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October 10, 2022

IIM Admission Criteria 2023: Top IIMs Make Significant Changes for 2023-25 batch; Check & Download the Key changes in Cut offs, Fee, Final Admission Criteria

IIM Admission criteria 2023 for the top IIMs stand changed. IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow have released their admission criteria with significant changes while other top IIMs - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore will release their admission criteria 2023 shortly. CAT 2022 is the mandatary entrance exam for IIM Admission criteria 2023-25 batch. 

CAT 2022

IIM Admission 2023: Important Stages
How to get admission in IIM for MBA after appearing in CAT exam 2022 on November 27? IIM admission criteria 2023-25 will go through following stages based on CAT exam score and other key weightage parameters as below

IIM Admission 2023 Criteria
Key Components
Process & Timelines
Preliminary Screening with CAT Cut offs
Based on Minimum CAT Overall and Sectional cut off score
Announced in each IIM Admission Policy 2023
Shortlist for PI round
Based on CAT score, Profile, Work Ex and other components
Released after CAT Result  declaration by IIMs as per their admission policy from Jan to Feb
Final Selection Round
Comprises PI-WAT. A few IIMs may conduct GD also based on WAT
Conducted from Feb to April, individually by 11 Old & New IIMs and as a Common Admission Process by 9 new and baby IIMs

Generation of Final Merit List

Based on weightages awarded to all the components in PI round. Apart from main merit list, waiting lists are also prepared
Released in April/May. IIMs substantially reduce the CAT weightage in final selection
Final Admission Offer
Depending upon the Seats, candidates are given admission offer.
IIMs send admission offers in April/May. Candidates need to pay admission fee in time.

IIM MBA Admission Criteria 2023-2025 batch: Key Changes & Weightages
Each IIM releases its admission criteria individually for the 2 years full time MBA/PGP program. While IIM Bangalore admission criteria, IIM Calcutta selection criteria, IIM Lucknow admission criteria have incorporated many changes as per their modified admission policy in the post Covid pandemic scenario, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore are also likely to announce some big changes in their admission criteria 2023. Following are the key components and weightages in each IIM MBA admission criteria      

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IIM Shortlist

Shortlisting: CAT Cut Off in IIM Admission Criteria
IIMs Admission criteria with CAT cut offs is shared below. All the 20 IIMs shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters like Academics, Diversity, Work experience among others. Each IIM announces its distinct weightage to different parameter apart from announcing minimum qualifying sectional and overall percentile score in CAT exam.

 

Each IIM admission criteria is independent from one another. There is no role of another IIM in formulating the admission policy of one IIM unless it is a new IIM and is under the mentorship of another IIM. IIMs CAT cut off and their flagship MBA program fee is shared below:

IIM Admission Criteria
CAT Overall Cut Off percentile
Programme Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)
80
Rs. 23 lakhs
85
Rs. 24.50 lakhs
85
Rs. 25.00 lakhs
90
Rs. 20.75 lakhs
90
Rs. 21.14 lakhs
93
Rs. 20.05 lakhs
93
Rs. 16.50 lakhs
85
Rs. 20.50 lakhs
95
Rs.19.55 lakhs
93
Rs. 17.20 lakhs
93
Rs. 15.49 lakhs
90
Rs. 16.80 lakhs

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IIM Admission Criteria 2022 & 2023: Key Changes in CAT Cut off for Shortlist 

Top 10 IIMs
CAT 2021 Overall Cut off percentile
CAT 2021 Sectional Cut off percentile
CAT 2022 Overall Cut off percentile
CAT 2022 Sectional Cut off percentile
80
70
Awaited
Awaited
85
75 for QA & DILR; 80 for VARC
85
75 for QA & DILR; 80 for VARC
85
80 for VARC & DILR; 75 for QA
85
80 for VARC & DILR; 75 for QA
90
85
90
85
90
80
Awaited
Awaited
85
75
Awaited
Awaited
92
70
Awaited
Awaited
--
75
Awaited
Awaited
IIM Udaipur
92
70
Awaited
Awaited
IIM Raipur
92
70
Awaited
Awaited

IIM Admission

Actual CAT Cut off in IIM Shortlist 2022  

Top IIMs
Actual CAT 2021 Overall Cut off percentile
Actual CAT 2021 Sectional Cut off percentile
80
70
54.17 CAT Scaled Score
--

Weightage for CAT & Other Components in Shortlist for IIM Admission Criteria
IIMs release shortlists for final selection after CAT result is declared and candidates can check their score card as CAT score and percentile play an important role in shortlisting process. Based on the process in IIM Admission, the shortlisting criteria for these IIMs have following components and weightages. It may be noted that while some of the IIMs like IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow are keeping the weightage for CAT score in admission process 2023 high, other IIMs may reduce it. However, other components are included with high weightage.

Name of the IIM
Percentage of Weight for CAT Score
Weight %age for Other Components like Academics, Diversity, Work-Ex
65%
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55%
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56%
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60%
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20%
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45%
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100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
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  60%
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100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
  30%
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100%
Through CAP 2023
100%
Through CAP 2023
  40%
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IIM Admission 2023 Criteria: CAT Weightage goes down in Final Selection
In the final selection round of IIM Admission criteria, CAT score weightage is substantially reduced as is evident from the IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow admission criteria shared below:

Top IIMs
CAT weightage in Shortlisting
CAT weightage in final selection
IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2023
55%
25%
IIM Calcutta Admission criteria 2023
30%
56%
IIM Lucknow Admission criteria 2023
30%
60%

IIMs Admission Criteria: Components and Weightages for Final Selection
You need to score high on all the key components of final selection round including PI-WAT, Academics to get final admission offer from IIMs. While it may not be possible to improve on your academic profile, work experience and others, the performance in PI-WAT which command highest weightage, can be improved.

Name of the IIM
Weight %age for CAT Score
Weight %age for PI-WAT & Diversity, Work Ex & Other Components
25
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25
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30
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30
Download Admission 2023 Criteria
20
Check & Download
44
Check & Download
33
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35
Check & Download
40
Check & Download
50
Check & Download
60
Check & Download
60
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40
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40
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40
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15
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30
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30
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25
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IIM Eligibility Age Limit
There is no officially announced IIM Eligibility Age Limit either by CAT exam center or any individual IIM for IIM Admission 2023. However, the IIM Eligibility Age limit is automatically applied in each IIM admission process as all the IIMs require bachelor’s degree with minimum 3 years of graduation  while CAT Exam Center allows even those candidates, who did their graduation in 70’s or 80’s when only 2 years of graduation degree was awarded.   

 

IIM admission criteria 2023 is slightly changed to improve the batch profile and diversity. Admission in IIMs is based on each IIM Admission Policy 2023.  One important common mandatory requirement in all the IIMs’ Admission Policy is that the candidate must have appeared in CAT exam and must have scored non-zero positive marks with required minimum overall and sectional percentile cut off in CAT exam.

 

Although, 20 IIMs admission policy individually contains this common eligibility criteria, IIMs Admission Criteria 2023 is also individually announced with each IIM’s respective shortlisting and final selection weightage parameters. Besides, IIMs Admission criteria with CAT cut offs remain different and as such each IIM criteria 2023 is different and is not dependant on other IIMs MBA admission criteria even after the fact that many new and baby IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP.  . 

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IIM Admission Criteria: Similarities and Differences
IIM Criteria explain the key requirements, process and weightage parameters how to get admission in IIM right from taking the mandatory entrance-Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs till getting the final admission offer. The key components in IIMs Admission Criteria are more or less same but they are used at different stages. The most important criterion is the IIM Eligibility for admission, cut off and weightage for CAT exam score and applicability of age limit.  

 

IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, IIM Bangalore admission criteria, IIM Calcutta admission criteria and all other 17 IIMs' admission criteria differ from one IIM to another. While out of 20 IIMs, the older and top IIMs’ admission criteria 2023 would be different, the New IIMs MBA Admission Criteria is through IIM-CAP process. Some of the new IIMs MBA admission criteria 2023 like that of IIM Nagpur, IIM Visakhapatnam would not be through CAP as they will conduct their own final admission round as detailed above.

These IIMs' admission criteria consist of CAT score cut offs, weightage points for other components like academics, work experience, diversity. However, the applicability of this weightage at the shortlisting stage and final admission round stage, differs from one IIM to other IIM.    

 

IIM CAT: Mandatory Exam for IIMs
IIM-CAT is the mandatory MBA entrance exam for all the IIMs and many other top MBA colleges. All the 20 IIMs offer admission to their flagship MBA programmes by conducting a Common Admission Test IIM-CAT every year. Considered as the largest MBA entrance test, number of candidates registered in IIM-CAT are increasing year after year. For CAT 2022, an increase of 11% is registered with 2.56 lakh candidates applying for CAT 2022 exam as against 2.31 lakhs in CAT 2021.  CAT 2022 registrations are the highest in last 10 years. In CAT 2020, 2.28 lakh candidates had applied, for CAT 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates had applied as against 2.41 lakh candidates registered in 2018. 

 

IIM MBA Admission Criteria
All the 20 IIMs open and close their admission process simultaneously with the opening and closing of CAT registration dates. Two out of the four step Admission criteria and process at IIMs synchronizes with conduct of CAT exam and rest two steps are conducted by the IIMs individually or by making a group as done by new IIMs every year.

 

Step-1: Register & Apply for CAT exam
The admission opens in August first week and closes in September last week with close of Registration for CAT exam. Candidates desirous of getting into IIMs should register and apply for CAT exam within the specified registration window. Usually the CAT registration process remains open for 45 to 50 days.

 

Step-2: Appear in CAT Exam
Those who want to pursue management course PGP/MBA program from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or other IIMs must have appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT).    

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Step-3: Shortlisting Process
After declaration of CAT result in January, IIMs shortlist the suitable candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT exam scores, academics, diversity, work experience among other parameters as per the their admission policy and weightages. The process is completed by each IIM individually. While the newer IIMs declare the 1st stage shortlists on the basis of CAT scores, older IIMs take into account the other parameters also at the 1st stage shortlist. Read More

 

Step-4: PI-WAT Round
All the shortlisted candidates shall have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by Personal Interview (PI). Some of the IIMs like IIM Shillong, also conduct GD round based on the WAT. On the basis of their performance in final selection round, weightage awarded to CAT scores, academic profile & diversity, work experience and gender diversity, final merit list will be generated by the respective IIMs. Read More

 

New IIMs MBA Admission Criteria: IIM-CAP
New IIMs Admission Criteria for Six New IIMs which started operation in 2010, and four baby IIMs which started operation in 2015-16 will be through Common Admission Process (CAP) which will be conducted after declaration of CAT result. Except for IIM Rohtak, other new IIMs will shortlist the candidates purely based on CAT performance and announce the shortlist around mid-January. The candidates in the shortlist would be eligible for CAP process comprising WAT and PI round.

 

The common WAT and PI round, known as Common Admission Process (CAP), for 9 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Trichy, Udaipur and 4 newest IIMs -  IIM BodhGaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, is coordinated by one of the new IIMs. All these participating IIMs do not conduct their final admission round separately and on the basis of scores obtained in CAP round alongwith their other individual components, prepare the merit list to make admission offer to the candidates.

 

IIM Rohtak conducts its own PI-WAT, and awards weigthtage to other parameters like academics, work experience, gender diversity at the shortlisting stage. Other IIMs will award weightage to these parameters at the time of preparing the final merit list after the common WAT and PI round.   

 

IIM Rohtak, IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam conduct own final Process for Admission
IIM Rohtak has opted out of CAP round and has its own admission criteria. IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam have so far not participated in CAP round and conduct their own final round to make admission offer to the students. The offers will be generated as per the merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.

 

7 Newest IIMs Admission Criteria 2023
Seven IIMs are the newest IIMs and are mentored by top rated older IIMs. These IIMs started operation in 2015 and 2016. The shortlisting criteria in these IIMs is based on CAT scores and some of these IIMs will also consider the academics, diversity, work experience and other factors at the time of shortlisting. Most of the baby IIMs announce their admission policy in January every year. Out of the 7 IIMs, 4 of them namely, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur participate in new IIM Common Admission Process (CAP) round comprising PI-WAT, while other 3 namely IIM Amritsar, IIM Nagpur and IIM Visakhapatnam conduct their own final selection process. The cut offs and weightage on CAT score and other parameters for other IIMs vary in each year admission criteria for the shortlisting stage

  

IIMs in India: Institutes of Excellence
IIMs in India came into being in 1960's and are now declared as the Institutes of Excellence. The first IIM at Calcutta followed by IIM at Ahmedabad was established in 1961. After that IIMs were established at Bangalore and Lucknow. The number of IIMs in India remained four for a long time. Later on, more IIMs were added to this family gradually. At present there are 20 IIMs in India and the 21st IIM in India will be located at Mumbai as Government of India is planning to award IIM status to NITIE Mumbai. The MBA admission to IIM is through a Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs - IIM CAT. No IIM offers admission to the candidates of Indian Resident category without clearing and qualifying the IIM CAT exam with prescribed minimum score.  

 

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