IIM Calcutta

Which B-Schools to target with Low Academics (for 2017-19 Batch)

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

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.