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I have average academic background; can I still get admission in IIMs?

Jan 24, 2017 12:48 IST
    Admission in IIMs
    Admission in IIMs

    There are numerous stories about those people who made it big despite having low or average academic background. But how should one manage with low grade blues in academic background when one is thinking about getting into IIMs. IIMs give lot of importance to academic scores. So do those students stand any chance to get into IIMs who have got low scores?

    Well, there are very few IIMs who can let your average scores go unnoticed! IIMs with average academic background used to crib about when it comes to academic considerations on issues like:

    1. Why IIMs do not give every aspirant a fair chance?  
    2. Why don’t IIMs consider CAT scores only?
    3. Does parroting really matters more than the aptitude?

    Start working on your tomorrow, now!!

    You cannot change your past but you can certainly make future better by concentrating on what you have in your hand. There is still a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. IIMs like IIM Calcutta and IIM Lucknow do give another chance to students with average background as they give least weightage to academic scores. Hang on! You need to score in excess of 99.8 percentile; L and C could be a viable option to aim for. It demands great skills in order to comprehend understand and solve aptitude problems. You need to be extra smart and pro active in your approach if you seriously want to get into IIMs with average scores. No doubt hard work and perseverance cannot be replaced in any scenario.

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    The rationale behind the top B-schools like IIMs, giving so much importance to the academic scores is that they want to judge the candidate by his throughout consistent brilliant academic performance matched with his good aptitude. The reason being the IIMs’ curriculum which requires the candidate to be competitive in order to understand, comprehend and memorize the concepts that does a good amount of justice to the academic curriculum.

    Below is provided the table that gives you a clear cut picture to aim for those b-schools that give no or least weightage to the academic scores:

    S. No.

    Name of B - School

    Whether consider academic scores or not (Yes/No)


    IIM Calcutta

    Least Weightage


    IIM Lucknow

    Least Weightage


    IIMs except C & L



    XLRI (Xavier Labor Research Institute)

    No (Need a very high CAT Score)


    FMS (Faculty  of Management Studies)

    No (Need a very high CAT Score)


    JBIMS (Jamna Lal Bajaj Institue of Management Studies)



    MDI (Management Development Institute)

    No (Need a very high CAT Score)


    NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering)



    IIFT (Indian Institue of Foreign Trade)



    NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies)


    Don’t lose heart; you still have the chance…. 

    Not only IIMs but companies that come for placement also value throughout brilliant academic performance. They would not shortlist you for interview even if you manage to reach PI round, instead they will judge you with your marks. Don’t lose hope Still there is a solution to every problem. All you have to do is design a CV.  Justify your average or low marks and prove them that they are less for genuine reasons like sports, arts, work experience etc, it could be anything. Moreover if you have something good in your kitty like some good internship/project/ competition/event that you can ace, it might be fruitful during your interview and can act like a savior.

    The Bottomline……

    Last but not the least it is perfectly all right in concentrating on your preparation and make every bit of effort in maximizing your CAT score. With a clearly chalked out strategy and goal, you can certainly achieve your dreams of getting into selective IIMs which are mentioned above.  

    All the best for your admission!

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