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IIM Lucknow CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - November 21, 2017

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) is soon going to release the admission dates for the academic year 2018-20. The application form for IIML will be available at

  • IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria involves 2 steps- Clearing CAT, Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). 
  • Apart from CAT Result, the merit list is also based on past academics and work experience.
  • CAT 2017 Cut Off for IIM Lucknow is expected to be between 85-90 percentile for all management courses. 
  • IIM Lucknow calculates a ‘Composite Score’ on the basis of which candidates are shortlisted for WAT and PI.
  • There is also an insertion of Diversity Factor, which is based on gender and stream of graduation.

Know More About: CAT Counselling and Selection Process

Courses Available at IIM Lucknow

  • Post Graduate Program (PGP)
  • Post Graduate Program in Agricultural Business Management (PGP-ABM)
  • Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGP-SM)

IIM Lucknow Eligibility Criteria

A candidate fulfilling the below conditions will be eligible for admission:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks
  • For reserved category candidates, the minum marks required are 45%
  • In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates still studying in their final year/ awaiting result, can apply

List of Equivalent Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B.Tech 
  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions
  • Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi

IIM Lucknow Reservation

CategoryReservation (%)

IIM Lucknow CAT Cutoff 2017

Candidates need to clear the minimum sectional and overall CAT Cut off to be eligible for IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2018. The following table represents the same:

Category of CandidateFor PGPFor PGP ABMFor PGP SM

Check CAT Previous year cut off analysis

IIM Lucknow Score Calculation

After CAT Exam is conducted, IIM Lucknow calculates a ‘Composite Score’ on the basis of which candidates are shortlisted for WAT and PI.  A lot of factors are involved in the ‘Composite Score’ so calculated. Let us take a look at how different factors are considered for calculation of composite score:

Scaled CAT Score

CAT Score of a candidate carries the maximum weightage of 60% in the composite score for all 3 types of courses. Scaled CAT Score is calculated by dividing CAT Score (not percentile) with the highest possible score in CAT and then multiplying it by 60.

For example, if a candidate has scored 180 marks in CAT out of 300, the scaled CAT Score would be (180/300) * 60 = 36.

Method of Scoring: Scaled CAT Score = (Candidate’s CAT Score / Maximum Marks) X 60

Read  CAT Score Calculation

Class 12 Marks:

Most of the IIMs do consider the past academic scores of candidates and so does IIM Lucknow. Class 12 marks can carry a maximum weightage of 10 marks in the composite score. Different percentages in Class 12 carry different scores in the composite score.

Here is table representing the scores given to different percentages in Class 12 in the composite score

PercentageScore in CSPercentageScore in CS

Graduation Marks:

Candidates can get a maximum of 10 marks in composite score on the basis of their graduation percentage. The Graduation score of the candidate is normalized for each kind of stream.  IIM Lucknow uses a mathematical formula for normalization, but the variable of that formula actually depends upon the graduation scores of other candidates who have been shortlisted.

Therefore, candidates, instead of figuring out their composite score on the basis of graduation, should just keep in mind that maximum of it can be 10 and this score is relative, not fixed.

Work Experience (WE):

Work Experience carries a maximum weightage of 10 marks in PGP and PGP-SM, but it is not taken in consideration for PGP-ABM. Candidate needs to have a work experience of at least 6 months and 24 months for PGP and PGP-SM respectively, to get any points on work experience in Composite Score.

Candidates must not forget that work experience up to July 31, 2017 will be considered in Composite Score.

Work experience points can be calculated by deducting the minimum work experience required from the number of months of experience candidate has, and multiplying it by 0.5.

The maximum points for work experience can be only 10.

Method of Scoring:

For PGP Program, where WE is more than 6 months then WE = Min (X-6) * 0.5

For PGP-ABM Program, Work Experience = 0

For PGP-SM Program, where WE is more than 24 months then WE = Min (X-24) * 0.5

Thus, if a candidate has 36 months of experience, he will get (36-6) * 0.5 = 10 points (answer to the calculation is 15 but maximum limit is 10) for PGP and similarly (36-24) * 0.5=6 points for PGP-SM’s composite score.

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Diversity Factor:

IIMs have introduced a new diversity factor for admission into their courses, on the basis of Gender and Academic Background. Female candidates will get 5 points for diversity factor for all kinds of courses, irrespective of their graduation stream.

For PGP and PGP-SM, candidates who have done their graduation in any stream except Engineering will get 5 points of diversification.

For PGP-ABM course, candidates will get 5 points of diversity factor if they belong to streams like Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Forestry, Science etc.

The given below table represents the maximum weightage of different factors in the composite score, for all the courses-

Scaled CAT Score606060
Class XII Marks101010
Graduation Marks101010
Work Experience1010--
Diversity Factor (Academic)5520*
Diversity Factor (Gender)555*

IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2018

Candidates who are able to clear the cutoff of Composite Score are called for WAT and PI round. This round forms the basis of final selection of the candidate in any given course they have applied for.

They must note that appearing in WAT and PI round is necessary, and no students will be given admission in any course if they do not appear in this round, irrespective of their CAT Score.

Candidates are called on the specified venues where CAT Counselling is conducted. The Selection Process involves the 

Written Ability Test (WAT)

  • WAT carries a weightage of 10% in the final selection.
  • Candidates have to write an essay on a topic which will be given to them on the spot by the interview panelists.
  • The topics are generally on national and international issues or the topic can also be an abstract one.
  • This is generally done to check the knowledge of candidate on a particular issue and also the thinking level of candidate.

Find Here:CAT GD/WAT and PI Experiences

Personal Interview (PI)

  • PI holds the highest weightage of 40% in the final selection of candidate.
  • The minimum requirement for getting a pass in Personal Interviews is 12 out of 40 marks
  • Personal Interview is generally taken by two panelists.
  • Candidates can be asked questions about their academics, work experience, general knowledge and their personality.

The following table represents the weightage of different factors in the final selection of the candidate is taken into consideration-

Personal Interview404040
CAT Score303035
Written Ability Test101010
Work Experience55--
Class XII Marks555
Graduation Marks555
Diversity Factor555

For any queries, below are the contact details:

Prof. Vikas Srivastava

Chairperson, PGP

Ph- 91-522-2736665




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