IIM Cut off

CAT Cut Off Percentiles for IIMs

CAT cut off list for all IIMs

The IIM CAT cut off percentile depends upon several factors. The topmost IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata & IIM Bengaluru usually have a very high cut-off in the range from 98 to 100 percentile. As of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Interview calling cut-off of IIM Ahmedabad was 99 percentile.

The cut-off percentile also depends on the difficulty level of the CAT exam, the total number of candidates review CAT, and the total number of seats in IIMs. Therefore, it is well known that, as the total seats in IIMs are 5500 (as on 2021), it is very difficult to make it to the top percentile.

The Expected CAT cut off for 2021 CAT is mentioned below.

S. No. IIM Name Cut-off Percentile

First Generation IIMs

1 Calcutta 99
2 Ahmadabad 99 to 100
3 Bangalore 99 to 100
4 Lucknow 97 to 98
5 Khozikode 97 to 98
6 Indore 97 to 98

Second Generation IIMs

7 Shillong 90
8 Rohtak 95 to 96
9 Ranchi 94 to 95
10 Raipur 94 to 95
11 Tiruchirapalli 94 to 95
12 Kashipur 94 to 95
13 Udaipur 92 to 94

Third Generation IIMs

14 Nagpur 95 to 96
15 Amritsar 95 to 96
16 Bodh Gaya 92 to 94
17 Sirmaur 90
18 Vishakapatnam 90
19 Sambalpur 95 to 96
20 Jammu 92 to 94
Minimum cut off for IIM in 2020 (specific to the category and the stream as shown in below Table), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations.
Stream in 12th std General/EWS Category NC-OBC/Transgender Category SC Category ST Category PwD (General, NC-OBC/Transgender, SC) Category PwD (ST) Category
Science 80 75 70 65 70 65
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 62
Arts & Humanities 75 70 64 59 64 59
Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination ≥ Minimum cut-off 2020 percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective ACRC group of the applicants’ pool (as per the table given below)
Category Academic Category
AC-3 AC-4 AC-5 AC-6
General, EWS 76.00 81.20 75.00 80.25
NC-OBC, Transgender 73.72 78.80 72.16 78.00
SC 70.77 74.20 67.80 73.00
ST 70.66 72.80 68.30 80.46
PwD (all categories) 73.00 73.40 70.00 99.00
Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective AC group of the applicants’ pool.
Academic Category
AC-1 AC-2
67.06 59.50

AC-1 (Medicine and Surgery based subjects):

Part I: MBBS, MD (USA)

AC-2 (Selected Professional Degrees): Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA), Company Secretaryship (CS), Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)

AC-3 (All Commerce, Economics, Finance and Management Related Degrees): Including BAF, BBA, BBE, BBI, BBM, BBS, BCAF, BCCA, BCOM, BFIA, BFM, BHM, BHMCT, BIBF, BMS (Bachelor of Management studies) and BSBA degrees.

In particular, including

  1. Economics/ Economic Development and Planning
  2. Any degree in Hospitality/Hospitality Studies, Catering/Catering Technology, Hotel, Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism Studies and any other related discipline.
  3. Commerce (Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Finance, Information Technology, Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)
  4. Management (Advertising, Agriculture and Food Business, Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Marketing and Cooperation, Agriculture and Rural and Tribal Development, Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Commercial Agriculture and Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Management Studies, Sports Management, Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure, Renewable Energy Management, Oil and Gas Management, Production and Industrial Management)
  5.  Any other vocational degree in commerce and management.


I (All Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas): Including BARCH, BE, BIT, BINFTECH, BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG), BTECH and integrated MTECH degrees (Excluding all degrees in Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Jewelry Design/Footwear Design, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology). 

In particular, including

  1. Agricultural Engineering/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology
  2. Architecture
  3. BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees in Biosciences, Geological Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematical Sciences and Natural Sciences
  4. BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH in all Engineering/Technology and related areas, including subjects like Chemical Technology, Electronics, Engineering Physics etc.
  5. Textile Engineering/Technology
  6. Others: All other fields where BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees are awarded, not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in the list.


II (Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding degrees in Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, and Leather Design). Also including degrees in paramedical, veterinary degrees.

In particular, including

  1. Actuarial Science
  2. Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science etc.) 
  3. Biosciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology etc.)
  4. Computer Applications (BCA, MCA)
  5. Fisheries
  6. Forestry
  7. Geological Sciences (Geography, Geology and Geophysics.)
  8. Horticulture
  9. Information Technology
  10. All bachelor's/integrated master's degrees in Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc.)
  11. Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics etc.)
  12. Paramedical/Physiotherapy
  13. Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  14. Planning
  15. Veterinary Science/ Animal Husbandry
  16. Media Science, Media Science and Technology
  17. Physiology
  18. Any vocational degree in science (BS/BSC)
  19. Science (Others): Forensic

AC-5 (All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Design/Technology, Law and Rural Studies): Including any BA (excluding Economics, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BCJ, BDES, BED, BFTECH, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM (Bachelor of Music), BMC, BMM, BMus, BSW and LLB.

In particular, including

  1.    Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Footwear Design/Jewelry Design (all degrees)
  2. Arts/Humanities (Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Painting etc.), History, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.)
  3. Education (including Physical Education and Sports)
  4. Journalism/Mass Communication/Media Studies (all degrees)
  5. Law (BL LLB/B.Com. LLB/BBA LLB)
  6. Psychology (all degrees)
  7. Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
  8. Any vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA)

AC-6: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-5.


  1. Dual bachelor's degree holders will be classified in one of the categories AC-1 to AC-6 based on their field(s) and subjects. Applicants are requested to mention both the degrees of specialization separately in Bachelor Degree 1 and Bachelor Degree 2.
  2. Final discretion on the academic category that an academic programme will be classified into rests with the Admissions Committee of IIMA.
  3. For candidates having undergone/completed an integrated master's degree directly after their HSC, their classification into an academic category will be based on their academic discipline in the integrated master's degree programme.
  4. For a candidate who has obtained further higher degrees after their bachelor's degree or their integrated Master's degree, other than those degrees listed in Table 8, the discipline(s) of the subsequent degrees will not be taken into consideration in deciding their classification in an academic category.

IIM CAT cut off percentile vs the shortlist percentile

This is very important to take note of is the difference between the CAT short-list cut-off %ile verses the call cut-off %ile. The short-list IIMs CAT cut off percentile is generally a lot lower and meeting the short-list cut-off percentile doesn’t guarantee admission.

On meeting the short-list cut-off percentile you may be short-listed for WAT, GD, and PI. This may not again ensure that you will be called for WAT, GD, and PI. On other hand the call cut-off percentile is much higher than the short-list cut-off percentile. This is released after the result declaration. To quote an example, the shortlist cut-off percentile for IIM Ahmadabad was approx. 80 in 2020 while its call cut-off percentile was 100. Read More on IIM's Website