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CAT Cut Off for IIM Bangalore

Last Updated - August 04, 2017

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.

  • The institute offers full-time postgraduate management program for students and part-time executive management programs for working professionals.
  • Selection of students is done on the basis of CAT scores.
  • Students securing above IIM Bangalore Cut Off are called for written ability test and personal interview.
  • Final selection is based on the overall performance of the students in both the two-phase selection process.
  • The management programs offered by the Institute are as follows:
  1. Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP)
  2. Fellow Program in Management (FPM)
  3. Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM)
  4. One year full-time Executive Postgraduate Program in Management (EPGP)
  5. Post Graduate Program in Enterprise Management (PGPEM)

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IIM Bangalore CAT Cut Off

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.

CAT Cut Off for IIM Bangalore

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:

IIM Bangalore Cut Off 2017

CategoryVARCDI & LRQAAggregate

IIMB Cut Off 2016

CategoryQA & DIVA & LRAggregate

IIM Bangalore Cut Off 2015

CategoryQA & DIVA & LRAggregate


  • 2017: The cutoff for VARC section is higher by 5 points when compared to that of DI & LR and QA. While the overall cutoff for General and NC-OBC category candidates have remained same as in 2016, the cutoff for SC, ST and DA candidates have increased by five points.
  • 2016: The CAT cutoff for QA & DI section was 10 points lesser than that of the VA & LR section. This was deliberately done to ensure academic diversity. Compared to 2015, the VA & LR cutoff increased by five points in 2016. 
  • 2015: The CAT 2015 cutoff for IIMB was almost similar as that of the year 2016. 

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria

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:

  • CAT scores
  • Class 10 result
  • Class 12 result
  • Graduation result
  • Written ability test
  • Personal interview
  • Work Experience
  • Gender Diversity  



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