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IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2021-23 - No WAT, CAT Cutoff 85 Percentile

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiPublished On: January 02, 2021 | CAT

IIM Visakhapatnam has revised its 2021-23 selection criteria due to COVID-19 and has decided to scrap WAT. Candidates will be selected for MBA admission at IIMV on the basis of their CAT score, work experience, academic performance and PI. Find out more below.

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2021-23

IIM Visakhapatnam (IIMV) has announced the admission criteria for the PGP 2021-23 batch. The qualifying cutoff percentile for General category candidates is 85. WAT has been scrapped for this year as well and PI will take place in April-May. The registration for PGP admission and shortlisting will commence in the second week of January 2021 post CAT 2020 result declaration.

Candidates interested in admission at IIMV must qualify CAT 2020, which was conducted on November 29, 2020, in three slots. Like the other IIMs, IIM Visakhapatnam also follows a comprehensive selection criterion to ensure that the takers have the potential to become successful business leaders.

In 2020, IIM Visakhapatnam had revised its selection criteria due to COVID-19 and had scrapped WAT and PI. Check the detailed admission criteria given below.

IIMV 2021-23 Admission Important Dates

The important dates for admission at IIMV can be found given below.

CAT 2020 Exam DayNovember 29, 2020
CAT 2020 ResultJanuary 2, 2021
IIMV 2021-23 Shortlisting ProcessJanuary 2021
IIMV Final AdmissionsJune 2021

IIM Visakhapatnam Admission 2021-23 Phase I

The candidates who had selected IIM Visakhapatnam as one of their choices at the time of filling up the CAT 2020 application form will be considered for the PI round if they meet the CAT 2020 cutoff percentile for admission. Candidates who are shortlisted will then need to confirm their interest in admission to the PGP course at IIMV and for this purpose, they will have to fill an online application form which will be made available after CAT 2020 result.

The initial phase of selection takes the candidate’s CAT score into consideration and selection is done only if the candidate has secured the minimum sectional as well as overall cut-off set by IIM Visakhapatnam. 


Verbal & Reading Comprehension Percentile (PVRC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (PDILR)

Quantitative Aptitude Percentile (QA)

Overall Percentile Rank




























If the candidates have qualified the cut-off mentioned above, they must re-confirm their interest in participating for the selection criteria of the institute in order to be considered. On confirming the candidature, applicants will receive a mail from the institute inviting them to participate in the selection process.

IIM Visakhapatnam 2021-23 Admission Phase II

In the second stage, IIM Visakhapatnam will consider the candidates' percentage scores in Class 10 and 12 boards. Apart from that, the institute gives certain weightage to work experience acquired by a candidate. Candidates who have pursued professional courses including Chartered Accountancy, Company Secretary, and Cost Accounting will be given additional weightage.

The score of work experience for every eligible candidate is calculated out of 8 using the following formula:

  • Work Experience = 8x/36 (if 0 <x <36) OR
  • Work Experience = 8 (if x >= 36)

Here, x is the number of months counted up to the date of release of CAT notification of the respective year. The work experience calculated with the help of the above formula is multiplied by the quality of work experience score that is given on a 5-point scale.

The quality of work experience is given by the interviewer during the personal interview and the score evaluated for work experience is considered for the final selection. Candidates can apply either for weightage through work experience or through professional course weightage. A candidate will not be considered for both the components.

Candidates are shortlisted for the next round of selection on the basis of the score achieved by them in different components.

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2021 for PI

The expected 2021-23 selection criteria for PI is listed below. For this year, WAT has been scrapped.



Class 10 Board Exam Score


Class 12 Board Exam Score


CAT Score


Graduation Score


Work Experience


Verbal & Reading Comprehension


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


Quantitative Aptitude


Gender Diversity


IIM Visakhapatnam Admission 2021-23 Phase III

Final selection is done on the basis of the collective performance of a candidate in CAT, WAT, GD and PI.  A pre-PI rank list basis the parameters mentioned will be created. Candidates who get shortlisted will be called for the PI round and they will have to submit a detailed application which will comprise:

  • Semester wise/year wise marks in the Bachelor's degree
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Copies of work experience certificates
  • Copies of all academic transcripts and certificates
  • Disability certificate (if applicable)

Also, candidates who have appeared for the GD, WAT and PI rounds by any one or more than one of the IIMs including IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode, will not be required to appear for the same at IIM Visakhapatnam.

The scores in PI and WAT secured by the candidates at any of these IIMs will be obtained by IIM Visakhapatnam and selection will be done on the basis of the weightage chart given below.

Components and their Weightage

Given below is the list of various components and their weightage:



Class 10 Board Exam Score


Class 12 Board Exam Score


Graduation Degree Aggregate Score


Diversity (Academic and Gender)


CAT Score


Personal Interview (PI)


Work Experience (if any)




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IIM Visakhapatnam has the discretion of changing the selection criteria depending on its academic requirement and changes in the programmes or curriculum.

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