IIM Calcutta Admission 2019: Eligibility, Criteria, Process, Cut-off, Fees

IIM Calcutta Admission 2019
Monday, September 03 2018, 03:22 PM
IIM Calcutta has changed the admission criteria 2019 making it more lucrative for candidates from all academic backgrounds. According to IIM Calcutta Admission policy for 2019-21 batch, CAT 2018 percentile cut offs will be 80 percentile for each of the three sections while the minimum overall CAT 2018 percentile will be 90 for the first stage shortlisting. Besides Bonus points will be awarded for academic profile, diversity and work experience at different stages of Admission Process
Reducing the weightage for CAT 2018 score to meagre 56% in shortlisting process and increasing the weightage of academic profile below bachelor’s degree to 40%, IIM Calcutta is all set to attract students from diverse back ground

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2019-21 prescribe the admission eligibility, a lower CAT 2018 cut off and low weightage for CAT score in first stage shortlisting as well as in final selection process. At the same time it has increased the weightage to academic profile in arriving at the shortlist for PI-WAT round.

The two-year Post-graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at IIM Calcutta (IIMC) is a full-time residential course for graduates from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management. This Programme is highly ranked one.

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IIM Calcutta 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. One of the most important points in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Eligibility criteria is that apart from a recognized graduate degree, the candidate should appear in CAT 2018 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, 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 2019-21. 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, 2019 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2019) 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, 2019.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2019. 

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2019-21 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.

  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 2018 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:

  • The 1st stage of shortlisting in IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria awards 56% weight to CAT 2018 score, 40% weight to Academics and 4% to Gender Diversity
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 80 in each of the three sections of CAT 2018 – Quantitative Aptitude' (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VRC)
  • A candidate must have scored minimum overall percentile of 90 in CAT 2018
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2018, 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 50. It comes to 20% weightage.
  • For Class 12 also 80% and above marks will be awarded 10 points out of 50. It also makes the weight to 20%
  • No Weightage will be awarded for Bachelor’s degree marks.
  • Gender Diversity will be awarded 2 points (4% weight) out of 50 in the IIM Calcutta shortlisting criteria for final admission round.
  • IIM Calcutta Admission Shortlisting Criteria 2019-21 Weightage Parameters are shared below:
Weights out of 50 points/Weight in percentage shown in brackets
Method of calculation
CAT 2018 overall score
28 (56%)
Candidate’s Total CAT 2018 score/ Maximum CAT 2018 Score X 28
Class X marks
10 (20%)
Using Conversion Formula
Class XII marks
10 (20%
Using Conversion Formula
Gender Diversity factor (Women candidates)
  2 (4%)
Available only for Women candidates
  1. 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); 10% weight to Academic Writing Test  (AWT);4% Weight Academic Diversity; 8% Weight to Work Experience and 30% weight to CAT 2018 Score.
  • 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 4 points (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, 2019. The candidate with managerial work experience of 48 months after graduation will be awarded the 4 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.
  • IIMC Final Selection Criteria weights for Admission 2019-21
Weightage Points out of 50
Weight Percentage
CAT 2018 Score
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Academic Diversity at Graduation
Work Experience
Total Weightage

IIM Calcutta Admission Cut Off  
IIM Calcutta Cutoff 2019 has been liberalised for admission 2019-21. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2018 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2018 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall CAT 2018 percentile
General (Open)

IIM Calcutta Admission 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 2018 to be considered for first stage screening process for admission at IIM Calcutta
  • Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2018 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme of IIM Calcutta 
  • Step 3: After the WAT & 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 WAT & 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 last week of April 2019 on the basis of Final Score arrived after awarding the weightage scores on all the components.

IIM Calcutta Fees

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students at IIM Calcutta is Rs 21,00,000/- + 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 2019-2021 batch may increase further

IIM Calcutta is conducting CAT 2018. Dr Sumanta Basu, Faculty at IIM Calcutta is the CAT 2018 exam convener. Last date to apply for admission at IIM Calcutta is the Last Date to apply for CAT 2018 which is September 19, 2018. No additional admission application fee is to be paid for IIM Calcutta PGP 2019-21.  

IIM Calcutta has not changed the name of its flagship management programme despite the fact that IIM Act 2017 has been implemented empowering the IIMs to award MBA degree instead of Post Graduate Diploma. The admission criteria announced by IIM Calcutta still share its programme name as Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 2019-21, although many IIMs have decided to award MBA degree instead of PGDM.

The two years PGP of IIM Calcutta is a full-time residential course for graduates from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management.

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