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.