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IIM Admission Criteria based on IIMCAT Score

Last Updated - October 06, 2016

Only the candidates with good fortune grab a seat in most prestigious B-school of India, the IIM. There are total of 20 IIM’s that operate in our country and attaining a seat in any one of them is no cakewalk! Carrying a stellar reputation of being the best Management institute in India, this elite group of all the IIM’s, is obviously the first preference of all candidates.

One thing that can help you get admitted to the IIM’s is your CAT Score. The CAT Exam Scores are the primary IIM Selection Criteria factor.  It is extremely important for all you aspiring candidates to score a high CAT Percentile, in order to get considered in the IIM’s. For the academic session 2017-19, the Common Admission Test 2016 will be held on December 4, 2016.

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Along with the IIMCAT Score, IIMs uses multiple parameters, namely academic performance in school, high school and graduation programmes to judge the suitability of candidates. Relevant work experience is also given weightage. Each IIM every year lays down different admission criteria and releases this criterion individually on their official website. According to these admission criteria only, the eligible candidates are selected for allotting admission.

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IIMCAT Selection Criteria

In order to get admitted to such a prestigious institute, your preparation must be exceptional too. We all know how rigorous the IIM Selection Process is. More or less, all the IIM’s follow the same selection stages as given below:

Stage I- CAT Score

Your IIMCAT Score is the first and foremost shortlisting criterion. Nearly 2 lac candidates appear for the CAT Exam each year. Candidates are selected on the basis of a minimum set CAT Percentile by the IIM’s. Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT 2016 Exam are considered for all the subsequent stages.

CategoryVerbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (PVRC)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank (PDILR)Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank (PQA)Overall percentile rank (PT)

The IIM’s believe in an academically diverse class, where they lay out a considerable weightage to both- academics and work ex. In this year, IIM Ahmedabad has also allowed freshers to take deferred admissions. This could possibly be a signal to accommodating more candidates with work experience.

Stage II- Written Ability Test/ Personal Interview

Almost all the IIM’s have replaced the GD round with the Written Ability Test (WAT). The increasing competition and limited time made the IIM’s take this new move. The WAT comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

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Each interviewer will use the PI and WAT to comprehensively evaluate the candidate’s ability to fit in and benefit from the PGP programme. The evaluating committee would assess the performance of the candidates in the PI process and make a final offer. There will be no quota or fixed number of seats for such candidates. There will also be no wait-lists for the same reason.

Stage III- Final Admission

Once the CAT Result and the WAT/PI results are declared, the names of the shortlisted candidates will be marked. The names of the candidates eligible for admission into the IIM’s will be displayed on the official website of the different IIM’s. Although every IIM has a different selection criteria, but they generally take the CAT Entrance Exam Score, academic history and your interview performance into consideration. If you are successful in satisfying all the above criteria, you are most likely getting a seat in any one of these institutes.

IIMCAT Seat Matrix

All the IIM’s offer different number of seats for admission. For the academic session 2016-2018, the various IIM’s have given out the below no. of vacant seats:

InstituteNo. of Seats
IIM Ahmedabad385
IIM Bangalore382
IIM Calcutta462
IIM Lucknow419
IIM Indore450
IIM Kozhikode375
IIM Shillong120
IIM Rohtak120
IIM Ranchi120
IIM Raipur120
IIM Trichy102
IIM Udaipur120
IIM Kashipur90
Total Seats3265

IIMCAT Results

The IIMCAT Exam is conducted in about 350 CAT Exam Centres and 99 cities. Applicants who will sit for the CAT Exam 2016, will anxiously wait for the CAT Results 2016. The CAT Results shall be declared on

One has to login to their account, then click on IIM CAT Result 2016 and download score card. The candidates can take out the printout of their score card and should keep them till the admission process doesn’t get over. Candidates shortlisted in the CAT Cutoff 2016 will be eligible for the next process. Through counselling students will get be allotted their best suitable colleges based on the marks obtained in the written test. Counselling starts just by the next day of declaration of the result. Candidates are suggested to be in touch and shall keep visiting the official website on regular basis.

IIM Selection Criteria

As we told you that all the IIM’s follow a different selection procedure. You can refer to the below table to know about each of them individually:

IIM Ahmedabad Selection CriteriaIIM Rohtak Selection Criteria
IIM Bangalore Selection CriteriaIIM Ranchi Selection Criteria
IIM Calcutta Selection CriteriaIIM Raipur Selection Criteria
IIM Lucknow Selection CriteriaIIM Sambalpur Selection Criteria
IIM Indore Selection CriteriaIIM Udaipur Selection Criteria
IIM Nagpur Selection CriteriaIIM Kashipur Selection Criteria
IIM Shillong Selection CriteriaIIM Bodh Gaya Selection Criteria

We hope all the deserving candidates get a seat in this prestigious institute. Candidates must note that the CAT Registration ended on September 27, 2016. The CAT Exam Date is December 4, 2016 and the CAT Results 2016 shall be declared in January 2017. Make sure you have an excellent CAT Preparation, so that you score the best possible marks. We wish you all the luck!



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