IIM A Introduces Academic Diversity
In order to bring academic diversity on campus, IIM Ahmedabad has changed its selection criteria. It has eased the entry for non-engineers and fresher’s from academic session 2014-16.
Over 96% of students of current batches have engineering background. In order to increase the academic diversity, IIM A has proposed two major changes in CAT 2013 which will have considerable impact on the comparison of the batch. The changes are: the formula for calculating the application rating has been changed and direct entry for toppers from different academic background including Arts, Commerce, Science/Medicine, Engineering & others, into its Written Analysis and Personal Interviews (WA-PI) round has been included.
The new selection criteria also brings in a level playing field for fresher’s at WA-PI stage as working experience of candidates will not be evaluated while calculating Application Rating, which is the basis along with CAT scores for WA-PI short-listing.
“To recognize exceptional performers across diverse academic backgrounds, from each of the five categories of academic disciplines, top 50 candidates or top 1% of the number of applicants to IIM Ahmedabad within each category-- whichever is lower -- will be directly shortlisted for the WA-PI provided they clear a minimum CAT Cut-off,” says the revised selection criteria of IIM-A.
The IIMs have been criticized for becoming bastions of graduate engineers; most of them are from the Indian Institutes of Technology. The changes proposed in the admission criteria are in line with the IIM-A's desire to increase admit new students from diverse academic backgrounds.
IIM-A Selection Criterion: NOW & THEN
New Selection Criteria
Old Selection Criteria
From each of the five categories of academic disciplines, top 50 candidates or top 1% of the number of applicants within each category-- whichever is lower -- will be directly shortlisted for the WA-PI provided they clear a minimum CAT Cut-off (for general Category 90 percentile)
No separate short-listing for candidates with different academic background
Marks of 10th, 12th and Graduation to be considered for Application Rating which is a criterion for WA-PI short-listing
Marks of 10th, 12th, Graduation & Masters Degree marks were considered for Application Rating which is a criterion for WA-PI short-listing. In addition work Experience also was considered.
Work Experience &
Masters Degree marks
Work Experience & Masters Degree marks to carry weight age at final selection stage
Work Experience & Masters Degree marks carried weightage for WA-PI short-listing
70% weightage is given to WA-PI score and 30% weightage is given to the Composite Score including CAT score & academic performance
70% weightage given to WA-PI and 30% weightage to CAT score
Currently, freshers constitute around 27% of the current batch. The new system does not give any points for work experience or for Master’s degree, the number of fresher’s who will be shortlisted for the WA-PI round is expected to increase. Work Experience and postgraduate education will however be used as a criteria while evaluating candidates for final selection.
For the first stage CAT cutoff will still be used as qualifier of the selection process. But this year, overall emphasis on the exam has been reduced. In past years, the interview accounted had 70% weightage and CAT had 30% weightage. This year, apart from the 70% weight to the interview, 30% of the weight is assigned to the composite score and not the CAT score alone. CAT scores form only 70% of the composite score. This means, effectively, in the final round of selection, the stress on CAT scores is reduced to 21%, down from the earlier 30%.