IIM Selection Criteria 2024-26: CAT Cutoffs, GD/PI/WAT, Weightage

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: December 22, 2023 10:42 am IST | CAT

CAT test-takers must be aware of the IIM selection criteria 2024-26 to know whether they are eligible for MBA admission at an IIM based on their CAT scores. Check complete details about the IIM admission criteria 2024 here.

IIM Selection Criteria 2024

IIM Selection Criteria 2024-26 involves the requirements that candidates have to meet to get MBA admission into the IIMs. IIM admission criteria 2024-26 are different for each IIM institute depending on the CAT score and academic requirements. IIM selection criteria change based on the yearly performance of the institute and admission statistics of the previous year.

Candidates who qualify for the CAT exam and meet the qualifying cutoff set by individual IIMs are selected for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The IIM selection criteria also include meeting the final CAT cutoff requirements. The final admission into IIMs is based on the candidate's overall profile - CAT score, academic background, work experience, category, and WAT & PI score.

This year, the CAT exam was conducted on November 26, 2023, in three slots while the CAT result 2023 was released on December 21, 2023. If you are seeking admission into IIMs, then go through the complete details about IIM admission criteria 2024-26 provided below. We have also created a separate section where you can find the selection criteria of all the individual IIMs.

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IIM Selection Criteria 2024-26: Stages of IIM Admission Process

The IIM selection criteria 2024 is divided mainly into three steps as provided below:

Stage 1: Shortlisting of Candidates Based on CAT Score

Once the CAT results are out, candidates will be selected based on 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 the WAT/ PI round.

Stage 2: Written Ability Test and Personal Interview

Candidates will have to perform well in the 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.

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 the 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 installment of the tuition fee). Those who fail to submit the admission acceptance fee before the deadline will be considered ineligible and their seats will be passed to the next deserving candidate. IIM also offers 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 2024 Based on CAT

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

IIM Admission through CAT
  1. Register for the CAT Exam: Registering for the CAT exam is the initial step for candidates who intend to pursue MBA courses through CAT. 

  2. Appear for CAT: Every year, the CAT exam is given to applicants for management programs offered by some of the best B-schools in India that recognize CAT scores. 

  3. Apply to MBA Colleges Accepting CAT: The application process for MBA colleges accepting CAT starts around the same time as the CAT exam. 

  4. Wait for CAT Results and Admission Calls: Candidates must be patient and wait for the CAT results to be announced and the admission calls to take place based on their CAT results.

  5. Appear for GD/PI/WAT Rounds: The final stage of the MBA selection process is the GD/PI/WAT rounds that are conducted for students who are selected for these phases based on their performance in the CAT exam. 

  6. Meet Final IIM Cutoff & Receive Offer Letter: The last stage includes meeting the final cutoff released by IIMs. Once all the stages of the CAT Selection process are complete, candidates will receive their offer letter if they are selected for admission.

IIM Eligibility Criteria 2024-26

The IIM admission criteria 2024 will be the same as CAT eligibility criteria i.e. 50% marks in graduation. Those who are eligible to apply for CAT are also eligible to get admission into IIM. However, there are some additional requirements that the candidates must meet to get admission into IIM. The IIM eligibility criteria are provided below.

  • Candidates need to meet the shortlisting cutoff to be eligible for an 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 Cut Off 2023

IIM Selection Criteria 2024 and PGP Seats

Check the table provided below to know the selection criteria for IIMs 2023 and the total PGP seats available at the IIMs:

IIM Selection Criteria

Total Number of Seats

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2024-26

385

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2024-26

430

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria 2024-26

464

IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria 2024-26

500

IIM Indore Selection Criteria 2024-26

451

IIM Kozhikode Selection Criteria 2024-26

375

IIM Mumbai Selection Criteria 2024-26

550

IIM Trichy Selection Criteria 2024-26

240

IIM Kashipur Selection Criteria 2024-26

240

IIM Shillong Selection Criteria 2024-26

180

IIM Rohtak Selection Criteria 2024-26

240

IIM Raipur Selection Criteria 2024-26

260

IIM Udaipur Selection Criteria 2024-26

260

IIM Bodh Gaya Selection Criteria 2024-26

120

IIM Sambalpur Selection Criteria 2024-26

120

IIM Ranchi Selection Criteria 2024-26

185

IIM Sirmaur Selection Criteria 2024-26

120

IIM Amritsar Selection Criteria 2024-26

160

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2024-26

120

IIM Jammu Selection Criteria 2024-26

140

IIM Nagpur Selection Criteria 2024-26

240

Also Read: IIM Eligibility Cut Off vs IIM Call Cut Off

Final CAT Cutoff for IIMs (Expected)

The minimum score required to be considered for admission to the flagship management programs offered by the Indian Institutes of Management is known as the final CAT cutoff 2023 for IIM admission. Given that there is intense competition for admission to the IIMs, it should be expected that the final CAT cutoff in 2023 will be significantly higher than the qualifying CAT cutoff. That being said, in order to prepare for the CAT exam and the selection process, candidates need to be aware of the final CAT cutoff 2023 for admission to IIM. Check out the following table to learn about the anticipated final CAT cutoff for IIM admission in 2023:

Name of the IIM

Final CAT Cutoff 2023 (Percentile)

IIM Ahmedabad

99-100

IIM Bangalore

99-100

IIM Calcutta

99

IIM Lucknow

97+

IIM Indore

97+

IIM Kozhikode

97 to 98

IIM Amritsar

95+

IIM Nagpur

95+

IIM Sambalpur

95+

IIM Trichy

94

IIM Raipur

94

IIM Ranchi

94

IIM Kashipur

94

IIM Vizag

92

IIM Udaipur

92

IIM Bodhgaya

92

IIM Shillong

90

IIM Sirmaur

95

IIM Rohtak

95

IIM Mumbai

99-100

IIM MBA Admission Status 2024-26

IIM admission status for 2024-26 will be updated below as soon as information is available on the official website of the respective colleges:

Name of IIM

Admissions Status

IIM Ahmedabad

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Bangalore

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Calcutta

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Lucknow

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Indore

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Kozhikode

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Mumbai

To be Announced in April 2024

IIM Trichy

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Kashipur

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Shillong

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Rohtak

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Raipur

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Udaipur

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Bodh Gaya

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Sambalpur

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Ranchi

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Sirmaur

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Amritsar

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Visakhapatnam

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Jammu

To be Announced in May 2024

IIM Admission Criteria 2024: Important Points to Remember

Some of the important points related to the IIM admission criteria 2024 that the candidates must keep in mind during the selection process are listed below

  • Candidates who get selected for the WAT/ PI round will be informed via mail after the result declaration

  • Candidates need to apply for the interview call. After this, 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 

List of MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2023 Scores

Check out the list of all MBA colleges that accept the CAT percentile within the given range. It will give you an estimate of your chances of getting admission into the college of your choice.

Changes in the IIM Selection Criteria 2024-26 with Respect to IIM Kozhikode

The admission policy for the postgraduate program at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has been revised for the 2024–2026 academic year. While the CAT scores will account for 45 percent of the weightage when selecting candidates for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and personal interview (PI), academic performance and gender diversity will receive 10 and 5 percent weightage, respectively. Collectively, these two components barely made up 10% of the shortlisting process for candidates in the last year. On the other hand, the Class 10 and Class 12 percentage scores will carry 25% and 15% weightages, and work experience will receive 5 percent weightage.

The selection procedure at IIM Kozhikode has three stages. A candidate in the general category would need to clear the first stage with a minimum CAT score percentile of 85 and a sectional percentile of 75. Moreover, passing Class 10 and Class 12 with 60% of the total marks is required. A candidate must meet specific requirements in order to be deemed qualified for the second round and to be invited to the written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI). An Aggregate Index Score (AIS) will be used to determine which candidates in each category will make it to the shortlist. The AIS is calculated using the following factors: work experience, gender and academic diversity criteria, and performance in CAT 2023, Class 10, and Class 12. 

If you are targeting IIMs, it is important to realize that scoring a high CAT percentile is not enough. You will also require an impressive profile 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.

Once the CAT 2023 exam is over, you can check the CAT 2023 exam analysis and CAT 2023 cutoff to calculate your chances of getting selected at any IIM. You can also predict your CAT 2023 percentile through our CAT Percentile Predictor 2023 or use our CAT 2023 College Predictor to find out the best colleges according to their CAT scores 2023.

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FAQs

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. However, it should be noted that each IIM has different selection criteria and the weightage of each parameter vary.

When does the selection process of IIMs start?

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

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.

What is the IIM admission process?

As per the IIm admission process, candidates will first have to perform well in the CAT exam. After that, the college will shortlist the candidates based on CAT performance. Selected candidates will be called for WAT and GD/ PI rounds. Those who perform well in all the rounds will be selected for admission.

What is the IIM selection criteria 2024?

The IIM selection criteria 2024 include a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC, ST, PwD) and at least 80 percentile in CAT. The final shortlisting of candidates will be carried out based on CAT 2023 scores, academic performance, and performance in the WAT/GD/PI rounds.

How can I get selected for an IIM?

To get selected for an IIM MBA, one has to appear for the CAT exam and obtain the minimum qualifying percentile specified by the IIM. Candidates who are able to secure the qualifying CAT percentile must then clear the selection rounds such as Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

How much percentile is required in CAT for IIMs?

The minimum CAT cutoff for IIMs is expected to be 85 percentile. Candidates securing 99+ percentile become eligible to apply to top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta. IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, and IIM Kozhikode require a minimum CAT percentile of 97-98. The CAT percentiles at IIM Sambalpur, IIM Trichy, and IIM Ranchi stand at 94-95. IIM Vizag, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur, and IIM Bodhgaya provide admission to candidates securing 92-94 percentile in CAT, while IIM Shillong, IIM Jammu, and IIM Sirmaur accept a CAT score of 90 percentile. 

Do 10 and 12 marks matter in IIM admission criteria?

Yes, 10 and 12 marks do matter in the IIM admission criteria. The 10th, 12th, and graduation percentages, as well as work experience, and other factors, are all taken into account as part of the shortlisting process at all IIMs and other top B-schools.

What are the CAT qualifying cutoffs at the top IIMs?

The CAT qualifying cutoffs at IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Nagpur, and IIM Calcutta stand at 85 percentile. IIM Rohtak and IIM Bodhgaya do not accept CAT scores below 95 and 93 percentiles, respectively. The qualifying cutoffs at top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Trichy, and IIM Lucknow are 80 percentile, 93 percentile, and 90 percentile, respectively. 

What are the parameters taken into consideration in the IIM selection process?

The parameters taken into consideration in the IIM selection process are CAT score, Class 10 Score, Class 12 Score, Graduation Score, WAT/GD-PI, Academic Diversity, Gender Diversity, Work Experience. To guarantee that students from other streams are fairly represented, extra points are awarded to candidates with non-engineering backgrounds. To promote equal representation of each gender, the IIMs award additional points to female and transgender applicants. Candidates with past work experience are awarded extra points (ranging from 1 to 5). A range is established from lowest to highest for this. 

How many marks are awarded to female applicants as part of the diversity factor in IIM selection criteria?

Up to 5 marks may be awarded to female applicants as part of the diversity factor in IIM selection criteria. For each IIM, the points for gender diversity are different (between one to five). Extra marks are awarded to female candidates to promote equal representation of each gender. The diversity factor can be advantageous for applicants in the female and transgender categories.

If candidates do not meet the CAT cut off, will they still be considered for WAT-PI?

No, if candidates do not meet the CAT cutoff, they will not be considered for WAT-PI. Meeting the minimum CAT cut off is a requirement to qualify for the WAT-PI phase of IIM admission. The CAT cut off varies depending on the institute and the category. Candidates must therefore submit applications to a maximum of IIMs.

Does CAT score have a greater weightage than WAT-PI?

WAT-PI is typically given more weightage than CAT scores in the top IIMs for the final selection of candidates for admission to MBA/PGP programmes. However, the newer/baby IIMs give more weightage to CAT scores as compared to the candidates’ performance in the WAT/PI rounds.

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