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Top B-schools to go for new rules


Mansi Sharma,CNN-IBN
Dec 11, 2009 at 01:33am IST

New Delhi: CAT, the ABC of MBA training in India till this year, is all set to lose its grip on admissions to the top B-schools. After the recent CAT crash, things are about to change drastically for future MBA aspirants. Premier B-schools are now looking beyond CAT results for taking in students.

According to sources, IIM Indore, Kozikhode, Lucknow, SP Jain and JBIMS are working on an admission criteria that will give 70 per cent weightage to CAT scores, 27 per cent to marks in graduation and 3 per cent to work experience.

While these models might still be at a conceptual stage, if implemented it might mean that your entry into the top B-schools will be dependent on not just the CAT score but also academic performances and work experience.

Many say that this might take the pressure off the MBA hopefuls in the long run.

“I think it will be a more holistic way of choosing your candidates,” a student said.

But for the immediate batch, which is appearing for CAT next year, it has come as a rude shock.

“I don't think it’s a smart thing to do. There are people who may not have a sound background but nonetheless have worked hard for the test. Those people will obviously suffer,” a student said.

While another student said, “In your last year of college you make a choice between CAT and college exams, and in this case it has to be your CAT and your results will suffer. I would certainly be at a loss.”

After the 2009 online test chaos and with students and stakeholders raising questions about the credibility of the evaluation process, it is no surprise that the entire system is having to reboot.

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