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CAT 2016: IIMs targeting Non- engineers

By: Vikram on October 21, 2016

Getting into IIMs will be a tad easier for applicants from a non-engineering background with footage awarded to lot other factors apart from the scores. The IIMs have amended their admission policy to give weight to the academic performance and people from Commerce, Arts and Humanities to get shortlisted first-hand apart from CAT scores.

So all those candidates who have not managed to score the highest percentile can stay rest assured if their prior academic performance has been good as the IIMs are looking for candidates with a consistent academic record of merit. IIM-Bangalore is awarding 40% to CAT scores while IIM-A has extended its bracket to candidates with a percentile of up to 80 percent to qualify for admission. IIM Calcutta and Lucknow have reduced the weightage for CAT scores to 56% and 60% respectively.

This is being done by IIMs to bring in diversity in the batches they have. Out of 17 people who scored a high percentile last year, only one or two were non-engineers. Additionally, attempts are made to increase the proportion of the female candidates in the batches to ensure enough academic learning in a gender-diverse environment.

With this motive, CAT exam pattern also underwent sufficient changes with the incorporation of new sections, non-MCQ questions which overall received quite a positive acceptance. Last year, with 46% of candidates being from a non-engineering background which was an increasing trend in comparison to 2014, this hope by the IIMs will surely be met. 

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