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December 29, 2020

IIM Admission Criteria 2021, not only for IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or Lucknow but also for most other IIMs have been released with various changes in their policy for admission 2021. Admission in IIMs is based on each IIM Admission Policy 2021.  All the IIMs Admission Policy has one key common mandatory requirement that the candidate must have appeared in CAT 2020 exam and must have scored non-zero positive marks.

 

Although, 20 IIMs admission policy contains common eligibility criteria, IIM Admission Criteria 2021 is 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 admission criteria 2021 is different and is not dependant on other IIMs MBA admission criteria. 

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IIMs Admission 2021: Changes in Criteria as Announced by IIMs
Out of the 20 IIMs, most IIMs admission policy 2021 has been announced. Below are shared the key changes in IIMs MBA Admission Criteria at a glance 

Admission in IIMs
Key changes in IIM Admission Criteria
Remarks
IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria
1.Reduced Weightage of 65% for CAT 2020 score in Shortlisting 2021
2.5% Weightage for work experience added at shortlisting stage 2021
3.Only 25% weightage for CAT 2020 score
May conduct online PI depending upon Covid-19 situation
IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria
1.50% Weight goes to Academics in Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
2.Sectional CAT 2020 percentile requirement is reduced to 75 for DILR & QA and 80 for VARC
3. 40% Weightage to CAT Score 2020 in Shortlisting for PI-WAT
4. Only 25% weightage for CAT 2020 score in final admission selection 2021
Consistently good academic record offers good admission opportunity
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria
1.No Writing Ability Test (WAT)
2. May conduct PI round online
3. Weightage for CAT 2020 score reduced to 56% in shortlisting for PI round
4.Weightage for Academics and Diversity is increased to 44% in shortlisting process
5. Class 10 & Class XII score weightage reduced to 10% from 20% and 15% from 20% in shortlisting respectively
Final admission based on various attributes
IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria
1.Reduced Weightage to 60% for CAT 2020 score in Shortlisting 2021
2.Sectional CAT 2020 percentile required is 85 for PGP and 80 for PGP-ABM & PGP-SM
3.Overall CAT 2020 percentile required is 90 for PGP and 85 for PGP-ABM & PGP-SM
4.50% weight to PI-WAT
Weightage to CAT 2020 in final selection reduced to 30%
Admission Criteria liberalised
1.20% Weightage to CAT 2020 Score in Shortlist & Final Selection
2.74% Weightage to Academics in Shortlisting for PI-WAT round
3.60% Weight to PI-WAT in Final Merit List Generation
4.6% Weight to Diversity factor (Increased from 4%)
Admission open for Indore and Mumbai campuses
1.No WAT
2.PI to get 44% weight
3.Weight to ‘Resume’ increased to 12% from 10% last year
4.40%  weight to Class X & XII Marks but No weight to Bachelor’s Degree marks
5.Gender/Academic Diversity will be awarded 10% weight
In last two years IIM Kozhikode admission criteria very much changed
IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria
1. No Sectional Cut off in Shortlisting
2.No WAT in Final Selection
3.Online PI Round
4.Not to Participate in IIM-CAP 2021
Apply separately to IIM Rohtak by Jan 21, 2021
1.CAT sectional cut off reduced to 80 percentile
2. 8% weightage awarded to female applicants
3. Weightage to Bachelor’s Degree Marks reduced to 5% for final admission 2021
4. Weightage for work experience is awarded at 8%
IIM Raipur will follow  New IIMs MBA Admission Criteria and will participate in CAP 2021
1. CAT Weightage Reduced to 15% in final Admission
2. WAT Process Restored
3. May Conduct PI Round Online
Not to participate in IIM CAP, you need to apply separately for admission
1.CAT Weightage Reduced to 25% in final admission
2.More Weightage for Work Experience
3.No WAT Round
4.PI Round Online depending upon the Covid-19 situation
Submit Application by March 15, 2021; will not participate in CAP

IIM Admission Criteria explain the key requirements, process and weightage parameters how to get admission in IIM right from taking the mandatory entrance exam -Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs till getting the final admission offer. The key components in IIM Admission Criteria 2021 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 2021 would be different, the New IIMs MBA Admission Criteria is through IIM-CAP process. Some of the new IIMs MBA admission criteria 2021 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 or final admission round stage differs from one IIM to other IIM.    

IIMs in India came into being in 1960's. 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 located across the country. The MBA admission to IIM is through a Common Admission Test 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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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 2020,  228 lakh candidates had applied, for CAT 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates had applied as against 2.41 lakh candidates registered in 2018. 

 

IIMs Admission criteria with CAT cut offs
IIMs Admission criteria with CAT cut offs is shared below. Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) MBA admission criteria 2021 batch describe complete process in their admission policy. All the 20 IIMs shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of CAT 2020 scores and other parameters like Academics, Diversity, Work experience among others. Each IIM has announced its distinct weightage to different parameter apart from announcing minimum qualifying sectional and overall percentile score in CAT exam.

 

IIMs admission criteria 2021 have been announced at a reduced weightage to CAT 2020 exam scores to improve the academic diversity in the IIM class rooms.

 

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. The CAT cut offs and programme fee of IIMs are shared below:

IIMs Admission Criteria with CAT cut offs
CAT 2020 Cut Offs
Programme Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)
80
Rs. 23 lakhs
85
Rs. 23.20 lakhs
85
Rs. 22.50 lakhs
90
Rs. 19.25 lakhs
90
Rs. 16.50 lakhs
90
Rs. 17.59 lakhs
95
Rs. 16.50 lakhs
90
Rs. 19 lakhs
95
Rs.16.10 lakhs
95
Rs. 15.30 lakhs
95
Rs. 14.21 lakhs
90
Rs. 14.33 lakhs

IIMs MBA Admission Criteria
At present there are 20 IIMs in India and all of the IIMs open and close their admission process simultaneously with the opening and closing of CAT registration dates. Two out of the four step Admission 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.

 

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 programme from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or other IIMs must have appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020.

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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 comparatively newer IIMs declare the 1st stage shortlists on the basis of CAT scores, older IIMs also take into account the other parameters at the 1st stage shortlist.

 

Step-4: Final Admission Criteria- GD-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, IIM Kozhikode 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.

 

New IIMs MBA Admission Criteria: IIM-CAP
The common WAT and PI round, known as Common Admission Process (CAP), for 9 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Trichy, Udaipur and 5 newest IIMs - IIM Amritsar, IIM BodhGaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, is coordinated by one of these comparatively older 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, 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.

 

The shortlisting criteria, parameters and weightages in IIMs are shared below:

 

IIM: Ahmedabad
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT percentile:70
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 70%
Weight to Academic profile: 30%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with profile
Weight to Work Experience: In final selection
Weight to Gender Diversity: In final selection 

Note: The admission process of IIM Ahmedabad is unique. Actual CAT cut offs may deviate drastically in the range of 82 to 100 and may offer admission to 82 percentiler while it may decline admission to 100 percentiler in CAT exam, as happened in the past also  

 

IIM Bangalore
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75 for Quant and DILR and 80 for VARC
Weight to CAT score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

 

IIM Calcutta
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Weight to CAT score: 56%
Weight to Academic profile: 40%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 4%
Weight to Academic deversity: Nil
Weight to Work Experience: In Final selection

 

IIM: Lucknow
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 85
Weight to CAT score: 60%
Weight to Academic profile: 20%
Weight to Academic deversity: 5%
Weight to Work Experience: 10%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 5%

 

IIM: Indore
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 20%
Weight to Academic profile: 74%
Weight to Diversity: 6%
Weight to Work Experience: Nil

 

IIM: Kozhikode
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 45
Weight to Academic profile: 45
Weight to Academic/Gender deversity: 10
 

IIM Shillong
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: Considers Sectional Percentile
Sectional CAT percentile: 75
Marks required in class X: 80
Marks required in class XII: 80
 

6 New IIMs Admission Criteria
Six New IIMs who started operation in 2010 conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) after declaration of CAT result. Almost all these IIMs will shortlist the candidates purely based on CAT 2020 performance and announce the shortlist around mid-January. These candidates in the shortlist would be eligible for WAT and PI process for admission to the PGP/MBA 2021-23 Batch of IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Tiruchirappali, Udaipur. 

 

Except IIM Rohtak which 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 WAT and PI round.   

 

IIM: Kashipur

Shortlisting
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 100%

 

IIM: Raipur

Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
 

IIM: Ranchi

Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score: 100%
 

IIM: Rohtak

Overall CAT percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT score in shortlisting: 100%

 

IIM: Tiruchirappalli
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 95
Sectional CAT percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
 

IIM Udaipur

Shortlisting Cut offs
Overall CAT percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
 

7 Newest IIMs

Seven IIMs are the newest IIMs and are mentored by top rated older IIMs. The shortlisting in these IIMs will also be based on CAT 2020 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. The cut offs and weightage on CAT score and other parameters for other IIMs vary in each year admission criteria

 

IIM Amritsar
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT percentile: 70
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

 

IIM Bodh Gaya
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: Not announced
Weight to Academic deversity: Not announced
Weight to Work Experience: Not announced
Weight to Gender Diversity: Not announced

 

IIM Nagpur

Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 72
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 35%
 

IIM: Sambalpur
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 90
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic deversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

IIM: Sirmaur
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 75
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 100%
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic diversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

IIM: Visakhapatnam
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 85
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 75 for Quant and DILR and 80 for VARC
Weight to CAT 2020 score: 40%
Weight to Academic profile: 50%
Weight to Academic deversity: Clubbed with Academic Profile
Weight to Work Experience: 8%
Weight to Gender Diversity: 2%

 

IIM: Jammu
Overall CAT 2020 percentile: 80
Sectional CAT 2020 percentile: 75
Weight to Academic profile: NA
Weight to Academic deversity: NA
Weight to Work Experience: NA
Weight to Gender Diversity: NA

 

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