CAT Scholarships

Kritika Yadav

Kritika Yadav

CAT Scholarships

CAT Scholarships: Prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), like IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad etc. offers various scholarships based on CAT score, student background and academic performance.

In this article we have discussed the general eligibility criteria for CAT scholarship and also the scholarships offered by the top IIMs.

CAT Scholarship: General Eligibility Criteria

Here is some important details about CAT Scholarship, Scholarships/Financial Assistance For IIMs, Reservation in IIMs.

CAT Scholarship / Financial Assistance

It is the endeavour of all IIMs that no student be denied opportunity to pursue the Post-Graduate Program in Management for want of adequate financial resources. Substantial need-based CAT Scholarships are available for students belonging to economically disadvantaged families. (Please check for details of each IIM in theCAT Bulletin.)

IIMs Reservation

As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7½% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. In addition, 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy�? layer.

However, the implementation of this 27% reservation for such OBC candidates will be undertaken by each IIM in a phased manner.


3% Seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD). The three categories of disability are:

  • Low-Vision/Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment and
  • Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy.

Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories are required to enclose a photocopy of their caste/category certificate at the time of submission of CAT Application Form. Candidates belonging to “Non-Creamy�? OBC category are required to enclose a photocopy of the certificate to this effect as per the suggested format available inCAT Bulletin.

The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read carefully the eligibility requirements before applying.

It should be noted that while it is the endeavour of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/Non-Creamy OBC categories join the Program in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in the admission process. The candidates should read carefully the description of admission process followed by each IIM inCAT Bulletin.

CAT Scholarship: IIM Ahmadabad

Listed below are the scholarships offered by IIM Ahmadabad. The amount offered in the scholarship are based on the income of the candidate’s family.

S.No.Name of the ScholarshipEligibility CriteriaAmount
1IIMA Special Need Based ScholarshipsThis scholarship is for economically weak students who wish to pursue PGP or PGP-ABM. This scheme is offered on the basis of the family income of the student.
Depends on the annual gross family income
2Family Income Linked Tuition Fee Waiver SchemeStudents from families with a total annual income of less than Rs. 6 lakh in the previous financial year.NA
3IIMA Special Scholarships (need-based)Students with a total family income of less than Rs. 200,000 will be eligible for this scholarship. The salaries of parents/guardians and spouse are considered for this and the income of the student or his siblings are not considered.NA
4Industry Scholarships (need-based)Students who had not registered for the IIMA special scholarships can applyNA
5SC/ST ScholarshipsThis scholarship is only for SC/ST students.
Rs.150 per month for 10 months
6GOI Merit-cum-Means ScholarshipsOnly 25% students belonging from the non-sponsored student body from both first and second year are awarded this scholarship.
Rs.2,200 per year
7Aditya Birla Group ScholarshipsAround 6 Students are shortlisted on the basis of ABG on the basis of merit. 
Rs.1.25 lakh per student per annum
8OP Jindal Engineering and Management ScholarsThe two students who are shortlisted for this scholarship will be selected based on their academic performance, an online test, and a personal interview.NA
9Dunia Scholarships for scholastic excellenceSelection on the basis of merit.
Rs.100,000 per student
10Ocwen Scholarship for Competence in AcademicsScholarship is given to a first-year student who are shortlisted through a research paper and PI.NA
11ONGC SC/ST Merit-cum-Means ScholarshipsOnly SC/ST students are eligible for this scholarship.NA
12State ScholarshipState Governments sometimes fund the education of some of the best students from those states.NA

CAT Scholarship: IIM Bangalore

Listed below are the CAT scholarships offered by the IIM Bangalore with their eligibility criteria and amount offered. 

S.No.Name of the ScholarshipEligibility CriteriaAmount
1Aditya Birla ScholarshipStudents from first and second year are shortlisted in this scholarship. Only students who belong to the top 25%  of their respective batches in terms of performance are eligible for this scholarship.
Rs.175,000 per student
2Uday Nayak ScholarshipA second-year student is eligible for this scholarship.Rs.10,000
3T Thomas ScholarshipA second-year student is eligible for this scholarship based on merit.Rs.100,000
4OPJEMS ScholarshipTwo students are shortlisted for this scholarship one each from first and second year.
Rs.125,000 per student
5Rajesh Kaushik Memorial ScholarshipSelection is done on the basis of merit.
Rs.150,000 per annum
6Ocwen Financial Solutions Private LimitedOnly one student is shortlisted on the basis of research paper submitted.Rs.180,000
7Cognizant Technology Solutions – B’izard ScholarThree students are shortlisted on the basis of academic excellence, leadership qualities and willingness to serve the community and study further in the same field.
Winner: Rs.3 lakhs, 1st Runner-up: Rs.2 lakhs and 2nd Runner-up: Rs.3 lakhs
8Societe Generale Global Solution Centre India ScholarshipThe institute nominates students in need  and then the shortlisted students are required to give interviews.
Full tuition fee waiver

CAT Scholarship: IIM Lucknow

Listed below are the CAT scholarships offered by the IIM Lucknow with their eligibility criteria and amount offered. 

S.No.Name of the ScholarshipEligibility CriteriaAmount
1Need-Based IIML ScholarshipsOn the basis of family income and previous academic performance, 15% students from a batch are offered this  scholarships. Students with family income less than Rs.150,000 can apply.NA
2Industry Sponsored Scholarships Based on  academic performance
Varies from Rs.6,000 to Rs.100,000 p.a.
3Merit-cum-Means Scholarships25% of the students subject to specified norms are shortlisted for this scholarship
Rs.2200 per student p.a.
4Bharti ScholarshipStudents with annual income is less than Rs.1.08 lacks from both first and second year are eligible to apply.
Rs.50,000 p.a.
5SC/ST ScholarshipsAll SC/ST students are eligible.Rs.1500 p.a.
6Other ScholarshipsBased on family income and  fees and maintenance charges are covered by the government of the state to which the candidate belongs.NA

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