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What are the selection criteria for IIM?

July 17, 2017

Selection Crieteria of IIM

The selection criteria for IIM (Indian Institute of Management) tend to differ from one centre to another. Normally the IIMs have a selection process that comprises two stages. First one is the written exam or CAT and the second one is GWPI or group discussion, written ability test, and personal interview. In most of the cases the applicants are shortlisted after the first stage by looking at how well they have performed in the written examinations, how well they have performed academically all throughout their lives, and what is their work experience to name a few. As far as the second stage is concerned most of the IIMs have changed from group discussion (GD) to written ability test (WAT). At the end of this stage your performance in these tests as well as your overall academic record and work experience are taken into account for the purpose of shortlisting.

Weightage on different components of selection process

The weightage given to different components during the process of selection tends to differ from one institution to another. It can be said that the best IIMs give more weightage to how you have performed in the various tests as opposed to your work experience and overall work record.

Weightage given to CAT

Normally a lot of students think that in spite of their exceptional performance in CAT they may not get that call from IIM since they supposedly give more weightage to factors such as academic background, extracurricular activities, and work experience. The following table shows how the various IIMs rate CAT performances:

Weightage given to CAT scores List of IIMs
100% Shillong, Kashipur, Ranchi, Raipur, Trichy, Udaipur, Bodhgaya, and Amritsar
60-80% Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Kozhikode
50-59% Kolkata and Rohtak
20-40% Bangalore, Indore, and Visakhapatnam
Weightage given to CAT scores plus performance in the second stage of selection process List of IIMs
100% Shillong
80-99% Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indoor, Lucknow, Trichy, Kashipur, and Amritsar
70-79% Ranchi, Rohtak, Udaipur, and Bodhgaya
50-69% Bangalore, Raipur, Simraur, Visakhapatnam, and Jammu

In the following table you get information on the CAT 2016 percentile cutoffs in order to secure a call from IIM Rohtak:

Category VARC Quantitative ability Data interpretation and logical reasoning Overall
General 80.06 80.02 80.38 96
NC and OBC 70.6 71.2 71.17 75.36
SC 45.42 45.36 45.7 65.05
ST 30.07 30.9 30.69 42.12
DAP 30.07 30.9 30.69 40

Weightage for academic background and work experience for final selection

It is commonly held that if you do not have a work experience of at least three years and if you have not scored 90% throughout your academic career you would not get a chance to get through an IIM. Let us see how much weightage the different IIMs give to these areas:

Weightage List of IIMs
0% Shillong
1-10% Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Kashipur, Amritsar
11-20% Ahmedabad, Indore, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur
25-30% Raipur and Bodhgaya
31-40% Bangalore, Sirmaur, Visakhapatnam, and Jammu

Thus, as may be seen a lot depends on how well you perform at the CAT examinations as well as the stages that follow. Obviously, your work experience and overall academic record are also important in this case as well but whether they will play a role in the final selection or not depends on the institute that you are looking to get into.


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