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Poor academic records can quash the big IIM dream

Published On: 24 Jan 2014 | Last Updated On: 24 Jan 2014

Poor past academic records can mar the chances of candidates gaining entry into one of the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), despite acquiring a high score in the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013). This is because other than the CAT scores, the IIMs assign weightage to previous academic records also among different parameters, to grant admission into their Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

As per the details of the admission criteria and selection process of Post Graduate Programs (PGPs) for the academic session 2014-16 at the IIMs, parameters such as the CAT score, short listing for Personal Appearance (PA) process, diversity factors, Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT), previous academic records, job experience, etc. will be considered to shortlist candidates for admission.

A candidate with a CAT score of as high as 99 percentile or above may also fail to gain admission into an IIM due to poor academic performance in Classes X and XII as well as in undergraduate (UG) courses.

Such candidates should not lose heart and need to focus on gaining admission in another reputed business school (B-school), as there are various other B-schools that select candidates based on their CAT scores only or for which, past academic performance is of reduced importance to grant admission. However, such candidates need to ensure that they score well in the PI, WAT and Group Discussion (GD) rounds held by the institutes.

A total of eight candidates, all of whom are male and engineers, have acquired scores of 100 percentile in CAT 2013. Moreover, ten candidates have acquired scores of 99.99 percentile. The Results of CAT 2013 were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. CAT 2013 was conducted from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013. Names of candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be put up on the CAT website

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