Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Lucknow

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh UGC Estd 1984 Autonomous University

IIM Lucknow Changes Admission Criteria 2020: Drops WAT from Process

Aishwarya Bhatnagar Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert

On April 14, IIM Lucknow released an official statement in wake of the held up admissions for 2020-22 announcing to remove WAT for the final selection of PGP, PGP-ABM, & PGP-SM candidates.

IIM Lucknow was to conduct WAT-PI online post April 15. This move has been taken due to the extension of nationwide lockdown amid COVID-19. Thus, reducing the admission selection process on the basis of CAT 2019 score, previous exam performance and work experience of 2 years which is an additional eligibility criteria along with personal interview (PI).

Students will now be evaluated on the basis of CAT 2019 score in different sections of the exam, cut off for which have been tabulated below, category-wise:

CategoryPGPPGP-ABM & PGP-SM
VARCDILRQATotalVARCDILRQATotal
General 8585859080808085
EWS7777778272727277
NC-OBC7777778272727277
SC5555557055555565
ST5050506550505060
PWD5050506550505060
  • VARC: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • DILR: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • QA: Quantitative Aptitude

Students must ensure that they submit their WAT-PI forms through the Google Doc link as sent by IILM Admission Team. Only those who qualify for PI and score according to the minimum CAT cut-off as released by the institution, would make it to the final selection list.

For pre-final admission selection, candidates must have scored at least 12 out of 40 in PI (passing marks) to make it to the final selection merit list. The weightage for final score calculation is equally distributed among the following sections:

Factors Weightage 
PGPPGP-ABM & PGP-SM
Common Admission Test (CAT) 20193530
Academic Performance5+55+5
Diversity 55
Work ExperienceN/A5
Personal Interview4040
Total Scores9090
  • The academic performance includes marks of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and marks of Graduation.
  • Whereas, diversity factor includes:
    • Academic Disciplines (DFa): Calculated based on subjects mentioned in the mark sheet submitted by the candidate.
    • Gender (DFb): To encourage gender diversity and have equal number of males and females in the batch.
  • Since WAT has been scrapped, the total scores record a fall of 10 percentile for admissions. Otherwise the total score would have been 100 each for admission.

Students of the 2020-22 batch of IIM Lucknow is the only batch to witness this slight alteration for management programs admission, for the first time in history. This step seems to be beneficial seeing the current state of affairs of the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Continuous delay in completion of admission process and further deferring the commencement of classes, is probably a major reason for causing anxiety among students. But being able to maintain social distance and successfully conducting PI online, IIM Lucknow seems to have found the appropriate solution for its aspiring Management students. 

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