IIM Raipur Admission 2021: Eligibility, Criteria, Fees, Placement; CAT Cut offs go up


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IIM Raipur admission criteria 2021 has been announced for the flagship PGP 2021-23 batch with increase in CAT cut offs. Keeping an aim to have greater gender diversity and more candidates with work experience in its class room, a weightage of 8% to each component will be awarded in final selection. IIM Raipur will participate in CAP 2021 for new IIMs and will release the final admission offer with a weightage of 35% to CAT 2020 score
IIM Raipur Admission 2021

IIM Raipur Admission criteria 2021 has been released for flagship PGP 2021-23 batch. One of the most important modifications in IIM Raipur admission process is the increase in weightage to 8 points for female candidates.

The two-year PGP Programme at IIM Raipur is full-time residential MBA course. Although CAT 2020 is the mandatory exam for admission at IIM Raipur, the weightage awarded to CAT exam in final admission selection criteria 2021 has been reduced to 35% and rest 65% goes to other components like academics, diversity, work experience and performance in PI-WAT.

IIM Raipur is led by its Director, Dr Bharat Bhaskar, faculty in  IT & Systems, an M.S. & Ph.D. from University of Virginia and having three decades of international experience in industry, research institutions, teaching, management development and consulting. Dr. Bhasker spent 11 years working in the leading research establishments in USA, including seven years with Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA, Maryland.  Prior to joing IIM Raipur, Dr Bhaskar had served for two decades at IIM Lucknow and was its Acting Director in 2015. 

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IIM Raipur Admission 2021: Important Dates
All the candidates who have registered and applied for CAT 2020, who have opted for admission in IIM Raipur in the CAT 2020 application form, and score the required cut off percentile, will be considered for next stage of IIM Raipur Admission criteria.  Important dates related to admission activities 2021 at IIM Raipur are as below:

IIM Raipur Admission criteria activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Raipur 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)
Extended from September 16
CAT 2020 Exam
November 29, 2020
At 156 test cities in three slots on same day
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
February, 2021
For the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
February 2021
CAP 2021 is common for 9 new & baby IIMs and Will continue till March 2021
Submission of Confirmation of Interest online
March 2021
After CAP round 2021 is over
Final Admission Offer
April 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance
 Session Commencement
July 2021
Selected Candidates to register online and pay acceptance fee before orientation

IIM Raipur admission criteria 2021 prescribe the admission eligibility, CAT 2021 cut off and weightage for CAT score in first stage shortlisting as well as in final selection process. At the same time it has announced the weightage to other parameters in arriving at final merit list after PI-WAT round.

IIM Raipur Admission 2021: Key Highlights

  • CAT 2020 Cut off is increased to 94 percentile for 2021 Admission from 90 last year
  • CAT 2020 sectional cut off reduced to 80 percentile for admission 2021 for General category
  • EWS category cut off reduced to 75 percentile
  • 8% weightage awarded to female applicants for final admission 2021
  • Weightage to Bachelor’s Degree Marks reduced to 5% for final admission 2021
  • Weightage to Academic Diversity is kept at 4% in final selection 2021
  • Weightage for work experience is awarded at 8%

Programmes Offered
Apart from the 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management, IIM Raipur also offers  2 years Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executives (PGPMWE) which is a part time programme with fortnightly weekend classes; Fellow Programme in Management and Executive Fellow Programme in Management.

IIM Raipur PGP: Programme Specializations
The Post Graduate Programme in Management at IIM Raipur is its flagship 2 years full time residential management programme. It is divided in six trimesters and a summer internship. During the first year, students are exposed to core courses and learn basic concepts of marketing, Finance, Quantitative Methods, Operations, Behavioural Sciences and Strategy.

The second year of PGP offers a choice of specializations in functional areas which are Finance, Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, Strategy and General Management.

IIM Raipur Admission 2021: Through Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021
The CAT 2020 score cut off for admission 2021 will depend upon the number of candidates opting for IIM Raipur. The Admission criteria 2021 at IIM Raipur is based on Common Admission process (CAP) 2021. IIM Raipur will have the same shortlisting criteria as that of all participating IIMs for Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021. CAT 2020 is the mandatory exam to be considered for shortlisting by IIM Raipur. The recently announced details of IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2021 prescribe the admission eligibility, CAT 2020 cut off, Weightage for CAT score in Personal Appearance (PA) round and other parameters.

CAP 2021: Key Points 
IIM Raipur participates in Common Admission Process (CAP) which is the WAT and PI round, conducted for admission to new IIMs. Last year 9 IIMs participated in the process.  Admission to the PGP Programme at IIM Raipur for the year 2021-23 batch shall constitute the following parameters under Common Admission Process (CAP):

  • CAT 2020 Examination valid CAT score, as applicable
  • Common eligibility criteria for shortlisting to WAT and PI process: IIM Raipur shall have the same shortlisting criteria as that of all other participating IIMs for CAP-2021
  • Personal Appearance (PA): Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview, as per the shortlisting criteria
  • Announcement of the final selection/merit list on the basis of the composite score arrived at using weightages as per valid CAT-2020 score, WAT and PI score, academic profile, work experience and diversity (gender/academic disciplines)

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IIM Raipur to appear in the CAT  exam. A balanced score in all the three sections of CAT and good academic profile is the key to get admission in IIM Raipur. The PGP at IIM Raipur is a master’s level programme, leading to the grant of a degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).

IIM Raipur Intake: 260 Seats
IIM Raipur is to have 260 students in the PGP batch commencing 2021.

IIM Raipur Fees

  • IIM Raipur Fee for the 2 years PGP Programme of Resident Indian Category is Rs 14,20,400/-.
  • The course fee includes Hostel accommodation, access to lectures, computer facilities, library etc. It also includes caution deposit fee of Rs.30,000 and alumni fee Rs.2400/-
  • Charges towards boarding facility would be extra. Approximate charges are Rs.4500/- to Rs.5000/- per month
  • Laptop computer, text books, Insurance, personal expenses on travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-23 batch may increase to adjust inflation

IIM Raipur Placements
IIM Raipur placement 2020 concluded with 150 recruiters including 50 first time recruiters participating in the placement process. Average salary has gone up at Rs.15.20 LPA in IIM Raipur Placements 2020 from Rs.14.53 LPA last year. Highest Salary in IIM Raipur Placement 2020 has also gone up at Rs.46 LPA from Rs.24.06 LPA in 2019. IIM Raipur has started to award MBA degree instead of PG Diploma to the students of its flagship PGP programme.

IIM Raipur placement season for PGP batch 2018-20 witnessed an overwhelming participation from previous recruiters along with a host of 50 new recruiters vying for some of the country’s best minds at IIM Raipur.

Despite its large PGP 2018-20 batch size of 191 students registering for placements, IIM Raipur has not only achieved 100% placements but has also recorded a sharp hike in Highest and Average salary offers in Placement 2020. Diverse roles across the domains were offered by companies in BFSI, Strategy, Consulting, IT/ITES, Manufacturing, FMCG/FMCD, Ecommerce among other sectors.

Some of the top recruiters who made offers in IIM Raipur Placement 2020 included Aditya Birla UltraTech, Accenture, Accops Systems, Aditya Birla Capital, Agaram Foods, Agarwal Packers and Movers, Amazon, Analytics Quotient, Anand Rathi, Angel Broking, Axis Bank, Berger Paints, Bharat Forge, Blue Star, BYJU'S, Cognizant, Crompton, Deloitte, DS Group, Ernst & Young (EY), HDFC Bank, Hero Motocorp, Hindustan Unilever, IBM, ICICI, India MART,  Info Edge India, Infosys, Jubilant, Kent RO Systems, Kotak Mahindra Bank, KPMG, MakeMyTrip, MotilalOswal, Fin ServMphasis, Neilsoft,  OYO, Relaxo, Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Steel, Tech Mahindra, Ujjivan, Vedanta, V-Guard, ZS Associates and many other prominent Recruiters

How to Apply? No Separate Application Fee for IIM Raipur Admission
The application fee of IIM Raipur is included in the CAT 2020 application fee of Rs.2000/-. Candidates applying for CAT 2020 are given the facility in the CAT application form to exercise their option to be considered by IIM Raipur for admission in the programme column without paying any separate fee. Last date to apply for CAT 2020 and to IIM Raipur closed on September 23, 2020 till 5 PM.

IIM RaipurAdmission Criteria
IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2021-23 will be a three step process. The three-stages of selection criteria are:

  1. Eligibility criteria
  2. Shortlisting Criteria for Personal Appearance (PA) Process
  3. Final Admission Selection criteria

IIM Raipur Eligibility criteria for Admission

  1. IIM Raipur 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 RaipurAdmission 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 be considered for 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 Raipur 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. The candidates appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for IIM Raipur Admission 2021-23. 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 Raipur Eligibility further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will not be eligible for the IIM Raipur 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 Raipur 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 Raipur Shortlisting Criteria
The second part of IIM RaipurAdmission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before Personal Appearance (PA) round. IIM Raipur will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT 2020 score, and other parameters for final selection round as under:

  • The shortlisting for final selection round in IIM Raipur Admission Criteria awards maximum weight to CAT 2020 score.
  • 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 94 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.
  • IIM Raipur’s Admission Committee will decide the number of candidates who would be shortlisted for PA round on the basis of criteria prepared for each category
  • All the Candidates shortlisted by IIM Raipur for PA process will have to attend both WAT and PI which will be a Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for all the participating IIMs and is coordinated by IIM Ranchi

IIM Raipur Cut Offs  
IIM Raipur Cut offs in shortlisting the candidates for CAP round, have 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 shortlisting for all the subsequent stages:

 IIM Raipur cut off for Section-1 VARC
 IIM Raipur cvut off for Section-2 DILR
 IIM Raipur cut off for Section-3 Quant
IIM Raipur cut off - Overall CAT 2020 Percentile

Minimum CAT Cut off: Relaxation is Possible
Actual CAT 2020 score Cut-Off Criteria shall be decided later in the meeting of Directors of participating IIMs to be held in January 2021. It is possible that actual cut off may go up or come down.

Only the candidates meeting the cut-off criteria would be considered for shortlisting. The minimum requirement to be fulfilled by the candidates for being considered for shortlisting for WAT and PI is CAT 2020 cut off with 80 sectional and 94 overall percentile. These are the minimum prescribed cut offs which will be used for shortlisting purpose only and do not imply entitlement as the actual cut off may go higher or lower as per the decision of the admission committee.

The individual CAT 2020 sectional percentile and the overall percentile may be lowered/relaxed, if the actual number of shortlisted candidates are found to be less than the required number of candidates to be called for WAT and PI in one or more categories. The relaxation in the cut-off criteria is to ensure sufficient number of candidates for each of the categories for WAT and PI process.

Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Personal Appearance (PA) round for admission to IIM Raipur
  • Final Selection Round for IIM Raipur Admission consists of Personal Interview (PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT)
  • The final selection PA round for IIM Raipur Admission will be common for the IIMs who are participating in the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2020.
  • The scores obtained by the candidate in WAT & PI of CAP 2020 would be considered for preparing the final merit list
  • IIM Raipur admission criteria after final admission round award a weight of 35 per cent to CAT 2020 Score (Scaled to 100); 30% weight to Personal Interview(PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT); 35% weight to Past Academic performance, Diversity and Work experience
  •  Minimum cut off may be applied to WAT & PI components. Candidates who do not obtain certain minimum scores in the WAT & PI will not be considered for the merit list. The minimum scores will be decided by IIM Raipur at its discretion.

IIM Raipur Final Selection Criteria Weights for Admission 2021
Following are the key components and weightage to each area which will be awarded while preparing final merit list for admission:

Weightage Percentage
CAT 2020 Score
CAT Score to be used and not the CAT Percentile
Personal Interview (PI)
Obtained Score in CAP used in Final Merit List
Written Analysis Test (WAT)
Obtained Score in CAP used in Final Merit List
Class 12 Percentage of Marks
Above 90% Marks (No weight for 50% & below marks)
Graduation Percentage of Marks
Reduced from earlier 7 for above 90% Marks
(No weight for 50% & below marks)
Work Experience
Relevant Work Ex between 2-3 years
Academic Diversity
Reduced from 5. Arts, Humanities, Commerce, Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Management
Gender Diversity
Increased from 5. Only for Women Candidates
Total Weightage points
After Final Selection Round

IIM Raipur Admission Process
The IIM Raipur admission process for PGP 2021-23 batch follows two-stages, namely, shortlisting candidates for personal appearance (PA) and final selection. Selection of candidates which is based on the Final composite score under each category (General, EWS, NC-OBC, SC, and ST).  IIM Raipur admission policy applies only to the PGP selection process for 2021-23 batch.  Following steps are included in the IIM Raipur 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 Shortlisting process for admission at IIM Raipur. Category wise short-lists of the candidates are prepared 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 Raipur.
  • Step 2:Shortlisted Candidates have to attend Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for the participating IIMs. CAP 2021 will consist of both PI & WAT round in final selection process. Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in PI& WAT will not be considered for the final selection.
  • Step 3: After the WAT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Raipur to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in WAT & PI, academics, work experience, diversity among others. Category wise merit list will be generated based on weightages awarded to various components.
  • Step 4: Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates in the last week of April 2021 on the basis of Final Merit Score and will be available on IIM Raipur website. 
  • Step 5: A candidate receiving admission offer from IIM Raipur and accepting the offer within the stipulated date needs to send Offer Acceptance Form along with Offer Acceptance Fee of Rs.50,000/-.

CAP 2021 Participating IIMs
The 9 new IIMs namely Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur, Bodh Gaya, Sambalpur, Sirmaur are to adopt a common process of WAT & PI for admission 2021. For CAP 2021, the performance of the candidates in WAT and PI in CAP 2021 of nine IIMs would only be considered for preparing the merit list. Scores of older IIMs will not be considered for merit list.

Withdrawal from Programme

  • In the event of a candidate withdrawing from the programme before registration, the waitlisted candidates would be given admissions against the vacant seat
  • The fees collected from the candidate after deduction of processing fee of Rs.1000/- shall be refunded
  • If a candidate registers for the programme, his/her Offer Acceptance Amount will be adjusted against Term I Fee
  • In the event of withdrawal from the Programme after registration, and if seat consequently falling vacant gets filled by another candidate by the last date of admission, IIM Raipur will return the fees collected with proportionate deductions of fee and hostel rent, where applicable.

IIM Raipur was set up by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2010 at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh is one of the fastest growing states of India with its rich mineral, forest, natural and local resources.

Presently IIM Raipur operates from the Government Engineering College Campus, Raipur. The Government of Chhattisgarh has allotted over 200 acres of land for the under construction campus of IIM Raipur campus in Naya Raipur. The proposed campus will be a state-of-the-art campus presenting a blissful mix of modern architecture, culture & heritage of Chhattisgarh

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