The Luck of lakhs of aspirants was decided on January 9, 2018, when CAT cutoff for IIM Ahmadabad & Bangalore were released. Students who secured 99 percentile were the most disheartened because even after their huge effort, they could not make the top two IIM’s.
Only students with 100 percentile or 99.99 with no sectional dips were able to break via the cut off barrier laid by IIM A & B. However, this year, IIM Ahmadabad did not announce any statement on this difference like the last year they used to display ‘sorry you have not been shortlisted’.
As there were plenty of candidates who secured 99 percentile in CAT Exam, the lack of diversity in the academic background and the dip in the sectional score were the two main reasons why aspirants could not make to IIM Ahmadabad.
CAT 2017 Result was released in the online method on January 8, 2018, where the scorecards were displayed by the authorities online for all the registered test takers. As new to the trend this year, the top 20 students who made it to either IIM Ahmadabad or IIM Bangalore, had 2 female aspirants and 3 male aspirants who are from the non-engineering background.
As per the past year trends, only students from engineering background made it to the top 20 aspirants. CAT 2015 & CAT 2014 data reflects that there were only 17 & 16 aspirants respectively with 100 percentile. It was new to the eyes of even IIM Lucknow that students of non-engineering background could make it to the list of IIM Ahmadabad and Bangalore.
Following the queue, students are now early waiting for the cut off list for PI & GD round which will be released by IIM Calcutta. Read CAT Selection Process
The main reason for failure in the case was the difference in the QA, VI and DI sectional score. It was established that students performed well in only 2 of the sections and not all three. Thus, it is a lesson for the CAT 2018 test takers to perform well in all the 3 sections and not just 2 sections as now IIM is taking this into notice.
Even after securing a good 99 percentile and scoring high marks in 2 out of 3 sections in CAT 2017, the major reason for losing a position in the cut off list of IIM A & B was the section in which the score went low.
It was observed that some aspirants did not perform well in the DILR section and others in VARC and some others from humanities or arts background failed to perform well in QA section. Although the percentile still came to be around 99, if the aspirant would have scored around 85 percent score in each of the section then the selection would have been done by the top-notch IIM Ahmadabad or IIM Bangalore.
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Both IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore are aware of the fact that students aspire to study in these reputed institutes. But this year neither of them wished to give any consoling messages to the students on missing their goals. Rather there were complete messages written stating that you have not been shortlisted.
On the website of IIM Ahmadabad, no reasons were given for the failure of making it up to the list.
IIM Bangalore, however, took the pain of stating to all aspirants who secured 99 percentile, the probable reason for not making.
Here is a list of students who lost marks in the different sections leading to loss of selection in the IIM A or IIM B:
|Name||Overall percentile||Section -1 VARC||Section- 2 DILR||Section -3 Quant|
From this year, there has been a change because of the dips in the sectional score that will create all the difference. This weight given to academic profile is made to ensure diversity on the campus and making sure that the aspirant is skilled equally for all the problems concerned with thinking, communication or calculation. Also, this year IIM Ahmadabad has given more weight to academic profile.
The at least percentile need is 70 percentile in each of the 3 sections and at least 80 percentile overall for admission into the PGP course 2018-2020. If an aspirant has failed on the sectional score criteria then the selection could not be done.
As per the directives were given prior to selection it was said by IIM A that “Performance in CAT is an important input in the admission procedure. Aspirants should note that it is important to perform well in each section of the test.”
Thus, IIM Ahmadabad did not declare any apology or consoling messages to the aspirants who could not make it to the top selected aspirants list.
IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria
The at least overall cut off score declared by IIM Bangalore for the 1st stage of selection for the PGP 2018-20 course is 90 and the sectional score or cut off comes to be around 85 in VARC and 80 in DILR and Quant section. While all other IIMs have not declared such specific cut off for each of the section, IIM Bangalore has chosen to be specific.
Apart from this, IIM Banglore gives only 40% weight to CAT and 60% to other parameters which are considered important from the viewpoint of the selection procedure.
Other important parameters are academic profile, academic diversity, gender diversity and work experience. The 60% share is divided equally among these parameters so again student must have performed well since class 10 onwards and then all the choices he/she made in life are given weight.
Even though if you have failed to make it to the top IIMs like IIM Ahmadabad and IIM Bangalore, don’t worry as other IIMs are also there with an equally good reputation in the field of education and placement. Also, there are plenty of B Schools which consider your CAT score for education and placement.
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