IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria through CAT Exam

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    Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Visakhapatnam offers admission to its Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) through CAT score. The institute will look into several other factors such as past academic records, work experience and performance in Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) apart from CAT Scores

    • CAT 2019 will be conducted on November 24, 2019  through online (computer-based) mode. 
    • Aspirants willing to take admission in any of the programs offered by IIM Vishakhapatnam must take CAT exam. 
    • Candidates who have successfully registered for the exam must download CAT Admit Card from the official website i.e.  

    IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Highlights

    • IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria includes 3 phases after clearing CAT Exam- Shortlisting for Personal Appearance (PA), Qualifying WAT & PI and Final Merit List.
    • The overall cut off required for IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria by a general category student is 90 percentile.
    • Candidate must also clear the sectional cut off.
    • Candidates who manage to clear CAT Cut Off laid by IIM Visakhapatnam will be shortlisted for Phase 2 which includes PI and WAT.
    • After the above 2 phases, a consolidated merit list will be created which will form the basis of final admissions.
    • Admission into the PGDM program will be granted to students who clear both rounds after considering their entire academic profile and other personal traits.
    • Candidates after clearing  CAT Selection criteria are provided admission in IIM Vishakhapatnam. 

    Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam, popularly known as IIM Visakhapatnam or IIM V is one amongst the 20 IIMs established by the Government of India. IIM Visakhapatnam reserves the right to modify any part of this document including the various criteria and cutoffs mentioned at any time till the actual admission process for the batch is completed.

    Courses Offered by IIMV

    IIM Vishakhapatnam offers various management programs. Through CAT exam candidates may take admission in any one of the programs given below:

    1. Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)
    2. Post Graduate Program in Digital Governance and Management (PGPDGM)
    3. Post Graduate Program Executive (PGPEx)

    It is to be noted that to take admission in any of the programs mentioned above, a valid CAT score is a mandatory requirement. 

    IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria - Phase 1

    All candidates who will appear for CAT 2019 and submit their application for admission into IIMV will be evaluated under Phase 1. 

    1. The first phase involves formulating a list of qualifying candidates, who will be sent a notification for re-establishing their interest in taking admission at IIMV for PGP 2020-22.
    2. To get shortlisted in Phase 1, the candidate will have to secure minimum percentile score in every section and overall in CAT.
    3. Percentile cut off score for admission to PGP admissions in IIM Visakhapatnam will be decided by the institute only.
    4. Candidates with positive aggregate and section-wise raw scores will only be considered for shortlisting.
    5. An email related to reconfirming their interest will be sent by IIMV to all candidates in the first short list during the third week of April 2020.
    6. The confirmation has to be done within the stipulated date.

    Following are the last year’s cut off percentile scores for individual sections and aggregate scores

    CategorySection 1 - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)Section 2 - Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)Section 3 - Quantitative Ability (QA)Aggregate
    Non-Creamy layer - Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)75707080
    Scheduled Caste (SC)60606075
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)50505055
    Persons with Disability (PWD)50505055

    IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria - Phase 2

    Candidates, who successfully reconfirm their interest in pursuing PGP from IIMV prior to the last date, will be considered for the admission process in Phase 2. These candidates will be referred to as qualified confirmed candidates.

    1. Firstly, adjustment for qualified confirmed candidates’ percentages in 10th and 12th board examinations will be done by dividing each score by the 90th percentile score secured in that board
    2. The 90th percentile score is calculated through a database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the last 2 years
    3. For bachelors’ and professional degrees, final scores secured by the candidates will be taken into consideration
    4. Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are the only courses that will be considered under professional degrees
    5. In case, the candidate’s final score is pending, intermediate scores will be taken into consideration
    6. Adjustment for graduation marks is done within their respective categories.

    Score or weightage of work experience for all qualified confirmed candidates will be calculated as

    8x/36 (if 0 < x < 36)


    8 (if x >= 36)

    1. Here, ‘x’ is the number of months of work experience until July 2019. Score will be maximum (8) if candidate’s work experience is 36 months or more
    2. A weighted work experience score will be calculated by multiplying work experience score with quality of work experience score, which will be granted by interviewers during PI in the second phase
    3. Quality of work experience score will be given on a scale of 5 points (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 – 2)
    4. Selection of the common parameter of work experience will be based on the maximum of work experience score and professional course score since both are source of professional work experience that is significant for a management program

    The weightage of deciding factors under Phase 2 are as follows:

    CAT Score40
    Class 1012
    Class 1210
    Bachelor’s Degree20
    Gender Diversity10
    Work Experience8
    1. Weightage of individual sections within CAT 2019 is as follows:
    2. VARC – 14
    3. DILR – 16
    4. QA –  10
    5. Normalization or standardization of all factors is done through the following formula:
    Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean)/ sd) * wt/6}]
    1. Standardized score (from 0 to weight (wt)) is calculated from the raw score (val)
    2. A pre-PI rank list is then prepared on the basis of weighted aggregate score of above 6 factors
    3. IIMV then formulates a second shortlist of candidates on the basis of pre-PI rank list
    4. Candidates thus shortlisted will then be called for further evaluation via PI and WAT

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    IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria - Phase 3

    All candidates shortlisted in phase 2 will receive notifications to appear for PI and WAT. Along with the submission of documents.

    • Candidates who have been shortlisted and interviewed for PGP/PGPM courses at one or more of IIMs at Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, and Lucknow, will not have to appear for PI/WAT at IIMV. Following parameters will be followed for these candidates:
    1. Candidates shortlisted for PI/WAT at IIM Bangalore will have their PI/WAT score for IIM Bangalore considered as PI/WAT score for IIMV as well.
    2. Candidates shortlisted for PI/WAT at IIMs Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow, will have their average of PI/WAT score considered as PI/WAT score for IIMV.
    • Other Phase-2 shortlisted candidates will have to appear for PI and WAT that will be organized by IIMV.
    • If necessary, previous academic scores will be updated, based on actual mark sheets submitted by candidates.
    • Weightage given to WAT and PI scores is 10 and 30 respectively.
    • The final aggregate score will be computed by adding scores of following factors to WAT and PI scores:
    PI Score25
    WAT Score5
    CAT 25
    10th Board5
    12th Board5
    Bachelor’s Degree10
    Gender Diversity20
    Work Experience5
    • Candidates will receive final admission offer only on the basis of ranks obtained depending on final aggregate marks. Ranks will be given separately for each category

    In Case of query related to the admission process at IIM Vishakhapatnam, candidates may contact at the details given below:

    J Siva Kumar
    Admissions Office
    +91- 891 - 2824 460



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