We have added WAT but feel GD is still relevant, says Mareena Mathew, Assistant Dean, XIME
With the onset of the selection process at the top B-schools, the MBA aspirants who have crossed the first stage are curious to know what the admission panel on the other side of the table expects from them. In today’s interview in the special series Careers360, the Assistant Dean of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Mareena Mathew provides insights about the admission criteria for selecting students for the flagship PGDM programme.
She shares that the future managers or the prospective students of XIME are selected on the basis of three factors; Communication, convincing power and innovative ideas. She talks about how Group Discussion is still relevant to judge the candidates’ communication abilities and how WAT is an additional tool in assessing them for final selection.
Read the excerpts from the interview below:
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Careers360: Is your B-school application open? What are the application criteria (cut-off and percentile bracket for CAT/XAT/Any other exam)?
Ms. Mathew: Our applications closed on February 24, 2016. We accept the scores of XAT, CAT, CMAT and MAT conducted in 2015-16. The cutoff for the exams is 70 percentile.
Careers360: What is the total intake of the flagship PG programme in Management at your institute? Please also mention annual fee (excluding hostel charges) for the same?
Ms. Mathew: The total intake at XIME is 300. For Bangalore campus, the number of intakes is 180 and that for the Kochi campus is 120.
The two-year tuition fee is Rs.8, 00,000 for XIME Bangalore campus and Rs.6, 00,000 for XIME Kochi campus.
Careers360: What is your selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18? Is there any differentiating element as compared to other top B-schools?
Ms. Mathew: At XIME selection is completely based on merit. This is our differentiating factor compared to other B-schools. We don’t have quotas of any kind. There is weight-age for academic performance, work experience, significant achievements in extracurricular activities/sports etc. We make sure excellent diversity in each batch with respect to region, language, culture, educational background, work experience, gender etc.
Careers360: Many of the top B-schools have replaced GD with WAT. What is your take on this? What is the importance of WAT and how it is helpful for both candidates and B-schools?
Ms. Mathew: At XIME we have not done away with GD, but have added a WAT (Written Ability Test) before the commencement of GD. We feel GD is still relevant as it helps us to understand a candidate’s ability to communicate, convince and share ideas. This is an important quality of a manager.
WAT adds value to the selection process as it tests the ability of the candidate to think clearly and in putting down ideas comprehensively within a limited time. It helps those candidates who are not aggressive during a GD but has clear thinking and imagination. For the B-schools too, WAT is an additional tool in assessing a candidate as it overcomes the shortfalls of GD.
Careers360: What are the factors that influence student’s selection at the Personal Interview (PI) stage? What are the core qualities that your admission panel looks for in a candidate?
Ms. Mathew: The qualities we look for in our prospective students are:
Attitude, Outlook, Commitment
Learnability and creative thinking ability
Ability to work in teams
Current Affairs Awareness
Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting and distinctive from others?
Ms. Mathew: The factors are:
100% merit based admissions – hence highly competitive peers
22-23 states of India are represented – excellent cultural exchange
More than 50% students with work experience in different industries/companies– enables valuable peer learning
45-50% girl’s students – gender diversity
Compulsory foreign language learning
3 weeks mandatory winter internship with an NGO – social orientation for students
International student exchange programmes or 12 days international study tour for all students
Multiple opportunities for attending conferences/internships abroad
Well qualified/Senior management professionals as faculty
Very active students’ clubs
Regular guest lectures/seminars/conferences etc.
Opportunity to do internship projects in the USA
International linkages – 15 MOUs with Foreign Universities
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Questions related to XIME
which college is best for MBA? SIBM, Bangalore vs XIME, Bangalore any one plz!
Hi,Both the institutes you mentioned are good to pursue studies, both of these institutes have good teaching faculty, placements records and infrastructure. But SIBM has better response for MBA. They have more placement records than XIME and student's rating of SIBM is also far better than XIME.
Further you can also check the differences of both the colleges using this link: https://www.careers360.com/compare-colleges
Hope this may help you, All the best..
which is best college for finace xime chennai,Ipe Hyderabad, Christ banglore ?
All the colleges you mentioned in the question are excellent and have top rankings. It is difficult to differentiate them. However, I would tell you to choose between XIME Chennai and Christ University. The placement records are almost same for Christ and XIME. You can read reviews of both the colleges to have a clear vision-
I have received calls from IBS Hyderabad, BIMTECH (Retail Management) and XIME Bangalore which among the 3 is the best?
Dear Sidhanth ,
If we go through all above the college like IBS Hyderabad, BIMTECH and XIME Bangalore all are provide good facilities of education ,placement with modern and world class facilities of infrastructure and modern and high class room .
So as per previous record all are good college with top 10 B.School .
As per your query you can choose any of one college as per your interest .
I hope it will helpful
Please tell me about the college and hostel expenses of XIME Bangalore
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship is also known as XIME.it has three campuses in india -kochi,bangalore and chennai. well the rating for this college varies from 3.5 /5 and the academic curriculum and infrastructure is equally good and there is a 100%placement in that collges.
when coming to hostel expenses are 90,000/- per year for both boys and girls.
Could you please rate the following colleges in terms of placements and ROI for the PGDM course : IMT Nagpur, Bimtech Noida, XIME Bangalore, XIME Kochi, LM Thapar and Great Lakes Gurgaon
As per the given colleges, I'm listing the order of preference on the basis of placements:(avg placements of pgdm core)
- Great lakes gurgaon: 9.1 lacs
- Bimtech noida: 8.16 lacs
- Imt nagpur: 7.5 lacs
- Xime banglore: 6.7 lacs
- Xime kochi: 6 lacs
- Lm thapar: 5 lacs
The rating of the colleges as per ROI is as follows:
- Lm thapar
- Great lakes gurgaon
- Xime kochi
- Bimtech noida core
- Xime banglore
- Imt nagpur
I hope this helps.