The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of 20 public, autonomous institutes of management educationand research in India. They primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The establishment of IIMs was initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission
IIMs are registered as societies under the Indian Societies Registration Act. Each IIM is autonomous and exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations. However, the administration of all IIMs and the overall strategy of IIMs is overseen by the IIM council.
The two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), offering the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), is the flagship programme across all IIMs. These post graduate diploma programmes are considered equivalent to regular MBA programmes. Some IIMs also offer a one-year Post Graduate diploma Programme for graduates with more work experience. Some IIMs offer the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), a doctoral programme. The Fellowship is considered to be equivalent to PhD globally. Most IIMs also offer short-term executive education/EMBA courses and part-time programmes
Good performance in CAT does help clear one roadblock in your management education path, but doesn’t guarantee a call from the best schools. For that to happen, your application and persona should match the requirements of specific B-Schools. With competition heating up, a lot of B-Schools are getting picky about their kind of students. This year’s (2013-14) weightage criterion throws up some interesting elements that will either assist or hinder your chances. Below is a compilation of what B-schools want from their students this year: (The B-Schools have been listed in no particular order or preference).
IIM Ahmedabad: 70% weightage to CAT scores (should be more than 99 percentile) and remaining 30% to your application rating score. The ranking and final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which include overall performance in CAT/GMAT and also performance in individual sections, performance in personal interview, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.
This year, AR will now be calculated as – AR = 0.5*A + 1.5*B + 2.5*C. Also, a provision for direct shortlist to the WA-PI round for top performers in the five academic categories has been included. For more information click here.
IIM Bangalore: IIM- B emphasises consistent and high performance in past academics. The institute gives weightage to multiple criteria while selecting PGP candidates: CAT score, performance in interview, prior work experience, and academic performance in school, high school and graduation programs. Weightage for the four components (each of them being standardized) before shortlisting for WAT/PI round are: CAT = 20, 10th board=15, 12th board=10, Bachelors= 15.
IIM Calcutta: This year, the minimum cut off percentile for short-listing candidates for Personal Interview (PI) round stage is 95 or above. Here’s a break-up for the final selection criteria for PGDM & PGDCM (Batch 2014-16): CAT Score (35) + Personal Interview (44) + Writing Ability Test (10) + Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (2) + Academic Diversity Factor for Post Graduation/Professional Qualification (1) + List Work Experience (maximum 8). The institute will award 3 points extra marks to girl candidates who meet the CAT percentile.
IIM Lucknow: The minimum cut-off percentiles for PGP and PGP-ABM courses stand at 90 and 85 (for general category) respectively. The merit list for calling candidates for GDPI rounds will be based on Total (A) of: CAT score + Class X marks + Class XII marks + Graduation marks + Work Experience + Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline (3 points for certain graduation streams) + Diversity Factor: Gender (women candidates will be awarded 2 points extra).
During the GDPI round, weights will be given to the following components Total (B): Written Ability Test + Group Discussion + Personal Interview.
The final merit list will be made on the cumulative score of Total (A) + Total (B).
IIM Rohtak: The minimum CAT cut-off for is 85 percentile (general category). The admission process for 2014-16 batch will consists of CAT scores with 50% weightage (scaled to 100 ) + Personal Appearance scores, (which include Personal Interview and Written Analysis) – 30 marks + profile score including Work Experience, Past Academic Performance (minimum cut-offs for Class X, XII and graduation) and any other criterion – 20 marks. Minimum cut off may be applied to PA components.
Female candidates and candidates with non-engineering background at graduation will be assigned a grace score of 30 marks.
IIM Indore: The institute accepts an overall CAT score of 90 percentile (Section 1: 85 and Section 2: 85). The final shortlist for is based on: Class X (17%) + Class XII (17%) + Bachelor’s degree (16%) + PI (35%) + WAT (15%).
IIM Kozhikode: Here, the CAT cut-off percentile stands at 90 and sectionals at 80. In order to short listing candidates for GD/WAT and PI, the institute will calculate an aggregate index score on the basis of CAT scores, graduation/bachelors degree, Class X percentage and Class XII percentage. Marks will also be awarded for diversity – gender (5%) or academic discipline (2%). However, a student is entitled to diversity marks from only one factor, whichever is higher. Previous work/professional experience will carry a weight of 5%. The final scores for admission offer will be based on CAT (35%) + WAT/GD (15%) + Quality work experience (5%) + Personal Interview (45%)
IIM Shillong: Overall cut-off for CAT is around 90 percentile. Apart from prior academic record, valid CAT /GMAT score of the candidates are used for short-listing process for Personal Interview (PI). Merit list for final admission will be based on performance in CAT and PI.The exact criteria used to short-list candidates for PI will be disclosed on the IIM Shillong website and/or on the CAT website along with the list of short-listed candidates on or before January 14, 2014.
IIM Ranchi: The minimum CAT cut-off percentile is 90, while for sectionals it is 70. The institute will call candidates for WAT / PI process on the basis on CAT performance. Admission offers would be announced on the basis of consolidated merit list (CML) would be compiled on the basis CAT Score (30%) + PI Score (30%) + WAT Score (20%) + Profile (20%).
Profile score is calculated on the basis academic profile – 8 marks + work experience – 5 marks + Academic Diversity – 2 marks + Gender Diversity (for women candidates only) – 5 marks.
IIM Raipur: The overall CAT cut-off percentile is 90 and the sectional cut-off is 70 each section. Final admission offer is based on CAT Score - 40% weightage + Personal Appearance - 40% weightage ((WAT- 10% and PI - 30%) + Profile - 20% weightage. Profile will be calculated on the basis of Academics (10th Standard, 12th Standard and UG) - 30% of Profile weight, Work experience - 30% of Profile weight and Diversity - 40% of Profile weight.
The batch size is likely to be around 120. Under diversity factor, the institute will award 20% to female candidates and academic diversity while collating the final results. Get more details.
IIM Udaipur: The overall CAT cut-off percentile for eligibility in Personal Appearance (PA) process (WA and PI) is 90 and the sectional cut-off is 70 each section. The final selection process for 2014-16 batch will be based on CAT Score: 50% + Personal Appearance (PI & WA): 30% + Profile: 20%. Profile score will be calculated on the basis of Academic Profile: 40% (10th standard-10 marks, 12th standard – 10 marks and under graduation – 20 marks) + Work experience: 30% + Diversity: 30%.
The batch size is likely to be around 120. The institute will give 15 points to female candidates, academic diversity and work experience while collating the final results.
IIM Trichy: The overall CAT cut-off stands at 90 percentile and sectional at 70 percentile. Final composite score (post PI & WAT) will be based on: WAT (15%) + PI (17%) + Work experience (5%) + Performance at Undergraduate level (10%) + Gender Diversity (1%) + CAT score (50%)
IIM Kashipur: Here, CAT cut-off percentile stands at 90 and sectionals at 70. Minimum cut-offs will be used for selecting eligible candidates for WAT and PI. The final merit list will be arrived through: WAT (10 marks) + PI (30 marks) + CAT Percentile (42 marks) + Class X (1 Mark) + Class XII (1 Mark) + Graduation scores (3 marks) + Post Graduation (1 mark) + Work experience (5 marks) + Academic diversity factor (3 marks) + Gender diversity factor (4 marks)