Deconstructing IIM Indore’s Shortlisting Criteria for the Class of 2014-16

There is no change in the shortlisting criteria at IIM Indore for the PGP programme for the Class of 2016 from the one used last year.  (You can read everything about last year’s criteria here)


Main Highlights of the Shortlisting and Selection Criteria

– IIM Indore remains among the 3 old IIMs ( IIM A and B being the others) not to give extra marks to women. However, the criteria still managed to admit over 140 women in a batch of 450 last year.

– There is also no extra weight given to non-engineering background students in the shortlisting. It explains why the % of Engineers is very high at IIM Indore.

–  No weight to work experience given while shortlisting. This explains the relatively high proportion of freshers in the 2013-15 batch.

– CAT is a filter during shortlisting. 90 Percentile overall and 85 percentile in both the sections for the General Category.  However, we have data that says that NO ONE with less than 95%ile has got an final admission offer for PGP at IIM Indore for the General Category in the last 3 years. (Source : RTI Query) In any case, it is a little difficult to have an overall percentile of less than 95%ile if you have to satisfy 85%ile in the 2 sections. So, we don’t see too many students with less than 95%ile even getting calls. Bagging  a final admission offer will be very very tough.

– There will be a normalization scheme used for 10th,12th and Bachelor’s Degree scores. However, the scheme has NOT been made public in the release here.

– Once you get a shortlist, CAT Percentile of 99.99 = CAT Percentile of 95 as the Final Composite Score to make an ADMISSION offer does not have any weight for the CAT.

– The Ratio of candidates called to admission offers is 1:10.

However, 4510 interviews will not take place. Why? –  IIM Indore  starts its interview process after final results of IIM ABC are out in April. They have been doing it for the last 2 years now and Prof. Rohit Kapoor (CAT 2013 Convenor and Admissions Chairperson at IIM I) is very happy with this schedule. About 6 months back he had told us that since candidates who have offers from IIM ABC are unlikely to appear for the IIM Indore interview, only serious candidates who are likely to join on getting an offer turn up. This ensures that the panel at IIM Indore gets to spend a lot of time per candidate and the overall process is satisfactory for both the professors and the students who appear for the interview. Earlier, there was a lot of pressure to finish off interviews early because of the sheer number of people which had to be interviewed.

Our view is that this is a smart move. The interview process is likely to be better. In certain slots during the IIM I interviews only 3-4 candidates are interviewed and this ensures that a candidate gets a lot of time to have a conversation with the panel. The interview process is far more meaningful than the 10 minute speed dating type scenarios. It prevents unnecessary wait list movement as well.

We believe that since IIM K has changed its criteria and introduced sectional cutoffs, there will be a bigger overlap with IIM K’s pool of candidates this year.


The Criteria and Cutoffs  are given below :


CAT 2013 Sectional and Overall Percentile Cutoffs
Category Section 1 Section 2 Overall
General 85 85 90.00
NC- OBC 75 75 80.00
ST, SC, PWD 50 50 55.00


Once you satisfy this, CAT Percentile becomes irrelevant. Then, 2 Scores matter.  The Composite Score and the Final Composite Score. The Composite Score will determine whether you get an interview call.


Weightages used for calculating Composite Score
Academic Performance  Weightages
10th Standard/ SSC 35%
12th Standard/ HSC 35%
Bachelor’s Degree (BD) 30%


The table below talks about the ‘Planned Intake’.


Category-wise intake versus shortlisted
Category Planned Intake To- be shortlisted
General 213 2130
NC- OBC 122 1220
ST 68 680
SC 34 340
PWD/ DA 14 140
Total 451 4510


The Final selection however depends on the Final Composite Score which includes your performance in the Written part as well as the Interview.


Weightages used for calculating Final Composite Score
Academic Performance Weightages
10th Standard/ SSC 17%
12th Standard/ HSC 17%
Bachelor’s Degree (BD) 16%
Personal Interview (PI) 35%
Written Ability Test (WAT) 15%

Original Policy document can be found here


Read PGP Shortlisting Criteria for the Class of 2013-15 here.

Read our analysis of IIM Ahmedabad’s Selection Criteria for 2014-16 here

Read our analysis of IIM Kozhikode’s Selection Criteria for 2014-16 here

Read our analysis of IIM Lucknow’s Selection Criteria for 2014-16 here


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