We have added WAT but feel GD is still relevant, says Mareena Mathew, Assistant Dean, XIME
Urvashi Dalal, 02 Mar 2016, #XIME
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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:

  1. Attitude, Outlook, Commitment

  2. Learnability and creative thinking ability

  3. Communication skills

  4. Ability to work in teams

  5. 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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Which college is better XIME Bangalore or XIMB for marketing

Sampriti Student Expert 18th Jul, 2019

If you are inclined towards marketing only then XIMB will be a better option. In every ways XIMB is better than XIME be it a course on business management or Human Resource. But the placements are good in both the colleges and you can get a decent average package of 8-10 lakhs from both the colleges. 

Good luck 


Hi All, Any possibility to enroll in XIME/Christ college in banagalore if scoring less percentile in MAT Exam.

Sampriti Student Expert 18th Jul, 2019

If you have scored lesser than 90 percentile in MAT being a general category student then your chances of getting into any of these colleges is very low as they have a certain percentage of seats only for MAT. 

But if you are focusing on these two colleges only then you can appear for CAT or XAT for the next academic year. Or you can consider some other colleges based on your MAT scores. 

Good luck 


Is Xaviers institute of management and entrepreneurship, Bangalore good for bba

VIKASH KUMAR Student Expert 7th Jul, 2019

Placements in college are satisfactory. The average salary package offered to the students of finance is around 7.50-8 LPA. The average salary package offered varies with different domains. Most of the companies that visit the campus are reputed ones, and even a bunch of startups visit the campus for placements. They offer good salary packages and good profiles. Marketing and finance domains always show good progress regarding placements, but the placements are always a question for domains like operations, human resource, and analytics


gmat score for mba in xime bangalore

Snigdha Sharan Student Expert 4th Jul, 2019

Hi Komal,

The cutoff for XIME Bangalore in GMAT is 75 percentile or above. Candidates securing 75 or more percentile in GMAT exam will be eligible for participating in the XIME Bangalore selection process or admission process. To know more about cutoff and admission in XIME Bangalore, you can visit this link: https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/xime-bangalore-cutoff

Good luck.


Hello! So, I am getting calls from XIME Chennai, Kochi, IPE Hyderabad, etc. based on my MAT - May 2019 score. Should I go for any of these?

yogita matlani Student Expert 29th May, 2019

Dear PD,

If you can wait and feel that you can perform better than your last attempt in CAT then I would suggest you should start working so that you can show some work experience. Interviewers don't like students who take gap year just to prepare for CAT entrance exam since CAT is an aptitude test, not an exam which requires the learning of facts and figures, unlike JEE or NEET and then you should write CAT exam in the coming November. No offence to these colleges but you will spend around 12-15 lakh and you won't get the placement of more than 6 lakh per annum from this college provided if you are in top 10% of your batch. A graduate who studied from a mediocre college earns between 3-4 lakh per annum so do you feel that a jump from 4 lakh to 6 lakh per annum with so much of investment is worth it? If you feel that you can work harder than before and can score percentile of at least 88 then only take a drop. If you don't feel that you can get a percentile around 90 in CAT then don't take a drop because even if you start with a low package, if you work hard then you can get better.

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