With the declaration of CAT and other top MBA entrance exam results, half of the race of grabbing a seat in the coveted B-Schools is already won. The next half of the race is yet to be conquered.
After receiving the shortlist offer from your chosen B-schools, you need to face the second round of the selection procedures. When it comes to the round of selection, one size does not fit all. Each institute has a different selection methodology to follow.
- Know your chances of getting a call from IIM & Non-IIMs
- Know how good is your academic profile for IIMs & Non-IIMs
- Know the required eligibility criteria
- Check the percentile required for IIMs & Non-IIMs
Generally, B-schools conduct Group Discussions and Personal Interviews which are the most common routes for selecting the students for final admissions. However, over the past few years the B-schools are ruling out the importance of Group Discussion and preferring Written Ability Test or Essay Writing as it brings more insight into the thinking ability and analytical skills of the candidates.
The six new IIMs, including IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur and Kashipur conduct a Common Admission Process which includes Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. The recent IIMs, IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya and IIM Sambalpur will also participate in the CAP rounds.
The following table brings to you the parameters used by the top B-schools for the final selection process.
Top B-School Selection Criteria
Written Ability Test
Profile (Past Academic Record & Work Experience)
Gender & Academic Diversity
** The B-schools above are placed in random order
Unique admission parameters introduced at B-schools
Some B-schools have come up with unique parameters for the admission criteria, which they claim, enable them to get a better perspective on the candidates’ qualities. SPJIMR Mumbai conducts WAT, Psychometric Test and two rounds of Group Interview.
Let’s have a more insight into other criteria that B-schools adopt other than the traditional Group Discussions, Personal Interview, and WAT exercise.
Explaining the Group Interview rounds, Arunika Ganguly, a first-year student of SPJIMR Mumbai says, “SPJIMR conducts Group Interviews instead of Personal Interviews. There are two rounds. If one qualifies the 1st GI, you proceed to the 2nd one. Each GI has 6 participants. The interview board questioned each participant one by one. After a round of introductions, they grilled candidates further on their previous responses. In between, some other participants were questioned on specific points that other participant had mentioned.”
Talking about the second round of GI, she says, “The questions asked in GI-2 needed a lot of clarity of thought as some of the questions were about justifying my answers in the psychometric test. It could potentially be difficult if one is unable to explain why they have ticked a particular option.” Arunika suggests candidates to answer with a clear objective and ensure that one is not sucked into one’s own argument.
Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher adds, “The interviewers may also grill you on core academic knowledge and may go deep into questions related to your work experience.”
On cracking the Group Interview process, Divya Chawla, SPJIMR Mumbai student of 2014-16 batch suggests candidates to create a unique competent image before the interviewers. “Since it is a group interview, relative performance plays a major part. Set yourself apart. You should say whatever you with utmost conviction. If you’re well prepared, and if you deserve it, you’ll get through!” she says.
Group Exercise or Group Task is conducted by MICA, IMT and the common admission process of SNAP participating B-schools. Though earlier the Group Exercise round at Symbiosis Selection Process was replaced with WAT, both GE and WAT rounds are back again with the Personal Interview rounds as per the current selection criteria of the institutes.
In the Group Exercise rounds, the candidates are divided into groups of six to eight candidates. They are given a task to be completed in the stipulated time. The tasks generally are on the lines of advertising or marketing or designing a product.
Psychometric Tests enable the B-schools to evaluate your personality traits, psychology, attitude and behavior of the candidates. Generally, the duration of the Psychometric Tests range from 10 to 15 minutes. SPJIMR conducts a 15 minute Psychometric Test which is clubbed with the essay writing round.
The trick to perform well in the Psychometric Test is to be yourself and absolutely true to yourself. Spontaneity is the key. “For the psychometric test, the best approach is to select the answer which comes to your mind first, without giving a second thought,” says Divya. You might be asked to justify your answers in the Psychometric Test during the Interview rounds as well.
While it is advised that you start the preparation for the WAT, PI and GD rounds right after the end of your MBA entrance exams, for the Personal Interview and the Psychometric Tests, you will yield better results with spontaneity. Introspect yourself before facing the panel as you will be asked questions about yourself, your aspirations and opinions. Hence along with the knowledge on current affairs, get well acquainted with yourself as well.
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