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New Courses Expected from IIMs in the 2019-21 Session

IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) are the most reputed management institutes all over the country, and it is a dream come true for any management aspirant to get admission in any IIM. CAT (Common Admission Test) is the common path for shortlisting of candidates seeking admission to IIMs, and, every year, more than 2 lakh students enrol to get admission in 20 IIMs across the country.

IIM Selection process is majorly based on these two simple steps, which are, short-listing candidates based on their CAT score, followed by a WAT (Written Ability Test) and PI (Personal Round) for the selected candidates. Although, each IIM is capable of introducing their own admission criteria and guidelines, for the exam, CAT Cut off, minimum percentage requirement, etc.

However, Indian Institutes of Management are all set to reconstruct their pedagogy and courses for the batch of 2019-21, as they plan to make them more industry relevant. IIMs are known for providing quality education and thus they are the best management institutes of India. The upcoming batch of 2019-21 can expect more live projects, role plays, experiential learning through outbound activities along with interactive teaching sessions with highly qualified faculty members and also people from industry.

According to two faculty members, IIMs are expecting courses on emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to become more popular with students and are also preparing to meet such requirements.

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Creation of New Courses in IIMs

Currently, IIM-Calcutta is rebuilding its two year PGP (post-graduate programme in management) syllabus to make all its students more industry-relevant. One of the major objectives of this decision is to bridge the gap between students who don’t have work experience and those who have that. The academic dean, Runa Sarkar, of IIM-Calcutta said that approximately over half the PGP batch enters the programme with zero or very little work experience and hence find it difficult to fit these dissimilar pieces into the jigsaw puzzle called management.

Therefore, to help them understand the entire programme better, during the orientation week of PGP starting 2019, the institute will conduct a 15-hour workshop called, ‘An introduction to Management’.

New Courses Expected from IIMs

This interactive workshop, ‘An Introduction to Management’, would be conducted as a free-flowing conversation among two to four faculty members, section wise, with involvements from students as well. To conduct these sessions, IIM-Calcutta is also planning to invite some senior executives from industry, apart from its own professors, to expose the students to the corporate world. The focus of the workshop would be on the resource management, functioning, decision making, etc., in an organisation.

According to Ranjeet Nambudiri, dean of academic, IIM-Indore is also reconstructing its courses in order to make its syllabus more skill-based and students more industry relevant. Going forward, IIM-Indore is determined to concentrate more on participant-centric learning process through live cases and simulation. Last year, IIM Indore introduced PGP HRM and this year it won’t be introducing any new course but would be focusing on stabilising the already-existing courses.

At IIM-Calcutta, live projects are quite famous among the candidates of the one-year executive postgraduate programme (PGPEX). More than half the PGPEX participants are involved in live projects as it provides them hands-on experience on the subjects. To meet the requirements of the technological environment and the changing business, others are also tweaking their teaching methods and courses.

In 2018, IIM-Kozhikode presented a course called Leadership 4.0 and those on the dynamics of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Director Debashis Chatterjee said that they are determined to get into high-touch, high-tech courses. Not only this but, Kozhikode also tied up with Stanford to build courses on disruptive innovation and design thinking in their executive programme and introduced a course on behavioural leadership.

In addition, in the coming year, IIM-Kozhikode is aiming for more international accreditations. Kozhikode is all set to make learning more application driven and take courses outside the classroom.

Course restructuring is a slow process and IIM Ahmedabad and Bangalore are currently focusing on the changes that they introduced a year or two ago. IIM-Bangalore is not planning to introduce any new course into their curriculum for 2019 but will focus on building its course on entrepreneurship a part of the core program.

It is also increasing the use of innovative methods like flip-classes, simulation games and in-class role play exercises to teach students through pedagogical tools. IIM-Ranchi also said that in the coming years, students can expect some minor changes like adding innovative ways of teaching, which has already been done in the last year.

Across the IIMs, aspirants are getting more and more interested in analytics and analytics-based courses like predictive and data mining analysis, courses in a strategy like simulations, digital marketing courses, etc. IIM-Ahmedabad has added courses in big data, data analytics, business analytics, Internet of Things, bitcoin and behavioural finance in the last two years.

Therefore, students enrolling in IIMs for the batch of 2019-21, can expect some changes or introduction of new courses in the curriculum in order to train them in a more precise and skilful way and make them industry-relevant.

JNU MBA Admissions (2019-21) – Last Date to Apply March 01

The registration window for JNU MBA Admission for 2019-21 batch has already started from January 20. The first batch will comprise 50 students in its newly established Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship. Students will be shortlisted for selection process based on CAT 2018 Scores.

Jawahar Nehru University will offer this two year post graduate management programme based on CAT scores and scores obtained by candidates in selection process in 70:30 ratio. Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their performance in CAT 2018 are called for the interview round at the University campus. IIMs won’t play any role in the entire admission process.

Candidates can complete the application process online till March 01. The selection process will be organised by JNU on April 15, 16 and 18. The final list of selected students for admission to this year’s MBA batch will be announced on April 26.

For filling up application form, candidates need to visit the online website of JNU and then register themselves. Thereupon, candidates will be required to fill out rest of the details on the form and mention their CAT Registration Number.

No “additional deprivation points will be taken into consideration” since MBA is a “professional course” (as applicable on some other courses). However, the reservation will be enforced as the guidelines of the central government.

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XAT 2019 Paper Analysis: Check Section-Wise Analysis Here

XAT 2019 has been successfully conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm. This was the 2nd time when the exam was conducted in online mode. Unlike the former years, where the exam was for 3 hours 35 minutes, this year it was a 3-hour test. According to XAT analysis, it was overall a little difficult exam. Because the paper was tough, it is expected that XAT cut off will remain low or same as previous year.

Highlights of XAT

  • It was a difficult examination as compared to previous years
  • Exam time was reduced by 30 minutes
  • There is no essay writing in XAT 2019
  • NAT- Numerical Answer Type introduced in XAT 2019
  • Visually impaired candidates get scribe facility and 25 minutes extra
  • There is no sectional time limit, however Part A should be completed within 165 minutes
  • You can only move to Part B after completing 165 minutes of Part A
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NAT- Numerical Answer Type

This is a new type of question introduced in XAT 2019. There is a different way of answering NAT questions. As per XAT analysis, introduction of this section has made the exam more difficult. To answer a NAT question, you need to virtual numeric keypad that appears below every question.

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT is an all online examination which has questions in the MCQ format. Every question has 5 options, from which you need to select 1 option as the correct response. XAT 2019 is divided into 2 parts- Part A and Part B with total 99 questions. There are namely 4 areas of assessment in the exam-

  1. Verbal and Logical Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  4. General Knowledge

Part A has total 74 MCQs which you need to complete within 165 minutes. There is no sectional time limit. Part B only has General Knowledge question which you must complete within 15 minutes.  Here is the section-wise question distribution for XAT-

Section Total questions (99)
Part A 74 (Total)
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation 27
Part 2 25 (Total)
General Knowledge 25

Note- You can move to Part B only after completing 165 minutes of Part A.

XAT Marking Scheme

As per the marking scheme of XAT, for every correct answer, you will get 1 mark and for every incorrect answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions upto 8 questions. Beyond 8 unattempted questions, 0.10 marks will be deducted for each question that you leave unanswered. There is no negative marking in Part B, hence do not leave any question unanswered.

XAT Analysis

XAT Analysis

Because of the reduced exam duration, aspirants were pressurized to complete 99 questions within 3 hours. Overall the exam was a difficult one because some sections were extremely time-consuming. It is expected that XAT 2019 cut off will remain low because of the high difficulty level in the exam. To get a better understanding of XAT, here is the sectional analysis for each section-

XAT Analysis- Verbal and Logical Ability

There are total 26 questions in this section and majority questions from this section were from Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. It was overall a tough section and the vague reasoning in Reading Comprehension added to the difficulty. While most questions of Critical Reasoning questions were doable, some were really difficult.

Here is a table which will give you a clear picture of this section-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Reading Comprehension 13 Moderate – Difficult 8-9
CR 5 Difficult 3-4
Poem Comprehension 2 (1 poem) Bizarre 1
Grammar – Correct the sentence 1 Easy 1
Para-jumble – 5 sentence 2 Moderate 1-2
FIB – 3 blanks 3 Difficult 1-2

XAT Analysis- Decision Making and Analytic Reasoning

This was an easier section in comparison to previous year Decision Making Section. The passages were shorter to read, hence, it was not time-consuming. There were only 3 questions from Mathematical/analytical Reasoning. The table below will give you a clear bifurcation of questions-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Situational 18 Moderate 13-14
Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning 3 Moderate 2-3

XAT Analysis- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

As per XAT analysis, this was an easier section as compared to the last year. In QA section, most questions were from Geometry and Algebra. Of these 2, candidates found Algebra questions quite tough whereas Geometry was an easier section. Attempting around 14-16 quant questions and 4-6 DI questions is considered a good attempt.

The table below will give you an in-depth understanding of the various sections that made up this section-

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 4 Easy
Algebra 6 Easy
Modern Maths 2 Easy
Geometry 4 Easy-Moderate
Number System 3 Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency 2 Easy
DI (Game based) 3 Easy
DI (Mixed Graph) 3 Easy-moderate
Total 11 Easy-moderate

XAT Analysis- General Knowledge

General Knowledge questions comprise Part B of XAT. Most of the questions in this section were 1 liners. However, there were a few questions with more than 1 correct option. In this section, if you attempt 12-14 questions, it is considered a good number.

The table mentioned below will give you a brief about the number of questions from each section-

Section No. of questions Difficulty Level
History 2 Difficult
Geography 3 Moderate-Difficult
Economy & Business 6 Moderate-Difficult
Current Affairs 3 Moderate
Personality & Awards 4 Moderate
Science & Tech 2 Easy
Polity 1 Difficult
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate-Difficult
Sports 2 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Moderate- Difficult

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme 2019: Know Complete Details

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta is a renowned name in management education that rarely needs any introduction. IIM Calcutta in all probability is likely to feature in the wishlist of most management aspirants.

For IIM Calcutta aspirants, we have bought an insight into an exciting student facilitation program at IIT Calcutta. The IIM Calcutta Mentorship program is one unique and effective initiative of the institute for its first-year students.

The IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme provides that necessary mentorship to the newly inducted candidates in a comprehensive manner. As a part of the Mentorship Programme, second years students at IIM Calcutta would be providing guidance and assistance to first years students in regards to various aspects from admissions to placement.

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme has been one of the most praised initiatives among IIM’s in terms of creation of student-friendly and co-operative environment at the campus. So, if you were eyeing to join IIM Calcutta after announcement of CAT Results then there are certainly exciting things in face of the IIM Calcutta Mentorship programme that are awaiting you.

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Pre-joining Assistance

As a part of IIM Calcutta mentorship programme, pre-joining assistance is extended to the students are to join the college for the upcoming academic session. The program starts after the declaration of CAT result each year and concludes after the end of the admission process at IIM Calcutta.

Those candidates who get a call from IIM Calcutta (based on their performance in CAT 2018) are allotted mentors to assist them with preparations for GD, Interview round and pre-admission formalities.

Mentors are second-year students at IIM Calcutta who are having a similar background as that of the aspiring candidate so, as to understand the queries of the candidate and help him in a wholesome and holistic manner.

The program is a good mechanism for creating a bond between the seniors and new joiners and facilitates a cordial relationship amongst the students in the campus.

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme

Information Distribution

The mentorship programme at IIM Calcutta acts as an effective channel for dissipation of relevant information among new students. The students are included in a common group managed by mentors. Mentors provide the necessary information and assistance to this group of new joiners from time to time.

The new joiners are free to ask any query that they might be having form their respective mentors (as a part of the group) and the mentors respond to that with necessary assistance in face of relevant information.

Placement Related Support

Placements and training is an essential element of life at business school. The case is no different at IIM Calcutta. The mentorship programme of IIM Calcutta provides that necessary placement assistance to the first year’s students apart for aiding them out with pre-joining preparations and admission formalities.

Based on the ethos of the culture of shared information the mentorship programme prepares the candidates for placement drives. From CV making to GD and Interview preparations (as a part of placement assessment) first-year students are trained and guided in all regards by their seniors.

The program works on the voluntarism mechanism whereby the seniors voluntary come forward to guide and assist their first-year juniors. In spite of Voluntarism, the mentorship programme has witnessed enthusiastic and extraordinary participation of second-year students over the years.

Entrepreneurship Cell

Apart from the mentorship programme, there is another exciting initiative that IIM Calcutta has undertaken. The Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) at IIM Calcutta works as a promoter or entrepreneur culture among students.

The E-Cell at IIM Calcutta is not only supporting its own students but is providing necessary support to start-ups from across the state of West Bengal and India. The E-Cell at IIM Calcutta operates under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

The E-cell at IIM Calcutta was started as a result of the emerging wave of start-ups and entrepreneurship culture that India has witnessed (and is witnessing). Over the years the E-Cell has helped incubate over 30 start-ups and has lead the way for many innovative and creative idea to take the center stage. The E-Cell is open for start-ups from across the country.

The E-cell along with the mentorship programme are two flagship initiative of IIM Calcutta that are benefitting the students.

IIM Raipur PGPM Admission for Working Executives, Apply Before Jan 10

Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Raipur has released notification for admission to Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPMWE) offered for the academic year 2019-20. Candidates can apply to this program on and before January 10, 2019. The institute will conduct an online for admission to this course, while for all the othercourses candidates will have to apply on the basis of CAT Percentile.

Selection of candidates to PGPMWE will be strictly on the basis of Business Aptitude Test (BAT) conducted by the institute provided qualified candidates to provide No Objection Certificate.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur was established in 2010. IIM offers PGP course equivalent to PGDM and Fellow Program in Management (FPM) in various disciplines along with Executive FPM. The institute also offers Post Graduate Program in Management for Working Executives. PGPWE is an intensive 24 months postgraduate program in management, specially designed for mid/senior level professionals. This program offers an interesting mix of fundamental management theories, soft skills and analytical methodology to deal with real-world scenarios.

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IIM Raipur adopts a two-phase selection process for PGPWE. The first phase process applies to eligible candidates who appear for CAT, they will have to go through Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. Other than CAT candidates can also apply directly for BAT through IIM Raipur official website. Final selection of candidates for admission into this program is made on the basis of their performance in CAT 2018 and WAT/PI or BAT and work experience.

IIM Raipur PGPMWE Application Procedure

IIM Raipur released the application form for the course on their official website on November 22, 2018. Candidates can submit their application form till January 10, 2019, along with all the relevant documents and the application fee. The application fee has to be in form of Demand Draft of 500 INR in favour of Indian Institute of Management Raipur payable at Raipur. All the applications must be sent via Speed Post only at the below mentioned address.

IIM Raipur 2019-20 PGPMWE Admission

Candidates are advised to label the envelope as “Application form for PGPMWE 2019-21” and send it to “Executive Education & Consultancy Department, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Atal Nagar, P. O. Kurru (Abhanpur), Raipur-493661 (Chhattisgarh)”.

Candidates must note that the completed application form must reach IIM Raipur on or before January 10, 2019. No request will be entertained due to late receipt of form due to postal delay.

IIM Raipur PGPMWE 2019 Dates

The application process opens on November 22, 2019, and the last day for Receipt of Applications(Strictly through speed post only) is January  10, 2019. Business Aptitude Test is scheduled to be conducted on February 17, 2019. The result for the same will be declared on February 20, 2019, and after that selected candidates will have to submit the acceptance fee by March 15, 2018. Registration for the selected candidates for PGPWE program will be done on April 5, 2019(tentatively) and orientation will be held soon after.

IIM Raipur PGPWE Selection Process

Candidates must meet the minimum requirement for the Program which is, all applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum aggregate marks of 50% in any discipline. Candidates must also have a minimum of three-year post-qualification work experience as on April 01, 2019.

Based on the eligibility and merit IIM Raipur will shortlist the applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed through Email and will be called to take the test. The online entrance examination on the lines of CAT Examination(Business Aptitude test) will be conducted on February 17, 2019, at IIM Raipur Campus.

Business Aptitude Test will be of 120 minutes and it will include three sections of 20 questions each viz Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.

Candidates will also have to submit a No-Objection Certificate from their employer at the time of admission without any relaxation.

IIM Raipur Admission through CAT

Every year, IIM Raipur releases its cutoff based on CAT score for admission to Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM). Based on its cutoff, IIM Raipur calls aspirant for the Selection Process i.e. Written Ability Test(WAT) and Personal Interview(PI). The aggregate score obtained by candidates in CAT, WAT and PI will be considered for final offer of admission to applicants.

Except for PGPWE course, admission to all other course is done on the basis of IIM Raipur score. IIM Raipur decides the cutoff after CAT Results to select the adequate number of candidates for the selection process. Cutoff set by the institute is the minimum qualifying percentile that applicants should score in CAT 2018 to become eligible for PI and WAT.

IIM Raipur offers full-time post-graduate programmes in Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), and Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP).

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on November 25 and the wait is on for the result to be out. IIM aspirants have to ace the last hurdle of the selection process after CAT 2018 Result declaration and be offered that coveted seat in one of the IIMs. Normally, the selection process at the IIMs consists of a Group Discussion or Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the candidates for which are shortlisted on the basis of their score in CAT.

As per trends, in the IIM Selection Process, the candidate’s academic background, relevant work experience, communication and presentation skills are taken into consideration. There have been shocking instances of top percentile scorers being denied admission by the IIMs for not qualifying the said parameters.

A high CAT score can definitely help one GD/WAT and PI rounds of IIM Selection Process but that does not guarantee a seat at any of the institutions. So, along with the wait for result announcement, now is the time to focus on the next major steps for selection into the IIMs.

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In the Group Discussion (GD) round, candidates are assessed based on their interaction in a group, their leadership qualities, communication skills, and problem-solving capabilities. In some institutes, a GD is replaced by a Written Ability Test (WAT) in which, candidates are adjudged on their critical thinking ability, writing skills and the ability to formulate a response on the given topic in a structured, precise and coherent manner within the given time-frame.

The Personal Interview (PI) round is usually the final step in the IIM Selection process in which the candidate appears in face-to-face interaction with an admission official or a panel of officials. The idea behind this round is getting to know the candidates in-depth – the personality, the aspirations, and the motivators. Assessment is based on confidence level, expressiveness, communication skills, body language etc.

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

Tips from toppers in preparation of the IIM selection process can be summarized in a sentence: ‘Practice, practice, and more practice.’

The Alumni Secretary of IIM-C Student Council, Abhilash Bhatia is of the opinion that being able to access insights from someone who has been through the IIM Selection Process helped him to strategize his own prep for GD/PI. Additionally, regular participation in Mock GD/PI has also helped in his preparation.

Parita Shah (IIM-C) started her GD/PI prep along with her CAT prep. She was particular about reading the editorial section of newspapers to form opinions on current affairs. She too vouches for mocks as well as informal discussions on current affair topics with her peer group.

Anusha, Vice President – Public Relations at IIMC, learned the art of public speaking by speaking at various events thus gaining invaluable experience and confidence in making her point in public. She made it a point to stay updated with developments around the world by reading the newspapers regularly.

Aaditya Ranade is the Sports Secretary of IIMC Student Council has a very interesting tip for aspirants. He says that it is very important to introspect and be clear about one’s aspirations and motivations as well as develop one’s own clear perspective towards as a whole, as in most cases, the IIMs, more than considering the technical skills of candidates, would actually evaluate the overall personality of the candidate.

Gowtam Marada, a Student Council Representative at the IIMC, focused on developing his critical thinking by reading and analyzing important news stories. Moreover, he also practiced writing essays and appeared for mocks on a regular basis

Selection Criteria for IIM Admissions

Finally, let us take a look at the current year’s selection criteria as announced by the top IIMs. Of the 20 IIMs in the country, most conduct WAT instead of GD.

Read Comparison Between Top Two B-Schools: IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore

The weightage of academic background and work experience varies every year from IIM to IIM. Also, the newer IIMs have a common WAT-PI process while the older ones conduct their own Selection Process.

Name of IIM CAT Cut-off Score Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Ahmedabad 80 Composite Score = Normalized overall score in CAT 2018: 70% + Normalized Application Rating score (academic grades): 30% Normalized PI Score: 50% + Normalized WAT Score: 10% + Composite Score: 40%
Bangalore 90 Composite Score = CAT: 40, 10th: 20, 12th: 10, UG: 20, Gender Diversity: 2, Work Experience: 8 WAT: 10, PI: 30, CAT Score: 25, 10th: 10, 12th: 5, UG: 10, Work Experience: 10.
Calcutta 90 Composite Score = CAT Score: 28%, 10th & 12th: 10% each and Gender Diversity: 2% CAT Score: 15%, PI: 24%, WAT: 5%, Work Experience: 4%. 2% awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor?s degree level.
Lucknow 90 Composite Score = CAT scaled score (overall and sectional): 60%, 12th & UG: 10% each, Work Experience: 10%, Diversity Factor: 5% each for Academic and Gender Diversity CAT Score: 30%, WAT: 10%, PI: 40%, 12th & UG: 5% each, Diversity Factor: 5%, Work Experience: 5%

IIFT 2018 Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Question Paper

IIFT 2018 was successfully conducted on Sunday, December 02, 2018 across various centers in the country. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or more popularly known as IIFT conducted its own entrance test for admission to its renowned two year MBA program in International Business. Well judging the reactions of candidates who appeared for the examination and initial IIFT Paper Analysis 2018 by coaching houses and experts, the question paper was difficult to solve.

IIFT 2018 was conducted in offline mode (pen and paper based) from 10 am to 12 noon. A total of 114 questions and the paper was divided into 6 sections. The marking scheme varied for each section between 0.5 to 1 mark. The marking scheme was particularly changed for VA and DI sections following last year trends. Based on the preliminary analysis its safe to assume that the expected cut off marks can down up to 34-36 marks. Overall, the exam was moderate to difficult level exam for candidates.

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Comparison Between Top Two B-Schools: IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on Nov 25, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. Well several lakh management aspirants compete for admission to top management universities via CAT. For a long time now, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore have been rivalled each other for the top spot in the rankings for management institutes in the country.

Well knowing the eligibility criteria and admission procedure is key to making the selection between these two stalwarts. Here, we will be focusing upon several aspects to draw the comparison between IIM A and IIM B.

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Apart from the expectations, admission criteria in IIM Ahmedabad (IIM A) is slightly easier than that of IIM Bangalore (IIM B). Although both the institutes would be selecting the best from the lot, CAT percentile required by IIM Bangalore is way higher than IIM Ahmedabad.

While each aspirant desperately waits for the answer key and result, here we will be drawing upon the major highlights of the top two management schools in order to provide a better insight.

Key Highlights for IIM Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad

Criteria IIM Bangalore IIM Ahmedabad
Percentile Cut Off in CAT 2018 80 percentile for General Category, 70 for SC, 65 for ST/NC/OBC, 75 for Transgender, 70 for PWD and 60 for PWD SC More than 90 percentile for General category, 80 for NC/OBC, 75 for SC, 70 for ST, 60 for PWD
Teacher Student Ratio 1:11 1:11
Engineering Graduates %age 67 percent 66 percent (for 2017 batch)
Female Student Ratio 27 percent 28 percent
Average Salary (Domestic) INR 21.08 Lakhs per annum INR 22.76 Lakhs per annum
Average Salary (International) $61. 048 (approx 42.52 lakhs) INR 52.20 lakhs

Note: It is to be noted here that the average salary denotes the minimum amount (salary) which a student would receive when placed. However, individual CTC will vary for every student. Also, the average mentioned above is based on the previous year’s data.

Foreign Exchange Programs

Both the IIMs offer students exchange program of 3 months (trimester) duration. This can be a decisive factor in taking the final call. IIM B has more options in terms of Ivy League Schools and top universities in Europe, North America and Australia. Since, foreign universities consider CGPA for the exchange program, more number of options will be always advantageous.

IIM Bangalore: Booth School Of Business, Yale School Of Management,UCLA Anderson School of Management, Johnson Cornell, Australian School of Business, Stern School of Business, London Business School, Fuqua School of Business,  Melbourne Business School, University of NSW.

IIM Ahmedabad: Australian Graduate School of Management,UCLA Anderson School Of Management, Booth School Of Business, Melbourne Business School, Stern School Of Business,  Columbia Business School, McGill University.

Courses Structure and Choice of Electives

In terms of overall course structure, IIM A has completely case study based course structure while IIM B follows a mixed pedagogy (Lectures+Cases+Seminars). While many students prefer IIM A’s case based study structure, there will be always subjects where understanding theoretical concepts and fundamentals before applying them allows for better knowledge transfer.

In terms of providing choice of electives, IIM B is much more flexible. It is the only IIM to provide 3 electives in first year. IIM B’s second year curriculum is completely elective based while IIM A still has a few compulsory subjects in second year of MBA. Electives in first year allow students to complete 3 courses in which they will be subsequently completing their internships.

Brand Value and Alumni Network

IIM Ahmedabad definitely scores better on the brand value. IIM A evokes a much higher impression in public minds than IIM B thanks to media coverage in recent years.

The alumni network is also far organized and strong for IIM A than IIM Bangalore. However, not to forget that IIM Bangalore is located in the startup hub of the nation. Although not many IIM graduates begin their career with a startup, the vibrant ecosystem offered by the startups is great boost for young graduates.

Over the years, both IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore have created top professionals with utmost expertise in their fields. There are times when several students even after securing 99 percentile couldn’t make it to these institutes due to the strenuous admission process.

However, as always, there would still be those shining stars in who will be having a choice between these two. This article will surely solve the purpose of guiding such brilliant minds for making a wise decision.

CAT 2018 Result: Download Score Card at iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2018 Result is declared on the official site, iimcat.ac.in on January 05, 2019. Candidates can simply visit iimcat.ac.in and login with your user id & password to download your score card. IIM Calcutta organised CAT 2018 on November 25, 2018. With more than 2 lakh aspirants, CAT 2018 was again a great hit among the students.

The exam was conducted in the CBT mode, and CAT 2018 result will also be declared online at iimcat.ac.in in the first week of January 2019. CAT 2018 Result will be announced in the form of online score card followed by the CAT Cut off. 

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CAT Score Card will not be sent via mail or courier to candidates’ registered email address and address. However, candidates are intimated about the declaration of CAT 2018 result and their overall percentile via SMS on their registered mobile number.

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CAT 2018 Result Highlights

The key highlights of CAT 2018 Result are mentioned in the table below:

CAT 2018 Result January 05, 2019
CAT Scorecard validity 1 year
Results will be declared at https://iimcat.ac.in/
Minimum Eligibility for Selection CAT Score as per CAT Cut off
 Results will display Scaled score; percentile score


With a week to go, Ace CAT 2018 with These Tips

CAT exam is now just a week away. Tension must be piling up while stray thoughts run havoc in your minds. But, we believe now is the crucial time for that one final push that can increase your percentiles considerably. There is one underlying assumption for this article. That assumption is that you have given your all till now and have been studying extensively to score well in CAT.

The thought of failure must be making you nervous about lack of effort in getting desired result. The key is to stay focused while working with some tried and tested strategies used by students in previous editions of CAT. Here are some tips for CAT aspirants to follow the penultimate week before exam.


Level of difficulty

As the exam approaches, the main concern is about the difficulty of the paper. CAT exam is known to have some tricky questions which can upset the students. But that will happen ‘during’ the exam. That is why it is better to focus on your preparation rather than thinking about the paper.

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There are always rumors circulating about the difficulty of paper, but the actual exam will always be different than these rumors. That is why focus on things that are under your control, which is your preparation.

There are no ‘important topics’

Right from an early age, we have been taught to only prepare the main or the important topics which are asked in the exam. This has led us to believe that in all the exams, there are some important topics which will be repeatedly asked every time.

But with CAT this is not the case. CAT exam is known to be unpredictable.  Therefore, in this exam, there are no ‘important topics’. Be prepared for any twist and revise all the topics properly.

Focus on Non-negative Questions

Non-negative or generally known as the TITA (Type in The Answer) questions are very common CAT examination. Out of the total, 100 questions asked, 30 questions are TITA questions. These questions do not have options and there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Thus, experts and toppers believe that you should attempt all the TITA questions. Further, in these questions, there are no options so it will take time for you to solve these questions. So, in the last week try and focus more on these type of questions.

Mock tests

The best preparation for CAT is to prepare through mock tests. But going overboard with mock test can backfire, particularly in the last week of the exam. It is important for you to give the mock tests and score in it. But on the other hand, in the last week, you cannot analyze all the mock tests you are giving.

That is why it is better to simply revisit the previous mock tests and pick up the mistakes you have made. Make note of the things and revise it daily so that on the day of the exam you are fully prepared.

There is never one strategy to crack the CAT exam. But one needs to be calm and composed in order to give their best during the exams.