IIM RTI Response: IIMs, India’s foremost school for management studies, will have high CAT percentiles every year is no surprise. But what’s unexpected is that candidates scoring 89.22 percentile in general category has also been accepted by the institute!

IIM Ahmedabad’s RTI response, along with few others, breaks the myth of high percentiles in the top B-Schools. While many of the selected candidates probably have high scores, there are a few candidates who have made the cut despite scoring low in the CAT exam.

After the announcement of CAT, each IIM releases their detailed admission process stating the shortlist cutoff and the selection procedure. The IIM admission criteria also mentions the CAT cutoff percentile. While this gives a clear indication to CAT aspirants on whether to expect a call from one of the 20 IIMs or not, but the actual picture is quite different from what it appears to be.

RTI IIM CAT Cutoff

IIM RTI Queries and Responses

IIM Ahmedabad

1. Parameters considered and weightages assigned for shortlisting candidates for WAT-PI rounds?

IIM A Released shortlist on the basis of:

  • Preliminary Screening- Securing Minimum CAT Percentile and Application rating score (weightage based on marks obtained in Class X, XII and Bachelors degree).
  • Composite Score= 0.3( Normalised AR score)+0.7(Normalised Overall CAT score).

2. Lowest CAT percentile of students seeking admission in PGP 2018-20 called for Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal interview across all categories (General, SC, ST, OBC and other categories too).

Category CAT Cutoffs
General 89.22
OBC 81.48
SC 70.78
ST 70.01
DA 79.94

3. Average Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Average Domestic Salary: Rs. 24,44,783 per annum.
  • Average International Salary: USD 73013 per annum.

4. Unplaced Students of PGP 2016-18.

  • NIL. IIM A assures 100% Placements.

5. Highest Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Highest Domestic Salary: Rs. 72,00,000 per annum.
  • Highest International Salary: USD 99172 per annum.

6. Lowest Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Lowest Domestic Salary: Rs. 13,69,940 per annum.
  • Lowest International Salary: USD 38274 per annum.

Check out CAT 2018 Cutoffs here.

IIM Bangalore

1. Parameters considered and weightages assigned for shortlisting candidates for WAT-PI rounds?

IIM B Released shortlist on the basis of:

  • Preliminary Screening- Securing Minimum CAT Percentile and Application rating score (weightage based on marks obtained in Class X, XII and Bachelors degree).
  • CAT (Weight=40).
  • X Board (Weight=20).
  • XII Board (Weight=10).
  • Bachelors degree (Weight=20).
  • Gender Diversity (Weight=2).

2. Lowest CAT percentile of students seeking admission in PGP 2018-20 called for Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal interview across all categories (General, SC, ST, OBC and other categories too).

Category CAT Cutoff
General 91.99
OBC 83.94
SC 79.29
ST 73.19
DA 69.75

3. Average Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Average Domestic Salary: Rs. 22.76 Lakhs per annum.
  • Average International Salary: Rs. 58.20 Lakhs per annum.

4. Unplaced Students of PGP 2016-18.

  • NIL. IIM Bangalore assures 100% Placements.

5. Highest Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Highest Domestic Salary: Rs. 60 Lakhs per annum.
  • Highest International Salary: Rs. 62 Lakhs per annum.

6. Lowest Salary Offered for the PGP Batch 2016-18.

  • Lowest Domestic Salary: Rs. 7.50 Lakhs per annum.
  • Lowest International Salary: Rs. 44 Lakhs per annum.

IIM RTI Response: Minimum CAT score accepted for final selection

 Category GEN OBC SC ST PWD
B-School Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
IIM Ahmedabad 89.22 81.48 70.78 70.01 79.74
IIM Bangalore 91.99 83.94 79.29 73.19 69.75
IIM Indore 92.91 90.18 80.67 80.59 61.38 65.56 51.7 53.15 51.75 71.69
IIM Kozhikode 95.57 81.54 68.46 55.23 63.38
IIM Ranchi 96 96.02 78.44 78.02 64.46 64.75 45.08 42.6 57.85 47.57
IIM Tiruchirappalli 96.02 96.86 78.97 78.23 65.81 67.06 45.45 44.7 44.7 79.92
IIM Udaipur 96.13 78 61.93 46.77 63.56
IIM Amritsar 94.91 75.34 55.42 37.53 37.39

It becomes evident that securing more than 95 percentile does not guarantee a seat in any of the IIMs. With a good profile, knowledge and right attitude even an 89 CAT percentile can secure admission in the IIMs.

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