CAT Eligibility

For Post Graduate Programmes in Management

For all IIMs, the minimum eligibility criterion for admission to PGP is at least a three-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline accredited by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)/All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as eligible for Post-Graduate Studies in Management.

The candidate must possess a Bachelor's Degree, with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates from Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PWD) category] of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions set up by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess a similar qualification accredited by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10 + 2) or equivalent. The percentage obtained by the candidate in the bachelor's degree would be based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. Regarding the candidates being awarded grades/CGPA rather than marks, the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the university or institution from where they have obtained bachelor's degree. In case the university/institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by the IIMs by dividing the attained CGPA with the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Candidates who are pursuing final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirement and are awaiting results are also eligible for CAT. Candidates must provide a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate is presently in the final year or is awaiting final results and has obtained minimum 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of candidates from SC/ST/PWD category) on the basis of latest available grades/marks.

Special eligibility requirements

IIM Ahmedabad

PGP (Agri-Business Management) (PGP-ABM)

Candidates can apply in IIM-A, which is an institution accredited by the Association of Indian Universities/AICTE:

  1. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Agriculture Sciences OR

  2. A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Agriculture related disciplines OR

  3. Atleast a three-year Bachelor's degree in any discipline, and a strong interest in Agriculture, Agro/Food Processing, Rural and Allied Sectors. Such candidates with a strong interest in these sectors, must give a special form available with the PGP-ABM Office during October 2004.

IIM Calcutta

Candidates can apply to the Post Graduate Programmes viz, PGDM, PGDCM and PGDBM. For Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management (PGDCM), a candidate is required to send a crossed demand draft payable in Kolkata for Rs. 600/-in favour of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta along with a self-addressed envelope of size 10 “x 5” between August 2 and November 1, 2004. PGDCM Application Forms and a sample paper of Aptitude Test in Mathematics (ATM) will be sent to the applicant on receipt of the demand draft. Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) is a three-year evening programme. For this programme an applicant must have

  1. Atleast two years of work experience (by May 31, 2005) at an Executive or Supervisory level after graduation

  2. must be employed in a full time job at the time of admission (Information is in CAT Bulletin).

Important Note-This is for all IIMs-

Presently, those candidates who are in their final year of Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply, provided they expect to complete all their exams and other requirements for obtaining the qualifying degree before June 30, 2005. Such candidates, if selected for admission, will have to give a certificate at the time of registration, stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor's degree before June 30, 2005. This certificate has to be availed from the HOD/Registrar/Principal of the institution where the candidate is studying. In addition, such candidates must produce the final year marksheet and the degree certificate as proof of having satisfied the minimum eligibility requirements, by the dates mentioned by the desired IIMs in the CAT Bulletin.

Scholarships/Financial Assistance

It is the speciality and prestige of the IIMs that no student can denied the platform to pursue the Post-Graduate Programme in Management for want of adequate financial resources. Substantial need-based scholarship schemes covering even up to 100% of expenses are available. Please note that the write-up on each IIM will be covered in the CAT bulletin.


According to the Indian Government requirement 15% and 7½% seats are basically reserved for SC and ST candidates. 3% seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD) of which 1% each is reserved for low-vision/blindness, hearing impairment and locomotor disability/cerebral palsy.