How the 10th, 12th, Grad scores and experience impact admission chance at new IIMs

Comparison of the weightages of different components during the selection process for admission at new IIMs - IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur, IIM Vizag

Several MBA aspirants, eyeing the new IIMs, i.e. IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur, IIM Visakhapatnam, and IIM Jammu tend to focus only on maximizing their Common Admission Test (CAT) scores. Speaking with several MBA aspirants, we found that a substantial proportion of them wanted to quit their full-time jobs and wanted to focus entirely on the CAT preparation.

 

Unfortunately, there can not be a worse strategy. It could work well, had these institutes focused only on the CAT scores for offering admission to their Post Graduate Programs (PGP). However, the truth is that IIMs look for much more than just the CAT scores and try to fairly evaluate MBA aspirants' overall profiles - work experience being one of them. Similarly, several non-engineering and even women MBA aspirants lose hope when they look at the overly competitive CAT results in favor of males and engineering graduates. They forget that several IIMs, in their effort to include more diversity in their PGP class, award additional points for Academic and Gender diversity.

 

To dispel several pre-conceived notions and myths, in this article, we compare how the different components of aspirants' overall profiles are evaluated during the various stages at the new IIMs --

 

B-School Name Admission Stage Test Test Weightage 10th 12th Graduation Academic Diversity Gender Diversity Work Exp. AWT / WAT GD PI
IIM Amritsar PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 40% - - - 5% 5% 15% NA 35%
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 40% - - - - 4% 6% 10% NA 40%
IIM Kashipur PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 40% 1% 1% 3%; PG (1%) 4% 5% 5% 10% NA 30%
IIM Raipur PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 32% 7% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6% 10% NA 20%
IIM Ranchi PGDM WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 30% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 10% NA 30%
IIM Ranchi PGDHRM WAT-PI Round CAT 75% - - - 15% - 10% NA NA NA
Final Call 20% 6% 6% - - 3% 10% 20% NA 35%
IIM Rohtak PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 35% 35% - - - 30% [No GD]
IIM Sambalpur PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 55% 1% 1% 3% 5% 5% 10% 5% NA 15%
IIM Sirmaur PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 30% - 5% 15% 5% 15% 15% NA 15%
IIM Trichy PGPM WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 50%     12% 5% 5% 14% NA 14%
IIM Udaipur PGP WAT-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
Final Call 53% 2% 2% 4%; PG (2%) 5% 5% 6% 6% NA 15%
IIM Jammu PGP Stage 1 CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
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Final Call 50% - 10% 10% 5% 5% 20% NA NA NA
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP Stage 1 CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
WAT-PI Round 40% 20% 10% 20% - 2% 8% NA NA NA
Final Call 25% 10% 5% 10% - - 10% 10% NA 30%
IIM Nagpur PGP Stage 1 CAT Min. Cutoff - - - - - - NA NA NA
WAT-PI Round 35% 10% 14% 16% 2.5% 2.5% 20% NA NA NA
Final Call 20% 20% - - 20% 5% NA 35%

 

PG = Post Graduate Degree or Professional Certificates (CA, ICWA etc.)

NA = Not Applicable

 

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