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IIM Admission Criteria based on CAT Score

Last Updated - September 02, 2019

CAT 2019 is scheduled for November 24, 2019 (Sunday)  in computer-based mode. CAT Registration has commenced on August 7, 2019. Last date to apply for the exam is September 19, 2019. Candidates having bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks are only eligible to apply. Check CAT Eligibility

CAT is a national level entrance exam held for admission to MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) programs. It is conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotational basis. 

CAT 2019 result is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019. After the announcement of the result, all the participating institutes along with IIMs release their separate cut off list. Candidates score equal or more than cut off marks are only eligible to get admission in their desired institute. Check CAT Cut Off

Only the candidates with good fortune grab a seat in most prestigious B-school of India, the IIMs. There is a 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.


IIM Selection Criteria through CAT

In order to get admitted to such a prestigious institute, your preparation must be exceptional. 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 CAT Score is the first and foremost shortlisting criterion. Nearly 2 lac candidates appear for the CAT 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 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)
General70707080
NC-OBC-cum-transgender65656575
SC60606070
ST50505060
PWD (Except ST)60606070
PWD (ST)50505060

The IIM’s believe in an academically diverse class, where they lay out a considerable weightage to both- academics and work experience. 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 an essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Each interviewer will use the PI and WAT to comprehensivelyevaluate the candidate’s abilityto 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.

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CAT Result

CAT 2019 result is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2019. Candidates can check their result on the official website of the exam i.e. iimcat.ac.in by using their user id and password. Applicants who will successfully qualify the exam are only eligible to apply for the counseling process. 

One has to login to their account, then click on IIM CAT Result 2019 and download scorecard. 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 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 Calcutta Selection CriteriaIIM Rohtak Selection Criteria
IIM Lucknow Selection CriteriaIIM Ranchi Selection Criteria
IIM Indore Selection CriteriaIIM Raipur Selection Criteria
IIM Nagpur Selection CriteriaIIM Sambalpur Selection Criteria
IIM Shillong Selection CriteriaIIM Kashipur Selection Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques – Do you get a stipend while pursuing MBA program from IIM?

Ans – At IIMB, Indian students pursuing fellow program in management get a stipend. 

Ques – What is the minimum salary of IIM student?

Ans – Mean Domestic Salary of 2-year, full-time PGP student is Rs 16,36,346 and for one-year, full-time MBA (PGPX) salary is Rs 18,40,000.

Ques – Which is the best IIM?

Ans – As per the latest NIRF ranking, IIM Bangalore is the best among all IIMs. 

Ques – Does IIM offers MBA or PGDM?

Ans – IIMs offers PGDM not MBA because IIMs are autonomous body and conducts management courses. Therefore, these institutes cannot offer MBA Program. 

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