IIM Nagpur (IIM N) was established in 2015 at Nagpur, Maharashtra and has an in-take of 60 students in its flagship programme, PGP in Management. Currently IIM Ahmedabad is mentoring IIM N in areas of curriculum design and course structure, research and faculty sharing. IIM N is one of the few institutes to use only CAT scores for selecting candidates for stage-II. In this article, we try to understand IIM Nagpur selection criteria.
Selection Criteria of IIM Nagpur
IIM N followed a 3 stage process for selecting candidates to its PG Programme in Management based on CAT 2015 scores.
(CAT: Common Admission Test)
Stage-I (Applying and Writing CAT)
In Stage I, candidates have to apply online for CAT and appear for the exam. In this stage, IIMs gather all the requisite information from the candidates related to past academics, work experience, details of various degrees etc. Once the candidate appears for CAT, then stage – II starts.
Stage-II (Evincing Interest)
Strangely IIM Nagpur did not conduct any Group Discussion (GD) or Written Ability Test or Personal Interview (PI) at stage – II. Instead it relied on candidate’s interest in taking admission from IIM Nagpur. Following CAT 2015 cut-off criteria was used for shortlisting candidates (among those applied for IIM Nagpur at the time of CAT registration).
E-Mails were sent to candidate’s registered mail IDs by April 15, 2016 requesting them to confirm their interest in pursuing admission from IIM Nagpur. Post confirmation, stage-III started for these candidates.
Stage-III (Final Selection)
Candidates who crossed the CAT cut-offs as per above table were further shortlisted based on following table.
A maximum of 50 marks were awarded under this. Students final CAT score was divided with the highest score obtained by topper (among those applied to IIM Nagpur) in CAT and multiplied with 50 to get the final marks under this criteria.
Past Academics – 10th, 12th and Under Graduation (UG) Marks
Following tables were used for allocation of final marks based on 10th, 12th and under graduation marks:
A maximum of 20 marks were awarded based on the following table (whatever score was obtained as per following table was multiplied with 20 to get final score):
The grand final score was calculated based on above parameters and a merit list was drawn. Admissions were offered in the descending order across various categories.
Even though IIM Nagpur did not insist for GD-PI last year, we are not sure whether they are going to follow the same process during current year. It all depends on student pool who joined IIM Nagpur during current year i.e., 2016-18 batch. If IIM N feels that the student pool is good then there is a high chance that current process may be continued otherwise, or for any other reason, IIM Nagpur may revise the process.
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