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IIM Bangalore announces PGP 2017-19 Admission criteria, gives 40% weight to CAT 2016 Scores

Last Updated - September 28, 2016

As most of the IIMs are trying to change their admission policy, IIM Bangalore has also joined the league. For the current CAT 2016 Session, IIM Bangalore has changed its Admission Criteria for PGP course for the academic session of 2017-19.

For the academic session of 2017-19, IIMB has decided to scrap the CAT Scores weightage to just 40%. The Remaining 60% weightage will be based upon several other Factors. This policy will be applicable only for the first stage of shortlisting the candidates seeking admission in the PGP Course offered by IIMB. This policy was adopted on September 17, 2016 by the top most IIM i.e. IIM Bangalore.

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Let’s talk about IIMB’s Other Factors

IIM Bangalore has taken the lead among other IIMs by awarding 60% weightage to other factors. Mentioned below is the detailed information about what all will come under the ‘Other Factors’ category:

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Academic profile: 60% weightage

According to IIM Bangalore admission policy for PGP 2017-19: All the candidates will be shortlisted on the percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams that will be initially adjusted by dividing each score by the 90th percentile score obtained in that board. The candidates are informed that the database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years will be used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

20% weight to class 10 marks

The ones who have scored 90% or above marks and are ranked among the 90 percentiles, they can expect to get a weightage of 20% in addition to the weightage awarded to other parameters.

20% weight to class 12 marks

Your 90% and above marks can take you through the 1st stage shortlist as this percentage can award you another 20% weightage in the first stage shortlist.

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20% weight to Bachelor’s degree

You will be awarded another 20 % by IIM Bangalore if your performance in Bachelor’s Degree is/was outstanding. According to IIMB admission policy ‘For all candidates in the first shortlist, final scores obtained by the candidate are used for the bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the candidate's final score is pending. Thus, for final year bachelor’s degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective disciplines. This gives the adjusted score for the bachelor’s degree for all candidates in the first shortlist.’

8% Weight to Work experience

If your work experience is around 36 months or greater period then you will be awarded the highest weightage of 8% in IIM Bangalore 1st stage shortlist for PGP 2017-19 admission process. We inform you that the work experience will be accounted upto July 2016 as stated by IIM Bangalore admission policy.

The B-school has clarified that the score will peak at 36 months work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre- PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.”

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2% weight to Women candidates

If you are a woman candidate you will be awarded an additional 2% weightage at the 1st stage shortlisting process. This weightage will be confined only for 1st stage shortlisting.

According to IIM Bangalore, Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for phase 2 of the admissions process (final offers of admission).

40% weight to CAT Score

As per the new Admission Policy adopted by IIM Bangalore, only 40% weightage will be given to CAT Score. Mentioned below is the minimum required percentile in CAT 2016 to qualify for 1st stage shortlisting at IIM Bangalore for PI (Personal Interview) round for admission to PGP 2017-19. While other IIMs have maintained same qualifying standard across all the 3 sections, IIM Bangalore has given higher percentage for VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) section to qualify for the 1st stage shortlisting criteria.

The short listing of candidates by IIM Bangalore will be based on candidates peformance in CAT 2016 and other previously discussed factors. The percentile cut-off scores for CAT 2016 are mentioned below. The information about CAT Cutoff are important for candidates’ appearing in the interview. Candidates are required to score a minimum as per the mentioned CAT cutoffs to make it to the next level of Selection Process.

CategoryVARC DILRQuantOverall  percentile
General8580 80 90
NC-OBC757070 80 
SC70656575
ST60606075 
DA60606075

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The reasons for CAT Score getting so less weightage are mentioned below:

  • Firstly, it will have a huge impact over the candidates belonging to non-engineering field. It will become easier for them to make it to the Ace Institute.
  • Also, by introducing this policy it will also enhance the learning atmosphere on the campus. It will be a great learning experience for all the candidates as well as for the campus as a whole.
  • Another reason for this is, as MBA is all about having a broad knowledge of various industries and to have proper awareness of the working environment, hence the students from different educational backgrounds can come together and have a healthy discussion on some topic. This will help all the students to know about other student’s perspective of interpreting things.

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IIM Bangalore and other IIMs shortlisting policy

As you all are now fully aware of the changes that IIM Bangalore has adopted i.e. it will award 60% weight to other parameters and only 40% weight to CAT 2016 scores in the first stage shortlisting process for final admission round to PGP 2017-19 batch. The other IIMs have also adopted various admission policies. Mentioned below are the changes that other IIMs have opted for:

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IIM Ahmedabad recently adopted the policy by the name of ‘Academic Diversity’ that will prove to be a boon for the candidates coming from non-engineering background. Also, it will give 70% weightage to CAT 2016 scores and 30% score to academic profile for 1st stage shortlisting.

IIM Calcutta has announced to award 56% weight to CAT 2016 scores; 40% to academics upto class 12 and 4% to gender diversity in the 1st stage shortlisting criteria for admission to PGP 2017-19.

IIM Lucknow will award 60% weight to CAT 2016 scores; 20% and 5% weight to academic excellence and academic diversity respectively; 10% weight to work experience and 5% to gender diversity.

All the IIMs are trying to enhance their quality of education as well as the status and atmosphere of their campus. Therefore, the IIMs are introducing some changes in their Admission Policies with time to see how they can improve themselves as an education system.

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