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IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off 2021: Selection Criteria, Eligibility, and Placement

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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On - Jun 21, 2021

IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off was released by the institute for admission in the 2021-23 MBA batch. The qualifying CAT Cut off was 85 percentile for the GN category candidates. Based on the sectional and overall qualifying CAT Cut off candidates were shortlisted for the further admission rounds. IIM Visakhapatnam has released the final admission list (2021-23 MBA batch​) on May 26, 2021 and the classes will start from June 28, 2021. Read More IIM Shortlist and Admission

For candidates belonging to various categories, the qualifying cut off range was 40 to 75 percentile. IIM Visakhapatnam Ranking is 28th by Outlook ICARE, among top 30 management colleges with an overall score of 67.14. IIM Visakhapatnam fees is INR ₹ 1,300,000 (total fee) for postgraduate programs. Check IIM Visakhapatnam Course and Fees.

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  • May 15: IIM Udaipur & Raipur will release the final admission offers for  2021-23 MBA batch on May 21, 2021. Check Here
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Read the article to know more about IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off, selection process, and much more. 

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IIM Vizag CAT Cutoff 2020

IIM Visakhapatnam Cut Off 2020




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IIM Vizag CAT Cutoff 2019

IIM Visakhapatnam Cut Off 2019

  • IIM Visakhapatnam Cut off mentioned above in the table is for shortlisting the candidates for further rounds like PI, WAT, etc. 
  • Also, the actual CAT 2019 cut-offs of those candidates who are called for interviews could be much higher.
  • Those candidates who have scored minimum cut off percentile in CAT section-wise and overall were considered for the subsequent rounds.
Category Section-1 VARC Section-2 DILR Section-3 QUANT CAT 2019 Overall percentile
General 80 80 80 85
NC-OBC 60 60 60 60
SC 50 50 50 55
ST 30 30 30 40
PWD 30 30 30 40
IIM Vizag Cutoff 2018

IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off 2018

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall Percentile
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
ST 60 60 60 75
SC 50 50 50 55
DAP 50 50 50 50

IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Process

IIM Vizag Admission Process

Candidates can go through the following steps to knowe about the IIM Visakhapatnam Admission process:

Step 1: Appear for CAT Exam

  • Candidates have to appear for CAT and score the minimum sectional and overall percentile in order to become eligible for first stage screening process for admission at IIM Visakhapatnam

Step 2: Shortlist for PI and WAT

  • Candidates are short-listed for Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) based on CAT score. 
  • Other factors involved in shortlisting of students are excellent academics, who have applied to the programme, who satisfy the eligibility criteria and candidates who reconfirm their interest in the admission process at IIM Visakhapatnam.

Step 3: Preparation of Shortlist

  • Candidates with an excellent academic record and work experience will be shortlisted.
  • If a candidate missed the score required in CAT alone but have a good score in the exam then such candidates will be preferred in the shortlisting process as against those who have only a high CAT score but have a poor academic profile and poor quality of work experience.
  • IIM Visakhapatnam puts emphasis on consistent and high performance in academics and other parameters.

Step 4: Admission Offer

  • Candidates who will clear WAT & PI round will get admission offers from IIM Visakhapatnam.
  • The final selection is based on the merit list prepared by taking into consideration factors. 
  • The admission offer will be made to the candidates in the last week of May 2021 and the academic session as IIM Visakhapatnam begins in July 2021.

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IIM Vizag Selection Criteria

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria is a 3 step process:

  • Pre shortlisting criteria
  • Shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT
  • Final selection

IIM Visakhapatnam uses various parameters along with section-wise scores in CAT to shortlisting the candidates for admission in PGP.

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IIM Visakhapatnam Pre-Shortlisting Criteria

  • All the eligible candidates who had appeared for CAT and also applied for IIM Visakhapatnam are considered in this round.
  • The shortlist of candidates is created based on the minimum overall and section-wise CAT percentile decided by the authorities.
  • After that shortlisted candidates are asked to reconfirm their interest for admission.
  • IIM Visakhapatnam sends the e-mail to all candidates who have applied to IIM Visakhapatnam and also those who meet the minimum CAT 2020 percentile criteria.
  • Further the E-mail has a link to a new web page where the candidates have to reconfirm their interest for admission to the PGP program offered at IIM Visakhapatnam. 

IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlisting Criteria for PI-WAT Round

  • As mentioned above that candidates have to reconfirm their interest for admission. Only those candidates who will reconfirm the same are considered in Phase 2 of Shortlisting for PI-WAT round.
  • Academics scores of candidates along with CAT scores or percentile are given the highest weightage. 
  • The weightage of CAT score i.e 40 is further divided into different categories. 
  • A valid Work Experience is also given weightage in shortlisting for PI-WAT.

IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlisting Criteria Weightage is shared below:

Component Weight in percentage on a scale of 100 Key Points to Note
CAT 2019 Percentile 40 Section-wise weight prescribed
Class 10 marks 12 90 & Above percentile
Class 12 marks 10 90 & Above percentile
Bachelors degree 20 Stream-wise weights
Diversity 10 Awarded to Female Candidates & Non Engineers
Work experience 8 3 Yrs & Above awarded highest weight

The Weightage of 40 points for CAT 2020 percentile score is divided as shown in the table in order to shortlist candidates for PI round:

CAT 2020 Section Weightage Points in Shortlisting Weightage percentage
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  14 14%
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)  16 16%
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)  10 10%
Total Maximum weight to CAT 2020 score  40 40%

IIM Visakhapatnam Final Selection

  • All the shortlisted candidates have to participate in the final round to get admission in IIM Visakhapatnam.
  • Candidates will also have to submit a detailed application that includes a statement of purpose, details of semester wise marks in Bachelor’s degree, copies of all academic transcripts & certificates, copies of work experience certificates (if applicable), certificate of disability (if applicable), Category certificate (if applicable). 
IIM Vizag Final Selection Criteria

IIM Visakhapatnam Final Selection Criteria Weightage

Component Percentage weight on a scale of 100
WAT score 5
Personal Interview (PI) 25
CAT 2019 score 25
10th Class board marks 5
12th class board marks 5
Bachelors degree marks  10
Diversity (Gender (Female & transgender)/Non-engineer)  20
Work experience 5
Total Weightage 100
  • In the final selection round the maximum weightage is given to CAT score and PI that is 25 marks to each. 
  • WAT is of 5 marks and Gender diversity has a weightage of 20 marks. 
  • The time duration of WAT at IIM Visakhapatnam is 30 minutes. In WAT, candidates will be judged based on the type or quality of content and style or approach of writing. 
  • The weightage of work experience is 5 points and it also depends on the length and quality of work experience. Candidates with more than 36 months of managerial work experience will be given 5 marks and work experience of fewer than 6 months will not be considered valid. Moreover, Training/Project work done as a part of the curricular will not be considered.
  • Candidates will also require two confidential reference letters from their employers or from teachers in the academic institutions where they had been studied previously. 
  • Candidates who are shortlisted and interviewed by any one or more of the IIMs at Calcutta, Indore, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Lucknow (only for their PGP/PGPM programs), will not be required to appear for the personal interview of IIM Visakhapatnam. 
  • For these candidates, Personal Interview (PI) / Written Ability Test (WAT) scores of the above mentioned IIMs will be used for PI /WAT round at IIMV
  • In case, candidates are not shortlisted or interviewed by any of the IIMs as mentioned above will be required to appear for a Personal Interview (PI) / Written Ability Test (WAT) conducted by IIM Visakhapatnam.

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IIM Vizag Placements

IIM Visakhapatnam Placement

Key Highlights:

  • Highest CTC: Rs 27 LPA
  • Average CTC: Rs 13.08 LPA
  • Median CTC: Rs 12 LPA
  • Average CTC for top 25%: Rs 18.67 LPA
  • Average CTC for top 50%: Rs 15.73 LPA
  • Number of companies that participated: 75
  • MBA total offers made: 108

IIM Visakhapatnam Placement for Summer 2019-21

Function and Role Percentage 
Project Management 3
General Management 4
Product Management 9
Finance  15
HR 2
Operation  3
Analytics  4
Strategy Advisory 10
Sales and Marketing 50

IIM Visakhapatnam Top Recruiting Companies

  1. Amazon
  2. Anand Rathi
  3. BrowserStack
  4. Crompton
  5. Delhivery
  6. Franklin Templeton
  7. GMR Group
  8. HDFC Bank
  9. ICICI Lombard
  10. KPMG
  11. Mphasis
  12. Mu Sigma
  13. Raam Group
  14. The Quarry
  15. TVS Motors
  16. UltraTech
  17. Wipro
  18. Indian Oil
  19. BigBasket
  20. Yes Bank

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Frequently Asked Questions

IIM Vizag Admission 2021 FAQs

Ques. Is IIM Vizag not participating in IIM CAP? 

Ans. No. These are the IIMs that will not participate in CAP 2021

  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Amritsar 

Ques. How is the placement at IIM Visakhapatnam?

Ans. IIM Visakhapatnam gives 100% placement record. It provides excellent placements to it’s students. Here are some details about the placements:

  • Highest salary offered - INR 27 LPA
  • Average salary offered - INR 13.08 LPA

Ques. Is a housing facility available for local students of Andhra Pradesh?

Ans. Housing at IIM Vizag depends solely on availability of rooms. In most cases, housing facilities are available for all the admitted students of IIM Visakhapatnam.

Ques. What are the scholarships provided to the students of IIM Visakhapatnam?

Ans. Various types of scholarships are awarded to the students at the institute, which are:

  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs Scholarship (ST)
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Scholarship (SC)
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Persons with Disabilities (PwD)
  • Merit Cum Means Scholarship For Professional and Technical Courses CS
  • Aditya Birla Scholarship
  • Citi Women’s Leader Award

Ques. What CAT percentile do I need for the IIM Visakhapatnam?

Ans. Candidates require at least 85 percentile in CAT for admission at IIM Visakhapatnam.

*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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CAT scorecard.

Self-attested copy of examinations passed (10th, 12th and graduation).

Four copies of passport size photographs.

Photo copy as well as the original CAT exam admit card.

Photo copy as well as original Caste/Tribe certificate for candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

For candidates in their last year of graduation, they must produce a degree equivalent certificate. 

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IIM Visakhapatnam Admission 2021-23

Category VARC percentile Overall percentile
General 85 85
EWS 70 75
NC-OBC 70 75
SC 50 55
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