Conceptual clarity influence candidate’s selection at PI rounds, says Prof. M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Chairman, DMS, IISc Bangalore
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In an interview with Careers360, Prof. M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Chairman, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore provides insights about the admission criteria for selecting students for the flagship Master of Management programme.


Prof. M.H. Bala Subrahmanya shares the relevance of Group Discussion as a part of the selection process to assess the candidate’s communication skills in pressurized situations. He also mentions the factors like business awareness and conceptual clarity that influence the selection at personal interview rounds.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

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Careers360: Is your B-school application open? What is the percentile bracket for national level tests and your total intake?

M.H. Bala: Our online application process started from February first week. The percentile range is,


CAT:  93

GATE:   600

GMAT: 600


The total intake for Master of Management is 15, and annual Fee is Rs.1.50 lakhs.


Careers360: What is your selection criterion for Master of Management programme for the academic session 2016-18?

M.H. Bala: The selection criteria vary a bit each year. Our mode of selection consists of two rounds- Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Students are first selected on the basis of their national level test scores and called for further rounds of selection. At the last stage, their overall performance is considered.

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

M.H. Bala: We are continuing with GD for this year’s academic process. In addition, we check the written communication competence of candidates. I think GD is still relevant as we get to know about students’ communications skills and how they manage to put their points in a pressurized situation.


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

M.H. Bala: A candidate's overall motivation, business awareness, conceptual clarity, quantitative ability, and oral communication largely determine his/her selection. Each round plays a vital role in the selection process, and every student is scrutinized thoroughly.


Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting?

M.H. Bala: Ours is a fully residential programme and we provide dedicated individual cabins with a PC. There is scope for involving in extra-curricular activities as the Institute has excellent sports infrastructure, swimming pool, auditoriums, etc.


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how muchh fee. for mba after pass tha cat exam

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After passing the CAT examination, you can opt for various kinds of colleges. Among the top colleges in India, the lowest fee is of Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi. It will cost you rupees 20, 000 for the 2 year course. The highest is of IIM, Ahmedabad, which will cost you 21 lakhs for the 2 year course.

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