IIM Admission Criteria for 2021-2023: IIMs Selection Criteria

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiPublished On: November 25, 2020 | CAT

Candidates appearing for CAT can check the IIM Selection Criteria here for 2021-23 here. The selection and admission process of all the IIMs will be different and will begin after the release of CAT 2020 results. 

IIM Admission/ Selection Criteria 2021-23

The Indian Institute of Management's (IIM) selection criteria is different for each & every IIM institute depending on the CAT score and academic requirements. IIM selection criteria changes on the basis of the yearly performance of the institute and admission statistics of the previous year. The admissions at IIMs for the session 2021-23 will depend on the evaluation of the CAT 2020 exam. In this, the article you can check out the IIM Admission/ Selection Criteria 2021-23. CAT 2020 result will be declared in the 2nd Week of January 2021 along with the list of CAT 2020 Toppers. CAT 2020 selection process will begin in the 3rd Week of January 2021.

There will be a separate selection criterion for all the IIMs that can be checked from their official website. You can also check the detailed analysis of CAT 2020 and CAT 2020 cutoff to calculate your chances of getting selected at any IIM. You can also predict your CAT percentile 2020, through our CAT Percentile Predictor 2020

IIM selection procedure 2021-23 will depend majorly on CAT score as the initial round of selection is done on the basis of CAT sectional and overall percentiles. Get the latest news and updated related to CAT!

IIM Selection Criteria and PGP Seats

Check the table provided below to know the selection criteria of IIMs and the total PGP seats available at the IIMs

IIMs Selection Criteria

Total Number of Seats

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Indore Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Kozhikode Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Trichy Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Kashipur Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Shillong Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Rohtak Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Raipur Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Udaipur Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Bodh Gaya Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Sambalpur Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Ranchi Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Sirmaur Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Amritsar Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2021-23


IIM Jammu Selection Criteria 2021-23


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Stages of IIM Admission and Selection Process

The admission/ selection process of IIMs is divided mainly into three steps as provided below

Stage 1: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score

Once the CAT results are out, candidates will be selected on the basis of their CAT scores. They will be invited to apply for the WAT/GD-PI round by each IIM. Candidates need to submit their name and CAT scores while applying for WAT/ PI round.

Also Read:CAT Score Vs Percentile Analysis 2020 - Check Details Here

Stage 2: Written Ability Test and Personal Interview: 

Candidates will have to perform well in WAT, PI and GD rounds to get selected for the next round. These rounds will test the leadership qualities, personality, intelligence, knowledge and communication skills of the candidates. 

Also Read:Written Ability Test 2020 for IIMs and Other Top MBA Colleges - Writing Tips & WAT Topics

Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection

In this stage, a final selection list will be prepared after considering the candidates' performance in WAT, PI, CAT exam, Work Experience, Diversity and Academic Records of the candidates. 

IIM Admission and Selection Process

Candidates who get selected for admission will be informed about their selection via mail. They will then have to confirm their admission by filling up the offer acceptance form and paying the requisite admission acceptance fee (adjustable in the first instalment of tuition fee). Those who fail to submit the admission acceptance fee before the deadline will be considered uneligible and their seats will be passed to the next deserving candidate. IIM also offer a facility of deferring admission through which the candidates who want to earn some experience before pursuing the PGP course are allowed to postpone their admission for up to a maximum of two years. 

IIM Admission Process: Important Points to Remember

Some of the important points that the candidates must keep in mind during the selection process are listed below

  • Candidates who get selected for WAT/ PI round will be informed via mail after the result declaration
  • Candidates need to apply for the interview call. After which, the college will inform the candidates about their selection
  • Candidates need to participate in WAT/GD-PI to get selected for the final phase of admission 
Also Read:IIM Eligibility Cut Off vs IIM Call Cut Off - What's the Difference

IIM Admission Process on the basis of CAT

The step-wise process to get admission in IIMs on the basis of CAT can be checked from the infographic provided below.

IIM Selection Process Based on CAT 2020

IIM Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria of IIMs will as CAT eligibility criteria i.e 50% marks in graduation. Those who are eligible to apply for CAT are also eligible to ger admission in IIM. However, there are some additional requirements that the candidates must meet to get admission in IIM. The IIM eligibility criteria are provided below.

  • Candidates need to meet the shortlisting cutoff to get eligible for IIM interview call
  • Those who have satisfied the minimum cutoff of IIM need to satisfy the call cutoff of IIM to have higher chances of getting a call from IIM
  • Candidates who are appearing for the final year of graduation are also eligible for admission. These candidates will have to submit their passing certificate along with other documents before the date decided by the college. 

Also Read: IIM Cutoff 2020: CAT 2020 Cutoff for IIMs Section Wise & Category Wise

IIM Admission Status 2021

IIM admission status for 2021 will be updated below as soon as information will be available.

Name of IIM

Admissions Status

IIM Ahmedabad

To be Announced

IIM Bangalore

To be Announced

IIM Calcutta

To be Announced

IIM Lucknow

To be Announced

IIM Indore

To be Announced

IIM Kozhikode

To be Announced

IIM Trichy

To be Announced

IIM Kashipur

To be Announced

IIM Shillong

To be Announced

IIM Rohtak

To be Announced

IIM Raipur

To be Announced

IIM Udaipur

To be Announced

IIM Bodh Gaya

To be Announced

IIM Sambalpur

To be Announced

IIM Ranchi

To be Announced

IIM Sirmaur

To be Announced

IIM Amritsar

To be Announced

IIM Visakhapatnam

To be Announced

IIM Jammu

To be Announced

Also Read:Common Admission Process (CAP) for IIMs

If you are targeting IIMs, it is important to realise that scoring a high CAT percentile is not enough. You will also require an impressive profile in order to get a call from either of the IIMs. This means that you must have a good academic background as well as quality work experience.

Performance in the personal interview (PI), group discussion (GD) and writing ability test (WAT) also play an essential role in the selection procedure. Candidates must also note that IIMs give points for gender diversity to maintain a balance on campus.

Applicants must keep IIM Selection Criteria 2021-23 in mind while targeting for colleges and preparing for CAT 2020. Those who have any doubt regarding the admission process of IIM can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. Besides this, those who are interested in admission to any top B Schools in India can fill our Common Application Form

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How can I check the selection process of IIMs?

You can check the selection process of IIMs from their official website. The selection process of all the IIMs will also be available on the website of CAT.

What is the IIM admission process?

Candidates will first have to perform well in CAT exam. After that, the college will shortlist the candidates on the basis of CAT performance. Selected candidates will be called for WAT and GD/ PI round. Those who perform well in all the rounds will be selected for admission.

I have scored 98 percentile marks in CAT. Will I get admission in IIM?

It totally depends on your performance in GD/ PI and WAT rounds. The college will also consider your work experience and academic performance during the selection process. Only if you perform well in all the rounds, you will be selected for admission.

When does the selection process of IIM start?

The selection process of IIMs usually starts in the second week of January every year. Candidates can check the official website of IIMs to check notifications regarding the selection process

What are the important parameters for IIM selection criteria?

IIM selection criteria involve seven important parameters namely CAT scores, work experience, academic scores, gender diversity, academic diversity, WAT/ PI and graduation scores.

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