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With the announcement of CAT 2015 and beginning of application procedure, IIMs have started announcing the admission criteria for the academic year 2016-18. CAT 2015 is the gateway for admissions to all 19 IIMs, each having their own selection criteria to admit best from thousands of aspirants who apply each year.
The Indian Institutes of Management through their tough selection process select the best lot of students for different coveted IIMs. As the IIMs have started announcing their selection process, let’s first broadly have a look to the selection process of IIMs.
IIM Admission process
The IIM Admission Process is a two-step process
Common Admission Test –CAT, and
Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT)
Candidates are first shortlisted on the basis of the CAT cut-off percentiles, sectional as well as overall, along with past academic record and work experience. After the shortlist, the candidates are called for WAT- PI rounds conducted by each of the IIMs. The selection at this round is based on the performance at each stage of the round with assessment on past academic records, work experience, co-curricular activities and diversity factors (if applicable).
Each parameter is assigned a particular weightage on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weights vary with each of the IIMs.
Over the last couple of years, Group Discussion is being replaced by Written Ability Test. Until last year IIM Calcutta and Lucknow conducted GD rounds as a part of their selection process, but from 2015 onwards, both the institutes have exempted the GD rounds and now only conduct WAT-PI as a part of their selection process.
Some IIMs include CAT score as a parameter for assessment during both the shortlist stages of the selection process. However, IIM Indore does not give any weightage to the CAT score at the second stage to prepare the final selection list.
The 6 new IIMs, namely IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conducts a Common Admission Process (CAP) wherein shortlisted candidates have to participate in common WAT and PI rounds. However, the merit list is declared separately by the IIMs. Last year, i.e. for the admission in 2015-17 batch, the CAP round was conducted by IIM Udaipur.
As the IIM s have started announcing their selection process, let’s start with each of the admission criteria of 19 IIMs for the academic year 2016-18.
IIM Ahmedabad: The admission criteria for IIM Ahmedabad consist of 2 steps. In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have taken CAT 2015, fulfilled the eligibility criteria and have applied to the programme. The cutoff for general category candidates is 90.
At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) scores of an applicant will be used. An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ based on her/his percentage of marks obtained in 10th standard, 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ ‘Arts & Humanities’) and bachelor’s degree examinations (depending upon the discipline) respectively.
Read full IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Bangalore: IIM Bangalore admission criteria is a 2 phase process where the CAT takers are shortlisted on the basis of the cutoff percentile, past academic records, work experience and Gender Diversity. The final selection will be based on performance in WAT and PI,
Read full IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Calcutta: IIM Calcutta has announced the admission criteria for the PGP-PGDM batch of 2016-18. The admission process includes 2 steps, shortlisting of candidates based on CAT 2015 scores followed by WAT and PI rounds. The cutoff announced by IIM Calcutta for CAT 2015 is 90+ for the academic year 2016-18. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 score, past academic performance and other criteria. The composite score is calculated on the basis of CAT 2015 score, Class X and Class XII aggregate percentages, and gender diversity factor.
Read full IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Lucknow: As per the IIM Lucknow admission criteria for the PGP batch of 2016, there will be a 2 step process for shortlisting and selecting the students. According to the IIM Lucknow admission criteria, this year the Group Discussion (GD) round will not be held. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Till last year, the institute conducted, GD, WAT and PI rounds. After shortlisting the candidates on the basis of the cutoff, a merit list will be generated based on the weights and factors given in the following table. The Cutoff for IIM Lucknow is 90 for the general category candidates.
Read full IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Indore: The admission criteria for IIM Indore states that the B-School will follow a 2 step process including shortisting candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 scores, past academic record and Gender diversity factor. After appearing for the WAT-PI rounds, the final selection will be made on the basis of academic records and performance in WAT & PI.
Read full IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Kozhikode: In the admission criteria shared by IIM Kozhikode the selection process would be of 2 steps. The CAT 2015 cutoff for the General category candidates is 90 percentile. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their CAT 2015 performance, past academic records (Class XII and Graduation), work experience and diversity factor. The final selection will be based on CAT scores, GD/WAT, PI and work experience.
Read full IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Shillong: As per the admission criteria of IIM Shillong, the canidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 percentile and past academic records including SSC, HSC and Graduation marks. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear in WSAT and PI rounds. The final selection will be based on the CAT and WSAT & PI performances.
Read full IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Ranchi: The admission criteria, components and weights vary for PGDM and PGDHRM programmes. The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT 2015 scores, past academic records and work experience. The final selection will be made on the basis of performance in CAT, WAT-PI and profile.
Read full IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Trichy: In 2015, IIM Trichy plans an intake of 120 students. The admission process will have 2 steps, shortlisting on the basis of CAT 2015 scores followed by WAT and PI rounds and past academic records and work experience. IIM Trichy mentions, “The cut-off percentiles given in above table are indicative. The actual cut-off percentiles for 2016-18 batch may vary from those mentioned in the Table. IIM Trichy will decide the number of candidates to be called for the PI & WAT for each of the above categories.”
Read IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Raipur: The admission criteria will be for IIM Raipur’s 7th PGP batch, with approx. 140 students to be selected for final admissions.The final selection procedure will compromise of Personal Appearance (PI) which is composed of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal interview (PI). In the first step, candidates are short-listed for PA from among the candidates who have appeared in CAT 2015, and secured scores on the basis of IIM Raipur Cutoff.
Read IIM Raipur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Kashipur: IIM Kashipur has announced the admission criteria for 2016-18 academic year. The criterial is similar to last year, including shortlist of candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 percentile followed by WAT & PI rounds. This year the CAP rounds will be conducted by IIM Kashipur. The CAT 2015 cutoff for General category is 90 percentile.
Read IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Udaipur: The admission criterion for the 6th batch of PGP batch has been announced. It is likely that the batch will have around 180 students. As per the process, CAT 2015 scores will have 55% weightage in preparing the final merit list along with other parameters. The final selection procedure will compromise of Personal Appearance (PA) which is composed of Written Analysis (WA) and Personal interview (P). In the first step, candidates are short-listed for PA from among those candidates who have appeared in CAT 2015, and secured scores on the basis of IIM Udaipur cutoff.
Read IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Bodh Gaya: The mentee institute of IIM Calcutta has announced the admission criteria for the batch of 2016-18. The shortlist of candidates will be made on the basis of sectional and overall CAT 2015 cutoffs. The final selection process will have the parameters like CAT score, performance in WAT and PI, past academic records, work experience and Academic and Gender Diversity.
Read IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2016-18.
IIM Sirmaur: Located in Himachal Pradesh and mentored by IIM Lucknow, IIM Sirmaur has released the admission criteria for its second batch. The first step of the process includes shortlisting candidates on the basis of CAT 2015 overall and sectional cutoff percentiles. The final selection will be made on the basis of various factors such as CAT score, past academic records, work experience and diversity factors.
Read IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Nagpur: IIM Nagpur has announced the admission criteria for its second PGP batch 2016-18. Like IIM Sirmaur, IIM Nagpur too will not conduct WAT-PI rounds. After the shortlist of candidates through CAT percentiles, the candidates have to express their interest in admission. The final selection will take place on the basis of Past Academic Performance (PAP) and Work Experience of the shortlisted candidates.
Read IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Sambalpur: IIM Sambalpur, the mentee institute of IIM Indore has announced the shortlist criteria for the candidates. The CAT 2015 cutoff has been declared but the final selection procedure is yet to be announced.
Read IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2016-18
IIM Visakhapatnam: IIM Visakhapatnam, mentored by IIM Bangalore has announced that the admission will take place in three phases. The candidates will be shortlisted twice before the final selection takes place. Apart from performance in CAT, applicants' Past Academic Performance, Work Experience and Gender Diversity factors will be considered in the second phase of shortlist. IIM Visakhapatnam will not participate in the CAP rounds conducted by IIM Kashipur.
Read IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2016-18
Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, CAT is the most popular entrance exam for the admission to 19 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. Last year the total numbers of seats were 3335. The 6 new IIMs namely, Telangana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, each offers 66 seats for its post graduate management programmes. The result is expected to be declared in the second week of January, 2016.
CAT 2015 has undergone massive changes in terms of pattern, schedule and test window. Unlike the previous multiple day test, CAT 2015 was held in a single day in 2 sessions on November 29, 2015. CAT has three sections with a total of 100 questions to be answered within 180 minutes. Candidates are allowed to switch from one section to another and they will be allowed exactly 60 minutes to attempt one section.
The total duration of the exam is 180 minutes with exact 60 minutes to answer each section. The total number of questions is 100, divided into three sections. The three sections are Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). QA and VRC consists of 34 questions each and DILR section consists of 32 questions. Some questions in each section were not multiple choice type. Such questions do not carry negative marking scheme.
One of the major changes, and also first time in the history of CAT, candidates were allowed to use basic on-screen calculator for calculation.
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Dinesh, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and more than 1000 participating Institutions which include India's top B-Schools. So the competition is tight and you need to prepare as hard as possible. No time is early for preparing for an exam like CAT. IIMs do not have a specific syllabus for CAT. An assumption is drawn based on previous question papers. So, it inviolves Mathematical formulae and analytical thinking. For being good at these, you need to start preparing as early as possible. You are eligible for appearing for CAT once you are in your final year. So, if you start from this year as well, you can get into a decent top B-School.
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engineers are eligible for CAT exam then yes engineers are eligible for CAT exam. For CAT either you should be in final year of graduation or have passed your graduation.
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You can't use current year marks or rank to get an admission in coming year as it will be unfair to other candidates as your paper features may be different with theirs like it might be a easy paper when you gave and in the coming year if paper gets hard then that will change the evaluation process differently. It will be even unfair to you. So the board don't entertain these kind of forwarding previous year results for next year to get an admission.
If you want to get an admission in year 2020 then you have to appear the exam in year 2020 as you gave this year. You have to do each and every step and follow the process as a normal candidates does in 1st attempt. like you can take you are giving it as a fresh.
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