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Intake will be doubled to nearly 20,000 from the current 9,000 in postgraduate diploma courses at the 20 IIMs.” A huge opportunity for all IIM aspirants. MHRD in a meeting with IIMs decided to take the long awaited step in favour of the CAT 2016 aspirants. However, as of no deadlines has been set for the proposition.
In the chain of decisions, MHRD also directed the IIMs to recruit Eligible faculty to fulfill the current shortage. Ministry also assured the better channels of fellowships will be offered to the candidates.
Common Admission Test or CAT is a national-level management exam, conducted by one of the IIM’s on a rotational basis. CAT 2018 is scheduled on November 25 in online mode. It is a computer-based exam in India for MBA admissions in 20 IIMs and over 150 B schools. CAT Exam is organized by the Indian Institutes of Management, IIMs on a rotational basis. For CAT, IIM Bangalore is the organizing institute. More than 2 lac candidates are expected to take CAT 2018 Exam.
The CAT Application Process is expected to begin in the first week of August. The application process is online. Candidates can visit CAT official website to apply. The application fee is Rs 1900/- for General candidates and Rs 900/- for SC/ST Candidates.
For academic session 2015-16, around 3700 seats in 19 IIMs were filled. However, CAT 2016 is about to offer the unexpected. As, On September 20, 2016, a meeting between MHRD with all the IIM directors at IIM Shillong, Mr Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of HRD announced the proposed intake expansion. So, now 20 IIMs are expected to double the intake from present 9500 in various PG Diploma programs to 20000 in near future.
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is currently mulling to increase the student intake in their two-year flagship course Post-Graduate Programme (PGP). The institute is also seeking funds support. The increase in the number of seats of IIM will give a positive impact on the candidates. Analyzing the statistics, IIMs have decided to change their admission criteria in order to have a diverse group of students in terms of gender as well as educational background. The premier management institutions are planning to change the intake strategies in order to get a diverse crowd.
Faculty base: With the increase in intake,under the directives of MHRD, IIMs are likely to expand their Faculty number too. With the current issue of less faculty at IIMs, a clear direction has been given by the MHRD to IIM directors
Infrastructure: Increase in intake majorly depend on upon the availability of infrastructure and other resources. Before expanding the batch strength, IIMs need to build – up their infrastructure. Proper infrastructure needs to be updated as by the number of seat intake.
20 IIMs offer more than 45 doctoral and management programs. Except in the doctoral program, present intake is more than 9000. However, mentioned below is the present seat intake in PGP programs at 20 IIMs and also the proposed seats as suggested by Ministry of HRD.
|IIMs||Current seats in Flagship PGP||Proposed Seats as suggested by MHRD|
The primary aim of every MBA aspirant in India is to score high in CAT Exams. But for most of them, it's an impossible dream to chase. With high cut-offs, limited seats, tough interview rounds and escalated admission criterions, CAT have become India's one of the toughest entrance exams. But, the decision of proposed intake expansion might make a difference in individual's thoughts, ideas & skills, as this expansion of seats offers a number of opportunities to grow vertically in their future.
So, there is a huge scope of opportunities to contribute and challenges to stimulate one’s personal gratification.
After the declaration of results and cut-offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs.
The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.
Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write the essay on the given topic varies with the Institute and could be from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
Group Discussion is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate's performance and group dynamics are assessed.
Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.
IIMs will also actively participate in creating contents for 'Swayam', an information technology platform providing online courses on various subjects from class IX to undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
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