IIM Amritsar Admission 2023: Drops CAT Weightage in Final Selection; Check Criteria, Cut off, Fee, Placement, Selection Process

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October 11, 2022
IIM Amritsar, one of the high RoI B-schools, has brought many changes in its admission criteria 2023. While the CAT score weight in Shortlisting goes up at 60%, there is no weightage for CAT in final selection. IIM Amritsar will follow two stage selection process for MBA admission 2023 with lower CAT cut off and good weightage to other parameters like PI Performance, Academics, Work Ex, among others. IIM Amritsar offers MBA, MBA (BA), MBA (HR), EMBA and Ph.D programmes
IIM Amritsar Admission 2023

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 CAT weightage in final selection among others. IIM Amritsar will follow two stage selection process for the 9th MBA batch commencing 2023. All the eligible candidates who have opted for admission to IIM Amritsar at the time of CAT 2022 registration and fulfil the admission eligibility criteria will receive an email to reconfirm their interest in IIM Amritsar in the month of March/April 2023.

Led by its Director, Prof. R. Nagarajan, an academic of international repute, IIM Amritsar is one of the seven newest IIMs which had started operation in the academic session 2015-16. Mentored by IIM Kozhikode, IIM Amritsar is also one of the few IIMs that concluded their final placement 2022 with high salary packages. 

IIM Amritsar does not participate in Common Admission Process (CAP) which is the common PI-WAT round for nine participating new and baby IIMs. Instead, IIM Amritsar has its own admission process. Read below all about the IIM Amritsar key USPs, admission criteria 2023, cut offs, programs offered, Fees, Placements and more 

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Table of Contents

  1. IIM Amritsar Admission 2023-24: Key Changes in Process
  2. IIM Amritsar: Key Highlights and USPs
  3. IIM Amritsar Leadership
  4. IIM Amritsar Programs offered
  5. IIM Amritsar Fees 
  6. IIM Amritsar Intake
  7. IIM Amritsar Placements 2022
  8. IIM Amritsar Exchange of Learnings: Signs MoU with ICSI  
  9. IIM Amritsar Eligibility criteria 2023
  10. IIM Amritsar Admission 2023: Important Dates
  11. IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2023: Cut off, Selection Process and Weightages

1. IIM Amritsar Admission 2023-24: Key Changes in Process
IIM Amritsar has brought many changes in the selection process. Important changes are:

1.1 Changes in IIM Amritsar Shortlisting Criteria
Key changes at shortlisting stage as introduced by IIM Amritsar are:

1.1.1 CAT Cut Off Reduced: CAT exam score cut off is reduced to 85%ile. It is much less than the CAT cut off 92%ile as was decided for CAP participating IIMs.

1.1.2 CAT Weightage Increased: Weightage for CAT score is increased to 60% in shortlisting and to 15% in final selection

1.1.3 Academics, Gender Diversity, Work Ex to Get High Weight: IIM Amritsar will award a high weightage of 40% to these parameters to shortlist candidates for PI-WAT round

1.2 Changes in IIM Amritsar Final Merit List Generation
Important changes in IIM Amritsar selection criteria at the final merit generation are:

1.2.1 No Weight for CAT Score: In final selection criteria, IIM Amritsar will not award any weightage for CAT 2022 score

1.2.2 PI Gets Highest Weightage: IIM Amritsar will award 70% weight to the performance in PI round to generate final merit list

1.2.3 High Weight for Diversity Factor: To improve diversity in its class room, IIM Amritsar awards 20% weight for Academic Diversity (10%) and Gender Diversity (10%)

1.2.4 Weight for Work Ex Applies in Final Selection Too: The 10% weight awarded for work experience at shortlisting stage for PI round will apply also at the final merit list generation

2. IIM Amritsar: Key Highlights & USPs
Mentored by IIM Kozhikode, one of the top IIMs in the country, IIM Amritsar has following key highlights and USPs:

2.1 Highly Ranked: IIM Amritsar is ranked #55 in Govt of India, MHRD NIRF Ranking 2022 among top 125 management institutes. In MBAUniverse.com B-School Rankings 2022, IIM Amritsar has been ranked #33 among top B-schools in India.

2.2 Curriculum Design & Delivery as per Top IIMs:  The overall design, quality & delivery of PGP course at IIM Amritsar is to the standards of top IIMs.  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.

2.3 IIM Amritsar Fees:  IIM Amritsar has a moderate fee structure at Rs.16 lakhs as compared to high fee at other IIMs. The fee includes hostel fees.

2.4 IIM Amritsar Placements 2022:  IIM Amritsar placements are rising consistently. IIM Amritsar has successfully completed 100% Placement 2022 for its 6th and large MBA 2020-22 batch of 228 students. Average salary for the batch has gone up by 15.38% at Rs. 14.63 LPA from Rs.12.68 LPA last year. Highest Salary goes up by 38.82% at Rs.25.21 LPA from Rs 18.16 LPA last year

2.5 Top Recruiters at IIM Amritsar: 230 Offers were rolled out by 110 companies. Accenture, Amazon, Cipla, Deloitte, Adani, BMW, Cognizant were among the top recruiters

2.6 To Award MBA instead of PG Diploma:  IIM Amritsar will award MBA degree to the students instead of Post Graduate Diploma. The two-year, full-time, residential MBA 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

3. IIM Amritsar Leadership
IIM Amritsar is led by its Director, Prof. Ramamoorthy Nagarajan. 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).  

4. IIM Amritsar Programs offered
The bouquet of management programs offered by IIM Amritsar has increased with the launch of EMBA. Presently IIM Amritsar offers following management and doctoral programs:

  • 2 Years full time flagship MBA Program
  • 2 Years full time MBA (Business Analytics) Program
  • 2 Years full time MBA (Human Resource Management) Program
  • 2 Years Non-Residential Executive MBA (EMBA) 
  • PhD Program

5. IIM Amritsar Fees
IIM Amritsar fees for all the MBA programs have gone up. The fee may be revised further for 2023-25 batch before batch commencement. Program-wise IIM Amritsar MBA fees is as below:

MBA Program
IIM Amritsar MBA Fees
2 Years Full Time MBA
2 Years Full Time MBA (Business Analytics)
2 Years Full Time MBA (Human Resources)
  • The fees covers Tuition, Books & Case Material, Library, IT & Computer, Hostel & Electricity, Medical & Students' Activities.
  • 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.
  • In addition, students need to deposit Rs. 25,000/- as caution deposit before registration and  Rs.25,000/- mess deposit before registration

6. IIM Amritsar 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. The Program wise IIM Amritsar seats are as below:

MBA Programme
IIM Amritsar seats
MBA-Business Analytics
MBA-Human Resource

The size of Batch 2023-25 may go up for all the programs

7. IIM Amritsar Placements 2022
IIM Amritsar has successfully completed the final Placement 2022 for its 6th and larger MBA 2020-22 batch of 228 students. Not only it has broken its past record and surpassed the salary packages of its last batch, but despite the large batch size of 228 students, the institute has also achieved 100% placement with much higher offers that many well established top MBA colleges have not been able to achieve.

IIM Amritsar has achieved an Average salary figure of INR 14.63 LPA which is an increase of 15.38% over last year. Highest salary in IIM Amritsar placement 2022 has gone up by 38.82% at Rs. 25.21 LPA. The Average for the top-quartile came out to INR 18.54 LPA. IIM Amritsar witnessed participation of leading corporates across domains and sectors. More than 230 offers were made by 110 companies that visited IIM Amritsar.

7.1 IIM Amritsar Placement 2022: Key Highlights

  • 100% Placement for Large Batch of 228 students
  • Average Salary up by 15.38% at Rs.14.63 LPA in Placement 2022 from Rs.12.68 LPA last year
  • Average salary for Top 25% students has gone up at Rs.18.54 LPA from Rs.15.94 LPA last year
  • Highest Salary goes up by 38.82% at Rs.25.21 LPA from Rs 18.16 LPA last year
  • 110 Marquee Companies including 50 New companies made 230 offers to the large 6th MBA batch
  • Top Recruiters include Accenture, Amazon, Cipla, Deloitte, Adani, Birlasoft, BMW, Cognizant, Dell, EY, HCL, Tech Mahindra, TresVista, Xiaomi, Genpact, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, HSBC, LetentView, Reliance Retail, TATA Capital, TVirtusa, ZS Associates, Zycus among others Read More

8. IIM Amritsar Exchange of Learnings: Signs MoU with ICSI 
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.

9. IIM Amritsar Eligibility Criteria 2023

9.1 IIM Amritsar eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the eligibility criterion is relaxed to 45%

9.2 Candidates who graduated in the years 2020 or 2021 or in 2022, for whom the university did not conduct the exams or did not award marks or CGPA but awarded only pass or pass marks or promotion in one or more years/semesters of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification, can also apply. Such candidates will have to submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of his/her University/College/Institute stating that the university did not conduct the exams or did not award marks or CGPA but awarded only pass or pass marks or promotion in one or more years/semesters, as the case may be

9.3 The candidate should appear in CAT 2022 exam and must score minimum prescribed

sectional and overall score to become eligible for admission at IIM Amritsar

9.4 If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence to determine PGP admission eligibility would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/ university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IIM Amritsar by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the Admission eligibility of the candidate. 

9.5 A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results is also eligible to apply for IIM Amritsar Admission 2023. Such a candidate must produce a certificate from the principal/head of the department/ registrar/director of the institution/university certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year or is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category) based on latest available grades/marks.

9.6 IIM Amritsar Eligibility criterion further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Amritsar admission unless he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2023 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2023) stating that they have completed all the requirements (the result may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

9.7 It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by IIM Amritsar and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination held on or before June 30, 2023.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2023. 

10. IIM Amritsar Admission 2023: Important Dates
All the candidates who have registered and applied for CAT 2022 and have opted for admission in IIM Amritsar in the CAT 2022 application form, and obtain the required cut off percentile, will be considered for next stage of IIM Amritsar Admission criteria.  Important dates including IIM Amritsar last date to apply for admission 2023 are as below:

IIM Amritsar Admission criteria activity
Important dates
CAT 2022: Mandatory Exam for Admission 2023- Application
August 3 (10 AM) to September 21, 2022
Apply for CAT 2022- tick on the IIM Amritsar MBA programme, choose preferred interview cities in the application form. No extra application fees to be paid.
CAT 2022 Exam Date
November 27, 2022
At 150+ test cities in three slots on same day
1st stage Shortlist Release
March, 2023, 1st week
Candidates will be asked to fill detailed application form
IIM Amritsar Last date to apply
3rd week of March, 2023
Candidates will be asked to confirm their interest for IIM Amritsar admission 2023
Shortlist for PI Round
4th week of March 2023
Shortlisted candidates to get ready to participate in PI round
Call Letters for PI Process
1st Week of April 2023
Candidates to report at designated centres on the designated date
PI Process duration 
2nd week of April to 2nd week of May 2023
Participate in PI-WAT round conducted by IIM Amritsar in different cities
Final Admission Offer
3rd week of May 2023
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance
 Session Commencement
June/July 2023
Selected Candidates to register online and pay acceptance fee before orientation

11. IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria
IIM Amritsar Admission 2023-24 will have following criteria and steps

Step-1: Expression of Interest to be Considered by IIM Amritsar
Even if you opted to study at IIM Amritsar at the time of registering and applying for CAT 2022, the IIM Amritsar admission process requires you to reconfirm your interest. If you meet the cut offs prescribed by IIM Amritsar for admission 2023, you should register to submit your ‘confirmation of interest’ at IIM Amritsar site. Please note that the Registration is Mandatory on IIM Amritsar website for Expression of Interest

Step-2: IIM Amritsar Shortlisting Criteria
Post declaration of CAT 2022 result in January 2023, IIM Amritsar will shortlist eligible candidates as per its admission policy and cut offs

Step-2.1: IIM Amritsar Cut off
IIM Amritsar cut off will be applied as minimum eligibility criteria to consider the candidates for shortlisting for final selection round based on CAT cut off and other parameters. CAT 2022 percentile score cut offs for the MBA 2023 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 2022 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 IIM Amritsar 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.

Step-2.2: IIM Amritsar Shortlist for Final Selection Round: Components & Weightage
Apart from CAT score cut offs, IIM Amritsar will shortlist the candidates for PI round, based on following components and will award weightage to each component as per its admission policy

Weightage Percentage
CAT 2022 Score
Class 10 Marks
Class 12 Marks
Bachelor’s 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.

Step-3: 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 2022 percentile cut off, other requirement and successfully complete the mandatory registration, by the last date announced by IIM Amritsar, for admission to MBA 2023. On completion of PI Round at IIM Amritsar, merit list will be prepared based on following components and respective weightage:

Weightage in percentage
Personal Interview (PI)
Academic diversity
Gender Diversity
Work Experience
Total Weight

Source: Based on IIM Amritsar Admission criteria 2022-24 batch

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

Step-3.1: Candidates Exempted from PI 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/MBA 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 Round.

There are many young students who wish to appear in CAT and apply for IIM Amritsar admission to pursue MBA but they are in the second year or third year of their bachelor’s degree course and are not eligible this year but can apply for IIM Amritsar admission 2024 through CAT 2023. IIM Amritsar admission 2024 process is likely to remain same as this year.

IIM Amritsar is 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. During this short journey IIM Amritsar has not only launched various MBA programs but has also increased its seats significantly and is consistently getting high placements year after year.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on IIM Amritsar 

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