IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2022 – How to get into IIML

IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria 2022

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

IIM Lucknow is one of India’s top B-schools and one of the dream colleges for many MBA aspirants. 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). This article will discuss IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria and how to get into IIML.

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 based on their CAT score and other factors like academic records, work experience, etc. 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 specific parameters, and the final selection list will be made.

Admission Criteria of IIM Lucknow

Considered one of the dream institutions for many MBA Aspirants, the selection procedure of IIM Lucknow is a little complex. The following is the selection criteria for admission into IIM Lucknow.

Stage 1: Basic CAT Score Requirement (For PGP Program)

The basic CAT Score requirement (for the PGP Program) is to get shortlisted for the interviews (as per the latest information on the official website).





Overall percentile

General 85 85 85 90
EWS 77 77 77 82
NC-OBC 77 77 77 82
SC 55 55 55 70
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 50 50 50 65

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

Basic CAT Score Requirement (For PGP-ABM Program)





Overall percentile

General 80 80 80 85
EWS 72 72 72 77
NC-OBC 72 72 72 77
SC 55 55 55 65
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 50 50 50 60


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Calculation of the Composite Score for Shortlisting for the WAT-PI stage: The composite scores shall be computed based on the factors described below. This information is available on the official website of IIM Lucknow.

Calculation of the Composite Score for Shortlisting at WAT-PI stage

The composite score (based on the above Calculation of the Composite Score ) for the candidates who qualify in Stage 1 and the shortlist for the WAT-PI process shall be available on the official website. Such candidates shall be required to fill in and submit the WAT-PI form online by the stipulated deadline. The candidates, who fail to submit their WAT-PI form online by the prescribed time limit, shall not be allowed for the WAT-PI process. Furthermore, no queries in this regard shall be entertained by IIM Lucknow. We highly recommend the candidates follow the IIM Lucknow official website to be aware of official notifications regarding the shortlist and admission process.

Stage 2: Final Selection of Candidates

A candidate’s final score for selection in the PGP program will be calculated based on the assigned weights as summarized below.

Weights for Final Score Calculation after WAT-PI stage



Common Admission Test (CAT) 30 35
Academic Performance (12M+ GM) 5+5 5+5
Diversity Factor (DFa +DFb) 5 5
Work Experience 5 NA
Personal Interview (PI) 40 40
Final Score 90 90


For more details on the selection procedure of IIML and a detailed understanding, candidates can refer to the Official notification.

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