The admission process is conducted in two steps, shortlisting of the candidates for the selection rounds (WAT and PI) and the final merit list announcement. IIM Indore shortlists candidates on the basis of CAT performance, past academic records and Gender Diversity factors.

CAT Cutoff

Category Quantitative Ability Percentile Rank (QA) Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning Percentile Rank (DI & LR) Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (VRC) Total (Overall)
General 80 80 80 90
OBC (NC) 70 70 70 80
SC 55 55 55 60
ST 45 45 45 50
PWD 45 45 45 50

Candidates fulfilling the CAT cutoff will be eligible for the next round of selection process.

Shortlist Criteria

Components Score
10th Standard/SSC Scores 36 * [Z candidate – Z min/Z max – Z min]
12th Standard/HSC Scores 40 * [Z candidate – Z min/Z max – Z min]
CAT 2017 Overall Score 20* [Candidate’s CAT Overall Score / Highest CAT Overall Score]
Gender Diversity Factor (GDF) 4 for Female Applicants 0 for others
Composite Score Sum of the Above Scores (Max 100)

Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The selection rounds are held in nine cities, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. 

Final Selection Criteria

Components Score
10th Standard/SSC Scores 10* [Z candidate – Z min/Z max – Z min]
12th Standard/HSC Scores 10 * [Z candidate – Z min/Z max – Z min]
CAT 2018 Overall Scores 20* [Candidate’s CAT Overall Score / Highest CAT Overall Score]
WAT Score 20* [Candidate’s CAT Overall Score / Highest CAT Overall Score]
PI Score 40* [Candidate’s CAT Overall Score / Highest CAT Overall Score]
Composite Score Sum of the above Scores (Max 100)

Personal Interview round is given maximum weightage of 40, followed by CAT and WAT scores. Past academic records account for 20 percent weightage. Unlike other IIMs, IIM Indore does not consider work experience for shortlisting or selection criteria.