What is the process of Admission in IIM (Indian Institutes of Management)

Students jubilate after receiving their degrees during the 8th convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), in Ranchi.Photo)(

In India, there are 20 IIMs at present. In all of these institutions, the selection process consists of three stages. However, each of these IIMs follow an independent admission process. A good performance in the CAT examination is mandatory for admission to any IIM. However, the other factors considered for admission include academics, diversified interests, work experience and GD-PI-WAT performance of the candidate also play a decisive role in the admission. Here is an overview of the three stages of the admission process in IIM.

Stage-1: CAT Performance

Performing well in the CAT examination is the primary requisite to qualify for the IIM selection process. The candidate’s percentile score in the CAT examination will decide if he or she can hope to get into IIM at all. A high score in CAT examination is the first step of the selection process. The minimum requirement prescribed for admission to different IIMs range between 70 to 85 sectional percentile and 80 to 95 overall percentile. For example, IIM Ahmedabad needs 70 sectional and 80 overall percentile for admission while some new IIMs require 75 to 85 sectional percentile and 90 overall percentile. Thus the sectional and overall percentile requirement differs between different IIMs.

Stage-2: IIM Shortlisting process


Once the candidate has obtained the percentile score specified by the given IIM, the shortlisting process starts. Each of the IIMs has its own policy regarding the shortlisting in the second stage of admission process. The aspects considered for shortlisting include the CAT examination score, academics, diversity, and work experience besides some others.

Stage-3: Final selection process


The final selection process at the IIMs comprise of personal interview, an ability test (written) and Group Discussion (in some IIMs). Those candidates shortlisted are invited to attend the PI round in number of cities depending on the choice given by the candidate while applying for admission to the IIM during the CAT exam registration process. The PI-WAT round is given a higher weightage than the CAT score by the IIMs. The final selection of the candidate will also depend on the academic performance and diversity of the candidate. IIM Shillong and IIM Kozhikode conduct GD round on the basis of WAT. Each of the IIMs have their own independent policy of preparing the merit list considering the candidate’s performance in the final selection round, CAT scores, academic profile, diversity, work experience and gender diversity.

Common Admission Process (CAP) in the new IIMs

Around 10 IIMs in the country including IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur, Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Sambalpur, and Sirmaur adopt a common admission process. This common admission process is coordinated by IIM Ranchi. The two components of the CAP coordinated by the IIM Ranchi consist of WAT and PI. All the IIMs participating in the CAP will not conduct their own independent final admission round. Instead, they will take into account the scores of the candidates in the CAP along with the performance in other individual admission components to make the final admission offer.
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