DMS IIT Delhi Selection Process: WAT analyzes candidates’ problem solving potential from multiple perspectives, says Dr. Sanjay Dhir, Assistant Professor
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In this interview, Dr. Sanjay Dhir, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi talks about the qualities looked for in a candidate at each stage of the selection process. He speaks about the preference of WAT over GD. According to Dr. Dhir, the introduction of WAT helps the B‐School to overcome the limitation of analyzing the prospective students’ potential to creatively think and their thought process to assess the problem from various perspectives.


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Read the excerpts of the interview below.


Careers360: Is your B‐school application open? What are the application criteria (cut‐off and percentile bracket forCAT/XAT/Any other exam)? Is an extension in the application dates possible?

Dr. Dhir: IITD B‐School application will be open just after the CAT results are announced (around the second week of January).The  general  CAT  percentile  score  is  more  than  98  percentile  as  cut -off.  No extensions are possible. However, the short listing criteria involve a contribution of CAT scores and other criteria.


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?

Dr. Dhir: Total intake for flagship PG program is 115. The Total annual fee is Rs. 2,19,950.


Careers360: What is your selection criterion for the academic session 2016‐18? Is there any differentiating element as compared to other top B‐schools? Please mention weight-age to different components in the selection process.

Dr. Dhir: Unlike other B-schools, the selection criteria are not just dependent on the CAT percentile but a fair amount of weight-age is given to consistently good academic record and extra‐curricular activities among others. The overall division of weight-ages and the selection criteria parameters are shown below:


Weightage for GD&PI (SI)


CAT Score: 60

Bachelor Degree: 15

10+2 Class marks: 10

10 Class marks: 05

Work Experience: 05

Extra‐Curricular/Others: 05


Total Wt. for Short listing Index (SI): 10


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?

Dr. Dhir: Now-a-days selection of the best from a lot becomes a challenging task for the B‐schools. Traditionally GD has been a right process to evaluate a lot of skill sets required for the business world. However, with the rising competition and limited time available in a GD might sometimes limit the evaluation of a group with a single aggressive person dominating it. The introduction of WAT into the selection process will certainly help the B‐schools overcome this limitation by analyzing individual student’s potential to creatively think and their thought process to assess the problem from various perspectives.


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?

Dr. Dhir: The personal interview is the important step in gauging the capabilities and abilities of the candidates. Candidates  reaching   here  have  already  gone  through  a  rigorous short-listing  process  and  group discussions.  While  the  group  discussions  highlight  the  team  skills  and  leadership  qualities  of  the candidates, the personal interviews are designed to uncover the personality traits. The focus of this interview can range from past academic background, work experience to elaborate discussions on life. The factors influencing the students' selection at this stage are based on their academic, personal and psychological backgrounds as well as on their values and ability to perform under pressure. Particular emphasis is also given to extra‐curricular activities that the candidate has been involved in. So the student must be able to present himself in the best way he can with appropriate communication skills and confidence.


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

Dr. Dhir: A mix of high-end education, industry insights and fun can be an apt description of full time residential programme (MBA) at DMS, IIT‐Delhi. The students here get a guidance of best faculties of the respective subject area. Frequent interactions with industry experts add to the knowledge of students and let them know the skills required to excel in the field of management. Under the Global Field Study programme, students visit top B‐schools of international repute for workshops. Trip also includes visits to plants and factories of big Brands like Audi, BMW etc. Lush green campus, stadiums, hobby clubs, gyms makes the campus a place brimming with activities and energy.


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