GD helps to assess verbal communication skills of the candidate, says Dr Anil J Pinto, Registrar, Christ University
With the onset of the selection process at top B-schools, the MBA aspirants who have crossed the first stage are curious to know about the admission criteria followed by the panel. In order to answer your queries, Careers360 has interviewed the admission chairpersons of the top B-schools. In this interview with Careers360, Dr. Anil J Pinto, Registrar, Christ University Bangalore provides insights about the admission criteria for their flagship MBA programme.
Dr. Pinto explains the relevance of Group Discussion (GD) as a part of the selection process at Christ University, which helps them to assess the verbal communication skills of the candidates. Unlike other B-schools, Christ University has added the WAT component but has not removed the GD round. He also expects the prospective MBA students to be mature and be able to add on certain individuality or value to the programme offered by the university.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
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Careers360: Is your B-School application open? What are the application criteria?
Dr. Pinto: Applications started from October 1, 2015, and closed on January 25, 2016, for the first round of selection. We extended the submission date for online applications for MBA programme till March 15, 2016.
A composite score of 600 or above in the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted by AIMA in either September - 2015 or December 2015 OR a composite score of 450 or above in GMAT 2015 OR 70 percentile or above in the Common Management Admission test (CMAT 2015) OR 70 percentile or above in the Common Admission test 2015 (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) OR 70 percentage or above in the AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) 2015 are the cutoffs of MBA entrance exam scores accepted by us. An aggregate of 50% or above marks in the undergraduate examinations is also necessary. Applicants who are in the final year of their studies should have 50% or above aggregate in all the semesters / years of undergraduate examinations conducted so far. Students writing their final degree examinations during March-May 2016 are also eligible to apply.
Minimum Score specified for MAT / CAT / CMAT / XAT / ATMA / GMAT is only an eligibility criterion and the actual score thereof shall have no bearing in the selection process.
Careers360: What is the total intake of the flagship PG programme in Management at your institute? Please also mention the annual fee for the same?
Dr. Pinto: The intake is specific to specialisations and nature of programmes the students opt for. For example, a much sought after programme where students transfer credits to Virginia Commonwealth University the maximum intake is 40. However, if the right candidates are not available, the University does not fill all the seats.
Fee structure for the programme is as follows
Other Indian States
SAARC & African countries
Other foreign nationals
Careers360: What is your selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18?
Dr. Pinto: Selection process for the programme is based on a DG, micro-presentation, written skill assessment, communication skills, personal interview and academic performance in class X, XII and undergraduate programme
Candidates with work experience are also considered.
Careers360: Many of the top B-schools have replaced GD with WAT. What is your take on this?
Dr. Pinto: The University has not replaced the GD but has also included a written skill assessment to be able to assess both the written and spoken skills of the candidate.
Careers360: What are the factors that influence candidate’s selection at the Personal Interview (PI) stage?
Dr. Pinto: In the personal interview, the candidate is assessed for his/her scholastic aptitude, motivation in terms of what the candidate hopes to attain from pursuing and how he would fit into the requirement and rigour of the programme, maturity that is required to study a post graduate programme and what value addition the student is looking for and what he could bring to the programme.
Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting and distinctive from others?
Dr. Pinto: The University has ‘Excellence and Service’ as its Vision and Faith in God, Moral uprightness, Love of fellow beings, Social responsibility and Academic Excellence as its core values. Every student is trained to pursue excellence in all their endeavours – academic, social and co-curricular.
Students are trained to attain academic excellence through different academic activities that include dissertations, presentations, summer internships, current affairs and out bound training. Innate qualities such as leadership and teamwork are honed to enable the students to be decision makers and also team players.
Social responsibility is also stressed and inculcated through participation in the activities of the in-house organisation – Centre for Social Action. Through a wide range of experiences from academic to co-curricular, the student will graduate with the confidence to cope with any challenge they may experience in their work environment.
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