IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Amritsar Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

IIM Amritsar has announced its admission criteria for selection of MBA candidates who qualify CAT. Aspirants will be deemed applicable for further selection procedure on the basis of CAT scores. Apart from that, the admission also depends upon past academic records and work experience.

  • CAT Selection Procedure includes 2 stages- Individual Interview (PI) and Written Analysis Test (WAT).
  • Post PI and WAT round, the final merit list is prepared by IIM Amritsar
  • In the year 2015, overall CAT Cut Off percentile was 95.6 but it dropped to 90 for general category aspirants in the year 2016.
  • Those who qualify CAT Cut Off are called for PI and WAT, which will be coordinated by IIM Rohtak, the representative authority for 9 IIMs for 2018-20 admissions. 
  • 5 factors are considered by IIM Amritsar while preparing the final merit list. Each factor has a corresponding fixed maximum weightage affiliated with it. These factors are:
  • IIM Amritsar has, over the years, dropped the overall cut off percentile, however, it has remained static at 90 percentile for the year 2016 and 2017.
  1. CAT percentile
  2. PI score
  3. WAT score 
  4. Work Experience 
  5. Academic/Gender Diversity. 

IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2018: Shortlisting for WAT/PI

  • CAT percentile is used as the basis to shortlist aspirants for the next rounds in the admission procedure.
  • The table below shows the information about the at least requisite in CAT 2017 that aspirants from different categories must obtain to be shortlisted for the WAT/PI procedures.
  • The first step in Admission procedure into PGP at IIM Amritsar is the shortlisting of aspirants.
Aspirants’ CategoryQuantitative Aptitude (Section 1)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (Section 2)Verbal & Reading Comprehension (Section 3)Total (Overall Percentile)
General70707090
Non- Creamy Layer Other Backward Class55555575
Scheduled Caste50505055
Scheduled Tribes30303035
Persons with Disability(PwD)30303035
  • Though securing the at least CAT Cut Off percentile is necessary, it required not necessarily mean that aspirants are given absolute assurance regarding improvements to the PI/WAT rounds.
  • CAT cut off percentile values for the 2018-20 batch may vary from the figures above.
  • It must be noted that the information offered in the above table are just indicative figures.

IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2018- WAT and PI Rounds

Aspirants shortlisted for PI/WAT rounds after completing at least requisite CAT percentile will have to appear for the Individual Interview (PI) and Written Analysis Test (WAT) organizeed by IIM Rohtak, the coordinating authority for 9 IIMs for 2018-20 batch.

PI (35% weightage) and WAT (15% weightage) rounds influence the scores of aspirants in the final merit list. Admissions for PG Program in IIM Amritsar are done based on ranks of students in the final merit list.

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Individual Interview (PI) round is organizeed by a panel of experts who test and measure aspirants’ levels in different skills.

These skills comprise:

  • Individuality, Interindividual skills, Communication and other soft skills
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • General Knowledge and Aptitude
  • Technical and Academic knowledge

Writing Analysis Test (WAT) is organizeed to test the command that aspirants possess over English. Apart from Vocabulary and Grammar, aspirants are tested in their presentation and quality of content.


IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2018: Final Merit List

  • Alternatively, this information regarding scores obtained in WAT and PI is obtained from the older IIMs, offered the aspirant was shortlisted for the WAT and PI rounds and participated in them as well.    
  • A two-stage process is involved in the preparation of this list.
  • The second stage involves preparation of final merit list after gathering all necessary information and completion of the admission procedure based on the final merit list.  
  • A final merit list is prepared by IIM Kozhikode based on which admissions into the PGP in IIM Amritsar will be organizeed.
  • The first stage involves obtaining scores secured by aspirants in WAT and PI rounds organizeed on behalf of the IIMs by IIM Rohtak.

Read CAT Selection Procedure 

Stage 1:

  • Scores obtained by aspirants in the common WAT and PI rounds organizeed by IIM Rohtak (which organizes the WAT and PI on behalf of other IIMs) and marks scored by aspirants in WAT and PI rounds organizeed by IIM Kozhikode and older IIMs are stored in the databases.
  • This information is gathered and used in the preparation of final merit list, which is stage 2.

Stage 2:

The table below shows all the parameters that influence the admission criteria for PGP in IIM Amritsar. The corresponding weightage affiliated with each parameter is also indicated. 

S NoParameterWeightage
1CAT Percentile40 %
2Individual Interview35%
3Written Analysis Test15%
4Work Experience5%
5Gender Diversity or Academic Diversity5%

Details of each parameter are as follows:

CAT Percentile (40%)

40 % of overall weightage in the final merit list is given to CAT percentile which depends on the score obtained by aspirants in Common Admission Test.

Individual Interview (35%)

Purpose of the individual interview is to test aspirants’ in their general awareness, presentation, communication skills, technical knowledge and general aptitude. This is another highly influential factor in determining aspirants’ position in the final merit list as this carries a weightage of 35%.

Written Analysis Test (15%)

This round tests aspirant in their ability to write essential content in high quality. The vocabulary of aspirants and overall command over language is also tested in this round. The Written Analysis Test (WAT) contributes to 15% of overall weightage in the final merit list.

Work Experience (5%)

A maximum of 5% worth weightage is given to aspirants who have prior work experience. Period of the work and quality of work in that duration is the basis of awarding marks under the Work Experience quota.  An at least of 6 months of service duration is need to be considered for additional marks under Work Experience.

It must be noted that in order to be applicable to stake the claim for marks under Work Experience, aspirants must have had a full-time professional job after completion of graduation. Experience gained during the following tasks will not be considered for marks under Work Experience.

  • Training
  • Internship
  • Academic Project
  • Articleship
  • Apprenticeship
  • Any job or task is done in order to clear founded curriculum

The maximum marks honoured to aspirants on the basis of period service is shown in the below table. Marks shown are for final merit list which includes composite scores out of 100.

Period of Work (in months)Maximum marksPeriod of Work (in months)Maximum marks
Below 6 months0214.33
61224.56
71.22234.78
81.44245
91.67254.67
101.89264.33
112.11274
122.33283.67
132.56293.33
142.78303
153312.67
163.22322.33
173.44332
183.67341.67
193.89351.33
204.11361
--Above 36 months1

Academic Diversity or Gender Diversity (5%)

Academic Diversity Criteria

Non-Engineering aspirants have honoured 5 % marks under the Academic Diversity Criteria. This means that all aspirants who have finished their undergraduate degree and have obtained their Bachelor’s Degree in any field other than Engineering or Technology (B.Tech/B.E or equivalent) will be considered for Academic Diversity Score. 

Gender Diversity:

All female aspirants are entitled to 5 % Gender Diversity marks which will be added to the overall score in the final merit list.

Important Note: Aspirants are applicable for diversity score only under one of the two categories (Academic Diversity or Gender Diversity). Female aspirants with a non-engineering degree cannot stake a claim for diversity marks under both the categories.



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