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For the past few years, IIM aspirants knew that the Common Admission Test (CAT) is no longer the lifeline to the country’s top B-schools. But for some students, no matter what they do or how much they score, the college they go to, the university they attend and the school board they passed out from, suddenly matter more than ever.
Take the case of Santa Cruz resident and computer science engineer Arpit (name changed) who attends Fr C Rodrigues Institute of Technology. He scored 99.83 percentile in CAT, but neither has he received a call from IIM-A or IIM-B. Reason: His academic record does not match with the two premiers of B-schools require. Arpit scored 94.17% in class X and 86% in class XII; he is among the toppers in the engineering programme too. On the other hand, Amish Saxena who just completed his B.Sc and scored a 99.69 percentile in the CAT is flaunting call letters from all IIMs. He too has been a bright student. But what went against Arpit and worked for Amish Arpit went to an engineering college affiliated to Mumbai University, where the marking system is austere, thus working against fresh engineering graduates wanting to make it to the top IIMs. An aggregate score of 80% in engineering is impossible if you are at Mumbai University,said Arpit.Skim though the list of those who have made it to older IIMs and the topper in one of Delhi’s best commerce college are missing. His BBM status showing a confused look. The first ranker of a Matunga-based top engineering college has not made it to Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Lucknow. Venayak Gupta, an economics student of Shri Ram College of Commerce scored 99.89 percentile in CAT, but did not get a call from IIM-A or IIM-B. Had I got one more answer correct in CAT, I would have made it to IIM-A. Obviously what I scored was not enough, he said. In class X he secured 95.5% and did better in class XII scoring 96.7%. But at the graduation level he scored 71%, a bit less than the college topper. Controller of examinations at the University of Mumbai Vilas Shinde said that of the 37,000 engineering students who took the final year exam, 100 crossed the 80% bar. There were fewer students whose aggregate touched 80%, something that the IIMs demand. What is a good CAT score what is the importance of IIMs attach to their exam asked Parag Chitale, owner of a coaching class. He echoed several students when he said; the technological universities in southern India are lenient in their marking compared to those like Mumbai University. The IIMs must find a way to normalize graduation scores. Till management schools do that, many factors may work against scores of candidates like Arpit.
Courtesy: Times of India
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