IMI or International Management Institute was established in the year 1981 in collaboration with more than a dozen corporate houses such as TATA, SAIL, ITC and Nestle. The Kolkata campus of the Institute came into being in 2010. It offers Fellowship Program in Management (FPM) and Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses to the interested students. While the former is of 4 years’ duration, the PGDM course takes 2 years to complete. IMI Kolkata’s PGDM programme is NBA (National Board of Accreditation) accredited and you can gain admission to it based on your GMAT, CAT or XAT scores, apart from a personal interview and a written ability test.
On the other hand, the FPM program provides research opportunity in the following fields: Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Economics, Strategic Management, Operations Management, Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management and Information Systems.
Let’s take you through the admission process of their PGDM programme.
You must have a valid acceptable score in GMAT, XAT or CAT
You should have completed your graduation from a university recognised by the UGC, having scored minimum 50% aggregate marks in any stream.
Candidates appearing for their final year Bachelor’s degree examination are also eligible to apply, provided they submit their mark sheet or passing certificate by a date set by the institute (was September 20 for 2018). Failing to submit the same can lead to automatic withdrawal from the program.
The admission process of IMI Kolkata starts by filling up of an online application form and paying the required fee. This form is normally available at the IMI Kolkata’s official website and must be filled up by a stipulated date set by the institute. Below is the application process:
Admission Office – IMI Kolkata
2/4C, Judges Court Road,
Alipore, Kolkata, Pin – 700027
Ph. No: 033 – 66529615
Candidates who had appeared for the CAT exam, or can furnish an acceptable XAT or GMAT score are shortlisted based on the information provided by them in the application form. The factors taken into consideration are the GMAT/XAT/CAT score, Class X and XII marks, graduation score, work experience and the overall educational background. The students are informed about the shortlisting decision via email.
Post this shortlisting, IMI Kolkata calls the shortlisted students for the WAT-PI (Written Ability Test and Personal Interview) process.
About the written ability test: The written ability test is conducted to evaluate the writing capability of the candidates. The institute evaluates their technical (spelling and grammar) and articulation skills.
About the personal interview: Once the written ability test is through, the candidates need to pass a personal interview of around 15 minutes. The purpose behind conducting such interview is to understand the applicant’s perspective on the management education and his/her attitude towards it. Candidates having work experience are evaluated based on its relevance with regard to the PGDM programme.
The final selection of candidates is based on their GMAT/XAT/CAT score (overall percentile), work experience, academic profile, verbal ability percentile, personal interview score and written ability test score.
Company sponsored candidates are welcome at IMI Kolkata within the approved number of seats available in the programme. All these candidates are selected based on the same process as detailed above. Please note, company sponsored candidates are not eligible for placement assistance through the placement cell of the institute. Their fee structure is also separate from that of the general candidates.
The admission offer made to the selected candidates is based entirely on the composite score arrived at after assessing various stages of the above-detailed selection procedure. Just like the shortlisting result is emailed to the candidates, the offer letter is also dispatched to the same email id. All applicants must provide their complete and valid postal address as well as a working email ID, to receive all important communications.
Candidates who are offered admission to the institute must pay the first fee instalment within the first 2 weeks of the offer date. Failing to do so would make the offer invalid and the admission will be granted to the next candidate on the waiting list. No intimation of the same will be sent to the sidelined candidate. Hence, you must constantly keep an eye out for any correspondence from the institute. It might also be a good idea to regularly check the spam folder of your email address.
Please keep in mind that IMI Kolkata doesn’t accept any responsibility for any mishap during communication or the non-receipt of it. They are absolved from all responsibility once they have sent the communication email to the email address provided by you in the application form.
Candidates belonging to economically weaker sections, meritorious students, candidates having an excellent record in extracurricular activities or with impressive academic performance are eligible to avail scholarships offered by IMI Kolkata.
The scholarships or benefits can be availed in any of the below-detailed categories:
Any candidate whose family income is below ₹ 8 lakh per annum can apply for scholarship under the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) category. The tuition fee waiver can be applied for after admission into the institute. The dates for such applications are intimated by the Institute and you would need to prove your financial limitation by furnishing a copy of the PAN number, income tax returns and other asked for documents.
A 100% waiver of the tuition fee is offered by the institute to candidates with outstanding academic career. This fee waiver is sanctioned for the first year initially and then the student’s performance is reviewed at the end of that year, for renewal in the second year. This fee waiver is offered to no more than 5% of the sanctioned total intake in a specific year.
The student should have a minimum of 80% score in class X and XII examinations, apart from first-class in graduation. He/she should have also scored above 90 percentile in the XAT/CAT exam or over 650 in the GMAT exam. The final decision is made based on the student’s performance in the personal interview and his/her overall academic excellence.
An interim scholarship of up to ₹ 1 lakh (for the two years’ time period) is also offered by IMI Kolkata to no more than 3 students in every batch. The decision is solely based on the students’ outstanding performance in academics at the time of completion of the first year as well as their financial standing.
Students who have remarkable accomplishments in the field of culture, art and sports are given special consideration during the admission process. The criteria for such students is usually more relaxed than others, but they are required to apply ahead of the regular students.
IMI Kolkata gives special consideration to the candidates belonging to physically challenged, SC, ST or OBC(NC) categories and encourages them to apply to the institute. These candidates are given 5% relaxation in the required CAT percentile score.