IIM Cut Off 2022: Know Expected and Previous Years' CAT Cut Offs

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Updated on Aug 24, 2022 11:55 IST

IIM cut offs for admission to MBA/PGP programmes of top institutes are generally between 95 to 99 percentile. Check here previous years' and expected IIM CAT cut off percentiles of all 20 IIMs.

IIM CAT Cut Off

IIM cut off is the fundamental requirement that every aspirant must fulfill for admission to India's premiere MBA institutes – the Indian Institute of Management or IIM. Seeking admission to the 20 IIMs is not a cake-walk as the admission process has many layers. An MBA aspirant hoping to seek admission to any of the Indian Institute of Management campuses, needs to meet the minimum IIM cut off. This cut off is released prior to the second stage of IIM admission process i.e. Written Ability Test/Personal Interview (WAT/PI) round. The IIM CAT cut offs released individually by each campus forms the basis of the first stage of the process of screening candidates for admission.

IIM selection criteria and admission process is released prior to CAT exam, indicating the qualifying CAT cut off percentile, admission parameters and other eligibility criteria. CAT test takers are invited for WAT/PI only if they have scored as much or above the minimum IIM cut off percentile in CAT exam set by the admission cell of the institutes. 

CAT 2022 exam will be held on November 27 and the CAT answer key will be released within a week. As soon as the CAT answer key will be released, the test takers will start assessing their chances of getting admission on the basis of their CAT score vs IIM cut offs. CAT 2022 result will be announced in the first week of January 2023. Selection rounds of IIMs and top B-schools will begin soon after basis the cut off percentiles. IIM Lucknow has released the qualifying cut offs for 2023-25 batch. The IIM cut off for Lucknow campus is 90 percentile for General category candidates. Other IIMs will release their cut off percentiles in the coming months. Read this article to know all about IIM CAT cut offs, including:

  1. What is IIM cut off?
  2. IIM call cut off vs shortlist cut off - what is the difference?
  3. IIM cut offs of previous years
  4. Expected IIM CAT cut offs
  5. IIM selection procedure and admission criteria
  6. IIM parameters for final selection and their weightage
  7. Campus wise: IIM shortlist, cut off and admission criteria

What is IIM Cut Off?

IIM cut off refers to the minimum CAT score percentile a candidate has to score in the CAT exam to be eligible for WAT/PI round of the institutes. The IIM cut offs are different for different categories of students. While for general category students, the minimum cut off percentile is 95-100, for reserved category students, IIM cut off percentile is 85-95. The IIM cut offs vary campus wise.

For IIM Ahmedabad, the cut off for General category was 99-100 percentile in CAT 2021, CAT 2020, CAT 2019, CAT 2018 and CAT 2017. For IIM Calcutta, it was around 92-99 percentile (category-wise). The IIM CAT cut off percentiles for IIMs slightly vary every year. Some of the determining factors that decide IIM CAT cut offs are:

  • Difficulty Level of CAT exam – If the standard of the test was difficult then the cut off percentile for that year will be comparatively lower. This happens because of the lower average scores in the examination.
  • Number of students who took CAT – The final cut-off percentile for IIMs would also depend on the number of students appearing in CAT. Higher the number, higher will be the qualifying cut-off, and vice versa.
  • Number of seats available – The number of available seats in a particular IIM can vary annually. Any increase or decrease in the number of available seats will directly reflect on the cut-off percentile required for IIM.

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IIM Call Cut Off vs Shortlist Cut Off – What is The Difference?

IIM aspirants must understand that the institutes release two cut offs for admission to a particular academic year. First IIM cut off is released as part of IIM admission policy. This CAT cut off is referred to as qualifying cut off or shortlist cut off, as it is meant for shortlisting candidates for WAT and PI. In other words, a candidate must meet the shortlist cut off or the minimum CAT score fixed by an IIM in order to be eligible for WAT and PI. Clearing the shortlist cut off doesn't mean that you will be called for WAT and PI. Your interview call will depend upon whether you meet the IIM call cut off which is always higher than the shortlist cut off and released after the declaration of CAT result. For example, in CAT 2021, IIM Ahmedabad's shortlist cut off was 80 percentile while its interview call cut off was 99-100 percentile. 

IIM CAT Cut Offs

Given below are estimated CAT cut offs for IIM admission 2023-25. The actual cut offs may be higher. Nonetheless, candidates can use this table as a reference point to plan their CAT preparation 2022. 

IIM campus Expected CAT Cut Off  (in percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad | IIM Bangalore | IIM Calcutta 99-100
IIM Lucknow | IIM Indore | IIM Kozhikode 97-98
IIM Amritsar | IIM Nagpur | IIM Sambalpur 95-96
IIM Trichi | IIM Raipur | IIM Ranchi | IIM Kashipur 94-95
IIM Vizag | IIM Udaipur | IIM Bodhgaya 92-94
IIM Shillong | IIM Sirmaur 90

IIM Cut Offs of Previous Years

Those who shall have an idea of their performance in the CAT exam and know the expected score, they can guess which IIMs will take them in. IIM cut offs are of great help in this process. They allow students to make an informed decision when the application window for WAT and PI rounds opens. In case you want to calculate your expected CAT score, use this CAT Percentile Predictor by Shiksha. Download Institute and category-wise CAT cut off PDF

IIM Cut Off 2021

Given below are the qualifying CAT cut offs and final cutoffs (estimated) of all 20 IIMs, for last year:

IIM

Qualifying Cut Off

Final Cut Off (Estimated)

IIM Ahmedabad

80

99-100

IIM Bangalore

85

99-100

IIM Calcutta

85

98-99

IIM Lucknow

90

97-99

IIM Indore

90

97-98

IIM Kozhikode

85

97-98

IIM Shillong

75

90

IIM Udaipur

93

92-94

IIM Rohtak

95

96-97

IIM Visakhapatnam

85

94-95

IIM Trichy

94

94-95

IIM Bodh Gaya

94

94-95

IIM Nagpur

85

94-95

IIM Jammu

90

94-95

IIM Kashipur

94

94-95

IIM Sambalpur

93

95-96

IIM Sirmaur

94

94-95

IIM Amritsar

85

95-96

IIM Ranchi

94

94-95 

IIM Raipur

94

94-95 

IIM Cut Off 2019 (Bodh Gaya)

Of the 20 IIMs, IIM Bodh Gaya released official CAT 2019 cut offs publicly. Check the tables below for section-wise cut offs for male and female candidates.

IIM Bodh Gaya cut off for male candidates

Category

Overall

QA

DILR

VARC

General

91

80

80

80

EWS

70

60

60

60

NC-OBC

73

60

60

60

SC

50

45

45

45

ST

38

30

30

30

PWD

35

30

30

30

IIM Bodh Gaya cut off for female candidates

Category

Overall

QA

DILR

VARC

General

88

75

75

75

EWS

70

55

55

55

NC-OBC

70

60

60

60

SC

50

43

43

43

ST

35

30

30

30

IIM Cut Offs 2018

IIMs

CAT cut off 2018 (in percentile)

IIM Ahmedabad

98

IIM Bangalore

99

IIM Calcutta

98

IIM Lucknow

97

IIM Indore

92

IIM Kozhikode

95.5

IIM Rohtak

94

IIM Kashipur

93

IIM Shillong

92

IIM Trichy

93

IIM Udaipur

94

IIM Cut Offs 2017 and 2016

IIM CAT cut off 2017 (in percentile) CAT cut off 2016 (in percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad 100 100
IIM Bangalore 90.72 92.48
IIM Kozhikode 95.16 94.82
IIM Indore 90.05 90.01
IIM Trichy 95 96
IIM Raipur 95 96
IIM Rohtak 95 96
IIM Udaipur 95 96
IIM Sirmaur 95 81.23
IIM Nagpur 90.09 90.08
IIM Visakhapatnam 90.09 90.02
IIM Amritsar 94.76 94.9
IIM Sambalpur 95 NA

*These cut-off scores have been obtained by Shiksha through Right To Information Act.

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IIM Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria

The three main criteria for selection are CAT score, WAT/GD-PI, academic record. IIM admission process includes selection in three phaes. Check below:

  • First phase: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of CAT percentile
  • Second phase: Conduct of WAT and PI  
  • Third phase: Final selection on the basis of performance in CAT exam, WAT-PI, academics, etc.

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IIM Final Selection through CAT: Parameters and Their Weightage

The parameters and weightage mentioned in the table below are of IIM Bangalore and for reference purpose. For institute wise selection criteria and parameters, check the table below:

Parameters Weight
CAT score 40
Class 10 score 20
Class 12 score 10
Graduation score 20
Gender diversity 2
Work experience 8
Total 100

Campus wise: IIM Shortlist, CAT Cut Off and Admission Criteria

IIM Admission Criteria
IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Bangalore Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Calcutta Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Lucknow Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Kozhikode Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Indore Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Trichy Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Jammu Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Ranchi Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Shillong Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Udaipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Rohtak Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Raipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Kashipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Sambalpur Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Amritsar Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Nagpur Shortlist & Admission Criteria
IIM Bodh Gaya Shortlist & Admission Criteria IIM Sirmaur Shortlist & Admission Criteria

FAQs on IIM Cut Offs

Q: What is IIM cut off?

A: IIM cut off refers to the minimum CAT percentile required by a candidate in order to get shortlisted for further selection process for MBA admission, which is Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Q: Who determines IIM CAT cut offs for MBA admission?

A: Each IIM determines the cut off for MBA admission individually. The cut off is fixed based on previous years’ highest score, number of seats, number of applicants, average score of applicants and difficulty level of CAT exam.

Q: What is the CAT cut off range of top five IIMs?

A: The CAT cut off range of top IIMs namely IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode is between 99-100 percentile for General category candidates.

Q: What is the CAT cut off range of newer IIMs?

A: CAT cut off range of newer IIMs is 90-95 percentile for General category candidates. For Reserved category candidates the cut-off range is much lower around between 85-80 (estimation).

Q: How can I find out final IIM cut offs?

A: The IIMs do not release the final cut off officially. The cut off is speculated basis the scores of candidates selected for WAT/GD-PI. If anyone wishes to know the final cut off, they can file an RTI for the information.

Q: Are the IIM CAT cut offs same for every student?

A: No. The CAT cut offs vary for each category across the IIMs. The cut off for candidates belonging to reserved categories is lower than that for general category candidates.

Q: What is the difference between qualifying cut off and final cut off?

A: The qualifying CAT cut off refers to the minimum percentile that the candidates have to meet to be eligible for WAT-PI round. Final CAT cut off is the minimum percentile that the candidates have to meet to be selected for WAT-PI round.

Q: Does a candidate require to clear cut off fixed for each section of CAT too?

A: Yes, it is mandatory to clear sectional cut offs, too. Shortlisting of students for WAT-PI is done on the basis of overall CAT cut off as well as sectional CAT cut offs for each category.

Q: If I clear the overall cut off but not the sectional cut off, will I still be shortlisted for WAT/GD-PI?

A: No, it is mandatory to clear both overall and sectional cut offs to get shortlisted for WAT and PI round. If a candidate doesn't clear any of the four cut offs, they will not be shortlisted.

Q: If I meet qualifying cut off but not the final cut off, will I still get interview call from IIMs?

A: If a candidate meets the qualifying cut off percentile of a particular IIM but not the final cut off, they will not be called for WAT/GD-PI round. It is mandatory to clear all the cut offs.

Q: Is there cut off for Executive MBA admission too?

A: No, there is no cut off parameter for Executive MBA admission at IIMs. For Executive MBA admission, more emphasis is given to Personal Interview and work experience of the candidate rather than the exam score.
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I have 80% in class 10th and 75% in class 12th from up board. are my academics too low for iim A/B/C

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