The admissions department follows a well defined and detailed admission process. This process judges candidates on a number of parameters.
IIMB has found over the years that students who perform well in the academic programme are typically those who have a consistently good academic record during their school, high school and graduation level, besides exhibiting sufficiently high aptitude as measured by CAT (Common Admission Test if the IIMs)/GMAT. Therefore IIMB uses multiple parameters, namely academic performance in school, high school and graduation programmes as well as candidates' scores in CAT/GMAT to judge the suitability of candidates for the PGP programme. Relevant work experience, if any, is also given weightage. Evaluation by multiple criteria is also consistent with empirical research on recruitment and selection that shows greater efficacy of recruitment processes that uses multiple criteria. The CAT/GMAT score, over and above being a selection criterion, is also used to establish the minimum level of proficiency that is expected from the candidate in respective faculties as indicated by section-wise minimum scores in the CAT/GMAT. Multiple criteria are used to arrive at a composite score for every candidate, which is used to select candidates for the subsequent stage.
Thus the CAT/GMAT score is one of the more important parameters. The CAT/GMAT score that is used as a cutoff varies from year to year. The admission process includes a personal interview, conducted through remote video conferencing for international students, and an assessment of writing ability.
International candidates are admitted through direct applications. International candidates are Indian nationals or foreigners with valid passport or travel document residing outside India and not in a position to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management at various centers in India. These candidates are required to take the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) and have an official result reported to the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The GMAT code for IIMB is Q9H-KK-49. Final selection is based on performance in GMAT, scholastic achievement, work experience, and three letters of reference.
Admission Requirements for International Candidates
The minimum admission requirements are:
- Undergraduate degree or higher with a minimum of three years at a university and any major, with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent GPA.
- A valid Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score (including AWA score)
- Complete Admission application, including Statement of Purpose and three letters of reference
- International Candidates refer to candidates resident outside India, whether they are Indians / foreign nationals.
In order to qualify as a resident abroad for the purpose of applying as an International Candidate to PGP 2016-18, a candidate should have been (expected to be) resident outside India for a period of 18 months between 1st January 2013 and 31st December 2015, and be outside India during the CAT 2015 examination window. Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India.
A separate process will be used for processing applications from candidates who apply with a GMAT score. The first shortlist among such applicants is created by applying the same percentile cut-offs for CAT 2015, as used for the general category candidates.
For each applicant in this shortlist, each member of the evaluating committee (5 faculty members were involved in previous year) will go through the applications in detail and in particular will evaluate the academic background and the international experience of the candidates. The evaluating faculty will also assess whether the candidate is likely to gain admission through CAT. Finally each member will recommend in favor of the candidate or recommend rejection.
All candidates who have been recommended would be required to appear for a Personal Interview (PI) process, either in person or through remote video conferencing. The candidates appearing for the PI process in person would be interviewed along with the candidates using the CAT 2015 score, and the same PI process would be followed. Candidates appearing for the PI process through remote video conferencing would be required to submit their notes through email.
The performance of each candidate on the note will be scored by in terms of content and style. Each interviewer will use the Personal Interview to comprehensively evaluate the candidate's motivation and ability to fit in and benefit from the PGP programme. All candidates will be required to provide three confidential reference letters from their employers or faculty and this will also be used in the personal interview evaluation. For each of the three elements of evaluation during the PI process - Note Content, Note Style and Personal Interview - the average of the scores given by the interviewers will be considered.
The evaluating committee would again assess the performance of the candidates in the PI process and make a final offer. There will be no quota or fixed number of seats for such candidates. There will also be no wait-lists for the same reason.