IIM Raipur Admission 2020: Eligibility, Criteria, Cut off, Fees; Increases Diversity Weightage

Thursday, November 21 2019
IIM Raipur Admission 2020
IIM Raipur admission process for the flagship PGP 2020-22 batch aims for higher female ratio with an increased weightage of 8 points in final selection this year from 5 points last year. The 3 components include shortlist for Personal Appearance (PA), conduct of common PI & WAT round and final admission offer. The batch strength will be around 260 students. IIM Raipur will award 35% weightage to CAT 2019 score in final selection.

IIM Raipur has changed its Admission Criteria 2020 for the flagship 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). One of the most important modifications in final selection process at IIM Raipur is the increase in weightage to 8 points for female candidates this year from 5 points last year. IIM Raipur admission criteria 2020 prescribe the admission eligibility, CAT 2020 cut off and weightage for CAT score in first stage shortlisting as well as in final selection process. At the same time it has changed the weightage to other parameters in arriving at final merit list after PI-WAT round.

The two-year PGP Programme at IIM Raipur is full-time residential post-graduate degree course.

Although CAT 2019 is the mandatory exam for admission at IIM Raipur, the weightage awarded to CAT exam in final admission selection criteria 2020 has been reduced to 35% and rest 65% goes to other components like academics, diversity, work experience and performance in PI-WAT. 

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IIM Raipur Admission 2020: Key Policy Changes

  • CAT 2019 Cut off is kept at 95 percentile for 2020 Admission
  • CAT 2019 sectional cut off reduced to 80 percentile for 2020 for General & EWS category
  • 8% weightage awarded to female applicants for final admission 2020 as against 5% last year
  • Weightage to Bachelor’s Degree Marks reduced to 5% for final admission 2020 from 7% last year
  • Weightage to Academic Diversity reduced to 4% in final selection 2020 from 5% last year
  • EWS category reservation as per GoI norms has started from admission 2020

IIM Raipur MBA Admission 2020: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2019 registration and application has started at IIM Raipur. Important dates related to admission activities at IIM Raipur are as below:

IIM Raipur Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2020 Application Starts
August 7, 2019 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2019- 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 18, 2019 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 20, 2020
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) CAP 2020 round start date
February 2020 first week
Will continue till March 2020
Final Admission Offer
Last week April 2020
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by May 2020 second week

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 a part time programme with fortnightly weekend classes; Fellow Programme in Management and Executive Fellow Programme in Management.

Admission through CAP 2020
The CAT 2019 score cut off for admission 2020 will depend upon the number of candidates opting for IIM Raipur. The Admission criteria 2020 at IIM Raipur is based on Common Admission process (CAP) 2020. IIM Raipur will  have the same shortlisting criteria as that of all participating IIMs for Common Admission Process (CAP) 2020. CAT 2019 is the mandatory exam to be considered for shortlisting by IIM Raipur. The recently announced details of IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2020 prescribe the admission eligibility, CAT 2019 cut off, Weightage for CAT score in Personal Appearance (PA) round and other parameters.

IIM Raipur Intake: 260 Seats
IIM Raipur is to have 240 students in the PGP batch commencing 2020.

IIM Raipur Fees

IIM Raipur Placements
IIM Raipur concluded final placement 2019 with 150 recruiters participating in placement process. Average salary in Placement 2019 at IIM Raipur has gone up at Rs. 14.53 LPA from Rs.12.45 LPA last year. Highest Salary has also gone up at Rs.24.06 LPA in 2019 from Rs.22.05 LPA last year. IIM Raipur has started to award MBA degree instead of PG Diploma to the students of its flagship PGP programme.

The placement season of 2019 for PGP batch 2017-19 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 2017-19 batch size of more than 200 students, IIM Raipur recorded a sharp hike in Highest and Average salary offers in Placement 2019. Diverse roles across the domains were offered by companies in BFSI, Consulting, IT/ITES, Manufacturing, Analytics among other sectors.

Some of the top recruiters who made offers in IIM Raipur Placement 2019 included Adfactors PR, Accenture, Cognizant, Deloitte, Feedback Infra, GP Global, IndiGo, Mahindra Logistics, Neilsoft Ltd, OYO Rooms, TCNS Clothing Co., Tata Advanced Systems Ltd 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 2019 application fee of Rs.1900/-. Candidates applying for CAT 2019 are given the facility in the CAT 2019 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 2019 and to IIM Raipur is September 18, 2019 till 5 PM.

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 Finan ce, Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, Strategy and General Management.

IIM Raipur Admission Criteria
IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2020-22 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 Admission Eligibility

  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 Raipur 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 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. 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 Raipur Admission 2020-22. 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, 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 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, 2020.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2020. 

 IIM Raipur Shortlisting Criteria
The second part of IIM Raipur Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before Personal Appearance (PA) round. IIM Raipur will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT 2019 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 2019 score.
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 80 in each of the three sections of CAT 2019 – Quantitative Aptitude' (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VRC)
  • A candidate must have scored minimum overall percentile of 95 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.
  • 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) 2020 for all the participating IIMs and is coordinated by IIM Ranchi

IIM Raipur Admission Cut Off  
IIM Raipur CAT 2019 score Cut off  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 shortlisting for all the subsequent stages:

Section-1  VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall CAT 2019 Percentile
General (Including General EWS)

Minimum CAT Cut off: Relaxation is Possible
Actual CAT 2019 score Cut-Off Criteria shall be decided later in the meeting of Directors of participating IIMs to be held in January 2020. 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 2019 cut off with 80 sectional and 95 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 2019 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) 2019. IIM Ranchi is coordinating 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 selection criteria after final admission round award a weight of 35 per cent to CAT 2019 Score (Scaled to 100); 30% weight to Personal Interview(PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT); 35% wright 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 2020
Following are the key components and weightage to each area which will be awarded while preparing final merit list for admission:

Weightage Percentage
CAT 2019 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
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 2019 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-2019 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) 2020 for the participating IIMs. CAP 2020 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 2020 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/-.

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CAP 2020 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 to be coordinated in 2020. For CAP 2020, the performance of the candidates in WAT and PI in CAP 2020 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.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur is headed by Prof Bharat Bhaskar who has recently taken over as Director of IIM Raipur. 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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