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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM B)

by Tanaya Ahirrao 189 April 19, 2024

IIM Bangalore Admission: This place is a dream for many MBA aspirants. Rankings of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) among the best business schools in the world and India are consistent. For many prospective management professionals, being admitted into their prestigious Post Graduate Programme (PGP) is a dream come true. However, what steps must one take to guarantee a desired seat at IIMB? This blog is your one-stop guide to navigating the IIM Bangalore admission process for 2024!

IIM Bangalore Admission: Eligibility Criteria 


The eligibility criteria for IIM Bangalore are simple, unlike IIM Ahmedabad. If you are eligible to appear for CAT, you are eligible for the MBA program at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM B).

You are eligible for IIM Bangalore if:

  1. You are eligible to appear for the CAT exam. The registration forms of CAT open from around August. Make sure you tick mark IIM Bangalore in the registration form for the CAT.
  2. You are in the final year of graduation or completed your graduation. You must possess a bachelor's degree from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% marks (or equivalent CGPA). For SC/ST/PwD candidates, the minimum requirement is 45%.
  3. You must crack the CAT with a competitive percentile (generally >=98%) to clear the first round.
  4. A candidate will be called for a Personal Interview round and Written Ability Test (WAT) for the final selection round.


The Executive MBA is a full-time one-year residential program offered by IIM Bangalore. The process of admission to this program starts with the submission of the online application form.

The eligibility criteria include:

  1. 50% marks or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in Graduation. This requirement is 45% for SC, ST or PwD categories. If you have not pursued graduation but possess a professional certification like CA/CS/ICWA, you are still eligible if you have the above-mentioned minimum marks.
  2. A valid GMAT or GRE score - The GMAT / GRE Score should be valid as of the date of application submission in each round. It is mandatory to submit an Official Scorecard/Test Taker copy (if the Official Scorecard is not yet received) along with the application.
  3. Online GMAT/GRE score (exam taken at home) is not applicable for EPGP 2024.
  4. Please note that the IIMB EPGP code for GMAT is Q9H-KK-84 and for GRE is 1675. Use these codes to have your score sent directly to IIMB. Your official score report from Pearson / GMAC (for the GMAT) or ETS (for the GRE) will be used for verification using the above codes. This process is mandatory.
  5. A Statement of Purpose (SOP) that enables the applicant to highlight his/her future goals and achievements.
  6. Two references (online), preferably one from the current employer or from an individual who can evaluate the applicant’s performance on the job.

Applications that are complete in all aspects and qualify in terms of the minimum academic and other criteria specified above are evaluated for being progressed to the next stage in the admission process. Shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview process. The interview panel will evaluate each candidate's performance in terms of quality of work experience, diversity, leadership qualities, social sensitivity, and multi-facetedness.

IIM Bangalore Admission Process

513 students are enrolled for the full-time regular MBA program in the 2023-25 batch. The admission process for IIM Bangalore is simple, unlike IIM Ahmedabad. Apply for the CAT exam (Common Admission Test) for PGP admission or directly on the IIM Bangalore website for other courses. You can find more details on the CAT application process. Visit the official website for other courses and apply according to the requirements. There are no criteria or requirements for 10th and 12th marks. The admission process is divided into stages as follows:

IIM Bangalore Admission Shortlisting Stage

  • Candidates having a higher percentile than the minimum required overall percentile and in each of the three sections (quants, VARC & DILR) are shortlisted for the personal interview rounds. IIM Bangalore normalizes the 10th and 12th marks based on the difficulty level of your board.
  • Any professional certifications like Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary or Cost Accountant will also contribute to the normalization of your score. You also get extra points if you are a CA, CS or Cost Accountant.
  • Your work experience till July before you appeared for CAT will also be considered for shortlisting. The maximum points you can get for work experience are 10. If you have a work experience of more than 36 months, you get 10 points. Or the below formula is used to count points for the work experience you hold considering the number of months to be ‘x’:
Experience between 0 to 36 months 10X / 36
Experience greater than and equal to 36 months 10
  • The top 10 toppers of CAT or professional courses (CA, CS, ICWA) will get a direct shortlist for the MBA program.
  • The weightage of the parameters is as follows:
Parameter Weightage
CAT VARC 19% 55%

DILR 21%
Quants 15%
10th marks 15%
12th marks 15%
Professional courses/ Work Experience (whichever is higher) 10%
Gender Diversity 5%

IIM Bangalore Admission: Interview Stage

The score obtained from the weighted average of the above marks decides which top students make it to the final selection stage i.e. the interview round. There are 2 processes in the interview round as follows:

  • Round-1: Written Ability Test (WAT)

    You must write on one topic that is given to you within 30 minutes.

    • Round-2: Personal Interview (PI)

      Candidates are interviewed by a panel of 3-4 people. You may expect questions based on your academics, and work experience, or situation-based questions which might often put you under pressure or stress you out. Your PI score is the average of all the scores given by the panellists. Your 10th and 12th marks are rechecked during this stage once again. Any changes in your marks and quality metrics of work experience are also considered for the final selection list.

      The weightage for the final selection list is as below:

      Parameter Weightage


      VARC 8.75%


      DILR 10%
      Quants 6.25%
      10th Marks 10%
      12th Marks 10%
      Professional course or Work Experience (whichever is higher) 10%
      Personal Interview 35%
      WAT 10%

      The final selection is done based on the weightage average of the above criteria.

      Getting into IIM Bangalore requires commitment, careful planning, and a solid application. You may improve your chances of success by learning about the admission requirements and the selection procedure.

      Notice: The material in this blog is current as of the time it was written, but it might change at any time. Kindly consult the official website of IIM Bangalore at for up-to-date information and comprehensive instructions

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