IIM Bangalore Admission 2018 CAT Cutoff and Eligibility Criteria

Last Updated - March 05 2018

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2018 has announced. Aspirants want admission to PG Program in Management (PGP) for the academic year 2018-20, can apply until December 5 at its official website.

  • CAT Cut Off is expected to be 90 percentile this year.
  • Class 10-12 grades, academic performance at graduation level and prior work experience are also considered while preparing the final merit list.
  • WAT and PI will be organized on the same day. Aspirants shortlisted for the PI procedure will have to take WAT on a topic offered by IIM Bangalore. Check CAT Result
  • For foreign nationals, GMAT score will be accepted.
  • IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria involves 2 steps- Completing CAT, Written Ability Test (WAT) and Individual Interview (PI). 

Read more about  IIM Bangalore Admission 2018

Note- IIM Bangalore has released that 40% weight will be given to CAT Score for PGP admissions 2018-20. Previous 20% weight was given to CAT Score. The remaining 60% weight will be based on several other factors. Read More

IIM Bangalore Admission 2018 Important Dates

Given below are all important dates for PGP 2018-20:


Application Deadline

December 05, 2017 (5.00 p.m. IST)

Interview Shortlist

December 08, 2017

Interviews Dates

December 16 or 17, 2017


December 26, 2017

Last date for accepting provides*

January 25, 2018

Programme Registration*

June 14, 2018 

CAT Cut Off 2017 for IIM Bangalore - Phase 1

The first step to shortlist aspirants is based on the percentile marks they secure in CAT 2017. The at least CAT 2017 percentile is mentioned below: Aspirants completing the at least cutoff of CAT 2017 are only considered for the first shortlist list.

CategorySection 1 (VARC)Section 2 (DILR)Section 3 (QA)Aggregate
NC – OBC75707080

Note- The above-mentioned CAT Cut-offs are not for the interview call. 

  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, the score/weight for work experience is calculated as:
  • The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT participants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.
  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, aspirants with Chartered Accountancy, CostAccounting, and Company Secretary certifications are applicable for weight under professional course. No other professional course is applicable for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardized for all aspirants in the first shortlist.
  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, final scores obtained by them are used for the bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if their final score is pending.
Pre PI score for Work Experience
= 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36
      = 8 if x >= 36

Where x is the months of work experience up to July 2017

  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, the weights for the parameters are fixed as:
  1. CAT = 40
  2. 10th board = 20
  3. 12th board = 10
  4. Bachelors = 20
  5. Gender Diversity = 2 
  6. Work Experience = 8

The 40 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)10
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)16
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)14
  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, normalization or standardization in any component said above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardization is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its sub-divisions; Standardized score, truncated between 0 and weight (wt) is computed from the raw score (Val) as:
  • For all aspirants in the first shortlist, the top 10 aspirants in each of the following: total score in CAT, adjusted Bachelors’ score (commerce, arts, and science branches) and Professional (CA/ICWA/CS), from the first shortlist, as created using the criteria (in first table) automatically qualify for PI. These aspirants are given a chance to appear for PI due to their exceptional performance in these categories. However, at the end of Phase 2, all such aspirants must merit selection at an identical level of the composite aggregate score like any other aspirant.
Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean) / sd) * wt / 6}]

Eligibility Criteria 2018 for IIM Bangalore - Phase 2

In this phase, the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered. While for the content & style, the score given by an independent evaluator will be considered in Individual Interview. IIM Bangalore Selection Procedure Phase 2 comprises the below stages- 

  1. Written Ability Test (WAT) (Score = 10)
  2. Individual Interview (PI) (Score = 30)

The WAT score and the individual interview score after standardization across interview panels and sessions will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score.

  • Weighted Work Experience (weight = 10)
  • 10th board (weight = 10) 
  • 12th board (weight = 5) 
  • Bachelors (weight = 10)
  • CAT (weight = 25)

The final provides of admission to aspirants will be made strictly on the basis of ranks in each category on the final aggregate score.

The average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly, the work / professional experience component score (maximum score 5) used in Phase 1 will be revised in Phase 2 (maximum score 10).

IIM Bangalore Admission 2018 via GMAT

  • All shortlisted aspirants will appear for the PI round. 
  • It is important for an aspirant applying through GMAT to have resided abroad for minimum 18 months in the preceding three years, have a valid GMAT score, and should not be/have been in a position to appear for CAT 2017. The GMAT code for IIMB PGP is Q9H-KK-49. 
  • The evaluating faculty will also assess whether the aspirant is likely to gain admission via CAT. 
  • The first shortlist among such participants is created by applying the same percentile cut-offs for CAT 2017, as used for the general category aspirants. 
  • Aspirants appearing for the PI procedure via remote video conferencing would need to take the Written Ability Test (WAT) via email. 
  • The academic background and international experience of the aspirant will be scrutinized.
  • For aspirants applying through GMAT, a separate procedure will be followed.

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