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IIM Indore admission criteria 2021 will award 74% weight to Class 10 & 12 marks and has reduced weightage for CAT 2020 scores to 20% in shortlisting for PI-WAT. Non-engineers and candidates with work experience stand a good chance to get admission offer. Read this article to know important details about IIM Indore admission criteria, cut off, fee placements and complete MBA admission process
IIM Indore Admission 2021

IIM Indore has released its Admission policy for 2021-23 batch and prescribes high weightage of 74% to the Class X and XII marks in shortlisting the candidates for final selection round. The minimum requirement to qualify for shortlisting process for PI round is CAT 2020 sectional score of 80 percentile and 90 overall percentile. IIM Indore is the first among the 20 IIMs which has announced such a high weightage to academics in shortlisting criteria.

Another key feature in the IIM Indore admission process 2021 is the low weightage announced for CAT 2020 score. Only 20% weightage in shortlisting and in generating final merit list will be given to CAT 2020 score in admission 2021 by IIM Indore. The very purpose of keeping the CAT 2020 score weightage low is to improve the academic and gender diversity in IIM Indore Classrooms. After implementation of IIM Act 2017, the PGP students at IIM Indore are awarded the MBA degree instead of diploma. IIM Indore provides a broad array of programmes, formats and locations (Indore and Mumbai) to meet diverse needs for management education.

 For admission to the PGP 2021-23 batch, applicants are required to qualify in CAT 2020. Overseas candidates may however, apply with GMAT scores. IIM  Indore is led by its Director, Prof. Himanshu Rai, who took charge as the Director of IIM Indore on December 31, 2018. Prior to this he taught at IIM Lucknow. Before that he was the Dean, MISB Bocconi (India Campus of Bocconi, Milan). Professor Rai is an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad (IIMA). His core area is Human Resource Management. He has earlier taught in the HR area at XLRI Jamshedpur and had worked over 8 years at Tata Steel where he played a pivotal role in developing Quality Systems and the Communication Policy for the Company. Prof Rai conducts training programmes and workshops for executives as well as bureaucrats and has trained over 20,000 professionals. He has helped Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie to develop a training module on “Ethics and Anti-Corruption Strategies” for all Indian Administrative Services officers across career phases. He provides strategic consultancy to the Government of India and has audited programs sponsored by the Planning Commission of India. 

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IIM Indore: Key Highlights and USPs

  • IIM Indore is 2nd triple crowned IIM after IIM Calcutta. IIM Indore has earned three renowned international accreditations- AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business); EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) and Association of MBAs, London (AMBA—UK based accreditation agency)
  • IIM Indore is now empowered with the legal authority to award MBA degrees. The programme is also recognized by the AIU
  • PGP at IIM Indore admits more than 450 students every year  
  • IIM Indore fee is Rs.16.96 lakhs. This is the lowest fee among the top six IIMs offering high RoI
  • IIM Indore offers high placements. Average salary in Placement 2020 was Rs. 22.92 LPA
  • Nine specialization areas are available to choose from, namely Economics, Finance & Accounting, Information systems, Marketing, Organization behavior & Human Resources, Operation management & Quantitative Techniques, Strategy, Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • IIM Indore students participate in a wide range of extra and co-curricular activities which include IRIS (The Annual Management & Cultural Festival) and Utsaha (Rural Marketing Fair)
  • IIM Indore has exchange tie-ups with several prestigious international business schools. A large number of students visit these business schools and complete one semester there
  • IIM Indore conducts Himalaya outbound programme for PGP-II students.  While participants are adequately prepared for a corporate career, their ability to motivate themselves to perform in an unfamiliar ambience and work as a team is enhanced by encouraging them to undergo an outbound exercise and simulation conducted in serene locations at various altitudes in the Himalayas
  • Rural immersion programme is conducted to enable the participants to understand the social context in which organizations work and exist. An exposure to the rural settings of Madhya Pradesh is included in the course design
  • Experiential learning is offered to the students. They visit a company once a week in the first year of the Programme. They are required to carry out a study on various industries and key players in the industry. This enhances their exposure to organizations and provides them a backdrop for analysing the managerial contexts of different cases
  • A unique matrix based structure for PGP-II wherein participants take 10% credits in ‘Industry Vertical Courses’ and 10% credits in ‘Functional Area Courses’ in addition to the general management credits
  • Skill Development Courses including Communication, Leadership, Spreadsheet Modeling, Entrepreneurial Orientation, Innovation and Design Thinking and Sustainability are taught in a workshop-based format
  • The second year of the new curriculum features a large number of domain concentrations which consist of both regular courses taught by industry faculty and workshop courses taught by industry practitioners
  • An initiative to blend theory and practice is the hiring of professors of practice, which allows industry professionals with 15-20 years of experience to become a part of the IIM Indore full-time faculty. These professors of practice are already making a difference with case-writing projects on SBI, Godrej and BHEL, and a new consulting practicum to be offered in the second-year PGP
  • IIM Indore has 86 well-qualified internal faculty complemented by carefully selected adjunct faculty with considerable industry or domain expertise
  • IIM Indore offers participant-centered approach to management education. Till now, 25 IIM Indore faculty members have been deputed for Participant-Centered Learning Programme at Harvard Business School
  • The Institute provides excellent physical infrastructure for academics, residence and extra-curricular activities as well

IIM Indore Admission 2021: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2020 Registration has started at IIM Indore. Important dates related to admission activities at IIM Indore are as below:

IIM Indore Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Indore 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 15-20, 2021
As per the shortlisting criteria for each category
Final selection (PI) round start date
February-March 2021
Will continue till April 2021
Final Admission Offer
April last week/May first week 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance

IIM Indore admission criteria 2021 for PGP and PGP-HRM programmes award higher importance to academics and communication skills of the candidates instead of merely on CAT 2020 exam scores. The recently announced details of IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2021 prescribe the admission eligibility, 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 it has increased the weightage to academic profile in the shortlisting process for PI-WAT round.

The candidates who have indicated their interest for PGP at IIM Indore, while applying for CAT 2020 will also be considered for PGP-HRM of IIM Indore

IIM Indore Admission 2021: Key Highlights

  • 20% Weightage to CAT 2020 Score in Shortlist & Final Selection
  • 74% Weightage to Academics in Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
  • 60% Weight to PI-WAT in Final Merit List Generation
  • 6% Weight to Diversity factor (Increased from 4%)

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

The flagship 2 years PGP at IIM Indore is Accredited by Association of MBAs, London (AMBA—UK based accreditation agency). With the enactment of “The Indian Institutes of Management Act, 2017”on 24 January 2017, IIM Indore is now empowered with the legal authority to award MBA degrees. The programme is also recognized by the Association of Indian Universities and is considered equivalent to the M.B.A. Degree.

Programme Specializations: 9 Areas to Choose From
In the second year electives give participants a deeper understanding of different functional areas and enable them to specialize in areas of their choice. The participants are encouraged to select courses in specific domains such as Analytics, Ecom./IT/ITES, BFS, FMCG, Insurance and Infrastructure. The emphasis is on the application of knowledge gained, in the form of projects, group exercises and case discussions. Guest lectures and workshops further enrich their learning.

IIM Indore offers wide range of specializations to choose from the nine management areas -  Economics, Finance & Accounting, Information systems, Marketing, Organization behavior & Human Resources, Operation management & Quantitative Techniques, Strategy, Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences.

IIM Indore Fees

1. Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students of Resident Indian Category at IIM Indore is Rs 16,96,400/-. The Fee for NRI candidates is Rs.24.96 lakhs.
  • The course fee includes access to lectures, computer facilities, library etc. It also includes alumni fee and lodging
  • Laptop computer, text books, Hostel Fees, Insurance, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may increase further

2. Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM)

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP-HRM students at IIM Indore is Rs 18,21,400/-.
  • The course fee includes access to lectures, computer facilities, library etc. It also includes alumni fee and lodging
  • Laptop computer, text books, Hostel Fees, Insurance, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may increase further

IIM Indore Intake
IIM Indore offers admission to around 600 CAT exam takers, at its Indore and Mumbai campuses. A good number of 500+ candidates are offered admission at IIM Indore at its Indore campus, 75 students at IIM Indore-Mumbai campus. The proposed Intake is as under:

Programme Name
Proposed Intake
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM)
IIM Indore-Mumbai Campus

IIM Indore Placements
IIM Indore had completed the campus placements of Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 2018-20 and the 5 Year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) batch very early, securing 100% placements for its largest outgoing batch of 578 students.160 recruiters participated in IIM Indore Placement process in 2020. As compared to last year, the large batch of students received higher salary packages and coveted roles. More offers from more recruiters with higher packages remained the key attractions in IIM Indore placement 2020.

IIM Indore has recorded sharp increase in highest and average placement packages in the final placement 2020. Indian Institute of Management, Indore has achieved 23.5% rise in highest domestic placement package in 2020 which has gone up at Rs.50 LPA from Rs.40.5 LPA last year. The average salary has also recorded sharp hike and has gone up to Rs.22.92 LPA from Rs.20.79 LPA last year. The batch also saw candidates get two international offers this year.

Top recruiters at the institute included Accenture, Aditya Birla Group, Amazon, American Express, ArcelorMittal& Nippon Steel, Asian Paints, AstraZeneca, Axis Bank, Bain Capability Centre, Bajaj Auto, Bank of America, Barclays, Bridgestone, Boston Consulting Group, ByteDance, Capgemini ELITE and Chrysalis, Cipla, Credit Suisse, CRISIL, D E Shaw, Deloitte S&O, Deloitte USI, Deutsche Bank, Dolcera, Edelweiss, Everest Group, EY,  Fidelity Investments, Flipkart, GE, GMR Group, Godrej and Boyce, Goldman Sachs, Google, GroupM, GSK, HCL, HDFC, Hero MotoCorp, Himalaya Drug Company, Honeywell, HP, HSBC, HT Media, HUL, Icertis, ICICI, IDFC Bank, IIFL, Intel, Infosys Management Consulting, ITC, JP Morgan, Jubilant Foodworks, Kansai Nerolac, Kotak Bank, L&T, L’Oreal, MagicBricks Read More about IIM Indore Placements

IIM Indore CAT Score Cut offs
Announcing its CAT 2020 cut offs at 90 percentile in CAT exam, the admission criteria for flagship PGP 2021-23 at IIM Indore will award only 20% weightage to CAT 2020 scores and 74% weight to Class 10 & 12 marks.Rest goes to other parameters in shortlisting for PI-WAT stage.

So far, among all the IIMs who have announced their admission criteria and process for the 2021-23 batch, IIM Indore is the front runner in drastically reducing the weightage to CAT 2020 exam score in its admission process. The move will attract more candidates with excellent academic profile below graduation than only focusing on the CAT 2020 scores.

IIM Indore Admission Criteria
IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2021 is a three step process. The three-stages of selection criteria are:

  1.  Eligibility criteria
  2.  Shortlisting Criteria for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)
  3. Final Admission Selection criteria

 IIM Indore Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM  Indore Eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration after class 12, 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 Indore Admission Eligibility criteria is that apart from a recognized graduate degree, 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, 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 Indore 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 Indore 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 Indore Eligibility further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will not be eligible for the IIM Indore 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 Indore 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 Indore Shortlisting Criteria
The second part of IIM  IndoreAdmission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. IIM Indore will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT 2020 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:

  • The shortlisting for final selection round in IIM Indore Admission Criteria awards 20% weight to CAT 2020 score, 74% weight to Academics and 6% to Diversity
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 80 in each of the three sections of CAT 2020 – 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 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
  •  85% & Above marks in Class 10 will be awarded top rating of 34 points out of 100.
  • For Class 12 also 85% and above marks will be awarded 40 points out of 100.
  • No Weightage will be awarded for Bachelor’s degree marks.
  • Gender Diversity will be awarded 6 points out of 100 in the IIM Indore shortlisting criteria for final admission round.
  • All the Candidates shortlisted for WAT and PI will have to attend both WAT and PI, failing which they will be not be considered for the final admission

IIM Indore Shortlisting Weightage Criteria
IIM Indore will shortlist the candidates for WAT & PI stage on the basis of composite scores which will be arrived at by accounting for the academic profile alsoThe Composite Score therefore is calculated on the basis of CAT 2020 score, academic scores, and gender diversity. There is no weightage to the academic scores beyond class 12. Candidates scoring percentage of marks above 85 can get a good weightage in the computation of composite scores:

Shortlisting Components
Weightage formula
10th Standard/SSC score
  34* [zcandidate-zmin]
       [zmax – zmin]
12th standard/HSC score
  40* [zcandidate-zmin]
       [zmax – zmin]
CAT 2018 Overall Score
  20* [candidate’s CAT overall score / highest CAT overall     score]   
Diversity Factor (GDF)
   6 (Applicable only for Female candidates)
Total Score

* Composite Score = Sum of the above scores (Max 100) is the formula to arrive at the maximum score to check whether you would be shortlisted by IIM Indore after CAT 2020 result is announced in the 2nd week of January 2021.  Please note that  Zcandidate, Zmin, Zmax for 10th and 12th Standard are computed using the normalisation process.

Please also note that after declaration of shortlist, IIM Indore will not send any individual regret letter to applicants who are not shortlisted for WAT and PI.

2. Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IIM Indore
  • IIM Indore selection criteria after final admission round award 40% weight to Personal Interview(PI); 20% weight to Writing Ability Test (WAT); 20% Weight to Class 10 & 12 Marks; and 20% weight to CAT 2020 overall Score.

IIM Indore Final Selection Criteria Weights for Admission 2021

Weightage Points out of 100
CAT 2020 Score
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
Class 10 Marks
Class 12 Marks
Total Weightage points

Important Note on WAT & PI

  • Candidates short-listed for WAT and PI will be intimated in the month of January 2021
  • Candidates shortlisted for WAT and PI at Stage-II will have to attend both WAT and PI, failing which they will not be considered for the next stage of selection process
  • IIM Indore expects a consistent and minimum performance in the different parameters of Personal Interview (PI), which will be decided by Admissions Committee
  • Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in any of PI parameters will not be considered for the next stage of selection process

In case of PI Round conducted online, WAT will be scrapped
In the event of Personal Interviews being conducted online (owing to Covid-19 or any other reason), the Written Ability Test component will be removed, and the final selection will be done based on the remaining components of the Final Composite Score Computation.

Announcing the possible Covid-19 disruptions in selection process, IIM Indore has shared, “The Admission process is to be conducted taking into account the COVID-19 crisis. The information provided by the 2021-2023 Admission Policy is contingent upon the decisions and directions issued from time to time by the Central, State governments and IIM Indore. Candidates are advised to regularly check CAT and IIM Indore websites for further information.”

IIM Indore Admission Cut Off  
IIM Indore Cutoff 2020 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

IIM Indore Admission Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Indore 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 Indore

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 applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme of IIM Indore. The PI-WAT round will be conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.  

Step 3:Shortlisted Candidates have to attend both PI & WAT round in final selection process. IIM Indore also expects a consistent and minimum performance in the different parameters of Personal Interview (PI), which will be decided by Admissions Committee. Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in any of PI parameters will not be considered for the final selection.

Step 4:After the WAT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Indore to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in WAT & PI, academics, among others. Category wise merit list will be generated based on Final Composite Score

Step 5: Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates in the last week of April 2021 on the basis of Final Score arrived after awarding the weightage scores on all the components.

IIM Indore conducts admission interviews in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi only.

Apart from flagship 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management(PGP) at its Indore and Mumbai campus and 2 years full time PGP-HRM programme, IIM Indore offers - Fellow Programme in Management (FPM); FPM Industry; Executive PGP(EPGP);  EPGP-E-Governance; 5 year integrated programme in Management. A few other MDP and certificate programmes are also conducted by IIM Indore.

Established in 1996, IIM Indore is the sixth in the family of 20 Indian Institutes of Management. Since its inception, IIM Indore has been acting as a leader in the field of management education, interfacing with the industry, government sector and PSUs. IIM Indore is registered as a Society under Societies Registration Act, 1973

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