IFMR Chennai: CAT/XAT cut offs for admission reduced to 70 percentile for achievers; apply by January 15

IFMR Admission 2018
Thursday, January 11 2018, 04:03 PM
Offering a relaxation of 10 percentile in shortlisting to achievers in admission 2018-20 batch, IFMR Chennai has reduced the cut offs to 70 percentile in CAT/XAT exams, from earlier 80 percentile. The last date to apply for MBA admission 2018 is January 15 for early decision round and February 5 for General round
The achievement areas are Workplace, Academics, Sports, Debate, Drama, Other Performing Arts (but not fine arts), Moot Court, NCC, Volunteering, Activism

Offering a relaxation of 10 percentile in shortlisting to achievers in admission 2018-20 batch, IFMR Chennai has reduced the cut offs to 70 percentile in CAT/XAT exams, from earlier 80 percentile which is still applicable to non-achievers.   

Not only this, with a view to provide opportunity to MBA aspirants to study at its new campus at Sri City near Chennai, IFMR the leading B school in South India has extended the last date to apply for MBA admission 2018 till January 15 for early decision round and February 5 for General round.

Cut offs reduced for achievers
The Admission Committee at IFMR recognizes achievements across many domains of human endeavor, and hence provides relaxation to achievers in the cut off with regard to various entrance exams.  The reduced score cut offs in different exams to shortlist the achievers are:

Test wise Percentile Cut offs
Cut off for those without any verifiable achievements
Cut off for those with Substantial and verifiable achievements
CAT
80
70
XAT
80
70
CMAT
90
75
GRE/ GMAT Verbal
80
70
GRE/ GMAT Quant
80
80

Recognized Achievers’ areas
Based on Achievements in the below given areas and as listed in the application form, an applicant gets the benefit of provisional relaxation of cut off at the time of shortlisting. The achievements claimed by the applicant, are verified during the selection process, both with regard to documentary evidence and oral articulation of the details of the achievements.

CAT Cut off 2017 | Top MBA Colleges accepting CAT score in 2017 | IIM Call Predictor

The achievement areas are Workplace, Academics, Sports, Debate, Drama, Other Performing Arts (but not fine arts), Moot Court, NCC, Volunteering, Activism.

Nearly 40% of applicants in the past years have claimed achievements, but only half of these stand up to scrutiny, and the batch usually contains less than 20% students who have enjoyed relaxation. 80% of the students have qualified on the basis of the cut off without any relaxation.

Two admission rounds
IFMR has offered two opportunities to the candidates for admission to MBA 2018-20 batch by conducting two admission rounds – Early Decision and General round.

The early decision round is now available both to the employed and to those also, who are not currently employed but were employed in past. According to IFMR, “The Early Decision Round, hitherto meant only for employed applicants, has now been opened-up to applicants who are not currently employed but have been employed in the past and currently taking a break for the same of MBA entrance.” 

Now the candidates who were working earlier but are not working currently can apply with Early Decision Round for MBA admission 2018 at IFMR Chennai till January 15.

January 15: Revised Last date to apply for EDR
IFMR has extended the last date to apply for Early Decision round to January 15, 2018. The step is taken to ensure that the candidates can avail the opportunity as per the revised norms. 

University MBA instead of PGDM
IFMR has been awarded the status of University and offers MBA degree since the batch of 2017 instead of Post Graduate Diploma.  The step was taken by IFMR as soon as the Union Cabinet cleared the IIM Bill enabling IIMs to award MBA degree.

Last date to apply for General Round: February 5
The Application for General Round is also open to all applicants – employed or fresher. The deadline to apply for the General Round is 5th February2018. The selection process for this round is scheduled in March 2018.

The selection process at IFMR consists of Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by personal interview (PI). The candidates will have to go through PI-WAT round which has 25% weightage in selection process.

Admission process
Applicants are required to take/have taken any of the following standardised entrance exams – CAT 2017 / XAT 2018 / CMAT 2018 / GMAT & GRE (taken in the last three years). While CAT/XAT/CMAT percentiles or GRE/GMAT scores are an important component of the admission process, these are not the sole criteria for admission.

The admission committee will consider the applicant’s past academic performance, and performance in Personal Interview. Further the admissions committee recognizes the importance of passion for achievement demonstrated even in non-academic endeavour such as sports (represented country, state or district), NCC, Performing Arts (but NOT fine arts), volunteering, activism etc. and at the work place (of a corresponding level). Those with track record in these areas would get a relaxation with regard to cut off scores, provided they are otherwise eligible, and capable.

Candidates with excellent academic profile, achievements, quality work experience will stand fair chances of admission at IFMR even if they score a little low percentile in entrance exam.

IFMR Fee structure
2 years tuition fee excluding boarding and lodging for flagship MBA programme is Rs.12 lakhs.

Placement at IFMR
IFMR has a consistent record of high placements. IFMR is one of the top B-schools offering quality management education with 100% campus placements and consistently rising average packages over the years. The B-school has recently opened its new campus at Sri city, near Chennai.

IFMR Chennai placements 2017 were closed with higher salary packages. Average placement at IFMR in Placement 2017 has increased to Rs.9 lakhs from Rs.8.5 lakhs last year. The highest salary has also gone up to Rs.14 lakhs from Rs.13 lakhs last year.

Shortlist based on Profile

  • At least 60% in X, XII and graduation are required for shortlisting based on marks in school and college.
  • To be shortlisted applicant must have either written GRE/GMAT on /after 1st Jan 2015 or CAT in 2017  or must be registered to write XAT 2018/ CMAT 2018 – the applicant must have a registration number/ proof of registration.
  • The shortlist for the Early Decision Round will be announced by the 22nd of January2018.

Final selection process

  • The Selection Process includes WAT (writing ability test) and PI (personal Interview).
  • Work experience will be main focus area in PI round for selection process in Early Decision Round
  • During the WAT process, IFMR will be looking for the ability to articulate a position and the ability to disengage from that position. Accordingly, there must be no obvious grammatical or punctuation errors

WAT topic in IFMR
Going by the past trends, the WAT last year had a topic “It is easier to convince the client than to convince the boss”, and the applicant had to write both FOR and AGAINST the topic.

IFMR is included among Good Business Schools category (26-50 ranks) by Business Today-MDRA B School Survey 2015 and enjoys All India Rank 22 by The Hindu Business line- MBAUniverse B School ranking 2017.

Established in 1970 as a not-for-profit society, IFMR was sponsored by ICICI, the House of Kotharis and other major industrial groups. The current Board of Governors, headed by Mr N. Vaghul, Ex. Chairman, ICICI Bank, consists of leaders of major corporations in India as well as respected academicians.

IFMR has been ranked 22 (All India) in The Hindu Business Line- MBAUniverse. com annual B-School Ranking 2017 and now enjoys SAQS Accreditation

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