IIM Nagpur Admission 2020: Process Changed – WAT Scrapped, PI Online; Final Result on May 23 – Check Status, Fee, Cut off


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May 23, 2020
IIM Nagpur has changed the PGP 2020 final selection process due to corona virus pandemic. The WAT round is scrapped and PI is conducted online instead of in-person for the all the candidates shortlisted in April & May. IIMN has announced to release final admission result 2020 on May 23, 2020. The institute has increased seats for PGP 2020-22 batch to 240. The average placement has also gone up to Rs.13.13 LPA in 2020 from Rs.12.42 LPA last year
IIM Nagpur Admission 2020

IIM Nagpur, mentored by IIM Ahmedabad will release the final admission result 2020 for PGP 2020-22 batch on May 23, 2020. The institute will also send the necessary admission offers to the selected candidates on May 23, by email as was registered for CAT 2019 exam.

Please note that only those candidates who are selected or waitlisted can find their name in the admission status details on the IIM Nagpur admission website. You can check your admission status by entering your CAT 2019 application number and Email ID as registered for CAT 2019 exam.

Major Changes in Selection Process for PGP 2020-22 Batch
IIM Nagpur has changed the final selection process for PGP 2020-22 batch. The two key changes in the admission process are:

  1. IIM Nagpur Scraps WAT Round: The institute has not conducted the Written Ability Test (WAT) and scrapped its 10% weightage in final selection process.
  2. PI Round Conducted Online: All the personal interviews for the candidates in shortlist-I and shortlist-II, were conducted online

Sharing the key changes in its admission process, IIM Nagpur has clarified, “Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, IIM Nagpur has made changes in its admissions process for the PGP 2020-22 batch to ensure the safety of all the stakeholders. All the Personal Interviews will now be conducted online, and the Written Ability Test (WAT) stands canceled.”  

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Pay Rs.50,000 towards Offer Acceptance Fee after getting admission Offer
In order to accept the offer of admission at IIM Nagpur, all the selected candidates must pay online an amount of Rs.50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand only) towards payment of Offer Acceptance Fee by using the online payment link which is made available on the IIM Nagpur website.

If you receive the admission offer, you must pay the Fee by the stipulated date online as mentioned in your offer letter.

Two Shortlists
IIM Nagpur has released two shortlists for PI round to select candidates for PGP 2020-22 batch. 

Pre PI Shortlist Released on March 5, 2020
The shortlist of candidates was released on March 5, 2020. Candidates were asked to submit application by March 23, 2020 to IIM Nagpur for admission.

Shortlist-1: Released on April 2, 2020 for PI
The first PI shortlist for PGP 2020-22 admission was released on April 2, 2020. Mails were sent to all the shortlisted candidates. Candidates who did not receive mail were requested to wait till the first week of May for a further announcement related to the next shortlist. Candidates could log in to their account and check the status.

Candidates who were shortlisted and had confirmed their presence for PI were contacted over email. 

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Shortlist-2: Released on May 8, 2020
The second PI shortlist for PGP 2020-22 admission was released on May 8. Emails, as well as SMS were sent to all the shortlisted candidates. Candidates could log in to their account to check the status. Candidates had to confirm their presence for PI by 9 AM on 9th May, 2020.

The candidates who were shortlisted and confirmed their presence for PI were contacted over email with further details of the PI.

IIM Nagpur Actual Cut Offs in Shortlisting 2020
IIM Nagpur applied following category wise actual composite score (CS) cut offs after taking into account all the components, in shortlist-1 and shortlist-2:

Shortlist-1:Composite Score (CS) Cut Off
Shortlist-2: Composite Score (CS) Cut off

Shortlisted candidates informed by Email
The Candidates shortlisted for online PI round have been informed over email in regard to changed admission process and revised dates for Personal Interviews. Candidates were advised to regularly check the Institute’s website and their email registered with CAT 2019.

Deadline to Submit Application Extended
Earlier, IIM Nagpur extended the deadline to submit the application form for admission to PGP 2020-22 till 23rd March 2020, 5:00 PM. Accordingly, the deadline for the referees to submit the reference form was also extended till 02nd April 2020, 5:00 PM.

IIM Nagpur Fee: Rs.13.75 Lakhs
The PGP 2020-22 total fees for IIM Nagpur is Rs. 13.75 Lakhs for two years. This amount is exclusive of other charges like caution deposit, mess charges, personal expenses among others.

IIM Nagpur Intake: 240
IIM Nagpur will offer admission 2020 to 240 students. Number of seats for each category and reservation percentage for the same is shared below:

Reservation (%)
Seats per category
DAP (Differently Abled Persons)
(Horizontal Reservation across categories)
Total Seats

IIM Nagpur Placements 2020
IIM Nagpur started operation with first batch in 2015-16. It has maintained a consistent record of 100% Placements. For the 2018-20 batch, it reported yet again 100% placement with higher average salary which has gone up to Rs.13.13 lakhs from Rs12.42 lakhs last year.

The Placement season 2020 at IIM Nagpur has witnessed 100% increase in highest salary which has gone up to Rs.40 Lakhs in 2020 from Rs.20 Lakhs in 2019. Number of PPOs offered to the students have increased to 8 in 2020 from 3 last year.

The placement 2020 at IIM Nagpur saw participation from sectors like FMCG, Analytics, IT Consulting, BFSI and Logistics among others. Prominent recruiters in Placement 2020 included

Amazon, Deloitte, L&T, VGuard, Genpact, ANZ Bank, DHL, Tata Power, Mu-Sigma, HCL Technologies, Wipro, TVS Motors, Kotak Mahindra among others

Strategy, Sales & Marketing, General Management, Operations, were the most sought after roles, closely followed by Analytics and Finance among students.

Scholarships Offered by IIM Nagpur: Special Need-Based Scholarship (SNBS)
IIM Nagpur ensures that financial inability should not be an impediment for an individual who is admitted to pursue its PGP programme. In this regard, the Institute provides Special Need-Based Scholarships (SNBS) with the provision of a fee waiver to eligible students. The eligibility of the students for the scholarship is determined by their credit status and their annual family income.

IIM Nagpur facilitates a number of scholarships which are awarded by the Government of India and various state governments. Some of these scholarships are:

  • Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses
  • Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities
  • Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students
  • National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students – Scholarship (Formally Top-Class Education for Schedule Tribe Students) – only for scholarships
  • Chief Minister Fellowship Yojana (CMFY) – Jharkhand
  • Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj Merit Scholarship to SC students – Maharashtra

The Institute also facilitates scholarships awarded by corporates and private organizations.

IIM Nagpur admission criteria 2020 consist of many shortlisting parameters apart from CAT 2019 exam score for final selection round. Mentored by IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Nagpur has conducted its own PI-WAT round for final selection instead of participating in Common Admission Process (CAP) 2020 for new IIMs.

The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) of IIM Nagpur is a master’s level programme and is the flagship programme offered by IIM Nagpur. The 2 years Post Graduate Programme (PGP) at IIM Nagpur has been accorded equivalence with Master’s degree of an Indian University by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) for the purpose of admission to higher studies.

Admission Process to Identify Suitable Candidates
IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2020 seek to identify the most promising candidates for the PGP batch of 2020. The Institute uses parameters like Past Academic Performance in 10th standard examination, 12th standard examination and Bachelor’s degree examination, candidates’ scores in CAT, academic and gender diversity, work experience to shortlist the candidates for final selection round. The performance in Personal Interview and Written Ability Test are meant to judge the suitability of candidates for the PGP program. Besides, relevant work experience, if any, is also given weight in the admission process.

Less Weightage to CAT 2019 Score
IIM Nagpur has used the CAT 2019 score to establish the minimum level of proficiency that is expected from the candidate in respective areas as indicated by section wise minimum scores in the CAT. While in the shortlisting process, CAT 2019 score is awarded 35% weight, in the final selection criteria, the weight for CAT 2019 exam score is only 20%.  Multiple criteria are used to arrive at a Final Score while making final admission offer. IIM Nagpur admission criteria 2020 adopted a phased selection process and the selection criteria are applied in three phases. The admission criteria, parameters and weights used are uniform for all categories of candidates.

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IIM Nagpur to have appeared in the CAT 2019 exam which was held on November 24, 2019. A balanced score in all the three sections of CAT 2019 and good academic profile has remained the key to get admission in IIM Nagpur.

IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria
IIM Nagpur Admission 2020 is a three step process – Pre shortlisting criteria, Shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT with  35% weight for CAT 2019 score, followed by Final admission selection Criteria comprising PI-WAT with only 20% weightage to CAT 2019 score.

IIM Nagpur uses multiple parameters and award high weightage to academic performance in Class 10 and 12, bachelor’s degree as well as the section wise scores in CAT exam to judge the suitability of candidates for the PGP programme.

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
  • Criteria for eligibility
  • List 1 based on CAT cut-offs
  • Application Form to be filled by the candidates eligibile in Stage 1 (List 1)
  • Selection for PI based on calculation of CS (List 2)
  • Confirmation for PI/WAT
  • PI/WAT
  • Final selection of the candidates based on calculation of Final Score (FS)

Stage 1: Eligibility & Pre-Shortlisting Criteria

  1. IIM Nagpur Admission Eligibility
  1. IIM Nagpur 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 2019 exam and must score minimum prescribed sectional and overall score to become eligible for admission at IIM Nagpur
  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 Nagpur 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 Nagpur 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 Nagpur Eligibility criterion further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Nagpur 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 Nagpur 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. 
  1. Pre-Shortlisting Criteria
  • All eligible candidates who have appeared for CAT 2019 and have applied for IIM Nagpur are considered for shortlisting
  • Candidates who qualify at this stage will be asked to reconfirm their interest for admission to PGP 2020-22 of IIM Nagpur sometime in the month of March 2020
  • The shortlist of candidates is based on securing minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT 2019 exam
  • Candidates obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2019 will only be considered for Shortlisting
  • All the subsequent processing, standardization and selection is limited to candidates belonging to this first shortlist alone. Accordingly, only CAT 2019 score is used as the basis for arriving at the Pre-shortlist consideration 
  • IIM Nagpur will send e-mail to all candidates who have applied to IIM Nagpur and also meet the minimum CAT 2019 percentile requirements around third week of March 2020.
  • The E-mail will have a link to a web page where the candidates must reconfirm, by a stipulated date, their interest to pursue their candidature further, for admission to PGP 2020 at IIM Nagpur. 
  • Only those candidates who meet the minimum CAT 2019 percentile requirements, and have reconfirmed their interest, by the stipulated date, for admission to PGP 2020-22 batch of IIM Nagpur will be considered in stage 2 of the admission process.
  1. IIM Nagpur Admission Minimum Cut Off Eligibility for Shortlisting  
  • IIM Nagpur Cutoff 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.
  • These are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list
  • The actual CAT 2019 cut-offs for those who are called for interview could be much higher

Below are the minimum CAT 2019 cutoffs required for shortlisting.

Minimum CAT 2019 percentile for shortlisting, section-wise and overall
Seats Available
Section 1 (VARC)
Section 2 (DILR)
Section 3 (QA)
DAP (Differently Abled Persons)
(Horizontal Reservation across categories)

1. VARC=Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, DILR=Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, QA=Quantitative Ability.
2. These cut-offs are only for shortlisting during Stage 1 and not for the final admission offers for which scores could be much higher.

Stage-2: Submission of Application & Reconfirmation of Interest

On the basis of CAT exam scores, the candidates who had indicated their interest in IIM Nagpur at the time of filling CAT application forms are first screened for eligibility as per the CAT cut-offs mentioned in table above. Two shortlists are released for the candidates who clear the CAT eligibility criteria of IIM Nagpur.

A. Filling Up the Application Form

All the shortlisted candidates are invited to fill a detailed application form for admission within a stipulated date which is the 3rd week of March. For admission 2020 the last date to submit application was extended to March 23, 2020. Only those candidates who complete the application form are considered for the preparation of the second shortlist for Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT). It will be based on the calculation of Comprehensive Score (CS).

B. Confirmation of interest
All the candidates who are shortlisted in Stage 2 are asked to confirm their interest in attending the PI/WAT of IIM Nagpur in the first week of April. Only those candidates who send confirmation at this stage are scheduled for PI/WAT.

It has been seen that many candidates tend to mark a large number of institutes in the CAT application, to minimize their risk in the initial stages of IIM admission process. Some of these institutes no longer remain as choices as the admission process moves on.

So, given the relatively short time in which the admission process of IIM Nagpur happens, the institute wants the interested candidates to reconfirm their interest. Since, the admission offers in each IIM are independent of others and therefore accepting or rejecting an offer from any other IIM will not affect your chances in IIM Nagpur, or vice versa.

C. Shortlisting Criteria for PI-WAT

  • Only those candidates who meet the minimum CAT 2019 percentiles requirements, and have reconfirmed their interest, by the stipulated date, for admission to PGP 2020-22 of IIM Nagpur will be considered in Phase 2 of Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
  • IIM Nagpur evaluates the applicants’ academic performance (marks obtained) in 10th Standard Examination, 12th Standard Examination and Bachelor’s Degree Examination.
  • The eligible applicants will be assigned rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ based on the percentage of marks obtained in their 10th standard, 12th standard, and Bachelor’s degree examinations respectively in the stage 2 shortlisting process for final selection round.
  • Although, Performance in CAT 2019 examination is an important component in the admission process, IIM Nagpur will additionally use other factors like the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates of the admission process.
  • CAT 2019 score will be awarded 35% weightage in shortlisting criteria
  • IIM Nagpur released two shortlists for PI-WAT round. Shortlist-1 was released on April 2 and Shortlist-2 was released on May 8, 2020

D. IIM Nagpur Shortlisting Criteria 2020: Weightage Parameters
Below are shared the weightage parameters for difference components in IIM Nagpur shortlisting criteria:

Weight in percentage on a scale of 100
Key Points to Note
CAT 2019 Percentile
Section-wise weight prescribed
Past Academic Performance
From Class 10 to bachelor’s degree
Gender diversity
Awarded to Female Candidates
Work experience
Only full time Work Ex. considered

Stage-3: IIM Nagpur Final Selection Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IIM Nagpur.
  • The final selection round of IIM Nagpur consists of Written Aptitude Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). However, for PGP 2020-22 admission the WAT component has been scrapped due to corona virus pandemic and only PI round is conducted online.
  • All the candidates who have been shortlisted based on the Comprehensive Score and submit the detailed application by the stipulated deadline are considered for the final stage of the admission process.
  • The selected candidates will receive provisional admission intimation by e-mail. To confirm the acceptance of the offer, the candidate has to pay an acceptance fee of Rs.50,000 which will be adjusted towards Term I fees subsequently.
  • Weightage components in final merit list preparation for admission at IIM Nagpur are as under:
Component for Admission 2020
Percentage weight to Final Score (FS) on a scale of 100
Personal Interview (PI)
CAT 2019 score
Past Academic performance
Work experience
Diversity & Other Factors
Total Weightage

IIM Nagpur: Hostel facility
IIM Nagpur Campus is equipped with the hostel facilities which include adequately furnished rooms with access to the recreation room, fitness centre/gym, games and sports etc. The hostel mess provides quality food four times a day and the menu is decided by the students in collaboration with the mess staff.

Important Dates

Shortlist-1 of candidates based on CAT cut-offs
March 5, 2020
Submission Last date of Application Forms by candidates shortlisted
March 23, 2020
Shortlist-1 for PI
April 2, 2020
Shortlist-2 for PI
May 8, 2020
WAT Process
Cancelled for admission 2020
PI Process
Online from April to May 2020, 3rd week
Final Admission Offers
23rd May (tentatively)

IIM Nagpur started functioning with the launch of its 1st PGP batch 2015-17 with a sanctioned intake of 60 students. The 2020-22 batch is the 6th batch of IIM Nagpur.  The campus at IIM Nagpur is fully WiFi equipped premises with seamless access to industry and knowledge databases, email and internet. The library has access to resources including EBSCO Business Source, Proquest Ebook central, ACE knowledge Portal, ACE Equity & MF2, Gartner, Prowessdx, ProwessIQ and is in the process of acquiring database like Indiastat.

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