Admissions Policy

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Admissions Policy

This document describes the admission process, including the shortlisting and selection criteria for the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) 2021-23 batch at the Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur).

The batch size for PGP 2021-23 will be 240 students*. Category-wise reservation+ and seats available are shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Number of seats and category-wise reservation

Category Reservation (%) Seats per category
General 97
EWS 10 24
NC-OBC 27 65
SC 15 36
ST 7.5 18
DAP (Horizontal Reservation across categories) 5 12
Total Seats 240

* The intake might be revised before the admission process begins. In such a scenario, appropriate changes will be made based on the revised intake
+ No change in category from what was declared in CAT 2020 form can be made at any point during the admissions process.

The admission process at IIM Nagpur for the PGP batch of 2021-23 will be carried out in 3 stages. It will consider the candidate’s performance in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020, Past Academic Performance (PAP), Work Experience (WE), Diversity (DI), and performance in Personal Interview (PI). The details are mentioned in the following sections.

Stages in the process

Stages in the process

Eligibility criteria for admission to PGP 2021-23
The CAT cut-offs shown in Table 2 will be used for selecting eligible candidates for all subsequent stages. The CAT 2020 score is the single criterion used to arrive 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 applied to PGP at IIM Nagpur in CAT 2020 form and also meet the cut-offs shown in Table 2 would be receiving an email/communication from IIM Nagpur around the first/second week of March 2021. Candidates who would like to pursue their candidature further for admission to PGP at IIM Nagpur SHOULD fill the application form for IIM Nagpur by the stipulated date.

Table 2. Minimum CAT-2020 Percentile

Category Seats Available Section 1 (VARC) Section 2 (DILR) Section 3 (QA) Overall
General 97 72 72 72 85
EWS 24 72 72 72 85
NC-OBC 65 65 65 65 76.5
SC 36 50 50 50 60
ST 18 35 35 35 40
(Horizontal Reservation)
12 35 35 35 40
Total Seats 240

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 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). The certificates such as NC-OBC and EWS, which have limited validity, should be valid for 2021-22.

Only those who submit the completed application by the stipulated date (around the second/third week of March 2021) will be considered for the next admission process stage. At this stage, candidates will also be required to flag the discrepancies, if any. A discrepancy is any missing data or a mismatch between the actual data and the data submitted at the time of CAT 2020.

Selection of the Candidates for PI process
Only those who meet the minimum CAT 2020 percentile requirements and have filled the IIM Nagpur application form by the stipulated date will be considered in Stage 2 of the admission process. The following aspects will be considered for the evaluation of these candidates:

a. CAT Score (CAT)
The CAT Score for each candidate will be computed as the candidate’s total CAT score ratio to the maximum total CAT score and scaled between 0-10. It will be computed as follows:

CAT Score= (Total CAT score obtained by the candidate/Maximum 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. Past Academic Performance (PAP)
Here, we evaluate the applicants’ academic performance (marks obtained) in the 10th Standard Examination, 12th Standard Examination, and Bachelor’s Degree Examination. As identified above, the eligible applicants will be assigned rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ (See Table 3.1-3.3) based on the percentage of marks obtained in their 10th Standard, 12th Standard, and Bachelor’s Degree examinations respectively.

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) – Bachelor’s Rating Score

Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score (C)
<= 55 2
> 55 and <= 60 4
> 60 and <= 65 6
> 65 and <= 70 9
> 70 10

PAP Score for the candidate will be calculated as follows:

PAP = (0.25*A+0.35*B+0.40*C)

c. Work Experience (WE)
The total number of months of work experience completed (as of 31st July 2020) will be considered to assign a WE score as per Table 3. Only full-time and paid experience after graduation will be considered. Part-time/Project/Internship/CA Articleship/Training/Apprenticeship/Pre-graduation work experience/ work experience, which involves payment as a stipend, will not be counted as 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 for 13 months and 20 days in the first organization and 5 months and 2 days in the second organization, it will be considered 18 months and 22 days. While adding up days, 30 days will be considered as one month. 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 registration for the program. Work-experience for employment involving cash payment of salary will not be considered.

For candidates having work experience in a family business, valid proofs of the business’s existence, association, and role of the individual in the business, and proof of payment during work experience will be required.

Table 4. Work Experience (WE): Rating Scores

Experience (in months) Rating Score (WE)
x<6 0
6<=x<12 4
12<=x<18 8
18<=x<24 10
24<=x<30 6
30<=x<36 2
x>=36 0

d. Diversity (DI)
A diversity score (DI) out of 10 will be calculated for the candidate based on gender and Bachelor’s degree. The gender diversity score of 5 points will be awarded based on the candidate’s gender (0 for male, 5 for female, and 5 for transgender candidates), and 5 points will be awarded for the candidate’s Bachelor’s degree in any of the following: 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.

At this stage, a comprehensive score (CS) based on the CAT, PAP, WE and Di scores will be calculated as follows:

CS = 0.30 * ( CAT Score) + 0.35 * (PAP Score) + 0.20 * (WE Score) + 0.15 * (DI Score)

Based on the comprehensive score (CS), a shortlist will be prepared for candidates eligible for the Personal Interview (PI) process of IIM Nagpur. The shortlisted candidates will be receiving an email/communication from IIM Nagpur around the first/second week of April 2021.

Final Selection of the Candidates
The candidates who have submitted the completed application by the stipulated deadline and have been shortlisted in Stage 2 will be required to confirm their interest in appearing for the PI process. PI schedule and details will be sent to these candidates, and only those who appear for the PI process will be considered for the final stage of the admission process.

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 IIM Nagpur. The interviews are likely to be scheduled in April/May 2021.

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

(0.40* (PI Score) + 0.15* (CAT Score) + 0.15 * (PAP Score) + 0.15 * (QWWE Score) + 0.05* (GDI Score))/0.9

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

b. CAT (CAT) Score
As calculated during Stage 2 of the process, the candidate’s CAT score will be used to calculate the Final Score (FS).

c. Past Academic Performance (PAP) Score
Candidate’s Past Academic Performance (PAP) score, as calculated during Stage 2 of the process, will be used to calculate the Final Score (FS).

d. Quality Weighted Work Experience (QWWE) Score

Candidate’s Work Experience (WE) score, as calculated during Stage 2 of the process, will be multiplied by a quality of work-experience score as given by the panel in the PI process to arrive at the Quality Weighted Work Experience (QWWE). QWWE will be used towards calculating the Final Score (FS).

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).

The selection at the end of Stage 3 will strictly be based on the candidates’ 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 in proportions mandated by the law.

The selected candidates will receive provisional admission offers by email. To confirm the offer’s acceptance, the candidate has to pay an offer acceptance fee of Rs. 75,000, which will be subsequently adjusted towards Term I fees.

Once a candidate pays the offer acceptance fee, the Admissions Office will verify the candidate’s documents and confirm it. In case of discrepancy and a subsequent change in CS and/or FS, the provisional offer made to the candidate will be withdrawn. The acceptance fee will be refunded to the candidate after deducting the administrative charges.

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

(a) Before First-Term Registration:

  • Once the offer acceptance fee is received by the stipulated date (mentioned in the offer email), the provisional admission offer stands. If payment is not received by the stipulated date, the provisional admission will be cancelled.
  • If a candidate pays the offer acceptance fees but still wants to withdraw, he/she may do so by sending an email to the Admission Office by a stipulated date mentioned in the offer letter. We will then initiate a refund process. The refund of the offer acceptance fees deposited (after deducting an administrative charge of Rs.1000 or as per prevailing Government of India rules) will be done in July 2021.
  • The admission will stand cancelled if a candidate doesn’t register at IIM Nagpur on the mentioned registration date and time.
  • If a candidate pays the offer acceptance fees but fails to withdraw within a stipulated date or fails to register for the programme, the entire amount of the offer acceptance fees paid will be forfeited. No refund will be made in cases of withdrawal after the deadline for withdrawal is over.

(b) After Registration:

  • Fees will be collected at the beginning of each term. If a candidate withdraws from the programme in any Term after Registration (in the middle of a term), all the fees paid till then will be forfeited, regardless of the number of days remaining in the term, and his/her admission shall stand cancelled.

(c) The admission of a candidate stands cancelled if he/she provides any false information during any step in the admissions process. No claim for refund of the fee paid till then will be entertained. This is applicable irrespective of the time of detection of the false information.

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

Last updated on 7th April 2021