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    IIM Calcutta 2020 Admission Criteria Through CAT

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    IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM final shortlist has been released for the academic year 2020-2022. Authorities have not considered weightage given to Written Ability Test (WAT) and the process was dropped due to COVID-19 outbreak. IIM Calcutta takes into consideration CAT Cut Off, academic record, work experience and other parameters.  The final selection is done through overall performance of the candidate. IIM Calcutta offers 2-year Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGP-PGDM) which is a full-time residential course. The course structure consists of the core curriculum, a summer internship and elective courses (optional).

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    Eligibility for PGP-PGDM in IIM Calcutta

    Eligibility for PGP-PGDM in IIM Calcutta

    IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria for admission to PGP-PGDM Course is given below-

    • Valid CAT Score
    • A candidate should have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any stream) with at least 50% marks.
    • 5%-mark relaxation is given to the candidates belonging to reserved category (SC/ST/PwD).
    • In case, a candidate is awarded grades or CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades and CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the bachelor’s degree has been obtained.
    • For the university/institute which doesn’t have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks then it can be obtained by multiplying the maximum CGPA with 100.
    • The partial fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria may result in cancellation of candidature as it is verified at various stages of IIM Calcutta selection process.

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    IIM Calcutta CAT Cutoff

    IIM Calcutta CAT Cutoff

    Shortlisting for Personal Interview (PI)

    After the declaration of CAT result, candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT score, past academic performance (class 10, 12 and graduation) and prior work experience.

    Stage 1: Eligibility for PI

    IIM Calcutta shortlists candidates for PI on the basis of CAT Scores. The table given below represents IIM Calcutta Previous Year CAT Cut off, you can check the previous year cut off for future reference. 

    CategorySection 1
    Quantitative Ability (QA)
    Section 2
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
    Section 3
    Verbal Ability (VA)
    Overall Cut Off
    OPEN≥ 80≥ 80≥ 80≥ 90
    NC-OBC≥ 75≥ 75≥ 75≥ 85
    SC≥ 65≥ 65≥ 65≥ 70
    ST≥ 60≥ 60≥ 60≥ 70
    DA≥ 65≥ 65≥ 65≥ 70

    Candidates clearing CAT cut off will only be considered for calculation of their composite scores. The shortlisting of candidates for PI is done on the basis of a composite score.

    Stage 2: Calculation of Composite Scores for Shortlisting for PI

    The Composite Score is calculated on the basis of CAT score, Class 10 and Class 12 aggregate percentages and Gender Diversity Factor. The method of allotting points for class 10 and 12 percentages based on aggregate scores is mentioned below:

    Class 10 (marks in %)PointsClass 12 (marks in %)Points
    ≥8010≥8010
    ≥ 75 and < 808≥ 75 and < 808
    ≥ 70 and < 756≥ 70 and < 756
    ≥ 65 and < 704≥ 65 and < 704
    ≥ 60 and < 652≥ 60 and < 652
    < 600< 600

    The composite cut-off score is used for short-listing the candidates for the PI stage in each category. The number of candidates shortlisted for the PI stage would be the discretion of the institute and would depend on the number of seats available. 

    Components and corresponding weights assigned for generating category-wise short-lists for the PI stage

    ComponentsWeightsmethod of CalculationRemarks
    CAT 2019 Overall Score28(A/B) x 28Percentile Score
    Class 10 marks10As per Table 2 aboveScores obtained from above table
    Class 12 marks10As per Table 2 aboveScores obtained from above table
    Gender Diversity Factor22 points will be awarded to promote gender diversityIIM-C doesn’t provide marks for academic diversity.
    Total50 -Total points obtained out of 50

    A = Candidate’s Total CAT 2019 score
    B = Maximum CAT 2019 Score

    Also Check CAT Score Calculation

    What is Gender Diversity Factor in IIM-C?

    What is Gender Diversity Factor?

    Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for phase 2 of the admissions process. It is further divided into- Academic and Gender.

    The Academic Diversity Factor ensures diversity in academic streams and the Gender Diversity factor aims at a proper ratio of males to females, by awarding a certain percentage of marks to the female candidates.

    The weightage of these factors varies depending on the institute.

    InstituteDiversity Factor: AcademicDiversity Factor: Gender
    IIM, CalcuttaNA2%
    IIM, Lucknow3%2%
    IIM, Kozhikode2%5%
    IIM, AhmedabadNANA
    IIM, Bangalore10% based on 10 and 12NA

    IIM Calcutta WAT-PI Process

    Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

    Candidates based on their composite score will be called for the PI stage of the selection process that would comprise a Personal Interview (PI) and a Written Ability Test (WAT).

    • IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria uses is a 2-phase selection process- Clearing CAT Cut Off, Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). 
    • 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 Calcutta.
    • The topics for WAT will generally reflect current socio-political, economic and business affairs, though other topics such as sports and those that require more creative thinking may also be included.
    • Duration of WAT will be of about 30 minutes.
    • During the personal interview, the panel will evaluate each candidate's performance on academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits.

    IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria for Final Selection

    IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria for Final Selection

    The below table represents the method of calculation of final score-

    CriterionMaximum Weights
    CAT 2019 Score15
    Personal Interview (PI)24
    Written Ability Test (WAT)5
    Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)):
    Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list X below are eligible for ADFB:
    If (Bachelor’s degree is from the list X)
    ADFB=2;
    else
    ADFB=0
    Work Experience4
    Total50

    List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering bachelor’s degree not mentioned above.

    • For work experience, a maximum of 4 points will be awarded depending on the length of service as on January 31, 2020.
    • Only managerial work experience after graduation will be considered.
    • Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

    Work Experience Points considered in IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria are shown in the following bar graph-

    IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria, IIM Calcutta Selection Procedure, CAT Cut Off, CAT, CAT 2017

    The final selection list of CAT will be based on merit in each category, minimum qualification on the above-mentioned criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into IIM Calcutta.

    IIM Calcutta reserves the right to make changes in IIM Calcutta Admission Procedure, if considered necessary at any point.




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