Procedure adopted by the IIMs for short-listing candidates for personal interviews

Please find below PDF files containing the selection criteria used by the various IIMs to shortlist CAT 2008 takers for the second stage of the admission process

IIMA: has shortlisted candidates for personal interview. Download selection criteria here.

IIMB: has shortlisted candidates for GDPI. Download selection criteria here.

IIMC: has shortlisted candidates for GDPI.  Download selection criteria here.

IIML: has shortlisted candidates for written ability test and GDPI. Download selection criteria here.

IIMK: has shortlisted candidates for GDPI. Download selection criteria here.

The above information has been taken from the websites of the respective IIMs.

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IIMs relax cut-offs to admit OBC students

Unlike the IIT that admitted OBC students on merit , the IIM were forced to relax entry norms for OBC candidates . While the relaxation of cut-offs was insignificant in some cases, some other B-campuses had to compromise on merit to allow these students in.

For instance, if the cut-off for the general category students after the common admission test (CAT) stood at 38% at IIM-Calcutta , it stood at 35 for OBC students. This, despite the fact that the B-school , which has a total student intake of 318, merely admitted 3% OBC candidates (see box). Again scores dipped further for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, which stood at 21% and 19.32% respectively. Worse, despite these relaxed cut-offs , the institute could not fill all the seats reserved for SC and ST students. Reservation for SC candidates stands at 15% and 7.5% seats need to be filled with ST students. Continue reading

IIM-L selection criteria

The new admission policy adopted by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L), has resulted in high “admission acceptance rate”. In 2007, the last admitted candidate was ranked 85th on the waiting list, but this year the rank has dropped to just 25. The fact assumes importance because IIM-L has increased the number of seats from 270 to 330 this year but, despite that, it has managed to fill seats quite easily compared to last year.

The final selections, as per the admission policy 2008, have been done after taking into account the performance of the candidates right from class X till graduation, Combined Admission Test (CAT) results, group discussion and personal interview(GDPI) and work experience. “The comprehensive evaluation also provided us better candidates to select from,” Prof SKB Nair, chairman admissions, told TOI.

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Doctors, lawyer and a fashion designer make it to IIM-C


Excerpt from the above link.

KOLKATA: When postgraduate classes start at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, on June 23, there’s a surprise in store. Five doctors, a lawyer and a fashion designer are among those who have made it to the 2008 batch — and IIM-C old timers say that this is perhaps the first time that the institute has such a variety.


Read more about the motivations of each one of them.

This is definitely a good thing for B-Schools to bring in more diversity in the classroom to enrich the experience and as well as for aspirants who now have many other types of examples to look at while pursuing their MBA dreams.

What do you think? 

Two Inspiring Stories

Came across these news items last week.

The first one of Anurag Jain – a student from a Hindi medium government school background cracking the CAT in his 3rd attempt and getting a place on the merit list of IIM Lucknow and Indore.

And the second one of Gaganbir Singh from Ahmedabad, who got admission calls from IIM-B, C and K.

Gaganbir has only 15-20% vision and suffers from a rare ailment Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), where a person loses eyesight with age.

There is definitely a lot to learn from people like these. It is they who make us realize that how powerful a committed individual can be. Hats off to both of them.

GD/PI Helpdesk for IIM-B Call Getters

The Academic Council of IIMB is proud to announce its GD/PI mentorship programme for those with IIMB calls.

Just drop in a mail to <> with the subject as “GD/PI mentorship.”
The subject of the mail should be of the following format:
Name;TestRegistrationNumber, with a SEMICOLON as the delimiter between your name and TR Number.
e.g. If your name is Shilpa Agarwal, and your TR No. is 5147784, the subject of the mail should be
Shilpa Agarwal;5147784

PGP Admission Process for IIM-B Batch of 2008

IIM Bangalore has revealed details of the process to be used for selecting candidates for its 2008-10 PGP batch.