Profile for IIMs

Profile for IIMs

Profile for IIMs

Profile plays very important role in these three things:

  • The probability of getting a call from premier institutions.
  • The conversation one is going to have in PI.
  • The shortlists one is going to get during summer & final placements.


A diverse range of profiles makes it to IIMs every year. Every IIM has its own criteria for evaluating a candidate. Some of the IIMs give more weightage to WAT-PI/GD, while some prefer exemplary academic record. Work experience points change from one institute to another.

Profile consists of following things:

Academic Performance:

Marks in 10th, 12th and graduation:

Work Experience

Academic Pedigree:

The brand of the institution where one graduated.

Academic Achievements:

Ranks secured at school (X & XII), college and university-level and/or performance in national or state-level entrance tests

Co-Curricular Achievements:

Ranks in Olympiads, NTSE, Paper Presentations, Journal publications and any other academics-related contests outside of regular school and college work.

Extra-Curricular Achievements:

Achievements in non-academic pursuits singing, dancing, sports, games etc.

Positions of Responsibilities:

Official posts held at a school, college and university-level

Pursuits of Special Interests:

Any extra-curricular interest pursued out of passion but without achievements — reading, writing, sports, games, singing, dancing, painting etc.

Also read: CAT preparation for beginners

Mostly for getting into IIMs candidate should have scored well in 10th and 12th i.e. 90 % marks or more. Also in Graduation candidate should have more than 8.5 CGPA in Engineering and more than 7.5 if it is other stream.It helps a lot if candidate is a woman and is a non-engineering graduate.

There are cases where students having not met said requirements in terms of academic background have gotten into IIMs purely on the back of excellent profile other than academics and their CAT percentile.

But IIMs have reshaped their profiling specifications in recent years:

Low Weight to CAT
Almost all the IIMs recently have changed their admission policy for admission and will look beyond high overall percentile in CAT before offering admission.

For shortlisting and final admission rounds in IIMs, weightage given to CAT score is cut down significantly. Now higher weightage will be awarded to academic profile, written and verbal communication skill, gender diversity among others.


Focus on academic record
If candidates have a good academic record with 90 percent marks in class X, XII and graduation, they stand better chances of getting shortlisted even if they have scored less in CAT.

On the academic diversity front, IIMs will prefer candidates with background from Humanities, Arts, Commerce etc for PGP batch.


Bonus points for Work Experience
Candidates having a work experience of 2 – 3 years will be given more weightage by IIMs. Work experience of less than 6 months will carry mo weightage. Also, weightage for work experience of more than 4 years will also carry no or very little  weightage.

The work experience with an NGO;  participation in spread of education and other contribution to social cause reflect leadership skills. A quality internship may also be included to express work experience.

Top IIMs and their weightage parameters:


IIM Ahmedabad

Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
 Weightage for calculating Composite   score :

Overall CAT score = 70%

Application Rating Score = 30%

Final composite score:

Normalised PI score 50%,

Normalised AWT score 10%, Composite score calculated for first stage shortlist 40%


IIM Bangalore

Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Weightage for calculating Composite score:

CAT = 40%

10th board = 20%

12th board = 10%

Bachelors = 20%

Gender Diversity = 2%

Work Experience = 8.

Weightage for Final admission:

The WAT score = 10

Personal interview score = 30

After standardization across interview panels and sessions, it will be added to the following scores to arrive at the final aggregate score. CAT = 25

10th board = 10

12th board = 5

Bachelors = 10

Weighted Work Experience = 10


IIM Calcutta


Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Weightage for short listing for PI Call:

CAT 2017 Score: 28

Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages. (X: 10, XII:10)

Gender Diversity: 2(2 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity.)

Weightage for Final admission:

CAT 2017 Score: 15,

Personal Interview (PI): 24,

Writing Ability Test (WAT): 5, Work Experience: 04.

Remaining weightage is for points awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level and other process involved as per institute policy.


IIM Lucknow PGP


Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Weightage for calculating Composite score:

CAT 2017 scaled score (overall    and sectional): 60

Past academic performance: 20 (XII: 10, Grad:10)

Work experience: 10

Diversity Factor: 10

1) Academic Discipline:(DFa): 5

2) Gender Diversity: (DFb): 5

Weightage for Final Selection:

CAT: 30,

Academic Performance: (XII and GM) 5+5

Work Experience: 5

Diversity Factor (DFa + DFb): 5 Writing Ability Test (WAT): 10 Personal Interview (PI) : 40



So, good performance in CAT will help clear one roadblock in your management education path, but it certainly won’t guarantee a call from the IIMs. For that to happen, profile and background has to be equally good.











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