IIMs are the target of all aspirants who give CAT entrance. IIMs are the top institutes to pursue Management courses. Being the top institutes, IIMs selection process is not easy and it takes all round achievements of students. CAT 2018 has been already conducted on November 25, 2018 for the academic session 2019-21. It is expected that CAT Result will be declared on January 7, 2019 at the official site of CAT.
IIMs selection process is different for all the institutes. Some have a 2-stage admission process while some follow a 3-stage process. You must understand the selection process of each IIM before heading for admission. For the academic session 2019-21, IIMs like IIM Ahamadabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Vishakhatpatnam, etc. have released their selection process at their official sites.
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What is the IIMs selection process?
The first step to get into any IIM is appearing in CAT entrance and clearing it. CAT Cut off is the minimum marks needed to qualify in the entrance. Cut off is dependent on various factors including the number of aspirants and the available seats for CAT, difficulty level of exam, etc. once you meet the cut off, IIMs selection process would assess your academic records, work experience, followed by Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.
IIMs Selection Process details
As we all know, Common Aptitude Test (CAT) examination consists of a few important sections, whose marks are solely responsible for the screening of a candidate. These sections are Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and it is expected that a candidate should secure a minimum percentile of 80 in the overall section, a percentile of 80 in the individual sections is obviously a more desirable state.
However, there is a subsequent relaxation in case of the candidates of the reserved quota but if we follow the trend of CAT percentiles, it can be observed that a large number of candidates secure 100 percentile these days, so there is enough competition in this sector.
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The Written Ability Test:
Several IIMs have started conducted Written Ability Test to understand the quality of students who appear in their screening process. Usually, in this test, candidates are made to write about a given topic and through this mechanism, the authorities can judge and analyze the logic and creativity of candidates. Usually, the test duration is for 15 to 30 minutes and the prescribed word limit for the examination is 300+ in the most generalized manner, however, there can be deviations made by IIMs.
It has been observed that the Group Discussions are being replaced by the Written Ability Tests. However, some of the IIMs continue to conduct Group Discussions to analyze their candidates. The pattern of the same is usually decided by the authorities, so it is better to be prepared for the GDs to impress the recruiters.
Personal Interview is perhaps the most tricky aspect in the entire IIMs selection process. These interviews can be either structured or unstructured, depending upon the members who form the board of interviewers. Generally, the top IIM faculties or alumni are chosen as interviewers and the questions they ask are always interlinked and based on a relevant topic.
This is a fact that one can never get fully prepared for IIM interviews as the whole affair is a volatile event which can act in favor of the candidate or against them. You must follow the dress code and be clear with your concepts. Maintaining your calm is the pro tip for all aspirants.
The above-mentioned procedure describes the generalized pattern of selection for the IIMs but it is a fact that several IIMs have incorporated their own policies and methods to make the process convenient for themselves.
IIMs fee structure
IIIMs fee is quite high accruing to its reputation and the quality of education that it imparts. You need to pay some minimum amount which is called the Offer Acceptance Amount at the time of the selection process. It is on the successful payment of the amount within the stipulated time that your admission is finalised. All IIMs have a different fee structure. It starts from INR 9 lakh and goes upto INR 22 lakh for the entire course. So far, IIM Ahmadabad has the highest fee of around 22 lakh. The lowest fee is INR 9 lakh for IIM Sirmaur.