The MBA (Master of Business Administration) program has now been regarded as one of the most demanding postgraduate courses in India. Several institutes in India offer this course which covers a vast topic related to Economics, Organizational behavior, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Statistics. Each institute having their own selection criteria to admit best from thousands of aspirants who apply each year. Two major and most common criteria for selecting a student is his/her CAT (Common Admission Test) score and their performance in Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Over the last couple of years, Group Discussion (GD) is also included as a selection criterion for MBA admission. Candidates are first shortlisted on the basis of the CAT cut-off percentiles. After the shortlist, the candidates are called for WAT- PI rounds conducted by each of the Institutes. Apart from CAT score, WAT/GD and PI, some other criteria are also included in the selection criterions which include Past Academic Records, Work Experience, and overall profile. Each criterion is assigned to a particular weight on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. However, the relevant weight given to any particular criterion varies between different institutes. For instance, the following weighting scheme is more or less common for most of the institutes.
· Common Admission Test (CAT) score 60%
· GD/WAT 10%
· Personal Interview (PI) 20%
· Academic Performance 10%
While computing the score of the Academic Performance, the marks obtained in Secondary Education, Higher Secondary Education and Graduation shall be taken into account. Finally, Institute will offer admission to the students according to their merits arrived based on the composite score computed considering the above given admission criteria.
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