IIM Admission criteria 2014: Final Selection criteria of seven older IIMs

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December 21, 2013
This article will share with you a comparative analysis of the Final Selection criteria of the top 7 older IIMs.
The final selection is primarily based on the performance WAT, GD and PI rounds

MBAUniverse.com has already started a series under the theme “IIM Admission criteria 2014” to help MBA aspirants know about the selection criteria of individual IIMs. We have discussed the admission policies of the top 7 IIMs – Ahmedabad,   Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore and Shillong.
Our last article gave you a comparative analysis of the Stage 1 i.e. Short listing criteria of all the seven older IIMs.

IIM Admission criteria 2014: How to get shortlisted for seven older IIMs?
In today’s article, we will share with you a comparative analysis of the final Selection criteria of all the seven older IIMs.

The admission process is conducted in two stages. In the first stage, candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT 2013 scores or the past academic records. The next stage is that of the final selection, which takes place through the performance in the WAT, PI or GD and other factors like past academic performances and work experience.

Stage 2: Final Selection Stage for IIMs
The final selection is based on the performance of various rounds including CAT scores, performance in WAT, GD and PI and/or the past academic records and work experience. Let us have a look at the final selection criteria:

The final selection takes place through the following rounds:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Personal Interview
  • Group Discussion
  •  Other factors like CAT 2013 Scores, Past Academic Records, Diversity factor and Work Experience can be considered in the final round too.

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Table 1: Weightages of Factors used in Final selection stage of IIMs for Admission 2014


IIM

CAT score

WAT

PI

GD

Diversity Factor

Past Academic Records

Work Ex.

IIM Ahmedabad

30%

70%

-

-

-

-

IIM Bangalore

-

15%

20%

-

-

-

-

IIM Calcutta

35%

10%

44%

-

3%

-

8%

IIM Lucknow

-

10%

30%

10%

-

-

-

IIM Kozhikode

35%

7.5%

45%

7.5%

-

-

5%

IIM Indore

-

15%

35%

-

-

50%

-

IIM Shillong

30%

-

70%

-

-

-

-


Points for Consideration

  • Role of WAT & PI

Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) have gained importance in the admission process of IIMs. All the 7 IIMs use PI while WAT is also used by all the older IIMs except IIM Shillong.

  • Decline of GD

However, Group Discussion is slowly losing its charm and only two IIMs out of the seven have included Group Discussion as one of the parameters of evaluation for admission 2014. IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode give 10% and 7.5% weightage to GD round.

  • Diversity Factor

Only IIM Calcutta gives weightage to Diversity Factor during final selection stage of admission. IIM Calcutta gives 3% weightage to all the candidates in Final selection who have done their graduation and post graduation from any stream other than engineering (such as BA, B.Com, B.Sc, BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, etc).

  • Past Academic records

Out of the seven older IIMs, only IIM Indore gives 50% weightage to past academic records which is based on the marks of class 10th, 12th and graduation.

  • Work Experience

Both IIM Calcutta and IIM Kozhikode provide 8% and 5% weightage respectively to candidates having prior work experience


  • At IIM Ahmedabad, 70% weightage is given to WA-PI score and 30% weightage is given to the Composite Score at the final stage of selection to arrive at the Aggregate Score. Selection at this stage will strictly be based on ranks on the Aggregate Score (based on CAT/GMAT*, Academic Rating (AR) and WA-PI Scores). 

The WA-PI Score is based on the following: performance in the written analysis, personal interview, verifiable awards and recognitions, academic performance, exceptional achievements, extra-curricular activities, post-degree work experience, post-graduation education etc. IIM Ahmedabad Admission criteria 2014-16


  • The second phase of IIM Bangalore Admission criteria 2014-16 includes the final selection of candidates through PI and WAT. The topics for WAT will be on current political, economic and business affairs, though other topics such as sports and those that require more creative thinking may also be included. The time provided for writing the note will typically be about 30 minutes. Subsequently, two or three interviewers will evaluate each candidate on his/her performance on the note and his/her performance during the personal interview.

The interviewers will also evaluate the quality and relevance of the candidate’s work experience. The scores of pre- and post-personal interview rounds would be cumulatively calculated in the second and the final phase of selection to select the candidates for final admission. IIM Bangalore Admission criteria 2014-16


  • At IIM Calcutta, the final selection list will be based on merit in each category; minimum qualification on the above mentioned criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into IIMC. IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2014-16

  • The final merit list of IIM Lucknow will be sent to candidates on the basis of marks obtained in Short listing stage and in GD PI WAT stage.

The final admission offer list is generated on the following basis:

Grand Total (C) = Shortlist Total (A) + GDPI Total (B)

The Grand Total (C) will be used to rank the candidates according to their merit. IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2014-16


  • In IIM Kozhikode, after the conclusion of PI and GD/WAT, the final scores will be computed based on performance in CAT 2013, PI, GD/WAT, quality of professional experience, and academic performance. Admission offers will be made to students following the final score and as per the Government of India reservation norms.

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  • Subsequent to the GD/WAT and PI students the final admission offers by IIMK will be available around first week of May 2014 on IIMK website. Admission offer letter would be sent to all successful students. IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2014-16

  • AT IIM Indore, a merit list of candidates who have attended WAT and PI will be prepared based on the following criteria and admission offers will be made considering reservation norms. Final Composite Score (FCS) will be calculated for each candidate which will be the sum of the weighted performances in academics, personal interview and written ability test. IIM Indore Admission Criteria 2014-16

  • At IIM Shillong, Scores of PI will be used along with overall CAT performance for preparation of the final merit list for admission offer. An overall score for every candidate, who appears PI will be calculated for each candidate which will be used for preparing the merit list for the final selection. IIM Shillong Admission Criteria 2014-16

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