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IIM Calcutta: All you need to know about the Selection Process

IIM Calcutta: All you need to know about the Selection Process

IIM Calcutta is the oldest IIM and was established in 1961. Ever since, it has created benchmarks in various fields of management educations be it education quality, case studies, industrial interaction or campus placements. It is considered among the top three B-schools of India with IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. Like the other IIMs, IIM Calcutta also selects students on the basis of the CAT entrance exam. Following is the selection criteria of IIM Calcutta after qualifying CAT:

Selection Process of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

IIM Calcutta shortlists candidates on the basis of the CAT score and academic score. There is a different criterion to evaluate performance at every level. There are two stages of evaluating the performance of candidates and based on these the final selection is done.

Also Read: Guide to Selection Process at IIM Bangalore

Stage 1: Selecting candidates for PI on the basis of CAT score

Minimum CAT Cutoff required to get shortlisted for PI:


Verbal & Reading Comprehension

Percentile Rank (PVRC)

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

NOTE: The overall percentile of shortlisted candidates can be quite high as compared to the cutoffs mentioned in the above table.

Stage 2: Evaluation of shortlisted candidates on the basis of composite scores

Composite scores are calculated on the basis of CAT score, Class 10 and 12 board aggregate percentages along with gender diversity factor.

Evaluating Class 10 Board Score:

Percentage in Class 10 Board Exams Points
< 60 0
>= 60 and < 66 2
>= 65 and < 70 4
>= 70 and < 75 6
>= 75 and < 80 8
>= 80 10

Evaluating Class 12 Board Score:

Percentage in Class 12 Board Exams Points
< 60 0
>= 60 and < 65 2
>= 65 and < 70 4
>= 70 and < 75 6
>= 75 and < 80 8
>= 80 10

Evaluation of Composite score: Components and their corresponding weights:

Components Weights Method of Calculation
Overall CAT Score 28 (Total CAT score of candidate/Maximum CAT score of that year) x 28
Class 10 Board Score 10 As evaluated above
Class 12 Board Score 10 As evaluated above
Gender Diversity Factor 2
Total 50

A cutoff is determined for the composite score and it is then used to shortlist students for PI. The shortlisted students will be invited to appear for the Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Final Selection Process for PGP-PGDM:

There are various components that are considered for shortlisting candidates that will be admitted to the PGP and PGDM courses offered by IIM Calcutta. Following are the components based on which a candidate’s performance is evaluated:

Components Weights
CAT Score 15
Personal Interview 24
Written Ability Test 5
Work Experience 4
Total 50

ADFB: IIM Calcutta also awards points for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s Level. This will depend on the course that the candidate has pursued at the graduation level. Following are the degrees that will be awarded ADFB advantage: 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 bachelor’s degree that has not been mentioned in this list. For all other courses zero ADFB weights are awarded.

Also Read: Minimum Eligibility Requirements for CAT 2016

Work Experience: Maximum 4 points are awarded for work experience that depends on the duration of service. Only those candidates who have a managerial level of work experience after graduation are awarded points. Training/ Project work/ work done as part of the curriculum is not considered under work experience component.

Evaluation of work experience:

Duration of Work Experience (in months) Points
< 6 0
6 to 12 1
13 to 18 2
19 to 24 3
25 to 30 3.5
31 to 36 4
37 to 42 3
>= 43 2.5

Selection of candidates is done on the basis of merit in each category that is calculated based on the above-mentioned parameters.

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