Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi is considered as the best B-School in terms of Return On Investment (ROI) due to its lowest fee among top 20 B-Schools and excellent placement record. There were many instances where people chose FMS over some of the IIMs. In this article, we try to understand FMS Selection Criteria.
Selection Criteria of FMS Delhi
Earlier, FMS used to conduct its own written test and follow up with subsequent process for selection of candidates. But of late, FMS started accepting Common Admission Test (CAT) scores for its admission process. FMS selection process consists of 3 steps:
Stage-I (Applying to FMS and Writing CAT)
In this stage, students have to separately apply for CAT and also for FMS. CAT scores of the candidates will be used for selection to second stage of Extempore and Personal Interview.
Stage-II (Selection for Extempore and Interview)
Last year, FMS gave weightage of 40% to Verbal Ability section of CAT-2015 and 30% each to Quantitative Ability and Reasoning (Data Interpretation-Logical Reasoning) sections respectively. Based on individual scores in these sections, overall score is calculated by applying above weightages. The merit list was drawn and following number of candidates were called for second stage.
FMS called students in the ratio of 1:8 for the second stage i.e., approximately 8 students were called for 1 seat in each category. Candidates were asked to speak for a minute or two on a topic chosen randomly then and there (Extempore). Sometimes evaluators asked candidates to speak ex-temporarily during Personal interview by giving very short time.
Stage-III (Final Admission)
Students were evaluated based on performance in CAT (Final Admission Weightage – 85%), Extempore (Weightage – 5%) and Personal Interview (Weightage – 10%) and final score was calculated. Final admissions were awarded to meritorious candidates in descending order.
Last year trends show that in General Category, candidates upto weighting list 202 were awarded final admission after 10 rounds. All these figures are based on compilation from various sources and not released by FMS. Similarly weighting lists upto 60 candidates in Non Creamy-Other Backward Castes and 39 in Scheduled Castes were awarded final admission. On an average, if someone gets qualified for second stage then chances of getting final admission improves drastically including weighting lists.
We also observed the trend that in General category , candidates with 99.4 percentile score were called for interview whereas students belonging to NC-OBC and SC were called with percentiles around 92 and 87 respectively. This broadly sums up the admission process of FMS Delhi.