Admission Procedure in to IIM

Admission Procedure in to IIM
1. The Written Entrance Exam - CAT
IIM conduct a Common Admission Test (CAT), usually on the third Sunday of every November.The written test is the first stage of elimination, tests a student's ability to perform under pressure. The areas of testing include basic mathematics taught till Class X, English taught during the first year of graduation and analytical & logical reasoning. The written test is the most difficult step. Most of the elimination takes place at this stage. Around 1600 students get admission into one of the IIMs each year.
2. B School Application Essays and Reference Letters
Application Essays are an integral part of most top B Schools selection process. While only those shortlisted based on their written scores in CAT are expected to write these essays. However, in the case of the IIMs, they could form the basis for the interview process.
3. Group Discussions / Personal Interviews - GD / PI
Based on the performance in the written test, students are short listed for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview. At the IIMs, anyone who is shortlisted for the GD / PI process attends both the group discussion and the personal interview. GD is not an elimination stage at the IIMs.
4. Admission
Admission is usually offered based on the cumulative scores of written test, GD / PIs, and work experience (in some cases). Admission notification from top B Schools start from the second week of March and continue till the end of April. Many of the management institutes also have a waitlist of candidates which gets updated based on the number of students in the first list who accept offers made to them.

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