Weird Admission Criteria by IIMs, Toppers Suffer

As CAT 2012 final results are out , you can check out the results here.

The recent news has ruffled many feathers as most of the toppers (100%ilers couldn’t convert much coveted A, B calls)

See this statistics

Areesh Mittal : IIM-C

Anshul Garg : IIM-C

Ravi Teja Palla : IIM-C,L (Waitlisted for B )

Sumit Patil : IIM-C,A, B, L

Siddharth Sharma : IIM C, B

Jaskaran Singh Sachdeva : IIM L (Waitlisted for C )

Harishwar Subramanian : IIM C, L (Waitlisted for A, B)

Only two toppers have made it to IIM-A and IIM-B. Last year many 100% ilers didn’t get any calls from IIM-B. Thanks to their weird admission criteria.

Let’s dig further.


After second round , 30 % weightage is given to CAT score, 70% weightage is given to performance in PI, academic performance and achievements, extra-curricular activities & post degree work experience. As the breakup of 70% is not clear, is being the single reason for the candidates not knowing where they actually lack.


In pre-selection phase, the weightage is as below

CAT score -20 , Class X-15, Class XII -10, Graduation -15, Work

Experience/Professional Experience -5

And during PI phase, the weightage is as follows

Written note content -7.5, Written note style -7.5, Interview Score -20, Work Experience -10

Pre-selection phase score and during PI phase score are added, it has very little emphasis on CAT score.

Also during normalization of Class X and Class XII scores are normalized, but people who tend to have higher work experience had lesser Class X and Class XII scores, the reason being CBSE, ICSE boards have made scoring little easier in these last two years.

IIM Calcutta

For PI stage, selection criteria is

CAT score -77 , Class X -10, Class XII-10, Gender Diversity -3

And for final selection, the weightage is

CAT score -35, PI -44, WAT -10, Work Experience -8

So why only handful of toppers made it to the IIM-A and IIM-B

  1. IIM-A and IIM-B put heavy stress on Class X and Class XII marks along with graduation marks.
  2. IIM-C puts heavy stress on CAT score and less emphasis on Class X,Class XII scores.
  3. If you are not consistent with your marks, your chances of making it to IIM-A and IIM-B are negligible because these schools demand consistency also.

If you really think many people suffered because of this move by IIMs, write your views on it, tell us what IIMs could have done differently to retain and attract quality.
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  1. Depanjan says

    I’m an IIMB aspirant. I’ve scored 76% in 10th, 57% in 12th. & I’m recently studying engineering. If I have zero work experience, will I be able to get into IIMB????

  2. says

    Well very nice piece of information .. my personal thinking about such institutions is clear- their selection criteria is an utter failure which is totally dependent on merits of students in terms of numbers they have scored in academics !!
    Bottomline – If I were sharper since childhood only then I be selected is an awful concept .. Be it Bill Gates,Dhiru Bhai Ambani , Ramdev,Sahara Shri or any of the current and past big time management guys… (in true sense) they were not that gr8 in academics and yet people who are crack thse exams just to work in companies made by the ones who need not be gr8 in studies or study at all !!
    Yet Indians prefer being cattle!!

  3. harsha says

    I’m an IIM(A,B,C) aspirant. I’ve scored 93% in 10th, 95% in 12th,88% in graduation .I have 3 months work experience, will I be able to get into IIM(A,B,C)

  4. ria says

    hi..i got 91% in 10th and 92 % in 12 th and i’m in 2nd year of my engineering where i have an aggregate of 82% uptil now..can i get admitted to iim..sum1 plz tell me if i’ll be able to make to iim without much achievements like extra curricular activities.plz reply fast…..

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