Common Admission Test (CAT) along with Personal Interview (PI) is given the maximum weightage. IIM Bangalore selects students for admissions through a two-step process which includes performance in CAT and Writing Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). Students who qualify CAT with the scores prescribed by the institute move to the next round of the selection process where they are judged on their writing and personal interaction skills.

Step 1

The first step is to score the required overall as well as sectional percentile in CAT. You need to score a minimum percentile as declared by the institute to get short-listed for the next round of the admission process.

Category Sections Aggregate
VARC DILR QA
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 70
PWD 50 50 50 60

All the shortlisted candidates’ percentage scores in the 10th and 12th exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained on that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

Final scores obtained by all the shortlisted candidates are used for the Bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the candidates’ final score is pending. Thus, for final year Bachelor’s degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective disciplines. This gives the adjusted score for the Bachelor’s degree for all candidates in the first shortlist.

Candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardised for all candidates in the first shortlist.

The score for work experience is calculated as: 

Pre-Personal Interview (Pre-PI) score for Work Experience = 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36 and = 8 if x >= 36 where x is the months of work experience. This means that the score is at peak at 36 months of work experience and remains at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months.

The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre-PI stage) is multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 - 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Step 2 to arrive at a weighted work experience score.

The maximum of the work experience score and the score of the professional course is considered for selection under a common parameter of work experience – since both provide professional work experience relevant to a Management programme.

Parameters Weightage
CAT Score 40
10th Board Marks 20
12th Board Marks 10
Bachelor’s Degree Marks 20
Gender Diversity 2
Work Experience 8

The CAT score (40 points) is derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 16 points, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 14 points and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 10 points.

Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for Step 2 of the admissions process.

For all the shortlisted candidates, the weighted total of the six components:

  1. Work experience or professional course
  2. CAT
  3. 10th board
  4. 12th board
  5. Bachelor's Degree
  6. Gender diversity

Sufficient candidates are invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components:

  1. (a) WAT
  2. (b) Personal interview
  3. (c) Review of work experience (if any)

Step 2

The performance of each candidate on the Written Ability Test (WAT) is scored in terms of content and style. Each interviewer will use the Personal Interview to comprehensively evaluate the candidate's motivation and ability to fit in and benefit from the PGP program.

All candidates are required to provide three confidential reference letters from their employers or faculty and this is also be used in the personal interview evaluation. For Personal Interview, the average of the scores given by the interviewers is considered, while for the WAT, the scores given by an independent evaluator is considered. 

The work experience score is multiplied by the quality of experience score, as evaluated by the interviewing panel as an assessment of the relevance of the work experience to the program. The quality of work experience score is on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 - 1 - 1.5 - 2) by each member of the panel during the interviews.

The average quality of work experience score is multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly, the work or professional experience component score used in Step 1 is revised to arrive at a weighted work experience score.

The scores in all past academics is also updated, if required, on the basis of actual mark sheets submitted. 

Final Selection Criteria

Parameters Weightage
PI 30
CAT Score 25
WAT 10
Bachelor’s Degree 10
Work Experience 10
10th Marks 10
12th Marks 5