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September 14, 2020
IIM Kozhikode has decided to drop the Writing Assessment component in final selection process for PGP admission 2021. Many key changes like higher weightage to academics, diversity and low weight to CAT 2020 score in shortlisting have been announced by IIMK for admission 2021. Read this article to know all about the IIMK MBA admission 2021 Eligibility, Criteria, Fee, Placement, Final Selection Process, and other details

Keeping its admission process 2021 as safe as possible in the Covid-19 pandemic challenges, IIM Kozhikode has announced substantial changes in its Admission criteria 2021. While CAT 2020 cut offs and weightages to CAT score as well as to other parameters in admission 2021 have been reallocated, some of the components like WAT has been dropped from final selection round.

The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is the flagship programme offered by IIM Kozhikode. It is a 2 year, full time residential programme. Releasing its PGP Admissions Policy and Procedure for 2021-2023 batch, IIM Kozhikode has announced many important changes in its Admission 2021 Criteria. Falling in line with top IIMs, IIM Kozhikode reduced the CAT weightage to 45% last year, earlier it awarded high weightage of 75% to CAT score.

IIMK PGP 2021 Admission Criteria: 10 Key Changes
One of the six top IIMs, IIM Kozhikode has changed substantially the Admission Criteria 2021 for its PGP 2021-23 batch as under:

  1. A high weightage of 40% to Class X & XII Marks will be awarded in shortlisting
  2. Work experience to get 5% weight in shortlisting as against nil weightage last year
  3. No weightage to Bachelor’s Degree marks will be awarded.
  4. Gender/Academic Diversity will be awarded 10% weight in shortlisting
  5. CAT 2020 score will get 45% weight in Shortlisting the candidates
  6. No Essay Writing (WAT) component in final selection round
  7. PI round to get 44% weight in final selection
  8. Weight to ‘Resume’ increased to 12% in final selection 2021 from 10% last year
  9. 44% Weight to CAT 2020 score in final merit list preparation
  10. Cut off kept low at 85 percentile in CAT 2020  
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Till 2017, IIM Kozhikode awarded weightage to bachelor’s degree marks but the same has been discontinued now. A new component ‘Resume’ with 10% weight was added 2 years ago to the final selection process components, the weightage to it has been increased to 12% this year. Weightage to female candidates has also been restored for admission 2021.

IIM Kozhikode eligibility criteria have made it mandatory for CAT 2020 aspirants to score a minimum of 85 overall (Reduced from 90) and 75 sectional (Reduced from 80) percentile in CAT 2020 to be eligible for shortlisting for final admission round.

IIM Kozhikode: Admission Criteria 2021 Vs Last 2 Years
Following changes have been made by IIM Kozhikode in the process of PGP admission 2021 over last year:

Stage-1: Minimum Eligibility Consideration
Components to consider the candidate for shortlisting with Minimum eligibility criteria:

Component
PGP 2021 Admission
PGP 2020 Admission
PGP 2019 Admission
CAT Overall score
85
85
90
CAT sectional score
75
75
80
Class X Percentage of marks
60
60
60
Class XII Percentage of marks
60
60
60

Stage-2: Shortlisting Criteria

PGP Admission Component
Weight Percent Admission 2021
Weight percent Admission 2020
Weight percent2019
CAT Index Score
45%
45%
 75%
Class X Score
25%
30%
 Nil
Class XII Score
15%
15%
 20%
Academic/Gender diversity Factor
10%
10%
  5%
Work Experience
 5%
NA
NA
Total
100%
100%
100%

Stage-3: Final Selection Criteria

PGP Final Selection Component
Weight Percent Admission 2021
Weight Percent Admission 2020
Weight Percent Admission 2019
CAT Index Score
44%
35%
40%
PI Score
44%
35%
30%
WAT-Essay Writing Score
Nil (Dropped)
20%
20%
Resume Score
12%
10%
10%
Total
100%
100%
100%

2 Years Full Time MBA Programmes at IIM Kozhikode
IIM Kozhikode offers following 2 years full time MBA programmes apart from one year MBA programme in Business Leadership; Executive MBA and Doctoral programmes:

  • 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
  • 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Finance (PGP-Finance)
  • 2 years full time Post Graduate Program in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM) 

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

IIM Kozhikode Admission Activity
Important dates
Remarks
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Kozhikode PGP programme, choose preferred interview cities in the application form. No extra application fees to be paid.
Last date to Apply
September 16, 2020 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 10, 2021
Shortlisted candidates to submit Resume online, participate in PI round
Final selection (PI) round start date
Last week January 2021
Will continue till March 2021
Final Admission Offer
Third week April 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by May 2021 first week

IIM Kozhikode Fees

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students at IIM Kozhikode is Rs 19,00,000/-.
  • The course fee includes tuition, course material, boarding and lodging
  • The fee does not include personal expenses like travel, cloths, stationery and laundary
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may be revised

IIM Kozhikode Intake: 480 Students
IIM Kozhikode has an intake of 480 students. A few students with equal rank in final merit list may be added. The PGP 2020-22 batch comprises 492 students with 256 women students. IIM Kozhikode currently has 76 full time faculty members.

IIM Kozhikode Placements 2020
IIM Kozhikode has consistent record of 100% placements with high salaries offered to the students. IIM Kozhikode students were offered roles in domains like Investment Banking by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase; Consulting and Strategy by Bain & Co., BCG, Mckinsey& Co., and Deloitte; Operational Leadership roles by Amazon and HUL. While companies like Capgemini, Mahindra, RPG, and TAS offered roles aimed at accelerated leadership positions.

IIM Kozhikode Placement 2020 has recorded sharp rise in salary offers and number of recruiters. The final Placement 2020 concluded with 100% placement in just 5 days. 131 recruiters made offers to the large batch of 413 students. Both average and median salary have gone up this year with average salary increasing to Rs.23.08 LPA from Rs. 20.6 LPA and the median salary increasing to Rs.20.8 LPA from Rs.18.5 LPA last year

Top recruiters at IIM Kozhikode included Accenture, Amazon, Asian Paints, Bain & Co., Bajaj Auto, BCG, Capgemini,  Cognizant, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, HUL, JPMorgan, Microsoft, Nomura, Pidilite, PwC, Reliance, RPG, Samsung, Sony, TAS, TATA Sky, Tolaram Read More

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria
IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2021-23 will be 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 Kozhikode Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM  Kozhikode 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. IIM KozhikodeAdmission Eligibility criterion requires the applicant to appear in CAT 2020 exam and must score minimum prescribed sectional and overall percentile score to become eligible for next stage of shortlisting
  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 Kozhikode 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 Kozhikode 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 Kozhikode Eligibility further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will be eligible for the IIM Indore admission only if 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, 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 Kozhikode 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 Kozhikode Shortlisting Criteria
The second stage of IIM  KozhikodeAdmission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. IIM Kozhikode will shortlist the candidates on the basis ofCAT 2020 score, past academic performance, and other criteria as under:

  • The shortlisting for final selection round in IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria awards 45% weight to CAT 2020 score, 25% weight to Class X marks, 15% weight to class XII score, 10% to Diversity and 5% to Work Experience
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 75 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 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.
  • No Weightage will be awarded for Bachelor’s degree marks.
  • Academic/Gender Diversitywill be awarded10 points out of 100 in the IIM Kozhikode shortlisting criteria for final admission round.
  • All the Candidates shortlisted for PI will have to attend the PI round, failing which they will be not be considered for the final admission

IIM Kozhikode Shortlisting Weightage
IIM Kozhikode will shortlist the candidates for WAT & PI stage on the basis of  five parametres for admission 2021 as against four parameters last year. These are CAT 2020 score, academic scores of class X and XII, Academic & Gender diversity and work experience. There is no weightage to the academic scores after class 12.

A shortlist of candidates in each category will be created based on an Aggregate Index Score (AIS). The AIS is computed based on the performance in CAT 2020, Class X and XII marks, diversity and work experience. The weight of each component in the AIS is as follows:

Component
Weight percentage
CAT 2020 Index Score
45%
Class X Score
25%
Class XII Score
15%
Academic/Gender diversity Factor
10%
Work experience
  5%
Total
100%

Please also note that after declaration of shortlist, IIM Kozhikode 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 Kozhikode
  • IIM Kozhikode selection criteria after final admission round are based on CAT 2020 score, Personal Interview and Resume of the candidate.
  • Weightage to each component in IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria is as below:
Component
Weightage percentage
Personal Interview
44%
CAT 2020 score
44%
Resume
12%
Total
100%
  • IIM Kozhikode will conduct the PI in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and New Delhi.
  • Final Admission offer will be made in the last week of April/first week of May 2021 on the basis of performance in PI, WAT, CAT 2020 exam and Resume.

PI  & Resume Evaluation

  • During the PI process, the panel will evaluate the academic efforts and disposition, general awareness and social disposition, attitude, personality and communication and the quality of work experience of each candidate
  • The resume score will be calculated based on the quality of academic and professional qualifications.
  • The process will be over in half day session either morning or afternoon

IIM Kozhikode Admission Cut Off  
IIM Kozhikode Cutoff 2021 clarify that 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.

Category
Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall
General
75
75
75
85
NC-OBC/EWS
65
65
65
75
SC
55
55
55
65
ST/PWD
45
45
45
55

Minimum Required Academic Score
Candidates should have secured following minimum score in class X and XII to be considered for shortlisting by IIM Kozhikode. The percentage of marks obtained in Class X and Class XII would be calculated based on the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks sheet or grade sheet, irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage.

Category
Class X Percentage of Marks
Class XII Percentage of Marks
General
60
60
NC-OBC
60
60
SC
55
55
ST/PwD
55
55

IIM Kozhikode Admission Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Kozhikode Admission process:

Step 1: The candidate must have appeared and scored the minimum required sectional and overall percentile in CAT 2020 and minimum academic score to be considered for first stage screening process for admission at IIM Kozhikode

Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for Personal Interview (PI) round 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 Kozhikode. The PI round will be conducted at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and New Delhi.

Step 3:Shortlisted Candidates have to attend PI round in final selection process. IIM Kozhikode also expects a consistent and minimum performance in the different parameters of Personal Interview (PI) round. Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in any of PI parameters will not be considered for the final selection.

Step 4: After the PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Kozhikode to successful candidates. The final selection is based on performance in CAT, performance in PI, academics, among others. Category wise merit list will be generated based on Final 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 Kozhikode joined the family of IIMs in 1996 with its first PGP batch of 42 students in 1997 and has grown over the years with a PGP batch strength of 492 students making it the fastest growing management school in the country. Key highlights of the Batch 2020-22 at IIM Kozhikode are:

Batch 2020-22 Profile
Despite the uncertainties and disruptions caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, IIM Kozhikode  kept its legacy of creating firsts in its batch 2020-22:

  • PGP 2020-22 batch with 492 students has high gender diversity and consists of 236  men and 256 women students
  • Batch has high academic diversity with 40% of the batch coming from various Non-engineering disciplines, such as, Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Commerce, Management, Medicine among other disciplines
  • 65% of the students in the batch have work experience in various industry categories, such as, Automobile, Banking, Durable Goods, Engineering, FMCG, Information Technology, Pharmaceutical 
  • The newly launched MBA in Liberal Studies & Management (MBA-LSM) admitted 62.5% women in inaugural batch
  • Academic session 2020-21 commenced with online classes for new batch from August, 2nd week.
  • 10% students in the batch are with professional degrees and certifications, such as, CA, CS and CFA

IIM Kozhikode has a strong International Exchange Programme for students and faculty with several leading Management Institutes in EU and ASEAN countries like SDA Bacconi, Jonkoping, Sweden, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, ESCAP-EAP, France; University of Queensland, Austria, Victoria University of Wellington among others.

IIM Kozhikode is ranked 6th in the MHRD NIRF 2020 Rankings and 9th in MBAUniverse.com Rankings 2019-20 among top 100 B-schools in India. Accredited by AMBA, IIM Kozhikode boasts of one of the most picturesque and oxy-rich campuses in the country. The infrastructure includes air-conditioned classrooms, guest care areas and LAN/WAN connectivity. It is considered as one of the most efficient Institutions in the country.

IIM Kozhikode is led by its Director Dr Debashis Chatterjee, a pioneer in the field of Asian models in leadership. He is credited with transforming IIM Kozhikode from an obscure regional school to an institution of national impact and global recognition.

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