It is essential to understand the IIMs follow the principle of filtering and elimination. Some of the reasons why students with even a 100 percentile are rejected are:
- Poor Performance in PI
Cracking the personal interview in front of an IIM panel can be nerve-wracking. The panellists are quick to judge if you are bluffing or are genuine. Poor communication skills, overconfidence, and arrogance are other factors that lead to a lot of rejections.
- Weak Writing Skills
The analytical writing test (AWT) is another critical aspect which is tested thoroughly. Candidates are judged on their presentation skills, general awareness, and clarity of thoughts.
- Inconsistent Academic Scores
IIMs stress on good class X, XII and graduation scores. Even with 99+ CAT percentile, but poor past academic scores (minimum 80% for the top IIMs) you may not make it to the selection list.
IIMs looks for diversity in terms of – gender, academic streams, and work experience. Extra points are allotted if you are a non-male, non-engineer (especially), and experienced (conditions apply) candidate.
- Seat Reservations
A total of 52.5 percent of seats come under the reserved category – OBC (27%), SC (15%), ST (7.5%), and PwD (3%).
Candidates must realize that every IIM has a carefully curated selection process in place. The respective admission committees fix their criteria and weights at the beginning of the admission cycle. The CAT score is only a means to establish a minimum level of proficiency and does not guarantee a seat. But a competent profile, confident personality and clear perspective can definitely save you from rejections.