The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi are one of the most prestigious institutes in the country with several international recognitions. Owing to their excellent placement statistics and ROI, the IIMs and FMS have become one of the most preferred management schools for MBA aspirants.
The CAT, conducted by IIMs, is a prerequisite for admissions in these Business Schools. In recent years the GMAT scores are also being considered as an alternative to CAT scores for admissions.
To diversify the IIM student community, there has been a drastic shift towards higher weightage to profile based screening rather than CAT scores. IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta had previously changed their admission criteria for their Post Graduate Programs (PGP). Candidates can visit IIM Selection Criteria to know the admission process of IIMs in detail. Now even after scoring a 99+ percentile in CAT 2020, one may not expect to get admission in any of these top B-schools as their focus has shifted to the individual profile, which includes academic records, work experience and internships, performance in the Written Ability Test(WAT) and Personal Interview(PI).
What do the IIM’s need in a candidate?
Soon after the announcement of CAT 2020, each of the IIM’s announced the selection and shortlisting process for the flagship to PGP courses. Apart from CAT scores, a candidate must fulfill a lot of parameters in various levels of the screening structure. Excellence in academics, a valuable work experience and background of the graduation degree would also make a major difference to get a call from these institutions.
These policies have been reformed to make the management courses aspirant friendly for non-technical students. So if you are a non-engineer with a good academic record clubbed with a decent work experience of about 1-2 years accompanied with good intrapersonal skills, then even scoring 95 percentile won’t be a hindrance in your IIM admissions.
Here the admissions process or selection criteria for IIM-A, IIM-B and IIM-C are given to help the candidates get a general idea about the selection process of IIMs. Candidates are also suggested to visit IIM list to know about different IIMs and other related details.
IIM Ahmedabad Admission/Selection process
As per the IIM Ahmedabad(IIMA) selection criteria for flagship PGP 2019-21 courses, there are 3 steps of scaling procedure:
In CAT 2020 there will be three broader sections namely, Quantitative Aptitude(QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning(DILR) and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehensions(VARC). To qualify for this screening process a candidate must fulfill the criteria as qualifying with respect to the minimum cutoff in sectional and overall percentile rank and obtaining a non-zero raw score. The minimum cutoff scores are generally 70 sectional and 80 overall percentile rank.
In addition to this, an Applicant Rating Score is also counted which accounts to about 30% overall weightage.
Screening for Written Ability Test(WAT) and Personal Interview(PI)
- Stage 1 for exceptional and excellent performers:
Here from each of the 7 academic categories top 100 candidates or top 5% whichever less will be called for WAT and PI, based on their composite scores fulfilling the criteria with respect to CAT percentiles accompanied by Applicant Rating(AR) scores.
- Stage 2 for the remaining category aspirants
Here the remaining aspirants from the remaining 99% will be called for their scaling on WAT and PI.
For final selection a final composite score is calculated on following parameters:
FCS = 0.50 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.40 (Composite Score).
IIM Bangalore Admission/Selection process
As per the IIM Bangalore(IIMB) selection criteria for flagship PGP courses, there are 2 phases of scaling procedure:
Phase I Selection:
To qualify for this screening process a candidate must fulfill the criteria as qualifying with respect to the minimum cutoff in sectional and overall percentile and obtaining a non-zero raw score.The minimum cutoff scores for CAT 2016 are 80 percentile for QA and DI&LR, 85 percentile for VARC and 90 overall percentile.
In addition to this, an academic score is counted which accounts to about 30% overall weightage after normalization.
The candidate’s academic scores of class X and class XII are initially adjusted by dividing the scores with 90th percentile obtained on their respective board. Complete scores of bachelor’s degree are added to this with respect to the background discipline of the degree.
CAT score = 40%, Academic scores=30%, Work Experience=8% and Gender Diversity=2%
Phase II Selection:
The WAT score = 10% and PI score=30% for the second round of screening.After standardization of scores the final weightagefor complete selection are:
WAT score = 10%, PI score = 30%, CAT score = 25%, class X score = 10%, class XII score = 5%, Bachelors = 10% and work experience score = 10%.
IIM Calcutta Admission/Selection process
As per the IIM Calcutta (IIMC) selection criteria for flagship PGP 2019-21 courses, there are 2 criteria of scaling procedure:
Shortlisting for Personal Interview (PI)
To qualify for this screening process a candidate must fulfill the criteria as qualifying with respect to the minimum cutoff in sectional and overall percentile and obtaining a non-zero raw score. The minimum cutoff scores for CAT are 80 sectional percentile and 90 overall percentile.
In addition to this, a composite score is counted which accounts to about 44% overall weightage after normalization.
The Composite Score is calculated on the basis of CAT 2019 score, Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages, and gender diversity factor.
Criteria for Final Selection for PGP- PGDM (Batch 2019-21)
The candidate’s final selection is done based on the following weight allotment:
CAT 2019 score = 15%, Personal Interview (PI) = 24%, Written Ability Test (WAT) = 5%, Academic diversity of bachelor’s courses = 2%, work experience = 4%.
FMS Delhi Admission/Selection process
Similar to the previous year, FMS Delhi won’t be shortlisting the candidates based on the CAT percentile at the 1st stage. Valuable 3 marks will be added to the composite scores along with CAT 2020 sectional weights of 40%, and 30% to VARC, QA and DILR respectively. Final admission round will have an addition of the previous score, academic profile weights, work experience and various parameters as gender diversity, bachelor degree background.
The final selection at FMS Delhi will be based on Extempore Speech and Personal interview, where academic record and work experience will also be given due weightage apart from CAT scores.
So as per top IIM and other B-school admission screening criteria, it can be said that scoring high percentile in CAT exams is although necessary for admission to these esteemed top rated institutes but not the only requirement. It is nowhere mandatory that your exceptional CAT percentile may make you eligible to receive a call from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or FMS Delhi given the reformed screening process introduced by these institutions for a diversified and healthy MBA community forum.
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