IIM Calcutta is the first addition to the prestigious group of IIMs in 1961. Consistently ranked #3 in NIRF Ranking for last 5 years, IIM Calcutta most popular program is MBA followed by one year MBA or Executive MBA or MBAEx. The college also offers doctoral & certificate courses in management. The admission to 2 year MBA program is done via CAT and for MBAEx, GMAT score is considered along with a minimum work experience of 2 Years. Know more about IIM Calcutta Courses & Eligibility

IIM Calcutta on February 23 has introduced an Online course on “Communication Strategies for Corporate leaders” for Senior Managers and leaders with 8 years of experience. Candidates must have a minimum score of 50% in his/her graduation to apply for this course. Interested candidates can visit the official website to apply.

IIM Calcutta Quick Facts

  • Popularly known for its PGDM (MBA) Program, IIM Calcutta is ranked # 44 Globally by FT 2021 Rankings. 
  • The total program fees payable by PGP students at IIM Calcutta is INR 24,00,000 and IIM Calcutta offers various scholarships ranging INR 3 LPA to INR 4 LPA.
  • IIM Calcutta faculty has an average work experience of 10-20 years in MNCs and in study-research. Check IIM Calcutta Faculty Details
  • IIM Calcutta has partnered with 40+ top notch management colleges in the world and runs international exchange program as part of its curriculum.
  • For the 2020 Placements, IIM Calcutta offered an average package of INR 25 LPA to all the MBA students. The top recruiting sectors were E-Commerce followed by Finance & Consulting. Check IIM Calcutta Placement Report 2020.
    • Highest CTC: INR 80 LPA (Domestic) in the Finance sector.
    • For MBA Placements, a total of 150 recruiters made 498 offers.
    • The Average CTC for 2020 Placements were 27.98 LPA. 

IIM Calcutta was established as the first National Institute for PG Studies & Research in Management in 1961. It is the only B-School in the country with 3 International Accreditations i.e AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. With a case study based course design, IIMC offers a practical working experience to all the candidates on board. Apart from MBA & EMBA, IIM Calcutta also offers PGPX-VLM and PGDBA courses.

IIM Calcutta Rankings

Consistently ranked #3 in NIRF Ranking for last 5 years, IIM Calcutta has also been ranked #44 worldwide By Financial Times. As per outlook ICare Rankings 2021, IIM Calcutta is ranked #3 in the list of top management countries in the country. Check IIM Calcutta Ranking 2021

Ranking Year Ranked at
NIRF 2020 3 out of 100
Outlook 2021 3 out of 100
QS Global 200 MBA Rankings 2021 79 (Global)
Financial Times 2021 44 (Global)

IIM Calcutta course, Fees, Selection Criteria

Course Name Eligibility & Selection Criteria Fees
MBA Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category)
Selection Criteria: CAT Score
INR 24 Lakhs
MBA Executive (MBA Ex.)

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline + 5 years of professional/managerial experience
Selection Criteria: Valid GMAT score

INR 27 Lakhs
PGPEx.-VLM Eligibility: Engineering Degree + Master’s degree with 60% marks in aggregate + 4.5 to 10 years of work experience
Selection Criteria: Valid GMAT Score
INR 11,25,000
PGDBA Eligibility: 10+2+4 or Postgraduate degree or equivalent with at least 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA
Selection Criteria: Valid Score in PGDBA Entrance Exam conducted by IIMC
INR 22,60,000
Ph.D. Eligibility: Master’s degree in any discipline with 50% marks + CA with a minimum of 50% marks (OR) CS with 55% marks
Selection Criteria: Must have a valid score in CAT exam or other exams like GMAT/ UGC-NET/JRF
No TuitionFee, Fellowship @ Rs 30-35K per Month.

Check IIM Calcutta Courses & Fees

IIM Calcutta CAT Cutoff 2021

Category Section - I (QA) Section - II (DILR) Section - III (VA) Total Percentile
OPEN ≥ 75 ≥ 80 ≥ 80 ≥ 85
NC-OBC ≥ 65 ≥ 65 ≥ 70 ≥ 75
EWS ≥ 65 ≥ 65 ≥ 70 ≥ 75
SC ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 65 ≥ 70
ST ≥ 55 ≥ 55 ≥ 55 ≥ 65
PWD ≥ 55 ≥ 55 ≥ 55 ≥ 65

IIM Calcutta minimum MBA CAT Cutoff 2021 is 85 percentile, however, satisfying the minimum Cutoff is not the guarantee of admission. The actual CAT Cutoff for IIM Calcutta reaches to 99 percentile. For the year 2021, IIM Calcutta has released a shortlist of 1200 candidates, who further are required to go through PI process for final admission.

IIM Calcutta Batch 2021 – Class Profile

IIM Calcutta MBAEx batch of 2021 has witnessed a significant rise in gender diversity. In a batch size of 61, the number of female students has increased by 20% from 11% in last year's batch. The batch also has a diverse work experience background with an average work experience of 8.43 years. The academic background of MBA batch shows a rise in the number of students from non-engineering backgrounds. As compared to the 2017 batch, in 2018, there are 59 students from non-engineering streams. It has increased from 39 students in 2017.

Check the table below for further information

Work Background Percentage of students enrolled
IT 35
Others 16
Energy 16
Automobile 8
Manufacturing 5
Construction 5
Analytics 3
Consulting 3
Ecommerce 3
Financial services 3
Semiconductors 3

For MBA batch 2018, academic background of the students is illustrated in the table below: 

Academic Background Number of students enrolled
Arts 4
Commerce 28
Engineering 404
Others 16
Science 11

IIM Calcutta Placements

Due to the COVID crisis IIM Calcutta Placements were of outmost importance. However, fighting the pandemic IIMC emerged a victor with 100% placements. The important highlights of IIM Calcutta Placments Report are 

  •  150 recruiters raising 498 offers for the batch of 444 students
  • The class was placed across various sectors including Consulting (30%), Sales and Marketing (17%), Finance (15%), General Management & Operations (19%) and Product Management & IT Analytics (19%).
  • The maximum salary offer for IIM Calcutta Placements 2020 was of INR 80 LPA
  • The median offer for 2020 batch was of INR 25.1 LPA and the average offer was 27.8 LPA.

IIM Calcutta Sector Wise Placements

Check IIM Calcutta Placement Report (Pdf)

Which IIM is better for MBA: IIM Calcutta or IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore?

Category IIM Calcutta IIM Ahmedabad IIM Bangalore
NIRF Ranking 3 1 2
Student Intake 462 431 405
Male : Female (Average ) 3.02 2.19 2.61
Fees (MBA) INR 27 lakhs INR 28 lakhs INR 23 lakhs
Placement Offers 492 388 518
Average Salary (5 year data ) INR 27.9 LPA INR 26.12 LPA INR LPA 29.8 p/a
Top Recruiters McKinsey & Co, Bain & Co, Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Boston Consulting Group, and Accenture Amazon, Grofers, Flipkart, Matrix Partners, Motilal Oswal, EY - Parthenon, BCG General, Mahindra GMC, TAS, ABG, HUL, P&G, Lenovo Microsoft, Google
  • McKinsey (27 offers)
  • The Boston Consulting Group (23 offers)
  • MasterCard (11 offers)

IIM Calcutta Scholarships

IIM Calcutta offers Institute sponsored and other organization sponsored scholarships to deserving students. The followed scholarship is valuable for students in the first year and second year:

Some of the scholarships are as follow:

  • OP Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship: IIM Calcutta offers this scholarship to 2 PGP students. The amount of this scholarship is INR 80000 to INR 150000 based on the merit of students.
  • T. Thomas Scholarship: This scholarship is offered by HUL based on the merit of students in the first year. PGP second-year students of IIM Calcutta can apply for this scholarship.
  •  Aditya Birla Group scholarship: This scholarship is offered to IIM Calcutta based on the academic excellence of the students. The scholarship amount of the scholarship is INR 1.75 LPA.

Check: IIM Calcutta Scholarships

IIM Calcutta Faculty

IIM Calcutta is a Center of Excellence for Finance Lab, HPS Research groups and many other Centers. The faculty Members include Fellow of IIM Ahmedabad including Abhishek Goel and Amit Dhiman who are working on research publications. However, IIM Calcutta has recently raised concerns due to lack of full time faculty members.

The number of full time faculty is arun 20-30 as per reports. It is even lower than IIMA and IIMB. The faculty-students ratio of IIMC has dropped in recent 2 years more devastatingly. IIM Calcutta is unable to meet the requirement of 1:10 ratio of faculty- students in the institute. 

Reviews of IIM Calcutta at collegedunia for faculty are positive and scored 8.5/10.

IIM Calcutta FAQs

Ques. What are the recognitions and accreditations of IIMC?

Ans. Yes, IIM Calcutta is the oldest IIM that is recognized as an Institute of national importance. It has secured triple accreditation of AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. It is the first institute to get this recognition in India.

Ques. How are the placements at IIM Calcutta?

Ans. IIM Calcutta is a brand name among MBA aspirants as it retains top recruiters and high placement record by attracting top recruiters. AT IIM Calcutta Placements, recruiters hire students in various profiles such as consulting, investment banking, marketing, general management, operations, and information systems. The highest LPA of IIM Calcutta Placement is 80 LPA and average Placement package is 27.8 LPA.

Ques. Which is better, IIM Calcutta or IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. Both institutes are prestigious B-Schools in India. The flagship MBA course of IIM Calcutta ranked at 2nd position as per FT and PGPX course of IIM Ahmedabad stands at 26th rank. IIM Ahmedabad is known for its Marketing specialisation and IIM Calcutta is known for Finance specialisation.

Ques. How to reach IIM Calcutta?

Ans. The Joka campus of IIM Calcutta is located on the Diamond Harbour road that is 20 kms away from Howrah station. It is approximately 35 Kms away from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

The campus is approx 2 kms from Joka Tram terminal in the south direction. Visitors can avail taxi services available at railway stations or Airport. 

Ques. What financial assistance offered by IIM Calcutta to students?

Ans. IIM Calcutta students can avail of educational loans by SBI and other banks. There are scholarship facilities for aspirants such as T. Thomas Scholarship, OP Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship, and other IIM Calcutta scholarships sponsored by companies such as Aditya Birla Group and Ratan Tata Trust. 

These scholarships are available for meritorious students based on various criteria. For minority students, NTPC scholarship is offered based on MBA First year results.

Ques. What is the average batch strength at IIM Calcutta?

Ans. The strength of the batch varies from year to year as per the Institute requirements. At present, a total of 280 students studying in MBA, 210 in MBA Executive and 15 in Ph.D.  

Ques. I do not have a GMAT score. Am I eligible for applying to PGPEX-VLM of IIM Calcutta?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible for the course. GMAT/ GRE score is not mandatory for taking admission in the course. If you have the score, it will be treated as a part of your academic record. However, the institute selects candidates only on the basis of aptitude test at institute level.

Ques. What is the structure of the Aptitude test taken for admission in IIIM Calcutta PGPEX-VLM Program?

Ans. The aptitude test will be of 2 hours under which the test comprises of 3 parts. Part I consists of analytical ability, Part II for verbal abilities, and Part III is for engineering aptitude. There will be a 25% negative marking in the Aptitude Test. The venue and timings for the aptitude test will be provided by VLM office itself.

Ques. I am a final year student of Engineering can I apply for the Doctoral program at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for the program at the Institute. However, if selected, you will be provisionally admitted until you furnish all the documents satisfying the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year documents is 31st December of the year of admission. Check IIM Calcutta Admission