How Can I Get An Interview Call From IIM Calcutta – CAT 2018 – PGP 2019 – 2021

IIM Calcutta, the convener for CAT 2018, has released its selection criteria for the Class of 2021. Highlights of the IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria:

  1. There are no changes in the selection criteria from 2017.
  2. Following the trend of promoting gender and academic diversity, IIM Calcutta will award a total of 4 points (2+2) to female non-engineers.
  3. As has been the case for the past 2 years, graduation marks play no role in the IIM Calcutta selection criteria.
  4. The major focus is laid on Class 10th and 12th academic performance for interview shortlist, and WAT-PI performance for final selection.

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria for a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks are as follows:

Table 1:

CAT Cut Off:

Category QA DI-LR VA-RC Overall
General ≥80 ≥80 ≥80 ≥90
NC-OBC ≥75 ≥75 ≥75 ≥85
SC ≥65 ≥65 ≥65 ≥70
ST ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70
PWD ≥60 ≥60 ≥60 ≥70

The CAT percentile of a shortlisted candidate may be much higher than the mentioned percentile and the overall percentile cut-off for an ideal candidate is likely to be set in excess of 98-99 percentile.

Table 2:

Points For 10th And 12th Marks:

10th Marks Points 12th Marks Points
≥80 10 ≥80 10
≥ 75 and < 80 8 ≥ 75 and < 80 8
≥ 70 and < 75 6 ≥ 70 and < 75 6
≥ 65 and < 70 4 ≥ 65 and < 70 4
≥ 60 and < 65 2 ≥ 60 and < 65 2
< 60 0 < 60 0

Table 3:

Criteria For Shortlist Call:

Component Weights
CAT 2018 Overall Score 28
Class 10th Marks 10
Class 12th Marks 10
Gender Diversity 2
Total 50

To calculate the CAT overall score, the method used would be:

(A/B) x 28

Where A = Candidate’s CAT 2018 Score and B = Maximum CAT 2018 Score

Table 4:

Criteria for final selection and admission offer:

Criterion Weights
CAT 2018 Score 15
Personal Interview (PI) 24
Written Ability Test (WAT) 5
Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)): If (Bachelor’s degree is from the list X)
ADFB=2;
else
ADFB=0
Work Experience 4
Total 50

For ADFB, if you’re not an Engineer, you will be allotted 2 extra points for academic diversity at the undergraduate level.

Table 5:

Marks for work experience.

Months Points
< 6 0
6 to 12 2
13 to 24 3
25 to 36 4
37 to 48 3
>48 2

Work experience till 31st of January, 2019 will be counted in months. However, this excludes any project work/Training/work done as a part of the curriculum.

Let’s explore what the IIM Calcutta selection criteria mean for the different type of applicants:

Non-Engineer, Female Candidate  – This is an ideal candidate for IIM Calcutta, and has the potential to get a high composite score. If the lady has close to 3 years of work experience, has over 80% marks in 10th and 12th and manages to score in excess of 99.5 percentile, then there is a very high chance for her to get admission into IIM Calcutta. The deciding factor would be the WAT-PI performance, which accounts for 30% of the total marks.

Non-Engineer, Male Candidate – A male non-engineer will miss out on the 2 gender diversity points but still manages to be an ideal candidate, provided the above-mentioned criteria are met.

Engineer, Female Candidate – A female engineer gains 2 gender diversity points, but does not gain the advantage of academic diversity. Therefore, the candidate will have to compensate for the same with a relatively higher CAT percentile and an excellent WAT-PI performance, as compared to her non-engineer counterpart.

Engineer, Male Candidate – GEMs will miss out on 4 points (Gender Diversity+Academic Diversity). However, 76% of the total marks are in the hands of a male engineering candidate. A CAT percentile in excess of 99.7 percentile (based on previous trends) and an excellent WAT-PI performance would be sufficient to be a part of the Class of 2021 at IIM C.

Verdict:

With no changes in selection criteria from last year, IIM Calcutta seems to have gotten the formula right.

For aspirants, the institute offers a chance to wash off their past “sins”. With 43% of the total weight being given to CAT, a less-than-stellar academic background is no longer an excuse. Graduation marks, the downfall for most aspirants, is also not a selection criterion. Most CAT aspirants are likely to have scored above 80% in either 10th or 12th, if not both. Therefore, their CAT performance will play a major role in deciding if they become Gems of Joka. 

With both gender diversity and academic diversity points being regularly made a part of the selection criteria every year, it is clear that the IIM Calcutta is driven to get that 1:1 gender ratio, and wants to get rid of the image that only Engineers can make it to the holy trinity of IIMs.

Selection Criteria – IIM Calcutta Official Website

Also read:

  1. CAT 2018 Official Notification

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