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How to crack CAT exam? | IIM Calcutta converts advice for CAT 2024 aspirants | MBA from IIM
May 14 2024

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the largest MBA entrance exam for admission in 21 IIMs and majority of other top B-schools. CAT is a computer based test of two hours duration and is divided into three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability. Below is the CAT Self preparation plan for CAT 2024 with self study and study material from coaching.



The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) was the country’s first IIM, founded in 1961 by the Indian Government. It’s worth noting that the Government of India designated IIM C as a national institute of importance in 2011. IIM Calcutta is one of the top Management colleges in India. Along with the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, and the Ford Foundation, it was the first national institute for post-graduate studies and research in management.

IIM Calcutta Highlights

IIM Calcutta offers an educational experience that goes far beyond the classroom. Campus life and interaction among fellow students are extremely important to students’ growth and development. The highlights of IIMC are listed below.

IIM Calcutta Scholarships

Financial aid is provided to students in the form of loans. A variety of reputable financial institutions offer student loans. Institutional scholarships are also available for deserving candidates. SC/ST students can apply for Merit Cum Means Scholarships, awarded by the Indian Government, depending on their performance.

  • P. R. Karthik Scholarship, India Carbon Scholarship, B.P. Poddar Scholarship, Aditya Kashyap Memorial Scholarship (for receiving the highest CGPA in Compulsory & Elective Courses), TIL Scholarship, etc., are institutional scholarships available for students.
  • A variety of scholarships sponsored by major corporations, including the OP Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship, the Ratan Tata Trust, T. Thomas Scholarship sponsored by HUL, are available for deserving students based on merit and specific criteria stipulated by the sponsors.
  • NTPC awards merit scholarships to deserving SC/ST/disabled students based on their PGP-first-year scores

dministrative Building, MHCV, Teaching Block & Hostel

  • The main academic block of IIM Calcutta is located next to the administration building and contains four huge lecture halls as well as several other classrooms. All of the classrooms and lecture halls are air-conditioned and equipped with cutting-edge audio-visual and multimedia technology.
  • Within the three primary hostels, Old Hostel, White Hostel, and New Hostel, there are numerous opportunities for interaction and the development of bonds. The White Hostel and New Hostel are both male hostels, whilst the Old Hostel is a co-ed hostel with distinct girls’ wings.
  • Additionally, there is a post office, ATMs from both SBI and ICICI banks, a cafeteria, and a hospital on campus, as well as telephone, fax, television and internet access.
  • The Tata Hall has 56 residential rooms, four suites and three meeting rooms. Residents of the Tata Hall have access to a fine dining room. Some of the suites are furnished with double beds, while restrooms are furnished with single beds.
  • There is an unimaginable calmness about the stupa-shaped buildings in the delightful surroundings. The Management Centre For Human Values illuminates more than two decades of aspiration and work to spread the wisdom of Indian psycho-philosophy from the perennial corpus to members of human groups nationwide and globally.
  • Aside from the infrastructure, all of the hostels provide plenty of opportunities for conversation and making friends. After a long day of work, students can enjoy common areas, gaming rooms and sports courts in all hostels.


  • One of Asia’s best management libraries, IIMC offers modern amenities and automated operations and services that make it highly convenient for people to use.
  • The library encompasses a vast collection of books and bound journals spanning over 1.6 lakh volumes.
  • The library was established in March 1962 and called B. C. Roy Memorial Library in honour of Dr. B. C. Roy, the Institute’s first Chairman.
  • There are over 40,000 full-text journals available online through the IIMC Library. The library subscribes to 500 journals.


  • There is no academic campus in the country with a better auditorium than IIM Calcutta. The auditorium accommodates 750 people.
  • Featuring ultra-modern equipment, including audio-visual systems, the auditorium is fully cooled and equipped with air conditioning.

Computing Facilities

  • IIM C was the country’s first management institute to build a fully networked campus.
  • For decades, the institute has been committed to incorporating technology into its programmes. It currently has a network of approximately 1000 PCs, four digital alpha servers, one IBM RS-6000 server and seven Novell file servers.
  • Users get unlimited access to the Internet via a 2MBPS and 64 KBPS radio link via VSNL. Bloomberg, Prowess, and Capitaline are just a few of the electronic databases that provide info on the global and Indian business worlds.

Finance Lab

  • The Finance Lab supports advanced applied research in financial markets and aims to provide financial managers with the mathematical and conceptual theories and best practices in financial systems needed for creating and managing innovative financial products.
  • Lab equipment includes an exchange simulator (XSTrade) containing real-time data feeds from 5 markets: NSE-Cash, BSE-Cash, NCDEX and MCX.

IIM Calcutta Placements & Careers

Overall, IIM Calcutta is one of the best in terms of placements and the high academic standards on campus are key reasons for its success. This success is reflected in both the campus’s strong industrial ties as well as its significant alumni network.

IIM Calcutta Summer Placements 2020

The Summer Placements 2020 was successfully completed against the challenges posed by the pandemic. The entire placement process was conducted digitally, with recruiters and students integrating onboarding on a single platform.

  • There were 43 new recruiters this season. For a class of 473 students, 141 recruiters participated in the process, providing them with positions in consulting, finance, sales & marketing, operations & general management, and more.
  • The process spanned over 3 clusters accommodating 23 different cohorts across sectors. Cluster 1 of the Summer placements 2020 process was a congregation of Asset Management, Investment Banking & Markets, Management Consulting, and Advisory Consulting cohorts.
  • In the first cluster of the process, 37 recruiters took part, making 180+ offers. Top recruiters offering students coveted Management consulting opportunities were Accenture Strategy, Bain and Company, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, and Kearney.
  • For the first time, companies like Arthur D. Little, InCred Capital, and IARC Private Limited, took part in the IIM Calcutta placement process. Financial roles were offered by notable recruiters such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Gaja Capital, Credit Suisse, and CITI Bank.
  • The first-time recruiters in Summers’ process were TCS Strategic Leadership Programme, VMware, and Voxco.
  • Microsoft, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Asian Paints, and Reckitt Benckiser were among the companies that made the most offers in the cluster, with the highest offers.
  • Other notable recruiters were Tata Administrative Services, Aditya Birla Group, Salesforce, Hindustan Unilever, ITC, Nestle, and Flipkart, all of whom offered highly coveted positions in General Management, Sales & Marketing, and Product Management. Offers were made in 80 roles throughout the FMCG, E-Commerce & Logistics, Consumer durables, Software Services, and Consumer Services cohorts in Cluster 2 of the process.
  • For 13 cohorts, Cluster 3 of the process hosted 54 organisations from BFSI, Consulting, Power & Utilities, Manufacturing, and New Age Firms. Renew Power, Dr. Reddy Labs, Yes Bank, ICICI Group, Cognizant, BNY Mellon, and NRI Consulting made 122 bids as part of the process. For the first time, notable recruiters such as Titan, Winzo Games, TATA Steel, PayU, Yodlee, and new-age tech startups such as Helicrofter, Tuitionable, and Sabkamandi took part.

IM Calcutta Final Placements 2020-2022

IIM Calcutta has successfully conducted the 57th batch of its flagship PG programme. The institute recorded 100% placements with the participation of approximately 190+ companies, who expected a total of 631 job offers, along with preplacement offers to 465 students. The entire session was divided into three clusters: Cluster 1, Cluster 2 and Cluster 3. The ratio of the batch profile was 35% for female candidates and 65% for male candidates.


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