IIM Bangalore Admission 2022: Selection Criteria Changed with CAT Score Weight Reduced to 40%; Academics Get 50% Weight; Check Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placements

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January 1, 2022
IIM Bangalore will award higher 50% weight to academics and only 40% weight to CAT 2021 score in shortlisting the candidates for admission 2022. As per the IIM Bangalore admission policy 2022, CAT score will have lesser weight in shortlisting as well as in final selection process while Non-engineers and candidates with work experience stand a good chance to get admission in IIM Bangalore. Read this article to know all important details about IIMB admission criteria
IIM Bangalore Admission 2022

IIM Bangalore will award 40% weight to CAT 2021 score and 50% weight to academics in shortlisting the candidates for PI-WAT round for MBA admission 2022. IIM Bangalore Admission Policy 2022 for MBA 2022-24 batch  highlights various parameters for shortlisting and final selection of the candidates. For the last two years, IIM Bangalore admission policy has kept its CAT cut offs and weightage on lower side and has preferred to award higher weightage to academics and performance in PI-WAT round.

IIM Bangalore to Award MBA Degree, Not Diploma
The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) of IIM Bangalore is a master’s level programme and the PGP batch of 2022-24 will be awarded degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) instead of earlier Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). 

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IIM Bangalore MBA: Key Highlights
The two-year, full-time, residential programme PGP 2022-24 at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore is designed to equip students to take on leadership roles in an increasingly complex and dynamic global scenario. Key Highlights of the MBA programme at IIM Bangalore are:

  • The programme lasts six trimesters, spread over two years, with a summer project intermediary
  • In Global Rankings too, the PGP at IIM Bangalore is one of the most highly placed programmes
  • IIM Bangalore has a consistent strong and sustained Placement Record. Multinational Corporations recognize IIM Bangalore as a source of talent for their Global Roles
  • Average Domestic Salary in Placement 2021 increased to Rs.28.98 LPA from Rs. 26.18 LPA last year. Median salary has also increased to Rs.28.60 LPA in Placement 2021 from Rs.25 LPA last year
  • IIM Bangalore has key partnerships and collaborations with Goldman Sachs for women entrepreneurship, with Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for incubation of non-profits, and with NITI Aayog for scaling up
  • Along with ten disciplinary areas and five centres of excellence that offer courses and conduct research on questions facing various sectors of industry, IIM Bangalore has set up three faculty recruiting centres – the Centre for Management Communication, the Centre for Public Policy, and the N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.
  • IIM Bangalore has recently launched an India-Japan Study Centre to promote understanding of Japan in India and India in Japan through research, teaching and policy outreach efforts.
  • An Israel Centre at IIM Bangalore has been set up to act as a hub for research on Indo-Israeli interactions in the fields of technology innovation, business strategy and history, government policies and culture, by uniting scholars, business community and students.
  • Accredited by the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) of IIM Bangalore has been listed among the top 40 in the Financial Times (FT) Global Masters in Management (MIM) Rankings 2020
  • Ministry of HRD, Government of India NIRF Ranking 2020 for Management Schools has placed IIM Bangalore #2 position among top 100 B-schools in India.

IIM Bangalore Admission 2022: Key Points of Admission Policy

  • Reduced CAT 2021 score cut off to 85 Percentile in Shortlisting 2022
  • 50% Weight goes to Academics in Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
  • Sectional CAT 2021 percentile requirement is reduced to 75 for DILR & QA and 80 for VARC
  • 40% Weightage to CAT Score 2021 in Shortlisting for PI-WAT
  • Only 25% weightage for CAT 2021 score in final admission selection 2022

IIM Bangalore MBA Admission 2022: Important Dates
Important dates related to admission activities 2021 at IIM Bangalore are as below:

IIM-B Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2022 Application Starts
August 4, 2021 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2021- tick on the IIM Bangalore PGP programme, choose preferred interview cities in the application form. No extra application fees to be paid.
Last date to Apply
September 15, 2021 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 10, 2022
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2022
Will continue till March 2022
Final Admission Offer
Third week April 2022
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by April 2022 last week

IIM Bangalore Fees*

  • The Total programme fees payable by PGP students at IIM Bangalore covers the expenses towards Tuition, Library, Internet, Case Permission Royalty, Course Material, Hostel Room Rent and Service Charge, Medical Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance and Alumni Activity.
  • PGP 2022-24 at IIM Bangalore is fully residential 2 years management course. Accordingly, accommodation on the campus is provided only for single occupancy. Candidates may opt to live off-campus only in their second year by making their own arrangements.
  • IIM Bangalore Fee Structure is detailed below:
Fee Component
Fee amount (In Rupees)
Important Points
PGP Programme Fee for 2 Years
Rs. 23,00,000
Excludes Mess Charges, Service Tax or any other tax
Caution Deposit (General)
Rs.      15,000
To be paid One Time
Caution Deposit (Hostel)
Rs.        5,000
To be paid One Time
Mess Advance Charges
Rs.      25,000
To be paid in the beginning of each of the 6 terms

*Fee is under revision for PGP 2022-24 Batch

IIM Bangalore Placements
IIM Bangalore has consistently recorded high and 100% placements during last many years and during the economic slowdown as well. Lateral and Final Placements for the PGP class of 2019-21 of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) saw 435 students receiving 481 offers from the companies, across all possible business sectors

IIM-B Placement 2021: Key Highlights

  • Average Domestic Salary has gone up at Rs.28.98 LPA from Rs.26.18 LPA last year
  • Median salary has gone up at Rs.28.60 LPA in 2021 from Rs.25 LPA last year
  • Batch Size: 440 students
  • No. of Students who opted out: 9
  • No. of Recruiters in Placement 2021: 120
  • Total offers Made in Placement 2021: 481
  • PPOs Made: 193
  • PPOs Accepted: 160
  • Overseas Offers: 8
  • Lateral Placement Offers Made: 110
  • Lateral Placement Offers Accepted: 98

Top Recruiters & offers made by them

Recruiting Company
No. of Offers Made
Bain & Company
Goldman Sachs
McKinsey & Co
The Boston Consulting Group
Vedanta Ltd
RPG Group
Navi Technologies

Intake: 540 Students
The  intake at IIM Bangalore is of 540 students which may go up in academic session 2022-24. The programme wise details of intake are:

MBA Programme
2 Years full Time MBA
2 Years full time MBA (Business Analytics)

However, in the 2021-23 batch IIM Bangalore offered admission to 483 students in MBA and to 45 students in MBA-Business Analytics  

IIM Bangalore: Batch Profile for PGP & PGP-BA 2021-23
IIM Bangalore has admitted a diverse MBA and MBA-BA 2021-23 batch as below:

Batch Data
MBA 2021-23
MBA-BA 2021-23
Total Students
136 (Arts, Commerce, Medicine, Science, CA/CS/ICWA
  5 (From Management, Arts, Science)
Women students
22 (49%)
Male students
23 (51%)
Average work experience of the batch
 23.47 months 
31 months
Students with Work Experience
27 Students with work experience
Average Age
23.93 Years
23 Years

IIM Bangalore Admission Cut Off  

  • IIM Bangalore Cutoff 2022 has been liberalised for admission 2021.
  • Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2021 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2021 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.
  • These are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list
  • The actual CAT 2021 cut-offs for those who are called for interview could be much higher
  • Below are the minimum CAT 2021 cutoffs required for shortlisting.
  • No candidate in the respective category will be considered for the 1st  phase shortlisting and will be out of admission process at IIM Bangalore, in case the following CAT cut offs are not met.
Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 QUANT
CAT 2021 Overall percentile

IIM Bangalore Liberalises Admission Criteria
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2022 brings a liberalised CAT 2021 percentile cut off and low weightage, relaxed admission eligibility criteria and greater focus on profile. IIM Bangalore has increased the weightage to academic profile in arriving at the shortlist for PI-WAT round while the score for performance in PI-WAT commands highest weightage and in preparing the final merit list for admission. 

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IIM Bangalore must have registered and applied for CAT 2021 and must appear in the CAT 2021 exam on November 28, 2021. A balanced score in all the three sections of CAT 2021 and good academic profile is the key to get admission in IIM Bangalore. 

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Two Stages of IIM Bangalore Admission 2022
The selection of the candidates for admission 2022 at IIM Bangalore is a two-step process involving Shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT and the Final admission selection Criteria comprising PI-WAT round.

In the first step, IIM Bangalore will shortlist the candidates for WAT and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2021 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme. The second step is the final selection criteria on the basis of which admission offer will be made.

IIM Bangalore Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM Bangalore 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%
  2. The candidate should appear in CAT 2021 exam and must score minimum prescribed sectional and overall score to become eligible for admission at IIM Bangalore
  3. 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 Bangalore by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the Admission eligibility of the candidate. 
  4. 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 Bangalore Admission 2022. 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.
  5. IIM Bangalore Eligibility criterion further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Bangalore admission unless he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2022 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2022) 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.
  6. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by IIM Bangalore 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, 2022.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2022. 

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2022 is a two step process - shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT with  40% weight for CAT 2021 score and 50% Weight to Academics while the Final admission selection Criteria award only 25% weightage to CAT 2021 score.

Over the years, IIM Bangalore has found that the students who perform well academically in the PGP programme are those who have a consistently good academic record at their secondary school, higher secondary school and graduation level, besides exhibiting sufficiently high aptitude as measured by the CAT Exam. Accordingly, IIM Bangalore uses multiple parameters and award high weightage to academic performance in Class 10 and 12, bachelor’s degree as well as the section wise scores in CAT exam to judge the suitability of candidates for the PGP programme.

1. IIM Bangalore Shortlisting Criteria
The Admission criteria and weights given to various parameters in shortlisting are based on data from previous cycles as well as on inputs from the IIM Bangalore faculty body and other relevant stakeholders. The Admission criteria at IIM Bangalore are revised every year. The admission committee fixes these criteria and weights before beginning of each admission cycle to avoid any bias

The first part of IIM Bangalore Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. IIM Bangalore will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT 2021 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:

  • The 1st stage of shortlisting in IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria awards 50% weight to Academics, 40% weight to CAT 2021 score, 8% weight to Work Experience and 2% to Gender Diversity
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 80 in ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VARC) section and 75 percentile in ‘Quantitative Aptitude' (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) in CAT 2021. The minimum overall percentile required for PGP 2022 shortlsting through CAT 2021 at IIM Bangalore is 85.
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2021, he/she will not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.
  • The candidate with excellent academics will be awarded higher points in shortlisting criteria
  • 90% & Above marks in Class 10 will be awarded top rating of 20 points out of 100.
  • For Class 12, 90% and above marks will be awarded 10 points out of 100.
  • 20% Weight will be awarded for Bachelor’s degree marks.
  • Gender Diversity will be awarded 2 points
  • Weightage to Work Experience or for Professional Graduation Degree is 8%
  • Candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weightage under the category of professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weightage under the said category.
  • Top 10 candidates in each of the following parameters: total score in CAT, adjusted Bachelors’score (commerce, arts, and science disciplines), and Professional (CA/ ICWA/ CS), will automatically qualify for final selection round. These candidates are given a chance to appear for PI round due to their exceptional performance in these categories.

 IIM Bangalore Admission Shortlisting Criteria 2022
 Weightage Parameters for shortlisting the candidates for final selection round as per the IIM Bangalore admission policy announcement, are shared below:

Weight in percentage on a scale of 100
Key Points to Note
CAT 2021 Percentile
Section-wise weight prescribed
Class 10 marks
90% & Above percentage
Class 12 marks
90% & Above percentage
Bachelors degree
Stream-wise weights
Gender diversity
Awarded to Female Candidates
Work experience
3 Yrs & Above awarded highest weight

The Weightage of 40 points for CAT 2021 percentile score is divided further  into the performance in each of the three sections to shortlist candidates for PI round as under:

CAT 2021 Section
Weightage Points in Shortlisting
Weightage percentage
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Total Maximum weight to CAT 2021 score

2. IIM Bangalore Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Bangalore selection criteria after final admission round award 30% weight to Personal Interview(PI); 10% weight to Written Abulity Test (WAT); 25% weight to CAT 2020 Score; 10% weight to Class 10 Marks; 5% weight to Class 12 marks; 10% weight to Bachelor’s degree marks and 10% weight to work experience.
  • The maximum weightage of 10 points for work experience will be awarded by IIM Bangalore in final selection round on the basis of length of work experience and quality of work experience as on July 31, 2021. The candidate with managerial work experience of 36 months & above after graduation will be awarded the 10 points. No weightage will be awarded for the work experience below 6 months. Besides, Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.
  • WAT at IIM Bangalore will be of 30 minutes duration. The performance of each candidate on the Written Ability Test (WAT) will be scored in terms of content and style
  • All candidates will be required to provide two confidential reference letters from their employers or from teachers in the academic insitutions where they had been students previously before the PI round at IIM Bangalore.
  • IIM Bangalore Final Selection Criteria weights for Admission 2022
Percentage weight on a scale of 100
WAT score
Personal Interview (PI)
CAT 2021 score
10th Class board marks
12th class board marks
Bachelors degree marks
Work experience/Professional Qualification
Total Weightage

IIM Bangalore Admission Process
IIM Bangalore Admission process is based on the relationship between academic performance of students of the PGP in IIMB and their past academic performance, their CAT score, performance in the admission interview and prior work experience.

Following steps are included in the IIM Bangalore Admission process:

  • Step 1: The candidate must have appeared and scored the minimum required sectional and overall percentile in CAT 2021 to be considered for first stage screening process for admission at IIM Bangalore
  • Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2021 score, who have excellent academics, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme of IIM Bangalore
  • Step 3: IIM Bangalore will identify many candidates for shortlisting for the PI round with an excellent academic record and work experience but who may have narrowly missed the high score that would have been required if CAT alone was the basis for the PI shortlist. Such candidates will be preferred in the shortlisting process as against those who have only a high CAT score but have poor academic profile and poor quality of work experience.  The emphasis in shortlisting process at IIM Bangalore is on consistent and high performance in academics and other parameters.
  • Step 4: After the WAT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Bangalore to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in WAT & PI, Performance in past academics, Performance in CAT 2021, Quality of Work Experience among others
  • Step 5: Final Admission Offer will be made by IIM Bangalore to the candidates in the third week of April 2022 on the basis of Final Score arrived after awarding the weightage scores on all the components.

Located in India’s high technology capital, IIM Bangalore is in close proximity to some of the leading corporate houses in the country, ranging from information technology to consumer product companies, giving it the added advantage of integrating classroom knowledge with practical experience.

IIM Bangalore is an autonomous, standalone management school and not part of any university. It was established in 1973 by the Government of India through the creation of an IIMB Society which is the legal entity behind the institution. The school works within the national policy guidelines established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

 IIM Bangalore is the first B-School in Asia to sign an agreement with Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) to distribute faculty teaching cases. IIMB has also entered into a partnership with Richard Ivey School of Business to co-brand and distribute faculty-authored cases globally.

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