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Top B-schools Admission Criteria

Top B-schools Admission Criteria

Edited By Sreetama Datta | Updated on Mar 31, 2017 11:57 AM IST | #CAT

With the declaration of CAT and other top MBA entrance exam results, half of the race of grabbing a seat in the coveted B-Schools is already won. The next half of the race is yet to be conquered.

After receiving the shortlist offer from your chosen B-schools, you need to face the second round of the selection procedures. When it comes to the round of selection, one size does not fit all. Each institute has a different selection methodology to follow.

 

Generally, B-schools conduct Group Discussions and Personal Interviews which are the most common routes for selecting the students for final admissions. However, over the past few years the B-schools are ruling out the importance of Group Discussion and preferring Written Ability Test or Essay Writing as it brings more insight into the thinking ability and analytical skills of the candidates.

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The six new IIMs, including IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conduct a Common Admission Process which includes Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The recent IIMs, IIM AmritsarIIM Bodhgaya and IIM Sambalpur will also participate in the CAP rounds. 

 

The following table brings to you the parameters used by the top B-schools for the final selection process.

 

Top B-School Selection Criteria

B-School

Group Discussion

Personal Interview

Written Ability Test

Profile (Past Academic Record & Work Experience)

Gender & Academic Diversity

IIM Ahmedabad

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

wrong-sign

IIM Bangalore

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

IIM Calcutta

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

Gender Diversity

IIM Lucknow

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

right-sign

IIM Indore

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

Gender Diversity

IIM Kozhikode

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

Gender Diversity

IIM Shillong

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

IIM Ranchi

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

IIM Raipur

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

IIM Rohtak

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

IIM Trichy

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

Gender Diversity

IIM Udaipur

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

IIM Kashipur

wrong-sign

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

XLRI Jamshedpur

right-sign

right-sign

wrong-sign

right-sign

wrong-sign

FMS, University of Delhi

wrong-sign

Extempore

right-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

JBIMS Mumbai

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

wrong-sign

DMS, IIT Delhi

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

Gender Diversity

VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

right-sign

wrong-sign

DoMS, IIT Madras

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

right-sign

wrong-sign

DMS, IIT Roorkee

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

right-sign

Work Experience

wrong-sign

DIME, IIT Kanpur

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

MDI Gurgaon

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

IMT Ghaziabad

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

SPJIMR Mumbai

wrong-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

NMIMS Mumbai

right-sign

Case Discussion

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

TAPMI Manipal

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

SIBM Pune

wrong-sign

Group Exercise

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

MICA

wrong-sign

Group Exercise

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

IIFT

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

XIMB

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

wrong-sign

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

right-sign

Great Lakes Institute of Management

wrong-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

 

right-sign

wrong-sign

NITIE Mumbai

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

BIMTECH Noida

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

FORE School of Management, New Delhi

right-sign

right-sign

 

right-sign

right-sign

wrong-sign

LIBA, Chennai

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

IBS, Hyderabad

right-sign

right-sign

 

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

wrong-sign

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** The B-schools above are placed in random order

Unique admission parameters introduced at B-schools

 

Some B-schools have come up with unique parameters for the admission criteria, which they claim, enable them to get a better perspective on the candidates’ qualities. SPJIMR Mumbai conducts WAT, Psychometric Test and two rounds of Group Interview.

Let’s have a more insight into other criteria that B-schools adopt other than the traditional Group Discussions, Personal Interview, and WAT exercise.

Group Interview

 

Explaining the Group Interview rounds, Arunika Ganguly, a first-year student of SPJIMR Mumbai says, “SPJIMR conducts Group Interviews instead of Personal Interviews. There are two rounds. If one qualifies the 1st GI, you proceed to the 2nd one. Each GI has 6 participants. The interview board questioned each participant one by one. After a round of introductions, they grilled candidates further on their previous responses. In between, some other participants were questioned on specific points that other participant had mentioned.”

Talking about the second round of GI, she says, “The questions asked in GI-2 needed a lot of clarity of thought as some of the questions were about justifying my answers in the psychometric test. It could potentially be difficult if one is unable to explain why they have ticked a particular option.” Arunika suggests candidates to answer with a clear objective and ensure that one is not sucked into one’s own argument.

Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher adds, “The interviewers may also grill you on core academic knowledge and may go deep into questions related to your work experience.”

 

On cracking the Group Interview process, Divya Chawla, SPJIMR Mumbai student of 2014-16 batch suggests candidates to create a unique competent image before the interviewers.Since it is a group interview, relative performance plays a major part. Set yourself apart. You should say whatever you with utmost conviction. If you’re well prepared, and if you deserve it, you’ll get through!” she says.

Group Exercise

 

Group Exercise or Group Task is conducted by MICA, IMT and the common admission process of SNAP participating B-schools. Though earlier the Group Exercise round at Symbiosis Selection Process was replaced with WAT, both GE and WAT rounds are back again with the Personal Interview rounds as per the current selection criteria of the institutes.

 

In the Group Exercise rounds, the candidates are divided into groups of six to eight candidates. They are given a task to be completed in the stipulated time. The tasks generally are on the lines of advertising or marketing or designing a product.

Psychometric Tests

 

Psychometric Tests enable the B-schools to evaluate your personality traits, psychology, attitude and behavior of the candidates. Generally, the duration of the Psychometric Tests range from 10 to 15 minutes. SPJIMR conducts a 15 minute Psychometric Test which is clubbed with the essay writing round.

 

The trick to perform well in the Psychometric Test is to be yourself and absolutely true to yourself. Spontaneity is the key. “For the psychometric test, the best approach is to select the answer which comes to your mind first, without giving a second thought,” says Divya. You might be asked to justify your answers in the Psychometric Test during the Interview rounds as well. 

 

While it is advised that you start the preparation for the WAT, PI and GD rounds right after the end of your MBA entrance exams, for the Personal Interview and the Psychometric Tests, you will yield better results with spontaneity. Introspect yourself before facing the panel as you will be asked questions about yourself, your aspirations and opinions. Hence along with the knowledge on current affairs, get well acquainted with yourself as well.

 

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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