IIM Sambalpur Admission 2022: Profile Gets 50% Weight in Final Selection; Check Criteria, Cut off, Fee, Placement, Process

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September 11, 2021
IIM Sambalpur admission criteria 2022 award 50% weight to profile, 30% weight to CAT 2021 score and 20% weight to PI performance in generating final merit list for MBA admission 2022. IIM Sambalpur, mentored by IIM Indore, will participate in CAP 2022 and as such will have common shortlisting criteria as applicable for other CAP participating IIMs. The B-school offers 2 years full time MBA programme which offers good RoI
IIM Sambalpur Admission 2022

IIM Sambalpur, mentored by IIM Indore, is a fast emerging top B-school in the family of 20 IIMs and is now ranked among top 100 management institutes in the GoI MHRD NIRF rankings 2020. With more candidates showing interest to take admission in IIM Sambalpur, intake in its MBA programme has been rising. The seats for MBA 2022-24 batch are expected to go up further.

IIM Sambalpur MBA admission 2022 is open from August 4, 2021 and the last date to apply is September 15, 2021 which is also the closing date for CAT 2021 registration process. IIM Sambalpur offers 2 years full time residential MBA programme and awards MBA degree instead of diploma. 

IIM Sambalpur Leadership
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 a moderate fee structure as compared to 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) 2022 conducted for new IIMs. 

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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 IIMs
  • Placement 2021 has recorded Average Salary at Rs.11.22 LPA and Highest Salary at Rs.21 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
  • IIM Sambalpur has entered MoU with many International Universities and institutes International Exchange and Immersion.  Some of the top international institutes include Alba Graduate Business School, Greece; Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany; Woosong University, South Korea; CTBC Business School, Taiwan; Antwerp Management School, Belgium among others. The students of IIM Sambalpur who partake in the exchange program would spend an entire trimester at the host University at no additional academic fees.
  •  The MBA 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

Low Weightage for CAT Score in Final Selection
IIM Sambalpur will award 30% weightage to CAT 2021 score in final selection for MBA admission 2022 while rest 70% goes to PI round and candidate’s profile. IIM Sambalpur shortlisting criteria for admission 2022 will be based on CAT 2021 score cut off and participation in the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2022 which will be conducted in February/March 2022 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. 

The admission process of IIM-Sambalpur consists of:

  • Short listing of candidates for Personal Appearance (PA) process based on CAT Exam Score
  • Conduct of the PA process composed of Personal Interview (PI)
  • Preparing the Final Selection List (FSL) based on CAT score, PA score and profile score

IIM Sambalpur Admission 2022: Important Dates
All the candidates who have registered and applied for CAT 2021, opted for admission in IIM Sambalpur in the CAT 2021 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 2022 at IIM Sambalpur are as below:

IIM Sambalpur Admission criteria activity
Important dates
Admission 2022 Application Starts
August 4, 2021 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2021- 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 15, 2021 (5PM)
Closes with the last date to apply for CAT 2021 exam
CAT 2021 Exam Date
November 28, 2021
At 159 test cities in three slots on same day
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
February, 2022
For the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2022
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
February 2022
CAP 2022 is common for 9 new & baby IIMs and Will continue till March 2022
Submission of Confirmation of Interest online
March 2022
After CAP round 2022 is over
Final Admission Offer
April 2022
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance
 Session Commencement
July 2022
Selected Candidates to register online and pay acceptance fee before orientation

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
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 2021IIM Sambalpur has concluded final Placement 2021 for the 5th MBA 2019-21 batch with highest ever salary offered at Rs.26.40 LPA and secured at Rs.21 LPA. Average salary in Placement 2021 has recorded 7%  rise and has gone up at Rs.11.21 lakhs from Rs.10.5 LPA last year. Top Recruiters include Reliance, Tech Mahindra, Mindtree, Amul, HCL, Tata Steel, Accenture, IBM, ZS, Deloitte, KPMG, EY among others

IIM Sambalpur Final Placement 2021: Key Highlights

  • Achieves 100% final placement and summer internships even in times of pandemic.
  • More than a 90% increase in the companies visited for recruitment
  • 140 companies visited the campus including KPMG, Deloitee, E&Y, IBM, Accenture, AMUL, Vedanta, Trident Group.
  • Average Salary goes up at Rs.11.21 LPA in Placement 2021 from Rs.10.50 LPA last year
  • Highest salary offered goes up at Rs.26.40 LPA in Placement 2021 from Rs.18.95 LPA last year
  • Secured Highest Salary is Rs.21 LPA in Placement 2021
  • Median Salary stood at Rs. 10.35 LPA in Placement 2021
  • Top 25% Average salary is Rs.14.91 LPA in Placement 2021
  • MBA 2019-21 Batch size is 95 students
  • The batch comprises 49% female students
  • Top Recruiters in IIM Sambalpur Placement 2021 include Accenture, IBM, BYJU’s, Infosys,  Nielsen, Reliance Retail, Tech Mahindra, Mindtree, Amul, Vedanta, Tata Steel, Bajaj Allianz, ZS Associates, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young among others  Read More

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 2021 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 2022. 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, 2022 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2022) 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, 2022.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2022. 

IIM Sambalpur Selection Process will be through CAP 2022 
IIM Sambalpur 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 8th batch of MBA Programme at IIM Sambalpur for the year 2022-24 shall constitute the following parameters under Common Admission Process (CAP):

  • CAT 2021 Examination valid CAT score, as applicable
  • Common eligibility criteria for shortlisting to WAT and PI process: IIM Sambalpur shall have the same shortlisting criteria as that of all other participating IIMs for CAP-2022 (Except for Supernumerary seats for Girl students)
  • Personal Presence Process (PPP): 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-2021 score, WAT and PI score, academic profile, work experience and diversity (gender/academic disciplines)

IIM Sambalpur Admission 2022 Criteria

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IIM Sambalpur to appear in the CAT 2021 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.

 IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2022 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 2021 score. 

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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 MBA 2022-24 of IIM Sambalpur sometime in the month of April 2022
  • The shortlist of candidates is based on securing minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT 2021 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-2021 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 2021 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 2021 percentile requirements around third week of April 2022.
  • 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 MBA 2022 at IIM Sambalpur.

IIM Sambalpur Admission 2022: CAT Cut offs
Only those candidates who meet the minimum CAT 2021 percentiles requirements, and reconfirm their interest, by the stipulated date, for admission to MBA 2022-24 of IIM Sambalpur will be considered for PI-WAT (CAP) round

IIM Sambalpur Cut off for Shortlisting are shared below:

 IIM Sambalpur cut off for Section-1  VARC
 IIM Sambalpur cut off for Section-2 DILR
 IIM Sambalpur cut off for Section-3 Quant
IIM Sambalpur cut off - Overall CAT 2021 Percentile

Source: IIM Sambalpur Admission Policy 2021-23

Low Cut offs for Females to improve Gender Diversity
IIM Sambalpur has high gender diversity. During the previous years, IIM Sambalpur MBA  batch had gender diversity ratio of 50%. Out of the total students joining IIM Sambalpur 50% students were girls. Till 2018, IIM Sambalpur had a low gender diversity. Following steps are taken by IIM Sambalpur to improve gender diversity in its class rooms

  • Overall Cut offs Reduced: In case of female candidates under general category, the overall CAT cut-off percentile for shortlisting is 87
  • Low Sectional cutoff:  Sectional CAT cut offs are reduced to 65 percentiles for female candidates
  • No Personal Assessment through CAP: The PA process for female candidates as per above cut offs will be independently conducted by IIM Sambalpur

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 2022 are as under:

Percentage weight on a scale of 100
Personal Assessment (PI)
CAT 2021 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.

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 2021 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-2021 score and who have applied for IIM Sambalpur Admission. In case WAT is not conducted due to Covid pandemic situation, the weightage of 5% for WAT is merged in PI round.
  • Step 3: Shortlisting process from the pool of the candidates will be done by CAP 2022 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 Personal Assessment (PI), Performance in past academics, Performance in CAT 2021, Quality of Work Experience among others
  • Step 5: Final Admission Offer will be made in the last week of May 2022 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 MBA 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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