IIM Amritsar Admission 2021: CAT Weightage Up, No WAT Round; Check Criteria, Cut off, Fee, Placement, Selection Process


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January 8, 2021
IIM Amritsar, one of the high RoI B-schools, has brought many changes in its admission criteria 2021. It will follow two stage selection process for MBA admission 2021 with lower cut off and higher weightage to CAT score and other parameters like Academics, Work Experience, performance in PI, among others. No GD-WAT is proposed for final selection. IIM Amritsar offers MBA, MBA (BA), MBA (HR), EMBA and Ph.D programmes

The 15th IIM in the country, Indian Institute of Management,Amritsar has brought many changes in its admission criteria by lowering the CAT cut offs, dropping the GD-WAT process, increasing the CAT weightage in shortlisting and final selection among others. IIM Amristsar will follow two stage selection process for the 7th MBA batch commencing 2021. All the eligible candidates who have opted  for admission to IIM Amritsar at the time of CAT 2020 registration and fulfil the admission eligibility criteria will receive an email to reconfirm their interest in IIM Amritsar in the month of March/April 2021.

IIM Amritsar is mentored by IIM Kozhikode and is one of the seven newest IIMs which had started operation in the academic session 2015-16. IIM Amritsar is also one of the few IIMs who concluded their final placement 2020 with a substantial increase in the highest and average salary. On the top of it, IIM Amritsar achieved 100% placement.

Programmes Offered by IIM Amritsar
The bouquet of management programmes offered by IIM Amritsar has increased with the launch of EMBA from the academic session 2021-22. Presently IIM Amritsar offers following management and doctoral programmes:

  • 2 Years full time flagship MBA Programme
  • 2 Years full time MBA (Business Analytics) Programme
  • 2 Years full time MBA (Human Resource Management) Programme
  • 2 Years Non-Residential Executive MBA (EMBA) – Launched in 2021
  • PhD programme

Key Changes in IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2021

  • Cut off Reduced to 85 percentile in CAT
  • CAT score weight in shortlisting goes up to 60%
  • No GD-WAT in final Selection process, Only PI round will be conducted
  • Weight for CAT score in final selection goes up to 40% for MBA and 45% for MBA (BA)

IIM Amritsar: USPs

  • IIM Amritsar is mentored by IIM Kozhikode, one of the top IIMs in the country
  • IIM Amritsar students have a rare opportunity to be taught by IIM Kozhikode faculty. The faculty members from IIM Kozhikode are delivering courses at IIM Amritsar.
  • The overall design, quality & delivery of PGP course, is to the standards of IIMs
  • IIM Amritsar has low fee structure  as compared to other IIMs
  • Placement 2020 has recorded Average Salary at Rs.12.61 LPA and Highest Salary at Rs.40 LPA
  • The two-year, full-time, residential programme is designed to Prepare students for success in career and life by becoming self-driven lifelong learners with a global perspective and entrepreneurial acumen
  • IIM Amritsar will award MBA degree to the students instead of Post Graduate Diploma

IIM Amritsar Fees Structure

  • IIM Amritsar fee for MBA course is Rs.12 lakhs. The fee may be revised for 2021-23 batch.
  • The fees covers Tuition, Books & Case Material, Library, IT & Computer, Hostel & Electricity, Medical & Students' Activities. There is no breakup of fees in components.
  • The mess and personal expenses are not included in the above fees. The mess expense is estimated to be Rs. 10,000/- per month payable on an actual basis. 

IIM Amritsar Placements
IIM Amritsar has successfully concluded the Final Placement 2020 for its 4thMBA Batch. Not only it has broken its past record and surpassed the salary packages of its earlier batches but despite the large batch size, the institute has achieved 100%  placement with much higher offers that many well established top MBA colleges have not been able to achieve.

Highest salary has gone up to Rs. 40 LPA in placement 2020 making a 90% increase from Rs.21 LPA last year. Domestic Average salary has increased to Rs.12.61 LPA from Rs.12.20 LPA last year.

The placement drive saw a balanced mix of offers for all the management domains like marketing, sales, and finance, along with some noteworthy offers in the operations domain. The institute, for the first time, witnessed a healthy spike in advisory & consulting roles offered to the students from three of the Big Four accounting firms, viz., Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG.

IIM Amritsar witnessed marquee recruiters like Amazon, Grant Thornton, Bisleri, Aditya Birla Sun Life, etc., visiting the campus for the first time, along with several reputable firms viz., ICICI Lombard, Anand Rathi, Accenture, L&T and the likes returning for recruitment. 

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MBA Intake
IIM Amritsar is one of the most sought after B-schools in India. It represents Mini India as the students from all the states take admission here and add to its cultural, academic and gender diversity.

Programme wise Intake for 2021-23 batch at IIM Amritsar is as below:

MBA Programme
MBA-Business Analytics
MBA-Human Resource

Registration Mandatory on IIM Amritsar website for EoI
Even if you opted to study at IIM Amritsar at the time of registering and applying for CAT 2020, the IIM Amritsar admission process requires you to reconfirm your interest. If you meet the cut offs prescribed by IIM Amritsar for admission 2021, you should register to submit your ‘confirmation of interest’ at IIM Amritsar site.

IIM Amritsar Cut off
IIM Amritsar minimum eligibility criteria based on CAT 2020 percentile score cut offs for the MBA 2021 admission will be applicable only to those candidates who score the minimum cut offs. IIM Amritsar shortlists the candidates if they clear the minimum cut offs.

Only candidates with positive scores in all sections of the CAT 2020 exam are considered for the admission process.

Section 1 (VARC)
Section 2 (DILR)
Section 3 (QA)

VARC=Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension,  DILR=Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning;  QA=Quantitative Ability

Please note that these cut-offs are not for admission offers whose scores could be much higher. The above mentioned criteria are intended to be minimum eligibility criteria only. The actual candidates shortlisted in stage 1 are based on CAT overall percentile score subject to the fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria. Please note that actual cut off of candidates who receive a call for interview could be higher than the minimum eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Shortlisting Components & Weightage

Weightage Percentage
CAT 2020 Score
Class 10 Marks
Class 12 Marks
Bachelors Degree
Gender Diversity
Work Experience

The above process results in a list of candidates ranked in order of merit based on the above criteria. From the ranking list prepared by the process outlined above, a reasonable number of candidates will be called for PI based on the order of their rank.

Final Selection at IIM Amritsar
The stage-2 shortlist for the PI round will be applicable only for those candidates who meet the required CAT 2020 percentile cut off, other requirement and successfully complete the mandatory registration, by the last date announced by IIM Amritsar, for admission to MBA 2021.

In Final Selection round at IIM Amritsar, merit list will be prepared based on following components and respective weightage:

Weightage in percentage
Personal Interview (PI)
CAT 2020 score
Class 10 Marks
Class 12 Marks
Bachelors/Professional Degree Marks
Academic diversity
Gender Diversity
Work Experience
Total Weight

The final offers of admission to candidates selected from each category will be made strictly on the basis of the final rank based on aggregate score calculated as per above components

Candidates Exempted from PI-WAT round 

  • Candidates who receive a call for interview by any one or more of the IIMs at Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow for their PGP/PGPM programs, are not required to appear for the personal interview of IIM Amritsar. For these candidates, their PI / WAT scores from the above IIMs are used.
  • If a candidate is shortlisted for PI/WAT by IIM Kozhikode, her/his PI/WAT score of IIM Kozhikode will be used
  •  For all other candidates, the average of PI/WAT scores of appeared interviews from IIMs Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Lucknow are used

Only those candidates who do not receive a call for interview from any of the IIMs at Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow and have registered for IIM Amritsar are required to appear for PI /WAT.

Prof. R. Nagarajan is IIM Amritsar Director. An accomplished academic, Dr. Ramamoorthy  received his PhD in Business and Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.  He has taught a variety of courses in the management discipline  and was at the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008, a recipient of a second Fulbright grant to teach/research at the University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia.  He has lectured at IIM Ahmedabad, the University of Applied Sciences in Austria, Burgas Free University, and University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria).

IIM Amritsar Signs MoU with ICSI for Exchange of Learnings
IIM Amritsar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The collaboration aims to foster an enriching partnership for imparting knowledge and skills in the areas of Joint Academic Research, Joint Workshops, Professional Development Programme for Company Secretaries, sharing resources and International Conferences besides awarding the toppers of programs of IIM Amritsar with ICSI Signature Award Gold Medal and a scholarship to pursue the Company Secretary Course.

IIM Amritsar is the 15th Indian Institute of Management set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development with the support of Government of Punjab in 2015. The permanent campus of the  institute is being set up under the direction and mentorship of IIM Kozhikode.

IIM Amritsar started operation in 2015 with 45 students in its 1st batch. The second batch at IIM Amritsar with 104 students was the largest among all the newest IIMs.

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