IIM Bangalore Admission 2018: 40% weight given to CAT Result 2017

Last Updated - February 27 2018

As most of the IIMs are trying to change their admission policy, IIM Bangalore has joined the league too. Going by IIM Banglore Admission Policy for PGP 2018-20, it has decided to give 40% weight to CAT Result, while 60% is given to other selection factors. This policy is eligible only for shortlisting for GD/PI rounds.

This move by IIM Bangalore will enable aspirants to get admission at a low CAT Cutoff, unlike IIM Ahmedabad, that has released a higher cutoff for shortlisting. Aspirants will be judged majorly on their academic record, instead of CAT Score.

This 40% weight will be divided amongst all the three sections of CAT Exam:

  1. Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 14 points
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 16 points
  3. Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 10 points

Impact of CAT Score Getting Less Weightage

  • 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 aspirants as well as for the campus as a whole.
  • Firstly, it will have a huge impact on the aspirants belonging to the non-engineering field. It will become easier for them to make it to the Ace Institute.
  • Another reason for this is, as MBA is all about having a broad knowledge of different industries and to have proper awareness of the working environment, hence the students from various 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.

CAT Cutoff 2017: IIM Bangalore v/s Other IIMs

Name of IIMsWeightage honored to CAT 2017 Percentile

IIM Bangalore


IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Kozhikode


Latest MBA Application Forms for IIMs

Institute NameApplication Dates
IIM LucknowTo be released soon
IIM BangaloreTill December 5, 2017
IIM AhmedabadUntil January 22, 2018
IIM RanchiTill November 5, 2017
IIM SambalpurTo be out soon
IIM IndoreJanuary 15, 2018
IIM NagpurTo be released soon

Expected Cutoff for CAT 2018

For aspirants applying to IIM Bangalore this year, the expected cutoff is mentioned below for reference:

CategoryVARCDI & LRQAAggregate

Read  CAT Earlier Year Cutoff Analysis

CAT 2018 Other Selection Factors

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

Academic profile: 60% weight

According to IIM Bangalore admission policy for PGP 2018-20, all aspirants are 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. Aspirants are informed that the database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT participants of the past two years will be used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

IIM Bangalore V/s other IIMs: Weightage to academics

Name of IIMWeight to academics

IIM Bangalore


IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Kozhikode


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 weight of 20% in addition to the weight honored to other parameters.

20% weight to class 12 marks

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

20% weight to Bachelor’s degree

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

8% Weight to Work experience

If your work experience is around 36 months or greater duration then you will be honored the highest weight of 8% in IIM Bangalore 1st stage shortlist for PGP 2017-19 admission procedure. We inform you that the work experience will be accounted up to July 2016 as said 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 aspirants 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 procedure in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.”

2% weight of Women aspirants

If you are a woman aspirant you will be honored an additional 2% weight at the 1st stage shortlisting procedure. This weight will be confined only to 1st stage shortlisting. According to IIM Bangalore, Gender diversity component is eligible only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be eligible for phase 2 of the admissions procedure (final provides of admission).
CAT Paper Analysis

CAT 2018 Shortlisting Policy of IIMs

Mentioned below are the changes opted by some of the other top IIMs:

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

IIM Calcutta has released to award 56% weight to CAT 2016 scores; 40% to academics up to 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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