Change in IIMs’ admission criteria lead to diversity: Admission trends in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, SPJIMR, IMT

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Updated on June 24, 2017
Admission trends in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, SPJIMR, IMT reveal that due to their revamped admission criteria for 2017-19 batch, there are 31 to 41% women in the new batch; 60 to 80% students with work experience in various fields; more candidates from arts and humanities have found place in their class rooms
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The story of Vidit Garg, a B.A. from Delhi University who scored only 89.67 percentile in CAT 2016 and got IIM Ahmedabad has kindled hope among CAT 2017 aspirants especially those coming from Arts/Humanities back ground

More non-engineers, more females have got admission offers from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and other top B schools this year, thanks to the changed admission policy and criteria for the batch 2017-19. Admission to the top IIMs may not be as difficult as you think as the high percentile of 99 may not be needed by the top ranked B-schools any more.

IIM Ahmedabad: A B.A. with 89.67 percentile gets in; 100 percentiler is out
The story of Vidit Garg, a B.A. from Delhi University who scored only 89.67 percentile in CAT 2016 and got IIM Ahmedabad has kindled hope among CAT 2017 aspirants especially those coming from Arts/Humanities back ground as IIM Ahmedabad has marched on its plan to implement the concept of Academic diversity with full force.

More astonishing is also the fact that CAT 2016 topper with 100 percentile Avidipto Chakraborty has not been offered admission by IIM Ahmedabad. Avidipto Chakraborty is a final year student of a dual degree course in Economics and Computer Science at BITS Pilani, Goa but has not been awarded any benefit under academic diversity and did not get IIM Ahmedabad, his dream B-school. 

IIM Ahmedabad during past few years has been focusing on increasing the academic diversity at its campus. The top B-school in its admission policy 2017-19 had declared to award higher weightage even to low marks scored in arts and humanities in shortlisting as compared to engineering and science streams.

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IIM Calcutta: Women student up to 31% from 16.4%
IIM Calcutta had 16.4% share of women candidates in the batch 2016-18. The share has almost doubled this year and has gone up to 31% in the new batch.  This is the highest share of girl candidates registered in any of the top 3 IIMs i.e. IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta for PGP 2017-19 batch.

Girl candidates, according to Prof Pritam Basu, IIM Calcutta admission chair, have performed very well in final selection process.  The weightage for women candidates has been increased to 4% this year. According to Prof Basu, “This year girls were given two extra marks out of a total 50 marks (or 4%). This mark-up was part of a deliberate policy change to bring more gender diversity on the campus."

IIM Bangalore: 80% students with work experience
Out of the 428 students comprising 405 for PGP 2017-19 batch and 23 FPM students at IIM Bangalore, 80 percent of them in PGP 2017-19 batch have prior work experience. There are students with international work experience also and average international work experience stands at 3 years 4 months.

One of the key reasons contributing to higher number of students with work experience has been the award of 8% weightage in 1st stage shortlsiting by IIM Bangalore. In its admission policy IIM Bangalore had clarified that 36 months or greater period work experience would be awarded the highest weightage of 8% in 1st stage shortlist for PGP 2017-19 admission process. According to IIM Bangalore admission policy for 2017-19 programme, “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 process in Phase 2 to then arrive at a weighted work experience score.”

SPJIMR: Women, Non-engineers, Work-ex students on rise
SPJIMR (S P Jain Institute of Management & Research), Mumbai has got the most diverse 37thPGDM 2017-19 batch. Out of 243 students, the batch comprises 41% women. The share of women students in the new batch of SPJIMR has increased by 35% over last year.

Besides, SPJIMR has recorded a share of 26% non-engineers coming from various streams and professions in the new PGDM batch 2017-19.

Another key diversity which the new batch has reported is that 65% students at SPJIMR are with work experience in diverse fields and professions.

Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR attributes the high gender diversity in SPJIMR to its normal process of improvement. According to Dr Banerjee “We are high on diversity and what is important is that this is a part of our normal process of improvement.” Adding further, Dr Banerjee says, “The number of non-engineers has gone up. We have sportspersons, musicians and people from various diverse backgrounds who are also good academically.”

IMT Ghaziabad: Records 32% women, 27% non-engineers, 67% with work-ex
The diversity of the PGDM 2017–19 batch at IMT Ghaziabad has improved significantly. New batch comprises more than 32 percent female students (as compared to 19 percent in 2016-18) and 27 percent students from diverse academic backgrounds other than engineering (as compared to 21 percent in 2016-18). About 67 percent of the batch has prior work experience (marginally up from 65 percent in 2016-18). The cohort represents 24 states of India.

The PGDM–DCP 2017–19 batch has 16 percent female students (as compared to 15 percent in 2016-18). More than 55 percent of the batch has prior work experience (as compared to 45 percent in 2016-18).

The average age of students across both the programmes is 23 years. On the encouraging trends in the batch profile, Director – IMT Ghaziabad, Dr Atish Chattopadhyay said, “From the class of 2017-19, IMT Ghaziabad will not only strengthen but take a focused approach towards the internationalisation. Possibilities are being explored as to how we can leverage our international partnerships in a more meaningful manner.”

Almost all the IIMs and other top B-schools are modifying their admission policy to bring more gender and academic diversity in their class rooms. It appears that the future batches of IIMs will see yet more diversity and will break the myth that MBA from IIMs is an engineer’s choice since more and more candidates from Commerce, arts and humanities are getting admission offers from top rated IIMs.

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