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

View detailed IIMs admission criteria and eligibility based on 10th, 12th, graduation score, work experience, diversity. Also, compare their impact on the selection process of top IIMs, i.e. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow.

Several MBA aspirants, eyeing the top IIMs, i.e. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Shillong 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 top IIMs --

 

B-School Name Admission Stage Test Test Weightage 10th 12th Graduation Academic Diversity Gender Diversity Work Exp. AWT / WAT GD PI
IIM Ahmedabad PGP AWT-PI Round CAT 70% 10% 10% 10% - NA - NA NA NA
Final Call 40% - - ** 10% NA 50%
IIM Ahmedabad PGP-FABM AWT-PI Round CAT 70% 3% 10% 17% - NA - NA NA NA
Final Call 50% - - ** 10% NA 40%
IIM Bangalore PGP AWT-PI Round CAT 40% 20% 10% 20% - 2% 8% NA NA NA
Final Call 25% 10% 5% 10% - - 10% 10% NA 30%
IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM PI Round CAT 56% 20% 20% - - 4% - NA NA NA
Final Call 30% - - - 4% - 8% 10% NA 48%
IIM Lucknow PGPM PI Round CAT 60% - 10% 10% 5% 5% 10% NA NA NA
Final Call 30% - 5% 5% 2.5% 2.5% 5% 10% NA 40%
IIM Lucknow PGP-ABM PI Round CAT 60% - 10% 10% 20% 5% - NA NA NA
Final Call 35% - 5% 5% 5% 10% NA 40%
IIM Lucknow PGP-SM PI Round CAT 60% - 10% 10% 5% 5% 10% NA NA NA
Final Call 30% - 5% 5% 2.5% 2.5% 5% 10% NA 40%
IIM Indore PGP PI Round CAT 20% 36% 40% - - 4% - NA NA NA
Final Call 20% 10% 10% - - - - 20% NA 40%
IIM Kozhikode PGP Stage 1 CAT Min. Cutoff Min. Cutoff Min. Cutoff - - - - NA NA NA
GD-PI-AWT Round 75% - 7.5% 7.5% 5% 5% NA NA NA
Final Call 35% - - - - - 5% 15% 45%
IIM Shillong PGP GD-PI Round CAT Min. Cutoff Min. Cutoff Min. Cutoff Min. Cutoff - - - NA NA NA
Final Call Scored - - - - - - NA Scored Scored

 

** = Although, there is no weightage declared, the quality of work experience is assessed at the time of personal interview

Scored = These components are given certain weightages, but the same has not been disclosed by the institute(s)

NA = Not Applicable

 

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