IIM Bangalore Admission Policy 2023-25: Check Shortlist Criteria and CAT Cut Off

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Updated on Sep 8, 2022 15:06 IST

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2023-2025 for MBA course will be announced after CAT 2022 exaM. Check here IIM Bangalore selection process and shortlisting criteria.

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IIM Bangalore admission criteria for MBA 2022-2024 batch was same as 2021-23. There was no change in IIM Bangalore admission process, selection criteria and weightage of parameters. The IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2023-25 is also expected to be same. 

Last year, the minimum CAT cut off required for being eligible for IIM Bangalore’s Written Ability test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) is 85 for General category students. For the final selection, weightage allotted to CAT score was 25 per cent and to PI was 30 per cent.

IIM Bangalore shortlisting process for admissions 2023 will begin with CAT 2022 result announcement. After the announcement of CAT 2022 result, IIM Bangalore will start shortlisting of candidates frp WAT-PI round. IIM Bangalore shortlisting process includes submission of an online form to confirm participation in WAT/PI and participation via video conferencing. In this article, you will read all about IIM Bangalore admission criteria and selection process for full-time MBA.

IIM Bangalore PI Shortlisting 2023: Check Process to Apply

Candidates who shall have selected IIM Bangalore as their preferred institute in the CAT 2022 application form, will be eligible to apply for PI shortlisting by following the steps give below:

  • Go to IIM Bangalore website
  • Click on 'Admissions' tab
  • Click on 'PGP 2023-25 Interview Shortlist' 
  • Enter CAT 2022 application number and email address
  • Fill the form with relevant details and submit it

Those selected, will be informed about the PI schedule via email.

IIM Bangalore Selection and Admission Process 2023

Every year, the IIMs release their selection process and criteria for admission to PGP/MBA) programmes. The selection process of IIM Bangalore for 2023-2025 MBA batch will include three steps:

  • Shortlisting of candidates based on CAT exam score
  • WAT and PI
  • Final selection
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IIM Bangalore Admission Process: CAT Cut Offs

The CAT cut offs mentioned below are only the qualifying cut offs which means they are the minimum percentile required to be eligible for the WAT-PI round of IIM Bangalore admission. For example, if a General category candidate scores 85 percentile in CAT exam, he/she will be eligible for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) round. However, candidates must note that the final cut offs for each category may be higher. Given below are the qualifying CAT cut offs for last year's batch:




































Eligible candidates will have to fill the IIM Bangalore shortlist form on the institute website to be selected for the WAT-PI round. Shortlisted candidates will be send via mail, the invitation for WAT-PI.

Parameters for IIM Bangalore WAT-PI Shortlisting 

Candidates will be evaluated on the parameters mentioned in the below table for selection to the WAT-PI round:



CAT score


Class 10 Board


Class 12 Board


Graduation Degree


Gender Diversity


Work Experience




CAT VARC, LRDI & QA Weightage



Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)


Quantitative Aptitude (QA




IIM Bangalore Admission Process: WAT-PI

In the second phase of IIM Bangalore admission, the candidates will have to appear for WAT which is a 30-minute essay writing test on topics from socio-political, economic and business affairs, sports, etc. In the PI, each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of his/her communication ability, academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits.

During the PI, all candidates will be required to provide two reference letters from their employers or from teachers in the academic institutions where they had been students previously. These reference letters will also be used in candidate’s evaluation.

IIM Bangalore Admission Process: Final Selection

In the final phase of IIM Bangalore Admission process, the candidates will be evaluated on their WAT and PI performance as well as his/her academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits. After WAT and PI, each selected candidate’s Composite Score will be calculated on the basis of the following parameters:



CAT score






Class 10


Class 12




Weighted Work Experience




The aspirants must note that the gender diversity component is applicable only for the computing the pre-PI score for deciding on interview calls, and will not be applicable for phase 2 of the admissions process leading up to final selection.

Candidates making it to the final admission list of IIM Bangalore MBA batch of 2023-2025 will be intimated through email by April 2023. The selected candidates will be required to confirm their admission by submitting offer acceptance form and requisite fee.

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To read IIM admission and selection criteria for each institute, refer to the table below:

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IIM Udaipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria

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IIM Sirmaur Shortlist & Admission Criteria

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IIM Rohtak Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Raipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria

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IIM Nagpur Shortlist & Admission Criteria

IIM Bodh Gaya Shortlist & Admission Criteria


FAQs on IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2022

Q: What is the IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2023-25?

A: The IIM Bangalore admission criteria 2023-25 includes CAT score of minimum 85 percentile (General category), academic record, work experience and good performance in Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Q: Is class 12 percentage important for admission to IIM Bangalore?

A: Yes, class 12 percentage is very important for admission to IIM Bangalore, as it carries 20 points in selection for WAT-PI and 10 points in preparation of the final merit list.

Q: How can I apply to IIM Bangalore for MBA admission?

A: To apply for IIM Bangalore’s full-time MBA programme, the candidates have to apply for and clear the CAT exam. While filling the CAT application form, they need to select IIM Bangalore as preferred college. It they don’t make this selection, they will not be considered for the WAT-PI round.

Q: What is the selection process of IIM Bangalore for MBA?

A: IIM Bangalore selection process includes, shortlisting of candidates on the basis of CAT score, PI-WAT and final selection. Various parameters are taken into consideration at every phase of admission for selecting a candidate.

Q: Can I apply for IIM Bangalore MBA course with any other exam score than CAT?

A: No, Indian students can apply for IIM Bangalore MBA course on the basis of CAT score only. No other MBA exam score is accepted. Foreign/PIO/NRI candidates can apply through GMAT.

Q: What is the minimum CAT cut off percentile required for IIM Bangalore?

A: The qualifying CAT cut off for IIM Bangalore admission is 85 percentile however, the final cut off usually hovers around 99 percentile (for General category candidates) so the candidates must aim to score 99 percentile for selection to IIM Bangalore.

Q: What is the weightage of Class 10, 12 and Graduation marks in IIM Bangalore admission process?

A: The weightage of Class 10 marks is 20, Class 12 marks is 10 and Graduation marks is 20, in IIM Bangalore admission process for PI-WAT shortlisting. For the final selection, the weightage of Class 10 marks is 10, Class 12 marks is five and Graduation marks is 10.

Q: When is IIM Bangalore shortlist announced?

A: The IIM Bangalore shortlist is announced a few days after the CAT result declaration. For 2022 admission, CAT result was announced on January 3 and the IIM Bangalore shortlist was announced on January 16.

Q: What is the next process after IIM Bangalore shortlist release?

A: After the release of IIM Bangalore shortlist, the aspirants are required to fill an online application available on the institute website for participation in WAT-PI round. Upon selection, they will be intimated about time, date and venue of WAT-PI, by the institute. 

Q: Will IIM Bangalore conduct WAT-PI on campus or in online mode this year?

A: The institute is expected to conduct the WAT-PI round in online mode only due to COVID-19 guidelines. However, if all the COVID-19 guidelines are relaxed, the institute may conduct WAT-PI at the campus.

Q: What is the MBA course fee of IIM Bangalore?

A: The total course fee of the full-time MBA programme at IIM Bangalore is INR 23 lakh to be paid semester-wise (in four instalments).

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Hrithik Gupta

a year ago

Supposed in class 12th marks is not good and i can Cross cat cut off thennn.?

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Akash Sarkar

a year ago

I have 2years of gap. Will this affect my admission procedure to get into iim ?

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CMS Admin

12 months ago

Thank you.

I have 85? in sslc exam, 74? in +2 exam, now iam a b. Tech final year student i expect 7 CGPA after my final result in b. Tech, ihave no work experience can i prepare 2021 cat exam, can i get IIM Ban?

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a year ago



Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

a year ago

Hi Fayis, Yes you can prepare for CAT 2021. All the best!


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a year ago

My son cleared in CAT 88.2 and 10th 9.5CGPA in 12th 92.5CGPA and Engg.with 9.2 CGPA...will my son get call from IIM?

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Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

a year ago

Hi Geetha, you can check your son's chances through this tool. https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cat-college-predictor

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