IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2017; 40% weightage to CAT
Urvashi Dalal, 28 Sep 2016, #CAT
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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 2018-19. This year, 40% weightage will be given to CAT score for shortlisting. Last year CAT was given a weightage of 20%, which has been doubled this year. Besides increasing the weightage to CAT 2016 scores, the CAT 2016 cutoffs for the SC, ST and DA category candidates have been increased.

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The CAT 2016 takers will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the national level entrance test. IIM B follows a two-phase selection process. The first phase consists of shortlisting candidates on the basis of CAT 2016 cut-off, past academic records, work experience, and Gender Diversity. The second phase is Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds. The first phase is applied to all eligible candidates who appear for CAT 2016 to determine those qualifying candidates who will be called for the next rounds.  

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The selection process, parameters and weights used are uniform for all categories of applicants. The IIMB admission criteria for PGP 2018 have been explained below.  

 

Phase1: The first shortlist of candidates is based on candidates securing minimum section-wise and aggregate percentile scores in CAT. Candidates obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of the CAT 2016 will only be considered.

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IIM Bangalore CAT 2016 Cutoff

Category

Section 1 (VARC)

Section 2 (DILR)

Section 3 (QA)

Aggregate

General

85

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

70

70

80

SC

70

65

65

75

ST

60

60

60

75

DA

60

60

60

75

For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in the above table, the candidates’ 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.

For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in the table above, final scores obtained by the candidate 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 standardized for all candidates in the first shortlist.

 

The score / weight for work experience is calculated as: 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 2016, 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 Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.

 

The maximum of the work experience score and the professional course score 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 Shortlisting Criteria

Parameters

Weightage

CAT Score

40

10th Board Score

20

12th Board Score

10

Bachelor’s Degree Score

20

Gender Diversity

2

Work Experience

8

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

 

For all candidates in the first shortlist as stated in Table (1), 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 calculated for calling candidates for the PI. Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components: (a) WAT, (b) personal interview, and (c) review of work experience (if any).

 

For all candidates in the first shortlist, normalization or standardization in any component stated above is carried out as per the following formula. All standardization is done with reference to the qualifying first shortlist or its subdivisions; Standardized 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}]

 

Phase2: 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 Phase 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 examination.

 

The final selection criteria are given in the table below.

 

IIM Bangalore Final Selection Criteria

Parameters

Weightages

WAT

10

PI

30

CAT

25

10th Board

10

12th Board

5

Bachelor’s Degree

10

Work Experience

10

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

 

IIM Bangalore mentions, “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 emphasizes consistent and high performance in past academics and all other parameters. “

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