IIM Tiruchirappalli Admission 2021: Top Ranked B-School with unique Pedagogic Initiatives; Check Cut-off, Fees, Placement, Selection Process


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IIM Tiruchirappalli, the 11th IIM, is known for its pedagogical initiatives, international partnerships, rising placements, high Ranking position and great learning experience. IIM Trichy will participate in new IIM-CAP 2021 for final selection of candidates in PGPM 2021-23 batch. CAP is the common final selection process for nine of the thirteen new IIMs and comprises Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). A 50% weight to CAT score will be awarded in final selection
IIM Tiruchirappalli Admission 2021

IIM Tiruchirappalli, the 11th IIM in the family of 20 IIMs, is one of the top ranked B-schools in India and is known for its  pedagogical initiatives, international partnerships, rising placements, optimum faculty-student ratio leading to great learning experience  and various industry connect programmes.

There are big changes in IIM Trichy admission criteria 2021. The CAT 2020 cut off percentile in shortlisting as well as the weightage for CAT score is reduced and the weightage for academics, diversity, work experience in generating final merit list for admission is increased. IIM Trichy participates in new IIM-CAP and will make final admission offer based on the performance in CAP round 2021. 

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IIM Tiruchippalli Admission 2021: Highlights & Key Changes in Criteria

  • More than 2000 candidates will be shortlisted by IIM Trichy for admission 2021
  • CAT 2020 Cut off is 94 percentile for PGP 2021 General category Shortlist
  • CAT 2020 sectional cut off for each of the 3 sections is 80 percentile for General category
  • 10 to 20 point reduction in CAT cut offs are announced for NC-OBC, SC. ST, DAP candidates
  • 50% weightage to CAT 2020 score will be awarded in final selection
  • WAT & PI weightage in final admission 2021 commands 28% weight

Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (IIMT) was instituted on 4th January 2011. The institute is functioning from its state-of-the-art campus spread over 175 acres of land on Trichy-Pudukottai highway, about 11 km from Tiruchirappalli International Airport.  

IIM Trichy: Highlights and Key USPs
In a short span of nine years, IIM Tiruchirappalli has acquired a prominent position among 3000+ management institutes in India. Key Highlights of IIM Trichy are:

  • Top Ranked: IIM Trichy is Ranked # 15 in Government of India MHRD-NIRF Ranking 2020 among top B-schools in India and is  Ranked #16 in MBAUniverse.com B-School Rankings 2019-20
  • Fee- Lower than Other Top B-schools:  IIM Trichy PGPM fee of Rs.18 lakhs for complete programme is lower than many IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode and other top B-schools such as XLRI, MDI among others
  • Placement: Over the years, there is consistent rise in average placement packages at IIM Trichy. Placement 2020 has witnessed highest average salary of Rs.14.96 LPA during last five years. The B-school has a consistent record of 100% placement
  • Optimum Student-Faculty Ratio: With 32 faculty members, IIM Trichy offers great learning experience to its students. Besides, Guest speakers from the industry are invited to deliver talks and share their expertise as of regular and elective courses in the programme.
  • Selection through Common Admission Process: IIM Trichy participates in New IIM CAP giving the opportunity to the candidates to perform better in PI-WAT round by attending the common selection process for nine IIMs instead of individually attending the PI-WAT process in Individual IIM
  • International Partnerships & Student Exchange: IIM Trichy has partnered with some of the top International universities and B-schools in UK, USA, France, Portugal, South Korea among others.
  • As such, IIM Trichy has designed the Inbound and Outbound Student Exchange Programmes. These programmes widen the student's perspective and help them understand the dynamics of management in various foreign countries.
  • Make a difference (MAD): ‘Make a difference’ (MAD) project is conceived by IIM Trichy to produce socially responsible corporate managers and leaders since the Business leaders as ‘custodians of society’s most powerful institutions’ are increasingly expected to ‘reconnect business success with social progress’.  
  • Pedagogic Initiatives: A variety of pedagogical approaches are used at IIM Tiruchirappalli.  Key elements across these varied approaches are participant-centered approach to learning, learning from peers in groups, experiential and application oriented learning. Key pedagogical tools include Case Method, learning from hands-on experiential exercises, learning from Real Life applications on a real life company or managerial situations, learning from movies, guest lectures from practicing professionals among other initiatives. 

IIM Trichy: Two campuses
IIM Trichy has two campuses. The main campus is at Tiruchirappalli which offers flagship 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) and PGPM (HR). The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is recognized as equivalent to a Master’s Degree of an Indian University for the purpose of admission to higher studies, Association of Indian Universities.

The other campus of IIM Trichy is at Chennai that offers Post Graduate Programme in Business Management (PGPBM). The PGPBM is meant for working professionals only and the classes are conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

PGPM 2021-23 at IIM Tiruchirappalli is a different learning experience for the candidates who  have appeared in CAT 2020 and aspire to get admission in IIM Trichy as the batch will attend classes at its new campus. You can expect to get admission in PGP 2021 at IIM Trichy with a CAT 2020 percentile of 94 and above, provided you fulfil other desired parameters for the B-school.  

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

IIM Trichy Admission criteria activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Tiruchirappalli 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 159 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
Final Admission Offer
April 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by paying acceptance fee
 Session Commencement
June 2021
Selected Candidates to register online and pay acceptance fee before orientation

IIM Tiruchirappalli Fees

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students of Resident Indian Category at IIM Tiruchirappalli is Rs 18,00,000/-.
  • Laptop computer, text books, Insurance, personal expenses on  travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may increase further

IIM Tiruchirappalli Intake
IIM Trichy PGPM batch 2021-23 size is 240 students

IIM Tiruchirappalli Placements
The Placements at IIM Trichy have been rising consistently. Placement 2020 has recorded highest average salary in last 5 years. Key Placement trends at IIM Trichy are shared below:

Placement batch
Average salary (Rs. in lakhs)
Highest salary (Rs. In lakhs)

Top recruiters at IIM Trichy include McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, Franklin Templeton, ONGC, HSBC, Deloitte, Godrej, Saint Gobain, TAFE, Yes Bank, L&T, RBS, Shell Read More

Programmes Offered
IIM Trichy offers following post graduate programmes in management:

  • 2 Years Full time PGPM
  • 2 Year Full time PGPM (HR)
  • 2 Years PGPBM at Chennai Campus (With an option to complete the programme in 21 months)

IIM Trichy Encouraging Diversity
To encourage diversity in the batch, differential weightage shall be applied to different disciplines:

  • Engineering / Technology: 0.6
  • Science/Arts / Medicine (including Pharmacy)/Commerce / Economics / Management/other disciplines: 1.0

International Collaborations
IIM Trichy has partnered with some of the top International universities and B-schools in UK, USA, France, Portugal, South Korea among others. Key partner B-schools across the Globe are Aston University, Brimingham UK;  Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany; Solbridge International School of Business, South Korea; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA; SKEMA Business School, France;  EMLYON Business School, France; ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal; IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, France;  ESSCA – École de Management, School of Management, France

Student Exchange Programmes
IIM Tiruchirappalli wants students to gather holistic and global approach. As such, the institute has designed the Inbound and Outbound Exchange Programmes. These programmes widen the student's perspective and help them understand the dynamics of management in various foreign countries.

Students from partner institutions are invited to participate in the Inbound Student Exchange Programme and embrace the chance to explore the incredible sights, scenes, people and rich culture of India. IIM Trichy helps its inbound students to learn from the best faculty and travel to their heart’s content to explore Incredible India.

The Outbound Exchange Programme allows students to spend a term at IIM Trichy partner institutions and get exposure of the global business scenario. Opportunities are provided to expand and enrich knowledge through different academic and cultural exchanges by means of various programs and activities.

IIM Tiruchirappalli Cut Off  
IIM Trichy Cut off 2021 has been liberalised for admission 2021 for the reserved category candidates. 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 are considered for shortlisting.

The table below indicates the minimum performance expected from candidates for shortlisting for the PI & WAT. However, achieving the cut-off percentile in CAT is a necessary but not sufficient condition for shortlisting by IIM Trichy.

IIM Tiruchirappalli decides the number of candidates called for the PI & WAT for each category, depending on which the cut off percentiles are also changed. 

Section-1 VARC
Section-2 DILR
Section-3 Quant
Overall CAT 2020 Percentile

IIM Tiruchirappalli Admission Criteria
IIM Trichy Admission 2021 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 Tiruchirappalli Admission Eligibility

  1. IIM  Trichy 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 TrichyAdmission 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 Trichy 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 Tiruchirappalli 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 Trichy Eligibility further clarifies that such a candidate, if selected, will not be eligible for the IIM Tiruchirappalli 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 Trichy 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 Tiruchirappalli Shortlisting Criteria
IIM Trichy has reduced the CAT score cut offs drastically for reserved category candidates in the shortlisting criteria for admission 2020. IIM Tiruchirappalli has made minor changes in its Admission Criteria 2020 for the flagship 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) MBA programme.

IIM Tiruchippalli Shortlisting Process
IIM  Trichy will announce the shortlist of candidates for Personal Appearance (PA) round which is CAP round. It will use CAT 2020 percentile score for shortlisting candidates for PI & WAT:

  • The shortlisting for final selection round in IIM Trichy Admission Criteria awards 100% weight to CAT 2020 score.
  • The general 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 general category 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.
  • All the Candidates shortlisted for PI-WAT process will have to attend both WAT and PI which will be a common process for all the participating IIMs

IIM Trichy Final Selection Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates should participate in PI-WAT round for admission to IIM Tiruchippalli
  • Personal Interview (PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT) will be conducted at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. 
  • The shortlisted candidates have to participate both in Personal Interview (PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT)
  • The final selection round for IIM Trichy Admission will be common for the new IIMs who are participating in the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021.
  • The scores obtained by the candidate in WAT & PI of CAP 2021 would be considered for preparing the IIM Trichy merit list
  • IIM Trichy selection criteria after final admission round award 50% weight to CAT 2020  Score; 18% weight to Personal Interview(PI); 10% weight to Writing Ability Test (WAT); 10% Weight to Academic profile; 5% Weight to Work Experience; 5% weight to Gender Diversity and 2% Weight to professional Qualification.
  • 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 Trichy at its discretion.

Final Selection Weightage Components
The table below clarifies the parameters and corresponding weightages used to arrive at the composite score of the candidates, which will be used by IIM Trichy to prepare the final merit list for admissions. 

Weightage Percentage
CAT 2020 Score
CAT score for the candidates who have opted for admission to IIM Trichy
Personal Interview (PI)
PI will test Communication Skills,  Academic Ability, Current Affairs & General Awareness,  Managerial & Leadership Abilities,  Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Activities
Written Ability Test (WAT)
WAT will test Vocabulary, content of writing and writing skills
Academic Profile
To encourage diversity in the batch, differential weightage shall be applied to different disciplines – 0.5 to Engg& Technology; 1 to Arts,Humanities, Medicine, Science, Management etc.
Professional Qualification
Passed in CA/CS/ICWA
Work Experience
Based on quantum and quality
Gender Diversity
For Female candidates only
Total Weightage points
After Final Selection Round

Step by Step Admission Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Tiruchirapplli Admission process:

Step 1: The candidate must have appeared and scored the minimum required sectional and overall percentile in CAT 2020, a major component for Shortlisting candidates for CAP 2021. 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 at the time of submitting the CAT 2020 application form and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme of IIM Trichy.

Step 2: Shortlisted Candidates have to attend Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for the participating IIMs. CAP 2021 will begin in February 2021 and 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. The PI-WAT would be conducted at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. The exact date for PI & WAT will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates by IIM Ranchi which is coordinating CAP for 2021-23 batch on behalf of other participating IIMs.

Step 3: After the WAT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Trichy to successful candidates. The final selection is based on composite score of the candidates. This 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 Tiruchirappalli website. 

You can expect to get admission in PGP 2021 at IIM Trichy with a CAT 2020 percentile of 94 and above, provided you fulfil other desired parameters for the B-school.

IIM Trichy Moves to New Campus
IIM Trichy has moved to its newly built 175 acre permanent campus with world class amenities. The new campus was inaugurated on April 3, 2017 by the Union HRD Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar.

The new campus is built at a cost of Rs.772 crores and was constructed in a record 30 months. It is located at Trichy-Pudukkottai road near Chinna Suriyur village. The Hostels at Campus can accommodate 400 students and include staff and faculty residences as well as recreation club. Class rooms are designed to offer learning with an open mind. Three types of class rooms with a capacity of 25 students each, 50 students each and 80 students each have been created

IIM Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) focuses on developing competent professionals for the industry. The flagship programme, PGPM has been instrumental in achievement of this goal. Hard Work, Perseverance, Passion and Integrity are some of the virtues taught at the institute. IIM-T has a collection of eminent faculty and motivated students which form its backbone. Ensuring an optimal student-teacher ratio to encourage better learning and to impart appropriate guidance is one of the key USPs of IIM Trichy.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on IIM Tiruchirappalli 

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