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IIM Bangalore CAT Cutoff and Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - November 21, 2017

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2018 has released. Candidates seeking admission to Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) for the academic year 2018-20, can apply until December 5 at its official website.

  • IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria involves 2 steps- Clearing CAT, Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). 
  • CAT Cut Off is expected to be 90 percentile this year.
  • WAT and PI will be conducted on the same day. Candidates shortlisted for the PI process will have to take WAT on a topic provided by IIM Bangalore. Check   CAT Result
  • Class 10-12 grades, academic performance at graduation level and prior work experience are also considered while preparing the final merit list.
  • For foreign nationals, GMAT score will be accepted.

Read more about  IIM Bangalore Admission 2018

Note- IIM Bangalore has announced that 40% weightage will be given to CAT Score for PGP admissions 2018-20. Earlier 20% weightage was given to CAT Score. The remaining 60% weightage will be based on several other factors. Read More

IIM Bangalore Admission Dates 2018

Given below are all important dates for PGP 2018-20:


Application Deadline

December 05, 2017 (5.00 p.m. IST)

Interview Shortlist

December 08, 2017

Interviews Dates

December 16 or 17, 2017


December 26, 2017

Last date for accepting offers*

January 25, 2018

Programme Registration*

June 14, 2018 

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2017- Phase 1

The first step to shortlist candidates is based on the percentile marks they secure in CAT 2017. Candidates clearing the minimum cutoff of CAT 2017 are only considered for the first shortlist list. The minimum CAT 2017 percentile is mentioned below:

CategorySection 1 (VARC)Section 2 (DILR)Section 3 (QA)Aggregate
NC – OBC75707080

Check CAT Previous year cut off analysis

Note- The above-mentioned CAT Cut-offs are not for the interview call. 

  • 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, CostAccounting, 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 2017

  • 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}]

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2018- 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)
How to clear CAT interview?CAT GD/WAT and PI Experiences

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 Admission 2018 through GMAT

  • For candidates applying via GMAT, a separate process will be followed.
  • It is important for a candidates 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 2017. 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 2017, 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. 



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