The six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) muddling plans to put in place a common written analysis test instead of group discussions to evaluate communication and comprehension skill of aspirants.
Written Ability Test (WAT), IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Ranchi, IIM Udaipur, IIM Tiruchirappalli
The change in the admission process, with a written test replacing the discussion round, is expected to take place first time in the coming year at the IIMs in Raipur, Rohtak, Ranchi, Udaipur, Tiruchirappalli and Kashipur and selection procedure in rest of seven other IIMs will remain same as earlier that means those who cleared the CAT exam will be called for the GD round.
The GD round discriminates against those candidates who are low-key in demeanor. The reformative step is likely to be adopted to ensure that all candidates get an equal opportunity as some of them often get sidelined by dominating ones during GDS and it is not necessary that a dominating candidate is always the best one.
Aspirants has welcomed this decision and want it should be implemented soon so that students from rural or small cities can show their caliber through written presentation freely instead of GDs. According to IIM Raipur director Prof. (Dr) B.S.Sahay, students can be asked to write anything – a case study, an essay, few paragraphs on a socio-economic situations etc. He said that move will also simplify the selection process and the proposed test will take place before the personal interview and after the CAT results are published.
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