Total Seats in IIMs: Category-wise IIM Seats & Distribution

Intajur Rahaman
Intajur RahamanUpdated On: January 22, 2024 03:35 pm IST
There are a total of 5500 plus seats available across all the Indian Institutes of Management. Find out the total seats in IIMs, the category-wise seat distribution, and more right here!
Total Seats in IIMs

Total Seats in IIMs: Out of the total 5500 plus seats across all IIMs for admission, a sizeable chunk of the seats are reserved for certain groups of students. A total of 809 seats belong to the OBC categories, 538 seats are reserved for SC/ST categories, and the remaining seats are left for EWS and PwD categories. 

The Indian Institutes of Management are a chain of premier management institutes that are considered to be the best B-schools in India. Currently, there are a total of 21 IIMs, consisting of 6 established ones (Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Calcutta, and Indore) and 15 newer institutions, including the most recent addition, IIM Mumbai (formerly known as NITIE Mumbai). These prestigious institutions utilize Common Admission Test scores as the primary criterion for MBA admissions. The Post Graduate Program (PGP), offering a comprehensive full-time MBA curriculum, is a prominent and common feature across all IIMs. Notably, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Bangalore have garnered recognition as top-tier management colleges in India according to the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF).

The selection process as well as the level of competition for admission to the management programs offered at the Indian Institutes of Management differ from one IIM to another.  In this article, we will review the total seats in IIMs, the distribution of seats across IIMs, and other important aspects of the Indian Institutes of Management.

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Total Seats in IIMs 2024 (Latest)

A total of 21 Indian Institutes of Management have been set up in India and they are categorized according to their respective year of establishment with three categories namely first generation, second generation, and third generation. They are also called old, new, and baby IIMs as well. The table below provides the breakdown of total seats in IIMs:

Category-wise Seat Reservation at IIMs 2024

Candidates who wish to apply for admission to any of the top IIMs in India and wish to avail of the reservation seats must be aware of the category-wise reservation criteria of that particular IIM. Candidates must also make sure they have all the necessary documentation during the admission process. In the table below the details about the category-wise seat reservation has been provided, this also helps to determine the total seats in IIMs.

Name of the IIM





IIM Ahmedabad





IIM Calcutta





IIM Bangalore





IIM Lucknow





IIM Amritsar





IIM Bodhgaya





IIM Indore





IIM Jammu





IIM Kashipur





IIM Kozhikode





IIM Nagpur





IIM Raipur





IIM Ranchi





IIM Rohtak





IIM Sambalpur





IIM Shillong





IIM Sirmaur





IIM Trichy





IIM Udaipur





IIM Visakhapatnam





Also Read: IIM Cut Off 2023 Category Wise & Section Wise

IIM Selection Criteria 2024-26

The IIM selection criteria 2024 include all the stages and requirements that candidates must fulfill to be eligible for admission at the Indian Institutes of Management. The IIM selection process is contingent upon various parameters which primarily include:

  • The score of the CAT written exam
  • Class 10 and 12 overall scores
  • Graduation Scores
  • Gender Diversity
  • Overall Work Experience
  • WAT/GD PI Scores

The entire selection process for IIMs can be divided mainly into three steps as mentioned below:

Stage 1: Shortlisting of Candidates on the Basis of CAT Score

The Common Admission Test or CAT as it is popularly known is the first step that candidates must take in order to apply for admission to the IIMs. Candidates will be chosen based on their CAT scores once the CAT results are available. But candidates must also take note to have a proper understanding of the CAT score vs percentile required for shortlisting. Each IIM will provide an invitation to apply for the WAT/GD-PI round. When submitting an application for the WAT/PI round, candidates must include their names and CAT scores.

Stage 2: Written Ability Test and Personal Interview

Once a candidate has been selected for the final IIM selection process through the CAT exam, the next stage includes further assessments. The next phase of the selection process includes the Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI), and Group Discussion (GD). Candidates must do well in the WAT, PI, and GD rounds in order to advance to the next stage. These phases will put candidates to the test in terms of their communication, intelligence, and leadership abilities.

Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection

Subsequently, once candidates have completed all the stages of the final selection process, they will be evaluated on their performance in each stage of the entire selection process. The candidates' performance on the WAT, PI, and CAT exams, their work experience, diversity, and academic records will all be taken into account as a final selection list is created at this stage. ​

A mail notification will be sent to candidates who are chosen for admission. They must next confirm their admission by completing the offer acceptance form and paying the required admission acceptance fee (which is changeable in the first instalment of the tuition cost). The next meritorious applicant will take the seats of those who fail to submit the entrance acceptance fee by the deadline, who will be deemed ineligible. A deferred admission option is also available through IIM, allowing applicants who wish to get some experience prior to enrolling in the PGPM course to postpone admission for a maximum of two years.

The total seats in IIMs can vary from year to year. Each IIM has its own intake capacity for its various programs, including the Post Graduate Program (PGP) in Management, Certificate Courses, Integrated Programs in Management, and Executive Management Programs, etc.

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How many seats are there across all the IIMs?

There are a total of 5500 plus seats across all IIMs and more seats are expected to be added. However, it must be noted that the number of seats are subject to change and candidates are recommended to visit the official website to make sure of they are aware of the number of seats available in their desired IIM for the MBA course they wish to pursue.

Do all IIMs have the same number of seats?

No, the number of seats in each IIM varies from the other. Since each of the IIMs functions as its own separate institute and also has different ways of functioning, the number of seats depends on factors such as the institute's infrastructure, faculty strength, and overall capacity. Candidates who wish to pursue an MBA/PGDM course from any of the Indian Institutes of Management must visit the official website of the institute and check the necessary details including the number of seats available for their desired course.

Are the seat reservations the same in all IIMs?

No, the seat reservations is not the same in all IIMs. Each Indian Institute of Managment has its own reservation policies. Reservation categories typically include General, Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC), Economically Weaker Section (EWS), and Persons with Disabilities (PwD). Aspirants who wish to seek admission and avail the benefits of reservation must make sure they visit the official website of the institute they prefer and check their reservation policies. 

Is there any common admission process for all IIMs?

The admission process for all the IIMs include the Common Admission Test (CAT), which is the common entrance exam for admission to various management programs offered by IIMs. However, each IIM has its own selection criteria that is followed during the selection process for each IIM, which is carried out separately for all the institutes expect for the ones that participate in the Common Admission Process also known as CAP. The institutes that participate in the Common Admission Process (CAP) are IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy, IIM Ranchi, IIM Jammu, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Bodhgaya, and IIM Raipur.

Is the number of seats at IIMs the same for Indian and foreign students?

There are no seat reservations or quotas for foreign students who wish to pursue MBA/PGDM courses across all the Indian Institutes of Management. The admission process and selection criteria for both Indian and Non-Indian students are the same across IIMs. However, it must be noted that IIM Indore has 5 seats which is separate from the regular intake under the Supernumerary Quota which are reserved for International/ Foreign applicants for the Integrated Program in Management.

How many seats are available at IIM Ahmedabad?

The total number of seats available at IIM Ahmedabad is 385. The seats at IIM Ahmedabad are divided into General, OBC, SC, and ST categories. The seat distribution for IIM Ahmedabad for each category of students is as follows:

  • General: 194
  • OBC: 104
  • SC: 58
  • ST: 29

Which IIM offers the highest number of seats?

Out of all the Indian Institutes of Management, IIM Indore offers the highest number of seats. The total number of seats available at IIM Indore is 450 + 150, of which 450 seats are for their flagship program in management and 150 seats are for the Integrated Program in Managment. Candidates who wish to apply for admission to IIM Indore must also check the seat distribution for IIM Indore category-wise mentioned below:

  • General: 226
  • OBC: 122
  • SC: 68
  • ST: 34

How much marks are allotted to female candidates under Gender Diversity factor during IIM selection?

The Indian Institutes of Management offer female and transgender candidates an incentive to apply for admission to their flagship management programs by allotting them extra marks in terms of gender diversity. In order to keep the gender ratio of the batch balanced, the gender of a candidate is taken into consideration. Up to five marks may be awarded as marks under the gender diversity element. Each IIM has a different range (from one to five). Candidates in the female and transgender categories may profit from diversity.

How can I get selected for admission at IIMs?

The selection process for admission at the Indian Institutes of Management is quite elaborate and tough. Candidates who wish to apply for admission at IIMs must first appear for the Common Admission Test or CAT. Subsequently, if a candidate qualifies for the CAT exam, they must pass the selection processes including the Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI), in order to be accepted into any of the IIMs. To pass the selection process, one must have a score above the 95th percentile. Additionally, they need to have a solid academic history with excellent grades in classes 10, 12, and graduation.

What are the parameters that determine the IIM selection process?

The Indian Institutes of Management consider several factors when selecting candidates for their flagship management programs. Candidates must excel in all these parameters to be successful in the final selection process for IIMs. The parameters that are taken into consideration when selecting candidates for IIM MBA admission are as follows:

  • Performance in CAT exam
  • Performance in Class 10, 12, and Graduation
  • Performance in WAT/GD-PI
  • Academic diversity
  • Gender diversity
  • Work experience

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