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Engineers Will Find It More Difficult To Get Into IIM-Ahmedabad From Next Year

Discussion in 'The Café - General Discussions On Everything' started by Kaustubh Katdare, Aug 8, 2013.

  • by Kaustubh Katdare, Aug 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM
  • Kaustubh Katdare

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    If you are an engineer who's convinced that MBA is 'the way' to get promotions, better career, better paypack & better marriage prospects; and are already preparing for CAT 2014 with a goal to get into IIM Ahmedabad, we've a bad news for you. IIM-A has decided that they'll admit fewer engineers in their institute starting 2014. IIM-A, which continues to be the top destination for MBA aspirants in India, has made significant changes in their admission policy. The new rules state that the intake of students from non-engineering background will be increased from current 4% to about 18%. This means that if you are an engineer, getting into IIM-A has just got more difficult.

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    But that's not all. Under the new admission rules, the number of students without work experience or a PG degree will be increased in the personal interview round at IIM-A. The admission team won't award you special points for all those years you spent mostly in IT or other professions before deciding to get an MBA. Currently, the fresh graduates make up about 27% of the intake.

    According to report published in TOI, IIMA gets about 96% of the students from engineering background. IIMA believes that this percentage needs to come down. The formula for calculating the application rating has been modified. There's a provision for direct short-list for the written analysis and personal interview round for the top performers in the five academic categories.

    For a long time, IIMs have received criticism for admitting majority of engineering graduates in their PGDBM courses. IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta have higher percentage of non-engineers in their current batches as compared to IIM-A. We'll discover more about the new admission rules in coming days.

    We'd like to ask our readers what they think about the latest update to the admission rules at IIMs. Do you think IIM-A is being unfair to engineering students? Do you think these rules will affect the recruitments at IIMs? Voice your opinion below.

    Via: TOI
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  1. Ankita Katdare
    This news is quite shocking. The last time I attended a mock CAT class in the city, the trainer asked the audience of a few hundred people - "How many of you have graduate degrees in B.E. B.Tech?" And almost 90% of the crowd raised their hands. This is going to be a huge blow for most of them. :oops: For all I know most engineers in their final years figure out that they are not suited for a technical role and hence start preparing for CAT and other MBA entrance exams. o_O They have to fight a lot harder now.
  2. SarathKumar Chandrasekaran
    This is a heart break news for Engineers who had planned to pursue MBA as pg degree but I dont agree with this rule or policy of IIM ahmedabad.
  3. Kaustubh Katdare
    India anyway needs more engineers to work as engineers and not managers. The corporate life will anyway kick you to become managers, even if you remain an average performer, you see.

    Where are the REAL engineers anyway?
  4. Prashant Munshi
    It used to be around 94-96% of engineers, most of them from IITs getting admissions to IIMs. However IIMs are changing their composition of batch and admission policy in a significant move from session starting 2014. There will be significantly fewer engineers now since the percentage of non-engineering students in a batch going to rise to 18% from current 4%. Moreover IIMs have decided to withdraw the provision of giving points for experience and master's degree. A complete report on changes has been filed here : http://ssc2pg.com/iim-ahmedabad-to-increase-non-engineering-quota/
  5. Pensu
    Well, we also need managers who can understand the pain of engineers working under them! This is unfair, I mean, most of the youth of this country go for engineering and that's the reason there are in big number in IIMs. Now, it's not there fault. It's like reservation policy. It's just unfair. You just take an exam and give admission to those who qualify it, why have different criteria for anyone, just because he is an engineer?
  6. Kaustubh Katdare
    Pensu : That's what I said - more engineers than managers :)
  7. Saandeep Sreerambatla
    If we do some analysis why more number of engineers are getting qualified into IIM , its simple. We do have maths until we complete our engineering and we can easily work on the questions in CAT, and we do work very hard (one day batting in exams) so more engineers are likely to qualify for IIMs. I think its the rite move, "You just take an exam and give admission to those who qualify it, why have different criteria for anyone, just because he is an engineer?" because of the above reasons. I think IIM's should move in a direction to create good management graduates than to create options to people to earn more money.
  8. Pensu
    So, then it's our fault that we study math or that we have a culture where we have practiced to do hard work. If that is the issue then change the criteria, don't put math in the exam! All I am saying is everyone should have equal opportunities. And I guess, for companies, having a manager with technical background is better than having just a manager.
  9. pprajju_magic
    3-IDIOTS scene
    rancho : If you want to be a manager in a bank or so, why do you need to do engineering and then take up MBA ?
    Chatur(silencer) : You get huge salaries :D
    rancho : That is the reason there are no great inventions here. No body wants to do research and invent something crazy :/
  10. Kaustubh Katdare
    pprajju_magic : Agreed. That's 'the' thing. Not many people realise that there's 10x more money to be made as engineer than as a 'manager' :) . Let the secret be a secret!
  11. lovebox
    Agreed. Take the case of Engineers in the PWD. ;)
  12. Ankita Katdare
    Now that most MBA entrance exam results are out, it will be interesting to see the statistics about the engineers who got a call letter from IIMs. Do we have any infographic around that shares this data?

    Our beloved friend - @CIVILPRINCESS recently graduated from IIM Trichy. Hearty congratulations to her.

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