IIM Sambalpur (IIM S) was established in 2015 at Sambalpur, Odisha and has an in-take of 48 students in its flagship programme, PGP in Management. Currently IIM Indore is mentoring IIM S in areas of curriculum design and course structure, research and faculty sharing. IIM S 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 Sambalpur selection criteria.
Selection Criteria of IIM Sambalpur
IIM S 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)
IIM S conducted Written Ability Test or Personal Interview (PI) at stage – II only to those who did not appear for IIM Indore or IIM Kashipur (pooled selection) stage-II process. Following CAT 2015 cut-off criteria was used for shortlisting candidates (among those applied for IIM Sambalpur at the time of CAT registration).
E-Mails were sent to candidate’s registered mail IDs requesting them to confirm their interest in pursuing admission from IIM Sambalpur. 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 100 Marks were awarded to students shortlisted based on above table. All the Z(min) and Z(Max) are calculated based on normalization process across rach academic category (like Engineering, Arts, Commerce etc) and across different universities. IIM Sambalpur uses IIM Indore students database to arrive at the normalization scores. Let us understand each parameter in-depth as under:
CAT Score – NIL
CAT Score was used only for shortlisting candidates for stage-II whereas in final admission its weightage was negligible.
10th and 12th Marks
A maximum of 17.5 marks each were awarded to candidates for their 10th and 12th Marks. Each candidate’s individual performance was measured against the topper from respective boards/universities to arrive at the final marks.
Graduation Marks were given a weightage of 15 marks and normalization process applied while calculating the scores from respective academic categories.
Work Experience – NIL
Diversity Factor – Academic Background and Gender – NIL
WAT and PI
Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) were given weightage of 15 marks and 35 marks respectively. The normalization process applied to these scores also based on WAT/PI performance among those who applied and appeared for Stage-III selection process of IIM Sambalpur.
The grand final score was calculated based on above parameters as per the above table and a merit list was drawn. Admissions were offered in the descending order across various categories.
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