As most of the IIMs are trying to change their admission policy, IIM Bangalore has joined the league too. Going by IIM Banglore Admission Policy for PGP 2018-20, it has decided to give 40% weight to CAT Result, while 60% is given to other selection factors. This policy is eligible only for shortlisting for GD/PI rounds.
This move by IIM Bangalore will enable aspirants to get admission at a low CAT Cutoff, unlike IIM Ahmedabad, that has released a higher cutoff for shortlisting. Aspirants will be judged majorly on their academic record, instead of CAT Score.
This 40% weight will be divided amongst all the three sections of CAT Exam:
Impact of CAT Score Getting Less Weightage
|Name of IIMs||Weightage honored to CAT 2017 Percentile|
|Institute Name||Application Dates|
|IIM Lucknow||To be released soon|
|IIM Bangalore||Till December 5, 2017|
|IIM Ahmedabad||Until January 22, 2018|
|IIM Ranchi||Till November 5, 2017|
|IIM Sambalpur||To be out soon|
|IIM Indore||January 15, 2018|
|IIM Nagpur||To be released soon|
For aspirants applying to IIM Bangalore this year, the expected cutoff is mentioned below for reference:
|Category||VARC||DI & LR||QA||Aggregate|
IIM Bangalore has taken the lead among other IIMs by awarding 60% weight to other factors. Mentioned below is the detailed information about what all will come under the ‘Other Factors’ category:
According to IIM Bangalore admission policy for PGP 2018-20, all aspirants are shortlisted on the percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams that will be initially adjusted by dividing each score by the 90th percentile score obtained in that board. Aspirants are informed that the database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT participants of the past two years will be used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.
IIM Bangalore V/s other IIMs: Weightage to academics
|Name of IIM||Weight to academics|
The ones who have scored 90% or above marks and are ranked among the 90 percentiles, they can expect to get a weight of 20% in addition to the weight honored to other parameters.
Your 90% and above marks can take you via the 1st stage shortlist as this percentage can award you another 20% weight in the first stage shortlist.
20% weight to Bachelor’s degree
You will be honored another 20% by IIM Bangalore if your performance in Bachelor’s Degree is/was outstanding. According to IIMB admission policy ‘For all aspirants in the first shortlist, final scores obtained by the aspirant are used for the bachelors’ degree and professional degrees (if any). Thus, for final year bachelor’s degree aspirants, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the aspirant's final score is pending. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective branches. This gives the adjusted score for the bachelor’s degree for all aspirants in the first shortlist.’
If your work experience is around 36 months or greater duration then you will be honored the highest weight of 8% in IIM Bangalore 1st stage shortlist for PGP 2017-19 admission procedure. We inform you that the work experience will be accounted up to July 2016 as said by IIM Bangalore admission policy.
The B-school has clarified that the score will peak at 36 months work experience and will remain at that level for aspirants with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 8 in the pre- PI stage) will be multiplied by the quality of work experience score on a 5 point scale (0.25 - 0.5 – 1 - 1.5 - 2) as given by interviewers in the PI procedure in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.”
If you are a woman aspirant you will be honored an additional 2% weight at the 1st stage shortlisting procedure. This weight will be confined only to 1st stage shortlisting. According to IIM Bangalore, Gender diversity component is eligible only for the pre-PI rank list for interview calls, and will not be eligible for phase 2 of the admissions procedure (final provides of admission).
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Mentioned below are the changes opted by some of the other top IIMs:
IIM Ahmedabad recently adopted the policy in the name of ‘Academic Diversity’ that will prove to be a boon for the aspirants coming from the non-engineering background. Also, it will give 70% weight to CAT 2016 scores and 30% score to academic profile for 1st stage shortlisting.
IIM Calcutta has released to award 56% weight to CAT 2016 scores; 40% to academics up to class 12 and 4% to gender diversity in the 1st stage shortlisting criteria for admission to PGP 2017-19.
IIM Lucknow will award 60% weight to CAT 2016 scores; 20% and 5% weight to academic excellence and academic diversity respectively; 10% weight to work experience and 5% to gender diversity.
All the IIMs are trying to enhance their quality of education as well as the status and atmosphere of their campus. Therefore, the IIMs are introducing some changes in their Admission Policies with time to see how they can improve themselves as an education system.