted according to their performance.

    • Academic Diversity- Candidates from non-engineering backgrounds are gicen extra points to ensure representation of candidates from other streams. The points for academic diversity vary from each IIM campus.

    • Gender diversity- The IIMs give extra points to female/transgender candidates in order to have fair representation of each gender. The points for Gender diversity vary from each IIM campus.

    • Work experience- Extra points (from 1-5) are given to candidates having work experience. A range is defined from lowest to highest in this category. The points for work experience vary from each IIM campus.

    IIM Admission Process- Points to remember

    • Candidates qualifying for the second phase of admission process i.e. WAT/GD-PI will be informed by the Institute through e-mail, after the declaration of CAT result.

    • The shortlisting in IIMs is done through an online process wherein the candidates have to apply for the interview call. If selected, then the institute reaches out to them through e-mail.

    • In order to be eligible for the final phase of admission i.e. calculation of the composite score for final selection, then the candidates are required to participate in the WAT/GD-PI round.

    Reservation Criteria for IIM

    Reservation Criteria for IIM

    As per the reservation guidelines of the Central Government for admission in MBA program, the criteria for reserved category candidates is tabulated below:

    CategoryReservation percentage
    Scheduled Caste15%
    Scheduled Tribe7.5%
    OBC- Non-Creamy Layer27%
    Economically weaker section10%

    Check  CAT Reservation Criteria

    IIM 2020 Seat Matrix

    IIM 2020 Seat Matrix

    IIMsNumber of seats in MBA/PGP
    IIM Ahemdabad395
    IIM Kozhikode375
    IIM Lucknow500
    IIM Vishkhapatnam120
    IIM Calcutta460
    IIM Bangalore400
    IIM Indore450
    IIM Shillong180
    IIM Udaipur260
    IIM Rohtak240
    IIM Kashipur240
    IIM Trichy240
    IIM Amritsar160
    IIM Ranchi185
    IIM Nagpur130
    IIM Bodhgaya120
    IIM Sirmaur120
    IIM Sambalpur120

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    IIM Eligibility FAQs

    Question: What are the academic qualifications required for admission in IIMs?

    Ans. Candidates must possess a Bahelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent GPA from a recognized university/institute.

    Question: How much should I score in CAT to get admission into IIM?

    Ans. The candidates belonging to General Category require to score 95 percentile, For NC-OBC candidates need to score 78 percentile, whereas, Scheduled Caste candidates must score 60 percentile and for ST and DAP candidates need to score 40 percentile.

    Question: Which IIM gives highest weightage to CAT score?

    Ans. IIM Kozhikode gives maximum weightage i.e. 75 % to CAT score.

    *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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