IIM Admission Criteria and Selection Process: Check CAT Cut Offs and WAT-PI Scores

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Check latest IIM admission criteria for all 20 institutes. Know CAT cut offs, parameters, WAT-PI score, etc. for IIM selection process 2023.

IIM admission criteria 2022-24

IIM Admission Criteria and Selection Process - The first step towards getting into the IIMs is taking the CAT exam. The next steps are Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Intervew (PI). The WAT and PI are the main selection criteria of IIM MBA admission. They are conducted after the CAT result announcement. Candidates who meet the CAT cut off, are shortlisted for WAT and PI. Final selection for admission is based on candidate's overall profile - CAT score, academic score, work experience, category and WAT and PI score.

The CAT 2022 will be held on November 27 and the result will be announced in the first week of January 2023. The IIM admission process for 2023-25 MBA/PGP batch will begin soon after. Most of the IIMs have released their PI shortlists, and the interviews are expected to be held in February.

Every year, over two lakh MBA aspirants take the CAT for admission to a total of about 5,000 MBA seats across the 20 campuses of the IIMs. For CAT 2021, the number of applicants was 2.32 lakh and the number of test takers was 1.92 lakh. In 2020, about 2.30 lakh candidates applied for the exam and 1.90 lakh candidates appeared for it. In CAT 2019, the total number of applications received was 2.44 lakh while over 2.09 lakh candidates took the exam. 

IIM Admission Criteria 2023-25

The IIM admission criteria and selection process 2023 will be released by the institutes individually from August onwards. IIM Lucknow has already released its admission policy and selection criteria for 2023-25 PGP batch. The qualifying CAT cut off for Gneneral category candidates is 90 percentile this year too. The IIMs announce admission criteria and selection process before the release of CAT exam and result for candidates to know the shortlist cut-off, selection criteria, parameters and process of shortlisting candidates.

The IIM admission process not only includes selection of candidates based on their CAT percentile but also on the basis of their WAT/GD and PI performance, academic history, academic diversity, gender diversity and work experience.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, many IIMs scrapped WAT and GD, and conducted the PI round via video calls for admission for 2021 and 2022 batch. Admission process for 2023 batch may see PI being conducted face to face if the COVID-19 pandemic gets over.

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Once the CAT result is declared, the 20 IIM campuses screen the test takers on the basis of their respective CAT scores and academic record (performance in Class 10, Class 12 and graduation). CAT cut off percentiles are fixed for each IIM, section wise and category wise. Cut off percentiles and weight allotted to CAT (and other parameters) to get shortlisted for the WAT/GD-PI round varies for each IIM.

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Stages of IIM Admission and Selection Process

IIM admission process is divided into three stages. Given below is an overview of the three stages of IIM admission:

Stage 1: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score

Once the CAT result is announced, the candidates have to apply for WAT/GD-PI round by each IIM through official notification on its official website. Candidates who meet the shortlist cut off have to login through their CAT IDs to submit their name and CAT score.

Stage 2: Screening of candidates for WAT/GD-PI

In the second stage, the candidates who applied for WAT/GD-PI are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score and academic record after which interview letters are sent to selected candidates to participate in WAT-GD-PI round. The WAT-GD-PI round is conducted at designated cities between February to April, but since 2020, only PI is being conducted online via video conferencing.

Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection

In the third stage, the composite score of each candidate is calculated on the basis of various parameters to finalise his/her selection. The final selection process of IIM includes assessing a candidate on certain parameters and calculating his/her composite score. Given below is the list of eight main parameters and their definitions:

IIM Admission Parameter What It Means?
CAT score Overall percentile score obtained in CAT exam.
Graduation Score The aggregate percentage obtained in a three-year degree course or equivalent.
Class 12 Score The aggregate percentage scored in Class 12 or equivalent.
Class 10 Score The aggregate percentage scored in Class 10 or equivalent.
WAT/GD-PI Each candidate's performance in WAT/GD-PI is assessed and marks are allotted accordingly.
Academic Diversity Candidates from non-engineering background are given extra points to ensure fair representation of students from other streams. The points for academic diversity vary for each campus.
Gender Diversity The IIMs give extra points to female/transgender candidates to encourage fair representation of each gender. The points for gender diversity vary for each campus.
Work Experience Extra points (from 1-5) are given to candidates having prior work experience. For this, a range is defined from lowest to highest. The points for work experience vary for each campus.
*The weights allotted to each of the above-mentioned parameters varies for each IIM and the composite score is also calculated by each IIM individually.

CAT Percentile predictor prepared by Shiksha.com helps students to get their predicted CAT 2021 percentile on the basis of their expected exam score. So, predict your CAT 2021 score by clicking the link below:

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What is CAT Composite Score?

The composite score refers to the total score (out of 100) a candidate obtains during the final selection process, calculated on the basis of the abovementioned parameters. For weightage of parameters and calculation of composite score of each IIM campus, refer to the table of campus-wise IIM admission and selection criteria at the bottom.

Also Read: CAT score vs CAT percentile: Understand the difference

IIM Eligibility Criteria

IIM eligibility criteria is same as CAT eligibility criteria, i.e. minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks in graduation. Those who are eligible to appear in CAT are also eligible for admission to the IIMs. However, they have to meet a few other requirements for selection. Take a look at the IIM eligibility criteria below:

  • The basic IIM eligibility criteria is graduation with minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent for SC, ST and PWD/DA category)
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification exam or awaiting their results, are also eligible to apply
  • To be eligible for IIM interview call, the candidates must meet the IIM shortlist/qualifying cut off
  • To expect interview call and participate in WAT/GD-PI, the candidates must meet the minimum IIM call cut off

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IIM CAT Cut Offs: Qualifying vs Final

Check the table below for qualifying CAT cut offs 2021 vs expected final CAT cut offs 2021:

IIM

Qualifying CAT cut offs

Expected CAT cut offs

IIM Ahmedabad

85

99-100

IIM Bangalore

85

99-100

IIM Calcutta

85

99

IIM Lucknow

90

97-99

IIM Indore

90

97-99

IIM Kozhikode

85

97-98

IIM Amritsar

85

95-96

IIM Nagpur

85

95-96

IIM Sambalpur

93

95-96

IIM Trichy

93

94-95

IIM Raipur

93

94-95

IIM Ranchi

93

94-95

IIM Kashipur

94

94-95

IIM Vizag

80

92-94

IIM Udaipur

93

92-94

IIM Bodhgaya

93

92-94

IIM Shillong

75

90-94

IIM Sirmaur

93

90-94

IIM Rohtak

95

95-97

IIM Nagpur

85

90-94

IIM Jammu

93

90-94

Candidates who make it to the final selection list are intimated through email. The most important aspect of IIM admission process is "confirmation of admission". Selected candidates are required to confirm their admission by filling up the offer acceptance form and paying the requisite admission acceptance fee (adjustable in the first installment of tuition fee). In case any candidate fails to submit the offer acceptance form and pay the fees within the given time duration, his/her seat will be offered to the next best candidate.

IIMs also have a provision to defer admission. Under this provision, candidates who wish to earn some work experience before pursuing the PGP course are allowed to postpone their admission for up to a maximum of two years. This system was introduced in 2015 and around 10 per cent of seats are kept aside for such candidates.

IIM Admission Process: Important Points to Remember
  • Candidates selected for the second phase of admission process, i.e. WAT/GD-PI will be informed by the institute through email post the declaration of CAT result.
  • The shortlisting is done through an online process wherein the candidates have to apply for the interview call. If selected, the institutes will reach out to them through email.
  • The candidates are required to participate in the WAT/GD-PI to be eligible for the final phase of admission, i.e. calculation of the composite score for final selection.  

Also Read: Interview and WAT-GD tips for MBA aspirants

Documents to Present in WAT/GD-PI Round

  • Marksheets of Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation (original and self-attested photocopies) 
  • Caste/class and/or disability certificate in case of SC, ST, NC-OBC and PwD candidates (original and self-attested photocopies)
  • Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) examination must show a certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that he/she has obtained 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent (45 per cent in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PwD category) in the latest available grades/marks
  • The deadline for submission of the marksheet and passing certificate is December 31 of that year. Non-submission of these documents by the last date will automatically result in cancellation of admission

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Campus Wise IIM Admission and Selection Criteria 

To know campus-wise IIM admission process, selection criteria and parameters, refer to the table below:

IIM Admission Policy- MBA/PGP
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

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IIM Admissions: WAT-GD-PI Experiences 

Check out in the table below personal experience of students who converted IIM calls. Read their first person account to know how to handle WAT, GD and PI. 

Student Name

IIM

Interview

Harshil Satasiya

IIM Ahmedabad

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Nishanth Pandey

IIM Lucknow

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Shreshth Khare

IIM Bangalore

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Satya Gopal

IIM Kozhikode 

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Akash

IIM Ahmedabad

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Akansha Ghosh

IIM Ahmedabad

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Rupesh Gupta

IIM Ahmedabad

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Akshay Mehendiratta

IIM Ahmedabad

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Anchal Taatya

IIM Ahmedabad

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Ananya Mishra

IIM Ahmedabad

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Pratham Mani

IIM Ahmedabad

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Omkar Mukherjee

IIM Calcutta

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Vaibhav Jatin Shah

IIM Shillong

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Parth Agarwal

IIM Kozhikode

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Anshul Aggarwal

IIM Kozhikode

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Ankur Parmar

IIM Kozhikode

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Satya Gopal

IIM Kozhikode

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Priyanjit Biswas

IIM Ahmedabad

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Sai Prabhu

IIM Bangalore

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Ruchika Bhartiya

IIM Bangalore

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Abhinav Paigwar

IIM Bangalore

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Mayank

IIM Bangalore

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Shreshth Khare

IIM Bangalore

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Parth Agarwal

IIM Bangalore

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Ankit Anand

IIM Bangalore

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Pratham Mani

IIM Calcutta

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Aditi Agarwal

IIM Ahmedabad

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Gursimran Ahuja

IIM Ahmedabad

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Biswanath Chakraborty

IIM Indore

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Nishant Shah

IIM Ahmedabad

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Biswanath Chakraborty

IIM Bangalore

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Achintya Bhattacharya

IIM Bangalore

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Biswanath Chakraborty

IIM Lucknow

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Shubham Varshney

IIM Ahmedabad

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Shubham Ranka

IIM Calcutta

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Dhiraj Bedi

IIM Calcutta

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Wasim Khan Pathan

IIM Calcutta

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FAQs Related to IIM Admission and Selection Process

Q: What is the eligibility criteria for MBA by IIM?

A: To be eligible for admission to MBA programme offered by the IIMs, the candidate must be a graduate and cleared CAT exam with at least 95+ percentile (General category).

Q: How can I get selected into an IIM?

A: To get selected for MBA programme of an IIM, one has to appear for CAT exam and clear selection rounds such as Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Q: Does Class 10 and Class 12 marks matter in IIM?

A: Yes, Class 10 and Class 12 marks play a crucial role in IIM selection process as the institute looks for candidates who have been a good performer in academics throughout, and not only in CAT.

Q: What is the CAT cut off for GEM candidates for top IIMs?

A: CAT cut off for GEM candidates for top IIMs such as IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-D, IIM-K is usually above 99 percentile for General category students. For Reserved category students, the cut off marks are lower.

Q: Is IIM eligibility criteria different from CAT eligibility criteria?

A: No, the academic eligibility criteria of IIM for MBA programme is same as CAT, i.e. minimum 50 per cent aggregate in graduation in any stream or equivalent (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates).

Q: What are the parameters taken into consideration in IIM selection process?

A: In IIM selection process, the factors taken into consideration for admission are:
  • Performance in CAT exam
  • Performance in Class 10, 12 and Graduation
  • Performance in WAT/GD-PI
  • Academic diversity
  • Gender diversity
  • Work experience

Q: How much marks is allotted to female candidates under diversity factor?

A: The marks/weightage allotted under gender diversity factor is up to five marks. It varies for all IIMs (between one to five). Female and transgender category candidates can benefit from diversity factor.

Q: If I do not meet CAT cut off, will I still be considered for WAT-PI?

A: To be eligible for the WAT-PI round of IIM admission, it is mandatory to meet the minimum CAT cut off. The CAT cut off varies institute wise and category wise. Thus, candidates must apply to maximum number of IIMs.

Q: Is the weightage of CAT higher than WAT-PI?

A: In most of the top IIMs, the weightage of WAT-PI is more than CAT and in newer/baby IIMs, it is vice versa for final selection of candidates for admission to MBA/PGP programmes. 

Q: Is CAT score mandatory for IIM admission?

A: Yes, CAT score is mandatory for admission to all MBA and PGP programmes offered by the IIMs. For Executive MBA programmes, GMAT and GRE scores are also accepted.

Q: How many candidates apply for CAT every year?

A: Over two lakh candidates apply for CAT every year. In 2019, the number of applicants was 2.44 lakh, while in 2020 it was 2.30 lakh. In 2021, 2.31 lakh candidates applied for CAT and 1.92 appeared in it. In CAT 2021, about 2.32 lakh candidates applied and 1.92 lakh candidate appeared for it.

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krishna verma

a year ago

hay sir/mam
my 10th 58.33% can i join this collage plz tell me?

Reply to krishna verma

Does UG performance matters ? Or is it just 10+2 performance is being looked at? If UG performance matters how much should one score in UG?

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Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

a year ago

Hi, please share your specific query with Shiksha experts at https://ask.shiksha.com/.

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Lavanya

2 years ago

Is work experience compulsory?
If so how many years?

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Vipra ShrivastavaSenior Manager - Content

2 years ago

Hi Lavanya, for MBA work experience in not compulsory but will be an advantage at it carries about upto 5 points in calculation of candidate's final score for admission. 2-3 years of work experience is considered good.

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