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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2022-24: Weightage for GD, PI and WAT

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: November 25, 2021 | CAT

The selection process at IIM Bangalore includes evaluation of a candidate’s past academic performance, CAT score, performance in personal interview and past work experience.

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

Every Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has its individual method and cut-offs for selecting students for the various management programmes it offers. IIM Bangalore also has its structured selection criteria for 2022 according to which admissions to Post Graduate Programme are done. The selection criteria of IIM Bangalore for 2022-24 is the same as that of the previous year. IIM Bangalore is one of the B-schools that selects students on the basis of GMAT scores.

Following is all the information you need about the selection criteria of IIM Bangalore:

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2022

The evaluation process of IIM Bangalore is done on the basis of a candidate’s past academic performance, CAT score, performance in personal interview and past work experience. Candidates can go through the detailed analysis of CAT 2020 and CAT Cut-off 2020 to check out their chances of getting admission at IIM Bangalore. The institute follows a two-phase selection process.

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Phase 1

Candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of CAT are called for the Phase 1 round of selection which included the Personal Interview (PI) and the Writing Ability Test (WAT) where the candidate is given about 30 minutes to write on the topic given by the institute. Following are the minimum cutoff requirements of IIM Bangalore:


Minimum ​Percentile Required































Performance in 10th and 12th board exams

The marks obtained by a candidate in 10th and 12th are normalized by dividing the marks by the 90th percentile score obtained by a candidate in that board. To identify the 90th percentile score the databases of 10th and 12th board marks of candidates from the last two years are evaluated.

Performance in Graduation

The final scores secured by candidates in graduation are considered. For candidates who are currently pursuing graduation, marks obtained till the final year of graduation are considered.

Candidates who have Charted Accountant, Cost Accountant or Company Secretary Certificates come under the weight under professional course criteria. Such candidates will be given a certain privilege in the selection process. No other professional course is eligible for these criteria.

Evaluation of Work Experience

A pre-PI score for work experience of a candidate is calculated as:

Work Experience = 8x/36; if 0 < x < 36


Work Experience = 8 if x >36

Here x is the months for which the candidate was working up to the announcement of the notification of the exam. According to the equation, the upper limit of work experience is 36 months even if the candidate has worked for more than 36 months.

The maximum score for work experience at the pre-PI stage is 8 which is further multiplied by the score given for the quality of work experience.

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The quality of work experience is calculated on a 5 point scale (0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2) and is awarded by the interviewers in the personal Interview round in Phase 2 to evaluate the weighted work experience score.

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2022 for WAT and PI

Various components and their weightage for  PI and WAT are as follows



CAT score

(14, 16, 10)

Work experience or Professional Course


10th Board


12th Board


Marks secured in Bachelors Course


Gender Diversity


The normalized or standardized scores of a candidate in all these components are considered for the evaluation process.

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IIM Bangalore CAT 2021 Sectional Weightage

The sectional weightage of CAT 2021 for IIM Bangalore selection is given below



Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)




The maximum scores for work experience and professional course are considered. A common weight of 10 has been set for work experience or professional course. Advantage of both work experience and professional course are not given together to one candidate. A candidate can either benefit from work experience or professional course as per the above-mentioned weight out of 10.

NOTE: Out of the candidates shortlisted based on the CAT scores, top 10 students don’t have to appear for WAT and they directly qualify for PI-based on their excellent performance in the following fields:

  • Total score in CAT

  • Adjusted Bachelors score (Commerce/Science/Arts)

  • Performance in Professional Course (CA/ICWA/CS)

However, these candidates go through the regular selection process in Phase 2.

Phase 2

IIM Bangalore Final Selection: PI and WAT Weightage 2021

Class 10th10
Class 12th5
Work Experience10
  • The Written Ability Test is processed on the basis of the content and writing style of the candidate. Every interviewer will evaluate the performance of the candidate comprehensively to see whether the student is fit for the programme or not. For WAT, the weight of content score is 7.5 and content style is 7.5 each.

  • Candidates are also required to submit three confidential reference letters from either their faculty or their employees. These letters will be used in the evaluation of the PI. The scores given by all the interviewers in PI will be averaged while the scores given for WAT by each interviewer will be independently considered. The weight of the PI is 30.

  • The interviewing panel multiplies the work experience score with the quality of work experience to evaluate the relevance of a candidate’s work experience. Each interviewer will give marks for work experience on a scale of 5. The average of the scores given by the interviewers is calculated and is multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score to evaluate the weighted work experience score.

  • The scores achieved in this phase, as well as other components such as gender diversity, are standardized to obtain an aggregate score. Candidates are called on admission strictly on the basis of ranks secured in each category on the basis of this score.

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Admission on the basis of GMAT score:

  • In order to apply through GMAT score, a candidate must have resided abroad for at least 18 months in the preceding 3 years and should not have been in the circumstances to give CAT. GMAT code for IIMB PGP is Q9H-KK-49.

  • Candidates applying through GMAT will have the same sectional as well as overall cutoffs as for the general category candidates applying through CAT.

  • An evaluating committee will evaluate GMAT applications of every candidate on the basis of academic background and work experience. The committee will also verify if under any circumstances the candidate could have gained admission through CAT. Each member of the committee will analyze whether the candidate should be recommended or not.

  • Recommended candidates will be called for Personal Interviews either in person or via video conferencing and will be asked to give WAT via email. The PI process evaluation will be the same as for the students applying through CAT.

  • Based on the evaluation of PI, WAT, performance in GMAT and academic background, the evaluating committee will decide whether a candidate should be given admission or not.

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