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Thursday, 8 August 2013


CAT 2014-2016

So its the Time when again every CAT aspirant accelerates its preparation to the maximum.Keep Going Guys check the criteria to have an Idea about how to proceed For Ur CAT preparation.



After IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta announced its admission criteria, the admission criteria for IIM Bangalore are also out for the academic year 2014-16. IIM B will be normalizing your academic scores. The minimum cut for the first shortlist has been set as 90%ile.
IIMB believes that students who perform well in the academic program are typically those who have a consistently good academic record during their school, high school and graduation level, besides exhibiting sufficiently high aptitude as measured by the CAT. Therefore IIMB uses multiple parameters, namely academic performance in school, high school and graduation programs as well as candidates' scores in CAT to judge the suitability of candidates for the PGP program. Relevant work experience, if any, is also given weight in the selection.
IIM B would be considering the overall as well as sectional cut-off. The CAT 2013 cut-off criteria set by IIM is as follows:
Minimum Percentile Requirement for the first shortlist
(QA+ DI)
(VA +LR)
For all candidates in the first shortlist the candidates' percentage scores in the 10th and 12th board exams will be 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.
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 2013, as captured in CAT application form.
Candidates with CA/ CS certifications are eligible for weight under professional course. No other professional course is eligible for weight under Professional course.
The maximum of the work experience score and the professional course score is considered for selection under a common weight of 10 for work experience or professional course.
The factors weight age is as follows:
Weight age
CAT score
10th Marks
12th Marks
Graduation Score
Work Experience/ Professional Course
The work experience score will be multiplied by the quality of experience score.  The quality of work experience score will be evaluated on a 5 point scale (0 - 0.5 -1 - 1.5 - 2) by each member of the panel during the interviews. The average quality of work experience score will be multiplied by the pre-PI work experience score and accordingly the
Work/professional experience component score (maximum score 5) used in Phase 1 will be revised in Phase 2 (maximum score 10)
The note content score (weight=7.5), note style score (weight=7.5), and the personal interview score (weight=20), after standardization across interview panels and sessions, will be added to the pre-PI total to arrive at the final aggregate score
Application through GMAT
Eligibility criteria: A candidate must have resided abroad for at least 18 months in the preceding three years (Jan 2011 to Dec 2013) and should not be/ have been in a position to appear for CAT2013. The GMAT code for IIMB PGP is Q9H-KK-49.
All candidates who have been recommended would be required to appear for a Personal Interview (PI) process, either in person or through remote video conferencing. The candidates appearing for the PI process in person would be interviewed along with the candidates using the CAT 2013 score, and the same PI process would be followed. For candidates appearing for the PI process through remote video conferencing would be required to submit their notes through email.
All candidates will be required to provide three confidential reference letters from their employers or faculty and this will also be used in the personal interview evaluation. For each of the three elements of evaluation during the PI process - Note Content, Note Style and Personal Interview - the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered.
The evaluating committee would again assess the performance of the candidates in the PI process and make a final offer. There would be no wait list and no fixed no. of seats for such candidates.



Admission Policy for the PGP Batch (2014-16)
Criteria for short listing and final selection of PGDM and PGDCM candidates for 2014-2016 Batch
Candidates will be shortlisted based on CAT score and academic performance provided they achieve the following minimum section-wise and overall percentile in CAT 2013 as per table 1 below:
Table 1: Minimum Cut-off Percentile for short-listing the candidates for Personal Interview (PI) stage
Category Section – I Section – II Overall
OPEN ≥ 90 ≥ 90 ≥ 95
NC-OBC ≥ 75 ≥ 75 ≥ 85
SC ≥ 65 ≥ 65 ≥ 75
ST ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 70
DA ≥ 60 ≥ 60 ≥ 70
Candidates in each category securing the above percentile in CAT2013 will only be considered for calculation of their composite score in Stage II. However, please note that the actual cut-offs for generation of short list for each category for PI stage will depend on composite score calculated in Stage II, section-wise and overall percentile in CAT 2013 and which may be much higher than the above mentioned minimum cut-offs.
Method of allotting points for Class X and Class XII percentages of marks based on aggregate scores is given in Table 2 below:
Table 2: Points for Class X and Class XII marks*
Class X Marks (in %) Class XII Marks (in %) Points
≥81 ≥81 5
≥ 76 and < 81 ≥ 76 and < 81 4
≥ 71 and < 76 ≥ 71 and < 76 3
≥ 66 and < 71 ≥ 66 and < 71 2
≥ 60 and < 66 ≥ 60 and < 66 1
< 60 < 60 0
*(for computing the percentage of marks obtained in Class X and Class XII, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered)
Table 3: Components and corresponding weights assigned for generating category-wise short-lists for the PI stage
Components Weights Method of Calculation
CAT2013 Score 77 (A / B) x 77
Class X marks 10 (C / 5) X 10
Class XII marks 10 (D / 5) X 10
Gender Diversity Factor 3 To ensure gender diversity, 3 points will be awarded to female candidates only.
Total 100  
A = Candidate’s total CAT2013 score

B = Maximum CAT 2013 Score

C = Points awarded for Class X marks as per table 2

D = Points awarded for Class XII marks as per table 2
Candidates based on their performance in CAT 2013, Class X and XII marks and gender diversity criteria will be called for the PI stage of selection process like Personal Interview (PI), Written Ability Test (WAT) etc. Cut-offs for the PI stage of selection category-wise will depend upon the section-wise and overall percentile in CAT 2013, composite score based on components in Table 3 and intake for the batch.
PI Stage
Criteria for Final Selection for PGDM & PGDCM (Batch 2014-16)
The following table indicates the criteria and their weights to be used for final selection for PGDM and PGDCM for the batch 2014-16.
Table 4: Criteria and weights for final selection for PGDM & PGDCM
Criterion Weights
CAT Score 35
Personal Interview (PI) 44
Writing Ability Test (WAT) 10
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)):
Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list X below are eligible for ADFB:
List X : BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering bachelor’s degree not mentioned above.
If (Bachelor’s degree is from the list X)
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Post Graduation(PG)/Professional Qualification Level (Academic Diversity Factor for Post Graduation(PG)/Professional Qualification (ADFP)):
Candidates with any of the following Post Graduation (PG)/Professional Qualification in the list Y below are eligible for ADFP:
List Y : Post Graduation (PG)/Professional Qualification like ICAI, ICWA, Company Secretary. Here, Post Graduation means Master’s degree like MA, M.Sc, M.Com, MS, MD, LL.M or any other non-engineering post graduate degree not mentioned above**
If (Post Graduation (PG)/ Professional Qualification is from the list Y)
Work Experience 08
Total 100
**Points will be awarded to only those candidates, who have completed their post graduate/professional qualification as on January 31, 2014.
For work experience, a maximum of eight points will be awarded depending on the length of service as on January 31, 2014 (Please refer Table 5). Only managerial work experience after graduation will be considered. Training/Project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.
Table 5: Points for work experience in completed months
Months <6 6 to 9 10 to 12 13 to 15 16 to 18 19 to 21 22 to 24 25 to 27 28 to 30 31 to 36 37 to 39 40 to 42 >= 43
Points 0 0.5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 5

The final selection list will be based on merit in each category; minimum qualification on the above mentioned criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into IIMC
Reservation Policy:
IIM Calcutta will apply Government of India reservation policy for admission to Central Educational Institutions (CEIs).
Any dispute concerning Admissions for the PGP Batch 2014-16 would be subject to jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of city of Kolkata Only.
©This document was released by Chairman PGP Admissions, IIM Calcutta, on behalf of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

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