IIM Sambalpur Admission 2021: Check Status, Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placement


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IIM Sambalpur admission criteria 2021 is likely to remain same as that of last year. The final selection is based on CAT 2020 score, PI-WAT score in CAP 2021, academics and work experience. IIM Sambalpur, mentored by IIM Indore, will participate in CAP 2021 and as such will have common shortlisting criteria as applicable for other CAP participating IIMs. It will award weightage of 30% to CAT score in final selection
IIM Sambalpur Admission 2021

IIM Sambalpur is a fast emerging top B-school in the family of 20 IIMs. With more candidates showing interest to take admission in IIM Sambalpur, intake in the MBA 2021-23 batch is expected to go up. Although IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2021 is yet to be announced, no change is expected from the last year IIM Sambalpur admission criteria. 

One of the newest IIMs, IIM Sambalpur is led by its Director Dr. Mahadeo Jaiswal who is also Professor of Information Systems. Prior to this he was Professor and Dean at MDI, Gurgaon. He has done PGPX from MIT Sloan School of Management, USA, PhD in Computer Science from Delhi University and Sr. Fulbright Fellow from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has been Visiting Professor at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Indore.

IIM Sambalpur has low fee structure among its peers. Instead of awarding post graduate diploma, IIM Sambalpur will award MBA degree to the students of its 2 year flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). The 2 years Post Graduate Programme (PGP) at IIM Sambalpur is now changed to MBA degree programme and has equivalence with Master’s degree of an Indian University for the purpose of admission to higher studies. Mentored by IIM Indore, IIM Sambalpur will participate in Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 conducted for new IIMs.  

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

IIM Sambalpur Admission criteria activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Sambalpur MBA 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 Sambalpur will award 30% weightage to CAT 2020 score in final selection for MBA admission 2021 while rest 70% goes to PI-WAT and candidate’s profile. IIM Sambalpur shortlisting criteria for admission 2021 will be based on CAT 2020 score cut off at 94 percentile and participation in the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 which will be conducted in February/March 2021 for new IIMs. CAP is the PI-WAT round for the new IIMs and the score obtained in CAP determines the admission prospects of the applicant. 

IIM Sambalpur: USPs

  • IIM Sambalpur in Odisha, is mentored by IIM Indore- one of the top six IIMs in the country
  • IIM Sambalpur students have a rare opportunity to be taught by IIM Indore faculty. The faculty members from IIM Indore are delivering courses at IIM Sambalpur
  • The overall design, quality & delivery of PGP course, is to the standards & with direct involvement of IIM Indore.
  • IIM Sambalpur fee is Rs.13.03 lakhs which is much lower as compared to other new IIMs
  • Placement 2020 has recorded Average Salary at Rs.10.87 LPA and Highest Salary at Rs.18.92 LPA
  • MBA program at IIM Sambalpur aims to groom the participants as global responsible leaders with a capacity to learn and adapt in a national and international business contexts
  • The program offers an orientation towards achieving excellence with maintaining high ethical standards and a capacity to work efficiently and effectively both individually and in groups
  • IIM Sambalpur will award MBA degree to the students of its 2 year flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) instead of Post Graduate Diploma

Programs Offered by IIM Sambalpur
IM Sambalpur, apart from offering 2 years full time MBA programme leading to MBA degree, also offers MBA Executive and PhD programmes at its campus.

IIM Sambalpur Fees: Much Lower Among New IIMs
IIM Sambalpur fees for The Total programme fees payable by MBA students at IIM Sambalpur is Rs.13.03 lakhs which is much lower  among new IIMs

  • The fee covers the expenses towards Tuition, Library, Internet, Case Permission Royalty, Course Material, Hostel Room Rent, Medical Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance and Alumni Activity.
  • Mess and other expenses are extra.

Intake: 180 Students
IIM Sambalpur has an intake of 180 students for its MBA programme.

IIM Sambalpur Placements 2020
IIM Sambalpur witnessed more than 100 companies visiting campus this season with prominent recruiters such as Bajaj Allianz, Aditya Birla Capital, Deloitte India, Ernst & Young, Amul, Vedanta, HDFC Bank, Evalueserve, IBM, Ramco Systems, Tech Mahindra, Mindtree, Motilal Oswal, etc. The graduates were offered a myriad of lucrative roles across Marketing, Sales, BFSI, Operations, Consulting, Analytics, ITeS, and bagged highly coveted roles in Fintech, E-Commerce, FMCG, and so on. With a 50% increase in the batch size and an 104% increase in the total number of companies visiting campus, IIM Sambalpur set new standards and surpassed its previous placement records.

This season recorded the highest annual CTC at INR 18.92 LPA with an average CTC of INR 10.87 LPA and a median CTC of INR 10.5 LPA.

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IIM Sambalpur to appear in the CAT 2020 exam. A balanced score in all the three sections of CAT and good academic profile is the key to get admission in IIM Sambalpur. The MBA at IIM Sambalpur is a master’s level programme, leading to the grant of a degree of Master of Business Administration.  

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IIM Sambalpur CAT 2020 Cut offs
Only those candidates who meet the minimum CAT 2020 percentiles requirements, and reconfirm their interest, by the stipulated date, for admission to MBA 2021-23 of IIM Sambalpur will be considered for PI-WAT (CAP) round

IIM Sambalpur Cut off for Shortlisting (as applied last year) are shared below:

Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 QUANT
CAT 2020 Overall percentile

Source: IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2020-22

Preparation of Final Merit List at IIM Sambalpur: Weightage Components
All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection CAP round for admission to IIM Sambalpur. Final Selection Criteria weights for Admission 2021 are expected as under:

Percentage weight on a scale of 100
WAT score
Personal Interview (PI)
CAT 2020 score
10th Class board marks
12th class board marks
Bachelor’s degree marks
Work experience
Gender Diversity (Female Candidates)
Academic Diversity (Non-Engineers)
Total Weightage
  • The candidates who are shortlisted and interviewed by any one or more of the IIMs at Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow (only for their PGP/PGPM programs), are not required to appear for the CAP round. For these candidates, their Personal Interview (PI) / Written Ability Test (WAT) scores from the above IIMs are used to derive their PI /WAT scores for IIM Sambalpur
  • Candidates who are not shortlisted and interviewed by any of the IIMs at Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow (only for their PGP/PGPM programs) are required to appear for a Personal Interview (PI) / Written Ability Test (WAT) conducted as Common Admission Process by IIMs.

High Gender Diversity Ratio at IIM Sambalpur
IIM Sambalpur has high gender diversity despite having small batch size. Last year the actual size of IIM Sambalpur MBA  batch was much small as compared to any other top IIM. However, the gender diversity ratio of 50% at IIM Sambalpur is the highest so far. Out of the total 98 students joining IIM Sambalpur in 2019, 50 students were girls. In terms of percentage, it is more than 50%, although actual number is quite less.

This ratio has left behind IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore in terms of percentage of women students in the MBA batch. Till 2018, IIM Sambalpur had a low gender diversity.

IIM Sambalpur Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM Sambalpur 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 2020 exam and must score minimum prescribed sectional and overall score to become eligible for admission at IIM Sambalpur
  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 Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur Eligibility criterion further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur Admission 2021 Criteria
IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2021 is a three step process–Pre shortlisting criteria, Shortlisting criteria for PI-WAT followed by Final admission selection Criteria comprising PI-WAT with only 30% weightage to CAT 2020 score.

Phase-1: Pre-Shortlisting Criteria

  • In the first phase, all eligible candidates who have appeared for CAT  and have applied for IIM Sambalpur are considered for shortlisting
  • Candidates who qualify at this stage will be asked to reconfirm their interest for admission to PGP 2021-23 of IIM Sambalpur sometime in the month of April 2021
  • The shortlist of candidates is based on securing minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT 2020 exam
  • The shortlisting will be common and will be done by CAP coordinating IIM
  • Candidates obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2020 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 2020 score is used as the basis for arriving at the shortlist for PI-WAT round
  • IIM Sambalpur will send e-mail to all candidates who have applied to IIM Sambalpur and also meet the minimum CAT 2020 percentile requirements around third week of April 2021.
  • 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 2021 at IIM Sambalpur.

IIM Sambalpur Admission Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur
  • Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for CAP round comprising Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2020 score and who have applied for IIM Sambalpur Admission
  • Step 3: Shortlisting process from the pool of the candidates will be done by CAP 2021 coordinating IIM.
  • Step 4: After the CAP round, admission offers are made by IIM Sambalpur to successful candidates who have reconfirmed interest to IIM Sambalpur. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in WAT & PI, Performance in past academics, Performance in CAT 2020, Quality of Work Experience among others
  • Step 5: Final Admission Offer will be made in the last week of May 2021 on the basis of Final Score arrived after awarding the weightage scores on all the components. The academic session as IIM Sambalpur begins in July.
  • Establishment of IIM Sambalpur, located in the State of Odisha was announced by the Government of India in the Union Budget 2014 alongwith the 5 other IIMs. IIM Sambalpur commenced operation in 2015 with its first PGP batch comprising 49 students.

IIM Sambalpur, as of now, operates from the temporary premises allotted to it at Silicon Institute of Technology, Sambalpur and will continue operating from there till the 200 acre campus of IIM Sambalpur gets ready in next few years. The premises are equipped with hostel accommodation with spacious rooms and sufficient furniture. The hostel is in the vicinity of the first year classroom and in the premises of Silicon Institute of Technology, Sambalpur.

The students at IIM Sambalpur are getting the best learning experience and placement opportunities as IIM Indore is mentoring all activities at IIM Sambalpur till it moves to its permanent campus or IIM Sambalpur is able to handle these activities entirely on its own.

The faculty from IIM Indore is delivering courses at IIM Sambalpur during the mentorship period and till IIM Sambalpur own faculty are recruited.

The overall design, quality and delivery of PGP course is in accordance with the standards and with direct involvement of IIM Indore. Students at IIM Sambalpur have the opportunity to get learning from some of the best faculty members in the country today.

IIM Sambalpur experience combines the case study method supported by a team of high calibre faculty, and a tight-knit learning environment with close ties to industry to develop complete leaders who are ready to make an impact. 

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