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CAT 2016 Admissions: More weightage to Academics and work experience

Last Updated - December 12, 2016

All the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) and FMS Delhi have changed their admission criteria for the coming session 2017-19 and now they have decided to give preference to the candidate’s profile rather than the CAT score. So, now scoring high in the CAT does not ensure admission in any top B-schools of the country. All one needs is to build a strong profile which will help in scoring higher weightage in the final round of selection.

Weightage gave to the Profile by: FMS & IIMs

High CAT scores is no more a matter of concern for the aspiring candidates the selection committee has started evaluating the aspirants potential through their profile that showcase their skills viz communication skills (written and spoken),  good academic record, work experience of 1 or 2 years. If any candidate has secured low CAT score he does not have to worry much about getting admission in PGP 2017-19 batch in any IIMs and FMS Delhi, if he/she has a good profile that will definitely help in admittance in the top B-Schools.

Admission Criteria of IIMs and FMS

This new session 2017-19 has brought a major change in the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow and FMS for PGP. Now candidates have to know that the high CAT percentile is not a ticket to any IIM or FMS Delhi, one needs to fulfill all the criteria added by the committee this year. It is compulsory for all the aspirants to qualify in each 3 sections individually. The overall 99 percentile will not yield the expected result if a candidate does not qualify in each section, but if a candidate scores 94 percentile and qualifies each section his probability of getting admission will definitely increase.

Here we have mentioned the eligibility criteria of IIM Calcutta, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and FMS Delhi in detail.

  • Less Weightage to CAT Score   

From this session, 2017-19 IIMs and FMS have decided to give low weightage to CAT 2016 scores, as they have shifted their focus to other essential points. Now IIM Lucknow, Calcutta, Ahmedabad have decided to give more weightage to Communication skills (verbal and written), academic profile, and work experience. They have reduced the weightage of CAT 2016 score by 10 points. Experts are considering it as a major change in the admission policy of leading B-Schools of the country.

  • High Weightage to Academic Profile

This time it is very clear that all those aspirants who have scored more than 90% marks in X, XII and graduation have the max chance of getting admission in the IIMs.

This academic year 2017-19 preference will be given to the candidates of Commerce, Arts, etc. background, also more weightage will be given to the aspirants of non-engineering or non-technical background viz. Humanities, Economics, History, Arts etc.

  • Work Experience

IIMs give almost 5-10 percent weightage to the candidates who have quality work experience of 2-3 years. It is informed that work experience of fewer than 6 months is not considered. Aspirants can mention their internship as a work experience as well. If any candidate has worked with any NGO or contributed in any social cause are advised to mention it as their work of experience, it shows their potential as a leader.

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