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IIM Calcutta has announced a changed admission criteria 2021 on November 27, 2020. With no WAT proposed in final selection process, IIMC may also conduct online PI round. The weightage for CAT score is reduced and for Academics & Diversity it is increased in shortlisting process for PI round, making the admission process more lucrative for candidates from diverse academic background. Read the article below to get complete information on IIMC admission process 2021
IIM Calcutta Admission 2021

The triple crowned IIM Calcutta has announced a changed Admission Criteria 2021 for the flagship 2 years full time MBA programme. One of the most important modifications in admission process 2021 at IIM Calcutta is scrapping of Writing Ability Test and likely conduct of online PI round depending upon the Covid-19 pandemic situation at the material time.

IIM Calcutta Admission 2021: Key Policy Changes

  • Writing Ability Test (WAT) is scrapped from the final selection process
  • The maximum merit score in admission 2021 is reduced to 90, after taking out the 10% weightage for WAT
  • IIM Calcutta may conduct PI round online instead of in-person interviews, depending upon the Covid-19 pandemic situation at the material time and GoI guidelines 
  • CAT 2020 Cut off is reduced to 85 percentile for 2021
  • CAT 2020 sectional cut off for Quantitative Ability reduced to 75 percentile for General category
  • For other categories also QA minimum required percentile has been reduced to 65 and below
  • Weightage for CAT 2020 score reduced to 56% in shortlisting for PI round
  • Weightage for Academics and Diversity is increased to 44% in shortlisting process
  • 15% weightage for Bachelor’s degree awarded in shortlisting 2021
  • Class 10 score weightage reduced to 10% from 20% in shortlisting
  • Class 12 score weightage reduced to 15% from 20% in shortlisting
  • EWS category reservation as per GoI norms has started with reduced percentile in CAT 2020

IIM Calcutta to Award MBA Degree instead of PG Diploma

The MBA at IIM Calcutta was earlier known as PGP but after the implementation of IIM Act 2017, IIM Calcutta has changed the name of PGP diploma programme to MBA degree programme. The two-year MBA Programme in Management at IIM Calcutta is full-time residential post-graduate degree course. The MBA Programme has a two-tier structure. It consists of a core curriculum (compulsory credit courses and compulsory non-credit courses), a summer internship (compulsory industry training between first and second year) and elective courses (optional courses in the second year).  

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IIM Calcutta Fees

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students at IIM Calcutta is Rs 22,50,000/- + a refundable caution deposit of Rs.10,000/-.
  • Laptop computer, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may increase further

IIM Calcutta Placement 2020
IIM Calcutta had concluded its final placement 2020 for its 55th batch of PGP class 2020 with 492 offers made by 136 recruiters to 439 participating students.

Achieving yet again 100% placement from top recruiters, the average salary in Placement 2020 has gone up at Rs.28 LPA this year from Rs.25.36 LPA last year. Consulting sector has claimed 31% share in placement 2020 with The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture emerging as top recruiters.

Key Highlights in Placement 2020
Following are the key highlights of IIM Calcutta Placement 2020:

  • Average salary increased to Rs.28 LPA from Rs.25.36 LPA last year
  • Median Salary has gone up at Rs.25.5 LPA
  • All time High Average Salary for top 10% students at Rs.54.5 LPA
  • Average Salary for top 25% students shot up to Rs.41.8 LPA
  • Number of students participated in Placement 2020: 439
  • Number of Recruiters making placement offers: 136
  • Total number of offers made: 492
  • 31% Batch Placed in Consulting and 17% in Finance domains
  • Top recruiters include The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture Read More

IIM Calcutta MBA Programme 2021-23: Intake
IIM Calcutta has a sanctioned intake of 520 students in its flagship 2 years full time MBA programme. However, last year IIM Calcutta offered admission to 480 students. The classes for the MBA 2020-22 batch had started on August 10, 2020 in online mode due to Covid-19 pandemic. IIM Calcutta divided the batch in 6 sections of 80 students each and commenced the online classes through ‘iPearl.ai’, a digital learning platform of a firm, TalentSprint. . 

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IIM Calcutta MBA Admission 2021: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2020 registration and application has started at IIM Calcutta. Important dates related to admission activities at IIM Calcutta are as below:

IIM-C Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2020 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Calcutta MBA programme, choose preferred interview cities in the application form. No extra application fees to be paid.
Last date to Apply
September 23, 2020 (5PM)
Extended from September 16
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 10, 2021
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 April 2021 last week/May 2021 first week

Change in PI Process due to Covid-19
IIM Calcutta may conduct Personal Interview round without WAT and in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible that instead of conducting in-person Personal Interview the PI may be conducted online. Sharing the rider in final selection process, IIM Calcutta said, “ Any possible disruptions related to COVID-19 can impact the MBA admission process of IIM Calcutta. The information as specified in the Admission Policy is subject to the advisories and guidelines of Central and State Government during the admission process for 2021-23 Batch. Interested candidates are advised to keep this external factor in mind due to the current pandemic.”  

MBA Specializations at IIM Calcutta
While the first year of MBA is committed to developing business fundamentals through compulsory courses spanning the areas of economics, finance, marketing, operations, systems and organizational behavior, the second year offers a range of electives in different functional areas that students can choose based on their desired area of pursuit in Finance, Human Resource Management, Economics, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behaviour, Public Policy and management, Strategic Management among others.

Dual Degree Programme at IIM Calcutta
IIM Calcutta and ESCP-EAP, now ESCP Europe have signed a comprehensive Cooperation Agreement and have developed a fruitful collaboration through a student exchange programme. Every year students from both the schools have been provided with an opportunity to enroll in the students’ exchange programme and undergo one academic term at respective campuses as part of their Post Graduate Programmes.

A select group of students from both the schools get an opportunity to obtain Post Graduate Diploma/Degree from both IIMC and ESCP Europe. As for IIMC this programmeis open to the participants joining IIM Calcutta’s MBAprogramme only. As for ESCP Europe, the programmeis open to the Master in Management students only.

The present arrangement is for the Paris campus of ESCP Europe and can be extended to other campuses of ESCP Europe with mutual consent in the future.

Students of IIM Calcutta are selected on the dual degree / diploma track according to ESCP Europe rules. The selection process involves use of CAT/ GMAT score and performance in Group Discussion and an interview. Students of MBAprogramme of IIMC with at least one year work experience are eligible for this programme.

IIM Calcutta: International Centre of Excellence
The vision of the Institute is to emerge as an International Centre of Excellence in all facets of Management Education, rooted in Indian ethos and societal values. Over the past 4 decades, IIM Calcutta has developed into one of Asia's finest Business Schools. Its strong ties to the business community make it an effective mechanism for the promotion of professional management practices in Indian organizations. Today, IIM Calcutta attracts the best talent in India to its faculty and the best and brightest young men and women pursue its academic programs.

IIM Calcutta Admission Policy 2021: Key Parameters
IIM Calcutta admission Policy 2021 prescribes the admission eligibility with a lower CAT 2020 cut off and low weightage for CAT score in first stage shortlisting as well as in final selection process. At the same time IIMC has increased the weightage to other parameters like academics which commands 40% weight in arriving at the shortlist for PI-WAT round.

IIM Calcutta MBA Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM Calcutta 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
  3. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks in the academics, 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 Calcutta 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 Calcutta 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 Calcutta Eligibility further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Calcutta 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 Calcutta 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. 
  7. For candidates who are in the final year of the dual degree course, the aggregate percentage of marks obtained in all the years/semesters till October 31, 2020 will be considered for awarding points, considering the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree.

IIM Calcutta MBA Admission Criteria
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2021 will be a two step process involving the preliminary screening and shortlisting criteria with 56% weightage for CAT exam score and the Final admission selection Criteria with only 30% weightage to CAT exam score. 

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1. IIM Calcutta Shortlisting Criteria
The first part of IIM Calcutta Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. IIM Calcutta 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 56% weight to CAT 2020 score, 40% weight to Academics and 4% to Gender Diversity
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 75 in Quantitative Ability (QA) section in CAT 2020 and 80 percentile in each of the two sections – ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VARC)
  • A candidate must have scored minimum overall percentile of 85 in CAT 2020
  • 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
  • 80% & Above marks in Class 10 will be awarded top rating of 10 points out of 100
  • For Class 12 80% and above marks will be awarded 15 points out of 100
  • 15% Weightage will be awarded for Bachelor’s degree marks.
  • Gender Diversity will be awarded 4 points in the IIM Calcutta shortlisting criteria for final admission round.

IIM Calcutta Admission Shortlisting Criteria Weightage Parameters are shared below:

Weights out of 100 points
Method of calculation
CAT 2020 overall score
Candidate’s Total CAT 2020 score/ Maximum CAT 2020 Score X56
Class X marks
On Scoring 80%+ marks
Class XII marks
On Scoring 80%+ marks
Bachelor’s Degree
On Scoring 60%+ marks
Gender Diversity factor (Women candidates)
Available only for Women candidates

IIM Calcutta CAT 2020 Cut Off  
IIM Calcutta Cut-off  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.

Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall CAT 2020 percentile
General (Open)

IIM Calcutta Cut Offs: Important points to Note

  • Please note that the actual section-wise and overall percentile cut-offs may be much higher than the above mentioned minimum percentiles as it will depend upon the number of candidates to be called for personal interview (PI) in each category.
  • From the candidates satisfying the above criteria, shortlisted candidates will be called for Personal Interview (PI) based on the composite score derived using the components and the corresponding weights as specified above
  • After deriving the composite scores, composite cut-offs will be decided in each category for short-listing candidates for final selection process. The number of candidates to be short-listed for PI in each category depends upon the size of the in-coming batch and would be at the sole discretion of the Institute.

2. Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Calcutta selection criteria after final admission round award 48% weight to Personal Interview(PI); 4% Weight Academic Diversity; 8% Weight to Work Experience and 30% weight to CAT 2020 Score.
  • For admission 2021 IIM Calcutta will not conduct the Academic Writing Test (AWT). The weightage of 10% which is awarded for AWT has been removed from 100 points and the candidate’s performance will be assessed out of a maximum score of 90.
  • Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree are eligible to get the points for Academic Diversity: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering subject areas at the Bachelor’s level not mentioned above.
  • The maximum weightage of 8% for work experience will be awarded by IIM Calcutta in final selection round on the basis of length of service as on January 31, 2021. The candidate with managerial work experience will be considered for the award of the work experience. Maximum weightage of 8 points will be awarded for the work experience of 31 to 36 months after graduation. No weightage will be awarded for the work experience below 12 months. Besides, Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

Final Merit List for Admission 2021
For the candidates who have appeared in PI round, a composite score for final selection will be derived using the parameters and the corresponding weights as given below. This composite score will be used for preparation of category-wise merit list.

IIMC Final Selection Criteria weights for Admission 2021

Weight Percentage
CAT 2020 Score
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
 Will Not be Conducted
Academic Diversity (Points awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non- Engineering degree)
Work Experience
Total Weightage

IIM Calcutta Admission 2021: Step by Step Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Calcutta 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 Calcutta

Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for 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 of IIM Calcutta 

Step 3: After the PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Calcutta to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in PI, academics, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience among others

Step 4: Final Admission Offer will be made 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.

IIM Calcutta has changed the name of its flagship management programme to MBA. Now it will award MBA degree instead of Post Graduate Diploma. The two years MBA of IIM Calcutta is a full-time residential course for graduates from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management.

The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961 in collaboration with Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, The Ford Foundation and Indian industry.

Over the years, IIMC has grown into a top B-school and matured institution with global reputation, imparting high quality management education. It has been playing a pioneering role in professionalizing Indian management through its Post Graduate and Doctoral level programs, Executive Training Programs, Research and Consulting Activities.

IIM Calcutta is the first IIM to have earned triple accreditations by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS, the three major international accreditation bodies for Business Schools.

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