Gone are the days when IIMs relied on CAT score only for filtering the candidates in first round. These days IIMs rely on combination of CAT score, academics, education background and work experience even to invite a candidate for 2nd round i.e., for Group Discussion/Written Test/Interview. Even though IIMs are taking these steps to move towards global standards in terms of admission process this leaves many candidates, with low academic score, high and dry.
However, there is a silver lining. Some of the top MBA institutes give less weightage to past academics. They rely mostly on CAT and other entrance exam scores and a bit on academics. Based on published admission procedures for the batches 2017-19 and 2016-18, we shortlisted 18 of the top 40 institutes which give lower weightage to past academics. (Click on links to know cutoffs and key weightage parameters)
Institutes which give lower weightage to academic score
- IIM Calcutta (40% for getting an interview call-there is no weightage in final admission though),
- IIM Lucknow (5% weightage overall),
- IIM Kozhikode (15% for getting an interview call-there is no weightage in final admission though),
- IIM Kashipur
- IIM Raipur
- IIM Ranchi
- IIM Rohtak (A maximum of 20% weightage for getting an interview call as well as final admission)
- IIM Trichy
- IIM Udaipur
- IIM Amritsar (Zero percent weightage for past academics)
- IIFT New Delhi and Kolkata
- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) (10% weightage at overall selection level)
- FMS Delhi,
- MDI Gurgaon,
- Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (IIT Bombay),
- Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
- VJSOM (IIT Kharagpur)
Even though some of the above colleges don’t give weightage to past academics they do insist on getting a minimum of 60% marks at either X class/XII class/Graduation for open category candidates and 55% for candidates under reservation. We have seen many candidates with average academic record make it to these institutes by scoring well in entrance exams and impressing the interview committee at second stage.
Do we need to worry too much on academics
If you are interested in doing an MBA from top B-School in India then you should be focusing more on scoring really well in entrance examination than on the academics now. You can only make the most out of whatever is available on your hand.