Indian Institutes of Management or as popularly called IIMs are the top institutes of management education and research in India. There are 20 IIMs and these mostly offer post-graduate, doctoral and executive programs. Every MBA aspirant hopes to get into an IIM for a management program and therefore we get a lot of queries regarding: How to get into an IIM?
To get into an IIM you have to undergo a two-step process after which a final offer of seat is made.
Common Aptitude Test or as commonly called CAT is an entrance exam conducted by IIMs for admission into their management programs. CAT is a highly competitive exam written by approximately 5 lakh candidates competing for over 4318 seats of PGP Programs. If all courses are to be taken into account then there are 12411 seats in all IIMs. Thus, making CAT a highly competitive exam. Next question that arises is: How difficult is CAT? And How to crack the CAT Exam?
Before answering these questions, it is important to look at the CAT pattern once.
How difficult is CAT? CAT is a practice driven exam based on concepts of Maths and English of class 8 to class 10. Does that make it easy? Yes and No. If you are able to dedicate a few months to sincere CAT practice then cracking CAT won’t seem that difficult. What you are expected to do these few months is:
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Personal Interviews (PI) at IIMs are usually taken by the IIM faculty, ex-faculty or even an alumni in some cases. This round checks your various soft skills and interpersonal skills. Questions may vary from personal to work to academics. Along with PIs the IIMs also conduct a Written Ability Test (WAT) to check your writing ability and comprehension of the topic given. Group Discussions (GDs) have become obsolete amongst IIMs except for IIM Shillong which conducts GD in its 2nd stage of selection process.
The final selections are based on certain parameters that may be different for each IIM. Different marks are assigned based on your composite CAT score, past academic performance, work experience and performance in WAT/GD/ and PI. Based on these final scores final selections are made.
Based on various parameters other than CAT score it is now easy for you to know which IIM is likely to shortlist you WAT/GD and PI round and what CAT percentile. Visit IIM Profilizer and get your own IIM shortlist ready.
|CL' Rank||IIM||IIM Info|
|1||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A) Ahmedabad||View Info|
|2||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C) Kolkata||View Info|
|3||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B) Bangalore||View Info|
|4||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-L) Lucknow||View Info|
|5||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-K) Kozhikode||View Info|
|6||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-I) Indore||View Info|
|7||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-S) Shillong||View Info|
|8||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-R) Ranchi||View Info|
|9||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-U) Udaipur||View Info|
|10||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-T) Trichy||View Info|
|11||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Rai) Raipur||View Info|
|12||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Ro) Rohtak||View Info|
|13||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Ka) Kashipur||View Info|
|14||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-N) Nagpur||View Info|
|15||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-V) Visakhapatnam||View Info|
|16||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-AM) Amritsar||View Info|
|17||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-BG) Bodhgaya|
|18||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-SR) Sirmaur|
|19||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-SB) Sambalpur|
|20||Indian Institute of Management (IIM-J) Jammu|
Now that you know about the procedure of the exam you should be ready to ace the exam with the right guidance and strategy. Because CAT is all about playing on your strengths.
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