Admission Procedure for Domestic Candidates



Admission Policy for the MBA Programme (Batch 2022-24)

MBA Programme

The MBA Programme is a two-year full-time post-graduate degree course.

The MBA Programme has a two-tier structure: it consists of a core curriculum (compulsory credit courses and compulsory non-credit courses), a summer internship (compulsory industry training between first and second year) and elective courses (optional courses in the second year). The first year is committed to developing business fundamentals through compulsory courses spanning the areas of economics, finance, marketing, operations, systems, organizational behaviour, human resources, strategy and public policy. The second year offers a plethora of electives in different functional areas that students can choose based on their desired area of pursuit. Students aspiring to delve deeper into topics can undertake term papers under faculty supervision.

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Minimum Academic Eligibility for Admission to MBA Programme

A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], 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.

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, 2022 from the Principal/Registrar of his/her University/College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2022) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

Candidates who graduated in the years 2020 or 2021 or are expected to graduate in 2022, for whom the university did not conduct the exams or did not award marks or CGPA but awarded only pass or pass marks or promotion in one or more years/semesters of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification, can also apply. Such candidates will have to submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of his/her University/College/Institute stating that the university did not conduct the exams or did not award marks or CGPA but awarded only pass or pass marks or promotion in one or more years/semesters, as the case may be.

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 along with the photocopies as soon as the respective University/Institute publishes the results, but NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2022, 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 MBA Programme 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 reserves its right to verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process. Applicants should note that mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure shortlisting by IIM Calcutta at the various stages of the admissions process.

Criteria for short listing and final selection for the MBA Programme

A. Short-listing for Personal Interview (PI)

Candidates will be short-listed based on CAT 2021 score and other parameters like academic performance and gender diversity.

Stage I: Minimum CAT percentile cut-offs to be considered for PI

In Stage I, candidates meeting the minimum requirements on section-wise and overall percentiles in CAT 2021 (both section-wise and overall) as given in Table 1 will be shortlisted for consideration in Stage II subject to securing non-negative raw scores in all sections of CAT 2021:

Table 1: Minimum requirements of CAT percentiles for Stage I

CategorySection – I Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(DILR)Section – III Quantitative Ability (QA)Total Percentile
OPEN ≥80 ≥80 ≥75 ≥85
NC-OBC ≥70 ≥65 ≥65 ≥75
EWS ≥70 ≥65 ≥65 ≥75
SC ≥65 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
ST ≥55 ≥55 ≥55 ≥65
PwD ≥45 ≥45 ≥45 ≥55

Please note that the actual section-wise and overall percentile cut-offs may be much higher than the above mentioned minimum percentiles as it will depend upon the number of candidates to be called for personal interview (PI) in each category.

Stage II: Short-listing for PI

From the candidates satisfying the criteria of Stage-I, shortlisted candidates will be called for Personal Interview (PI) based on the composite score derived using the parameters and the corresponding weights as specified in Table 2.

Table 2: Parameters and corresponding weights for deriving composite scores for PI

ParametersWeightMethod of Calculation
CAT 2021 Score* 56 (A/B) x 56
Class 10 marks 10 As per Table 3 below
Class 12 marks 15 As per Table 3 below
Gender Diversity Factor 4 4 points will be awarded to promote gender diversity
Total 85  
*A = Candidate’s Total CAT 2021 score & B = Maximum possible CAT 2021 Score

After deriving the composite scores, composite cut-offs will be decided in each category for short-listing candidates for Stage II of the selection process. The number of candidates to be short-listed for PI in each category depends upon the size of the in-coming batch and would be at the sole discretion of the Institute.

Allotting points for marks secured in Class 10 and Class 12

Points for the marks secured in Class 10 and Class 12, respectively, will be allotted as per Table 3 below:

Table 3: Points for marks secured in Class 10 and Class 12

Class 10 Marks (in %)PointsClass 12 Marks (in %)Points
≥80 10 ≥80 15
≥75 and <80 8 ≥75 and <80 12
≥70 and <75 6 ≥70 and <75 9
≥65 and <70 4 ≥65 and <70 6
≥60 and <65 2 ≥60 and <65 3
<60 0 <60 0

Computation of marks (in %) secured in Class 10 and 12

For computing the marks (in %) secured in Class 10 and Class 12, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage or not.

Stage III: Criteria for Final Selection for the MBA Programme

For the candidates appearing in Stage II, a composite score for final selection will be derived using the parameters and the corresponding weights listed in Table 4. This composite score will be used for preparation of category-wise merit list.

Table 4: Parameters and weights for final selection for the MBA Programme

CAT 2021 Score 30
Personal Interview (PI) 48
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s level for Non- Engineering degree 04
Work Experience 08
Total 90

Work Experience

For work experience, a maximum of eight points will be awarded based on the length of service (in completed months) as on January 31, 2022 (Please refer Table 5 below). However, only managerial work experience after completion of bachelor’s degree will be considered. Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

Table 5: Points for Work Experience in completed months

Months<1212 to 1819 to 2425 to 3031 to 3637 to 4243 to 48>48
Points 0 2 4 6 8 6 4 2

B. Final Selection for MBA Programme

The final selection list will be based on merit in each category; minimum eligibility in any of the above mentioned stages or criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into IIM Calcutta.

Reservation Policy:

IIM Calcutta will apply Government of India reservation policy for admission to Central Educational Institutions (CEIs).

Any dispute concerning Admissions for the MBA Batch 2022-24 would be subject to jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of city of Kolkata only.


COVID-19: Any possible disruptions related to COVID-19 can impact the MBA admission process of IIM Calcutta. The information as specified in the Admission Policy is subject to the advisories and guidelines of Central and State Government during the admission process for 2022-24 Batch. Interested candidates are advised to keep this external factor in mind due to the current pandemic.

©This document was released by Chairperson, Admissions, IIM Calcutta, on behalf of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. This is applicable only to the MBA selection process for 2022-24 batch. IIM Calcutta reserves the right to amend the Admission Policy at any point if it deems necessary.