The older IIMs are the most coveted business schools, making their way to the top ranking systems. These include IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta (the IIM A,B & C), IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, and IIM Shillong. It is believed that a students has to have 99+ percentile to get a call from one of these. Add to these the newer IIMs which total up the number of IIMs to 20. The newer IIMs, it is believed do not require 99+ percentile but still have high cut off.
Here we will address the question whether it is true that only 99 percentile scoring students get called for WAT and PI at the older IIMs? Do candidates with less than 99 percentile really not get interview calls from top IIMs? And does every candidate who score more than 99 percentile gets a call for interview?
The answer is plain No. The selection of Vidit Garg at IIM Ahmedabad last year, who scored 89.67 percentile in CAT refutes all such claims that a student got to score 99 percentile for selection to top IIMs. Vidit not only received a call from IIM Ahmedabad, but was also able to convert his call.
In sharp contrast to Vidit Garg's story, we have a quora user's story who despite having 99+ percentile could not get a call from IIM Ahmedabad. Although with the establishment of several newer IIMs the scenario has changed. However, the fact remains that scoring 99+ percentile is not enough for a call from the IIMs, reason being the varied shortlisting criteria.
Each IIM has a separate shortlisting criteria which may include a candidate's CAT percentile, academic performance, work experience, regional and gender diversity etc. There is a certain weightage assigned to each criteria based upon which the shortlist for interview and writing test. So even though someone scores 99+ percentile in CAT, they may not get a call because of their poor academic record.
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