Last updated on June 19th, 2021 at 07:14 pm
After the release of CAT 2021 Result on January 5, 2021, IIM Calcutta announces the admission shortlist with 1990 candidates for final selection round on January 6, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad admission shortlist focuses more on diversity. IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, and other IIMs shortlisting criteria also follows this trend. This marks a new trend at IIM shortlisting criteria leading to diversity in IIM classrooms.
IIM selection process?
The selection process of all the Indian Institute of Managements is rigorous and in order to clear the brain hammering process, students require a lot of preparation. Some IIMs have Group Discussion as an integral aspect of selection process while some like the IIM Ahmedabad do not conduct GD. They in place of it have the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) or Written Ability Test (WAT) Let us check out the selection process of IIMs.
IIMs will observe a two-step process for selection process of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch of the PGP. These steps are-
Based on the CAT Exam 2019 score, minimum cut offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank is selected for the subsequent stages.
Candidates get shortlisted for AWT/WAT/GD & Personal Interview (PI)
In the final selection stage, selection is strictly based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) based on the Final Composite Score’s (FCS).
What is IIM Waitlist Movement?
Every year, there is a lot of buzz among different students forums related to IIM waitlist. So what is this waitlist movement? Let’s understand.
Every year, lakhs of students apply for admission to MBA programmes offered by the IIMs. Since, the total number of seats of all 20 IIMs is about 4000, not everyone gets successful. Once the first list of selected candidates are announced, another batch of selected students are kept in waiting in case any student chooses to forgo their seat. The seat is then offered to the next best candidate. This list of students waiting for someone to give up their seat can be termed as waitlist.
IIM waitlist mainly consists of the number of seats that move up from the waitlist slab to offer. Each year’s observation shows, students wait long for the waitlist of IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA), IIM Bangalore (IIMB) and IIM Calcutta (IIMC) to move so that the chances of their admission get brighter. Nevertheless, the new and emerging IIM waitlist movement has also caught attention lately.
The waitlist movement in IIMs and some few top MBA colleges is category dependent. For the general category, it is extremely stringent, while for the SC, ST, OBC and PwD category there is some relaxation.
IIM Lucknow does not release waitlist. They instead of it release the merit list. For a student to secure their position in the merit list, they need to qualify the minimum requirement which is 12 out of 40 in the PI round.
Highlights of PAST Trends of the IIM Waitlist
Except for the admission teams of individual IIMs, one cannot perhaps give accurate data on the waitlist movement. However, based on the data published in various online platforms such as blogs, student-answering platforms, we have mentioned below the past trends of waitlist movement of both Old, New, and Emerging IIMS in the past two years. Take a look.
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IIMs Shortlist for Admissions 2021: Key Dates
Important dates for IIM Shortlist 2021 for GD-PI-WAT rounds for MBA admissions 2021-21:
|IIMs||Expected Date of Shortlist||Total Seats|
|IIM Ahmedabad||January 7, 2021 (Released)||395|
|IIM Bangalore||January 7, 2021 (Released)||400|
|IIM Calcutta||January 6, 2021 (Released)||460|
|IIM Lucknow||January 15, 2021 (Released)||500|
|IIM Indore||January 15, 2021 (Released)||450|
|IIM Kozhikode||January 9, 2021 (Released)||375|
|IIM Shillong||January 24, 2021||180|
|IIM Rohtak||January 25, 2021||240|
|IIM Trichy||January 25, 2021||180|
|IIM Udaipur||January 25, 2021||260|
|IIM Ranchi||January 25, 2021||185|
|IIM Kashipur||January 27, 2021||180|
|IIM Raipur||January 27, 2021||240|
|IIM Amritsar||April 22, 2021||105|
|IIM Bodhgaya||April 25, 2021||60|
|IIM Nagpur||April 26, 2021||126|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||April 26, 2021||60|
|IIM Jammu||May 15, 2021||60|
|IIM Sambalpur||May 15, 2021||60|
|IIM Sirmaur||May 17, 2021||60|
IIM Calcutta Shortlist: Announced on January 6, 2021
Taking the lead after the CAT 2021 Result declaration, IIM Calcutta has released the admission shortlist. Total of 1990 candidates are called for interview with the percentage of female candidates approximately 43%. The shortlisted candidates can check their status by logging at IIM Calcutta official website with their CAT 2021 registration ID and email ID.
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IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist: Announced on January 7, 2021
IIM Ahmedabad has been the front-runner to announce its admission shortlist. Minimum 1200 candidates are shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad for the Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI). Out of them, IIM Ahmedabad shortlists around 565 candidates of General category; 317 candidates of NC-OBC; 170 SC; 100 ST and 48 PWD candidates. Total candidates considered by IIM Ahmedabad for preliminary screening is around 27556 and out of them, 1200 candidates receive IIM Ahmedabad call for the final selection round.
- Shortlist for MBA Batch 2021-21 released on January , 2021.
- 1200+ candidates are generally shortlisted.
- AWT-PI round begins in the last week of January 2021.
- IIM Ahmedabad calls for the final admission will be sent in the month of April 2021.
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IIM Bangalore Shortlist: Announced on January , 2021
- Shortlist for MBA Batch 2021-21 is announced on January 9, 2021.
- 1000+ candidates are expected to be shortlisted.
- The academic profile is considered more than the CAT 2021 score in the shortlisting process.
- PI Round to start from the second week of February 2021 in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad.
- IIMB call for final admission will be sent in the month of April 2021.
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IIM Lucknow Shortlist: Announced on January , 2021
- IIM Lucknow shortlists for MBA Batch 2021-21 is announced on January 8, 2021.
- 1500 candidates are to be shortlisted for PI-WAT round for PGP/PGP-ABM/PGP-SM programmes respectively.
- IIML shortlist cutoff is generally 90+ for PGP and 85+ for PGP-ABM and PGP-SM.
- Final admission round consists of PI & WAT rounds.
- IIML calls for the final admission in the month of April 2021.
IIM Indore Shortlist: Announced on January , 2021
- IIM Indore shortlists for MBA Batch 2021-21 is announced on January 8, 2021.
- 1400 candidates are expected to be shortlisted for PGP and PGP-HRM programmes 2021-21.
- After IIM Indore shortlist, the PI-WAT round begins in February 2021.
- The call for the final admission expected in the month of April/May 2021.
IIM Kozhikode Shortlist: Announced on January , 2021
- IIMK shortlists is announced on January 09, 2021.
- The shortlist status is made available on the official page of IIM Kozhikode.
- IIMK calls for the final admission round is released in the month of April 2021.
IIM Rohtak Shortlist: January , 2021
- IIM Rohtak shortlists for MBA Batch 2021-22 is expected by January 25, 2021.
- 14000 candidates are expected to be shortlisted for the Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 for the 9 new IIMs participating in the common WAT and PI rounds.
- The shortlist cutoff may remain between 90 to 95.
- PI-WAT will be a part of Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 coordinated by IIM Ranchi for the participating IIMs.
- CAP 2021 round begins in the month of February 2021.
IIM Tiruchirappalli Shortlist: January , 2021
- IIM Trichy shortlists for CAP 2021 is expected by January 25, 2021.
- To check the shortlist status candidates’ need to enter their CAT 2021 Registration number, Date of Birth in YYYY-MM-DD format, Email ID as provided in the CAT Application form before clicking on Submit button in the window at the official IIM Trichy website for shortlisting.
- Shortlist cutoff as announced by IIM Trichy is 95 percentile overall and 80+ minimum sectional percentile.
- After the IIM Trichy call for the final selection process, the CAP 2021 round begins in the month of February 2021.
IIM Udaipur Shortlist: January , 2021
- IIM Udaipur shortlists for PI-WAT rounds is expected to be announced by January 25, 2021.
- Shortlisted candidates will further take part in CAP 2021.
- A common shortlist is expected to be announced for all the CAP 2021 participating IIMs which may have around 14000 candidates.
- Post-IIM Udaipur call for the final selection round, the CAP 2021 round begins in February 2021.
IIM Raipur Shortlist: January , 2021
- IIM Raipur shortlists for PI-WAT is expected to be announced by January 25, 2021.
- Final cutoff for admission offer may remain between 90 to 95.
- Common Admission Process 2021 will consist of WAT & PI round being coordinated by IIM Ranchi for all the participating IIMs.
IIM Kashipur Shortlist: January, 2021
- IIM Kashipur shortlists for PI-WAT is expected to be announced by January 27, 2021.
- Final cutoff for admission offer may remain between 90 to 95.
- Common Admission Process (CAP) 2021 will consist of WAT & PI rounds.
- After IIM Kashipur call for the final selection round, the CAP 2021 round begins in the month of February 2021.
IIM Shillong Shortlist: January, 2021
- IIM Shillong shortlists for PI-WAT expected to be announced by January 27, 2021.
- Shortlisted candidates will have to attend GD-PI-WAT round conducted by IIM Shillong separately in different cities of India.
- Shortlist cutoff is expected to be 90 percentile overall and 80+ minimum sectional percentile.
7 New IIMs’ Shortlist: April/May 2021
- The seven new IIMs are IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Visakhapatnam.
- IIM Ranchi coordinates CAP 2021 in which some of these new IIMs may also participate.
- The IIMs those who participate in CAP 2021 will not announce a separate shortlist.
- The shortlisted candidates of these new IIMs will have to participate in the PI-WAT round through CAP 2021.
- IIM Nagpur, IIM Visakhapatnam will mostly not participate in the CAP 2021 and will conduct their own GD-PI-WAT process for admissions 2021-21.
- These IIMs will announce a shortlist in the last week of April/first week of May 2021 to conduct PI-WAT rounds.
IIM calls for Interview
IIMs call the candidates after completing the shortlisting process for GD-PI-WAT rounds. IIMs shortlist focuses more on the student quality which is not just through CAT 2021 exam scores. As such ‘profile’ plays an important role for improving diversity in the IIM classrooms. IIM Shortlisting criteria main focus is on the following 3 Parameters:
CAT 2021 Exam Scores: Each IIMs shortlisting criteria specify its minimum required sectional as well as overall percentile score.
Academic Profile & Diversity: IIMs shortlisting criteria awards weightage to excellent academic record till graduation and to the candidates coming from Non-Engineering background. Female candidates are also awarded weightage to promote gender diversity in the IIM classrooms.
Work Experience: A good weightage in the range of 5 to 10 percent is awarded in IIMs shortlisting process if a candidate has a work experience between 2 and 3 years in a supervisory cadre.
What is noteworthy is that hundreds of CAT 2021 toppers and candidates with 99 Percentile may not get IIM call for final selection round for Admission 2021 in the top IIMs. On the other hand, candidates with percentile below 90 may get IIM call due to their profile, academic diversity despite scoring low in the CAT 2021 exam as admission shortlist focuses more on diversity.