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Guide to Selection Process at IIM Bangalore

Guide to Selection Process at IIM Bangalore

Every 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 according to which admissions to Post Graduate Programme are done. Unlike IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore also takes students on the basis of GMAT scores. Following is all the information you need about the selection criteria of IIM Bangalore:

Selection Criteria of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

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. 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:


Verbal & Reading Comprehension

Percentile Rank (PVRC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR) Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA) Overall Percentile Rank
General 85 80 80 90
Non-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 75
Differently Abled 60 60 60 75

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 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 Secretory Certificates come under the weight under professional course criteria. Such candidates will be given certain privilege in the selection process. No other professional course is eligible for this 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.

For candidates who are shortlisted based on CAT scores:

IIM Bangalore considers the weights of the following six components to shortlist candidates for PI:

Components Weights
CAT score 40
Work experience or Professional Course 8
10th Board 20
12th Board 10
Marks secured in Bachelors Course 20
Gender Diversity 2

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

The maximum score 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

  • 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 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 PI is 20.
  • 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 trough 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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