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Criteria of Selection Process at IIM Kozhikode

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IIM kozhikode Selection Criteria

Criteria of Selection Process at IIM Kozhikode

IIM Kozhikode

Students who have given CAT are eagerly waiting for their results. But the process is not over yet, it starts here. Be prepared for WAT and PI for your selection into IIMs. Below is the IIM Kozhikode selection criteria for IIM CAT Exam 2024-26 Batch.

PGP Admissions Policy and Procedure for the Academic Year 2024

Latest Update: IIM Callcuta will be announced the CAT 2024 exam date in November 2024. Detailed notification for CAT 2024 has been released in July 2024.

IIMK has a two-stage selection process and so these selection criteria are given in two stages. The first stage process applies to all eligible candidates (who appeared for CAT 2024 and registered online for admission to IIMK for CAT Exam 2024) to determine those qualifying candidates who will be called for personal interview (PI). 

All candidates meeting the below requirements are eligible for consideration to the stage 1 shortlisting.

Criteria for Stage 1 shortlist

Category CAT Score 
SSC/X Class

HSC/ XII Class

GEN 85 75 60 60
OBC (NC)/EWS 75 65 60 60
SC 65 55 55 55
ST/PWD 55 45 55 55

The Aggregate Index Score calculation details are given below.

     a. CAT Index Score:

Performance in CAT exam is an important factor in the admission process. Candidate’s performance of each section is taken into account. Scaled Scores from both the sections (with equal weightages) of CAT 2023 will go into the computation of the CAT Index Score. CAT Index Score will carry a weight of 75%.

      b. Graduation Index Score:

i. The table below shows the computation of the Graduate Index Score. For those who completed their Bachelor’s degree the percentage marks reported in their marks/grade sheet will be considered. 

ii. Percentage marks for incomplete Bachelor’s degree applicants are based on their available marks, certified by a head of the institution. The Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/institution has to certify that those are the latest available marks, without which the candidate become ineligible for the graduation index score.

iii. For those candidates having cleared CA/ICWAI/CS without having Bachelor’s degree, their average of intermediate and final level marks will be treated as Bachelor’s degree marks.

iv. For bachelor’s degree, the percentage of marks awarded by Institute/University will be treated as final. If the Institute/University does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.

v. If the percentage of marks awarded by Institute/University does not take into account marks obtained in all the subjects as mentioned in the mark sheet(s) for all the years, the candidates must produce  a  certificate  from  the  Principal/Head  of  the  Department/Registrar/Director  of  the university/institution certifying details of the practice at the time of the GD/WAT/PI, if shortlisted for the same.

vi.  If  any  Board/Institute/University  awards  only  letter  grades  without  providing  an  equivalent percentage  of  marks  on  the  grade  sheet,  the  candidate  should  obtain  a  certificate  from  the Board/Institute/University specifying the equivalent marks. The original equivalence certificate needs to be submitted at the time of GD/WAT/PI, if shortlisted for the same. Obtaining the equivalence certificate is the responsibility of candidates.

vii. For candidates having a 5year integrated Master's degree, the percentage of marks obtained in the first 3 years will be considered as bachelor’s degree percentage.

 Graduation Index Score Calculation

Graduation Marks (in %) Score 
60 0.00
61 0.36
62 0.71
63 1.07
64 1.43
65 1.79
66 2.14
67 2.50
68 2.86
69 3.21
70 3.57
71 3.93
72 4.29
73 4.64
74 5.00
75 5.36
76 5.71
77 6.07
78 6.43
79 6.79
80 7.14
81 7.50
above 81 7.50

c. HSC/ Class XII Index Score:

The percentage of marks obtained in HSC/Class XII would be the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks sheet or grade sheet, irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage. The method of allotting score for HSC/ Class XII percentage based on aggregate marks is same as of graduation Index score above.


  d. Work Experience Index Score: 
Previous work/professional experience will carry a weight of up to 5% depending on the length of 
service as on January 31, as shown in Table. Only fulltime managerial work experience after 
graduation will be considered. Training/Project work/work completed as an integral part of curricular 
requirement will not be considered. 

Work Experience Index Score Calculation

Months Score 
below 6 0.00
6 1.00
7 1.22
8 1.44
9 1.67
10 1.89
11 2.11
12 2.33
13 2.56
14 2.78
15 3.00
16 3.22
17 3.44
18 3.67
19 3.89
20 4.11
21 4.33
22 4.56
23 4.78
24 5.00
25 4.67
26 4.33
27 4.00
28 3.67
29 3.33
30 3.00
31 2.67
32 2.33
33 2.00
34 1.67
35 1.33
36 1.00
Above 36 1.00

 e. Diversity Index Score:

To ensure diversity, marks will be awarded for diversity (gender (5%) or academic discipline (5%)) related factors. Academic disciplines eligible academic diversity score are given in below table. A candidate is entitled to diversity score from only one factor.


ï‚·  Agriculture [Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, 
Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology etc.] 
ï‚·  Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Horticulture, Veterinary Science 
ï‚·  Architecture 
ï‚·  Arts/Humanities [Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Painting), Geography, 
History, Journalism, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, 
Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.] 
ï‚·  Chartered Accountancy 
ï‚·  Commerce/Economics [Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business 
Organization, Economics, Economic Development and Planning, Public Administration, Public 
Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.] 
ï‚·  Company Secretary ship 
ï‚·  Cost and Works Accountancy 
ï‚·  Education [including Physical Education and Sports] 
ï‚·  Hotel & Tourism Management 
ï‚·  Law 
ï‚·  Management [Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management 
ï‚·  Medicine/Dentistry 
ï‚·  Pharmacology/Pharmacy 
ï‚·  Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking 
ï‚·  Science (Others) : Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly 
ï‚·  elsewhere in this list 
ï‚·  Science [Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-technology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology] 

All the above component scores will be combined to arrive at the Aggregate Index Score for each candidate that will be used to call sufficient candidates in each category for the second stage of admissions.

Aggregate Index Score Calculation for Stage1 Shortlist

Component Maximum Weight 
CAT 2019 Score   75%
Class XII marks 7.5%
Graduation Marks 7.5%
Work Experience 5%
Academic/ Gender diversity Factor 5%
Total 100

The short‐listed candidates will have to register at IIMK website and complete the personal profile form online.  Only those candidates who complete online registration at relevant stages will only be considered for the subsequent process.

In the second stage, the short‐listed candidates will have to appear for a GD/WAT followed by a Personal Interview (PI).  The PI  process will last for a half‐day (morning or afternoon) session where the candidate will be writing a short note and participate in group discussion on a topic provided by IIM Kozhikode. The topic will be announced at the venue just before the GD/WAT. The topics will typically reflect current political, economic, sports, business affairs, etc. During the interview, the panel will evaluate each candidate's performance on academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits.

After the conclusion of PI and GD/WAT, the final scores will be computed based on the performance in CAT 2019, PI, GD/WAT, and quality of professional experience. Category‐wise merit list will be prepared based on the final scores. Admission offers will be made to candidates following the merit list as per the Government of India reservation norms.

Final Score Computation

Component Maximum Weight 
Personal Interview 45%
CAT 35%
GD/WAT   15%
Work Experience Quality 5%

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