Simple enough? Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these three crucial stages of selection.
Stage 1 - Shortlisting on the Basis of Minimum CAT Percentile Cut-Offs
There's approximately 2 lakh CAT aspirants who take the exam every single year. Shortlisting every single candidate based on their CAT score and profile can be a long-drawn process. This is why the IIMs set minimum CAT cut-offs to eliminate a good chunk of test-takers from the admissions process. The table below captures the minimum overall and sectional CAT 2022 cut-offs set by IIM Lucknow.
Essentially, the table above means that candidates must achieve a minimum 85th percentile score in all three sections of the CAT exam + a minimum 90th percentile overall score. Please note that simply meeting the minimum CAT 2022 percentile cut-offs is not a guarantee of being shortlisted for the next round.
Stage 2 - WAT-PI Shortlisting on the Basis of Weighted Selection Criteria
By this stage, only the top 10th percentile of CAT 2022 test-takers are eligible to be shortlisted for IIM Lucknow's Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) round. Now, it's time to shortlist candidates based on a weighted composite score, calculated on the basis of various selection parameters. In 2022, the IIM Lucknow selection criteria includes a candidate's CAT 2022 score, their 12th and graduation marks, work experience, academic background, and gender.
Like last year, IIM Lucknow has assigned a massive 60% weight to candidates' CAT 2022 performance.
In terms of academic profile, the institute has assigned a 10% weight to a candidate's 12th marks. It's important to note here that IIM Lucknow will assign scores not on the basis of the absolute percentage achieved in HSC but the significance of that percentage. In simpler terms, a 90% in CBSE with Science may only be amongst the top-85% of all CBSE Science percentages, or a 92% in ICSE with Commerce may be amongst the top-90% of all ICSE Commerce scores. This is an important distinction to note. Graduation marks will be normalized as per the academic discipline.
Candidates with less than 6 months of job experience will get no points for work experience. Female and non-engineering applicants will have up to 20% advantage over their general engineering male (GEM) counterparts.
Based on the weights of these selection criteria, a composite score will be created and a limited number of candidates will be shortlisted for the WAT-PI round.
Stage 3 - Shortlisting on the Basis of WAT-PI Performance
At this stage, after candidates have undergone the WAT-PI process, they will be evaluated on their performance and either shortlisted or rejected for admission to the PGP program. IIM Lucknow's final shortlisting criteria are captured in the table below.
For the personal interview parameters, candidates must score a minimum of 12 out of 40 marks to become eligible for inclusion in the final merit list. The final shortlist will be released between April and May of 2023, and selected candidates will receive their admission offers.