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The selection process
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Based on the candidate`s written exam performance, the institutes issue calls for Group Discussion and Interview to the short-listed candidates.
The selection process
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To get admission into MBA institutes there are various entrance exams. Following are the details of these exams along with the related websites:
CAT (www.catiim.in) is an Entrance test for 7 IIMs and more than 100 management schools.
XAT (www.xlri.edu) is the entrance test for XLRI and more than 50 management schools
JMET (www.gate.iitkgp.ac.in/jmet/onlineproc.php) entrance test is for the Schools of Management at the IITs and IISc
SNAP (www.snaptest.org) takes the entrance test for SIBM, SCMHRD and other Symbiosis group institutes
MAT (www.aima-ind.org) is accepted by more than 100 management schools
ATMA (www.atma-aims.org) is accepted by more than 100 management schools
Among all these, CAT and MAT are the most sought after by MBA institutes. Dr Sahay of IMT Ghaziabad says, "We started using CAT scores three years back. We give a lot of importance to CAT score and basic education performance. We prefer students with at least one year of experience. During interview and GD, we look at general awareness, personality, leadership quality and communications." A good score in written test goes a long way in ensuring that you get a seat in a good institution, say experts.
Dr Ratnam of IMI says, "The major change that we have made this year is to drop CAT scores as weightage for final selection. We will use CAT scores as a short-listing tool only. We will now give more weightage to the previous scholastic record of a candidate."
After clearing the entrance exam, the next step would be: Group Discussion and Interview. Based on the candidate`s written exam performance, the institutes issue calls for Group Discussion and Interview to the short-listed candidates. In most cases, all the candidates who are called for the Group Discussion are also interviewed. A few institutes do short-list candidates even after the Group Discussion stage and only the short-listed candidates are interviewed.
Apart from the written examination and GD/Interview performance most management institutes also include Work experience and academic record and extra-curricular activities in the candidate`s academic career in their selection criteria.
Usually work experience is given weightage only if it is full-time paid experience after graduation - that too only if it is of more than six months duration. Less than six months of work experience is not given weightage in the selection process. Different institutes follow different methods and the IIMs, for example, do not count the work experience before graduation.
There are a large numbers of coaching institutes, which `prepare` you for these entrances: the IMS Learning Centre, TIME, Career Launchers, and Professional Tutorials etc.