Admissions Policy

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Admissions Policy


Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme is a two-year full-time residential course. MBA is IIMN’s flagship programme popularly known as Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). The following sections describes the admission process, including the shortlisting and selection criteria for the MBA 2024-26 batch at the Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur).


The batch size for MBA 2024-26 will be 280 students1 . Table 1 shows the category-wise reservation2 and seats available.

Category Reservation (%) Seats per category
General 99
EWS 10 28
NC-OBC 27 76
SC 15 42
ST 7.5 21
DAP (Horizontal Reservation) 5 14
Total Seats 280

1 The intake might be revised before the admission process begins. In such a scenario, appropriate changes will be made based on the revised intake.

2 No change in category can be made at any point during the admissions process.


The admission process at IIM Nagpur for the MBA (2024-26) will be carried out in 3 stages. It will consider the candidate’s performance in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023, Past Academic Performance (PAP), Work Experience (WE), Gender Diversity (GDI), and performance in Personal Interview (PI). The details are mentioned in the following sections.

3.1 Stages in the process

  • Stage 1: Candidates who have appeared for CAT 2023 will be first screened for eligibility as per the CAT cut-offs decided by the CAP consortium. Candidates who clear the CAT cut-off would be intimated by email and asked to fill an application form for CAP.
  • Stage 2: Candidates who meet the CAT cut-offs and have filled the application form for CAP in the CAP portal will move to Stage 2, where online PI will be conducted. The exact date for PI will be communicated by the coordinating institute for CAP 2024 on behalf of all ten participating IIMs.
  • Stage 3: Candidates who appear for the PI will be considered for this stage, where the Final Score (FS) will be calculated. Admission offers will be sent to the candidates based on their FS.

3.2. Description of the stages

3.2.1. Stage 1: Eligibility criteria for admission to MBA 2024-26

The CAT cut-offs shown in Table 2 will be used for selecting eligible candidates for all subsequent stages. The CAT 2023 score is the single criterion used as the basis for arriving at the shortlist in this stage. Only candidates with positive scores (>0) in all sections of the CAT will be considered for the admission process.

The candidates who had appeared for CAT 2023 and meet the cut-offs shown in Table 2 would be receiving an email/communication from CAP coordinating IIM. Candidates who would like to pursue their candidature further for admission to MBA at IIM Nagpur must fill the application form for CAP 2024 before the deadline.

Table 2. CAT 2023 sectional cut offs for different categories

Category Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DILR) Section 3 (QA) Overall
General 73 73 73 94
EWS 50 50 50 77
NC-OBC 50 50 50 77
SC 44 44 44 60
ST 25 25 30 40
(Horizontal Reservation)
25 25 30 40

1. VARC=Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, DILR=Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; QA=Quantitative Ability.
2. . These cut-offs are only for shortlisting during Stage 1 and not for the final admission offers for which scores could be much higher.

The shortlisted candidates need to submit a detailed application, including details and copies of all mark sheets (10th, 12th /Diploma and graduation, semester-wise / year-wise marks in Bachelors’ degree, etc., copies of work experience certificates (if applicable), certificate of disability (if applicable), Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy layer certificate, EWS certificate (if applicable).

Only those candidates who submit the completed application by the deadline in CAP portal will be considered for the next stage of the admission process.

Candidates will also be required to flag the discrepancies, if any, before the deadline for filling up the application form. A discrepancy is defined as any missing data or a mismatch between the actual data and the data submitted at the time of CAT 2023.

3.2.2. Stage 2: Selection of the Candidates for PI process

Only those candidates who meet the minimum CAT 2023 percentile requirements and have filled the CAP 2024 application form by the stipulated date will be considered in Stage 2 of the admission process.

3.2.3. Stage 3: Final Selection of the Candidates

Personal Interview (PI)

Candidates who have submitted the application form, have been shortlisted for PI in Stage 2, and have confirmed their interest in appearing for the PI will be required to appear for a PI to be conducted by CAP on the given time slot. The interviews are likely to be scheduled in Feb-March 2024.
For the computation of Final Score (FS), an applicant’s holistic profile is considered involving CAT score, PI score, Past Academic Performance (PAP) score, Work experience rating (WE) and Gender Diversity (GDI).

After the completion of PI, the Final Score (FS) of the candidate will be calculated as follows:

FS = 0.45* (CAT Score) + 0.25* (PI Score) + 0.10 * (PAP Score) + 0.10 * (WE Score) + 0.10* (GDI Score)

a. CAT (CAT) Score
The candidate’s CAT score, as mentioned below, will be used towards calculating the Final Score (FS).

CAT score= (Total CAT Score obtained by the candidate / Max total CAT Score+)*10

+This is the maximum CAT score among the candidates who were eligible for admission process in IIMN as per the stage 1 criteria.

b. Personal Interview (PI) Score

The performance of the candidates in the personal interview will be considered towards calculating the Final Score (FS). The score will be rescaled between 0 to 10.

c. Past Academic Performance (PAP)
Here, we evaluate the applicants’ academic performance (marks obtained) in the 10th Standard Examination, 12th standard examination, UG examination and Academic Diversity. The eligible applicants, as identified above, will be assigned rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ (See Table 3.1-3.3) based on the percentage of marks obtained in their 10 th standard,12 th standard and UG examinations, respectively.

d. Academic diversity (ADI) Score
An academic diversity score (ADI) out of 10 will be calculated based on the candidate’s bachelor’s degree. 10 points will be awarded if the candidate has any of the following bachelor’s degrees: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS, or any other Non-Engineering subject areas at the bachelor’s level not mentioned here. 7 points will be awarded for Engineering bachelor’s degree.

Table 3.1. Past Academic Performance (PAP) – 10th Rating Score

Percent score in 10th Std.Exam Rating Score (A)
<= 55 1
>55 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 4
> 70 and <= 80 5
> 80 and <= 90 9
> 90 10

Table 3.2. Past Academic Performance (PAP) – 12th Rating Score

Percent score in 12th Std.Exam Rating Score (B)
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 4
> 70 and <= 80 5
> 80 and <= 90 9
> 90 10

Table 3.3. Past Academic Performance (PAP) – UG Rating Score

Percent score in UG Exam Rating Score (C)
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 80 6
> 80 and <= 90 9
> 90 10

PAP Score for the candidate will be calculated as follows:

PAP = (0.02 *A+0.03*B*0.05*ADI*C)

e. Work Experience (WE) – The total number of months of work experience completed (as of January 31, 2024) will be considered to assign a WE score as per Table 3.3. Only full-time and paid experience after graduation will be considered. Part-time/Project/Internship/CA Articleship/Training/ Pre-graduation work experience/ work experience which involves payment as stipend will not be counted as work experience. The training period as a part of the job will be considered work experience.

For work experience in multiple organizations, all the durations (months and days) will be added to arrive at the total experience. For example, if the total work experience is 13 months and 25 days, it will be considered 13 months. A valid proof of the date of appointment, date of relieving/ work experience certificate, and proof of payment/salary will have to be submitted at the time of the registration for the program. Work experience for employment involving cash payment of salary will not be considered. Candidates having work experience in the family business need to submit valid proofs of the existence of the business, association, and role of the individual in the business and proof of payment during the period of work experience.

Table 4: Work Experience (WE): Rating Scores

Experience (in months) Rating Score (WE)
x<6 0
6<=x<12 5
12<=x<18 9
18<=x<=24 10
25<=x<30 7
30<=x<36 3
x>=36 0

e. Gender Diversity (GDI) Score
A gender diversity score of 10 points will be awarded based on the candidate’s gender (0 for male, 10 for female, and 10 for transgender candidates).

3.2.4: How category wise merit list is prepared?
Provisional offers will be issued based on Final score. The selection at the end of Stage 3 will strictly be based on the ranks computed separately for each category (General/EWS/NC-OBC/SC/ST/DAP) based on their Final Scores (FS). The numbers selected in different categories will be as per GOI policy.
IIM Nagpur standardizes the average percentage score in 10th and 12th by considering all the subjects as per CAT 2023 policy.


The selected candidates will receive provisional admission offers by email. To confirm the acceptance of the offer, the candidate has to pay an offer acceptance fee of Rs. 1,00,000, which will be subsequently adjusted towards Term I fees.

Due to the number of applications and the changes in admission criteria, EOI with commitment fee was proposed for waitlisted candidates. This commitment fee of Rs 50,000 was needed to obtain confirmation from serious candidates who are keen in receiving admission offers and want to be in the waiting list throughout the process. A candidate should communicate EOI within stipulated deadline and by paying a refundable commitment fee. The candidate can withdraw this EOI anytime and receive a full refund without any deductions.

Admissions Office will send email regarding document verification and might ask for additional documents and/or clarifications. It is candidate’s responsibility to provide necessary information/documents within the stipulated deadline and engage in admissions process. The verification of documents will be done from the application period. It is the responsibility of the candidates to check the eligibility criteria before applying. If a candidate is found ineligible at any stage during the document check, the candidature and admission offer will be cancelled.

Any discrepancy found in document verification might lead to change in SS or FS. In case of discrepancy and a subsequent change in SS and/or FS, the candidate’s eligibility across the stages will be evaluated all over again. In case the candidate is not clearing any of the stages with the revised score, the provisional offer made to the candidate will be withdrawn. In such a case, the acceptance fee received from the candidate will be refunded after deducting the administrative charges.

The withdrawal/cancellation of admission offer can happen in multiple ways:

5.1. Before Term 1 Registration:

  • 1. Once the offer acceptance fee is received by the stipulated date (mentioned in the offer email), the provisional admission is confirmed. Failure to submit payment by the specified date will result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
  • 2. For candidates withdrawing anytime before the date of registration Rs. 1000/- administrative charges will be deducted and the remaining fees will be refunded.
  • 3. Admission will be cancelled if a candidate fails to register at IIM Nagpur on the specified date and time for registration.
  • 4. Candidates have to pay the remaining amount of the Term 1 fee on or before the registration date or as specified in the offer letter. The deadline for the same will be communicated to candidates who have accepted the offer. Failure to submit the Term 1 fee payment by the stipulated deadline date (Term 1 fee payment deadline), will result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
  • 5. For candidates attending preparatory course and then withdrawing offer acceptance, Rs 35,000/- will be deducted in the fees paid and the remaining will be refunded. This penalty is to cover the preparatory course materials, accommodation.

5.2. After registration:

  • 1. Term 1 will commence with the registration and inauguration of the program. Fees will be collected before the registration for Term 1 and at the beginning of each subsequent term.
  • 2. If any candidate withdraws after commencement of class, only caution deposit will be refunded irrespective of when the withdrawal request is submitted.

5.3 The admission of a candidate stands cancelled if they provide any false information at any step in the admissions process. No claim for refund of the fee paid will be entertained in this case.


  • All or any dispute/s or differences arising out of admission process/ procedure, withdrawal, admission policy, admission cancellation procedure, cancellation policies, refund policies shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Courts/ Forums/Commission at Nagpur alone.
  • Any dispute concerning admissions to the MBA Batch of 2024-26 would be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra only.
  • IIM Nagpur is established as an autonomous institute sets its own policies and governed by IIM Act 2017.

IIM Nagpur reserves the right to change the admission policy including refund, shortlisting and selection criteria as deemed necessary.