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IIM Sambalpur Selection Process for 2018-20

Last Updated - August 24, 2017

IIM Sambalpur has 2-stage selection criteria for admission to Post-graduate programme in management (PGP).IIM Sambalpur is one of the six new IIMs established in 2015. The shortlisting of candidates is done under the mentorship of IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak.

IIM Sambalpur has 60 seats for PGP program. IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria is based on following factors:

  • 10th Standard/ SSC Score
  • 2th Standard/ HSC Score
  • Bachelor Degree Score
  • CAT 2017 Score (WAT Score)
  • PI Score (Personal Interview Score)

On the basis of these factors, a Final Composite Score is calculated. On basis of previous year’s selection process, the selection process for PGP 2018-20 program of IIM Sambalpur is mentioned below-

STAGE 1: Shortlisting Criterion on the basis of CAT Score

The marks scored in CAT exam are used for selecting eligible students for IIM Sambalpur Selection Process. Therefore,CAT 2017 Score is the single criterion used to create first short-list.

  • No change has been observed in CAT Cut off for general candidates.
  • But CAT cutoff for NC-OBC category has decreased from 80 percentile to 65 percentile
  • Cut off has reduced from 60 percentile to 50 percentile for SC candidates.
  • For ST/PWD/DA candidates, CAT 2017 cut off has gone down from 50 percentile to 30 percentile.

The shortlisting of candidates is done by IIM Rohtak and IIM Indore and IIM Sambalpur. Following is the category wise and section wise cutoffs of CAT 2017 on which admissions are made this year. 

CategoryQuantitative AptitudeData Interpretation & Logical ReasoningVerbal & Reading ComprehensionOverall Percentile
OBC (Non-Creamy)65656565

STAGE 2: Final Selection Criterion

Students who have applied to IIM Sambalpur at the time of CAT 2017 registration and meet the cut-offs shown in the table above, will receive an email from IIM Sambalpur. These candidates will be provided with a link to a page where they must express and reconfirm their desire to pursue their candidature further for the admission to PGP in management at “IIM Sambalpur” by a specific date.

After meeting the CAT Cut Off, the next stage in IIM Sambalpur Selection process is a criterion for final selection. In this stage following factors will be considered:

  • CAT Test Performance Score
  • Past Academic Performance (PAP) Score
  • Work Experience (WE) Score

1. Calculating CAT Test Performance Score:

Following calculation is done on the basis of applicants’ CAT 2017 performance (percentile obtained in sections 1&2, where section 1 was QA & DI and section 2 was VA & LR).

Performance in the two sections of CAT 2017 will comprise 55% of the final score of the candidate. This 55% consists of 30% for VAP and 25% for QAP


VAP = VA percentile of the applicant/ Maximum VA percentile

QAP = QA percentile of the applicant/ Maximum QA percentile

2. Calculation of Past Academic Performance (PAP) Score:

Applicants’ academic performance (marks obtained) in 10th Standard Examination, 12th Standard Examination, and Bachelor’s Degree Examination is considered in PAP Score.

  • For 10th and 12th Standards: The eligible students will be assigned rating scores ‘A’ and ‘B’ based on their percentage of marks obtained in 10th and 12th standard examinations respectively.
  • For Bachelor’s Degree: The eligible students will be assigned a rating score ‘C’ based on the percentage of marks received in the Bachelor’s degree.

Following table shows the calculation of these three scores i.e. A, B & C

The final Past Academic Performance (PAP) Score will be calculated using the following formula:

PAP = (0.30 * A + 0.35 * B + 0.35 * C)/10

3. Calculation of Work Experience Score:

Work Experience Score will be calculated or assigned on the basis of a number of months of work experience.

WE = 0 for w <= 6

WE = 0 for w > 48

WE = w/24 for 6 < w <= 24

WE = 1 – ((w-24)/24) for 24 < w <= 48

Where ‘w’ is the number of completed months of work experience.

The selection at final stage will be based on the ranks computed for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD) on the basis of their Final Scores (FS).

4. Calculation of Final Composite Score:

The Final Score of the student, who meets the CAT-2017 cut-offs, will be calculated using the following rule:

FS = 0.55 * (CAT 2017 TP score) + 0.30 * (PAP Score) + 0.15 * (WE Score)

Where, FS = Final Selection

TP = Test Performance

PAP = Past Academic Performance

WE = Work Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much amount is to be paid at the time of confirming the admission? Is that amount refundable after the cancellation of admission?

A. The total amount to be paid at the time of confirming the admission is about INR 1,00,000. This amount will be balanced against payment of tuition fee in future.  If someone, in any case, cancels his admission in the institute, only INR 1000 will be retained as per the guidelines of GOI. 

Q. If someone confirms his interest in IIM Sambalpur, does it affect his position in other IIMs?

A. The admission offer in each IIM is independent of others. So if someone is accepting or rejecting an offer from IIM Sambalpur, it would not affect his position in other IIMs.

Q. When will the first batch of IIM Sambalpur start?

A. The first PGP batch of IIM Sambalpur will be started from September 23, 2017. The classes will be held on the temporary campus for now, which is located on the campus of Silicon Institute of Technology, Sambalpur. IIM Indore will mentor all activities at IIM Sambalpur till it moves to its permanent campus or is able to handle these activities on its own. Faculty members from IIMI will be delivering courses at IIM Sambalpur.



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