You must have a Bachelor's degree with minimum 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 percent for SC, ST and PwD category candidates). Final year graduation students can also apply. The premier B-School follows two step process for admission to its management programmes. In the first step, the institute shortlists the CAT takers on the basis of their sectional and overall cutoff percentile. IIM Calcutta cutoff varies from category to category. Along with CAT cutoff, IIM Calcutta also considers past academic records (Class X and XII scores), Work Experience, and Gender Diversity factor for the admission process.

Category Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank (PQA) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank (PDILR) Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (PVRC) Overall percentile rank (PT)
General ≥80 ≥80 ≥80 ≥90
NC-OBC ≥75 ≥75 ≥75 ≥85
SC ≥65 ≥65 ≥65 ≥70
ST ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
PWD/DA ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70

Once the candidates are shortlisted on the basis of CAT cutoff as prescribed by the institute, their past academic records are assessed. The shortlisted candidates are called for the selection rounds - Personal Interview and Writing Test. 

Points for Class X and Class XII Marks

Class X Marks (in percent) Points Class XII Marks (in percent) Points
≥80 10 ≥80 10
≥75 and < 80 8 ≥ 75 and < 80 8
≥70 and < 75 6 ≥70 and < 75 6
≥65 and < 70 4 ≥65 and < 70 4
≥60 and < 65 2 ≥60 and < 65 2
< 60 0 < 60 0

For computing the percentage of marks obtained in Class X and Class XII, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet would be considered irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage.

Shortlist Criteria

Components Weights Method of Calculation
CAT Overall Score 28 (A/B) x 28
Class X marks 10 As mentioned in the table above
Class XII marks 10 As mentioned in the table above
Gender Diversity Factor 2 2 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity
Total 50  

A = Candidate’s Total CAT score

B = Maximum CAT Score

The composite cutoff score is used for shortlisting the candidates for the PI stage in each category. Shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.

Final Selection Criteria

For the final selection, IIM Calcutta considers CAT score, performance in WAT-PI rounds, academic diversity in Graduation, and work experience.

Criteria Weights
CAT Score 15
Personal Interview (PI) 24
Written Ability Test (WAT) 5
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB):
Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list X below are eligible for ADFB:
List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering bachelor’s degree not mentioned above.
If (Bachelor’s degree is from the list X)
ADFB=2;
else
ADFB=0
Work Experience 4
Total 50

For the final selection, performance in the Personal Interview round carries maximum weightage, which is 48 percent, followed by CAT score, which is 30 percent.

Work Experience

Maximum weightage for work experience factor is four, based on the full time service tenure. Regarding the work experience factor, only managerial work experience after graduation will be considered. Training or Project work or work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered. 

Points for Work Experience in completed months

Months Points
0 to 6 0
6 to 12 2
13 to 24 3
25 to 36 4
37 to 48 3
>48 2