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IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - September 05, 2017

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2018 has been released for CAT qualifiers who wish to pursue PGDM and PGDHRM program in 2018-20 batch. The selection process will be realized considering the performance of admission seeker in GD/PI and WAT. 

  • The overall CAT cut off requirement for a general category student is 90 percentile.
  • Apart from GD/PI and WAT, overall profile of the candidate will form major factor for selection.
  • The institute will look into several other factors such as past academic record, work experience and performance in Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) apart from CAT scores.
  • Note that IIM Ranchi, out of all the IIMs, provides admissions to PGDHRM program.
  • The Shortlist criteria for this course will give weighatge to these factors- CAT Score, Bachelor’s Degree and Work Experience. 

Initial Shortlisting for WAT/PI Process

IIM Ranchi will shortlist candidates who will be eligible for WAT/PI process for admission to PGDM/PGDHRM program. The list will be prepared on the basis of CAT performance entirely and will be announced by the Institute around mid- January 2018.

The overall CAT cut off percentile as well as sectional cut off scores for admission to IIM Ranchi for 2018 is given below:

CategoryQuantitative Aptitude (Section 1)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
(Section 2)
Verbal & Reading ComprehensionTotal (Overall)

Every aspirant deemed eligible as per the above table may or may not find a place in the shortlist. The cut off percentile scores are just indicative and actual CAT percentile cut off is expected to be close to the cut off for the previous years.

A combined shortlist will be prepared in which the names of all selected students of 9 new IIMs will be enlisted for further processing. Separate lists will be prepared for different categories and ranks will be assigned to aspirants as per merit.

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria: WAT/PI Rounds

The first stage includes PI and WAT process, one of the most crucial steps towards securing admission in the desired institute. PI and WAT will be conducted on the same day at 5 different centers- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai.

  • It will be organized by one of the 9 new IIMs and the dates for the same will be announced on the official website of the institutes.
  • Aspirants will have to write an essay on the topic given by the organizing institute within a duration of about 30 minutes. Check HerePreparation Tips for GD/PI and WAT
  • Topics provided will assess the creative thinking ability and socio-political awareness of the individual.
  • Students may also be given the topics to write about economic and business affairs or sports for WAT.
  • In the PI round, candidates will be interviewed by a panel of judges to evaluate their academic profile, quality of work and personal characteristics.

IIM Ranchi Final Admissions 2018-2020

Admission offers will be announced on the basis of a merit list after the PI and WAT process have been conducted. The Consolidated Merit List (CML) will consider scores obtained in both stages along with an applicant’s educational background.

It will be compiled on the basis of the following components with their corresponding weightage:  

ComponentWeightage (in %)
CAT Score30%
PI Score30%
WAT Score10%

CAT Selection Process as indicated in the above table are stated below:

CAT Percentile

The CAT score of students who are eligible for PI and WAT process will be assigned a weightage of 30%.

PI & WAT Score

The scores of eligible candidates of the 9 new IIMs for PI & WAT process will be directly collected from IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode. The rest of the aspirants will have to appear for the common personal interview and written ability test of the new IIMs only.


This includes evaluation of the past academic records, work experience and diversity factor (both academic and gender). It will be given 30 points further divided into 4 elements. For this, students will have to fill an online profile form and bring a verification of the same at the time of personal interview.

The methodology used for profile scoring by IIM Ranchi is given below-

ProfileOut of 30 Marks
Academic Profile15
Work Experience5
Academic Diversity5
Gender Diversity5

The elements of profile scoring are given the aforementioned weightage on the following basis:

  • Academic Profile (15 Marks)- Candidates should secure a minimum of 65% so as to obtain points in this element. The entire educational background of aspirants- from school to graduation will be examined.

The evaluation of the academic background and records of an individual will be done as given below:

As Per CAT%85% and above80–85%75-80%70-75%70-65%Less than 65%
  • Work experience (5 Marks)- The organizing body will also take into account an applicant’s quality of work and experience. They must have worked for a minimum period of 11 months to secure any points in this feature.

The marks allotted for this element in accordance with the duration of work is given below:

Duration of Work ExperienceMaximum Marks
Less than 11 months0
12 to 17 months2
18 to 23 months4
24 to 29 months5
30 to 35 months3
Greater than or equal to 36 months2
  • Diversity Factor- It is of 2 types namely, Gender and Academic diversity. Academic diversity factor ensures diversity in academic streams and marks are allotted only if aspirants do not have an engineering degree.
Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree levelMarks
If bachelor’s degree is in a non-Engineering field5

Gender diversity factor is used only for preparing the pre- PI rank list to make sure that there is a proper proportion of male and female individuals. This is done by awarding female applicants a certain percentage of marks. For admission to IIM Ranchi, gender diversity factor carries 5 marks.



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