IIM Kozhikode MBA Admission Criteria 2017-19


Admission to Post Graduate Programme (PGP) at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode) is based on multiple parameters and conducted in various steps. Read about the MBA admissions criteria for the 2017 - 2019 session.

Also Read: All About IIM Kozhikode

Let us take a look at the Cutoff List for IIM Kozhikode first before proceeding to the further steps to get admission into IIM Kozhikode.

As you can see, IIM Kozhikode has released the overall CAT percentile and sectional percentile along with the Class X and Class XII percentile as well. For General Category candidates the cutoff percentile for CAT stands at 90 while the lowest is 55 for ST and PWD candidates.

CategoryCAT Percentile
Sectional Percentile
SSC/Class X Percentile
HSC/Class XII Percentile

Stage I

A preliminary shortlisting is carried out once you have registered with IIM Kozhikode and is based on your CAT 2016 score percentile, sectional percentile, SSC (class X) and HSC (class XII) percentage. The minimum cut-off requirements across different categories is as follows:


CAT Score Percentile

Sectional Percentile

SSC/X Percentage

HSC/XII Percentage





















Your SSC and HSC marks submitted by you at time of CAT registration will be used for creating this shortlist.

Next, an Aggregate Index Score is calculated for all students who qualify the preliminary shortlisting. This score will take into account performance in CAT 2016, Bachelor's degree and

  • Bachelor's degree score (Weightage: 12 percent) - If you are in your final year of graduation, all available marked will be counted. The marks awarded by the university/institute are considered.
    • In case marks are given in form of grades, percentage marks are calculated based on marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.
    • If your final percentage of marks does not include all subjects listed in the mark sheet, you will need to produce a certificate from the Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of your university/institution at the time of written test and/or personal interview.
    • You will need to obtain a certificate from your university/institution if your final graduation score is in form of letter grades and not marks.
    • If you are a graduate or graduating from a five-year integrated Master's programme, your marks in the first three years' of the course will be considered as the graduation score.
  • CAT Index score (weightage: 76 percent) - Your CAT score forms an important part of the initial screening process. Your CAT 2016 score across both sections will be considered as scaled scores carrying equal weightage for determining the CAT Index score.
  • Diversity (Weightage: gender (5 percent) & Academic discipline (2 percent)) - Diversity in form of gender and academic course is considered when computing the Aggregate Index Score. You can claim diversity marks from only one factor - whichever is higher. The academic courses eligible for diversity score are as follows:


Agriculture [Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics,

Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology etc.]

Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Horticulture, Veterinary Science


Arts/Humanities [Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Painting), Geography,

History, Journalism, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science,

Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.]

Chartered Accountancy

Commerce/Economics [Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business

Organisation, Economics, Economic Development and Planning, Public Administration,

Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.]

Company Secretaryship

Cost and Works Accountancy

Education [including Physical Education and Sports

Hotel & Tourism Management


Management [Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies,

Management Studies]



Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking

Science (Others) : Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly

mentioned elsewhere in this list

Science [Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-technology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology]

  • Previous work/professional experience (Weightage: 5 percent) - Managerial work experience after graduation is considered as on 31 January, 2016. IIM Kozhikode does not consider project work, training or work completed as part of curriculum in graduation.

If shortlisted on basis of your Aggregate Index Score, you will be required to register on the official website and complete a personal form online.

Stage II

The next stage in the admission process is the Group Discussion (GD)/ Written Ability Test (WAT), followed by a personal interview (PI). Final scores are calculated and admission offers are sent out in the first week of May 2014 based on the following parameters:







Quality work experience


Personal Interview


Admission Criteria for Foreign/NRI Candidates

Eligibility Criteria

(a) If you are an Indian or foreign national studying or working outside India, you can apply as an NRI/foreign candidate. You must hold a Bachelor's degree of minimum three years after 10+2 secondary schooling with at least 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA by a university recognized by the Government of India. You can also apply if you are in the final year of graduation and must submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of your college/institute
(b) You must also produce a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of the country you are based at, stating your continued residence in that country for 18 months or more as on 31 December, 2016.

Selection Process

You must produce a Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score taken within the last one year with a total scaled score of at least 700. You must also produce a TOEFL score if you are a foreign national, along with valid passport or travel document from the country you are travelling. You will also be required to produce three letters of recommendation.

All other steps in the admission to MBA programme at IIM Kozhikode are same as that of domestic candidates. Personal interviews are held in India and you will need to make your own travel arrangements for the same.

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