IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2020-2022

IIM Bangalore has an internally developed admission procedure to identify promising candidates for PGP. IIM Bangalore adopts a two-phase selection process. The first phase applies to eligible candidates that appear for CAT 2019 to find out candidates to be called for Personal Interview. Candidates who are shortlisted for the PI round will have to appear for Writing Ability Test (WAT), which IIMB provides. In phase 2, the performance of each candidate in WAT will be scored based on style and content. Also, the interviewer will comprehensively use Personal Interviews to evaluate the candidate’s ability.

PHASE 1

The first list of shortlisted candidates is prepared who has secured a pre-determined minimum score on all sections in CAT 2019. The following table shows the percentile cut-off scores for admission as applied to CAT 2019.

Minimum Percentile Requirement for the 1st Shortlist (Table 1)

CATEGORY

Section 1 VARC

Section 2 DILR

Section 3 

QA

Aggregate

General

80

75

75

85

NC-OBC

70

65

65

75

EWS

70

65

65

75

SC

65

60

60

70

ST

55

55

55

65

PWD

50

50

50

60

*These are cut-offs used for preparing the first short-list.

  1. For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in the above Table, the candidate's percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained in that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants for the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

  2. For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in the above table, an adjusted score is calculated for each of the candidates based on the final scores obtained by the candidate in his/her bachelors’ degree and/or professional degrees, as the case may be. Incomplete or intermediate graduate scores are considered only if the candidate's final score is pending. Thus, for final year bachelor’s degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of the final graduation score.

  3. Candidates shortlisted in the first shortlist with professional degrees like Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary Certifications are eligible for weightage under the professional course category.

  4. For candidates shortlisted based on the score in the above table, the core of work experience is calculated as:

Pre PI Score for Work Experience

= 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36

= 8 if x >= 36

Where x is months of work experience up to July 2018.

For all candidates, the weights for parameters are fixed as:

(Table 2)

Parameters

Weightage

CAT

40

X

20

XII

10

Bachelors

20

Gender Diversity

2

Work Experience

8

*The points for CAT are derived from performance in each section: VARC – 14, DILR – 16, and QA – 10.

Gender Diversity is a pre-PI score for an interview call. It will not be applicable for final offers to admission.

  1. For all candidates in the first shortlist, the top 10 candidates in each of the following: total score in CAT, adjusted Bachelors’ score (commerce, arts, and science disciplines), and Professional (CA / ICWA / CS), from the first, shortlist, as created using the criteria in the first table automatically qualify for PI. These candidates are given a chance to appear for PI due to their exceptional performance in these categories. However, at the end of Phase 2, all such candidates must qualify merit selection based on the composite aggregate score, like any other candidate.

  2. For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in Table (1), normalization or standardization in any component stated above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardization is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its subdivisions; Standardized score, truncated between 0 and weight (wt) is computed from the raw score (val) as:

Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean) / sd) * wt / 6}]

  1. For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in Table (1), the weighted total of the six components namely (a) work experience or professional course, (b) CAT, (c) 10th board, (d) 12th board, (e) bachelors, (f) gender diversity as stated above is calculated for calling candidates for the PI. Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable the selection of high calibre, high potential candidates to the programme. This selection will be based on the PI evaluation components namely (a) WAT, (b) a personal interview, and (c) assessment of the quality of work experience (if any) in addition to the Pre-PI score.

PHASE 2
  1. The performance of each candidate shall be calculated based on the Written Ability Test (WAT), which will be scored based on the style of the note and content. In Personal Interviews, interviewers will test candidates based on their motivation and ability to fit into and benefit from PGP.

  2. The interviewing panel will evaluate assessment for the relevance of work experience to the program by multiplying the work experience score with the quality of experience score. The quality experience score will be evaluated on a 5-point scale.

  3. The WAT score (weight = 10), and the personal interview score (weight = 30), after standardization across interview panels and sessions, will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score. CAT (weight = 25), 10th board (weight = 10), 12th board (weight = 5), Bachelors (weight = 10), Weighted Work Experience (weight = 10). The final offers of admission to candidates selected from each category will be made strictly based on the final aggregate score.

IIMB emphasizes )a high and consistent performance of candidates in past academics and all other parameters.

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