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Why I did not get a call from IIM despite a CAT score of 99+ percentile?

Jan 17, 2017 15:16 IST

    The first step to get into any B school or IIMs is to appear in CAT Exam. CAT Exam comprises of three sections Quantitative ability (QA), Verbal and reading Comprehensions (VRC), Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR). The candidates who qualify the CAT exam with exceptionally good percentile get a call from any of the 20 IIMs. Most of them close their shortlisting at 98 percentile except a few of new IIMS.

    But getting a 99+ percentile and even 100 is not enough to get into IIM. IIMs look at your sectional cutoff as well. Even if you get a 99 or perfect 100 in two sections and 70 in one of the other section, then there are chances that you might not get a call from any of the top 19 IIMs.

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    Another factor for not getting a call from IIM despite of scoring high percentile can be that for every applicant, IIMs calculate their own “Applicant Rating Score” according to their own criteria. The score is calculated on the basis of the candidates marks obtained in 10th, 12th (depending on the stream), and bachelor’s degree (depending on the discipline) receptively. To know the calculations further you can check here.

    On the basis of this score the shortlisting of candidates for PIs and Academic Writing test (AWT) takes place. Different IIMs have different criteria. But, mostly all of them keep their criteria of minimum 80% in 10th as well as 12th. IIMS consider candidates with

    • Exceptionally good CAT percentile ( 100 or +-1 )
    • Average of 80 or above in 10th and 12th
    • Graduation should be 78% or above
    • And clear all sectional cutoffs

    Therefore, as the analysis says “having an extremely good percentile in all sections individually becomes more important than overall percentile” for receiving a call from IIM.

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

    The points that should be kept in mind for scoring your best are

    1. The paper is not the place to do R&D, so attempt only those questions you already know and are aware about their strategies.
    2. Always attempt the paper in two parts. You can leave difficult questions attempted in your first go. 
    3. You should mark lengthy and difficult questions in round 1 and attempt in round 2 only
    4. Read the choices along with the questions. It gives you direction to calculate as well as any chance to eliminate any option
    5. Always attempt according to your strengths and weaknesses. For example if you are good at number system and algebra then attempt all questions of this area first.

    Role of Sectional cut-off in IIM selection

    With the hard work that you put in the preparation, never ignore the role of sectional cutoff. Always make a strategy to score maximum in all three sections. Never under estimate any section as we all tend to do for VRC. Focus on maximizing the sectional percentile. IIMs need minimum 80-90 percentile in each section. Getting high percentile in all sections will push your overall percentile up automatically. Do not let any sectional percentile go below 80; this will destroy your chances of getting new IIMs as well.

    Earlier students use to overshadow DILR section but from CAT 2016 onwards this should never be the case. Probably you need to devote less time to VA and DILR section as compared to QA. But the point is to make sure you practice well and Study strategically.

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    After all Doing MBA is all about making balanced strategies so why not start it from the preparation itself. So, only a high score in CAT won’t get you there. But a good academic profile and all the above points will surely get you a PI call. And when you are there you just need to be confident about what you have done and should be prepared to justify your profile, whether you have experience or not just make the panel believe in you.

    For more updates on CAT 2016, keep visiting MBA section of jagranjosh.com

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