Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

1. Introduction
This document describes the admission process, including the shortlisting and selection criteria for the Doctoral Programme 2021-25 batch at the Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur).

2. Admission
2.1 Eligibility
A candidate should qualify for any one of the following educational qualifications*:

  • Master’s degree (two years following the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 system of education) with a minimum of 60% or equivalent marks
  • Post-graduate diploma in management (two years following the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 system of education) of at least one year in duration passed with at least 60% or equivalent marks
  • Professional qualification – CA/ICWA/CS with (with at least 50 percent aggregate marks) along with a Bachelor’s degree exam passed with minimum 60% or equivalent marks
  • A five-year integrated Master’s degree (five years following the 10+2 system of education) program in any discipline, with at least 60 percent aggregate or equivalent marks
  • A 4 year / 8 semesters Bachelor’s degree (10+2+4 system of education) with a minimum of 85% or equivalent marks

The Master’s degree or equivalent qualification/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification should be:

(a) from 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 UGC Act,1956 or,

(b) recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India or,

(c) possess an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

*Candidates who are in the final year of their Master’s/Bachelor’s Programmes that would make them eligible can also apply. Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit a certificate latest by 31st May 2021 from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar or Director of the university/institute (issued on or before 31st May 2021) stating that they have appeared for the examinations (including practical examinations) in all the subjects required for obtaining the Master’s/Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification. Further, such candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria otherwise in terms of aggregate marks scored in the qualifying programme except for the receipt of the final marks in the qualifying exam. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the mark sheets and a certificate of having passed the Master/Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute. The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is 31st December 2021. Non-fulfilment of these conditions and the minimum qualifications for eligibility will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.

Candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PWD categories will get a relaxation of 5% or equivalent for the minimum qualifying marks mentioned above.

As per the Government of India norms, 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), 15% for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD) and 10% for Economically Backward Section (EWS) candidates.

2.2 Screening examination
Scores of CAT 2019 and 2020 will be considered valid for application to the Ph.D. Programme in 2021. GMAT Score will be considered valid for a period of two years from the date of taking the exam.

PGP (Full-time) alumni of any IIM who have graduated in or after 2018 will get waiver from appearing for CAT/GMAT provided they have graduated with at least 60% or equivalent marks.

2.3 Admission Process
The admission process at IIM Nagpur for the batch of 2021-25 will be carried out over various stages. The details are mentioned in the following sections:

Stage 1: Candidates are invited to fill a detailed application form within a stipulated date. Candidates who apply for the Ph.D. admissions process at IIM Nagpur will be first screened for the requirements and eligibility, as mentioned in section 2.1.

Stage 2: Only those candidates who complete the application form and meet the eligibility criteria will be considered to prepare the shortlist for PIs. This shortlist will be released and informed to all the applicants by email.

Stage 3: Candidates who are shortlisted at the end of Stage 2 will move to Stage 3. All the shortlisted candidates in Stage 2 will have to attend two personal interviews (PI), the first with an area led panel and another with the programme led panel. In case a candidate has applied for two areas of specialization, he/she has to attend to interview for each area and then a programme led panel interview. The candidates will be evaluated based on several factors, including:

  • Academic consistency and excellence
  • Research related exposure
  • Work experience and job profile
  • Basic insights and knowledge in the chosen area
  • Overall programme suitability

Stage 4: Candidates who appear for the PI will be considered for this stage. Admission offers will be sent to the successful candidates.

NOTE:The admission interviews will be online or face-to-face, depending upon the health advisory issued by the authorities at that time.

2.4. Offer and Admission
The selected candidates will receive a provisional admission offer from IIM Nagpur by email. The candidate has to deposit a commitment fee of INR 50,000 to confirm the acceptance of the offer. An amount of INR 20,000 will be refunded after two years of completion of the programme by the candidate. The remaining INR 30,000 will be refunded after the completion of the programme. Candidates selected for admission are required to attend a Preparatory Course, which is expected to be scheduled from June 2021.

Registration for the Doctoral Programme will be in July 2021 (tentative).

2.5. Admission Notice
The announcement of admission to Ph.D. 2021-25 at IIM Nagpur will be prominently exhibited on the IIMN website, i.e.,

2.6. Application Procedure
How to apply
Interested candidates will have to apply online through the Institute website. The link will be updated shortly. Candidates can fill-up the application form online. A candidate can apply for a maximum of two areas of specialization.

Application Fee
The application fee is INR 1000 for applying to a single area and INR 1,500 for applying to two areas. SC, ST and PWD candidates will be given a 50% concession in the application fee. Please note that the application fee is not refundable. The last date for applying to the Ph.D. programme will be updated shortly.

Documents to be uploaded
All related documents, as mentioned below, will have to be uploaded as per the instructions while filling in the online application form.

  • Copy of the latest exam score certificate
  • Attested copy of all academic mark-sheets/certificates and Degree of Graduation/ Post Graduation
  • Caste certificate

2.7. Withdrawal and Cancellation Process
The withdrawal/cancellation of admission offer can happen in multiple ways:

a) The admission of a candidate stands cancelled if he/she provides any false information at any step in the admissions process.

b) A candidate can request a withdrawal from the programme by a stipulated date mentioned in the offer letter. In that case, an amount of INR 49,000 will be refunded after a deduction of INR 1,000 towards administrative processing charges.

c) In case a candidate requests for withdrawal from the programme after the last date for withdrawal is over, no refund will be made.

d) If a candidate withdraws in the middle of the programme or leaves it incomplete, the commitment fee with the institute till that date will be forfeited.

Note: IIM Nagpur reserves the right to change the Shortlisting and Selection Criteria as deemed necessary.