IIM CAT Cutoff 2023: Expected & Previous Year CAT Cutoff for IIM

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: February 26, 2024 07:24 pm IST | CAT

CAT 2023 test-takers can check the expected IIM cut off 2023 category wise as well as sectional cut off here. Know the factors that are responsible for determining the IIM CAT cutoff 2023.

IIM Cut Off 2023 Category Wise

IIM cutoff 2023 can range anywhere between 90 and 100 percentile depending on the IIM one is applying to. For the top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikhode, and IIM Calcutta, the qualifying cutoff is expected to be around 80-85 percentile, while the final call cutoff will lie in the range of 99-100. Notably, the IIM CAT cutoff 2023 differs from one category to another and each IIM also releases both overall and section-wise CAT cutoff. 

IIMs are among the top B-schools in India and given that they receive countless applications every year, admission to an IIM is only possible if an aspirant is able to meet the CAT cut off requirements set by that institute. One must score well in the exam and meet the IIM CAT cut off 2023 category-wise and section-wise requirements. In this article, we have provided all the necessary details on the IIM cutoff and also provided the previous years' sectional CAT cutoff 2023 for the reader’s benefit.

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​IIM Cutoff 2023: Major Highlights

The IIM CAT cutoff 2023 is the first requirement that needs to be met by candidates who wish to pursue management courses at the Indian Institutes of Management. Candidates must take a look at the IIM cutoff 2023 highlights below for better understanding:

  • The CAT cutoff for IIM admission changes every year due to various factors like CAT difficulty level, number of CAT applicants, number of applications for IIM admission, etc.
  • The qualifying IIM CAT cutoff ranges from 80 - 95 percentile whereas the final IIM cutoff is much higher and can even go up to 100 percentile in some cases.
  • The qualifying IIM Ahmedabad CAT cutoff for the General Category is 80 percentile. The same for the SC, ST, and OBC categories are 70, 60, and 75 percentile respectively.
  • The CAT qualifying cutoff for IIM Calcutta is 85 percentile for General category students. For SC students the cutoff is 70, 65 for ST students, and 75 for OBC candidates.
  • The qualifying CAT cutoff for IIM Bangalore is 85 for general category students, 70 for SC students, 60 for ST students, and 75 for OBC students.
  •  The IIM Lucknow CAT qualifying cutoff is 90 percentile for general category students. SC, ST, and OBC candidates have to score 65, 60, 82 percentile in CAT for IIM Lucknow.
  • The IIM Indore qualifying CAT cutoff is 90 percentile. SC CAT cutoff for IIM Indore is 70 percentile while the same for ST and OBC candidates is 50 and 80 percentile respectively.

Qualifying IIM CAT 2023 Cut Off: Category-wise

The CAT cut off percentile requirements for admission to IIMs vary between categories. To be eligible for admission, candidates who have applied for the CAT exam in 2023 under a specific category must meet their respective category's IIM CAT cutoff 2023 percentile. Below is a table that shows the expected IIM cutoff 2023 percentile for various categories.

Name of the IIM

General Cutoff

ST Cutoff

SC Cutoff

EWS Cutoff

OBC Cutoff

IIM Ahmedabad

80

60

70

80

75

IIM Lucknow

90

60

65

82

82

IIM Kozhikode

85

55

65

75

75

IIM Bangalore

85

65

70

75

75

IIM Indore

90

50

60

90

80

IIM Calcutta

85

65

70

75

75

IIM Rohtak

95

30

55

90

78

IIM Mumbai

85

65

70

75

75

IIM Udaipur

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Amritsar

85

40

55

85

75

IIM Raipur

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Trichy

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Vizag

80

35

45

72

70

IIM Kashipur

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Shillong

75

50

60

75

75

IIM Ranchi

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Nagpur

90

40

60

80

76.5

IIM Sirmaur

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Jammu

Male- 90, Female- 87

Male- 37, Female- 34

Male- 52, Female- 50

Male- 68, Female- 65

Male- 72, Female- 70

IIM Sambalpur

74

40

54

70

74

IIM Bodhgaya

92

40

54

70

74

IIM Cut Off 2023

The expected qualifying IIM cutoff 2023 provided in the infographic above is for the general category only. It should be noted that all the IIMs will also release a sectional CAT cut off for all three sections of CAT. The sectional CAT 2023 cut off is also a vital requirement for candidates. Candidates will have to satisfy both the overall and sectional IIM CAT cutoff 2023 to get selected for admission.

Expected Final CAT Cutoff 2023 for IIM Admission

The final IIM CAT cutoff 2023 for admission is the cutoff score that candidates must have to be selected for admission to the flagship management programs offered at the Indian Institutes of Management. Naturally, the final CAT IIM cutoff 2023 will be much higher than the qualifying CAT cutoff due to the extreme competition for admission at the IIMs. That being said, candidates must be aware of the final CAT cutoff 2023 for IIM admission to prepare for the CAT exam and selection process accordingly. Take a look at the expected final CAT cutoff 2023 for IIM admission in the table below:

Name of the IIM

Final CAT Cutoff 2023 (Percentile)

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IIM Ahmedabad

99-100

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Bangalore

99-100

IIM Bangalore CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Calcutta

99

IIM Calcutta CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Lucknow

97+

IIM Lucknow CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Indore

97+

IIM Indore CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Kozhikode

97 to 98

IIM Kozhikode CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Amritsar

95+

IIM Amritsar CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Nagpur

95+

IIM Nagpur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Sambalpur

95+

IIM Sambalpur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Trichy

94

IIM Trichy Cutoff 2023

IIM Raipur

94

IIM Raipur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Ranchi

94

IIM Ranchi CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Kashipur

94

IIM Kashipur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Vizag

92

IIM Vizag CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Udaipur

92

IIM Udaipur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Bodhgaya

92

IIM Bodhgaya CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Shillong

90

IIM Shillong CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Sirmaur

95

IIM Sirmaur CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Rohtak

95

IIM Rohtak CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Mumbai

99-100

IIM Mumbai CAT Cutoff 2023

IIM Jammu

94-95

IIM Jammu CAT Cutoff 2023


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Factors Affecting IIM CAT Cutoff 2023

The IIM CAT cutoff 2023 is expected to vary across all categories, depending on various factors such as the number of candidates applying, the difficulty level of the CAT exam, and the number of seats available for each program.
Factors Affecting IIM CAT cutoff
  • CAT Difficulty Level: The CAT IIM cutoff 2023 for IIM MBA admissions is dependent on the CAT difficulty level. The IIM CAT cutoff 2023 will be lowered if the CAT exam has a higher difficulty level.

  • Total Number of CAT Applicants: The total number of CAT applicants also determines the IIM CAT cutoff 2023. The higher number of candidates leads to a higher cutoff for admission.

  • Total Number of Seats Available: The total number of seats available at an institute will also determine the IIM cutoff 2023 for admission.

  • College Ranking: The better a college is ranked among MBA colleges and B-schools, the higher its CAT cutoff for MBA.

  • Total Number of Candidates Who Cleared CAT: The number of candidates who have cleared the CAT exam also influences the IIM CAT cutoff 2023, if more candidates clear the exam, the cutoff criteria for MBA admission also increases.

People Also Ask

Que: Is 80 percentile in CAT good for IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans: 
Candidates who score 80 percentile will find it difficult to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad since the qualifying IIM cutoff 2023 for IIM-A is 85 percentile. However, candidates can get a call from newer IIMs like IIM Vizag and IIM Shillong with 80 percentile in CAT 2023.

Que: Is admission to IIMs possible with CAT percentile below 90?

Ans: Admission to the Indian Institutes of Management with CAT percentiles below 90 is difficult since the qualifying IIM CAT cutoff 2023 for most IIMs is 90 percentile or above in CAT. However, if candidates have an excellent overall profile and they perform well in the GD-PI rounds, they have a good chance of securing admission.

Difference Between IIM Qualifying Cut Off and IIM Final Cut Off

IIM Qualifying cutoff 2023 and final IIM cutoff 2023 are two different things that candidates must be aware of. Check the table below where we have highlighted the main differences between the qualifying IIM CAT cutoff 2023 and IIM final cutoff 2023.

IIM Qualifying Cut Off

IIM Final Cut Off

Minimum marks that an individual must acquire to be eligible for an interview call from IIMs.

The minimum percentile prescribed by the IIMs to select candidates for GD-PI/WAT rounds.

Also referred to as the CAT Call cut off.

Also called the CAT Shortlist cut off.

It is declared before the announcement of the CAT result.

It is issued after the release of the CAT result.

It varies according to the category of the candidate. The general category experiences a higher cut off than reserved category candidates.

It is also fixed as per the aspirant's category. The cut off is high for General category candidates in comparison to the reserved category.

The shortlist IIM cut offs are announced in the selection & admission process notification of each campus.

They are not announced officially by any top MBA institutes or IIMs.

Meeting the cut off does not guarantee that the applicant will be selected for WAT/GD-PI round.

Meeting the IIM cut off does not guarantee that the applicant will be selected for admission.

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IIM Final Admission Criteria Parameters 

IIM selection criteria 2024-26 extend beyond just meeting the IIM cutoff 2023. Some of the IIMs give more weightage to CAT scores while some of them give more weightage to academic scores. Many other parameters are considered while selecting candidates other than the CAT cutoffs. The parameters that are considered during the IIM selection process are as follows:

IIM Final Admission Criteria Parameters
  • CAT Scores: The CAT exam result is the first criterion that determines a student's chances of securing admission at the IIMs. The CAT score weightage in IIMs is different for each and students must check the criteria of the IIM they have applied for.

  • Past Academic Record: Candidates must have an immaculate academic record to increase their chances of seeking admission to the IIMs.

  • Written Ability Test/ Group Discussion: The written ability test is conducted by a select few IIMs where aspirants need to write an essay on a provided topic. Some IIMs also conduct a group discussion round instead of a Written Ability Test.

  • Work Experience: A candidate's previous work experience also holds weightage during IIM admission. Candidates with valid work experience receive preference during admission.

  • Personal Interview: The most important selection round for IIM admission, a candidate's performance in the Personal Interview round determines whether they will be selected for MBA admission or not.

Previous Years' IIM Cutoff

The IIM cutoff varies every year depending on the various factors we talked about above. Check the previous year’s cutoff to get an idea of this year’s IIM cutoff percentile.

CAT 2022 Cutoff

CAT 2021 Cutoff

CAT 2020 Cutoff

Hopefully, the article was able to inform you about the IIM CAT cutoff 2023. Candidates must note that they will have to perform well in all the rounds of the selection process to get selected for admission. They can visit the official website of the particular IIM to know its detailed selection criteria.

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FAQs

What is CAT IIM sectional cut off marks?

The CAT IIM sectional cut off marks are the marks that must be obtained by candidates in each section of the CAT examination namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The qualifying sectional cut off in CAT is different for different categories of students and remains mostly between the 45 and 75 percentile.

What is the CAT cut off 2023 for IIM for ST candidates?

The IIM CAT cut off 2023 for ST candidates falls between the 40 and 65 percentile. The CAT cut off for ST category is generally lower for all the IIMs but the older IIMs comparatively have higher cut offs. IIM Ahmedabad CAT cut off for ST students is 60 and IIM Bangalore ST CAT cut off is 65. On the other hand, IIM Rohtak CAT cut off for ST candidates is 40. Aspirants must note that these are the qualifying CAT cutoffs for different IIMs and the final CAT cutoff will be higher.

What is the IIM cut off 2023 for SC candidates?

The IIM CAT cut off 2023 for SC candidates falls between the 50 and 70 percentile. However, the cut off range will vary for different IIMs depending on various factors. IIM Ranchi cut off 2023 for SC candidates is 55 and CAT cut off for IIM Jammu SC category is 50. IIM Shillong cut off 2023 for SC is 60. It is important to note that these are the qualifying CAT cutoffs for different IIMs and the final CAT cutoff will be higher.

What is the CAT cut off 2023 for IIM for general candidates?

The IIM cut off 2023 for general candidates is different for every IIM. The CAT cut off 2023 for the general category is 85 percentile for IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. 75 percentile is the overall CAT cut off 2023 for IIM Kolkata. Mostly the CAT cut off 2023 for IIM for general candidates remains between the 70 to 90 percentile. Candidates must note that this is the qualifying CAT cutoff and the final CAT cutoff is much higher.

What is meant by IIM cut off 2023 category wise?

The IIM cut off 2023 category wise is the minimum percentile students from different categories must score on the CAT exam in order to get admission to IIMs. The CAT cut off scores for different categories vary each year. While the CAT cut off scores for general candidates are on the higher side, the cut off scores for reserved categories such as SC, ST, OBC, EWS and PwD are relatively lower across all IIMs.

Which IIMs release the highest CAT Cut-off every year?

The IIMs that release the highest IIM CAT Cut off every year are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore. IIM Kozhikode and IIM Udaipur are also known for their high CAT cut-offs and top-notch education in the management stream. Aspirants who wish to apply to these institutes must score at least more than 97 percentile in CAT to have a chance at securing admission.

Which IIMs have the lowest CAT Cut-off?

The IIMs that have the lowest CAT Cut-offs are IIM Shillong, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu and IIM Rohtak. It is important for candidates to understand that the CAT cutoffs are subject to change each year. As a result, individuals who were unsuccessful in applying to IIMs with high CAT cutoffs shouldn't give up since they can still apply to IIMs with low CAT cutoffs.

Do IIMs release sectional cut off in CAT?

Yes, IIMs release sectional cut off in CAT as well as an overall cut-off. Candidates must satisfy both the sectional CAT cutoff and overall CAT cutoff criteria in order to get shortlisted for admission. Students who fail to clear any one of the IIM CAT cutoffs will not be considered for admission.

What happens if a candidate fails to meet the IIM cut off 2023 category wise?

If a candidate fails to meet the IIM cut off 2023 category wise, they can consider other management colleges that accept the CAT scores. There are several popular colleges accepting different ranges of CAT percentiles. Some of the popular CAT accepting colleges include the International Institute of Business Studies, Kolkata, GRG School of Management Studies, Coimbatore, and Vanguard Business School, Bangalore.

What is the CAT cut off 2023 for IIM Ahmedabad?

The CAT cut off 2023 for IIM Ahmedabad is 85 percentile for General candidates. The cut off for NC-OBC is 75 percentile, for PwD candidates and SC candidates it is 70 percentile while ST category students must secure 60 percentile. The section cut off for IIM Ahmedabad hovers between the 50 to 70 percentile. It must be noted that this is the qualifying CAT cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad and the final cutoff will be much higher.

Is IIM cut off score 2023 released by all IIMs?

Yes, the IIMs cut off score 2023 is released by all the IIMs. The CAT cutoff score will be different for different categories of students and also the cutoff scores of different IIMs will be different based on several factors. Due to the IIM cutoff being based on different factors, some IIMs will have a higher cut off while some will have a comparatively lower one.

When will the IIM cut off 2023 be released?

The IIM cut off 2023 will be released after the announcement of the CAT results 2023. CAT 2023 test takers can view the IIM cutoff 2023 scores by visiting the official website of their choice of management institutes. Every IIM releases its own cutoff list for students who wish to apply to the flagship management programs offered by the premier institutes through CAT.

What factors determine the IIM CAT cut off?

The factors that determine the IIM CAT cut off include various aspects of the exam including the total number of examinees, total number of CAT qualifying candidates, difficulty level of the exam, availability of seats, and college rankings. Together, these elements assist the IIMs in releasing the IIM sectional cut off and category-wise IIM cut off for 2023. 

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