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CAT 2021 IIM Admission Criteria (Out): Check Dates, Cut off, Process, and Seats

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Jan 12, 2022

CAT 2021 IIM admission criteria for the 2022-24 batch have been released by IIMs. All the participating IIMs have released their sectional and overall CAT 2021 Cut Off based on which the institutes will shortlist the candidates for WAT and PI rounds. IIMs will release the important dates related to the admission process shortly.

  • IIM Vizag is accepting applications for Stage 1 of the selection process from January 11 to March 15, 2022. Candidates will be called for PI round from April 11 to May 11 and the admission offers will be made on May 19, 2022. Check CAT 2021 IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 
  • IIM Kozhikode has started the online registration for Stage 1 of the admission process. Stage 1 is the step to shortlist the candidates for the PI round of the admission process. Read More
  • For admission to IIM Rohtak, the online registration process has also begun and the last date to do the same is January 21, 2022. Check CAT 2021 IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria
  • As per CAT 2021 IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, candidates will be shortlisted for admission to 2022-24 batch based on AWT and PI round scores post the preliminary screening based on CAT scores. Check CAT IIM Ahmedabad Cut off & Admission Process
  • For shortlisting candidates for admission to the 2022-24 batch, IIM Bangalore will award a weightage of 30% to PI & 10% to WAT apart from the 25% weightage to CAT 2021 scores. Check CAT IIM Bangalore Cut off & Admission Process
  • IIM Calcutta’s CAT 2021 Admission criteria only include shortlisting the candidates based on the qualifying cut off and score the candidates on the basis of their performance in the PI round. Check CAT IIM Calcutta Cut off & Admission Process

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CAT IIM Admission Dates

CAT 2021 IIM Admission Dates: For 2022-24 Batch

IIMs IIM Shortlist Start Date
IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th week of January 2022
IIM Indore Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Jammu Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Kozhikode Shortlist & Admission Criteria Stage 1 Registration Start Date – January 7, 2022
IIM Amritsar Shortlist & Selection Process Stage 1 Registration Start Date – January 12, 2022
IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlist & Admission Criteria Stage 1 Registration – January 11 to March 15, 2022
IIM Bodhgaya Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Raipur Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Udaipur Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Kashipur Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Trichy Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Banglore Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Calcutta Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Lucknow Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Shillong Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Rohtak Shortlist & Selection Process Stage 1 Registration Last Date – January 21, 2022
IIM Ranchi Shortlist & Admission Criteria 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Nagpur Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Sambalpur Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022
IIM Sirmaur Shortlist & Selection Process 4th ​week of January 2022

IIM CAP 2021 Important Dates

Events Dates (Tentative)
CAP 2021 registration starts 3rd week of January 2022
Last date for CAP registration 3rd week of January 2022
Intimation for Personal Interview 4th ​week of January 2022
Personal Interview Phase I 1st week of February 2022
Personal Interview Phase II 2nd week of February 2022
Personal Interview Phase III 3rd week of February 2022

Read More IIM Common Admission Process

CAT 2021 IIM Eligibility Criteria

CAT eligibility criteria for admission in the IIMs are as mentioned below:

  • Minimum 50% aggregate marks in graduation for general category candidates. 
  • Minimum 45% aggregate marks in graduation for reserved category candidates. 
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of UG are also eligible. 
  • Candidates qualifying the minimum CAT cut off criteria decided by the institute. 

CAT 2021 IIM Selection Criteria

CAT 2021 IIM selection criteria include the selection of candidates based on their CAT percentile along with the performance of candidates in WAT/GD and PI, academic history, academic diversity, gender diversity, and work experience.

  • Some of the IIMs have also scrapped WAT and GD.
  • Due to the rise in COVID cases, the PI round might be get conducted via video calls for admission. 
  • The important dates related to the admission process will be released shortly.

Stages of CAT 2021 IIM Admission and Selection Process

CAT 2021 IIM admission process can be divided into the following stage: 

Stage 1: Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT scores

  • Candidates have to apply by visiting the official websites of IIMs to become eligible for the admission process. 
  • Candidates who are qualifying for the CAT cut off decided by the institute will become eligible for stage 2 of the admission process. 

Stage 2: Shortlisting of Candidates for WAT/GD-PI

  • Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT score and academic record. T
  • WAT-GD-PI round is conducted based on which candidates will be judged and awarded marks for the final selection process. 

Stage 3: Calculation of Composite Score

  • Composite score of each candidate is calculated based on various parameters. 
  • Based on the composite scores the final selection list will be prepared. 

The factors considered by IIMs for GD-WAT-PI include the parameters given below. However, every IIM has its own specific weightage assigned to these parameters that is given in the next section.

Parameter Details
CAT 2021 Scores Sectional and Overall Cut Offs for each IIM (from 70-95 depending on IIM)
Academic Profile/Diversity Academic Records till graduation will be considered; Candidates from Non-Engineering Backgrounds given diversity points
Gender Diversity Female candidates are given diversity points to promote gender diversity in IIMs
Work Experience Candidates with supervisory experience of 2-3 years are awarded 5-10 points 

IIM WAT-PI Shortlist Criteria for Top IIMs

CAT 2021 IIM Shortlisting Criteria: GD-WAT-PI for Top IIMs

IIM Shortlisting Criteria
IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist Criteria

Candidates will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS':

  • CS (Composite Score) = ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + CATF_CS * Normalised overall score in CAT-2021
  • Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;
  • CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) = 0.65
IIM Bangalore Shortlist Criteria

IIM Bangalore will call candidates for WAT-PI based on the score arrived at after considering the following parameters:

  • CAT = 40 (VARC - 14 points, DILR - 16 points, QA - 10 points)
  • 10th board = 20
  • 12th board = 10
  • Bachelors = 20
  • Gender Diversity = 2
  • Work Experience/ Professional Course (whichever weight is higher) = 8 
IIM Calcutta Shortlist Criteria

Candidates meeting CAT cut offs will be shortlisted for PI based on the following parameters (with weightage):

  • CAT 2021 Score- 56
  • Class 10th marks- 10
  • Class 12th marks- 15
  • Gender Diversity- 4
IIM Lucknow Shortlist Criteria

For the PGP course, the PI shortlist criteria include:

  • CAT 2021 Score- 60%
  • Class 12 Marks- 10%
  • Graduation Marks- 10%
  • Work Experience- 10%
  • Academic & Gender Diversity- 10%
IIM Indore Shortlist Criteria

The criteria for shortlisting candidates for stage 2 (WAT-PI) are:

  • Class 10 marks- 34%
  • Class 12 marks- 40%
  • CAT 2021 Score- 20%
  • Diversity Factor- 6%
IIM Kozhikode Shortlist Criteria

Aggregate score computation for Stage 2 shortlist (PI)

  • CAT 2021 Score- 45%
  • Class 10 Score- 25%
  • Class 12 Score- 15%
  • Diversity Score- 10%
  • Work Experience- 5%
IIM Trichy Shortlist Criteria

Candidates clearing the minimum qualifying cut offs will be shortlisted for PI. The category-wise overall cut offs are:

  • General- 93%ile
  • EWS/ NC-OBC- 74%ile
  • SC- 54%ile
  • ST/ DAP- 40%ile
IIM Visakhapatnam Shortlist Criteria

The weightage assigned to factors considered for PI shortlist:

  • CAT- 40%
  • 10th class marks-10%
  • 12th class marks- 10%
  • Bachelor’s degree marks- 18%
  • Diversity-10%
  • Work Experience-12%

IIMs Final Selection Criteria

CAT IIM Final Admission Criteria for 2022-24 Batch

Given below are the selection criteria for all the top IIMs for preparation of the final merit list for admission 2022-24.

CAT 2021 IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

The final selection of candidates in IIM-A will be done based on the scores obtained against various parameters. The formula to calculate the final composite scores is: 

Final Selection – FCS = PIF * Normalised PI Score + AWTF * Normalised AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalised CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

  • Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50
  • AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10
  • CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25
  • Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

CAT 2021 IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria

Admission is based on the following criteria: 

  • Written Ability Test (WAT) (weight = 10)
  • Personal Interview (PI) (weight = 30)
  • CAT (weight = 25)
  • 10th board (weight = 10) 
  • 12th board (weight = 5) 
  • Bachelors (weight = 10)
  • Weighted Work Experience (weight = 10)

CAT 2021 IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria

Admission is based on the following criteria: 

  • CAT  Score  Weighatge = 30
  • Personal Interview (PI) Weightage = 48
  • Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non- Engineering degree Weighatge = 04
  • Work Experience Weighatge = 08
  • Total = 90

CAT 2021 IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria

Admission is based on the following criteria for PGP & PGP-SM:

  • Common Admission Test (CAT) Weightage = 30
  • Academic Performance (12M + GM) Weightage = 5+5%
  • Diversity Factor (DFa +DFb) Weightage = 5
  • Work Experience Weighatge = 5
  • Writing Ability Test (WAT) Weightage = 10
  • Personal Interview (PI) Weightage = 40
  • Total = 100

Admission is based on the following criteria for PGP-ABM:

  • Common Admission Test (CAT) Weightage = 35
  • Academic Performance (12M + GM) Weightage = 5+5%
  • Diversity Factor (DFa +DFb) Weightage = 5
  • Work Experience Weighatge = NA
  • Writing Ability Test (WAT) Weightage = 10
  • Personal Interview (PI) Weightage = 40
  • Total = 100

CAT 2021 IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria

Admission is based on the following criteria: 

  • CAT Index Score Weightage = 44%
  • Personal Interview Score Weightage = 44%
  • Resume Score Weightage = 12%

CAT 2021 IIM Indore Admission Criteria

The Admission in IIM Indore is based on the following criteria: 

Shortlisting Components Weightage formula
10th Standard/SSC score 10* [zcandidate-zmin]
[zmax – zmin]
12th standard/HSC score 10* [zcandidate-zmin]
[zmax – zmin]
CAT 2021 Overall Score 20* [candidate’s CAT overall score / highest CAT overall score]
WAT Score* 20* [zcandidate-zmin]
[zmax – zmin]
PI Score 40* [zcandidate-zmin]
[zmax – zmin]
Total Score Sum of the above scores.

*If due to COVID-19, PI round is conducted online, then WAT will be canceled and the final selection will be done on the basis of the other criteria mentioned above.

CAT 2021 IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria

The final merit list will be prepared based on the following parameters:

  • PI Score (weight=48)
  • CAT (weight=25)
  • 10th Board (weight=4)
  • 12th Board (weight=4)
  • Bachelor’s (weight=4)
  • Diversity {Gender (Female & transgender/ non-engineer} (weight=5)
  • Work Experience (weight=10)

CAT 2021 IIM Trichy Admission Criteria

Given below is the list of parameters with weightage for selecting candidates for admission to 2022-24 batch:

Selection Component Weightage Assigned
CAT score 50%
Personal Interview 25%
Verbal Comprehension 3%
Work experience 5%
Performance at Undergraduate level 5%
Performance in class 12 3%
Performance in class 10 2%
Professional Qualification 2%
Gender Diversity 5%
Total 100%

IIM Shortlist Cut Off

IIM CAT 2021 Qualifying Cut Off

Candidates meeting the qualifying cut offs are eligible to apply for admission to 2022-24 batch based on CAT 2021 scores. However, candidates will be called for the GD-WAT-PI rounds based on the final cut offs released after the declaration of result. Apart from CAT percentile, other factors are also considered for shortlisting candidates for GD-WAT-PI. These include class 10 & 12 scores, graduation scores, work experience, gender & academic diversity.

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People Also Ask

Ques. Do IIMs consider class 10th and 12th marks for shortlisting candidates for WAT-PI?

Ans. Yes, IIMs consider class 10th and 12th marks for shortlisting candidates for stage 2 of the admission process, i.e. WAT-PI. However, the weightage assigned by each IIM may vary. For the 2022-24 batch admission, IIM-B & IIM-C have assigned a total weightage of 30% & 25% respectively to both scores. Also, IIM Indore has given the highest weightage of 74% to class 10 & 12 scores. It must be noted that IIM Lucknow will only consider class 12 scores for 2022-24 admissions.

Ques. What is the meaning of IIM Waitlist?

Ans. IIM Waitlist refers to the list of candidates kept waiting for the 2nd shortlist if any seats remain. Candidates are called for WAT-PI rounds if the seats are left vacant after the conclusion of WAT-PI rounds for the first batch of students.

Ques. When will CAT 2021 IIM Shortlist be released?

Ans. CAT 2021 Result has been released on Jan 3, 2022, on the official website- iimcat.ac.in. Now, the IIMs will start releasing their shortlist. It is expected that all IIMs will release their shortlist by the last week of January 2022 and the admission process (WAT-PI) will begin in February 2022.

Ques. Which IIM has the maximum number of seats for IIM Admission 2022-24?

Ans. As per the latest seat matrix, IIM Lucknow is offering the highest number of seats for MBA/ PGDM Admissions 2022-24, i.e. 500. Also, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, and IIM Kozhikode are offering 395, 460, 400, 450, and 480 seats respectively.

Ques. What factors are considered for IIM Shortlist?

Ans. IIM Shortlist is done on the basis of various factors including CAT score, class 10th scores, class 12th scores, marks in bachelor’s degree, work experience, gender diversity (female and transgender candidates awarded extra points), academic diversity (non-engineers awarded extra points).


CAT 2021 IIM Admission Criteria: Seat Intake for 2022-24 Admission

IIM Seat Intake 2022-24
IIM Ahmedabad 395
IIM Kozhikode 480
IIM Visakhapatnam 120
IIM Lucknow 500
IIM Calcutta 460
IIM Indore 450
IIM Bangalore 400
IIM Shillong 180
IIM Rohtak 240
IIM Udaipur 260
IIM Trichy 240
IIM Kashipur 240
IIM Ranchi 185
IIM Amritsar 160
IIM Raipur 260
IIM Nagpur 130
IIM Bodhgaya 120
IIM Sambalpur 120
IIM Sirmaur 120
IIM Jammu 140

CAT IIM Shortlist: Previous Years’ Analysis of Number of Seats & Shortlisted Candidates

Based on the previous year's data we have provided the Number of Seats & Shortlisted Candidates for each IIM:

Type Total Intake Shortlisted Candidates Seats filled
IIM/ Batch 2019-21 2020-22 2019-21 2020-22 2019-21 2020-22
IIM Ahmedabad 385 394 1220 1240 392 392
IIM Bangalore 441 458 1425 1556 441 458
IIM Calcutta 480 480 1990 1852 480 480
IIM Lucknow 405 452 3232 3691 407 455
IIM Kozhikode 485 480 5078 4815 501 481
IIM Indore 487 487 5269 4976 487 487
IIM Trichy 263 230 13668 14125 235 238
IIM Udaipur 286 326 13668 14125 292 334
IIM Raipur 263 263 13668 14125 268 265
IIM Rohtak 265 240 13668 7981 246 240
IIM Sirmaur 123 190 13668 14125 123 184

Here is a comparison of the number of candidates shortlisted for WAT/GD/PI versus the number of seats in each IIM:

IIM Number of Seats Number of Candidates shortlisted
IIM Shillong 180 1200
IIM Kashipur 240 1000*
IIM Ranchi 185 11000*
IIM Visakhapatnam 120 700
IIM Nagpur 240 2500
IIM Amritsar 240 2500
IIM Bodhgaya 180 1800
IIM Jammu 240 2500
IIM Sambalpur 180 1800

*Shortlisting for Common Admission Process (CAP) by coordinating IIM in consultation with each participating IIM 


CAT 2021 IIM CAP Admission Process

  • IIM CAP (Common Admission Process) is conducted to offer admission to 9 New & Baby IIMs. 
  • Personal Interview round for these 9 IIMs participating in CAP will be conducted by IIM Trichy tentatively in February 2022. The application process for IIM CAP 2022-24 will begin by the 3rd week of January 2022.
  • IIM Jammu, Trichy, Raipur, and Kashipur have already released their qualifying CAT cut offs 2021. The remaining CAP participating IIMs will release their cut offs soon. 
  • The selection process will be conducted in an online mode based on the government directives regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, WAT has been excluded from the selection process due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Out of 13 New & Baby IIMs, the following 9 will participate in IIM CAP or Common Admission Procedure 2022-23 - 

  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Jammu
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Trichy
  • IIM Udaipur

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Frequently Asked Questions

CAT 2021 IIM Shortlist & Admission Criteria FAQs

Ques. Which IIMs are not participating in IIM CAP Admission Process 2021? 

Ans. This year, 4 IIMs will not participate in CAP 2022-24 admission - 

  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Amritsar 
  • IIM Rohtak

Ques. For the IIMs not participating in IIM CAP Admission Process, how will admission be done? 

Ans. For the IIMs that will not be participating in CAP, they will be having their own selection procedure. To seek admission, candidates have to go to each IIMs website and apply as per the guidelines on the website. 

Ques. When will CAT 2021 IIM Rohtak selection process be released? 

Ans. The shortlist for IIM Rohtak has been onlinet. IIM Rohtak has its own selection procedure and does not participate in the CAP.

Ques. How to check the shortlist status in IIM Bodh Gaya? 

Ans. Candidates can check their shortlist status by logging in at IIM Bodh Gaya’s official portal at admission.iimbg.ac.in with your CAT registration Id, email ID, and your date of birth. 

Ques. What is CAT 2021 IIM Jammu’s Shortlisting Procedure? 

Ans. IIM Jammu has released the shortlist for CAP 2021. There is a separate cut-off for CAP 2021 and another for its own selection round which will be conducted after CAP is over. CAT 2021 qualifying cut off is 93 (overall) and 70 for each section for the general category candidates. The qualifying CAT 2021 cut offs for SC, ST, PwD candidates are 54, 40, and 40 respectively. 

Ques. Does getting 99+ percentile in CAT guarantee admission to IIM? 

Ans. No, getting 99 percentile in CAT 2021 does not guarantee admission to top IIM. Several other factors come into play, such as past academic scores (class 10, 12, graduation), work experience, gender & academic diversity. It is expected that several candidates with 90 percentile will secure admissions. 

Ques. Do Arts graduates get diversity points in IIM CAT 2021 Admission Process? 

Ans. Yes, Arts graduates get diversity points for admission into IIM provided they score higher than the cut-off. All non-engineering graduates get diversity points at the time of admission. The weightage for Diversity factor is between 5-10% depending on the IIMs.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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