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IIM Bangalore will award 50% weight to academic profile in shortlisting the candidates for admission 2021. IIMB has reduced the CAT 2020 cut off and weight in shortlisting as well as in final selection process. Non-engineers and candidates with work experience stand a good chance to get admission offer. Read this article to know important details about IIMB admission criteria, cut off, fee placements and complete MBA admission process
IIM Bangalore Admission 2021

IIM Bangalore has announced to award fifty percent weight to academics in shortlisting the candidates for PI-WAT round in its admission process 2021. Releasing its admission criteria and admission policy 2021 for MBA 2021-23 batch, IIM Bangalore has kept its CAT 2020 cut offs and weightage on lower side and has preferred to award higher weightage to academics and performance in PI-WAT round..

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IIM Bangalore MBA: Key Highlights
The two-year, full-time, residential programme PGP 2021-23 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:

IIM Bangalore Admission 2021: Key Points of Admission Policy 2021

  • Reduced CAT 2020 score cut off to 85 Percentile in Shortlisting 2021
  • 50% Weight goes to Academics in Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
  • Sectional CAT 2020 percentile requirement is reduced to 75 for DILR & QA and 80 for VARC
  • 40% Weightage to CAT Score 2020 in Shortlisting for PI-WAT
  • Only 25% weightage for CAT 2020 score in final admission selection 2021

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

IIM-Bangalore Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- 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 23, 2020 (5PM)
Last date was extended from September 16, 2020
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 10, 2021 (Likely)
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2021
Will continue till March 2021
Final Admission Offer
3rd week April 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by May 2021, 2nd 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 2021-23 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 2021-23 Batch

IIM Bangalore Placements
IIM Bangalore has consistently recorded high placements during last many years and during the economic slowdown as well. Lateral and Final Placements for the PGP class of 2018-20 of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) saw 411 students receiving 488 offers from the companies, in India and abroad, across all possible business sectors

IIM-B Placement 2020: Key Highlights

  • Average Domestic Salary: Rs.26.18 LPA
  • Average International Salary: Rs.32.10 LPA
  • Batch Size: 432 students
  • No. of Students who opted out: 3
  • No. of Recruiters in Placement 2020: 120
  • Total offers Made in Placement 2020: 518
  • PPOs Made: 216
  • PPOs Accepted: 149
  • Overseas Offers: 18
  • Lateral Placement Offers Made: 108
  • Lateral Placement Offers Accepted: 86

Top Recruiters & offers made by them

Recruiting Company
No. of Offers Made
The Boston Consulting Group
Bain & Company
McKinsey & Co
GEP Consulting
Alvarez & Marsal
Nomura Research Institute
IBM Consulting
Oliver Wyman
Auctus Advisors
Ernst & Young
Vector Consulting
Infosys Management Consulting

Intake: 540 Students
The  intake at IIM Bangalore is of 540 students which may go up in academic session 2021-22. The programme wise details of intake are:

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

However, in the 2020-22 batch IIM Bangalore offered admission to 488 students in MBA and to 46 students in MBA-Business Analytics  

IIM Bangalore: Batch Profile
IIM Bangalore has admitted a diverse MBA and MBA-BA 2020-22 batch as below:

Batch Data
MBA 2020-22
MBA-BA 2020-22
Total Students
Maximum from Engg
Few from Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Biotech
Average work experience
 2 Years 
25 Students with work experience
Average Age
25 Years

IIM Bangalore Admission Cut Off  

  • IIM Bangalore Cutoff 2021 has been liberalised for admission 2021.
  • Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2020 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2020 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.
  • These are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list
  • The actual CAT 2020 cut-offs for those who are called for interview could be much higher
  • Below are the minimum CAT 2020 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 2020 Overall percentile

Liberalised  Admission Criteria
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2021 bring a liberalised CAT 2020 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 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 2020 and must appear in the CAT 2020 exam on November 29, 2020. A balanced score in all the three sections of CAT 2020 and good academic profile is the key to get admission in IIM Bangalore.

Two Stages of IIM Bangalore Admission 2021
The selection of the candidates for admission 2021 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-2020 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 2020 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 2021. 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, 2021 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2021) 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, 2021.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2021. 

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2021 is a two step process - shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT with  40% weight for CAT 2020 score and 50% Weight to Academics while the Final admission selection Criteria award only 25% weightage to CAT 2020 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 2020 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:

  • The 1st stage of shortlisting in IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria awards 50% weight to Academics, 40% weight to CAT 2020 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 2020. The minimum overall percentile required for PGP 2021 shortlsting through CAT 2020 at IIM Bangalore is 85.
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2020, 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 2021 Weightage Parameters are shared below:

Weight in percentage on a scale of 100
Key Points to Note
CAT 2020 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 2020 percentile score is divided further  into the performance in each of the three sections to shortlist candidates for PI round as under:

CAT 2020 Section Weightage Points in Shortlisting Weightage percentage
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  14 14%
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)  16 16%
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)  10 10%
Total Maximum weight to CAT 2020 score  40 40%

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, 2020. 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 2021
Percentage weight on a scale of 100
WAT score
Personal Interview (PI)
CAT 2019 score
10th Class board marks
12th class board marks
Bachelors degree marks
Work experience
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 2020 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-2020 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 2020, 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 2021 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.

 IIMB 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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