IIM Admission Criteria 2019-21

IIMs in India came into being in 1960's. The first IIM at Calcutta followed by IIM at Ahmedabad were established in 1961. After that IIMs were established at Bangalore and Lucknow. The number of IIMs in India remained four for a long time. Later more IIMs were added to this family gradually. At present there are 20 IIMs in India located across the country. TheMBA admission to IIM is through a Common Admission Test conducted by IIMs - IIM CAT. No IIM offers admission to the candidates of Indian Resident category without clearing and qualifying the IIM CAT exam with prescribed minimum score.  

 

IIM CAT: Mandatory Exam for IIMs Admission
IIM-CAT is the mandatory MBA entrance exam for all the IIMs and many 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 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018. 2.41 lakh candidates have registered and applied for CAT this year and more than 2 lakhs are expected to appear in CAT 2018 exam. 

 

IIMs Admission criteria 2019-21 with CAT cut offs
Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced their admission criteria for admission to PGP 2019-21 batch. All the 20 IIMs will shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT 2018 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 2018 exam.

 

IIMs have announced the admission criteria by reducing the weightage to CAT 2018 exam scores to improve the academic diversity in the IIM class rooms.

 

The admission criterion in IIMs is 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. Following IIMs have announced their Admission criteria. The CAT 2018 cut offs and programme fee as announced by the IIMs is shared below:

 

IIMs with Admission Criteria 2019
CAT 2018 Cut Offs
Programme Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)
80
Rs. 22 lakhs
90
Rs. 21 lakhs
90
Rs. 21 lakhs
90
Rs. 16 lakhs
90
Rs. 16 lakhs
90
Rs. 13 lakhs
90
Rs. 13 lakhs
90
Rs. 17 lakhs
IIM Ranchi 95 Rs. 15 lakhs
IIM Visakhapatnam 90 Rs. 12 lakhs

IIMs MBA Admission Process
At present there are 20 IIMs in India and all of the IIMs open and close their admission process simultaneously with the opening and closing of CAT registration process. Two out of the four step Admission process at IIMs synchronizes with conduct of CAT exam and rest two steps are conducted by the IIMs individually or by making a group as done by new IIMs.

 

Step-1: Register & Apply for CAT exam
The admission opens in August first week and closes in September last week with close of Registration for CAT exam. Candidates desirous of seeking admission in IIMs should register and apply for CAT exam within the specified registration window. Usually the CAT registration process remains open for 45 to 50 days.

 

MBA admission process 2019 for IIMs was opened on August 8, 2018 and was closed on September 26, 2018 at 11.59 PM after an extension of 7 days. This was probably the first time that IIMs closed their admission process through CAT at midnight instead of usual 5PM. After that no candidate was allowed to apply and participate in the MBA admission process 2019 of IIMs.

 

Step-2: Appear in CAT Exam
Those who want to pursue management course PGP/MBA programme from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or other IIMs must appeare in Common Admission Test (CAT). For admission to 2019-21 batch it is mandatory to appear in CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018

 

Step-3: Shortlisting Process
After declaration of CAT result in January, IIMs will shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the respective IIM’s admission policy and weightages. The process is completed by each IIM individually. 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-4: Final Admission Process- GD-PI-WAT Round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode also conduct GD round based on the WAT. On the basis of their performance in final selection 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 by the respective IIMs.

 

New IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP)
The common WAT and PI round, known as Common Admission Process (CAP), for 9 to 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, is coordinated by one of these comparatively older IIMs. CAP 2019 is being coordinated by IIM Ranchi while CAP 2018 and CAP 2017 were coordinated by IIM Rohtak. All these participating IIMs will not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP round alongwith their other individual admission components, will prepare the merit list to make admission offer to the candidates.

 

IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam conduct own final admission Process
IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam have so far not participated in CAP round and conduct their own final admission round to make admission offer to the students. The admission offers will be generated as per the 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 2018 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile:70
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 cut offs may deviate drastically in the range of 82 to 100 and may offer admission to 82 percentiler while it 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 85
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 performance and are expected to announce the shortlist around mid-January 2019. These candidates in the shortlist would be eligible for WAT and PI process for admission to the PGP/MBA 2019-21 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic diversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

 

IIM: Tiruchirappalli
Overall CAT 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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

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 2018 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 2019-21 batch, the cut offs and weightage on CAT score and other parameters for other IIMs are based on 2018 admission criteria which is expected to remain the same this year also.

 

IIM Amritsar
Overall CAT 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 70
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2018 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic diversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil

 

IIM: Visakhapatnam
Overall CAT 2018 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 80 for Quant and DILR and 85 for VARC
Weight to CAT 2018 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 2018 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2018 percentile: 75
Weight to Academic profile: Nil
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: Nil
Weight to Gender Diversity: Nil