IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

The admission criteria for Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K), to PG Program (PGP) for the academic year 2018-20 is based on CAT score. However, apart from the score of CAT, admission depends upon several other factors such as past academics, work experience and performance in Group Discussion (GD)/Written Ability Test (WAT)/Individual Interview (PI).

Let us take a look at some of the highlights of IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018:

  • Aspirants who are able to secure a place amongst top aspirants after Stage 2 are offered admission in PGP in IIM Kozhikode.   
  • In stage 1, aspirants are assigned an Aggregate Index Score (AIS), which forms the basis of their selection for Stage 2.
  • There is also an insertion of Diversity Factor in Stage 1, which is based on gender and stream of graduation.
  • Aspirants who manage to complete the cutoffs of Stage 1 will be shortlisted for Stage 2, which comprises PI, GD, and WAT.
  • AIS is calculated using factors like Class XII, Graduation Score, CAT score and Work Experience etc.
  • After CAT result has been declared, IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria will comprise 2 steps- Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • Aspirants required to complete some at least eligibility criteria to be applicable for Stage 1.

Eligibility for Stage 1 Selection of IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018

To be applicable for getting selected in Stage 1, aspirant required to fulfil some at least qualifying marks criteria. Aspirants must note that this is just an eligibility criterion and it does not guarantee an admission call or Interview/GD call from IIM Kozhikode.

The at least eligibility criteria adopted by IIM Kozhikode in the PGP admissions for the academic year 2018-2020 is given below:

  • Aspirant’s overall CAT Percentile and Sectional Percentile
  • Aspirants marks in Class X and Class XII

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – At Least CAT Percentile Need:

ParticularsGeneralNC-OBCSCST/PWD
Overall CAT Percentile90806555
Sectional Percentile (In all sections)80705040

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – At Least Class 10 and 12 Scores Need:

ParticularsGeneralNC-OBCSCST/PWD
Class X Percentage60605555
Class XII Percentage60605555

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria – How Aspirants are Shortlisted for Stage 1?

Stage 1 selection procedure is eligible for all the applicable aspirants who complete CAT score and registered online for IIMK. The stage 1 procedure includes shortlisting criteria for PI, GD and WAT.

For shortlisting aspirants, IIM Kozhikode uses the process of ‘Aggregate Index Score (AIS)’. This AIS is calculated using following mentioned particulars:

  • Graduation Score-The percentage scored by the aspirant in his Graduation degree. Again, various percentages are given the various amount of points in AIS calculation.
  • CAT Index Score-This refers to the marks or simply the scaled score secured by the aspirant in CAT (remember that it is marked, not percentile)
  • Diversity Factor - Extra 5% marks are honoured to female aspirants or those who have done any graduation degree except BE/BTech.
  • Work Experience-This refers to work experience gained by an aspirant before January 31, 2018. Aspirant required to have an at least of 6 months of experience of full-time managerial level work, to have work experience points added in the AIS.
  • Class XII Score-The percentage obtained by the aspirant in Class XII. Various percentages are given various weightage or points in AIS calculation.

All the above-listed factors carry a various amount of weightage in AIS, let's take a look at the weightage of above-listed points in the calculation of AIS under IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018:

FactorWeightage in AIS
CAT Index Score75%
Class XII Marks7.5%
Graduation Marks7.5%
Work Experience5%
Diversity Factor5%

Now, one more thing that still requires clarification here is that how various scores in class 12 and graduation are given various points from the maximum 7.5 attached to each of them, as shown above. Similarly, clarification is also required on work experience points.

To complete these three things, aspirants are advised to see following two tables:

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 Work Experience Points

MonthsScoreMonthsScoreMonthsScore
Less than 60163.22274.00
61.00173.44283.67
71.22183.67293.33
81.44193.89303.00
91.67204.11312.67
101.89214.33322.33
112.11224.56332.00
122.33234.78341.67
132.56245.00351.33
142.78254.67361.00
153.00264.33More than 361.00

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – Class 12 and Graduation Score Points

PercentagePointsPercentagePointsPercentagePoints
Below 600672.5755.36
600682.86765.71
610.36693.21776.07
620.71703.57786.43
631.07713.93796.79
641.43724.29807.14
651.79734.64817.5
662.14745Above 817.5

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018 – Stage 2 (Final Shortlist)

Aspirants who manage to complete the cut-offs for Stage 1 are called for Stage 2. Completing this stage determines that an aspirant will be given admission or not. Stage 2 holds following 3 procedures:

  • Individual Interview (PI) – In this step, an individual interview of the aspirant is taken by the panellists. Aspirants are asked a question on Academics, Work experience, and general awareness topics.
  • Group Discussion (GD) – In this, a group of 6 to 10 aspirants are asked to express their views on any particular topic which is assigned to them by the panellists.
  • Written Ability Test (WAT) – Here, the aspirant is asked to write a short essay on any particular topic which is assigned to the aspirant by the panellists.

After this, again a composite score including these three factors and CAT score is calculated. The given below table represents the maximum weightage of various factors in Stage 2 score:

FactorMaximum Weightage
Individual Interview45%
CAT Score35%
GD and WAT15%
Work Experience Quality5%

Assignment of scores in Stage 2 is made arbitrarily by the panellists and thus no comment on how these scores are given can be made. After the stage 2, aspirants who are able to secure a place amongst the top students and are able to complete the cut off (which depends upon the batch size) are offered admission and thus are considered to have successfully completed the IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria.


Important Guidelines of IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018

Here are some important guidelines for aspirants regarding the IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria. Aspirants are advised to completely understand these guidelines to avoid any confusion about the admission criteria-

  • If a female aspirant belongs to a non-engineering background, then she cannot claim a 10% weightage, maximum marks for diversity factor is 5% only.
  • Aspirants who are assigned a CGPA instead of percentage in Class XII or Graduation required to convert their CGPA into percentage as per the guidelines of their Board/University. Conversion of CGPA into Percentage is the sole responsibility of aspirant.
  • Aspirants required to carry their original certificates and documents to the Stage 2 venue for admission.
  • In case the Board/University of aspirant does not offer any mode for conversion of CGPA to a percentage, then the same will be converted by dividing the score by maximum CGPA and then multiplying by 100.
  • Reservation guidelines as offered the Government of India for Central Education Institutes apply in IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2018. 
  • Aspirants required to select IIM Kozhikode PGP amongst their desired courses while filling the CAT application form. Not selecting IIM Kozhikode PGP means that aspirant is not interested in IIM Kozhikode’s PGP Program and thus will not be called for IIM Kozhikode Admission Procedure.
  • For aspirants who have done CA/ICWA/CS instead of a Bachelor’s degree, the average marks of their Intermediate and Final level exams will be considered as Graduation scores.
  • Marks of all the subjects shown on the Class XII and Graduation will be considered. Policies like ‘Best of 5’ etc. will not be used even if the Board/University uses them or not.
  • A male aspirant will be given 5% marks for diversity factor, only if he belongs to a non-engineering background.
  • Admission of aspirants who have not finished their Graduation will be made on the scores up to the semesters or years for which results are available. Aspirants required to obtain a certificate confirming such scores which must be signed by the Head/Principal of the institute in which aspirant has studied.
  • A female aspirant will be given 5% marks of diversity factor, irrespective of her graduation stream.
  • For Aspirants who have opted for 5-year dual/integrated degree courses like BTech + MTech and BS + MS, marks of only the Under-graduation part of the course will be considered, and not of post-graduation part.
  • Any misrepresentation of information by the aspirant will immediately lead to the elimination of aspirant from the admission procedure.


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