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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2023-25: Weightage for GD, PI, and WAT

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: January 18, 2023 02:41 pm IST | CAT

The IIM Bangalore admission process 2023 is currently underway and shortlisting for the WAT-PI round has begun. Check out important details regarding the IIM Bangalore selection criteria 2023-25 right here.

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2023: 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 2023 according to which admissions to the Post Graduate Programme are done. The selection criteria of IIM Bangalore for 2023-25 are the same as that of the previous year. 

IIM Bangalore is one of the B-schools that selects students on the basis of CAT scores. Following is all the information you need about the selection criteria of IIM Bangalore.

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IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2023

The evaluation process of IIM Bangalore is done on the basis of a candidate’s past academic performance, Common Admission Test (CAT) score, performance in personal interviews, and past work experience. Candidates can go through the detailed analysis of CAT 2022 and CAT Cut-off 2022 to check out their chances of getting admission at IIM Bangalore. The institute follows a two-phase selection process. IIM Bangalore has stated that it will give more importance to past academic qualifications than the CAT score for the shortlisting of candidates for the PI-WAT round. It will provide 50% weightage to past academic qualifications, and 40% to the CAT 2022 Scores. The selection criteria for IIM Bangalore 2023 intakes are:

  • Phase 1: Candidates will be shortlisted for PI-WAT rounds. 
  • Phase 2: WAT and PI rounds
  • Phase 3: Final Merit List of Selected candidates will be declared.

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Phase 1: IIM Bangalore Shortlisting for WAT/PI 2023

The shortlisting process for the WAT-PI rounds will be the first step in the IIM Bangalore admission process in 2023. An online form must be submitted to IIM Bangalore's shortlisting process to confirm participation in WAT/PI and participation via video conferencing.

How to Apply for IIM Bangalore PI Shortlisting 2023

Candidates may apply for PI shortlisting by following the instructions provided below if they picked IIM Bangalore as their preferred institute on their CAT 2022 application form:
  1. Visit the IIM Bangalore official website.
  2. Go to the 'Admissions' tab
  3. Click on 'PGP 2023 Call for Interview Shortlist'
  4. Enter the necessary details including the CAT 2022 application number and email address.
  5. Fill out the form and submit it.
Candidates who are selected for the WAT-PI rounds will be informed via email.

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2023 for WAT and PI

Candidates who wish to seek admission at IIM Bangalore need to meet the shortlisting criteria for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. For the WAT-PI round, candidates will be chosen based on the criteria listed in the table below:

Shortlisting Factors


Bachelor's Degree Marks


CAT 2022 Scores


Class 10 Marks


Class 12 Marks


Gender Diversity


Weighted Work Experience




Note: It is important to note that IIM Bangalore places a strong emphasis on consistency and excellence in academics and across all other parameters.

Phase 2: IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2023 for WAT and PI

Candidates who are shortlisted 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


































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

Evaluation of Personal Interview

The panel taking the Personal Interview of a candidate assesses applicants based on their level of motivation, ability to fit in with the group, and potential benefits from PGP. It will be necessary for all applicants to submit two confidential reference letters, either from their employment or from professors at the universities they attended.

Evaluation of Written Ability Test

The evaluation of the WAT round of the selection process at IIMs is comparatively straightforward. In this round, candidates will be assessed based on their essays only. The essays written by candidates will be evaluated based on the content and writing style of the candidate.

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 of 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 the 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.

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.

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IIM Bangalore CAT 2022 Sectional Weightage

The sectional weightage of CAT 2022 for IIM Bangalore selection is given below:

CAT 2022 Sections


Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)




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

NOTE: Out of the candidates shortlisted based on the CAT scores, the 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.

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Phase 3: IIM Bangalore Final Selection 

Check out the final selection criteria and sectional weightage for IIM Bangalore: 

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 the 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.

Candidates qualifying in both phases will be shortlisted for admission to IIM Bangalore. Candidates will have the time to complete the admission process. Candidates must appear for all the stages and qualify to be considered for the shortlisting. 

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If you still have any doubts or queries about the IIM Bangalore selection criteria, you can ask our experts on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. Candidates may fill out the Common Application Form (CAF) to clear doubts related to the admission process. 

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