Our Admission Process

1. Entrance Exam

All B-Schools in India have an entrance exam as the first stage of screening applicants. The IIM’s conduct a Common Admission Test (CAT) whose scores are also accepted by other institutes like S.P. Jain, Management Development Institute (MDI), NITIE along with many other B-Schools. Other popular entrance exams in India include the XAT conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur and this score is also a criterion for admission to XIM Bhubaneswar, BIM, LIBA, XIME, Goa Institute of Management along with scores of other B-Schools. Some other entrance exams are the NMAT, SNAP and MH-CET which are valid for all NMIMS colleges, all Symbiosis colleges and all colleges in Maharashtra respectively.

The entrance exam, the first stage of elimination, tests a student’s ability to perform under pressure. The areas of testing include Quantitative Techniques, English Verbal Ability and Analytical and Logical Reasoning (and General Knowledge in some cases). This is the most difficult step in getting into a top B-School in India and most of the elimination takes place at this stage.

2. Application Essays

Application essays are an integral part of most top B-Schools selection process. While only those shortlisted based on their written scores in CAT are expected to write these essays in the case of the IIMs, some other top management institutes in India such as S.P. Jain ask you to write essays at the first stage itself. In the case of S.P. Jain, your essays play a crucial role in getting shortlisted for the next round. However sometimes, like in the case of the IIMs, they could form the basis for the Personal Interview process itself.

3. Group Discussion & Personal Interview

4. Admission

Admission is usually offered based on the cumulative scores of all the above processes and work experience (in some cases). Admission notifications from top B-Schools start from the second week of March and continue till the end of May. Many of these colleges also have a wait list of candidates which gets regularly updated based on the number of students in the first list who took admission in the same college.

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