IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2016-18; 20% weightage to CAT scores in final selection
Urvashi Dalal, 06 Jan 2016, #CAT
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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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What percentile would a CAT score of 50-60 marks be?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019

Shubham, it depends on the total no.of Candidates who have appeared for the exam. CAT percentile is calculated using the formula: P=(R*N)/100, where P is percentile, R is Rank of the Candidate based on the CAT score and N is the no.of Candidates who appeared for the exam. Every correct answer gives you 3 marks. So to be able to get 60 marks, you must have written 20 questions correct. To calculate the percentile, we need to know the no.of Candidates who wrote CAT and your rank based on this score. And we do not have those details and so unfortunately we cannot guess the percentile.


books for CAT preparation.......

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019
Dear Kaushal, all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.

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I have less than 50% marks in high school, can I apply for cat,mat and GMAT???

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019
CAT, MAT and GMAT are entrance examinations for admission tio Post Graduation courses. Now as their eligibility criteria, CAT has a condition that Candidates should score a minimum aggregate of 50% in the Graduation. It is 5% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. MAT has no minimum aggregate requirement. Your High school aggregate is not counted for eligibility criteria of these exams. In fact, it is only considered for the shortlisting process.

i have got 50 percent marks in graduation..if i will get good percentile in CAT OR MAT. will i get admission in good college or should i stop dreaming of mba?

Shareef 19th Nov, 2019
No, Never give up. When there's a will, there is a way.
Now, getting admission into MBA is not based on your graduation marks, most of the Institutes only care about your performance in CAT/MAT examinination.
If you a good percentage in your entrance examination, then most of the Institutes don't consider your graduation percentage, where few Institutes need a minimum percentage in graduation.
Don't get tensed about your graduation percentage, you have a minimum percentage which is news for getting admission.
So, don't get tensed about it, just prepare best, and give your best. Best of luck
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