IIM Amritsar

IIM Amritsar Selection Criteria

IIM Amritsar (IIM Am) was established in 2015 in Amritsar, Punjab. IIM Kozhikode is mentoring IIM Am in areas of curriculum design and course structure, research and faculty sharing. IIM Am is one of the few institutes to use only CAT scores for selecting candidates for Personal Interview round. In this article, we try to understand IIM Amritsar selection criteria.

Selection Criteria of IIM Amritsar

IIM Am followed a 3 stage process for selecting candidates to its PG Programme in Management based on CAT 2015 scores.

IIM Lucknow Admission Process

(CAT: Common Admission Test, WAT: Written Ability Test and PI: Personal Interview)

Stage-I (Applying and Writing CAT)

In Stage I, candidates have to apply online for CAT and appear for the exam. In this stage, IIMs gather all the requisite information from the candidates related to past academics, work experience, details of various degrees etc. Once the candidate appears for CAT, then stage – II starts.

Stage-II (Selection for WAT/PI Round)

Only Criteria for Stage-II selection:

Candidates have to clear the following section-wise cutoffs as well as overall cutoff (All figures are mentioned in percentile). Merit list was drawn and IIM Amritsar called candidates in the descending order:

IIM Amritsar CAT Cut-Offs

Stage-III (Final Selection)

Candidates who were selected based on above parameters were further tested on Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview. All new IIMs are following a common WAT and PI process and as a result candidates have to appear for the combined WAT and PI rounds organized by one of the new IIMs. In WAT, a topic was given and candidates were asked to pen their thoughts in 15 minutes. WAT was used to test candidate’s grasp on the content, vocabulary and structuring of thought process while putting the essay together. In personal interviews, candidates were further evaluated based on their academics, work experience, general awareness, assessment of leadership skills, personal and professional achievements. The Final weightage given for admissions to PGP in IIM Amritsar was as under:

IIM Amritsar Final weightage

CAT Score

A maximum of 40 marks were awarded under this. Students final CAT score was divided with the highest score obtained by topper (among those applied to IIM Amritsar) in CAT and multiplied with 40 to get the final marks under this criteria.

Past Academics – 10th, 12th and Under Graduation (UG) Marks – NIL

Work Experience

A maximum of 5 marks were awarded based on the following table:

IIM Amritsar Work experience weightage

Diversity Factor – Academic Background and Gender

Students with degrees other than Engineering were given extra marks of 5 or girl students were given extra 5 marks. Candidates were eligible to get extra marks under diversity for only one parameter. 

Written Ability Test and Personal Interview

WAT and PI were given weightage of 15% and 35% respectively in the final admission of IIM Amritsar.

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