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IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria

Introduction to IIM Calcutta

In November 1961, the Government of India founded IIM Calcutta as the first National Institute for Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Management. The B-school has gained a national reputation for delivering high-quality education in management and has played a pioneering role in professionalizing Indian management. It was ranked 3rd among top business schools in India in the recently published NIRF 2020 list. Furthermore, it is triple crowned with international accreditations namely AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS and was the first B-school in India to achieve these three accreditations.


In 1975, the institute relocated to its current campus, occupying an area of 135 acres. It is situated in Joka, on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. The IIMC campus includes world-class teaching infrastructure and continually designed and refurbished educational facilities to facilitate learning. It provides campus accommodation for students enrolled in residential programs. Additionally, its five modern residence halls provide study areas and social spaces open to the entire community. Recently added to the list is a world-class hostel, ‘Lake View Hostel. ” IIM C consists classrooms of different size and seating capacity, group study areas, conference rooms, lounge areas, business / engineering library, and faculty and staff offices. Moreover, IIMC’s state-of-the-art information technology environment provides the latest teaching technology in the classroom, computing, video conferencing, and integrated collaboration services.

Programs offered

IIM Calcutta offers students a PGDM MBA degree. It is widely recognized as one of India’s best B-schools for Finance programs. Following are the programs offered:

• MBA (PGP) Program

• Dual Degree MBA Program (in collaboration with ESCP Europe)

• Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA)

Placements at IIM Calcutta (For the year 2020)

Major Recruiting Companies of IIM C

Accenture Strategy, Aditya Birla Group, Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Deloitte Consulting, Future Group, Goldman Sachs, HUL, Mahindra & Mahindra, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, Reliance Industries, The Boston Consulting Group, and TrueNorth.

Average and Median Package offered in IIM C

The average salary package offered across the PGP course is Rs 34.6 Lakh Per Annum and the Median salary package offered across the PGP course is Rs 25.5 Lakh Per Annum in the year 2020.

Program Wise Intake

In its flagship MBA (PGP) program and IIM C intakes up to 250 students.

In the Dual Degree MBA (PGP) program in collaboration with ESCP Europe and IIM C intakes up to 60 students.

Exams accepted by IIM Calcutta with cutoff

IIM Calcutta accepts only CAT score for evaluation. Students are selected on the basis of the following factors: –

Minimum CAT Percentile requirements for the 1st shortlist year 2020

NC – OBC75

Minimum Bachelor Degree Cutoff requirements for the 1st shortlist

General – The student must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least 50% marks or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Reserved Category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS) – The student must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least 45% marks or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Selection Criteria for IIM Calcutta

The weighted average score of the entry test of the applicant (CAT or GMAT test), followed by their score in the IIM written application test and screening process.

CATEGORYSection 1 (VARC)Section 2 (DILR)Section 3 (QA)Aggregate


ComponentWeightMethod of calculation
CAT 2020 Score56(A/B) x 56
Class 10 marks1010 points for 80% or higher and reduces by 2 points for every 5% or lower
Class 12 marks1515 points for 80% or higher and reduces by 3 points for every 5% or lower
Bachelor’s Degree marks1515 points for 60% or higher and reduces by 5 points for every 10% or lower
Gender Diversity Factor44 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity

*A = Candidate’s Total CAT 2020 score & B = Maximum possible CAT 2020 Score

Selection Process for IIM Calcutta

The shortlisted students have to go through 2 steps in the selection process

Step 1: Written Assessment – In a time frame of 30 minutes, students are asked to write a short note (one article) on a given subject that may be relevant to current social, economic, and business affairs, or even sporting events. This consists of 10 points.

Step 2: Personal Interview – A personal interview consisting of 2 or more panel judges takes place assessing the candidate on various criteria and this consists of 15 points.

The final selection of the candidate is done on a total aggregate score considering points from educational, work experience, written assessment, and personal interview.

Important Dates for IIM Calcutta

Ongoing/Current selection process for 2021 admission dates

Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT January 9, 2021 (May prepone or postpone by a week due to COVID)

Selection Process Tentative dates – February 2021

Final Admission Offer – 3rd  week of April 2021

Final confirmation of admission offer by 1st week of June 2021

Tentative dates for the 2022 admission process

Admission 2022 Application Starts August 5, 2021 (10 AM)

Last date to Apply September 16, 2021 (5 PM)

Selection Process Tentative dates – Start: Last week of January 2022 End: Last week of March 2022

Final Admission Offer – 3rd  week of April 2022

Final confirmation of admission offer by 2nd week of May 2022

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