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IIM Ranchi CAT Cutoff 2021: Check Admission Criteria, Eligibility, Weightage & Selection Process

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IIM Ranchi has released the final admission list for MBA batch 2021-23 on May 21 which can be accessed by visiting the official website. The institute had shortlisted the candidates for WAT, PI rounds based on the qualifying CAT Cut off decided by IIM Ranchi. The cutoff general category was 94 percentile and for other category candidates, it was between 75 to 40. Read More IIM Shortlist and Admission

IIM Ranchi also has a TIME School Categorization of AAA. IIM Ranchi ranking is 20 as per the NIRF by MHRD(2020) and ranked number 10 by Outlook(2021). IIM Ranchi Fee ranges from INR 3 Lakhs to 7.8 Lakhs for different courses. IIM Ranchi Highest placement is usually around INR 20-22 LPA whereas the average Placement is around 15 LPA.

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Admission to PGP is on the basis of CAT score followed by WAT and PI, which is divided into 3 stages. CAT Counselling is held for candidates who qualify all the selection rounds, based upon the Consolidated Merit List (CML). Read the article to know more about IIM Ranchi Cut off and selection process. 

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CAT Cut off for IIM Ranchi

IIM Ranchi CAT Cut off 2020

  • All IIMs release their own cutoffs on the basis of their individualized admissions policies. 
  • Cutoff for IIM Ranchi will be concluded on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the CAT exam
Category VARC percentile DILR percentile QA percentile Overall percentile
General 80 80 80 94
EWS 60 60 60 75
NC-OBC 60 60 60 75
SC 45 45 45 55
ST 30 30 30 40
DAP 30 30 30 40

IIM Ranchi CAT Cut off 2019 

Section-wise cut off of IIM Ranchi CAT 2019 is given in the table below: 

Category  VARC  DI & LR  QA  Overall Percentile 
General  80  80 80 94
EWS 60 60 60 75
NC-OBC  60  60  60   75
SC 45  45 45 55
ST 30  30  30  40 
DAP  30  30  30  40 

IIM Ranchi CAT Cut off 2018 

Category  VARC  DI & LR  QA  Overall Percentile 
General  80  80 80 90
NC-OBC  60  60  60  78 
ST  60  60  60  75 
SC  50  50  50  65 
DAP  50  50  50  65

IIM Ranchi CAT Cut off 2017

The overall CAT cut off percentile as well as sectional cut off scores for admission to IIM Ranchi for 2017 is given below:

Category Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Verbal & Reading Comprehension Total (Overall)
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 72 72 72 81
SC 60 60 60 75
ST 50 50 50 65
DAP 50 50 50 65

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IIM Ranchi Eligibility

IIM Ranchi CAT Eligibility

  • IIM Ranchi Eligibility requires a candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree (3 year minimum) with at least a 50% aggregate 
  • For SC / ST / PwD candidates it is 45% aggregate 
  • Candidate should have scored the mandatory prescribed sectional and overall score to be shortlisted 
  • Candidates in their final year are also applicable for admission on the basis that they produce a certificate the can testify that they are in their final year and have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent 

IIM Ranchi PGP Selection Criteria

IIM Ranchi Selection Criteria for PGP

Step 1: Shortlisting of Candidates for WAT and PI 

  • IIM Ranchi will devise a merit list for the students who have been shortlisted for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).  
  • This list will be prepared on the basis of CAT score.
  • Expected cut off table (listed above) will be utilized for ranking candidates into different categories i.e. General, NC-OBC, SC etc. and further shortlisting based on the rank that they achieve
  • A separate list will be created by every IIM on the basis of their individualized shortlisting process

Step 2: Written Ability Test and Personal Interview 

  • The selection rounds of IIM Ranchi (PI and WAT) will be conducted on the same day at 5 different centers- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. 
  • Aspirants will have to write an essay on the topic given by the organizing institute within a duration of about 30 minutes.
  • Topics provided will assess the creative thinking ability and socio-political awareness of the individual.
  • Students may also be given the topics to write about economic and business affairs or sports for WAT.
  • In the PI round, candidates will be interviewed by a panel of judges to evaluate their academic profile, quality of work and personal characteristics. 

Step 3: Final Admission

  • After the Written Ability Test and Personal Interviews are completed, candidates who score the required marks will gain a rank on the merit list, better known as the Consolidated Merit List (CML)
  • CAT Weightage is divided as per the following table 
Component  Weightage 
CAT Score  30% 
Written Ability Test Score  10% 
Personal Interview Score  30% 
Profile  30% 
Total  100%
  • A candidate’s profile is also evaluated in various segments on the basis of their performance in various domains. This includes their academic profile, past work experience and if they contribute to the institute’s academic or gender diversity. 
Profile  Out of 30 marks 
Academic Profile  15 
Work Experience 
Academic Diversity 
Gender Diversity 
  • Candidate’s are evaluated by their overall academic competencies. This includes their graduation marks, their high school marks, as well as their secondary marks. 
Category  85% and above  80-85%  75-80%  70-75%  65-70%  Less than 65% 
SSC  4 1 0
HSC  3 2 1 0
Graduation  3 2 0
  • Average work experience of most candidates ranges from 24-29 months and 30-35 months for seasoned professionals and 0-6 months for freshers 
Duration of Work Experience  Maximum Marks 
Less than 6 months  0
6 to 11 months 
12 to 17 months  3
18 to 23 months 
24 to 29 months 
30 to 35 months 
Greater than or equal to 36  2
  • Academic diversity refers to whether the candidate’s background provides some diversity to the institution. 
Academic Diversity at bachelor’s degree level  Marks 
If bachelor’s degree is a non-engineering bachelor’ 5
Else  0
  • Gender diversity is a criterion of awarding 5 marks only to female candidates 

Weightage Criteria for PGP - HRM

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Weightage Criteria for PGP – HRM

Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM) at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is a two year, full time program. 

  • It allows candidates from diverse fields to join its highly intensive and integrative programme.
  • It includes 6 full trimesters and a summer project in between the two years. 
  • There is different weightage alloted to candidates on the basis of their undergraduate degree, their past work experience, their academic profile, and gender diversity 

Stage 1: Initial Shortlisting for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview 

Category  Weightage
CAT Score  75% 
Discipline at Bachelor’s Level  15% 
Work Experience  10%

Bachelor’s Level Weightage Rating

Bachelor’s Discipline  Rating Score 
Humanities / Commerce / Law  15 
Agriculture / Animal Husbandry / Dairy / Rural Studies  10 
Science  10 
Hotel & Tourism / Management / Forestry / Horticulture / Fisheries  10 
Medicine / Dentistry / Pharmacology / Pharmacy / Nursing  10 
Engineering / Technology 

Work Experience Weightage Rating 

Work Experience  Rating Score 
More than 12 months of work experience  10 
Else  0

Stage 2: Written Ability Test and Personal Interview 

Written Ability Test and Personal Interview will take place in 4 cities – Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Ranchi. 

Stage 3: Final Admissions

This stage includes the formulation of the Consolidated Merit List (CML)  and a final list of candidates will be selected on the basis of the list. 

Component  Weightage 
CAT Score  20% 
Personal Interview Score  35% 
Written Ability Test Score  20% 
Profile  25% 

Profile Score 

Profile  25 Marks  
Academic Profile  12 
Work Experience  10 
Gender Diversity  3

Academic Profile 

Category  85% and above  80-85%  75-80%  70-75%  65-70%  Less than 65% 
HSC  5 4 3 2 0=

Work Experience 

Less than 6 months  0
6 to 11 months 
12 to 17 months  8
18 to 23 months  10 
24 to 29 months  8
30 to 35 months 
Greater than or equal to 36 months 4

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Frequently Asked Questions

IIM Ranchi Admission 2021 FAQs

Ques. What is the average placement package for IIM Ranchi?

Ans. The placement package for IIM Ranchi is INR 15 LPA. 

Ques. What is the admission procedure for IIM Ranchi based on? 

Ans. IIM Ranchi Admission Procedure is one the basis of Entrance score + WAT / PI + Profile Check / Work Experience. 

Ques. What is IIM Ranchi MBA Fees? 

Ans. IIM Ranchi MBA Fees is INR 7.8 lakhs for the first year.

Ques. What is the weightage for Academic Profile at IIM Ranchi? 

Ans. The percentage marks obtained in high school and intermediate level along with UG level, falling under the given categories is marked. Less than 65% has no marks allotted. The allocation of marks are as follows: 

CAT (%)

90% and above

85% & above

80 - 85%

75 - 80%

70 - 75%

70 - 65%






















Ques. What is the weightage for work experience for admission at IIM Ranchi? 

Ans. Applicants will be awarded marks having a relevant work experience. Scores will be awarded depending upon the proof of experience and completion of the proposed time (months). The work experience marks distribution is as follows:

  • 6 months: no marks
  • 7 to 12 months: 1 mark
  • 13 to 18 months: 2 marks 
  • 19 to 24 months: 3 marks
  • 25 to 30 months: 5 marks
  • 37 to 42 months: 3 marks
  • 43 to 48 months: 2 marks
  • 48 months and above: 1 mark

*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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sourajit mukherjee
What is the difference between PGP or PGP-HRM?
sinbad chongtham

PGP stands for Post Graduate Program while PGP HRM stands for Post Graduate Program in Human Resource Management. The difference is that there are many PGP courses and PGP HRM is a course with its specialization in Human Resource Management.

shreya sarkar
Can I use 2 years old score?
aniket ranjan

Hii Shreya, Greetings from collegedunia. No, You can't use 2 year old cat score as the validity of CAT score is only one year. For more details Click Here

utkarsha khatri
Is IIM Ranchi better than IIM Lucknow?
swati srivastava

Hi Utkarsha, both IIMs are good but IIM lucknow is ranked above IIM Ranchi. For more details visit: CAT 2020