How Can I Get An Interview Call From IIM Calcutta – CAT 2018 – PGP 2019 – 2021

IIM Calcutta, the convener for CAT 2018, has released its selection criteria for the Class of 2021. Highlights of the IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria:

  1. There are no changes in the selection criteria from 2017.
  2. Following the trend of promoting gender and academic diversity, IIM Calcutta will award a total of 4 points (2+2) to female non-engineers.
  3. As has been the case for the past 2 years, graduation marks play no role in the IIM Calcutta selection criteria.
  4. The major focus is laid on Class 10th and 12th academic performance for interview shortlist, and WAT-PI performance for final selection.

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria for a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks are as follows:

Table 1:

CAT Cut Off:

Category QA DI-LR VA-RC Overall
General ≥80 ≥80 ≥80 ≥90
NC-OBC ≥75 ≥75 ≥75 ≥85
SC ≥65 ≥65 ≥65 ≥70
ST ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
PWD ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70

The CAT percentile of a shortlisted candidate may be much higher than the mentioned percentile and the overall percentile cut-off for an ideal candidate is likely to be set in excess of 98-99 percentile.

Table 2:

Points For 10th And 12th Marks:

10th Marks Points 12th Marks Points
≥80 10 ≥80 10
≥ 75 and < 80 8 ≥ 75 and < 80 8
≥ 70 and < 75 6 ≥ 70 and < 75 6
≥ 65 and < 70 4 ≥ 65 and < 70 4
≥ 60 and < 65 2 ≥ 60 and < 65 2
< 60 0 < 60 0

Table 3:

Criteria For Shortlist Call:

Component Weights
CAT 2018 Overall Score 28
Class 10th Marks 10
Class 12th Marks 10
Gender Diversity 2
Total 50

To calculate the CAT overall score, the method used would be:

(A/B) x 28

Where A = Candidate’s CAT 2018 Score and B = Maximum CAT 2018 Score

Table 4:

Criteria for final selection and admission offer:

Criterion Weights
CAT 2018 Score 15
Personal Interview (PI) 24
Written Ability Test (WAT) 5
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)): If (Bachelor’s degree is from the list X)
Work Experience 4
Total 50

For ADFB, if you’re not an Engineer, you will be allotted 2 extra points for academic diversity at the undergraduate level.

Table 5:

Marks for work experience.

Months Points
< 6 0
6 to 12 2
13 to 24 3
25 to 36 4
37 to 48 3
>48 2

Work experience till 31st of January, 2019 will be counted in months. However, this excludes any project work/Training/work done as a part of the curriculum.

Let’s explore what the IIM Calcutta selection criteria mean for the different type of applicants:

Non-Engineer, Female Candidate  – This is an ideal candidate for IIM Calcutta, and has the potential to get a high composite score. If the lady has close to 3 years of work experience, has over 80% marks in 10th and 12th and manages to score in excess of 99.5 percentile, then there is a very high chance for her to get admission into IIM Calcutta. The deciding factor would be the WAT-PI performance, which accounts for 30% of the total marks.

Non-Engineer, Male Candidate – A male non-engineer will miss out on the 2 gender diversity points but still manages to be an ideal candidate, provided the above-mentioned criteria are met.

Engineer, Female Candidate – A female engineer gains 2 gender diversity points, but does not gain the advantage of academic diversity. Therefore, the candidate will have to compensate for the same with a relatively higher CAT percentile and an excellent WAT-PI performance, as compared to her non-engineer counterpart.

Engineer, Male Candidate – GEMs will miss out on 4 points (Gender Diversity+Academic Diversity). However, 76% of the total marks are in the hands of a male engineering candidate. A CAT percentile in excess of 99.7 percentile (based on previous trends) and an excellent WAT-PI performance would be sufficient to be a part of the Class of 2021 at IIM C.


With no changes in selection criteria from last year, IIM Calcutta seems to have gotten the formula right.

For aspirants, the institute offers a chance to wash off their past “sins”. With 43% of the total weight being given to CAT, a less-than-stellar academic background is no longer an excuse. Graduation marks, the downfall for most aspirants, is also not a selection criterion. Most CAT aspirants are likely to have scored above 80% in either 10th or 12th, if not both. Therefore, their CAT performance will play a major role in deciding if they become Gems of Joka. 

With both gender diversity and academic diversity points being regularly made a part of the selection criteria every year, it is clear that the IIM Calcutta is driven to get that 1:1 gender ratio, and wants to get rid of the image that only Engineers can make it to the holy trinity of IIMs.

Selection Criteria – IIM Calcutta Official Website

Also read:

  1. CAT 2018 Official Notification

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Vikas Garg

My academic are 7.4/83.2/54.88 in 10/12/grad respectively, in which iim I have chance and also at what CAT percentile

Vikas Garg

My academic are 7.4/83.2/54.88 in 10/12/grad respectively, in which iim I have chance and also at what CAT percentile
(I’m a bcom graduate with no prior work experience)