Mission Admission: IIM Bangalore, MBA Batch 2017-19

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) follows a multiple criteria-based, two-phase selection process for admitting candidates to the Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP). The process has been outlined on the basis of collective data from Common Admission Test (CAT) applicants, the academic performance of the candidates admitted to IIMB over the past years as well as inputs from IIMB faculty and important stakeholders.

It is important to note that apart from CAT or GMAT scores, IIMB takes into account other parameters like academic performance in school and graduation, personal interview, letters of recommendation and an evaluating panel’s assessment on if and how the PGP programme suits each applicant. Therefore, if you are applying to IIM Bangalore for admission to the MBA programme 2017-2019, take a look at the various admission criteria and overall process used by IIMB to create the final list of candidates who are offered admission to the institute.

IIM Bangalore Cutoff 2016

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore) is one of the top B-schools in India. Considering its position, the overall cutoff percentile is bound to be on the higher side. The cutoff percentile for General Category candidates stands at a staggering 90 while the least cutoff percentile is 75 for SC, ST and DA candidates.


VARC - 85
DI & LR - 80
QA - 80
Overall Percentile - 90


VARC - 70
DI & LR - 65
QA - 65
Overall Percentile - 75


VARC - 60
DI & LR - 60
QA - 60
Overall Percentile - 75


VARC - 75
DI & LR - 70
QA - 70
Overall Percentile - 80


VARC - 60
DI & LR - 60
QA - 60
Overall Percentile - 75

Admission Based on CAT Score

  1. IIM Bangalore releases the first list of candidates who score minimum section-wise and aggregated percentile CAT 2016 scores.
  2. If shortlisted, your class 11 and 12 exam percentage scores are adjusted by dividing the score with the 90th percentile score acquired in that board. The 90th percentile score is calculated using a database of all CAT applicants over the last two years for each board.
  3. The final score obtained by you in your Bachelor’s or professional degree is noted to create an adjusted score in the respective category. The incomplete graduation score is counted if you are appearing for final year exam.
  4. A weight is added if you graduated/are graduating with a professional certification like Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary. The professional course score is standardized against all candidates in the shortlist.
  5. Score or weight for work experience is calculated according to the following formula:

5x/36 if 0 < x < 36

= 5 if x >= 36

(x = months of work experience till September 2013)

  1. Maximum scores of professional course and work experience are considered under a common weight of ten (since both signify work experience relevant to management experience). If you do not have a professional course or work experience score, the other four components are added and given the following weights:
    • CAT score = 20
    • Class 10 results = 15
    • Class 12 results = 10
    • Bachelor’s score = 15
  1. A weighted total of the above five components is calculated to prepare a pre-PI rank list for shortlisting candidates for the interview round.
  2. Further, you will automatically qualify for PI if you rank among the top ten candidates in the first shortlist across each sectional and total score in CAT, adjusted SSC, HSC, Bachelor’s and professional course.
  3. Standardization or normalization for any component is carried out using the formula:

Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean)/ sd) * wt/6}]

  1. The next phase is the personal interview (PI) round, which is conducted on some additional evaluation components, which include
    (a) note content (writing one-page on a topic provided by IIMB, which could range from politics, economics to sports, etc.),
    (b) note style,
    (c) personal interview, and
    (d) review of work experience (if any).
  2. Interviewers will evaluate your motivation, ability to fit in and benefit from MBA program. The average of scores given by each interviewer will be considered.
  3. You will be required to produce three sealed reference letters from your faculty or employer. It will be used in the PI evaluation.
  4. Scoring is carried out in the following manner:
    • The interview panel evaluate the quality of work experience by assessing its relevance to the MBA program on a scale of 5 (0 – 0.5 – 1 – 1.5 – 2). The average qualitative score is multiplied with your work experience score to be revised against a maximum score of 10.
    • Scores of all academics are updated (if required) on basis on actual mark sheets or grade scores submitted.
    • The standardized weights of note content score (weight=7.5), note style score (weight=7.5), and the personal interview score (weight=20) across all interview sessions and panels are added to the pre-PI score to form the final aggregate score.

14. Final offer letters for admission are handed out on the basis of the ranks achieved in each category on the final aggregate score.

Selection Criteria through GMAT

  1. To apply to IIMB with a GMAT score, you must have resided abroad for at least 18 months within the last three years, between January 2014 and December 2016, and were not in a position to have appeared for CAT 2016 exam.
  2. The first shortlist is created based on percentile cut-off principles similar to those for CAT 2016.
  3. Your application is evaluated for your academic performance and international experience, and if there are chances of you gaining admission through CAT score. The members of the evaluating faculty then vote for either recommending or rejecting each applicant.
  4. If shortlisted, the PI round is either conducted in person or through video conferencing. In-person interviews are conducted along with candidates using the CAT 2016 scores, following the same process.
  5. Your performance in the PI round will be assessed on basis of the following:
    1. Panel’s evaluation of your motivation, ability to fit in and benefit from the programme.
    2. Average scores against the three elements of PI process – note content, note style and personal interview (you will be required to submit your note through email if appearing for PI through video conference).
    3. Three confidential reference letters from employers/faculty.

      6. Your performance in the PI process will be assessed for making a final offer for admission.

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