IIM Lucknow Campus

IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria

IIM Lucknow had given utmost importance to CAT score in 2015. It used CAT scores for admission to its flagship programme, Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management, PGP in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) and PGP in Sustainable Management (PGP-SM). In this article, we will explore IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria.

Selection Criteria of IIM Lucknow

IIM Lucknow follows a 3 stage process for selecting candidates to its PG Programmes.

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 PI Round) for Normal Candidates

In Stage-II, IIM Lucknow apply various criteria to select and call the candidates for WAT/PI round.

1st Criteria for Stage-II selection:

Candidates have to clear the following section-wise cutoffs as well as overall cutoff:

Cut-offs for IIM Lucknow


2nd Criteria for Stage-II selection:

Candidates have to secure top 20 percentile marks in their respective boards for 12th examination. IIM L uses the following comprehensive evaluation parameters for calling students for WAT/PI round.

IIM Lucknow Cut-Offs

A maximum of 50 Marks were awarded to students shortlisted based on above table. A merit list was drawn and students were called in descending order. Let us understand each parameter in-depth as under:

CAT Score

A maximum of 38 marks were awarded under this. Students score was divided with the highest score obtained by topper in CAT-2015 and multiplied with 38 to get the final marks.

12th Marks

A maximum of 2 marks were awarded to candidates who were in 95 percentile and above of the respective board examinations. Candidates in 90~95 percentile were awarded marks of 1.5, 85~90 were awarded 1.0, 80~85 were awarded 0.5 and anything lower were awarded zero.

Graduation Marks

Graduation Marks were given a weightage of 3 marks and normalization process applied while calculating the scores from respective academic categories.

Work Experience

A maximum of 2 marks were awarded based on the formula: (No.of Months)*0.1.

Minimum number of months for calculation purpose was taken as 6 months. From the above formula, it is evident that someone with more than 20 months experience will be getting a maximum of 2 marks.

Diversity Factor – Academic Background and Gender

Students with Arts/Commerce/Professional Course/Medicine and other non-Engineering subjects were given extra marks of 3 and girls get extra 2 marks.

Stage-III (Final Selection)

Candidates who were selected based on above parameters were further tested on Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview. In WAT, a topic was given and candidates were asked to pen their thoughts in 15 minutes. In personal interviews, candidates were further evaluated based on their academics, work experience, personal and professional achievements. The Final weightage given for admission to PGP in IIM Lucknow was as under:

IIM Lucknow Criteria for final selection

Where as, Shortlist Total was the one used in Stage-II for shortlisting candidates for WAT/PI Round.


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