Admission Procedure for Overseas Candidates


Admission Procedure for Overseas Candidates

Post-Graduate Programmes in Management (PGDM), Batch 2018-2020

Definition of ‘Overseas Candidate’:

Indian and foreign national living, working or studying outside India during the period January 1, 2017 to February 15, 2018 will be considered as ‘Overseas Candidate’ for admission to IIM Calcutta in 2018-20 batch.

However, an overseas candidate who is expected to be in India in during CAT 2017 scheduled on November 26, 2017 will not be eligible to apply under overseas category.


  • In order to be eligible to apply for post graduate programme (PGP), namely; Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), a candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The equivalence of the foreign degree needs to be certified by the Association of Indian Universities. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where he/she has obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

    Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2018 from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2018) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

    A candidate who has not received his/her graduation results at the time of registration will have to produce certificates and mark sheets in original together with the photocopies as soon as the respective University/Institute publishes the results, but NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2018, failing which his/her registration as a student of IIM Calcutta will be automatically cancelled and he/she will be required to withdraw from the PGP-PGDM forthwith. Any candidate who submits University Mark sheets which do not clearly indicate that he/she has passed the Bachelor’s Degree course or equivalent, and also submits Provisional Certificate from an affiliated College/Institute would, in addition, be required to produce an authorization certificate from the University stating that such an affiliated College/Institute is authorized/empowered to issue such a certificate on behalf of the University.

    IIM Calcutta may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process. Applicants should note that mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIM Calcutta

  • A valid GMAT score with a minimum percentile of 80 in Verbal section, a minimum percentile of 80 in Quantitative section, and a minimum Total percentile of 90 are required. GMAT taken before January 13, 2016 is not valid.

How to Apply:

Overseas candidates will have to apply online through the Institute website. The link is provided below.

All related documents as mentioned below will have to be uploaded as per the instructions while filling-in the on-line application form.

Documents to be uploaded

  1. Copy of the latest GMAT score certificate (GMAT taken before January 6, 2016 is not valid)
  2. Attested copy of all academic mark-sheets/certificates (Class X, XII & Graduation)
  3. Copy of all Passport pages having official entries

The application fee for overseas candidate is US$ 150 (or equivalent amount in Indian currency).

The last date for applying to the PGP-PGDM Program for overseas candidates is January 13, 2018.

GMAT Institution Code Number

The GMAT Institution Code Number for Indian Institute of Management Calcutta is 7003.

Short-listing and Personal Interview (PI):

The short-listing would be done in two stages:

  1. In the first stage, a candidate’s GMAT Total percentile will be considered as equivalent to his or her CAT 2017 percentile. This would be used to determine the candidate’s Equivalent CAT 2017 score.
  2. In the second stage, a candidate’s Composite Score would be determined using the same criteria as used for the candidates applying through CAT 2017. The details of determining the composite score of a candidate applying through CAT 2017 are provided in the Stage II (Table 2 and 3) of Admission Policy available at:

Shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for Personal Interview and Written Aptitude Test in India between February and March 2018. The interviews will be held in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. Please indicate your choice of interview centre while filling-in the on-line Application Form. The candidate must make necessary travel arrangements for this purpose. Institute will not bear any expenses for attending the interview.

Final Selection:

The final selection of the candidate would be based on equivalent CAT 2017 score, performance in the PI, written ability test, academic diversity, and work experience. The details of the weights of these components are provided in Item B (Table 4) of the admission policy available at:

Fees and Expenses:

The total fee for the overseas student for the PGDM batch 2017-19 was USD 60,000 (Sixty Thousands Only) for a period of two years. The above fee is payable, phase-wise, in six semesters over two years. In addition to the course fees, the overseas student is required to pay one time refundable caution deposit of INR 10,000 (Ten thousand only). Living and other expenses during the period of his/her stay are payable in Indian rupees which are extra and will depend upon choice of food and other preferences and can vary from INR 3,500/- to INR Rs.5,000/- per month.

Availability of loans from banks and financial institutions:

Financial Institutions and Commercial Banks provide loans to students at a concessional rate of interest. Details will be available at their websites. Students who desire to avail of the loan facility should contact banks directly. Although the Institute endeavors to facilitate the process of availing of loan from financial institutions and banks, it is not directly involved in the process.