IIM Calcutta - IIM Admission criteria/ Selection Process (Masters of Business Administration)

Several thousand prepare for Common Admission Test (CAT) to seek admission in the top IIMs. IIM Calcutta is one of the premier academic institutions imparting management education. Students keen to study at IIM Calcutta should know the admission process followed by the institution. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta follows a three-step process for the final selection of the candidates for the two-year full-time residential MBA course for the batch 2021-23 batch.
Selection Criteria and final selection for the MBA Programme (2021-23 Batch):-
Candidates will be short-listed based on CAT 2020 score and past academic performance.To pursue MBA at IIM Calcutta, a candidate has to go through a three-stage selection process. The following article will shed light on key features of IIM Calcutta’s Selection Process .
Stage 1 : Minimum CAT percentile cut-offs to be considered for PI and WAT process
There are three sections in the CATexam namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability Reasoning Comprehension (VARC). CAT aspirants preparing for management entrance (CAT 2020) have to clear the following
  • Minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks.
  • Overall percentile rank and a positive raw score in all three sections are necessary.
SDA
Important Points-Minimum Cut-offs of CAT 2020 Percentile Ranks from IIM (Calcutta) Official Website: Table -1
CATEGORY
Section- 1
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Section- II
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Section -III Verbal Ability (VA)
Total Percentile
Open
≥ 75
≥ 80
≥ 80
≥ 85
NC- OBC
≥ 65
≥ 65
≥ 70
≥ 75
EWS
≥ 65
≥ 65
≥ 70
≥ 75
SC
≥ 60
≥ 60
≥ 65
≥ 70
ST
≥ 55
≥ 55
≥ 55
≥ 65
PwD
≥ 55
≥ 55
≥ 55
≥ 65
(Key: EWS- Economically Weaker Sections, SC- Scheduled Castes, ST- Scheduled Tribes, NC-OBC Non-creamy Other Backward Castes, PwD- Persons with disabilities)
Those candidates who have secured the minimum percentile in CAT 2020 in respective category will be considered for calculation of their composite score in Stage II.
Stage 2 : Short-listing for Personal Interview and Written Ability Test Process:
Students can refer to the table below as the Composite Score is calculated by computing the percentage of marks as mentioned below.
Points for Class 10th   & Class 12th - Table 2
Class 10th Marks   (in %)
Points
Class 12 th Marks(in %)
Points
≥ 80
10
≥ 80
15
≥ 75 and < 80
8
≥ 75 and < 80
12
≥ 70 and < 75
6
≥ 70 and < 75
9
≥ 65 and <70
4
≥ 65 and <70
6
≥ 60 and < 65
2
≥ 60 and < 65
3
< 60
0
< 60
0
Method Followed for Computing of Percentages in Class 10th and 12th :
Student’s aggregate marks in all subjects that appear in the mark sheet would be considered for computing/ calculation of percentage of marks for class 10th and class 12th.
Table -3 Points for Bachelor’s Degree Marks:-
Bachelor’s Degree Marks (in %)
Points
≥ 60
15.00
≥55 and < 60
10.00
≥ 50 and <55
05.00
< 50
02.50
To know more about how the computation of percentages is done at Bachelor’s level, kindly go through the official website of IIM Calcutta.
The following table gives us information about allocation of weights to different components and methods for deriving composite scores for each category:
Table 4: Components and corresponding weights for deriving composite scores
Components
Weights
Method of Calculation
CAT 2020 Score
56
(A/B) × 56
Class 10 marks
10
As per Table 2 above
Class 12 marks
15
As per Table 2 above
Bachelor’s Degree marks
15
As per Table 3 above
Gender Diversity Factor
4
4 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity
Total
100
A= Candidate’s total CAT 2020 score
B= Maximum CAT 2020 Score
Note : Once the composite scores are calculated, composite cut-off are decided in each category for short-listing the candidate in Stage -II selection process.
Stage III: Criteria for Final Selection for the MBA programme (Key Details )
A candidate’s composite score for final selection is based as per the criterion mentioned in Table 5. Students can refer to the corresponding weights mentioned against each parameter as given in table 5 and then category wise merit list is prepared.
Components Assessed
Weights
CAT 2020 Score
30
Personal Interview (PI)
48
Written Ability Test (WAT)*
10
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non-Engineering degree
04
Work Experience
08
Total
100
*Because of the health hazards due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and following government advisories, the Institute has decided not to consider the weightage given for WAT for the final selection of MBA 2021-23 batch. This is to maintain the fairness and consistency of the admissions process for all candidates appeared for interview in-person or through online platform.
Important Details Regarding Points allocated for Work Experience:-
Candidates with work experience will be awarded a maximum of 8 points after considering length of service as completed on January 31,2020. Students should note that work experience after graduation will be taken into consideration and not training/ project work etc.
Work Experience (Months)
Points
< 12
0
12 to 18
2
19 to 24
4
25 to 30
6
31 to 36
8
37 to 42
6
 43 to 48
4
>48
2
It is important to understand that the final selection list will be purely based on merit in each category. Also, students should note that if they have cleared the minimum eligibility in the above stages would not automatically qualify them for admission into IIM Calcutta.
For detailed information, students should visit the official website of IIM Calcutta.
https://www.iimcal.ac.in/about
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