Overseas Admissions Policy

Overseas Admissions Policy

Overseas Admissions Policy

This document describes the admission process, including the shortlisting and selection criteria, for overseas candidates for the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) 2020-22 batch at the Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIM Nagpur).

IIM Nagpur will have a separate process for evaluating applications from overseas candidates for admission to the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) batch of 2020-22. The total number of seats for overseas candidates for PGP 2020-22 are five (05). The GMAT code for IIMN’s Post Graduate Programme (PGP) is 09J-X8-84.


2.1. Admission Requirements
The overseas status of a candidate is determined based on his/her residency and not nationality. An overseas candidate is any Indian or foreign passport holder who is:

  • Working or studying or residing outside India with a valid passport or travel documents for at least 18 months in the preceding three years (1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019), AND
  • Not in a position to take the domestic entrance examination for admission to IIMs viz. the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management.
  • In other words, any candidate whether holding an Indian or Foreign passport, who is in India on the day CAT 2019 was conducted, will NOT be eligible to apply under the Overseas candidate category. The CAT 2019 will be held on November 24, 2019.

2.2. Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree or higher (in any discipline) with a minimum of three years’ duration from a university recognized as equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent GPA.
  • A valid Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score, minimum score of 650.

2.3. Entrance Test
Candidate should have a valid Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score of at least 650. (The candidate must have appeared for GMAT after January 31, 2015).

2.4. Admission Notice
The announcement of admission of overseas candidates to PGP 2020-22 will be prominently exhibited on the IIMN website, i.e., www.iimnagpur.ac.in, and also later on published in multiple leading newspapers in different regions of the country and neighbouring countries.

Up to 5 overseas candidates will be admitted to the PGP 2020-22 batch. These five candidates will be selected by a process separate from the Common Application Test (CAT) based process for domestic applicants. The overseas admission process at IIM Nagpur will be conducted in three stages and considers the candidate’s performance in Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Academic Performance (AP), Work Experience (WE), Diversity (DI), analytical writing assessment (AWA) and performance in Personal Interview (PI).

3.1. Stages in the process

  • Candidates who apply for overseas admissions process at IIM Nagpur will be first screened for the requirements and eligibility, as mentioned in section 2.1 – 2.3. The candidates who meet the specified criteria will then be considered for Stage 1 of the process.
  • Candidates who meet the GMAT cut-offs will move to Stage 2, where Comprehensive Score (CS) will be calculated for all such candidates. A CS-based shortlist will be generated to call candidates for Stage 3 – Personal Interview (PI).
  • Candidates who appear for the PI will be considered for the calculation of the Final Score (FS). Admission offers will be sent to the candidates based on their FS.

Stage 1: Criteria for eligibility to be considered for admission to PGP
Candidates who are eligible to apply to PGP 2020-22 at IIM Nagpur as per Sections 2.1-2.3 and are fulfilling the minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile5 and total score in GMAT (Table 1) will only be considered for all subsequent stages.

Table 1. Minimum Cut-offs of GMAT Score

Verbal Percentile Quantitative Percentile Total Score
80 80 650

5Also referred to as “% below” in GMAT scorecard

Stage 2: Calculation of CS and Selection for the Personal Interview (PI) Stage
In the second stage of the admission process, a candidate’s Comprehensive Score (CS) will be determined based on his/her performance in GMAT (GMAT), academic performance (AP), diversity (DI), and work experience (WE).

a. GMAT Score (GMAT) – The ratio of GMAT score obtained by the candidate to the total GMAT score (800) will be considered and rescaled between 0-10, where 10 is the maximum possible score (800).

GMAT Score= ((GMAT score obtained by the candidate)/Maximum GMAT score) *10

b. Academic Performance (AP) – Here, we evaluate the applicants’ academic performance (marks obtained) in the Bachelor’s Degree Examination. The eligible applicants, as identified in Stage 1, will be assigned rating scores as AP (see Table 2) based on the percentage of marks obtained in their Bachelor’s degree examinations.

Table 2. Calculation of AP Score for the Candidate

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

This is the maximum CAT score among the candidates who were eligible for admission process in IIMN as per the stage 1 criteria.
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, x (as on July 31, 2019) across organizations, will be considered to assign a WE score as per Table 3. For example, if a candidate has a total work experience of 13 months and 25 days, it will be considered as 13 months. Parallel work experience will not be considered. Only full-time experience after graduation will be considered. Part-time/Project/Internship/CA Articleship/Pre-graduation work experience will not be counted as work experience. For work experience in multiple organizations, all the durations will be added to arrive at the total experience.

Table 3: Work Experience (WE): Rating Scores

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

d. Diversity (DI) – A diversity score out of 10 will be calculated for the candidate based on the candidate’s gender, and the 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). The academic diversity score of 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 GMAT, AP, WE and DI scores will be calculated as follows:

CS=0.35 * (GMAT Score) + 0.35*(AP Score) + 0.2* (WE Score) + 0.1*(DI Score)

Based on the comprehensive score (CS), a shortlist will be prepared, and the shortlisted candidates will be receiving an email/communication from IIM Nagpur in January/February 2020. The candidates shortlisted in Stage 2 will move to the next stage of the process – Personal Interview (PI).

Stage 3: Final Selection of the Candidates

The candidates who have been shortlisted based on the Comprehensive Score and have appeared for the Personal Interview (PI) will be considered for the final stage of the admission process. After the PI, a Final Score (FS) will be calculated based on PI score, GMAT score, AP score, WE score and AWA score.

FS= 0.35* (PI Score) + 0.20* (GMAT Score) + 0.20 * (AP Score) + 0.20 * (WE Score) + 0.05(AWA Score/6*10)

a. 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.

b. GMAT (GMAT) Score – Candidate’s GMAT score, as calculated during Stage 2 of the process, will be used towards calculating the Final Score (FS).

c. Academic Performance (AP) Score – Candidate’s Academic Performance (AP) score, as calculated during Stage 2 of the process, will be used towards calculating the Final Score (FS).

d. Work Experience (WE) Score – Candidate’s Work Experience (WE) score, as calculated during Stage 2 of the process, will be used towards calculating the Final Score (FS).

e. Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score – The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative aptitude section, and a verbal reasoning section. The analytical writing assessment is graded on a scale of 0 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) in half-point intervals. The AWA score of the candidates will be used while calculating FS after rescaling it between 0 to 10.

The selected candidates will receive provisional admission intimation from IIM Nagpur by e-mail. The candidate has to pay an acceptance fee of USD 1000 to confirm the acceptance of the offer. This amount will be subsequently adjusted in Term I fees.

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

(a) Before First-Term Registration:

  • Once confirmation fee is received by the stipulated date (mentioned in the offer e-mail), the provisional admission offer stands. If payment is not received by the specified date, the provisional admission will be cancelled.
  • If a candidate pays the confirmation fees but still wants to withdraw, he/she may do so by sending an e-mail to the Admission Office. We will then initiate a refund process. A refund of the money (after deducting an administrative charge of USD 100 or as per prevailing Government of India rules) will happen during July 2020.
  • The admission will stand cancelled if a candidate doesn’t register at IIM Nagpur on the mentioned registration date and time.

(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) he/she will forfeit all the fees paid till then, regardless of any 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 at any step in the admissions process.


6.1. How to Apply

Overseas candidates will have to apply online through the Institute website. The link is provided as follows: https://www.iimnagpur.ac.in/programmes/post-graduate-programme/admissions/overseas/application-form/
6.2 Documents to be Uploaded

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

  • Copy of the latest GMAT score certificate (GMAT taken on or before 31st January 2015, is not valid)
  • Attested copy of all academic mark-sheets/certificates and Degree of Graduation
  • Copy of all the pages in the passport(s)

6.3 Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of USD 100 or equivalent INR at the exchange rate prevailing on the day of transfer can be remitted through an electronic/online transfer. The payment slip or online transaction receipt should be attached with the application. While making the payment, the following details must be indicated:

Candidate’s Name: (as mentioned in passport)
Purpose: (Overseas Application Fee)
Programme: (PGP)

The last date for applying to the PGP Programme for overseas candidates is 31st January 2020 (5.00 p.m. IST)
The GMAT Institution Code Number for Indian Institute of Management Nagpur for PGP is 09J-X8-84