GMAT cut off score

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) is a shrine for Indian and international MBA aspirants. The pragmatic teaching approach, highly qualified professors and the renowned recruiters are some of the key attributes that the IIM is recognized for and it is also known for producing notable business leaders. The IIMs usually accept CAT scores for Indian applicants, however, along with it, they also accept the GMAT scores too. The GMAT score is measured on a scale range from 200-800 and the total score is an average of marks obtained in verbal and quant. Typically, all the prestigious institutes set a GMAT cut-off score of 600-750 for admissions into the business and management flagship programs.

For the past couple of years, the GMAT cutoff score for IIMs has been over 700. Though this range varies for each institution, it also depends on the candidate’s profile, work-experience and skills to undertake projects.

Now, let’s look at the GMAT Cutoff score for some of the top IIMs in the country. 

The table below states the GMAT Cut-Off Score for IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Calcutta , IIM-Lucknow:

Criteria IIM-Ahmedabad IIM-Bangalore IIM-Calcutta IIM-Lucknow
Average GMAT score 706 690 +700 680
Total Fees INR 24,00,000 INR 22,77,500 INR 22,00,000 INR 19,11,000

Let’s look at each of these IIMs in a bit more detail below: 


Applicants can submit their valid GMAT scores for the admission process. Apart from a good GMAT score, the IIM-A also needs a minimum score of 3.5 in the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) section. They would want the candidate to be proficient in the English language. IIM-A doesn’t require or ask for letters of recommendation, however, they would want the applicant to submit three references if they qualify.


Along with a good GMAT score, IIMB prefers candidates who have valid work experience after their graduation. Any Articleship, project work in industries, summer placement or any other industrial exposure as a part of the curriculum are not considered as prior work experience.


Admissions to IIM Calcutta will require a valid GMAT score of the candidate. The test should be taken within the last 36 months of the application date. The applicant must have at least 5 years of full time post qualification managerial or professional experience. Two reference letters of recommendation are required from individuals in senior managerial positions. 


IIM-Lucknow does not accept TOEFL, IELTS & PTE test scores.  They would prefer candidates with a minimum of 5 years work experience. They would also require one letter of recommendation for admission. 

We hope now you atleast have a basic idea of the GMAT cutoff score for IIM. Also besides being aware of the minimum cutoff score, make sure you are aware of all the eligibility criteria before any of the IIMs. 

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