IIM Shortlist 2021: Check Dates, Cut Offs, Shortlist and Admission Status of all IIMs

The IIM admission criteria and selection process 2021-2023 includes CAT score, performance in WAT-PI, overall academic record, work experience, academic and gender diversity.

The first step towards getting into the IIMs is taking the CAT exam. The CAT 2020 result was announced on January 2, 2021. The IIM admission process for the 2021-2023 MBA/PGP batch will begin soon with shortlisting of candidates for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD),and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.

Every year, over two lakh MBA aspirants take the CAT for admission to a total of about 5,000 MBA seats across the 20 campuses of the IIMs.  In 2020, about 2.30 lakh candidates applied for the exam and 1.90 lakh candidates appeared for it. In CAT 2019, the total number of applications received was 2.44 lakh while over 2.09 lakh candidates took the exam.

The IIM admission criteria and selection process not only includes choosing candidates based on their CAT percentile but also on the basis of WAT/GD and PI performance, academic history, academic diversity, gender diversity and work experience. Due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, many IIMs scrapped WAT and GD, and conducted PI via video calls for admission to the 2020 MBA batch. For the 2021 batch, IIMs are expected to conduct the admission process like earlier, i.e. in person WAT/GD and PI.

The admission criteria and selection process of each IIM are announced beforehand for the candidates to know the shortlist cut-off, selection criteria, Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI) process, and calculation of CAT scores/percentiles.

Once the CAT result is declared, the 20 IIM campuses screen the test takers on the basis of their respective CAT scores and academic record (performance in Class 10, Class 12, and graduation). CAT cut-off percentiles are fixed for each IIM, section-wise, and category-wise. Cut off percentiles and weight allotted to CAT (and other parameters) to get shortlisted for the WAT/GD-PI round varies for each IIM.

Stages of IIM Admission and Selection Process

IIM admission process is divided into three stages. Given below is an overview of the three stages of IIM admission:

Stage 1: Shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score

Once the CAT result is announced, the candidates are invited to apply for WAT/GD-PI round by each IIM through an official notification on its official website. Candidates who meet the shortlist cut-off have to log in through their CAT IDs to submit their name and CAT score.

Stage 2: Screening of candidates for WAT/GD-PI

In the second stage, the candidates who applied for WAT/GD-PI are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score and academic record after which interview letters are sent to selected candidates.

Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score and Final Selection

In the third stage, the composite score of each candidate is calculated on the basis of various parameters to finalize his/her selection. The final selection process of IIM admission includes assessing a candidate on certain parameters and calculating his/her composite score. Given below is the list of eight main parameters and their definitions:

IIM Eligibility Criteria

IIM eligibility criteria are the same as CAT eligibility criteria, i.e. minimum 50 percent aggregate marks in graduation. Those who are eligible to appear in CAT are also eligible for admission to the IIMs. However, they have to meet a few other requirements for selection. Take a look at the IIM eligibility criteria below:

  • The basic IIM eligibility criteria are graduation with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA (45 percent for SC, ST, and PWD/DA category)
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam or awaiting their results are also eligible to apply
  • To be eligible for an IIM interview call, the candidates must meet the IIM shortlist/qualifying cut off
  • To expect interview call and participate in WAT/GD-PI, the candidates must meet the minimum IIM call cut off

Candidates who make it to the final selection list are intimated through email. The most important aspect of IIM admission criteria is “confirmation of admission”. Selected candidates are required 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). In case any candidate fails to submit the offer acceptance form and pays the fees within the given time duration, his/her seat will be offered to the next best candidate.

IIMs also have a provision to defer admission. Under this provision, candidates who wish to earn some work experience before pursuing the PGP course are allowed to postpone their admission for up to a maximum of two years. This system was introduced in 2015 and around 10 percent of seats are kept aside for such candidates.

IIM Admission Process: Important Points to Remember
  • Candidates selected for the second phase of the admission process, i.e. WAT/GD-PI will be informed by the institute through email post the declaration of CAT result.
  • The shortlisting is done through an online process wherein the candidates have to apply for the interview call. If selected, the institutes will reach out to them through email.
  • The candidates are required to participate in the WAT/GD-PI to be eligible for the final phase of admission, i.e. calculation of the composite score for final selection.