Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode adopts a two-step selection process for admissions which includes shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their CAT score (overall and sectional), 10th and 12th marks and Personal Interview and Written Ability Test for all the shortlisted candidates. The institute gives different weightage to all the sections before finalising the admission.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Step 1 Shortlist

Candidates who fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria will be eligible for the first step of the selection process. This criterion is applied to all the candidates who have opted for IIM Kozhikode at the time of registration.

Category CAT (Overall Percentile) CAT (Sectional Percentile) 10th Class Percentile 12th Class Percentile
General 90 80 60 60
NC - OBC 80 70 60 60
SC 65 50 55 55
ST/PwD 55 40 55 55

Candidates with the above-mentioned criteria need to register online for admissions to IIMK. Only successfully registered candidates will be considered for the next stages of the selection process.

Shortlisting for Personal Interview, Writing Ability Test

This step is to shortlist the candidates who have fulfilled the minimum eligibility criteria. A shortlist of candidates in each category is created based on an Aggregate Index Score (AIS). The AIS is computed based on the performance in CAT, Class 12th, Bachelor’s degree marks and work experience.

Component Maximum Weight
CAT Index Score (overall and sectional) 75%
Class XII Percentage 20%
Academic Diversity Factor 5%
Total 100%

CAT Index Score - CAT score is an important component in the admission process of IIMK. Scaled Scores from the three sections (with equal weightages) of CAT will go into the computation of the CAT Index Score. This component will carry the maximum weightage of 75%.

HSC / Class 12th / Equivalent Diploma Score - The percentage of marks obtained in HSC or Class XII or Equivalent Diploma would be calculated based on the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks sheet or grade sheet, irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage. The percentage scores are first adjusted by dividing each score by the highest percentage score obtained in the stream of that board and then that adjusted score is multiplied by 20. The database of percentage scores of all CAT applicants for the past three years including the current year is used for identifying the highest percentage score of a stream in a board.

Academic Diversity Score - To ensure academic diversity, five per cent marks will be awarded to a candidate with any bachelor’s degree other than engineering or technology (B.Tech/BE).

Final Selection Criteria

In the final step, the shortlisted candidates will have to appear for a Writing Ability Test followed by a Personal Interview (PI). Candidates will be writing a short essay followed by a personal interview. The topic will be announced at the venue just before the WAT. The panel will evaluate the academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits of each candidate during the personal interview.

After the conclusion of WAT and PI, the final scores will be computed based on the performance in CAT, PI, WAT, and quality of professional work experience.

Component Maximum Weight
CAT Index Score 40%
PI 30%
Essay 20%
Resume 10%