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IIM Shillong: Indian Institute of Management Shillong Frequently Asked Questions

  • Shillong, Meghalaya
  • NIRF Ranking for Management 26

Saurav Anand

Q. What are the popular courses offered at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The institute offers admission to multiple post-graduate programs in management, and they are; PGP/MBA, PGPEx, PGP WE, and Ph.D./Ph.D. Working Professional.

Q. Is there any difference between PGPEx and PGP WE offered by IIM Shillong?

Ans. The PGPEx program offered at the institute is designed for executives with a few years of professional work experience. The PGP WE program at IIM Shillong is exclusively designed for those who want to improve their management careers while working in an organization.

Q. What is the selection process for the PGPEx and PGP WE programs at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The PGPEx program admission is based on CAT/GMAT scores. The institute shortlists the candidates using their CAT/GMAT scores and invites them for group discussions and personal interviews.

The PGP WE program admission is also based on CAT/GMAT scores. However, the institute conducts a written exam called WE-MAT to shortlist the candidates, if they have not appeared for CAT or GMAT.

Q. What is the IIM Shillong MBA admission process?

Ans. IIM Shillong MBA Admission Process is described below;

  • The application process for MBA admission at IIM Shillong starts CAT application form. Interested candidates must fill out the CAT application form and select the IIM Shillong MBA program in the application form.
  • Attend the CAT examination.
  • Based on IIM Shillong's minimum sectional and overall cut-off, candidates are shortlisted for the final selection stage.
  • The final selection stage including Group Discussion and Personal Interviews will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates.
  • A final merit list is prepared based on GD & PI scores, academic profile, CAT score, work experience, and gender. 

Q. What are the criteria for shortlisting candidates for the GD and PI rounds at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Candidates are shortlisted for MBA admission based on the following factors;

  • Performance in CAT.
  • CAT composite score.
  • Work experience in an organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree percentage.
  • Candidates’ category.
  • The number of MBA seats available at the institute.
  • The number of candidates in every category available for shortlisting them based on minimum cut-off.

Q. How many seats are available for the MBA at IIM Shillong?

Ans. 240 seats are available for the MBA.

Q. Is there any CAT cut-off for doing an MBA at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes. IIM Shillong MBA admission requires overall and sectional cut-offs to be fulfilled for the admission. The minimum required IIM Shillong CAT cut-off to shortlist the candidates for the final stages of selection is given below:


Q. Are there any eligibility criteria for candidates for IIM Shillong MBA admission?

Ans. The following eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the candidates to be eligible for IIM Shillong MBA admission.

  • A bachelor's degree with at least 50% or an equivalent CGPA (45% for candidates in the SC/ST/DA categories).
  • Candidates must attend the CAT exam and score above the maximum IIM Shillong cut-off.
  • For international candidates, 640 in the GMAT examination is required to be eligible to participate in the MBA admission process of the institute.
  • Those who are in their Bachelor's degree final year are eligible to apply.
  • Those who have finished the bachelor’s degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • The above-mentioned candidates will only get a provisional admission until they submit the documents confirming they have fulfilled the bachelor’s degree requirements and are eligible for admission. 
  • Candidates who got admission on a provisional basis must submit their graduation results by the end of the year. They will only get admission if they fulfill the minimum percentage criteria of 45% for reserved category students and 50% for unreserved category students.
  • To convert marks into percentages the calculation method/scheme given by their respective Universities/Institutions will be used.

Q. How can I get the latest updates of IIM Shillong?

Ans. One must visit the official IIM Shillong website for the latest updates.

Q. What is the admission process based on CAT at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The MBA admission to IIM Shillong is done in two stages. In the first stage, candidates will be shortlisted based on CAT scores. In the final stage, shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in GD & PI rounds.

Q. Is it difficult to get an MBA admission to IIM Shillong?

Ans. To get admission to an MBA at IIM Shillong, candidates must perform well in the CAT examination apart from fulfilling the basic eligibility criteria.

Q. What is the highest package received by MBA students at IIM Shillong final placements?

Ans. MBA students received the highest package ofINR 71.30 LPA in the 2023 placement., The highest package offered in the 2022 placement at IIM Shillong was INR 55.22.

Q. What was the average package offered at IIM Shillong?

Ans. During the 2023 IIM Shillong placements the average package offered was INR 26.96 LPA, and in 2022 it was INR 23.10 LPA.

Q. What was the median package received by MBA students at IIM Shillong's final placement?

Ans. At IIM Shillong’s 2023 final placement, the median package offered was INR 26.09 LPA.

Q. What is the number of recruiters who visited the IIM Shillong campus for the 2023 placement?

Ans. 63 recruiters visited the IIM Shillong campus during the 2023 placement. 26 of them were new recruiters.

Q. Which sectors offer the highest CTC and highest number of offers to MBA students at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The IT & Analytics sector offered the highest package at IIM Shillong placements in 2023. The Consulting & Strategy sector offered the highest number of offers.

Q. What is the highest stipend offered at IIM Shillong Summer Internship?

Ans. The highest stipend offered to the students was INR 4.75 lakhs.

Q. IIM Shillong Summer Internship Placement 2024 highlights?

Ans. 67 recruiters visited the campus as a part of IIM Shillong’s Summer Internship program. They collectively offered 279 internships. The highest stipend offered during the internship placement program was INR 4.75 lakhs and the average stipend was INR 2.06 lakhs.

Q. What are the management facilities available at IIM Shillong?

Ans. IIM Shillong’s management facilities include an Incubation and Enterprise Support Centre (IESC), formerly known as the Incubation Centre, which is a key element of the management facilities available at the institute. Apart from that, the institute conducts a Business Leadership Summit (BLS)every year. Experts from various industry fields attended the event and interact with MBA students.

Q. Are there any sports facilities available at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes, IIM Shillong offers sports facilities.

  • A Cricket-Cum-Football Ground
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Lawn Tennis Courts
  • Hockey Field
  • Throwball Courts
  • Badminton Courts
  • Table Tennis
  • Swimming Pool
  • Foosball
  • Carrom
  • Chess

Q. Are there any accommodation facilities for MBA students at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes, IIM Shillong offers accommodation facilities. The institute has separate hostel facilities for both male and female students. In all the hostel blocks, rooms are available on a single or on-sharing basis.

Q. Is staying at IIM Shillong hostels compulsory?

Ans. No. It is not necessary to stay in hostels at the campus. The hostel facilities offered at the institute are for students who live far away from their homes.

Q. Are there any libraries at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes. The institute has advanced library facilities. The library has the latest editions of books (both general and reference), research papers, and subscriptions to newspapers and several magazines.The e-resources available at the library can be accessed through the E-Library Portal.

Q. What are the mess facilities at the IIM Shillong?

Ans. The institute has multiple dining options on the campus. The mess facility at the hostels and additional dining facilities on the campus are available.

Q. Is IIM Shillong a good institute?

Ans. Yes, IIM Shillong was founded as the 7th IIM. Despite being one of the youngest, it is considered one of the top IIMs and one of the best B-Schools in the country.

Q. Is there any gym at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes, there is a well-equipped gym available at the institute.

Q. What are the need-based scholarships at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The need-based financial assistance offered by the institute is available for students with good academic records and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Q. Are there any scholarship programs available for ST students at IIM Shillong? 

Ans. National Fellowship & Scholarship programs Higher Education of ST Students (CSS) are available at the institute for ST students with low annual family income. 

Q. Number of seats available in the National Fellowship Programs at IIM Shillong?

Ans. For National Fellowship Programs, 750 seats are available. 

Q. Does IIM Shillong provide any scholarship that is offered by the Government of India? 

Ans. Yes, several financial assistance schemes are accepted at IIM Shillong that are offered by the Government of India. For example, Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS, National Fellowship Scholarship,and Central Sector Scheme for Scholarships for College and Universities Students. 

Q. Number of seats available in the Central Sector Scheme Scholarships at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Almost 82,000 seats are reserved for the students eligible for the Central Sector Scheme Scholarships. 

Q. What is the reimbursement offered in the scholarships offered by the Government of India? 

Ans. A good amount of reimbursement ranging from INR 12,000 to as high as INR 31,000 depending upon the scholarship aided to students availing Scholarships by the Government of India.

Q. What is the application fee for an MBA application at IIM Shillong?

Ans. There is no separate IIM Shillong application fee apart from the CAT registration fee.

Category of CandidateCAT 2022 Registration Fees
General/NC-OBC/EWSINR 2300

Q. What are the MBA admission criteria at IIM Shillong?

Ans. IIM Shillong Admission Criteria follows a two-phase process for selecting candidates for its MBA program.

  • Based on the CAT IIM Shillong cut-off, the institute shortlists candidates for Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).
  • IIM Shillong CAT cut-off; sectional cut-off: 75 percentile and overall cut-off: 90 percentile.
  • Excellent academic and personal profiles are awarded higher points.
  • 80% and above marks in classes 10, 12, and graduation are needed to get the score of full weightage.
  • Shortlisted candidates are invited for GD and PI rounds.
  • The institute shortlists the candidates according to their category.
  • The final selection of the candidates for the MBA program is based on performance in GD, PI, and academic and personal profiles.

Q. What are the important MBA final selection criteria at IIM Shillong?

Ans. MBA final selection criteria are as follows:

  • MBA final selection criteria follow 3 stages.
  • In the first stage, candidates are shortlisted based on their CAT scores.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for GD & PI rounds.

Based on the minimum CAT cut-off, candidates are shortlisted for GD and PI. The below-mentioned factors will be taken into consideration while shortlisting the candidates;

  • CAT overall score.
  • Bachelor’s degree percentage.
  • Professional work experience.
  • Candidate’s category.
  • Number of seats available.
  • Number of students available for shortlisting based on minimum cut-off criteria.
  • Total number of candidates appearing for the final selection rounds.

Q. How can I check the IIM Shillong minimum cut-off for CAT?

Ans. Candidates can check their results and download the scorecard from the official website of CAT results.

Steps to check the results;

  • Visit the official website of CAT.
  • Click on the “Login” button.
  • Enter their CAT ID and password.
  • After entering the ID and password click on “Enter”.
  • Select Result, and click on the scorecard tab.
  • Download the CAT result for future reference.

Q. How is the PGPEx program different from the MBA?

Ans. Both are full-time residential programs offered at IIM Shillong. The PGPEx is a one-year program designed for professionals with a few years of work experience. The program aims to develop adequate management knowledge and skills in the students and to enable them to lead global businesses. On successful completion of the program, the students are awarded an Executive MBA degree.

Q. Is there any validity for CAT/GMAT scores to be considered for PGPEx admission at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Scores of CAT 2020, CAT 2021, and CAT 2022 and GMAT scores of the last five years will be valid for 2023 admission.

Q. What is the fee for the PGPEx program at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The course fee for domestic and overseas students is around INR 20.6 lakhs, including tuition fees, activities, library, alumni, insurance, and mess charges. The International Immersion fee is based on actuals.

Q. Are there any provisions to avail of education loans from banks at IIM Shillong?

Ans. All the students are eligible for availing collateral-free educational loans from banks. Special offers are there for premier business schools.  Educational loans cover the fee amount as per the fee structure. The loans get sanctioned easily without any complexity in the process. The interest rate on education loans is significantly lower for students.

Q. Does the fee includes expense such as traveling, visa charges, and accommodation during the international visit?

Ans. All the expenses depend on the visiting country and the partner Institutions.

Q. Is there any Acceptance fee at IIM Shillong? What is it?

Ans. The fee payable by the students who are given the final offer of admission to join the PGPEx and PGP-WE programs is called the acceptance fee. It has to be paid within the prescribed time to confirm the admission. In 2023, the Acceptance fees for PGPEx and PGP-WE are INR 1 lakh and INR 50,000 respectively.

Q. Are there any student insurance schemes available at IIM Shillong for the executive programs at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes, the students will be covered by the medical insurance scheme during their stay in India and abroad. For overseas insurance, students will have to avail of the insurance as per the Institute'sterms and conditions.

Q. How to get the booksfor PGPEx and PGP-WE programs?

Ans. All the students can access the library for online resources, general books, and reference books.

Q. What is the minimum work experience required to apply for PGPEx at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience is required.

Q. Are there any electives available for the PGPEx program?

Ans. Yes, electives are available and it varies each year. Students can choose electives based on their professional interests.

Q. Are there any placements available for PGPEx and PGP-WE students at IIM Shillong?

Ans. Yes, IIM Shillong offers placement for PGPEx students under the supervision of the Executive Placement Committee at the institute. The PGP-WE program is offered to working executives to uplift their management careers. They are offered the PGP-WE program while working in a professional organization, and thus, the institute does not provide any placement opportunities.

Q. How is the PGP WE program different from the MBA or PGPEx programs?

Ans. PGP-WE is a two-year MBA program where regular live classes are held online, and the students can access the classes on selected days. It is designed to serve professionals who wish to boost their management skills without taking a break from their careers. PGPWE students can continue to work while doing the program at the institute. MBA and PGPEx are full-time residential programs offered at the institute.

Q. What is the fee for the PGP WE program at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The program fee is INR 12 lakhs. The program fee can be paid in installments.

Q. What is the work experience required to apply for PGP-WE at IIM Shillong?

Ans. The candidate must have three years of full-time work experience after a bachelor’s degree.