IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2024-26 (Key Changes)

IIMB Selection Criteria
IIMB Selection Criteria

IIM Bangalore PGP Admission Criteria 2024-26: Key Changes to Know

IIM Bangalore, renowned as one of India’s top-notch business schools and highly sought after by MBA aspirants, mandates that applicants begin their admission journey by taking the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. This year, CAT 2023 registration are more than three lakh candidates. Notably, the selection process for the PGP 2024-26 Batch at IIM Bangalore has recently undergone modifications.

Presently, the selection hinges on a range of criteria, encompassing CAT scores, overall academic history, professional work experience, gender diversity, as well as performance in the Written Ability Test (WAT) and the Personal Interview (PI). This article delves into the updated admission prerequisites for IIM Bangalore and provides insights into the path to securing admission to this prestigious institution.

The IIMs employ a diverse array of factors when selecting candidates. By examining these variables, one can gain a better grasp of the selection criteria and work towards achieving the requisite CAT score.

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Selection Process at the Top IIMs

The selection process at the top IIMs is broadly divided into two stages. In detail, let us check out the stages in the selection process at the Top IIMs.

Stage 1: 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 the shortlisted candidates.

Parameters for selection in Stage 1:

1. CAT Percentile

2. Past Academics

3. Graduation

4. Work experience

5. 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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Latest Admission Criteria of IIM Bangalore (PGP 2024-26)

IIM Bangalore 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 80 80 85
NC-OBC 70 70 70 75
EWS 70 70 70 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. )

Stage 1: Shortlisting For Personal Interview (PI):

Components Weightage
*CAT Score 55 points
10 th marks 10  points
12 th marks 10 points
Graduation Marks 10 points
Work experience 10 points (3 years and above is 10 points)
Gender diversity 05 points
Total 100

*The 55 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 19 points, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) – 21 points, and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) – 15 points.

As we can see, IIM Bangalore has considering the graduation marks into its selection criteria, and they are also giving weightage to 10th and 12th marks as part of the consideration for past academic performance.

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

=10 if x>=36

(Where x is the months of your work experience)

Final Stage: Selection Criteria For Final Merit List

Different scores Weightage
CAT score* 25 points
10th score 5 points
12th score 5 points
Graduation 5 points
Personal Interview 40 points
WAT 10 points
Work experience 10 points
Total 100

*The 25 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 8.75 points, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) – 10 points, and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) – 6.25 points.

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

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