IIM ABC Admission Criteria – How to get into IIM ABC

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IIM ABC Admission Criteria
IIM ABC Admission Criteria

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 are 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 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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Now let’s look at college-wise selection criteria.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad, often regarded as a dream destination for numerous MBA aspirants, boasts a somewhat complex selection process. Provided below are the admission criteria one must fulfil to secure a place at IIM Ahmedabad.

Basic CAT Score Requirement To Get Shortlisted For The Interviews:

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 minimum score cut-offs used for preparing the first shortlist. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

During various phases of the selection process, an applicant’s “Application Rating” (AR) score will be utilized. The AR score is calculated by summing up the rating scores assigned to ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’.

  • A: Rating Score For Class 10th
  • B: Rating Score For Class 12th
  • C: Rating Score For Bachelor’s Degree
  • D: Rating Score For Work Experience

Now, let’s examine the process of assigning rating scores for each of the components.

A: Rating Score For Class 10th Percentage

Percentage e in Class 10th Rating Score
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 70 3
> 70 and <= 80 5
> 80 and <= 90 8
> 90 10

 

B: Rating Score For Class 12th Percentage (All Streams)

Science Stream
Percentage in Class 12th Rating Score
 <= 55 1
 > 55 and <= 60 2
  > 60 and <= 70 3
  > 70 and <= 80 5
  > 80 and <= 90 8
  > 90 10

 

Commerce Stream
Percentage in Class 12th Rating Score
  <= 50 1
  > 50 and <= 55 2
  > 55 and <= 65 3
  > 65 and <= 75 5
  > 75 and <= 90 8
  > 90 10

 

Arts/Humanities Stream
Percentage in Class 12th Rating Score
  <= 45 1
  > 45 and <= 50 2
  > 50  and <= 60 3
  > 60 and <= 70 5
  > 70 and <= 85 8
  > 85 10

 

C: Rating Score For Bachelor’s Degree

AC-1
Scored Percentage in Bachelor’s Degree
(Medicine and Surgery based subjects)
Rating Score
  <= 55 1
  > 55 and <= 60 2
  > 60  and <= 62 3
  > 62 and <= 65 5
  > 65 and <= 70 8
  > 70 10

 

AC-2
Scored Percentage in Professional Courses
(CA, ICWA, CS and FIAI)
Rating Score
  <= 50 1
  > 50 and <= 53 2
  > 53 and <= 55 3
  > 55 and <= 57 5
  > 57 and <= 63 8
  > 63 10

 

AC-3
Scored Percentage in Bachelor’s Degree
(All Commerce, Economics, Finance and Management Related Degrees)
Rating Score
  <= 55 1
  > 55 and <= 60 2
  > 60 and <= 65 3
  > 65 and <= 70 5
  > 70 and <= 80 8
  > 80 10

 

AC-4 & AC-6
Scored Percentage in Bachelor’s Degree
(All Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas)
Rating Score
  <= 60 1
  > 60 and <= 65 2
  > 65  and <= 70 3
  > 70 and <= 75 5
  > 75 and <= 85 8
  > 85 10

 

AC-5
Scored Percentage in Bachelor’s Degree
(All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees)
Rating Score
  <= 50 1
  > 50 and <= 55 2
  > 55 and <= 60 3
  > 60 and <= 65 5
  > 65 and <= 75 8
  > 75 10

 

D: Rating Score For Prior Work Experience

Work Experience in Month (as filled in the CAT Application Form) Rating Score
< 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
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 shortlist. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria – Stage 1 (Pre-PI)

For all candidates in the first shortlist based on the CAT scores, the weights for the parameters are fixed at the Pre-PI stage as follows:

Components Weightage in Stage 1
CAT Score 55 Points
10th marks 15  points
12th marks 15 points
Gender diversity 5 points
Work experience 10 points
Total 100 points

As mentioned in the above table, the CAT score carries a weightage of 55 points. Additionally, there is a sectional weightage assigned to each of the sections in CAT, as demonstrated below.

CAT Sections Weightage
VARC 19 points
DILR 21 points
QA 15 points
Total 55 points

It is evident that IIMB places no importance on under-graduation scores while assigning significant priority to the CAT scores, which hold a weightage of 55 points.

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

Pre-PI score for Work Experience = 10x/36 if 0<x<36

(Where x is the months of work experience)

Please take note that the work experience score, with a maximum of 10 in the pre-PI stage, will be adjusted to a maximum score of 5. This score will then be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5-point scale (0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2) as determined by the interviewers during the PI process in Phase 2. This calculation will yield the weighted work experience score.

IIM Bangalore Final Selection Criteria

Different scores Weightage
CAT score 25 points
10th score 10 points
12th score 10 points
Work experience/Professional Qualification 10 points
Personal Interview 35 points
WAT(Written Ability Test) 10 points
Total 100 points

As mentioned in the above table, the CAT score carries a weightage of 25 points. Even in the final selection stage, there is a sectional weightage assigned to each of the sections in CAT, as demonstrated below.

CAT Sections Weightage
VARC 8.75 points
DILR 10 points
QA 6.25 points
Total 25 points 

The final offers of admission to candidates selected from each category will be made strictly on the basis of the final aggregate score

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 interviews. 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 ≥80 ≥80 ≥75 ≥85
NC-OBC ≥70 ≥65 ≥65 ≥75
EWS ≥70 ≥65 ≥65 ≥75
SC ≥65 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
ST ≥55 ≥55 ≥55 ≥65
PwD ≥45 ≥45 ≥45 ≥55

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

Candidates who meet the CAT cutoff criteria will be selected for the next stage, which involves a Personal Interview (PI). The shortlisting of candidates for the PI is determined based on a composite score, which is calculated using the components and their respective weights specified in the table below.

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria – Stage 1 (Pre-PI)

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

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

Selection Criteria For The Final Shortlist

Candidates who progress to Stage II will have their final selection based on a composite score. This score will be calculated using the parameters and their corresponding weights mentioned in the table below. The composite score will be utilized to create a merit list specific to each category.

Parameters Weights
CAT Score 30
Personal Interview (PI) 48
WAT (Written Ability Test) 08
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non- Engineering degree 06
Work Experience 08
Total 100

 

Points For Work Experience

In terms of work experience, a maximum of eight points will be granted based on the duration of service in completed months. However, only managerial work experience attained after obtaining a bachelor’s degree will be taken into account. Training, project work, or work completed as part of the curriculum will not be considered for evaluation.

Points for Work Experience in completed months

*Work Experience Range In Months Points
If x<=6 0
If 6<x<=24 x/3
If 24<x<=36 8
If 36<x<=48 26-(x/2)
If x>48 2

*Whereas “x” is the number of months of work experience of the candidate

Points For Academic Diversity

The points allocated for academic diversity will be assigned based on the specific category listed in the table below, corresponding to which the candidate is identified as belonging. It is important to note that these categories are designed to be both mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive.

Category ID Academic Category Points
1 Bachelor’s degree in engineering stream OR Master’s degree in engineering stream OR Integrated Master’s degree in engineering stream 0
2 Bachelor’s degree in the non-engineering stream 4
3 Dual bachelor’s degree in Law (e.g. BA LLB, BSc. LLB, B.Com LLB, BBA LLB). 5
4 Bachelor’s degree in engineering stream and Masters in non-engineering stream 2
5 Bachelor’s degree in the non-engineering stream and Master’s in the non-engineering stream 5
6 Dual/Integrated degree where bachelor is non-engineering, and master is in non-engineering stream 5
7 Dual/Integrated degree where Bachelor in engineering stream and Master is a non-engineering stream 1
8 CA/ICWA/CS or Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) without having a bachelor’s degree. 5
9 CA/ICWA/CS or Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) with a bachelor’s degree. 6
10 CA/ICWA/CS or Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) with or without a bachelor’s degree and with a Master’s in the non-engineering stream. 6
11 Integrated bachelor’s degree in Law and Master’s in the non-engineering stream. 6

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

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