IIM Admission 2021-23: Latest Updates, top IIMs Admission Policy

Update on
January 30, 2021

Latest Updates in IIMs Admission: All the IIMs have started their Admission 2021 process with the declaration of CAT 2020 Result on January 2, 2021 and have released the shortlists for final admission 2021 based on CAT exam score. IIMs Admission Policy was released individually before declaration of CAT result and some of them have revised it later. Given the Covid-19 pandemic situation, following changes in admission process of many IIMs have been announced

  • Overall and sectional cut off percentile in CAT 2020 has been reduced for shortlisting
  • Many IIMs have dropped their GD and WAT round like IIM Calcutta, Kozhikode
  • PI round is conducted online before making final admission offer to the students by most of the IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Rohtak and many other new IIMs

Doing MBA from top IIM is the dream of every MBA aspirant. IIMs are considered as the best Management Institutes in the country. There are 20 IIMs at present and most of IIMs have started conferring MBA degree after passing of IIM Act 2017. Earlier they used to award Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

 

If you are looking for IIM MBA Admission 2021 updates from the Top or new IIMs, you are at the right place. MBAUniverse.com has researched all IIMs and other Top B-schools to share IIM Admission Timelines, Fees, Batch Start date and much more. This article is updated frequently with the latest information on Admission in IIMs.

 

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19, the process of admission in IIMs 2021 is changed. Almost all the IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indore have dropped GD-WAT components from the final selection and will conduct online PI round. The weightage for GD/WAT are also dropped from final selection round. However, the final admission results for all the IIMs are expected to be released in time and the academic session 2021-22 is expected to commence on time, initially in virtual mode in the month of June/July 2021.

 

IIM MBA Admission 2021: Process Started in August 2020
Admission in IIMs including new IIMs MBA admission was announced by each IIM individually with the release of notification for IIM-Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 on July 29, 2020. The IIM Admission 2021 policy for IIM Ahmedabad admission was the first one to be released comprising all about the eligibility, cut off, weightages in shortlisting and final admission. Close on the heels were the policy announcement for IIM Bangalore Admission, IIM Calcutta admission, IIM Lucknow admission, IIM Kozhikode admission and IIM Indore admission followed by release of other IIMs admission policy.

 

CAT has remained the mandatory exam to get MBA admission 2021 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges like FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, NITIE Mumbai, MBA Departments of all IITs among other prominent institutes.

 

IIMs Admission: Four Stages
Each IIM follows four stages before finalizing admission offers to the students. Also, the IIM Admission process awards different weightages to the components like CAT exam score, academics, work experience, diversity, Group Discussion/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.

 

IIMs Admission: Time Lines for Admission
You need to note the following timelines to apply and qualify for IIMs admission:

  • CAT Exam Notification with eligibility to apply: July 29, 2020
  • Start and Last Date of CAT Application submission: August 5 to September 23, 2020
  • CAT Exam Date: November 29, 2020
  • CAT Result Date: January 5, 2021
  • Announcement of IIMs Admission with CAT cut offs: August 2020 to January 2021
  • Check each IIM admission website for the call for final admission round from January to April 2021 Read More

Let’s us understand each stage of Admission process

 

Stage-1 of IIMs Admission: Eligibility, Notification & Application
IIMs had  released CAT exam notification in leading news papers and had also launched official CAT exam website iimcat.ac.in. The website contained all the details about candidates’ eligibility requirement for CAT and for admission in IIMs including new IIMs MBA admission process.

 

The eligibility for Admission has two aspects – eligibility requirement to appear in CAT exam and eligibility for particular IIM Admission. Although there is not much difference between the minimum eligibility requirement to appear in CAT exam and to be considered for admission in IIMs, as both need minimum 50% marks in graduation, the weightages awarded to your CAT score, academic excellence and other parameters differ from one IIM to other IIM.

 

You had to apply for IIM admission from August 5 to September 23, 2020 when the application remained open for these top B-schools.

 

After declaration of CAT 2020 exam result on January 2, 2021, you are one of the 190,144 candidates being considered for next stage of IIMs admission, but the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility may not lead you to such consideration by IIMs for admission.

 

Stage-2 of IIMs Admission: Short Listing Based on CAT Score
In the 2nd stage of Admission, IIMs release the shortlist of candidates for PI round. These shortlists for IIMs Admission with CAT cut offs are announced by each of the individual IIM from among the candidates who have a valid CAT score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme.

 

The weightages awarded in shortlisting by IIMs include:

 

CAT 2020 exam score Cut offs:. In the admission process 2021 for IIMs, weightage to CAT score in shortlisting has been substantially reduced in a range of 50 to 75 percent on a scale of 100, to improve diversity. Many new and Baby IIMs have shortlisted the candidates only on the basis of CAT score and awarded 100% weightage to CAT score

 

Cut offs in IIM Admission: IIMs admission cut offs are announced category wise well in advance in their individual admission policy. CAT cut offs are reduced to 70-80 sectional percentile and 80-90 overall percentile for admission 2021.  Although Minimum cut off is announced between 80 to 95 percentile, actual cut off goes much higher. Below these cut off score, IIMs do not call candidates for further rounds of admission. Not only overall score is important but the sectional score in CAT is equally important. You can check the cut offs in shortlisting as per each IIM individual admission policy 2021. Read More

 

Other Common Components in IIMs Admission: While older IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore award weightage to Academics, Academic & Gender Diversity, work experience in the shortlisting before final selection round, other new and baby IIMs admission process awards weightage to these parameters in final admission round.

 

Stage-3 of IIM Admission: Final Admission Round
This is most important. Even if you are shortlisted based on your high CAT exam score, your admission chances in IIMs have only somewhat improved, but you need to convert your IIM call into final admission. The weightage to CAT score in IIM Admission are going down and other components are included with high weightage. This is the reason that even IIMs do not offer admission even to candidates with high CAT percentile. For example IIM Ahmedabad rejected the candidate with CAT 99.95 percentile in final admission 2020.

Name of the IIM
GD/WAT in Final Admission Process 2021
Personal Interview (PI)
IIM Ahmedabad
WAT (AWT) – May drop
Yes
IIM Bangalore
WAT
Yes
IIM Calcutta
Dropped
Yes
IIM Lucknow
Dropped
Yes
IIM Indore
Dropped
Yes
IIM Kozhikode
Dropped
Yes
IIM Shillong
Dropped
Yes
IIM Kashipur
WAT (process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Raipur
WAT(process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Ranchi
WAT (process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Tiruchirappalli
WAT (process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Udaipur
WAT (process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Rohtak
WAT (Dropped)
Yes
IIM Amritsar
WAT (Dropped)
Yes
IIM Bodhgaya
WAT (process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Jammu
WAT(process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Nagpur
WAT (May drop)
Yes
IIM Sambalpur
WAT(process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Sirmaur
WAT(process through CAP, may drop)
Yes
IIM Visakhapatnam
WAT (May drop)
Yes
FMS Delhi
GD/Extempore (Dropped)
Yes
SPJIMR, Mumbai
GD (Dropped)
Yes
MDI Gurgaon
GD (Dropped)
Yes
IMI New Delhi
GD/WAT (Dropped)
Yes

IIMs Admission depends upon following weightages:

  • CAT exam Score: 20 to 40% Weightage
  • Personal Interview: 30 to 50% weightage: Considers communication skills, work knowledge, GK, global environment
  • Group Discussion/Written Ability Test: 10 to 20% weightage: Effective and Positive speaking skills/writing skills are required to crack this part. GD/WAT are dropped by many IIMs
  • Work Experience: 5 to 10% weightage
  • Diversity (Academics/Gender): 7 to 15% weightage: Non-Engineers, Women get bonus marks Read More

Stage-4 of IIM Admission: Generation of Merit List
The final admission result is declared in the months of April/May on the basis of above parameters. As per the past trends, IIMs may offer admission at lower CAT exam score to the candidates who have excelled in various parts of life like working in social sector, villages; have diverse profile like painting, graphology, national level players, writers, scientists among others. 

 

IIMs’ Fee
There has been a sharp increase in IIMs fee during last few years. Now the Baby IIMs like IIM Nagpur, Visakhapatnam among others charge MBA fee between 12 to 15 lakhs, second generation IIMs like IIM Udaipur, Rohtak, Tiruchirappalli among others have a fee structure between 15 to 18 lakhs and top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta have a fee structure of 23+ lakhs. Read IIMs Fee in Detail

 

IIM Admission Criteria
The details given above are about the different stages of IIMs Admission as reflected in their individual admission policy. However, each of the 20 IIMs has its own admission criteria. The admission criteria contains the required cut offs in CAT exam, weightages awarded to different components in shortlisting and final admission round. You can read in detail all about the IIM Admission Criteria

 

IIM Selection Process
The final selection process in IIMs start after the shortlisting is completed on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters. In the IIMs final selection process the weightage to CAT exam score is substantially reduced and higher weightage is awarded to PI-WAT, Academics, Work Experience and other parameters. Please note CAT selection and IIMs final selection are two different things and even high CAT scorers may not make it top IIMs. Read here in detail the IIM Selection process

 

Top MBA Colleges Admission
Don’t  think that with the admission closed in FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, XIM Bhubaneswar and other top MBA colleges, the MBA admission is closed in all the colleges. In fact MBA admission in many good MBA colleges is still open on the basis of different national and state level MBA entrance exams in every city of India.

 

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New IIMs Admission
9 new and baby IIMs are conducting Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 before making final admission offer. However, IIM Rohtak, IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur, IIM Visakhapatnam conduct their own admission process, instead of participating in CAP.  Read More 

 

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