How tough is it going to be for a GEM(General engineer male) to get into an IIM since they try to bring diverse culture to their campus?
How tough is it going to be for a GEM(General engineer male) to get into an IIM since they try to bring diverse culture to their campus? What extra qualities a GEM should possess to make sure his selection?
The admission process for different b-schools varies extremely widely. There are multiple factors that are taken into consideration, ranging from your academic performance, formal work experience, CAT scores to your final process of case study/group discussion and personal interview. Also, each of these factors is given different weightage by different colleges. So, there is no thumb rule of any of these criteria being a prerequisite to getting admission into any institute.
Being a b-school participant I am surrounded by people from diverse backgrounds, both engineers and non-engineers. There is a good portion of the student base in any top b-school in the country, including all the IIMs, who are GEM candidates as we call them.
Although there is some weightage given to other stream graduates to increase diversity, that doesn't take away from the fact that the majority of the MBA participants in the country are engineers. Just focus on getting a good CAT score and gain clarity on why you want to do an MBA for the interviews and you should be good to go.
Wishing you all the best!
Selection into IIMs is a holistic process - you're right in that they look for diversity. But there is something to be said that they also look at your CAT percentile, your communication skills - both written and verbal, and your work experience. I'm at IIM Bangalore, and like with all IIMs, the majority of the students here (like me) are engineers, and are male. Like Vani said, there isn't a thumb rule of any kind for getting admission into the college - they look at you as an individual to see how you fit their requirements.
I would like to add one thing - be honest. It may sound very vague, but if you can be honest to both yourself and your interviewer, they will see that, and respect it. This holds, not just for IIM admissions, but any interview you go to - they want to see both your skillset and your mindset, and while your resume and application shows them your skillset, your mindset differentiates you from every other CAT and GMAT candidate that they talk to.