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Top IIMs Will Offer 2,016 Seats in 2012

21, Dec 2011

All eyes are on the number of seats available in different categories at the top ten b-schools as the Common Admission Test (CAT) fever subsides to give way to anxious anticipation. The following data excludes the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore as it has not yet finalized the total number of seats available for the batch starting in 2012.


The top five IIMs have increased the total number of seats between them from 1,979 to 2,016 for the academic year 2012-2014. The 37 extra seats mean and increase of 1.8%.
Reserved Seats: 998 of the 2,016 seats are reserved. The percentage of reserved seats (49.5%) remains the same as last year – for NC/OBCs it is 27% (544 seats), for SC it is 15% (302 seats), and for ST it is 7.5% (151 seats).

General Category: That leaves 1,018 seats open for general category candidates.


From the next academic year, FMS will accept CAT scores to fill the 200 seats it offers.
Reserved Seats: Of the 99 reserved seats, 54 seats are for NC/OBC category, 30 seats for the SC category, and 15 are reserved for the ST category.
General Category: That leaves 101 seats for general category students.


SP Jain will continue to accept CAT, XAT, and GMAT scores with 180 seats on offer in the next academic year.  It has no reserved seats.

General Category seats for CAT takers: To determine the number of seats available for CAT takers for admission to the top nine b-schools, the numbers at IIMs (1,018), FMS (101), and SPJIMR (117) need to be added up. According to past records about 65% of candidates have got admission in SPJIMR every year through CAT scores. That adds up to a total of 1,236 seats.

Reserved Category seats for CAT takers: There are 1,097 seats in the reserved category for admission to the top nine b-schools.

Seats for XAT takers: Only two of the top ten b-schools accept the Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT). Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) has 240 seats on offer for the next academic session and SPJIMR’s takes approximately 30% of its intake through XAT, which is 54 seats. So a total of approximately 294 seats are available through XAT.

Seats for GMAT takers: Again only two of the top ten b-schools accept GMAT scores. The Indian School of Business (ISB) is offering 770 seats in its next academic year. SPJIMR takes about 5% of its intake through GMAT, which is around 9 seats. So a total of approximately 779 seats are given based on GMAT scores.

Number of Seats for the 2012 batch


Number of seats

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta


PGDM = 402

PGDCM = 60

Total = 462


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore

Not yet decided on total number

Last year’s seats = 382

Indian School of Business (ISB)

Hyderabad campus = 560

Mohali Campus = 210

Total = 770

Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur

BM = 120
HR = 120

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow


Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi


SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore




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