Indian Institute of Management studies in India is setup with the recommendations of George Robbins from the University of California who was invited by Planning Commission of India to help set up All India Institute of Management Studies. Initially, they set up two Elite Institutes of Management in India and that was in Calcutta and Ahmadabad, and that’s how IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmadabad came into existence. How to Get Admission in IIM Getting admission in country’s most prestigious management institutions, IIMs is a dream of all individual who wants to make his or her future in management studies. 

IIMs-Indian Institute of Management studies created its brand value itself by honing every student’s abilities.  Getting admission in any IIMs is not an easy task, it takes a lot of preparations.  

There are so many parameters, to go through for getting admission there. It’s a dream come true for students who get admission in IIM as because of so many different parameters makes it difficult to crack the admission process especially for Ahmadabad, Bangalore, and Calcutta IIMs.  Basic steps for the admission in IIMs are

First of all, let us clear that you no need to apply individually to any IIM and the admission process is almost same for all the IIMs.

How to Get Admission in IIM

Step 1: Common Aptitude Test (CAT):  For registering and appearing in CAT exam you need minimum 90% percentile and you have to score minimum 80% percentile in all the sections of CAT exam, but to get admission in IIM-A or in IIM-C  you need to get the percentile greater than 99%.  

IIM-B generally does not follow a high percentile criteria but it gives weight-age to your academics and work experience. Every year approx 2 Lakhs applicants appear for CAT examination and only handful of them qualifies for the second step.  

Cat examination is a filtration process by which only meritorious candidates gets to the second step The CAT exam is consists of two sections, first is the Quantitative Aptitude/Data Interpretation and the second one is Verbal Ability/Logical Reasoning. 

Once you are done with your CAT exam, your percentile will be sent to the IIMs you selected in your CAT application.  On the basis of your CAT percentile and the previous academics and working experience, each IIM prepare a rank list. The top applicants are then invited for the second step. 

Step 2: Written Ability Test (WAT):  After CAT, the next step is WAT, which is conducted by the respective IIM to check the comprehensive and writing skills of the selected applicant.  Now a day’s all the IIMs use WAT in their admission process. 

In WAT the applicant asked to write essays on any given topic from general affairs to burning topic of the time or any abstract topic.  WAT plays a very important role in the selection process of IIM. If you are among the selected applicant, start reading a LOT. 

In WAT time plays a critical role, because given typically time for WAT is between 15 to 20 minutes.  So the key point is to practice to write as fast as you can. In most of the IIM, it’s not the elimination round. 

Basically, in WAT, they check how you STRUCTURE your thoughts, your knowledge of current affairs and general awareness, and your ability to form logical and original opinion within the limited given time frame, 

so develop the ability to think fast and write your thoughts in a proper manner.  In this step, the IIM adds 50 to 70 % of weight-age in the final score along with tour academic and work experience and CAT scores.  Here are few tips for WAT preparation:

  • Do not use company jargon.
  • Be short and interesting.
  • Use your personal experience in your writing.
  • Be concise and precise.
  • Use active voice verbs.
  • Stay focused on the topic.

Step 3: Group Discussion (GD) - only a few meritorious applicants receive the invitation for the group discussion.  Applicants get the invitation by the emails or by registered posts.  

In group discussion, a group of 8 or 10 applicants are formed and given a topic to debate upon or given a case study and asked to come up with a solution. 

A panel observes the applicant and evaluates the ability of the applicants, so try to speak in a clear voice and address everyone.  

Be an active listener so that you can put your logic accordingly. From the recent studies and updates, it is known that all the IIMs have discontinued group discussion except IIM – Lucknow.  

All the IIMs now call the applicant directly for the personal interview after WAT. 

Step 4: Personal Interview (PI) - The personal interview is taken up by the group of people associated with the respective IIM. They can be the faculty, x-faculty, or alumni. At this step, applicant is being judged.  

So the key for the personal interview preparation is, to be honest and to be ready to take all type of questions from various subjects.   

The questions are broadly grouped into different categories like mathematics and logics, related to your stream and work experience if any, related to your application, about general affairs and latest topics etc. Here are few tips for the personal interview:

  • Just be honest and do not get tensed.
  • Be clear with your answers. DO NOT try to be over smart with the interviewers as they are smarter than you. They are professional and have vast experience of taking interviews.
  • If you don’t know the answer of any question, make it clear to them and say no.
  • Do not lie.
  • Do not change your answers.
  • Be confident and have a positive attitude.
  • Answer what is asked.

Now, as you know almost everything about the admission process of IIMs, it’s time for you to prepare yourself. Just remember one thing, they are not looking for any reasons to reject you…they are doing this to select you. The power of your management skills starts from here, go for it.