Top B-school Admission Criteria: What B-Schools look for
Team Careers360, 18 Jan 2017, #CAT
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While you would be rushing for admission opportunities at different B-schools post your CAT and XAT results, Careers360 talks to B-school Directors to bring you a sense of how you are going to be evaluated at the next stage of the admission process at different management colleges. We bring you here insights from Top B-school Directors and admission in-charge on their admission criteria for 2017 admission year. 


Kanika T BhalKanika T Bhal, Dean, Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi

“DMS, IIT Delhi has come up with a new Index for admission selection. CAT performance is not the defining chunk of the weight-age in the admission process. We emphasize educational and work career of the applicant, focusing on consistency. The shortlisted ones go through GD-PI rounds, and final selection is based on cumulative performance in all the criteria”


Dr Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur

We select candidates based on their CAT, Written Aptitude Test, and Personal Interview scores, as well as previous credentials. Various diversity elements are incorporated into the ranking formula to ensure that we get the optimal mix of diversity in the student body. Female candidates are also encouraged to join the programme through various incentive schemes. Incidentally, the CAT coordinator for this year, IIM Ahmedabad, has also implemented specific steps to increase the number of non-engineer students among the top percentiles of CAT applicants”


M H Bala Subrahmanya, Professor and Chairman, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

“Our Master of Management (M.Mgt.) programme is exclusively confined to First Class Engineering Graduates, who have cleared CAT/GATE/GMAT. The short-listed candidates visit the department in the third week of April for GD-cum-PI. This has been the process of selection and it is likely to remain the same. Other things remaining the same, emphasis is laid on identifying 'high-quality students' with 'good quantitative ability' since our programme lays a distinct emphasis on enhancing the quantitative skills of our students”



Ajit ParulekarAjit Parulekar, Asst. Dean, GIM                  

“The selection criteria will be composed of a large weight for the competitive examination score, followed by the GD/PI performance, and an equal weight for past academic and work experience. We have been keen to promote diversity - both gender as well as academic diversity and our gender mix has been usually in the range of 35-40 per cent female students. This year we are also introducing an achievers route wherein before the competitive exam results, we will call a select few exceptional candidates (based on their past academic performance, industry work experience and other notable achievements) for a GD/PI process. These students will also be eligible for the GIM scholarship. This is for the first time we are introducing the achievers route”


Dr Bala V BalachandranDr Bala V Balachandran, Founder and Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management

“Our emphasis continues to be on having candidates with demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and team skills and having a strong value system. While we use exams like CAT and GMAT as screening criteria, the selection is based on a broad assessment of the candidate during the personal interview. This year we have dropped the Group Discussion component since we found it be of limited help in the overall evaluation especially for our flagship program where we admit only experienced professionals”


Dr Ranjan BanerjeeDr Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, SPJIMR

 “Essentially, we place a lot of stress on values and attitude in our recruitment and actual curriculum. Our recruitment process is team-based interviews where we also look at the way you interact and assimilate learning from peers during the interview process. We also are very open to accommodate students with exceptional extra-curricular achievements. We find that this openness in the selection process helps us create one of the most diverse student profiles among the top institutes”



Prof Surinder BatraProf Surinder Batra, Dean, IMT Ghaziabad

“At IMT, the candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of CAT, XAT  and/or GMAT. After this short-listing on the basis of best scores among the above tests, the selected students will be called for the Communication and Personal Interview (CnPI) process. In the Communication section, candidates will be exposed to a tool called "Thematic Exposition". This will be done on a topic ranging from social, economic and current affairs etc. This will be a written communication test (WCT), where candidates would be given a topic ranging from one to three lines, on which they will be expected to develop a piece of 250 words within 20 minutes. TheTopic would be provided to the candidates on the day of CnPI at the venue/centre itself. This would help the interviewer to understand the language proficiency, coherence, thought process and critical and logical thinking skills of the candidates. This will be followed by a Personal Interview (PI) with a panel for 15-20 minutes in which candidates will be expected to discuss on a wide range of topics which test their skills of oral communication, analytical and leadership skills, work experience and domain knowledge etc”


Prof. (Dr.) Monica KhannaProf. (Dr.) Monica Khanna, Acting Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research

“The selection criteria for the PGDM is on the basis of the entrance exam score, case-based group discussions, past academic record, co -curricular and extra-curricular activities including sports, work – experience and personal interviews. There is a change in the admission criteria as compared to last year as follows:

We have reintroduced the case-based group discussion in order to be able to understand the group dynamics of the students. The students will be made to write a “Statement of Purpose” which will be used as one of the discussion points during the personal interview. We have reduced the weightage given to entrance exam score and given weight-age for sports and extra-curricular activities. We hope the above changes in the admissions criteria will lead to more non – engineers and female candidates qualifying in the MBA programme”


IIT Madras, Admission Office

“We use a composite score based on their past academic performance, work experience, CAT/GMAT score and diversity in terms of gender and non-engineering. Extra marks are given for females and non-engineers. This year the composition of the composite score may be different”


Dr Arya KumarDr Arya Kumar, Director, LBISM

“Our selection criteria are very rigorous and robust involving cut-offs based on CAT score followed by group discussion, personal interview, academic & extra-curricular achievements and work experience. We do insist on certain minimum performance standards in each component and do keep introducing certain innovations to attract quality input. We have been observing that female candidates, as it is, do perform better and their percentage has been marginally increasing to range between 35–40 per cent of total intake. We do focus on getting non-engineering students from leading institutions through a competitive process and find that institutional background for graduates in commerce; economics and sciences do play an important role to improve selection chances”


Dr. FilominaDr. Filomina P. George, Director, SCMS Cochin School of Business

“We stick to our norms for selection as in the previous years and is as given below Selection is based on merit basis ranked on a composite score computed with weight-age for Graduation 25 per cent, Admission test 25 per cent, GD 20 per cent and Personal Interview 30 per cent and Eligibility for applying: Score at National level Admission test 50 per cent, Graduation 50 per cent”


Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev BansalProf. (Dr.) Sanjeev Bansal, Director- Amity Business School

“For MBA programs, the admission is based on CAT/ MAT/GMAT/XAT score.  If the candidate has not appeared in CAT/MAT/GMAT/XAT or his/her score is less than the required cut off accepted then they can appear for Amity Written Test followed by GD and personal Interview on the day of selection process”


Dr R C NatarajanDr R C Natarajan, Director, TAPMI

“TAPMI uses CAT, XAT & GMAT. We dropped GD last year. WAT followed by a personal interview. Good academics, extracurricular activities, work experience are provided due weight-ages”

Prof Shubhro Sen, Director, School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University

 “After an initial standardised test, which is a customized version of the CAT for Shiv Nadar University, what we call the SNU CAT, we put all our candidates through rigorous screening. We also require work experience as a prerequisite for admission into our MBA program at this time. This may change in the future but will remain in place for 2016”


Dr. N. R. Parasuraman, Director, SDM IMD

“Our Selection process is not likely to be greatly different from the system followed last year, by which students were assigned marks based on the scores obtained in Standard X, XII, graduation and consistency.  In addition, work experience or meritorious performance in sports or arts would attract additional marks. The marks obtained in the competitive examination CAT or XAT is another component.  Lastly, we set a lot of store in the Personal Interview conducted by our Faculty, and several specific aspects of student performance are evaluated here”


Dr H ChaturvediDr H Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH

“There is a change proposed in this year’s selection process. We are bringing in the profile-based short-listing for GD/PI process taking into consideration the past academic record,  leadership exposure and work experience. We already had an early round of GD/PI process in December to avoid the clashing of the GD/PI dates with other Institutes. However, the final merit list for selection would be decided only after taking into consideration the score of the candidate in CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT EXAM as in the past”


Prof R K Mishra, Director, IPE

 “IPE follows a three-tier admission process. We not just consider the scores of management test scores; as well will consider an applicant’s performance in writing comprehension, group discussion and personal interview. A composite score of all the rounds is considered for final admission. Yes, we did some modifications to the selection criteria, and that is we allow students to update us with the best management test scores, till the date of GD-PI rounds. Our online application facilitates the students to update us with their best scores”


Dr C N NarayanaDr C N Narayana, Director, KIAMS

 “KIAMS do profile based selection. For the final selection process, KIAMS consider their past academic records, competitive exam scores, performance in the Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Based on the Cumulate score final offer would be made.  Students are eligible to apply we they meet min criteria such as Min 50% in Graduation and 50%ile in any of the competitive exams”


Dr. Vandana SonwaneyDr. Vandana Sonwaney, Director, Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM)
“The Institute is only for Engineers. We have observed that the number of females applying for the course is relatively low. We intend to attract more female candidates and hence foresee ourselves focusing on prospective female candidates. However, our admission process is not structured to differential weight-ages on gender or streams of Engineering”


Dr Devi SinghDr Devi Singh, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME University

“FLAME University follows a comprehensive method to evaluate the candidates. Various parameters considered are test scores (CAT/XAT/MAT/CMAT), Academic background, work experience, performance in GD and personal interview and statement of purpose”


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i have got 82 in 10th, 55 in 12th and 68 in graduation what should i score in cat to get good b with avg salary of 8,9lkhs

Rehan Alam Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.

Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.

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i have got 90 percentile in cat but my academic scores are quite low 80 percent in 10th,55 percent in 12 from bihar board and 65 percent in graduation from bihar board, would i get good clg

Rehan Alam Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.

However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.

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what is the syllabus of CAT exam it stream wise ...? which stream students is eligible for CAT ?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019


Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.

So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.

Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.

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Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.

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Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

See if you have failed in past then its bot necessary that you will fail again or you might get a very good percentile this time.The only thing that is your hand and by which you can perform well in CAT is my preparing with determination and consistency.
All you need to do is just give you best in the studies and then you will surely perform well in CAT.

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Hey there

Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.

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