IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21: PI grabs maximum weightage in the final merit list
Vikas Gaur, 26 Mar 2019, #IIM Bangalore
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IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21 - Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM B) has announced the admission criteria for its Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) for the academic year 2019-21. Like last year, Common Admission Test (CAT) along with Personal Interview (PI) has been given the maximum weightage this year as well. The premier institute selects students for admissions through a two-step process which includes performance in CAT and Writing Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). Students who qualify CAT with the scores prescribed by the institute move to the next round of the selection process where they are judged on their writing and personal interaction skills. Past academic scores and work experience are also considered in the final merit list. Let’s have a look at IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019 in detail. 

Step 1 - IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21 

The first step towards admission in IIM Bangalore is to score the required overall as well as sectional percentile in CAT 2018. Students need to score a minimum percentile as declared by the institute to get short-listed for the next round of the admission process. Here is the section-wise and aggregate percentile for different categories in CAT:

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IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019 - CAT cutoff

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Category

Sections

Aggregate

VARC

DILR

QA

General

85

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

70

70

80

SC

70

65

65

75

ST

60

60

60

70

PWD

50

50

50

60

*VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*QA – Quantitative Analysis

The CAT 2018 cutoff at IIM Bangalore has remained the same as that of last year for all categories except ST and PWD. The weightage to these two categories have been reduced as explained in the table above. The sectional percentile is the same as last year but the overall percentile has been reduced for ST and PWD category candidates from 75 to 70 and 70 to 60 respectively. The sectional percentile for PWD category candidates has also been reduced to 50 from 60 in each section.

As per the scores are given in the table above, all the short-listed candidates’ percentage scores in the 10th and 12th exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained on that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

Final scores obtained by all the short-listed candidates (as per the table above) are used for the Bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the candidates’ final score is pending. Thus, for final year Bachelor’s degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective disciplines. This gives the adjusted score for the Bachelor’s degree for all candidates in the first shortlist. 

Candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardised for all candidates in the first shortlist.

The score/weight for work experience is calculated as: 

Pre-Personal Interview (Pre-PI) score for Work Experience = 8x/36 if 0 < x < 36 = 8 if x >= 36 where x is the months of work experience up to July 2018, as captured in CAT application form (and substantiated in the application to IIMB). This implies that the score will peak at 36 months’ work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre-PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI process in Step 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.

The maximum of the work experience score and the score of the professional course is considered for selection under a common parameter of work experience – since both provide professional work experience relevant to a Management programme. The weights for the parameters are as follows: 

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019 - Shortlisting Criteria

Parameters

Weightage

CAT Score

40

10th Board Marks

20

12th Board Marks

10

Bachelor’s Degree Marks

20

Gender Diversity

2

Work Experience

8

The CAT score (40 points) is derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 16 points, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 14 points and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 10 points.

Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for Step 2 of the admissions process.

For all the short-listed candidates as per the CAT 2018 cutoff, the weighted total of the six components namely 

  • Work experience or professional course

  • CAT

  • 10th board

  • 12th board

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Gender diversity 

Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components:

(a) WAT

(b) Personal interview

(c) Review of work experience (if any)

For all candidates in the first shortlist, normalisation or standardisation in any component stated above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardisation is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its subdivisions; Standardised score, truncated between 0 and weight (wt) is computed from the raw score (val) as: Max [0, min {wt, wt/2 + ((val-mean) / sd) * wt / 6}]

Step 2 – IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019-21

The performance of each candidate on the Written Ability Test (WAT) will be scored in terms of content and style. Each interviewer will use the Personal Interview to comprehensively evaluate the candidate's motivation and ability to fit in and benefit from the PGP program. All candidates will be required to provide three confidential reference letters from their employers or faculty and this will also be used in the personal interview evaluation. For Personal Interview – the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered, while for the WAT, the scores given by an independent evaluator will be considered. 

The work experience score will be multiplied by the quality of experience score, as evaluated by the interviewing panel as an assessment of the relevance of the work experience to the program. The quality of work experience score will be evaluated on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) by each member of the panel during the interviews. The average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly, the work/professional experience component score used in Step 1 will be revised to arrive at a weighted work experience score.

The scores in all past academics will also be updated, if required, on the basis of actual mark sheets/grade cards submitted. Unless otherwise mentioned, percentages would be calculated by considering all subjects that the candidate has appeared for the examination. The final selection criteria are given in the table below. 

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2019 - Final Selection Criteria

Parameters

Weightage

PI

30

CAT Score

25

WAT

10

Bachelor’s Degree

10

Work Experience

10

10th Marks

10

12th Marks

5

The final admission offers to candidates in each category will be made on the basis of the final aggregate score.

As IIM Bangalore explains, “Since IIMB follows a comprehensive multi-criteria process at the pre-PI stage, it is able to identify many candidates for the PI who have an excellent academic record and work experience but who, while doing well enough in the CAT to be in the first shortlist, may have narrowly missed the high score that would have been required if CAT alone was the basis for the PI shortlist. Such candidates effectively replace candidates who have only a high CAT score but score poorly in terms of their past academic record and work experience. IIMB emphasises consistent and high performance in past academics and all other parameters.”

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