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How to get an IIM shortlist?

Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) are the most sought after business schools in the country. There are total 20 IIMs in the country. The first IIM, IIM Calcutta, was established in the year 1961 under the Nehru Government. The programs offered at IIMs include Postgraduate Management Programs and Executive Programs, among others.

After the passing of the IIM Bill in 2017, IIMs have been declared as institutes of national importance. In addition, IIMs are now autonomous institutes and can grant degrees to their graduates. Before this, the IIMs used to grant a Postgraduate diploma which was considered equivalent to an MBA.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Students who wish to be considered for admissions at IIMs need to write CAT. It is a three hour online entrance exam conducted once every year. The exam is administered by one of the old IIMs each year on a rotational basis.

Eligibility Criteria for CAT

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute. (minimum 3 years)
  • The minimum aggregate required for General & NC-OBC students is 50% and the same for SC/ST/PwD students is 45%
  • There is no age restriction to write CAT

IIMs Shortlisting Criteria

Candidates are shortlisted for the second stage of the selection process (GD/WAT/PI) on the basis of several parameters - one of which is the CAT scores. The process of shortlisting is separate for each of the older IIMs. As for the new and super new IIMs, there is a Common Admission Process. The weightage of the parameters considered like Academic Profile, Work Experience, varies from one IIM to the other.

Old IIMs Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A)
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C)
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B)
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L)
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K)
Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-I)
New IIMs Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM-S)
Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM-Ro)
Indian Institute of Management Raipur (IIM-Rai)
Indian Institute of Management Ranchi (IIM-R)
Indian Institute of Management Trichy (IIM-T)
Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIM-U)
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM-Ka)
Super New IIMs Indian Institute of Management Amritsar (IIM-AM)
Indian Institute of Management Bodhgaya (IIM-BG)
Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM-N)
Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur (IIM-SB)
Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur (IIM-SR)
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam  (IIM-V)
Indian Institute of Management Jammu (IIM-J)

Weightage of CAT Score* (as per CAT’18)

IIM - A 70%
IIM - B 40%
IIM - C 56%
IIM - L 60%
IIM - I 20%

*The CAT score considered here is the overall Normalised CAT Score

At the final stage, students are selected basis their performance in GD/WAT/PI, CAT Scores, and overall profile. If you are wondering if your profile is suitable for your dream IIM, the answer is right here. CL’s IIM Profilizer is designed for this purpose. Without delay you can easily know which IIMs will shortlist you and at what percentile.

When it comes to management education in India IIMs offer the highest brand value and it is a privilege to receive an education from one of the older IIMs. Therefore, if you are serious about securing a seat at the IIMs, make the most of your CAT preparation, take plenty of CAT mocks and remain consistent with your efforts and hard work.

May an IIM shortlist be with you!