IIM Bangalore Admission: declares short listing criteria 2015; 5 components to decide the fate of CAT 2014 Takers

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January 6, 2015
To know whether you could be shortlisted for final admission round by IIM B, we must be aware about the IIM Bangalore short listing criteria which has CAT 2014 as one of the 5 parameters
The process at IIMB effectively replaces candidates who have only a high CAT 2014 score but remain poor in terms of their past academic record and work experience

IIM Bangalore has declared the 5 component based criteria for short listing of candidates for PI and WAT round for admission 2015 to its flagship PGP programme close on the heels and IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta. While IIMA and IIM C have declared their respective shortlist of candidates, IIMB would like to declare the shortlist of candidates a little late although the PI round is proposed to begin in the first week of February 2015.

Declaration of CAT 2014 result on Dec 27, 2014 has brought more number of 100 percentilers and yet more number of 99 percentilers. All these high percentilers will surely hope to pursue PGDM 2015-17 from the top rated B schools like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Calcutta depending upon their preferences.

The shortlists of IIM A & IIMC are already out and it is expected that IIMB will also have the same candidates in its shortlist although a few additions or deletions could be there depending upon the number of candidates having opted for IIMB programmes while filling up the CAT 2014 registration form.

Now the crux of the problem is whether these high percentilers will be shortlisted by IIM Bangalore. IIMB will be no exception to shortlisting pattern of IIMA and IIMC. The declared admission policy by IIMA and IIMC prescribed less CAT 2014 percentile required for shortlisting the candidates for PI round but the actual CAT 2014 cut off has gone much higher as is reflected in the process of shortlisting. Number of Candidates even with 99 percentile have not been shortlisted by these IIMs for PI round.

IIMB: Facts

IIM Bangalore is headed by its learned Director Dr. Sushil Vachani.  Few important details on IIMB are shared below

Intake in 2015-17 batch:                          400
Flagship programmes:                             PGDM
Acceptable Exam scores:                        CAT
Fee Structure:                                         Rs 15  Lakhs
Average Placement 2014:                         Rs19.5 Lakhs  
 
IIMB Shortlisting Criteria

To get the answers to various intricate queries and to know whether you could be shortlisted for final admission round by IIM B, we must be aware about the IIMB shortlisting criteria which has CAT 2014 as one of the 5 parameters but is not the only criterion at IIMB to shortlist the candidate.

Multi Criteria Process
Close on the heels of IIMA and IIMC, IIMB is also going to declare the list of shortlisted candidates for admission to 2015-17 PGP and other  management programmes, post CAT 2014 results.

IIM Bangalore follows a comprehensive multi-criteria process for final admission round. This second stage of admission is supposed to begin shortly. In order to identify candidates for the PI and WAT who have an excellent academic record and work experience but couldn’t score high percentile required for shortlising, the process at IIMB effectively replaces candidates who have only a high CAT 2014 score but remain poor in terms of their past academic record and work experience. The emphasis is on consistent and high performance in past academics.

Candidates with CAT 2014 percentile as high as 99+ but not so good on academic back ground and/or work experience may remain out of the shortlisted candidates whereas candidates with lesser percentile but with excellent academic record may find the place in the shortlisted ones for PI stage.

IIMB: CAT 2014 prescribed cut off

The short list of candidates by IIMB will be based on candidates securing minimum section wise and aggregates percentile scores in the CAT. The percentile cut-off scores for CAT 2014 are to be considered as follows apart from other key parameters

Category

Quant & DI Percentile

Verbal & LR percentile

Overall Percentile

General

80

85

90

NC-OBC

70

75

80

SC

50

50

70

ST

50

50

70

DA

50

50

60

 
Like IIM A and C, the actual CAT 2014 cut off scores would be much higher than stated above.  The weightage to CAT 2014 scores in shortlisting criteria is 20 at IIMB.

Other Weightage to short list the candidates at IIMB

The candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of weighted scores on 5 components  namely CAT 2014 scores; 10th board marks; 12th board marks; bachelor degree marks and work experience or professional course to prepare a pre-PI rank list for calling the candidates for the PI round. According to IIMB “Sufficient candidates will be invited for PI to enable selection based on the additional PI evaluation components: (a) note content, (b) note style, (c) personal interview, and (d) review of work experience (if any).

The maximum weightage

The maximum weightage to these 5 components would be as follows

CAT 2014 scores

Like IIM A and C, the actual CAT 2014 cut off scores would be much higher than stated in prescribed threshold cut off.  The weightage to CAT 2014 scores in shortlisting criteria is 20 at IIMB.
 
40 Point Weightage X, XII and Graduation

Tha maximum weightage to academic profile for X, XII & Bachelor degree exam is 40 in shortlisting criteria.  For X class the weightage is 15 points, for XII the weightage is 10 and for Bachelor degree it is 15.

The candidates' percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams are initially adjusted by dividing each such score by the 90th percentile score obtained in that board. The database of 10th and 12th scores of all CAT applicants of the past two years is used for identifying the 90th percentile score for each 10th and 12th board for this purpose.

Final scores obtained by the candidate are used for the bachelors' degree and professional degrees (if any). Incomplete or intermediate scores are considered only if the candidate's final score was pending. For final year bachelor's degree candidates, their incomplete graduation score would be taken in lieu of final graduation score. Graduation scores are adjusted within their respective categories.

Weightage to Work Experience

Candidates with Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accounting, and Company Secretary certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under professional course. The professional course score is also standardized for all candidates in the first shortlist.

The score/weight for work experience is calculated as: Pre PI score for Work Experience = 5x/36 if 0 < x < 36; = 5 if x >= 36, where x is the months of work experience up to September 2014 , as captured in CAT application form (and substantiated in the application to IIMB). This implies that the score will peak at 36 months work experience and will remain at that level for candidates with work experience exceeding 36 months. The work experience score (maximum 5 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)   

The other scores of WAT and PI will be accounted for after the final admission round and Candidates will be offered admission accordingly.

IIMB expects…

Apart from the high CAT 2014 percentile, if you do not have excellent academic record you may not be shortlisted. Before offering you admission after final admission round IIMB wants  you to score high in WAT & PI round also.

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