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The Indian Institutes of Management through their tough selection process select the best lot of students for different coveted IIM programmes. They shortlist students on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT), and later finalise admission on the overall performance of group discussion and a personal interview.Latest: CAT 2017 Result AnnouncedCAT is the gateway for admissions to all 20 IIMs, each having their own admission criteria to admit best from thousands of aspirants who apply each year. The test is conducted by one of the IIMs every year on a rotational basis. This year CAT was conducted by IIM Bangalore on December 4 in two slots, and the result was announced in the second week of January 2017. Soon after the announcement of the results, IIMs are conducting their admission process.
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Let us now look at the IIM Admission Criteria in detail.
The IIM Admission Criteria 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).
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Each parameter is assigned a particular weight-age on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weights vary with each of the IIMs. Some IIMs include CAT score as a parameter for assessment during both the shortlist stages of the selection process.
The six 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 IIMs have announced their selection process, let’s start with each of the admission criteria of 20 IIMs for the academic year 2017-19.
IIM Ahmedabad: This year the IIM-A officials have drastically reduced their minimum CAT cutoff under all the categories to shortlist students for their PGP selection process. The overall CAT cutoff required for a general category student to get shortlisted has been reduced to 80 from last years’ 90 percentile. Apparently, the reduction in CAT cutoff by one of the top IIMs indicate towards a difficult CAT paper this year, and also that other IIMs may follow the same. Not only the minimum CAT cut-off for the general category has been reduced, the cutoff for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC) and Persons with disabilities (PWD) have been reduced to 70, 60, 75, and 70 respectively.
Read more: IIM Ahmedabad announces admission criteria 2017-19; reduces overall CAT cutoff to 80 percentile
Read more: IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2017; 40% weightage to CAT
Read more: IIM Calcutta announces admission criteria 2017-19; overall CAT cutoff 90 percentile
Read more: IIM Lucknow admission criteria 2017-19; weightages of shortlist and selection parameters increase
Read more: IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2017: Maximum weight to PI for final selection
Read more: IIM Kozhikode PGP Admission Criteria 2017-19
Read more: IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2017: 30 percent weightage to CAT
Read more: IIM Ranchi PGDM and PGDHRM Admission Criteria 2017-19
Read more: IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria 2017: 40% weightage assigned to CAT scores
Read more: IIM Raipur PGP Admission Criteria 2017; 32% weightage to CAT scores
Read more: IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria 2017-19: 55% weightage assigned to CAT 2016
Read more: IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria 2017-19 - 42 per cent weightage on CAT score
Read more: IIM Trichy Admission Criteria 2017-19: 50 per cent weightage to CAT
Read more: IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria 2017-19 - Overall CAT cutoff reduced from last year
Read more: IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria 2017-19: 40 per cent weightage assigned to WAT-PI
Read more: IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria 2017: Selection as per merit list, scraps PI
Read more: IIM Jammu Admission Criteria 2017: 50 per cent weightage to CAT score for final selection
Read more: IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria 2017-19: 50 per cent weightage assigned to WAT-PI for final selection
Read more: IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2017-19: Cutoff reduces for reserved categories
Read more: IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria 2017-19: 50 per cent weightage assigned to CAT scores
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
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