IIT Madras MBA Selection Criteria

Department of Management Studies (DoMS) was established in 2004 by IIT Madras. DMS currently offers Masters in Business Administration through Common Admission Test (CAT). In this article, we try to understand IIT Madras MBA selection criteria.

DoMS (IIT Madras) Admission Criteria

DoMS followed a 3 stage process for selecting candidates to its PG Programme in Management based on CAT 2015 scores.

  • Stage – I: Appearing for Common Admission Test (CAT)
  • Stage-II: Based on profile score i.e., including CAT Score, past academics and others etc, candidates were called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview round
  • Stage-III: Final admission based on composite score

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. IIMs have no role in selection of candidates for DoMS.

Stage-II (Selection for GD/PI Round)

Normal Candidates have to clear the overall cutoffs as decided by the institute. DoMS followed profile based selection criteria instead of going for pure CAT based selection approach.

IIT Graduates who obtained a CGPA of 8 and above on 10 were exempted from CAT score and directly called for interview round based on a composite score with due weights to applicant’s CAT score, past academic performance, industry experience and gender. The information available is very limited in the public domain and we tried to capture the information through previous year WAT/PI experiences of successful candidates. 

Last year, DoMS called candidates, both from engineering non engineering backgrounds, even with modest overall CAT percentile. This clearly shows that candidates with excellent academic and other extra curricular/work experience record can expect a call even if their CAT scores are decent. On an average , candidates were called for round-II with a CAT score of 93 and above percentile. Total number of seats for 2016-18 batch was approx 60~70.

Stage-III (Final Selection)

Candidates who were selected based on above parameters were further tested on Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview. In personal interviews, candidates were evaluated based on their functional knowledge, work experience, general awareness, assessment of leadership skills, personal and professional achievements. In final admission criteria, letters of reference were also given due weightage.

Our Final Words

DoMS MBA programme is considered to be one among the top 50 in India. The fee component was modest at approx. Rs. 7.0 Lakh for entire 2 year programme. So all those who are interested at joining a top 50 B-School should keep DoMS in their sights.


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