IIM Admission Criteria 2018-20

What is an IIM? How many IIMs are there at present?  

Indian Institutes of Management -IIMs are the pioneer MBA colleges offering MBA education in India. At present there are 20 IIMs who offer 2 years full time PGDM equivalent to MBA programmes, executive management programmes for working professional and doctoral programmes in management.

 

What is IIM-CAT?

IIM-CAT is the MBA entrance exam for all the IIMs and other top MBA colleges. All the 20 IIMs offer admission to their flagship MBA programmes by conducting a Common Admission Test IIM-CAT every year. Considered as the largest MBA entrance test, IIM-CAT 2017 has attracted registration from 2.31 lakh candidates.

 

Are all the IIMs highly ranked and are top MBA colleges in the country?

Out of 20 IIMs many are very new and are yet to capture MBA education market alongwith high placements. These 20 IIMs can be divided into 3 broad category - older and top rated IIMs namely – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Shillong.

 

Then are the 6 new IIMs which were established in 2010. The new IIMs are IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Tiruchirappalli, IIM Udaipur.

 

Next are the 7 newest or baby IIMs which started operation in 2015-16 and are under the mentorship of old IIMs. The 7 newest IIMs are IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Visakhapatnam.

 

What MBA programmes are offered by IIMs?

The 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) offer more than 50 management programmes including Fellow programmes. The intake in each programme ranges from 60 students to 500 students. The flagship programme offered by each of 20 IIMs is 2 years full time PGP programme for fresh graduates as well as for candidates with 2-3 years of work experience. However work experience after graduation is an added advantage for admission to IIMs but is not mandatory.

 

Many older and new IIMs also offer Executive Management programme of 1 year or so for working professionals with a work experience of 2 years or more after completing graduation. Older IIMs also offer Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) which is equivalent to Ph.D.

 

Read more -  CAT 2017: 20 IIMs offer 50+ MBA, Executive & Fellow programmes with higher intake; know the cut offs

 

IIMs announce Admission criteria 2018-20 with CAT cut offs

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced their admission criteria for admission to PGP 2018-20 batch. All the 20 IIMs will shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT 2017 scores and other parameters like Academics, Diversity, Work experience among others. Each IIM has announced its distinct weightage to different parameter apart from announcing minimum qualifying sectional and overall percentile score in CAT 2017 exam.

 

IIMs have announced the admission criteria by reducing the weightage to CAT 2017 exam scores to improve the academic diversity in the IIM class rooms.

 

The admission process and criteria in IIMs are independent from one another. There is no role of another IIM in formulating the admission policy of one IIM unless it is a new IIM and is under the mentorship of another IIM.

 

Admission in IIMs involves 3 step process: 

Step-1: Appear in CAT 2017
Those who want to pursue management course PGP 2018-20 programme from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or other IIMs must have appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017.

Read all about how to register for CAT and apply to IIMs.

 

Step-2: Shortlisting for final admission round
After declaration of CAT 2017 result in January 2018, on the basis of CAT 2017 exam scores candidates are shortlisted for next admission round by individual IIMs. While comparatively newer IIMs declare the 1st stage shortlists on the basis of CAT scores, older IIMs also take into account the other parameters at the 1st stage shortlist.

 

Step-3: Final Admission- WAT & PI round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). On the basis of their performance in PI round, weightage awarded to CAT scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated and admission offers will be made.

 

Common Admission Process (CAP) 2018 by 11 New IIMs
The common WAT and PI round, known as CAP 2018, for 11 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy,Udaipur and 5 newest IIMs - IIM Amritsar, IIM BodhGaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, will be coordinated by IIM Rohtak. These 11 IIMs will not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP 2018 alongwith their other individual admission components, will prepare the merit list to make admission offer to the candidates.

 

IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam to conduct own final admission round

IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam will not participate in CAP 2018 and will conduct their own final admission round to make admission offer to the students for admission 2018-20. The admission offers will be generated on the basis of merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.

 

The shortlisting criteria, parameters and weightages for admission to IIMs are shared below:

 

IIM: Ahmedabad
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile:70
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 70%
Weight to Academic profile: 30%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with profile
Weight to Work Experience: In final selection
Weight to Gender Diversity: In final selection

Note: The admission process of IIM Ahmedabad is unique. Actual CAT 2017 cut offs may deviate drastically on the range of 89 to 100 and may offer admission to 89 percentiler while may decline admission to 100 percentiler in CAT exam, as happened in the past also

IIM Bangalore
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80 for Quant and DILR and 85 for VARC
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

IIM: Calcutta
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 56%
Weight to Academic profile: 40%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 4%
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: In Final selection

IIM: Lucknow
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 85
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 60%
Weight to Academic profile: 20%
Weight to Academic deversity: 5%
Weight to Work Experience: 10%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5%

IIM: Indore
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 20%
Weight to Academic profile: 76%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 4%
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil

IIM: Kozhikode
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 75%
Weight to Academic profile:
 15
Weight to Academic/Gender deversity: 5*
Weight to Work Experience: 5

*IIM Kozhikode awards maximum 5 point weightage which includes both academic & gender diversity. No separate weightage to each factor is awarded.

IIM: Shillong
Overall CAT percentile: Not announced
Sectional CAT percentile: 70
Weight to Academic profile: In Final selection
Weight to Academic deversity: In Final selection
Weight to Work Experience: In Final selection
Weight to Gender Diversity: In Final selection

6 New IIMs Admission Criteria

Six New IIMs who started operation in 2010 will conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) after declaration of CAT result. Almost all these IIMs will shortlist the candidates purely based on CAT 2017 performance and are expected to announce the shortlist around mid-January 2018. These candidates in the shortlist would be eligible for WAT and PI process for admission to the PGDM 2018-20 Batch of IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Tiruchirappali, Udaipur. 

Except IIM Rohtak which awards weigthtage to other parameters like academics, work experience, gender diversity at the shortlisting stage, other IIMs will award weightage to these parameters at the time of preparing the final merit list after WAT and PI round.   

IIM: Kashipur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Raipur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Ranchi
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Rohtak
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Tiruchirappalli
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Udaipur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

7 Newest IIMs: Operations started in 2015-16

Seven IIMs are the newest IIMs and are mentored by top rated older IIMs. The shortlisting in these IIMs will also be based on CAT 2017 scores and some of these IIMs will also consider the academics, diversity, work experience and other factors at the time of shortlisting. While few of these IIMs have announced their admission policy for PGP 2018-20 batch, the cut offs and weightage on CAT score and other parameters for other IIMs are based on 2017 admission criteria which is expected to remain the same this year also.

IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Visakhapatnam have announced their admission criteria for PGP 2018-20. Other 4 IIMs are to announce their admission criteria shortly.

IIM Amritsar
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 70
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

IIM Bodh Gaya
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

IIM Nagpur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

IIM: Sambalpur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Sirmaur
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

IIM: Visakhapatnam
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 80 for Quant and DILR and 85 for VARC
Weight to CAT 2017 score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

IIM: Jammu
Overall CAT 2017 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2017 percentile: 75
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

Step-3: Appear in PI round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). On the basis of their performance in PI round, weightage awarded to CAT scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated and admission offers will be made.

 

Common Admission Process (CAP) by new IIMs
The WAT and PI round for IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy and Udaipur and few other newest IIMs will be coordinated by one these IIMs. For 2016 admission IIM Kashipur coordinated the CAP. For 2016 CAP also included IIM Amritsar, BodhGaya and Sambalpur. So instead of 6 IIMs there were 9 IIMs who participated in Common Admission Process (CAP) 2016. For admission 2017 IIM Rohtak coordinated the CAP for 9 IIMs.

 

CAP 2018 is again expected to be coordinated by IIM Rohtak and the number of participating IIMs are expected to increase to 11 from 9.

 

New IIMs offer admission without GD/PI
The newest IIMs like IIM Nagpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu may not conduct GD/PI for final admission. The admission offers are generated on the basis of merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.