We conduct Group Task to evaluate candidate’s team coordination skills; Dr. T.J Kamalanabhan, Professor and Head, IIT Madras
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In this interview with Careers360, Dr. T.J Kamalanabhan, Professor and Head, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras provides insights about the admission criteria for selecting students for the MBA programme.


He shares that the future managers at the Department of Management Studies- IIT Madras, are selected on the basis of their performance in Group Task and Personal Interview rounds. A Group Task is where each group is assigned a task to be accomplished collaboratively, and performance of each individual is evaluated. There lies the uniqueness in the admission criteria of DoMS, IIT Madras. Instead of Group Discussion or Essay Writing, the B-School looks for the candidates’ ability to act in a team. The B-School also assigns 15% weight-age on Work Experience and Gender.


Dr. T.J Kamalanabhan also mentions that they assess candidates’ attitude and aptitude at the Personal Interview rounds. Read the excerpts from the interview below:


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Careers360: Is your B-School application open? What are the application criteria and the fee for MBA programme?

Dr. Kamalanabhan: The admissions opened on January 11, 2016. Candidates should possess a valid score in the Common Admissions Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management. IIT Graduates who obtain a CGPA of 8 and above on 10 are exempted from CAT score. Their shortlisting will be based on a composite score with due weights to applicant’s CAT score, past academic performance, industry experience and gender.


Our regular intake is 77, and 10 sponsored students. The fee for MBA is 1.5 lakhs per semester.


Careers360: What is your selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18?

Dr. Kamalanabhan: Candidates from all categories shortlisted based on the composite score shall be called for a personal interview to a given location. The final selection for all categories will be based on the Performance in a group task, and personal interview. The Composite score obtained by the candidate.

 We give weight-age to factors like,

CAT score weight-age – 85%

Academic Performance

Work Experience & Gender- 15%

The dates for GT/PI are:


Feb 18-21, 2016 (Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun)


Mar 18-20, 2016 (Fri, Sat & Sun)


Mar 27-28, 2016 (Sun & Mon)


Apr 8-10, 2016 (Fri, Sat & Sun)

Careers360: Many of the top B-schools have replaced GD with WAT. What is your take on this?

Dr. Kamalanabhan: We conduct Group Task & Personal Interview rounds for the shortlisted candidates. A Group Task is where each group is assigned a task to be accomplished collaboratively. We check how students perform, coordinate in as a team, and his strengths and weaknesses in a team.

Careers360: What are the factors that influence selection at the Personal Interview (PI) stage? 

Dr. Kamalanabhan: Factors influencing student selection at Personal Interview are Attitude & Aptitude, Business and General Knowledge, Relevant work experience etc.

Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting and distinctive from others?

Dr. Kamalanabhan: Right in the heart of this metropolis is the sylvan campus of the IIT Madras.  With 632 acres of wooded land, home to many endangered plants and animals and a beautiful lake, it is a welcome respite from the bustling city environment.

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