IIM Cut Off 2020: Know Expected and Previous Years' CAT Cut-Offs

The IIM cut-offs for admission to MBA/PGP programs of top institutes are generally between 95 and 99 percentiles. Check here previous years’ and expected IIM CAT cut-off percentiles of all 20 IIMs.

Every candidate must fulfil the fundamental requirement of meeting the IIM cut-off for admission to India’s premier MBA institutes. Seeking admission to the IIMs is not a cakewalk as the IIM admission process has many layers. An MBA aspirant hoping to seek admission to one of the 20 Indian Institute of Management campuses, first, must meet the minimum IIM cut-off released prior to the selection process for the Written Ability Test/Personal Interview (WAT/PI) round. The IIM CAT cut-offs released individually by each campus form the basis of the first stage of the process of screening candidates for admission.

CAT 2020 result has been declared and the IIMs will soon start shortlisting process for WAT and PI rounds. IIM selection criteria and admission process is released prior to CAT exam, indicating the qualifying CAT cut-off percentile, admission parameters, and other eligibility criteria. CAT test takers are invited for WAT/PI only if they have scored as much or above the minimum cut off percentile in CAT exam set by the institutes.

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  • Understanding IIM Eligibility Criteria
  •  What is IIM CAP? Know process, criteria, and participating IIMs

CAT 2020 exam was conducted on November 29. Soon after the exam gets over, the test takers will start assessing their chances of getting an MBA seat in the IIMs. CAT 2020 result is expected to be declared in the second week of January 2021, read this article to know all about IIM cut-offs, including:

  1. What is IIM cut-off?
  2. IIM call cut-off vs shortlist cut-off – what is the difference?
  3. IIM cut offs of previous years
  4. Expected IIM CAT cut-offs
  5. IIM selection procedure and admission criteria
  6. IIM parameters for final selection and their weightage
  7. Campus wise: IIM shortlist, cut off and admission criteria

What is IIM Cut Off?

IIM cut-off refers to the minimum CAT score percentile a candidate has to score in the CAT exam to be eligible for WAT/PI round of the institutes. The IIM cut-offs are different for different categories of students. While for general category students, the minimum cut-off percentile is 90-100, for reserved category students, IIM cut-off percentile is 85-98. The IIM cut-offs vary campus-wise. While for IIM Ahmedabad, the cut-off for the General category was 99-100 percentile in CAT 2019, CAT 2018, and CAT 2017; for IIM Calcutta, it was around 92-99 percentile. The IIM CAT cut-off percentile for IIMs slightly varies every year. Some determining factors that decide IIM CAT cut-offs are:

  • Difficulty Level of CAT exam – If the standard of the test was difficult then the cut-off percentile for that year will be comparatively lower. This happens because of the lower average scores in the examination.
  • The number of students who took CAT – The final cut-off percentile for IIMs would also depend on the number of students appearing in CAT. The higher the number, the higher will be the qualifying cut-off and vice versa.
  • A number of seats available – The number of available seats in a particular IIM can vary annually. Any increase or decrease in the number of available seats will directly reflect on the cut-off percentile required for IIM.

IIM Call Cut Off vs Shortlist Cut Off – What is The Difference?

IIM aspirants must understand that the institutes release two cut-offs for admission to a particular academic year. The first IIM cut-off is released as part of the IIM admission policy. This CAT cut-off is referred to as a qualifying cut-off or shortlists cut-off, as it is meant for shortlisting candidates for WAT and PI. In other words, a candidate must meet the shortlist cut-off or the minimum CAT score fixed by an IIM in order to be eligible for WAT and PI. Clearing the shortlist cut-off doesn’t mean that you will be called for WAT and PI. Your interview call will depend upon whether you meet the IIM call cut off which is always higher than the shortlist cut-off and released after the declaration of CAT result. For example, in CAT 2019, IIM Ahmedabad’s shortlist cut-off was 80 percentiles while its call cut-off was 100 percentiles.