IIM Bangalore


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (also known as IIM Bangalore) is among the top graduate schools for Management education in Asia. Established in the year 1973, it admits over 1,200 students across several programmes every year. Accredited by EQUIS since 2019, it is the only Indian Management B-school in the Global Network for Advanced Management, a Yale-initiated network of 32 top-notch global B-schools.


Establishment year1973
Type of institutePublic
Ranking– 1 for MBA by Outlook 2020- 2 for IIMs by NIRF 2020- 35 in Global MBA Ranking 2021 by Financial Times
Campus area100 acre
Gender intakeCo-ed
Total faculty members110
Total courses offered5+
Type of programmesPG, Doctoral, Certificate and Executive
Admission criteriaEntrance-based
Partner institutes and universities80+
Median salary (2020)Rs 25 LPA (PGP)
Top recruiters (2020)Amazon, Bain & Company, Accenture Strategy, Goldman Sachs, The Boston Consulting Group
Type of scholarships offered– Merit-based- Scholarships for reserved category students
Official websitewww.iimb.ac.in

IIM Bangalore Admission 2021

IIM Bangalore admission process for the flagship MBA programme is based on the scores obtained by candidates CAT exam. International students, however, need a valid score in GMAT exam. For other courses, admission is based on valid scores in national-level entrance exams. Candidates seeking admission are required to apply online.

For PGP (or MBA), candidates are required to apply via the official website of CAT while for the remaining courses, candidates are required to apply via IIM Bangalore official website. A detailed course wise admission process is mentioned below:

  • Admission to the flagship course PGP (MBA) of IIMB is based on a valid score in CAT exam followed by a PI-WAT round.
  • The shortlisting criteria for its PGP (MBA) programme got changed for admission 2020 as the institute reduced its CAT cutoff score by 5 percentile for the first stage shortlisting (for each category)
  • For EPGP, candidates must have a valid score in GMAT or GRE exam along with a Statement of Purpose (SOP), in which they are required to highlight their future goals and achievements
  • For admission to PGPEM (2-year weekend MBA) or PGPPM (MMS in Public Policy), candidates must have a valid score in one among CAT/GMAT/GRE or IIMB test followed by a personal interview round
  • PhD admission to IIM Bangalore is based on a valid score in IIMB Test conducted by IIM Bangalore. However, those with a valid score in one among GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE or JRF (NET) can apply directly and are required to go through a compulsory interview round.

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IIM Bangalore Cutoff 2020

Accepting CAT as the primary exam for admission, IIMs do not release CAT cutoffs publically as their cutoffs are accessible only via account login to candidates who appear for the exam. A lot of news websites including the official IIM websites, however, publish the qualifying cutoffs. But students must note that that there are two types of CAT cutoffs for admission to IIMs – qualifying cutoff (or shortlist cutoff) and final cutoff (or call cutoff). While the qualifying cutoff is announced with the release of admission policy (for particular IIMs), the latter is announced (not publicly) post result declaration.

IIM Bangalore Courses

IIM Bangalore offers a wide variety of PG, doctoral, certificate and short-term executive programmes to students in the field of Management. The two-year, residential flagship MBA programme is available across 10 electives, which include Decision Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Management Communication, Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources Management, Production & Operations Management, Public Policy and Strategy.

In addition to this, IIMB also offers a wide range of one-year and two-year, full-time and weekend PGP courses leading to an MBA degree. Apart from these, this institute also offers three certificate programmes and a few short-term executive programmes to the students.

The below table mentions the minimum eligibility criteria for all PG and doctoral IIM Bangalore courses: 

CourseEligibility CriteriaTotal Fee (in Rs lakh)
PGP (or 2-year MBA)– Finance and Accounting- Information Systems- MarketingQualifying exams: CAT (GMAT for international candidates)Bachelor’s degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% aggregate (for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, there is a relaxation to 45%)23
PGPBA (or MBA in Business Analytics)Qualifying exams: CAT (GMAT for international candidates)Graduation with a minimum aggregate of 50%N/A
Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management (2-year weekend MBA)Qualifying exams: CAT/GMAT/GRE/IIMB Test- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% in any discipline- Minimum 4 years of work experience after the Bachelor’s degree19
Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management – EPGP (or One-year full-time MBA programme)Qualifying exams: GMAT or GRE – Graduation with a minimum aggregate of 50% aggregate (there is a 5% relaxation for SC, ST and PwD category candidates)- Minimum 5 years (and preferably less than 12 years) of work experience as on March 31 of the academic year of admission27.5 (including shared accommodation)
PGPPM (or MMS in Public Policy)Qualifying exams: CAT/GMAT/GRE/IIMB testGraduation with a minimum aggregate of 50% with a minimum of 5 years of work experience preferably in a Public Policy domain as on March 31 of the year of admission19
PhD– Entrepreneurship- Finance & Accounting- Information SystemsQualifying exams: GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET) or IIMB Test- A master’s degree or a 5-year integrated master’s degree with at least 55% aggregate in bachelor’s as well in the master’s ORA professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS with at least 50%  aggregate ORA 4-year bachelor’s degree with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent aggregate

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IIM Bangalore Placements

The final placement records of IIM Bangalore’s reaffirms its reputation as one of the top B-Schools in the country. With its distinguished and dedicated Training and Placements Cell, it facilitates all its students with world-class domestic and international placement and summer internships. The final placement session of 2020 witnessed participation from over 100 companies that offered more than 500 offers. Major highlights from IIM Bangalore placements 2020 are as follows:

Total students participated432
Total offers made518
Total companies120
PPOs offered216
PPOs accepted149
International offers18
Median salary (PGP)Rs 25 LPA
Average salary (PGP)Rs 26.18 LPA
International median salary (PGP)Rs 26 LPA
International average salary (PGP)Rs 32.1 LPA
Median salary (EPGP)Rs 28.5 LPA
Average salary (EPGP)Rs 29.88 LPA
Top recruiting companyAmazon (24 offers)
Major recruitersAmazon, Bain & Company, Accenture Strategy, Goldman Sachs, The Boston Consulting Group, Kearney, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft

Apart from the final placements, IIM Bangalore has also concluded its summer placements 2020-2021 with a total 446 offers made to 441 students. Out of all, only 437 offers were accepted and Management Consulting sector made the maximum summer placement offers.  

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IIM Bangalore Scholarships

IIM Bangalore offers a variety of merit-cum-need-based scholarships to the students of PGP. A list of IIM Bangalore scholarships offered along with their criteria and scholarship amount is tabulated below:

ScholarshipScholarship Amount/ Eligibility
Aditya Birla ScholarshipRs 1, 75,000 lakh per student
OPJEMS ScholarshipRs 1, 50,000 lakh
Citi Women’s Leader AwardTop 25% from the first year are selected for this scholarship offered during the second year
Societe Generale Global Solution Centre India Scholarship– Covers full tuition expenses in full- Needy candidates are selected from the applicants of the first year

IIM Bangalore Fests


Unmaad (pronounced as Unmād) is the annual cultural festival presented by Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Conducted over a period of three days, Unmaad includes events like dramatics, music performances, dances, quizzes, debates, street plays, professional concerts and fashion show. The event has hosted performances by artists such as Amit Trivedi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Farhan Akhtar, Raghu Dixit, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Zakir Khan,etc.

IIM Bangalore Notable Alumni

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan

Batch: PGP – 1976
He has been the Chairman at ISRO from 2009 till 2014. Under his aegis, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Chandrayaan – 2 and Indian Human Spaceflight initiatives thrived. He is a recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his exemplary contribution to the space research in India. 

Ms. Jyotsna Sitling

Batch: PGPPM – 2011
She serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Uttarakhand Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority in Dehradun. She has sound knowledge on strategic planning, economic & rural development, international development and environmental awareness. The programme at IIMB helped her become a management leader rather than just a public administrator. 

Gopal Krishna Nayak 

Batch: PGP – 1988
He is currently heading as the Director at IIT Bhubaneshwar. With more than 40 years of academic experience he had been a teacher, researcher and consultant at XIME, Bhubaneswar for almost 29 years. He has expertise in management consultancy, business & data analysis and organisational development to name a few. 

Ravi Subramanian 

Batch: PGP – 1993
He is an author and a noted columnist. He has written the popular trilogy – ‘The Incredible Banker’, ‘The Bankster’ and ‘Bankerupt’. He has many other books to his credit such as ‘If God Was a Banker’ and ‘The Bestseller She Wrote’. Prior to this he has been a successful management professional.   

Malavika Harita

Batch: PGP – 1982
With over 25 years of experience in digital communication, branding and entrepreneurship she has founded and heads Saatchi & Saatchi Focus in India. Prior to this she worked at HMT and Mudra Communications. She also started an interior design and packaging firm before finally joining Satchi.  She has been associated with some of the top brands like Bosch, Reliance Polymers, Microsoft and Infosys.

Manikandan Rangaswamyraj

Batch: PGPEM – 2011
He is an experienced IT management leader with over 20 years of corporate experience. He is currently working as the Senior Director at Flipkart and has prior experience with Juniper and Honeywell Technologies. He has sound knowledge on Customer Relationship Management, PMP and Business Development.

Hargopal Mangipudi

Batch: PGPEM
With more than 20 years of experience, he is the co-creator of finUNO® which is an advanced platform driven by AI. This platform delivers contextual and hyper personalized financial services to consumers. He is also the member of ISPMA which is the global board for International Software Product Management Association.

Aswath Damodaran

Batch: PGP – 1979
He is a Finance Professor at the Stern School of Business, New York University since 1986. He has authored books and texts on Valuation, Corporate Finance and Investment Management. He teaches corporate finance and valuation and is referred as ‘a great reputation as a teacher and authority’

Mahima Vashisht

Batch: PGP – 2009
She is currently working as part of the ‘Swatch Bharat Mission’. Working with Tata Trusts she has been posted at the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for the last three years as part of support offered to the Government of India by Tata Water Mission. She has also served in the Indian Information Services.

Sameer Suneja

Batch: PGP – 1994
He is the youngest CEO appointed of Indian origin in 2013. He has been associated with Perfetti Van Melle for more than 2 decades and has been leading innovations and business development across the globe. Prior to this he has worked with global brands like Frito Lay and Colgate Palmolive.

IIM Bangalore – Cutoffs, Campus, Admission Process, Fests, Notable Alumni

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