The Admissions office follows a well-defined process which profiles candidates on a number of parameters since empirical research on recruitment and selection shows the efficacy of multiple criteria.
We use multiple parameters, namely academic performance in school, high school and graduation as well as scores in CAT/GMAT to ascertain your suitability for the programme. The CAT/GMAT score is also used to establish the minimum level of proficiency that is expected as indicated by the section-wise minimum scores in the CAT/GMAT. Multiple criteria are used to arrive at a composite score, which is then used to select candidates for the subsequent stage.
The admissions process includes a personal interview, conducted through remote video conferencing for international students, and an assessment of writing ability.
There are two channels for admissions to the programme: one for domestic candidates and the other for international candidates. The admission requirements and application processes for each channel are different.
Domestic Admissions are based on the applications received through the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in November every year at various centres in India. Domestic candidates are Indian nationals or foreigners normally resident in India who are in a position to take the CAT. Shortlisted candidates attend a written test and personal interview, and provide two letters of reference from persons who know them closely in terms of their academic/professional performance. The final selection is based on the CAT performance, scholastic achievement, performance in the Writing Ability Test, and interview.
In order to be eligible to apply with a GMAT score, you must have resided abroad for at least 18 months in the preceding three years (January 2017 to December 2019) and should – for that reason – not be/ have been in a position to appear for CAT 2019. The GMAT code for IIMB’s Post Graduate Programme (PGP) is Q9H-KK-49.
The selection of international applicants is conducted in two stages. In the first stage, an evaluation committee goes through each application in detail and examines the applicant’s academic background, international experience, and GMAT score. The committee then decides whether the applicant is eligible for the next stage – the Personal Interview (PI). Those who qualify would need to attend the PI, either in person or through remote video conferencing. The PI comprises a Writing Ability Test (WAT) followed by an interview. The performance of applicants in the Writing Ability Test is examined by an independent evaluator for content and presentation. Those appearing for the PI through remote video conferencing shall take the WAT on e-mail. Interviewers use the PI to evaluate the applicant’s motivation and ability to benefit from the programme.
Applicants must provide two (confidential) reference letters from their employers or faculty who taught them during their graduation. These reference letters will also be used as part of the evaluation.
Once the two-stage process is done, the evaluation committee will make an offer of admission. There is no quota or fixed number of seats for international candidates. There is no waitlist either for the same reason.