IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2022 – How to get into IIMC

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2022 – How to get into IIM Calcutta

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta is one of the top B-schools in India and also the most desirable college for many MBA aspirants. The first step towards getting admission into the IIM Calcutta is taking the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. Every year over two lakh candidates appear for the CAT exam. The selection criteria at the IIMC 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 IIM Calcutta and how to get into it.

IIM’s 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.

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The Common Selection process at the Top IIMs

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

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 candidate.

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.

Admission criteria of IIM Calcutta

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.

Stage 1: Basic CAT score requirement

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 2021 Score 56 (A/B) x 56
Class 10 marks 10 As per Table 1 below
Class 12 marks 15 As per Table 1 below
Gender Diversity Factor 4 4 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity
Total 85

*A = Candidate’s Total CAT 2021 score & B = Maximum possible CAT 2021 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

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Stage 2: Final Selection

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 2021 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

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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