CAT 2016 Cut off & IIM Percentile Requirements
CAT 2016 Percentile for IIMs; CAT 2016 Cut offs for IIMs for IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore and other IIMs calls.

Post CAT 2016 result declaration on January 9, 2017, the major worry of the aspirants is what would be the cut offs at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, FMS Delhi and whether they would get the call from IIMs on the basis of their CAT 2016 scores.

CAT 2016 result consists of more high percentilers with greater deviation in sectional percentiles. But with the changed admission policy for flagship PGP 2017-19 batch, IIMs will award more weightage to other parameters than only to CAT 2016 scores. All the IIMs who have announced their admission policy for 2017-19 batch will shortlist the candidates independent of one another. Hence it is not necessary that you will be shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad if you are shortlisted by IIM Calcutta or vice-versa.

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Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have not only revised the admission policy for the forthcoming academic session commencing 2016 but have also increased their intake and have liberalized the shortlisting criteria to improve academic and gender diversity in their class rooms. It is expected that 55000 MBA aspirants will be shortlisted by IIMs only out of 1.80 lakh candidates who took CAT 2015 exam. Out of this number, 5500 are proposed to be offered final admission letter by these IIMs in order of merit, if they fulfill the eligibility criteria and qualify the minimum required cut off percentile.

MBAUniverse.com team, on analysis of CAT 2016 result trends expects that the candidates with low percentile score may expect a dip in sectional score requirement in new IIMs and can explore admission opportunities in them while the top rated IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow may have much higher overall and sectional CAT 2016 percentile cut offs.

Following are the key facts announced by different IIMs as their shortlisting criteria The expected CAT 2016 percentile cut off for admission 2017-19 is arrived on the basis of result analysis.

IIM Ahmedabad: Expected final cut off-99
IIMA will shortlist a certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS’. From each of the Academic Categories (AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016 from SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD categories is at least 100, the top 5% in the respective AC limited to the respective categories (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD) among the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016, referred to as ACRC groups, (subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’.

CS (Composite Score) = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2016)
Qualifying CAT 2016 scores

Category: General
Section-1 VARC: 70
Section-2 DILR: 70
Section-3 Quant: 70
Overall: 80
Category: NC-OBC-cum-transgender
Section-1 VARC: 65
Section-2 DILR: 65
Section-3 Quant: 65
Overall: 75
Category: SC
Section-1 VARC: 60
Section-2 DILR: 60
Section-3 Quant: 60
Overall: 70
Category: ST
Section-1 VARC: 50
Section-2 DILR: 50
Section-3 Quant: 50
Overall: 60
Category: PWD
Section-1 VARC: 60
Section-2 DILR: 60
Section-3 Quant: 60
Overall: 70
Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Persons with disabilities (PWD).

Academic weightage
Exam: Class 10
Percentage of marks: 90+
Weightage points: 10
Exam: Class 12
Percentage of marks: 90+
Weightage points: 10
Exam: Bachelor’s degree
Percentage of marks: 80+
Weightage points: 10
Note: Academic Weightage begins with 1 point for 50% and more marks in different streams. Highest weightage of 10 marks in Class 12 & in Bachelor’s degree will be awarded to less than 90 & 80 marks respectively in streams like Arts, Humanities.

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Past academic cut-offs: PGP
Discipline: Science
PGP 2015-17 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 80
PGP 2016-18 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 80
Discipline: Commerce
PGP 2015-17 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 77
PGP 2016-18 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 77
Discipline: Arts & Humanities
PGP 2015-17 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 75
PGP 2016-18 Cut off percentage - Class 12: 75
Final Selection Criteria Final Selection Selection will be based on the ranks of the candidates computed separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS).

The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:
FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS). The normalised PI and AWT scores of a candidate are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.

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IIM Bangalore: Expected cut off 97

Shortlisting Criteria
CAT 2016 Qualifying scores: 40% weight
Category: General
VARC: 85
DILR: 80
Quant: 80
Overall percentile: 90
Category: NC-OBC
VARC: 75
DILR: 75
Quant: 70
Overall percentile: 80
Category: SC
VARC: 70
DILR: 65
Quant: 65
Overall percentile: 75
Category: ST
VARC: 60
DILR: 60
Quant: 60
Overall percentile: 75
Category: DA
VARC: 60
DILR: 60
Quant: 60
Overall percentile: 75
Sectional Division of weight
Section: Quant
Mark: 10 points
Section: DILR
Mark: 16 points
Section: VARC
Mark: 14 points
50% weight to Academics
Academic exam: Class 10
Max Weightage to 90th percentiler in respective exam: 20%
Academic exam: Class 12
Max Weightage to 90th percentiler in respective exam: 10%
Academic exam: Bachelor’s degree
Max Weightage to 90th percentiler in respective exam: 20%
Note - The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

8% Weight to Work experience

8% weight for 36 months or greater period work experience will be awarded. The work experience will be accounted upto July 2016.IIM Bangalore clarifies “The score will peak at 36 months work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre- PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.”

2% Weight to Women candidates

Women candidates will be awarded an additional 2% weightage at the 1st stage shortlisting process. This weightage will be confined only for 1st stage shortlisting. According to IIM Bangalore “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 (final offers of admission).”

Total Weights
Component: CAT 2016 score
Weight: 40
Component: Class 10
Weight: 20
Component: Class 12
Weight: 10
Component: Bachelor’s degree
Weight: 20
Component: Gender diversity
Weight: 2
Component: Work experience
Weight: 8
Final Selection
The WAT score (weight = 10), and the personal interview score (weight = 30), after standardization across interview panels and sessions, will be added to the scores to arrive at the final aggregate score.
Component: CAT 2016 score
Weight: 25
Component: Class 10
Weight: 10
Component: Class 12
Weight: 5
Component: Bachelor’s degree
Weight: 10
Component: Work experience
Weight: 10
Component: WAT (Written Ability Test)
Weight: 10
Component: PI (Personal Interview)
Weight: 30
IIM Calcutta: Expected cut off 99

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Candidates eligible to be considered for PI

Minimum Cut-off Percentile for short-listing the candidates for Personal

Interview (PI) stage
Category: OPEN
Section – I Quantitative Ability (QA): ≥ 80
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): ≥ 80
Section – III Verbal Ability (VA): ≥ 80
Overall: ≥ 90
Category: NC-OBC
Section – I Quantitative Ability (QA): ≥ 75
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): ≥ 75
Section – III Verbal Ability (VA): ≥ 75
Overall: ≥ 85
Category: SC
Section – I Quantitative Ability (QA): ≥ 65
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): ≥ 65
Section – III Verbal Ability (VA): ≥ 65
Overall: ≥ 70
Category: ST
Section – I Quantitative Ability (QA): ≥ 60
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): ≥ 60
Section – III Verbal Ability (VA): ≥ 60
Overall: ≥ 70
Category: DA
Section – I Quantitative Ability (QA): ≥ 65
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): ≥ 65
Section – III Verbal Ability (VA): ≥ 65
Overall: ≥ 70
Calculation of Composite Scores for Short-listing for PI stage
The Composite Score is calculated on the basis of CAT 2016 score, Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages, and gender diversity factor.
Components: CAT 2016 Overall Score
Weights: 28
Components: Class X marks
Weights: 10
Components: Class XII marks
Weights: 10
Components: Gender Diversity Factor
Weights: 2
Components: Total
Weights: 50
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).

Criteria for Final Selection for PGP- PGDM (Batch 2017-19)
A candidate’s final score for selection is calculated on the basis of Table 4. Table 4 indicates the criteria and their weights to be used for the final selection for PGP-PGDM for the 2017-19 batch.
Criterion: CAT 2016 Score
Weight: 15
Criterion: Personal Interview (PI)
Weight: 24
Criterion: Written Ability Test (WAT)
Weight: 5
Criterion: Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree
Weight: 2
Criterion: Work Experience
Weight: 4
Criterion: Total
Weight: 50
For work experience, a maximum of 4 points will be awarded depending on the length of service as on January 31, 2017

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IIM Lucknow
1st stage shortlisting: PGP 2017-19
CAT 2016 qualifying score
Category: General
Section-1 Quant: 85
Section-2 DILR: 85
Section-3 VRC: 85
Overall: 90
Category: NC-OBC
Section-1 Quant: 77
Section-2 DILR: 77
Section-3 VRC: 77
Overall: 82
Category: SC
Section-1 Quant: 55
Section-2 DILR: 55
Section-3 VRC: 55
Overall: 70
Category: ST
Section-1 Quant: 50
Section-2 DILR: 50
Section-3 VRC: 50
Overall: 65
Category: PWD
Section-1 Quant: 55
Section-2 DILR: 55
Section-3 VRC: 55
Overall: 70
1st stage shortlisting: Weightage Criteria on a scale of 100
Component: Scaled CAT score (CS)
PGP: 60
PGP – ABM: 60
PGP-SM: 60
Component: Class 12 marks (12M)
PGP: 10
PGP – ABM: 10
PGP-SM: 10
Component: Graduation marks (GM)
PGP: 10
PGP – ABM: 10
PGP-SM: 10
Component: Work experience (WE)
PGP: 10
PGP – ABM: 10
PGP-SM: 10
Component: Diversity Factor: (DFa): Academic Disciplines AD)
PGP: 5
PGP – ABM: 20*
PGP-SM: 5
Component: Diversity Factor (DFb): Gender
PGP: 5
PGP – ABM: 5*
PGP-SM: 5
*Maximum marks for diversity factor (DFa and DFb) cannot exceed 20 (for PGP-ABM Program only).

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Final selection round
A candidate’s final score for selection in PGP/PGP-ABM/PGP-SM programme for the batch 2017–19 will be calculated on the basis of the assigned weights as given below-
Component: CAT 2016 score
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 30
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: 35
Component: Academic Performance (12M + GM)
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 5+5
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: 5+5
Component: Diversity Factor (DFa +DFb)
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 5
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: 5
Component: Work experience
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 5
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: NA
Component: Writing Ability Test (WAT)
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 10
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: 10
Component: Personal Interview (PI)
Weight for PGP & PGP-SM programme: 40
Weight for PGP-ABM programme: 40
The minimum requirement for getting a pass in Personal Interviews is 12 out of 40 marks. Names of candidates who do not pass in PI will not be included in the final merit list.

IIM Kozhikode

1st stage shortlisting
CAT 2016 Qualifying scores
Category: General
Section-1 VARC: 80
Section-2 DILR: 80
Section-3 Quant: 80
CAT 2016 Overall Percentile: 90
Category: NC-OBC
Section-1 VARC: 70
Section-2 DILR: 70
Section-3 Quant: 70
CAT 2016 Overall Percentile: 80
Category: SC
Section-1 VARC: 50
Section-2 DILR: 50
Section-3 Quant: 50
CAT 2016 Overall Percentile: 65
Category: ST
Section-1 VARC: 40
Section-2 DILR: 40
Section-3 Quant: 40
CAT 2016 Overall Percentile: 55
Category: DA
Section-1 VARC: 40
Section-2 DILR: 40
Section-3 Quant: 40
CAT 2016 Overall Percentile: 55
Composite Weightage
The composite weightage will be as below
Component: CAT 2016 score
Weightage in percent (Total 100): 75
Component: Class XII marks
Weightage in percent (Total 100): 7.5
Component: Graduation marks
Weightage in percent (Total 100): 7.5
Component: Work experience
Weightage in percent (Total 100): 5
Component: Academic/Gender diversity
Weightage in percent (Total 100): 5
Final Selection Criteria
Component: Personal Interview
Maximum weightage: 45%
Component: CAT 2016 score
Maximum weightage: 35%
Component: GD/WAT
Maximum weightage: 15%
Component: Work Experience Quality
Maximum weightage: 5%
Comprehensive List of Shortlisting Criteria – All IIMs
IIM: IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 80
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 70
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 70
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 70
Expected Cut off Percentile: 99
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes high
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes high
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes high
IIM: IIM Bangalore (Expected)
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 85
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 98
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes high
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes high
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes high
IIM: IIM Calcutta
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 98
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes high
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes high
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes high
IIM: IIM Lucknow
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 85
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 85
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 85
Expected Cut off Percentile: 97
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes
IIM: IIM Indore
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 91
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes
IIM: IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 96
Class 10 Marks percentage: Yes
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: Yes
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes
IIM: IIM Shillong
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 80
Class 10 Marks percentage:
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage:
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.:
IIM: IIM Kashipur
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 92
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Raipur
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 94
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Ranchi
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 93
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Rohtak
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 85
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 92
Class 10 Marks percentage: 70
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: 65/60
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: Yes
IIM: IIM Tiruchirappalli
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 94
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Udaipur
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 93
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Amritsar (expected)
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 85
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Bodh Gaya
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 85
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Nagpur (Expected)
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 90
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Sambalpur (Expected)
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 85
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Sirmaur
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 85
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 75
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 75
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 75
Expected Cut off Percentile: 80
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
IIM: IIM Visakhapatnam (Expected)
CAT 2016 overall Percentile: 90
Section-1 VARC Percentile: 80
Section-2 DILR Percentile: 80
Section-3 Quant Percentile: 80
Expected Cut off Percentile: 90
Class 10 Marks percentage: **
Class 12/Graduation Marks Percentage: **
Others gender, academic diversity, work ex.: **
** to be accounted while generating final merit list. The eligibility criteria would remain the same as announced at the time of CAT 2016 registration.

Since the newest IIMs could not fill up their intake in admission 2016-18 batch, it is expected that they could reduce their minimum qualifying requirement for admission 2017-19.