IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2016-18; 20% weightage to CAT scores in final selection
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IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria:
The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM B) has announced the admission criteria for its Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) for the batch of 2016. The CAT 2015 takers will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the national level entrance test. The shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds.

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IIMB adopts a two-phase selection process. The first phase process applies to all eligible candidates who appeared for CAT 2015. The second stage will be Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. Only qualifying candidates from Phase 1 will be called for personal interview (PI).

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During the interview, the panel will evaluate each candidate's performance on academic background, quality of work experience and other personal traits. In WAT, candidates will be asked to write on a topic within duration of 30 minutes, which will be evaluated separately. Scores of both, written note and interview, in combination with pre-PI selection parameters will be used cumulatively in the second and final phase of selection.

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IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria Phase1- The first shortlist of candidates is based on candidates securing minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in the CAT. Candidates obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of the CAT-2015 will only be considered.


Section 1 (Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation)

Section 2 (Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning)






















These cut-offs are not for those called for interview whose scores would be much higher. # Since CAT 2015 will have three sections; minimum percentile requirements will be applicable for each of the three sections and aggregate for CAT 2015.

Candidates shortlisted  as per the CAT cutoff table, the percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained in 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.

The score / weight for work experience is calculated as:

Pre PI score for Work Experience = 5x/36 if 0 < x < 36 = 5 if x >= 36

Where x is the months of work experience up to September 2016, as in CAT application form (and substantiated in the application to IIMB). The work experience score (maximum 5 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 Phase 2 to give a maximum score of 10 for work experience.

Other than work experience or professional course, the weights for the remaining five components are fixed as: CAT = 20, 10th board = 15, 12th board = 10, Bachelors = 15, Gender Diversity = 1.

The 20 points for CAT are derived from the performance in each of the three sections as follows: Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 5 points, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 8 points, and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) - 7 points. Gender diversity component is applicable only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be applicable for phase 2 of the admissions process (final offers of admission)

The weighted total of the six components namely (a) work experience or professional course, (b) CAT, (c) 10th board, (d) 12th board, (e) bachelors, (f) gender diversity as stated above is used to prepare a pre-PI rank list for calling candidates for the PI. Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components: (a) note content, (b) note style, (c) personal interview, and (d) review of work experience.

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria Phase2 - 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 note content and note style, the scores given by an independent evaluator will be considered.

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

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