IIM Bangalore (IIMB) CAT Cut Off

Updated On - October 23rd 2019By - Deepesh Johri

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut off is the minimum marks students need to score to be eligible for admission to MBA Program at IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Bangalore. After the announcement of CAT Result, all the participating Institutes release its separate cut off list. 

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  • The institute offers full-time PG management program for students and part-time executive management programs for working professionals.
  • Students securing above CAT Cut Off decided by IIM Bangalore are called for written ability test and personal interview.
  • Final selection is based on the overall performance of the students in both the two-phase Selection Procedure.

CAT Cut Off for IIM Bangalore has been constant for the past 2 years. Cut off to seek admission to various management courses through CAT at IIM Bangalore remained at 90 percentile in the past years. 

Located in India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, IIM-B (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore)  is among the top IIMs of the country, established in the year 1973.

Also Check Top Non-IIMs Accepting Less Than 90 CAT Percentile

The management programs offered by the Institute are as follows:

  1. Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP)
  2. Fellow Program in Management (FPM)
  3. Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM)
  4. One year full-time Executive Postgraduate Program in Management (EPGP)
  5. Post Graduate Program in Enterprise Management (PGPEM)

IIM Bangalore Previous Year CAT Cutoff

The table below shows the previous Year CAT Cutoff  percentile for different categories set by IIM Bangalore:

Section 1 (QA & DI)8070505050
Section 2 (VA & LR)9080505050
Overall Percentile9080707060

IIMs offer the best management courses in the country, the selection of which is based on CAT score, along with written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI). To pursue a management program in any one of the IIMs, the essential factor to consider is the IIM Cut Off. It is on the basis of this cut off, shortlisted candidates are eligible for admissions. 

Cut off is the minimum score or percentile which a candidate must get to be shortlisted by a college or an institute for the next phases of the selection process. Each of the IIM has its own separate cut off to admit the best candidates from the thousands of aspirants who apply every year.

After CAT Results are announced, the exam conducting authority announces CAT Cut Off. On the basis of this, each IIMs generate their shortlisting criteria or cut off and invite students for further selection and admission process. Usually, cut off under the different categories for all the IIMs remains more or less similar, though there can be a slight variation section wise.

Besides IIMs, there are few other prestigious institutes which take admission on the basis of CAT scores. However, all the IIMs have a high range of CAT cut offs, usually 90+ percentile. The other parameters for shortlisting candidates include, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.

However, in recent years, GD is gradually being replaced by Written Ability Test (WAT). Each parameter has its individual weightage on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weightage vary with each of the IIMs. Candidates are shortlisted based on their CAT scores vis-a-vis IIM Cut off and are called for WAT and PI.

Check IIM Institute Wise Cut off

CAT Cut Off for IIM Bangalore

Considering the fact that IIM Bangalore is one of the premium business schools in the country and the number of applicants is almost as same as the number of CAT takers, the cut off remains on the higher side. Over the past few years, the overall cut off for General category students has remained constant at 90 percentile. However, there are changes in category wise and sectional cut offs.

Let us check IIMB CAT cut-offs for the years 2017, 2016 and 2015 in the tables below:

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2017

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2017
CategoryVARCDI & LRQAAggregate

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2016

CategoryQA & DIVA & LRAggregate

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off 2015

CategoryQA & DIVA & LRAggregate


  • 2017: The cutoff for VARC section is higher by 5 points when compared to that of DI & LR and QA. While the overall cutoff for General and NC-OBC category candidates have remained same as in 2016, the cutoff for SC, ST and DA candidates have increased by five points.
  • 2016: The CAT cutoff for QA & DI section was 10 points lesser than that of the VA & LR section. This was deliberately done to ensure academic diversity. Compared to 2015, the VA & LR cutoff increased by five points in 2016. 
  • 2015: The CAT 2015 cutoff for IIMB was almost similar as that of the year 2016. 

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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

IIM Bangalore follows a two-phase selection process.

Phase 1: In the first phase, only those candidates are shortlisted who have secured minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT. Candidates securing a positive (greater than 0) raw score in all sections of the CAT will only be considered. Candidates must secure more than the IIMB cut off.

Phase 2: The second phase is Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds. Only successful candidates from phase 1 will be called for the second phase of selection. Selection criteria will also include past academic records, work experience, gender diversity and another personality test.

Each interviewer in the interview round will give his/her individual score and the average of the scores will be considered. For WAT, the scores given by an independent evaluator will be considered. It is to be noted that the selection process, parameters and weights used are same for applicants of all categories. All candidates also need to submit three confidential reference letters from their faculty or employers and this will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation during PI round.

Required Documents

Admission will be finalized in IIM Bangalore only after the admission seeker produces the following documents:

  • CAT scores
  • Class 10 result
  • Class 12 result
  • Graduation result
  • Scores of Written ability test
  • Personal interview
  • Work Experience
  • Gender Diversity  



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