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Located in India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is one among the top IIMs of the country, established in the year 1973.
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The Indian Institutes of Management or IIMs offer the best management courses in the country, the selection of which is based on the score on Common Admission Test (CAT), along with written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI). To pursue a management program in any one of the IIMs, the essential factor to consider is the IIM Cutoff. It is on the basis of this IIM CAT cut off, the IIMs shortlist the eligible candidates for admissions.
A cutoff is the minimum score or percentile which a candidate must get to be shortlisted by a college or an institute for the next phases of the selection process.
CAT or the Common Admission Test is the entrance test that candidates have to appear for admissions to all the 19 IIMs spread all across the country. Each of the IIM has its own separate cut off to admit the best candidates from the thousands of aspirants who apply every year.
After the CAT results are announced, the exam conducting authority announces CAT Cut off. On the basis of this, each IIMs generate their shortlisting criteria or cut off and invite students for further selection and admission process. Usually, the Cut-off under different category for all the IIMs remains more or less similar, though there can be a slight variation section wise.
Besides IIMs, there are few other prestigious institutes which take admission on the basis of CAT scores. However, all the IIMs have a high range of CAT cutoffs, usually 90+ percentile. Beside CAT Cut Off, there are other parameters for shortlisting candidates. Other parameters include Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.
However, in recent years, GD is being replaced by Written Ability Test (WAT). Each parameter has its individual weightage on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weightage vary with each of the IIMs. Candidates are shortlisted based on their CAT scores vis-a-vis IIM Cutoff and are called for WAT and PI.
Considering the fact that IIM Bangalore is one of the premium business schools in the country and the number of applicants is almost as same as the number of CAT takers, the cut off remains on the higher side. Over the past few years, the overall cut off for General category students has remained constant at 90 percentile. However, there are changes in category wise and sectional cutoffs. Let us check the IIMB CAT cut-offs for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the tables below:
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IIM Bangalore follows a two-phase selection process.
Phase 1: In the first phase, only those candidates are shortlisted who have secured minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT. Candidates securing a positive (greater than 0) raw score in all sections of the CAT will only be considered. Candidates must secure more than the IIMB cut off.
Phase 2: The second phase is Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds. Only successful candidates from phase 1 will be called for the second phase of selection. Selection criteria will also include past academic records, work experience, gender diversity and other personality test.
Each interviewer in the interview round will give his/her individual scores and the average of the scores will be considered, while for the WAT, the scores given by an independent evaluator will be considered. It is to be noted that the selection process, parameters and weights used are same for all categories of applicants. All candidates also need to submit three confidential reference letters from their faculty or employers and this will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the PI round.
The final selection criteria in IIM Bangalore includes the following components:
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