Scoring 99 Percentile in CAT is not Enough!!!
Studying at the bedside of his parents as they both battle cancer, 25-year-old Dipesh Kaien secured a 99.27 percentile in the 2010
Common Admission Test (CAT), the entrance examination
conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
That places him in the top 1% of IIM aspirants, but he's not eligible for the
next steps in the admissions process group discussion (GD) and personal interview
(PI). Neither are dozens of others.
CAT entrance exam results were released last month, four of the B-schools
changed the eligibility criteria while the remaining six used norms that were hidden
Though the CAT
prospectus clearly stipulated 50% marks in the bachelor's degree as the eligibility
requirement, the four new
IIMs in Shillong, Rohtak, Trichy, Raipur are using a 65% score in
the bachelor's degree as their minimum eligibility criteria.
The six older IIMs: Ahmedabad,
Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode are screening students for the
GD and PI based on a weightage they are assigning to
CAT scores, class X, XII and degree marks.
While the B-schools had said they would consider parameters other than
CAT scores, the often decisive weightages
given to these criteria were only disclosed after the
CAT 2010 results were released last month.
An exact count of the number of students affected is difficult because each
IIM employs different rules.
"I have lost out because of the weightage given to school and bachelor's degree
scores. Had I known the criteria they would use, I would not have wasted a year
of my life, apart from money, to prepare for CAT," said
Kaien, who is planning to file a public interest litigation in the
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
IIM Ahmedabad Dean HS Jajoo, however, argued that
at least the older
IIMs had not changed any criteria after the exam.
"I sympathies with the students, but there has been no change in criteria employed
by us," Jajoo told HT.