New IIMs Common Admission Process 2014 to reduce burden on candidates

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Updated on December 13, 2013
Six new IIMs, with a total of 800 seats, will be calling almost 10,000 candidates for the combined Personal Interview and WAT commonly known as Common Admission Process (CAP).
Students who get a call for the CAP should prepare for questions on their biodata, reasons for wishing to pursue an MBA, career plans, and also be in touch with current affairs.

IIM Trichy will be conducting the Common Admission Process (CAP) for the six new IIMs -Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur. For a total of 800 seats, almost 10,000 candidates will be called for the combined Personal Interview and WAT commonly known as Common Admission Process (CAP). The WAT and PI process will start mid-February 2014, and will end mid-March 2014.

Upon being contacted by, Prof. Hari Sreekumar, Chairperson of Admissions, IIM Tiruchirappalli advised the students who get a call for the CAP, to prepare for questions on their biodata, reasons for wishing to pursue an MBA, career plans, and also be in touch with current affairs. The CAP for CAT 2013 will include WAT and Personal Interview (PI) and the scores will be acceptable for all the new IIMs. This year IIM Trichy is conducting the Common Admission Process for the New IIMs.

IIM Admission Process: 10,000 candidates to be shortlisted for 6 new IIMs

The older Indian Institutes of Management are expected to participate in fourth year of Common Admission Process (CAP) of six new IIMs. Confirming the development to, Prof. Hari Sreekumar said that, “IIMs at Bangalore, Lucknow, Kozhikode and Calcutta are providing some inputs for the CAP. However, they will not be directly participating in the process”. Though the first year of CAP did not have any participation from old IIMs, IIM Calcutta and IIM Lucknow participated in the process in second year.  
This large number of candidates in the Common Admission Process (CAP) of new IIMs assumes significance as this is likely to have a negative impact on top-tier PGDM B schools’ admission process, as 10,000 candidates are expected to keep waiting till the end of March when the CAP results are declared.

Answering to a query about what should an aspirant do in case of a clash between a WAT/PI at an older IIM/other institute and Common Admission Process of the new IIMs, Prof. Kumar said, “in genuine cases where there is a clash between a WAT/PI at an older IIM/other institute, and our process, the candidate concerned should get in touch with our Admissions office, well in advance. We will try our best to accommodate such requests by providing alternative dates. However, candidates need to be aware that rescheduling interviews is extremely difficult, so they should approach us only if there is a genuine problem.”  

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Talking about the USP of the CAP for New IIMs Prof. Hari Sreekumar said that, “A Combined Process reduces the burden on students, who do not need to travel for multiple interviews. It also helps us to utilize our own resources better.”

The first CAP of the new IIMs was conducted by IIM Rohtak under Dr P Rameshan, its director, as the coordinator for the academic year 2011-13. The process included group discussion and personal interview.

The next year, after CAT 2011 the CAP round was conducted by IIM Ranchi and Dr MJ Xavier, the erstwhile director of IIM Ranchi was the coordinator. The process underwent some changes – GD was replaced by essay writing or WAT. 

The third, CAP round for CAT 2012 was conducted by IIM Raipur under Prof Pradyumna Dash, admission chairperson of IIM Raipur. The process remained the same as the last year. There was a written ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI). The process was conducted in five cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.


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