IIM Calcutta Admission 2020: Eligibility, Process, Cut-off, Fees; Aims Diversity with Changed Criteria

Monday, August 12 2019
IIM Calcutta Admission 2020
IIM Calcutta has changed the admission criteria 2020 by modifying the weightage parameters for academics in shortlisting and making it more lucrative for candidates from all academic backgrounds. IIM Calcutta Admission 2020 remains a two-step process involving shortlisting with 56% weightage for CAT 2019 score and 44% to academics and diversity factors followed by PI-WAT round leading to final admission offer

The triple crowned IIM Calcutta has changed its Admission Criteria 2020 for the flagship 2 years full time MBA programme. This programme 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. One of the most important modifications in shortlisting process at IIM Calcutta prescribe the admission eligibility, a lower CAT 2019 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 other parameters in arriving at the shortlist for PI-WAT round.

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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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SIMSR Mumbai, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

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IIM Calcutta Admission 2020: Key Policy Changes

  • CAT 2019 Cut off reduced to 85 percentile for 2020 from 90 last year
  • CAT 2019 sectional cut off for Quantitative Ability reduced to 75 percentile for 2020 for General category as against 80 percentile last year
  • For other categories also QA minimum required percentile has been reduced to 65 and below
  • 15% weightage for Bachelor’s degree awarded in shortlisting 2020 as compared to zero weightage last year
  • Class 10 score weightage reduced to 10% for 2020 as against 20% last year in shortlisting
  • Class 12 score weightage reduced to 15% for 2020 from 20% last year in shortlisting
  • EWS category reservation as per GoI norms has started from admission 2020 with reduced percentile in CAT 2019

IIM Calcutta MBA Admission 2020: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2019 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 7, 2019 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2019- 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 18, 2019 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 10, 2020
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2020
Will continue till March 2020
Final Admission Offer
3rd week April 2020
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by April 2020 last week/May 2020 first week

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 also offered 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 programme is open to the participants joining IIM Calcutta’s MBA programme only. As for ESCP Europe, the programme is 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 MBA programme of IIMC with at least one year work experience are eligible for this programme.  

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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. 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 2019 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 2020. 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, 2020 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2020) 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, 2020.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2020. 

IIM Calcutta MBA Admission Criteria
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2020 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 2019 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:
  • The 1st stage of shortlisting in IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria awards 56% weight to CAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2019, 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 2020 Weightage Parameters are shared below:
Weights out of 100 points
Method of calculation
CAT 2019 overall score
Candidate’s Total CAT 2019 score/ Maximum CAT 2019 Score X 56
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
  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 2019 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 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, 2020. The candidate with managerial work experience of 48 months after graduation will be awarded the 8 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 2020
Weight Percentage
CAT 2019 Score
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Academic Diversity at Graduation
Work Experience
Total Weightage

IIM Calcutta Admission Cut Off  
IIM Calcutta Cut-off 2020 has been liberalised for admission 2020. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2019 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2019 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall CAT 2019 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 2019 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-2019 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 third week of April 2020 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 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 2020-2022 batch may increase further

IIM Calcutta has changed the name of its flagship management programme to MBA with effect from 2020-22 batch and would 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-C: 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 is the only Management Institute in India with 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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