IIM-C Introduction

The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) was established in November 1961, as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management, by the Government of India. Over the years, IIM-C has grown into an institution with a global reputation, imparting high quality management education. IIM-C has been playing a pioneering role in professionalizing Indian management through its Post Graduate & Doctoral level programs and Executive Training Programs. The programs offered at IIM-C are:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

PGDM, IIM Calcutta's flagship program, is a two-year residential program for graduates.

  • Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEX)

One Year Residential Program for executives & mid-career professionals

  • Post Graduate Programme for Executives for Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing (PGPEX-VLM)

One year full time residential program with focus on techno-management, jointly conducted by three premier institutes-IIM-C, IIT Kanpur & IIT Madras

  • Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Full time doctoral programme.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA)

The program is a two-yearfull-time diploma program aimed at creating business analytics professionals who are inclined towards mathematics, have an analytical mindset and can apply analytical concepts for solving business problems. The program is jointly hosted by the Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta, Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur and the Indian Statistical Institute - Kolkata.

IIM-C, being a member of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS), also offers:

  • CEMS Masters in International Management degree

IIMC has joined CEMS, an elite club of 30 premier business schools from across the world, as an Academic partner. The CEMS MIM program is a one-year program which can be taken up simultaneously with the 2-year flagship PGP program of IIMC. The key distinguishing feature of CEMS MIM is that it brings forth all the stakeholders (schools, companies, students and alumni) together in a collaborative course which is the MIM. Qualifying students have to spend one term (Term V of IIMC 2nd year PGP / Term 1 of CEMS MIM) in any of the CEMS member schools abroad before returning to IIMC for the final term.

Getting into IIM Calcutta

IIM-C Results Accepted

  • For PGDM 
        Domestic Candidates (in India) - CAT 
        International Candidate (outside India) - GMAT
  • For PGDBA – Separate Written Test
  • For PGPEX - GMAT
  • For PGPEX - VLM - Separate Aptitude Test
  • For FPM -An applicant can apply to at most two areas of specialisation. (S)he needs to have taken the Common Admission Test (CAT) for that year OR, depending on the chosen specialisation(s), alternative test(s), in lieu of the CAT as specified in the following table:
Area of specialisation Tests in lieu of CAT
Economics GMAT/GRE/UGC-NET in Business Economics/ Development Economics/ Economics
Finance and Control GMAT/ GRE/ UGC-JRF in Commerce/ Economics/ Management
Human Resource Management GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in any discipline
Management Information Systems GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in any discipline
Marketing GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in any discipline
Operations Management GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in Mathematical Sciences
Organizational Behaviour GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in any discipline
Public Policy and Management GRE/ UGC-JRF in Anthropology/ Economics/ Environmental Science/ Geography/ History/ International and Area Studies/ Law/ Management/ Political Science/ Psychology/ Public Administration/ Social Work/ Sociology
Regional Development GRE/ UGC-JRF in Anthropology/ Economics/ Geography/ Population Studies/ Public Administration/ Sociology
Sociology UGC-JRF in Anthropology/ Economics/ Political Science/ Sociology
Strategic Management GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in Anthropology/ Commerce/ Defence and Strategic Studies/ Economics/ Environmental Science/ Geography/ History/ Law/ Management/ Political Science/ Psychology/ Public Administration/ Sociology

Eligibility for PGDM

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, with at least 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA[45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories]
  • The candidate may possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirement and are awaiting results can also apply. he candidate is required to produce certificates and mark sheets in original together with the photocopies NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2018

Eligibility for PGDBA

A candidate must hold a graduate/post graduate degree with any of the following:

  • 10+2+4: Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the BS/B Tech/BE or equivalent Level.
  • 10+2+5: Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the Integrated Masters or equivalent Level.
  • 10+2+3+2: Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the Masters Level.

For SC/ ST and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates, the qualifying marks for eligibility shall be 55%, and/or CGPA 6.0 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent.
Candidates, who are in the final year, are also eligible to apply provided they appear in the final examination and complete other academic requirements as specified above by May 31, 2017.

Eligibility for PGPEX

  • Executives with a bachelor's degree (minimum 10+2+3 years of formal education) or equivalent in any discipline and more than 5 years of post-qualification managerial/professional work experience may apply.
  • A valid GMAT score (taken within last 36 months of application date) is also required.

Eligibility for PGPEX-VLM

  • A First-Class Graduate Engineers with First Division/ First Class Marks from SLC/ Madhyamik
  • Self-sponsored candidates- Minimum 4.5 (four and a half) to maximum 10 years of work experience in manufacturing, engineering and related sector; holding responsibilities in production planning and control, research, design and development, quality control, plant engineering, maintenance, supply chain, construction etc.
  • Sponsored candidates need to have minimum 4.5 (four and a half) years of work experience. There is no upper limit of experience.

Eligibility for FPM

  • First Division in Master's degree in any discipline or CA/CS/CMA with minimum 55% marks and a three-year Bachelor's degree with at least 50% aggregate marks. 
    First Division in Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
  • Applicant must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the Higher Secondary Examination of any Board (or equivalent).
  • A final-year student appearing for the Bachelor's degree examination in Engineering or Master's degree examination in any discipline can also apply.

IIM-C Admission Procedure

  • PGDM

For PGDM There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Calcutta PGDM Programme.

  • The first stage is appearing for the CAT (Common Admission Test) conducted by the IIMs (GMAT for the international candidates). For international candidates, percentile scored in GMAT will be equated to the CAT score for the same percentile.
  • On clearing the required cut-offs and the composite score, a candidate is called for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).


IIM Calcutta Admission process PGDM | CL Research


  • The candidate will be shortlisted based on the written test score.
  • In the PI the candidate may be tested on his/her analytical ability through mathematical problem solving. Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interview. The final offer would be made on the basis of performance in the written test, personal interview, work experience and academic standing.

  • IIM Calcutta Admission process PGDBA | CL Research

    For PGPEX Programme

    • The candidates have to apply online with a valid GMAT score. The shortlisted candidates will go through a round of personal interview. Final selection of a candidate is based on his professional experience, academic record, GMAT score and the personal interview.
    • The candidates are also required to submit a statement of purpose (SOP) and two recommendation letters from people holding senior managerial positions.
    IIM Calcutta Admission process PGPEX | CL Research

    For PGPEX-VLM Programme

    • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their application form and the GMAT/GRE score will be an add-on and is not mandatory.
    • Shortlisted candidates are required to appear for an Aptitude test and the candidates shortlisted further based on the test, have to appear for a round of Personal Interview.

    IIM Calcutta Admission process PGPEX-VLM | CL Research


    • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their application and any competitive exam score which is a part of the application. The shortlisted candidates are called for the personal interview.
    • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the faculty members of the area(s) of specialization

    IIM Calcutta Admission process FPM | CL Research

    Eligibility and Selection Criteria for IIM C


    IIM-C shortlists candidates on the basis of the CAT score, past academic performance, and other criteria mentioned below.
    The minimum CAT percentiles required in order to be considered for an IIM-C call are as follows, but the actual section-wise and overall percentile of a short-listed candidate may be much higher than those mentioned below.

    Category Section - I
    Quantitative Ability (QA)
    Section - II
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
    Section - III
    Verbal Ability (VA)
    Open ≥ 80 ≥80 ≥ 80 ≥90
    NC-OBC ≥ 75 ≥ 75 ≥ 75 ≥ 85
    SC ≥ 65 ≥ 65 ≥ 65 ≥ 70
    ST ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 70
    PWD ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 70

    Note: Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Person with Disability (PWD)
    The interview calls made to the candidates are based on the composite score. The Composite Score reflects the components of the CAT score, Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages, and gender diversity factor.
    Marks are allotted for the 10th and 12th percentages on the basis of the following Table:

    Class X %age Marks Class XII %age Marks
    ≥ 80 10 ≥ 80 10
    ≥ 75 and < 80 8 ≥ 75 and < 80 8
    ≥ 70 and <75 6 ≥ 70 and <75 6
    ≥ 65 and < 70 4 ≥ 65 and < 70 4
    ≥ 60 and <65 2 ≥ 60 and <65 2
    < 60 0 < 60 0

    (For computing the percentage of marks obtained in Class X and Class XII, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage).
    The composite score of a candidate is calculated on the basis of the table below. All the components have a particular weightage:

    Components Weights Calculation Formula
    CAT 2017 Overall Score 28 (A/B) X 28
    Class X Marks 10 As per table above
    Class XII Marks 10 As per table above
    Gender Diversity Factor 2 2 marks will be awarded to promote gender diversity
    Total 50  

    A = Candidate's Total CAT 2017 score
    B = Maximum CAT 2017 Score

    The composite cut-off score is used for short-listing the candidates for the PI stage in each category. The number of candidates short-listed for the PI stage would be the discretion of the institute and would depend on the batch size of 2018-20.

    Remark: The most interesting thing about the IIM-C shortlisting process is that it doesn't consider the graduation percentage at all. A student with a decent (81% +) score in class 10th and 12th gets full marks for academics.


    The candidate's final selection for a seat at IIM-C is based on the final score, which includes components such as PI, WAT, CAT score, Diversity (Gender + Academic) and work experience. The following table describes the weights attached to each of these components

    Criterion Weights
    CAT 2017 Score 15
    Personal Interview (PI) 24
    Writing Ability Test (WAT) 5
    Points awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor's degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)):
    Candidates with any of the following bachelor's degree in the list X below are eligible for ADFB:
    List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc., B.Sc.(H), BS, B. Com, B. Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other non-engineering subject areas at the Bachelor's level not mentioned above.
    If Bachelor's degree is from list X
    ADFB = 2 
    Else, ADFB = 0
    Work Experience* 4
    Total 50

    *Work Experience

    For work experience, a maximum of four points will be awarded based on the length of service as on January 31, 2018. (Please refer Table below). However, only managerial work experience after graduation will be considered. Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

    Months Points
    0 to 6 0
    6 to 12 2
    13 to 24 3
    25 to 36 4
    37 to 48 3
    >48 2

    The final selection list will be based on merit in each category; minimum qualification on the above-mentioned criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into IIM Calcutta.



    The most recently revised fees of IIM-C has been tabulated below (as on Sep 2017)

    Program Fees
    PGDM Rs.19,00,000


    Rs. 17,00,000

    PGPEX Rs.22,00,000
    PGPEX-VLM Rs. 11,25,000

    Reservation Policy:

    Inside IIM Calcutta

    The following data of the 2016-18 PGDM batch portrays the diversity of the batch, based on three parameters.

    Graduation Background Diversity

    IIM Calcutta Graduation Diversity | CL Research

    The trend has been prevalent that there have been around 90-95% engineers in each batch of PGDM.

    Work Experience Based Diversity

    IIM Calcutta Work experience Diversity | CL Research

    Gender Diversity

    IIM Calcutta Work experience Diversity | CL Research

    IIM-C Final Placements

    The placement process is conducted in two stages. The first is the laterals process where the firms interview the students with work experience and offer them mid-level managerial positions. The second stage is the final placement process where the firms are grouped into cohorts based on the profile offered.

    Almost 50% of the 2012-2014 batch had either a Pre-Placement Offer (PPO) or a lateral placement offer before the placement season began. The table compares the last two batches.

    Last 3 years at a glance

      2013 - 2015 2014 - 2016 2015 - 2017
    Total No. of Students Participating 429 439 449
    Total No. of Companies 148 200+ 162
    Total No. of Offers 501 499 474
    PPOs Offered 134 91 NA
    Lateral Placements Offered 143 143 NA

    (As a policy, IIM Calcutta doesn't disclose the salary / average package statistics)



    IIM Calcutta Final Placements 2014 | CL Research

    IIM-C Summer Placements

    The summer placement for the batch of 2016-18 was successfully completed with 460+ summer internship offers made on campus.


    IIM Calcutta Final Placements 2013 | CL Research



    Disclaimer: The analysis given above has been prepared by Career Launcher experts. The information given here has no bearing on your actual score. Career Launcher does not take responsibility for any discrepancy between information in this document and actual result.

    Notable IIM-C Alumni


    • Gita Johar 
      Senior Vice Dean and Professor 
      Columbia Business School, Columbia University
    • Paul Shrivastava 
      David O'Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise 
      Concordia University
    • Krishna Palepu 
      Professor at Harvard Business School 
      Senior Adviser to the President for Global Strategy 
      Harvard University
    • Dan Gode 
      Professor at New York University


    • IndraNooyi 
      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
    • Gopal Vittal 
      CEO of BhartiAirtel (India)
    • AjitBalakrishnan 
      Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rediff.com
    • AshishChauhan 
      Managing Director (MD) and CEO 
      Bombay Stock Exchange
    • Nishi Vasudeva 
      Chairperson & Managing Director (CMD) 
      Hindustan Petroleum
    • Sunil Alagh 
      Former MD and CEO 
      Britannia Industries
    • Shantanu Khosla 
      MD of Procter & Gamble India

    Public Sector/Service Sector

    • AmolakRathanKohli 
      Former Governor of Mizoram


    • Amish Tripathi 
      Novelist, author of the Shiva Trilogy

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