IIM ABC Admission Criteria – How to get into IIM ABC

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IIM ABC Admission Criteria
IIM ABC Admission Criteria

IIM ABC Admission Criteria – How to get into IIM ABC

The first step towards getting admission into the IIMs is taking the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. Every year over two lakh candidates appear for the CAT exam. The selection criteria at the IIMs is based on the CAT score, Overall academic record, Work experience, Gender diversity, and the performance of the candidate in the Written Ability Test (WAT) and the Personal Interview (PI). In this article, we will look at the admission criteria of the Top three IIMs, and how to get into IIM ABC (IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta) – as per the latest information available on the official websites.

CAT Eligibility Criteria: Students who have a recognized bachelor degree (or professional degree like CA, CS or ICWA) and have scored an aggregate of 50% (45% for SC/ST and PWD students) are eligible to write the CAT. Even students in their final year of bachelor degree are eligible to write the CAT exam.

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These colleges select candidates based on a wide variety of factors. So, if we look at these factors, one can understand the selection criteria better and try to achieve the required CAT score accordingly.

If you input the profile details in the CAT Percentile Required for IIM Calls predictor, one would understand the CAT Percentile one must achieve based on one’s profile.

The Selection process at the Top IIMs is broadly divided into two stages:

Stage 1 – In the first stage, candidates are shortlisted for the interviews on the basis of their CAT score, and other factors like the academic record, work experience etc, and interview letters are sent to shortlisted candidates.

Parameters for selection in stage 1:

1. CAT Percentile

2. Academics (10th, 12th, and Graduation scores)

3. Work experience

4. Gender Diversity

Stage 2 – The second stage is where the colleges select based on WAT-PI. A Composite Score is calculated for the Final Selection. The composite score of each candidate is calculated (usually out of 100) based on certain parameters, and the final selection list will be made.

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Admission/selection criteria of IIM ABC

Now let’s look at college wise selection criteria.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria

Considered as a dream destination for many MBA Aspirants, the selection procedure of IIM Ahmedabad is a little complex. The following is the selection criteria for admission into IIMA.

Basic CAT score requirement to get shortlisted for the interviews: (as per latest information on the official website):

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall percentile

General, EWS

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC-cum-transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PwD (ST)

50

50

50

60

 

(Please note that these are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used.

Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination (Rating Score A)

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam

Rating Score

A

<= 55

1

> 55 and <= 60

2

> 60 and <= 70

3

> 70 and <= 80

5

> 80 and <= 90

8

> 90

10

 

Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B)

Science Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam

Rating Score B

 <= 55

1

 > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60 and <= 70

3

  > 70 and <= 80

5

  > 80 and <= 90

8

  > 90

10

 

Commerce Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam

Rating Score B

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 55

2

  > 55 and <= 65

3

  > 65 and <= 75

5

  > 75 and <= 90

8

  > 90

10

 

Arts/Humanities Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam

Rating Score B

  <= 45

1

  > 45 and <= 50

2

  > 50  and <= 60

3

  > 60 and <= 70

5

  > 70 and <= 85

8

  > 85

10

 

Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (Rating Score C)

AC-1

Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 55

1

  > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60  and <= 62

3

  > 62 and <= 65

5

  > 65 and <= 70

8

  > 70

10

 

AC-2

Percent score in Professional courses

Rating Score C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 53

2

  > 53 and <= 55

3

  > 55 and <= 57

5

  > 57 and <= 63

8

  > 63

10

 

AC-3

Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 55

1

  > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60 and <= 65

3

  > 65 and <= 70

5

  > 70 and <= 80

8

  > 80

10

 

AC-4 & AC-6

Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 60

1

  > 60 and <= 65

2

  > 65  and <= 70

3

  > 70 and <= 75

5

  > 75 and <= 85

8

  > 85

10

 

AC-5

Percent score in Professional courses

Rating Score C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 55

2

  > 55 and <= 60

3

  > 60 and <= 65

5

  > 65 and <= 75

8

  > 75

10

Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D)

Work Experience in Month (as filled in the CAT Application Form)

Rating Score D

< 12 months

0

 >= 12 and <= 36 months

MF * (number of months of work experience – 11)

> 36 months

5

Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

 

Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C+D). The normalised AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by the average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool.  

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Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Shortlisting will be carried out in two stages.

Stage 1: (From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines). Here, a certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS’ (see the table below) subject to their fulfilling certain criteria.

The top 5% in the respective AC limited to the respective categories (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) among the applicants to IIMA (referred to as ACRC groups), will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

CS (Composite Score) = ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + CATF_CS * Normalised  overall score in CAT-2020
Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;

CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) = 0.65

 

Stage 2: After removing the candidates selected in Stage 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST and PWD) the additional number of candidates to be shortlisted for AWT & PI will be selected on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (refer to the table above) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.

Final Selection

The selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Score’s (FCS).

 

The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:

FCS = PIF * Normalised PI Score + AWTF * Normalised AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalised CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

 

The normalised PI and AWT scores of a candidate are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.

For more details on the selection procedure of IIMA and for a detailed understanding, candidates can refer to the Official website.

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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

IIM B is known for rewarding consistent performers. They give more emphasis on Work experience and one’s performance in Academics.

Basic CAT score requirement to get shortlisted for the interviews:

CATEGORY Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DILR) Section 3 (QA) Aggregate
General 80 75 75 85
NC-OBC 70 65 65 75
EWS 70 65 65 75
SC 65 60 60 70
ST 55 55 55 65
PWD 50 50 50 60

(Please note that these are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

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IIMB Stage 1 Criteria:

Components

Weightage in stage 1

VARC score in CAT

14 points

DILR score in CAT

16 Points

 QA score in CAT

10 points

10 th marks

20  points

12 th marks

10 points

Graduation marks

20 points

Work experience

8 points (3 years and above is 8 points)

Gender diversity

2 points

Total

100

 

So, as we can see IIMB gives more emphasis to Academics – they give 50% weight (50 points) to shortlist candidates for interviews.

For all candidates in the first shortlist, the score/weight for work experience is calculated as follows: Pre PI score for Work Experience

= 8x/36 if 0<x<36

=8 if x>=36

(Where x is the months of work experience)

Selection criteria for the final shortlist:

Different scores

Weightage

CAT score

25 points

10th score

10 points

12th score

5 points

Grad scores

10 points

Personal Interview

30 points

WAT

10 points

Work experience

10 points

Total

100

As we can see, IIMB places high emphasis on Acads in the final selection as well.

For a detailed understanding of the selection criteria of IIMB, candidates can refer to this official notification.

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IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria:

IIMC is known for its culture, and it’s also known for the less emphasis it places on academics while shortlisting candidates for the interview. So, if you get a very good CAT score, you have a good chance of getting a call from IIMC.

Basic CAT score requirement to get shortlisted for the interviews:

Category Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DILR) Section 3 (QA) Aggregate
OPEN ≥75 ≥80 ≥80 ≥85
NC-OBC ≥65 ≥65 ≥70 ≥75
EWS ≥65 ≥65 ≥70 ≥75
SC ≥60 ≥60 ≥65 ≥70
ST ≥55 ≥55 ≥55 ≥65
PWD ≥45 ≥45 ≥45 ≥55

(Please note that these are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

From the candidates satisfying the criteria of the CAT Cutoffs, shortlisted candidates will be called for Personal Interview (PI) based on the composite score derived using the components and the corresponding weights as specified in the below table:

Components and corresponding weights for deriving composite scores for PI:

Component Weight Method of calculation
CAT 2020 Score 56 (A/B) x 56
Class 10 marks 10 As per Table 1 below
Class 12 marks 15 As per Table 1 below
Bachelor’s Degree marks 15 As per Table 2 below
Gender Diversity Factor 4 4 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity
Total 100
*A = Candidate’s Total CAT 2020 score & B = Maximum possible CAT 2020 Score

 

Table 1: Points for marks secured in Class 10 and Class 12

Class 10 marks (in %)

Points

Class 12 Marks (in %)

Points

80

10

80

15

75 and <80

8

75 and <80

12

70 and <75

6

70 and <75

9

65 and <70

4

65 and <70

6

60 and <65

2

60 and <65

3

<60

0

<60

0

Table 2: Points for Bachelor’s Degree marks

Bachelor’s degree marks (in%)

Points

60

15.00

55 & <60

10.00

50 & <55

05.00

<50

02.50

Selection criteria for the final shortlist

For the candidates appearing in Stage II, a composite score for final selection will be derived using the parameters and the corresponding weights listed in the below table. This composite score will be used for the preparation of a category-wise merit list.

Components and weights for final selection for the MBA Programme

Parameters Weights
CAT 2020 Score 30
Personal Interview (PI) 48
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non- Engineering degree 04
Work Experience 08
Total 90

 

Work Experience

For work experience, a maximum of eight points will be awarded based on the length of service (in completed months). However, only managerial work experience after completion of a bachelor’s degree will be considered. Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

Points for Work Experience in completed months

Months <12 12 to18 19 to 24 25 to 30 31 to 36 37 to 42 43 to 48 >48
Points 0 2 4 6 8 6 4 2

For a detailed understanding of the selection criteria of IIMC, candidates can refer to the Official website.

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