IIM Selection criterion 2014

Understand the IIM Selection criterion. WATs are to be conducted at new IIMs in place of Group Discussions as part of the Selection procedure.

Created On: Feb 12, 2014 18:30 IST

Getting an IIM call would be undoubtedly the dream of any CAT aspirant. As the CAT results are out, it is high time to know what it takes to get through India’s most venerated IIMs.

All IIMs do not follow a similar criterion in picking up their students; anyhow their strategies are designed to get across the best of the talents.

The selection criterion is based on the following two stages.

Stage I:

This is the initial selection solely based on the CAT/GMAT score.

CAT score:

Your CAT scores would be considered in two sections.

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as one section and
  •  Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical reasoning (LR) in the other.

Those who make it to the list accordingly, would be called for a Personal Interview/Written Ability Test/Group discussion based on their composite score.

What is a composite score?

Students with the required CAT/GMAT scores will be selected for the subsequent round of GD/WAT/PI based on a composite score.

Composite score is a combination of the following two:

  • CAT/GMAT Score
  • Application Rating (AR) score (Percent score in 10th, 12th and bachelors program )

The maximum AR score is 45 and the maximum CAT score is 450.

Both these scores are used to calculate the final composite score and on its basis candidates will be called for the next round.


Not all the IIMs conduct all the three to evaluate the aspirants. Mostly, they make use of two among the three rounds.

Out of the 13 IIMs only IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode are conducting Group discussion and the rest of the IIMs are taking up Written Ability Test (WAT) as their tool to select their talents for 2014-16.

Stage II:

After the PI/WAT/GD rounds candidates will be selected through their aggregate score based on the following criterion:

  • 70% weightage to the WA/PI score
  • 30% weightage to the composite score

WA/PI Score takes into consideration the academic records, achievements, extracurricular activities, work experience and post graduation if any and other merits along with the performance in the interview and the written test or group discussion.

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