Myth vs Math: What is a good percentile in CAT?


I often get asked by students: “What percentile do I need to get into the IIMs?” OR ” How do I get to a XX percentile?” OR “Is it true that only 99+ percentilers make it to the IIMs?”. This post is dedicated to all the test-takers who seek answers to these or related questions.

First things first: let us understand the meaning of percentile. Percentile is defined as the percentage of students who scored less than (or sometimes less than or equal to) you in a given test. So a 100 percentile would mean you are the topper, an  XX percentile would mean XX% of the test-takers scored less than you in the test while a 0 percentile would mean you have got the least score in the test.

So, to get a 100 percentile – you need to get 100% of the students to score less than you. And frankly speaking there is NO way, as a mortal human being, that you can control the performance of so many other test-takers. You can only control your own performance i.e. maximise your score and perform better than as many test-takers as possible in any given test. And on test day – if you happen to have performed better than all other students – you will be the 100 percentiler:-)

If you understand this basic logic, you will realise that you should not go after getting a specific percentile – you should just focus on maximising your scores. So, if you are scoring 100 in a SimCAT right now, think of how you could make it 110; if you are scoring 180 – think of how you could make it 200 and so on. Push your limits – and score as high as possible in any test you take. This approach will by itself take care of your percentile as percentile is just an outcome of your score.

Obviously, the level of difficulty of test will also influence how much you score in a test. But if your approach had been to maximise your score, believe it or not you would have maximised your percentile as well.

Is it true that you need to score a 99%ile in CAT to get into the IIMs?

Firstly, there are 20 IIMs now…so the answer to this question is a definite NO. I know of enough students with a moderate 10th/12th background but a sufficiently high CAT percentile getting IIM calls and then converting them. And conversely, I also know of students with either a good academic profile but a relatively low CAT percentile having made it to the IIMs. Obviously, with a poor academic background or a relatively low CAT percentile or both, one may have a lesser chance of making it to some of the IIMs but the probability is definitely not ZERO. So, go ahead and maximise your CAT score and thereby your CAT percentile and thereby your chances of making it to the IIMs irrespective of your background thus far.

What is a good percentile: The Math vs the Myth

Let us do a simple calculation for General Category students – we know that 50% of the seats are reserved for other categories. (A similar logic would also apply to all other categories).

With 2000 (General Category) seats in the IIMs and a little less than 2 L test takers, it is clear that more than 1% of the test-takers from General Category get into the IIMs. So, it may seem obvious that you need to have at least 99%ile as the overall cut-off(assuming the top 1 percentile has no students from other categories).

However, for 2000 seats, at least 10000 test-takers get calls (assuming a moderate 1:5 seat:call ratio). This brings down the percentile cut-off for just the General category further down to 95%.

Now, the IIMs need you to be equally competent across all 3 sections and not all 95+ percentilers would have scored equally well across the 3 sections – so to get the 10000 test-takers who have scored equally well across all the sections the overall cut-offs need to go below 95%ile as well – how much below could be anybody’s guess.

The IIMs are looking for gender and academic diversity – and both the gender as well as academic streams are not equally distributed in the total population (The higher percentilers tend to have a majority of engineer males;-)). So, to have gender and academic diversity the percentile cutoffs will further go down – at least for the non-engineering streams and the female engineers.

Learning: You do not need a 99%ile to get into the IIMs – the percentile required depends on your academic stream, your gender, your academic profile(10th/12th/Grad marks) and work experience. Non-engineers may have lower cut-offs than engineers, females may have lower cut-offs than males and working professionals may get in with lower scores compared to graduates. Each of the IIMs have their own selection criteria and every student has a decent chance of making to at least a few of the IIMs provided he does sufficiently well in the CAT – sufficient enough for his category, stream and profile.

I strongly recommend that at this stage, one must not think too much about the required percentile based on his/her background – just focus on maximising your scores in any given test on any given day. This approach will by itself take care of the percentile, as the percentile is only an outcome of the score.

To end this blog, let me share with you the least percentile at which a student secured at least 1 IIM call based on CAT 2015 scores. These are not an indication of the minimum percentile to get into the IIMs but definitely a reinforcement off the fact that students with lower percentiles do have a chance of securing IIM calls.


Disclaimer: The above data is purely based on CAT 2015 scores of past IMS students who secured calls from at least 1 IIM  and is only for representative purpose. These percentiles vary from year to year and readers should exercise discretion while interpreting the above data. 

May the percentiles be with you:-)


CAT 2016 Notification: The Highlights

Edited on 31st July 2016
The CAT 16 Notification has been released on Sunday, 31st July 2016. Watch out for the notification in all leading newspapers. The official CAT website is also updated with all the announcements and changes with regards to the conduct of the CAT 2016 exam this year. There was a CAT Notification 2lot of speculation in the social media about the changes that are expected in the CAT this year. And it proved to be just that – SPECULATION! The CAT, in fact, contrary to speculation will happen in December instead of November – giving you additional time to prepare. There are NO  changes in the CAT structure.   In this post, I have listed all the important points that you should make note of : to fine-tune your MBA application strategy, your CAT preparation strategy and your CAT test-taking strategy. For your reference I have mentioned the corresponding details of CAT 2015 for each of these parameters.

A] CAT Registration Details

CAT Notification 3

B] Test Structure and Pattern

CAT 2015 Notification CAT 2016 Notification
Number of Sections 3

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning;    Section III: Quantitative Ability

 No Change
Number of Questions per Section
  • VA-RC:34
  • DI-LR: 32
  • QA: 34
Not Stated
Test Duration 180 minutes  No Change
Sectional Time Limits 60 minutes per section: Cannot Switch from 1 section to another No Change
Question Types Introduction of TITA Question (‘Type in The Answer’ Questions without options) in addition to the regular MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) TITA Questions to continue
Penalty for Incorrect Response One Third for MCQs; ZERO for TITA Questions No Change
Penalty for Skipped Questions Zero No Change
Other Significant Changes On-screen Calculator introduced for the first time in the history of CAT On-Screen Calculator to continue

IMS will provide you with all the updates on CAT 2016 notification and other important announcements thereafter. For all the information about what changes are announced, important dates and events and more, log on to . Also, watch out this space for the next steps for all CAT aspirants.

How to analyse Mock CATs: Mock liya…ab karna kya?


Most CAT-aspirants would agree that taking Mock tests (SimCATs in IMS parlance) is a very crucial aspect of preparing for the CAT, however everyone has a different approach towards taking mock tests during their CAT preparation. While there is obviously a difference between the approach of successful candidates and those who do not perform well at the CAT, you would be surprised to find that even successful test-takers would have different stories to tell about their test-taking approach and strategy while preparing for the CAT. So, what is the winning strategy? How many mock tests should one ideally take before the CAT? What is the ideal frequency of taking the mocks? How should one analyse their mock test performance? I will try to answer these questions in this blogpost.

Mock tests: Is more the merrier?

I know of 100 percentilers who achieved the feat without taking more than 6 to 8 mock tests and also those who would attribute their success to religiously solving 30 to 40 mock tests before the CAT. At the same time, I know of candidates who could not do well in the CAT irrespective of whether they solved 100 tests or none. In short, the number of mock tests taken by the aspirants is not exactly correlated to the chances of their success in the CAT. So, how many mock tests should one take to ensure one cracks the CAT? To answer this question, let us first define the objective of taking SimCATs.

A simulated test helps a CAT-taker to get an understanding of the test structure, the test software format, the areas assessed and the question types. A proctored simulated test additionally gives the test-taker a first-hand experience of taking the test in closely simulated conditions. But you don’t really need more than 2 or 3 mock tests to achieve these objectives!  There are 2 other important reasons for taking a mock test:

  1. To gauge how far or close you are from your ultimate goal of cracking the CAT and getting an admission into one of the top Indian B-Schools.
  2. To identify your areas of strength and weaknesses so that you can accordingly plan and fine-tune your test-taking strategy as well as preparation strategy

A whole lot of students fail to perform well in the CAT despite taking a plethora of mock tests. These are mostly students who take a test, check their scores, are dejected or frustrated by what they achieve in a test, mull over the scores for some time and then proceed to take the next test. In the next test their scores go up or down based on the test content and structure – they score well if they have more questions from their areas of strength and lesser otherwise. They then wonder why their scores are not improving consistently, blame the difficulty level of the tests , curse their luck and worse still, conclude that CAT is no their cup of tea. What they do not realize is that it’s not sufficient to just keep taking tests – you also need to identify areas of improvement, work on them and progress systematically from test to test. Every mock test should therefore be taken only after you have put in sufficient efforts to improve and to thereby reflect your progress from the previous test. To summarise, it is better to take a fewer tests followed by a thorough analysis and corrective action for improvement rather than take plenty of them without any work in between.

How to analyse a test?

The analysis of a SimCAT or any mock test can be divided into 2 stages:

  1. Benchmark analysis
  2. Score Improvement Analysis

Let us understand each of these stages in a detailed manner:

  1. Benchmark analysis

Let us first define the measurement parameters that will be used to measure your distance from your goal of getting an admission to a top B-School:

To get an admission, you first need to get shortlisted for the second stage of the selection process, i.e WAT-GD-PI from these B-Schools. To get shortlisted, you need to achieve a certain percentile in the CAT – depending upon the college and also depending upon your profile. Most students therefore look at percentiles as the key indicator of their performance in a test and just get satisfied by looking at their sectional and overall percentiles after every test. But it is important to understand that the percentile is only a factor of the score that you achieve in the test and the score, in turn, is a factor of your attempts and accuracy at sectional and overall levels. So, to achieve your goal you need to simply work on meeting set attempts and accuracy targets – as this will, by itself, take care of what score and percentile you end up with. Your attempts and accuracy at an overall level, sectional level and further down at an area-wise or topic-wise level can therefore be used to measure your progress after every test.

So, for example, to achieve a 99+ percentile in the CAT you may look at attempting around 60% of the questions with an 80 to 85% accuracy. To achieve an 85 percentile, the targets will be around 40% attempts with an 80 to 85% accuracy. Once you set the targets, track your progress against these benchmarks after you have taken a mock test.

For areas where you achieve the set benchmarks aim to perform consistently in future tests as well. For areas where you are short, pick a couple of areas of improvement, work on them and aim to achieve the benchmark for those areas in the next test you take.

Each mock test that you take will provide you with a measurement of these parameters – and as you move from one mock to another you need to set targets at an overall, sectional and area-level and then strive to meet the same in a systematic manner. You may create a detailed excel sheet with your performance on the above measurement parameters and track your progress towards the set goals.

Mock test 1

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2.  Score Improvement Analysis

The objective of this analysis is to evaluate as to whether and how you could score higher in the test based on your current level of competency. For this, you need to first identify those questions that were attempted correctly by a majority of the top 10 percentilers in the test – these are the must-attempt questions or the potential score enhancers that you should have solved while taking the test in order to score higher. Classify the identified questions based on how many of these questions you got right, how many did you skip and how many did you go wrong. Now solve or re-solve each of these identified questions with an objective of finding:

  • Questions that you did not attempt
    • As you did not even get around to reading them
    • Due to lack of conceptual clarity
    • As you could not understand the question while taking the test
  • Questions that you got incorrect
    • Due to silly mistakes or carelessness
    • Due to incorrect understanding of the question
    • Due to conceptual gap
  • Questions that you got right,
    • But could have solved them faster?
    • But should have ideally avoided or kept for later?
    • By wild guessing (this is as good as not attempting the question!)

Once you have finished solving the above questions repeat the exercise for the other questions in the test. You may find that some of these questions would be in the “Well-left” category while a few others could have been solved if you had sufficient time while taking the test.  For every test that you take, you will now be able to classify the questions in the following grid:

Mock test 2

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As you progress from test to test, you will observe that you will get more and more questions under the must-attempt and potential score enhancers to be correctly solved by you while taking the test. A thorough question-wise analysis will ensure that you not only attempt similar questions when they appear in future mock tests or the CAT, but also bridge your knowledge and test-skills gap in a structured manner.

In conclusion..

Mock tests are an important tool that serve as a mirror to show you where you stand, where you need to be consistent and where you need to improve while preparing for the CAT. Just like looking at the mirror again and again without putting in sufficient effort between mirror visits to improve will not yield positive results, taking too many mock tests without through analysis and follow-up action would also be a useless exercise. Every mock test should be followed by directed efforts in improving in identified areas and the next mock test should be used to measure the progress in those areas.

The IMS SimCATs have begun – make most of them and I am sure SUCCESS will follow. To know more about the IMS SimCATs click here.

How to solve CAT questions in 60 seconds?

I generally get asked this question – “How do I solve a CAT question fast, really fast?”, and sometimes more specifically “How do I solve a CAT questions in 60 seconds or lesser?”

Solve Fast

Do you really need to solve every CAT question in 60 seconds? This is akin to asking how does India score a 250+ score in every T20 match that it plays. Just like the possibility of scoring 250+ depends upon the pitch/ground conditions, the quality of your batsmen, the quality of your opponents and also, luck to some extent – the minimum time to solve any CAT question depends upon the nature of the question, options therein, familiarity with the construct, ability to think/calculate/analyse fast and also luck to some extent. This minimum time may range from 15 seconds (for vocabulary-based questions, for example) to 3 minutes (for a really tough Quant question) – if a question takes more than 3 minutes you may consider to skip it or keep it for the end. So, the objective is to solve a question in the minimum possible time that it deserves and not a standard 60 s or 108s.

How to solve a question in the minimum possible time?

Before I answer this question, let me clear a few myths that cloud a CAT-taker’s mind while preparing for the CAT.

Myth 1: Master all Short-cuts & you will do well at the CAT. Do all questions have short-cuts? The answer is NO.  Short-cuts can be useful only for standard question formats. And the CAT is notorious for mostly having questions that do not resemble any standard format. Take any past CAT paper and you will find very few questions in each paper where questions are in a standard format and you can apply the corresponding short-cuts and save on some time. So, while knowing a few relevant short-cuts will always come handy and help you save time for a handful of questions – for most of the questions you do not have any standard short-cuts. In short, learn short-cuts but do not depend on them to do well in the CAT.

Myth 2: Learn Vedic Maths and you will crack the CAT Quant & DI sections. Will Vedic Maths solve all your Quant & DI related problems? The answer is NO again. While a few techniques of Vedic Maths may come handy for some of the calculations in Data Interpretation – investing too much time learning Vedic Maths in its entirety will not be a very fruitful exercise from  the perspective of CAT. However, you can do it for self-enhancement or if you have a genuine love for Mathematics;-).

Myth 3: Read very fast if you want to do well in the Reading Comprehension section.  True, but NOT WHOLLY. While it is important to read fast, it is equally or rather more important that you comprehend correctly. If you read so fast that you do not comprehend the passage effectively in your first attempt and need to go back to reading the passage again (and again) – you will only end up spending more time on reading the same. So, the mantra is to read with as much pace as it allows you to successfully comprehend what you are reading in the first read itself.

Having cleared these myths, let’s now have a look at what you should be typically doing to solve a CAT question in the minimum possible time:

  • you should be able to read and correctly understand the passage/set/questions asked – and as fast as possible. As I have already explained, effective reading is a pre-requisite not only for the Reading Comprehension Questions – but also for Quant, DI, LR and Verbal Ability Questions. For example, correctly understanding a 4-5 line Math question in the first read can help you save time while solving that particular question. Also, reading effectively “between the lines” will sometimes help you answer the question fast without having to really solve the question.
  • you should be familiar with the construct/concept/question type assessed. To develop familiarity with constructs, you need to have a sound conceptual clarity – you should know all the formulae, the rules, the exceptions, the standard approaches to solving standard question types/questions and the short-cuts or quicker approaches wherever (and if at all) applicable.. And, this should be backed with a whole lot of purposeful practice with CAT LEVEL questions.
  • you should be able to sieve/eliminate options – wherever possible. While solving questions, you need to keep an eye on options – learn to eliminate, know when to stop calculating, make intelligent guesses whenever required. So, for example, if you know that the answer has to be a multiple of 11 and there is only one option that satisfies this condition then there is no need to solve the question completely – mark the option accordingly and save time.
  • you should minimize use of pen & paper (and now the calculator) for basic calculations. To minimize use of pen and paper, practice basic mental calculations like adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, factorizing, finding HCF/LCM, squares & cubes, working with fractions etc. With the advent of the on-screen calculator, you may be tempted to use it for every calculation that comes your way – but remember that use of the calculator without discretion will only mean you take more time than if you were to do certain calculations mentally.
  • And most importantly, you should have 100% focus and concentration while solving the question. Learn to stay focused while solving a question – you should be mentally alert, not get distracted & keep calm in order to ensure that you do not waste time in re-reading the question, misinterpreting the question, making careless mistakes thereby needing to recalculate etc.

I am sure that if you work on each of the above aspects, you will be solving CAT questions as fast as you can – and maybe faster that most other CAT-takers.  Do not worry too much about learning short-cuts or mastering Vedic Maths. Focus on improving your conceptual clarity, practice with a whole lot of CAT-level questions and work on your test-taking skills – in short, use the C.A.T. Approach – and Speed will Follow🙂

Recommended Read: Once you have mastered the various Quant concepts, you may read the following blogs written by my colleague (and a 6-times CAT 100 percentiler) on how one could solve certain Quant questions really fast – if you can read between the lines, have a good hold over the concepts and know how to use the options to your advantage.

The C.A.T. will now bell the CAT!!

CAT 2016

Every year hundreds of thousands of students prepare for the CAT. Every year only a few thousands of students make it to the IIMs and other top B-Schools in India. So, what is
it that separates these few achievers from the rest – is it just a matter of luck, is it all about hard work or is it something else?

CAT 2016

Over the years, IMS has trained lakhs of MBA aspirants and believe it or not, hard work alone doesn’t guarantee you good performance in the CAT. In fact, what differentiates the successful MBA Aspirants from the rest is their holistic approach to CAT preparation. Students who eventually crack the CAT are conceptually sound(naturally or otherwise), adept at applying concepts across different questions/question types and know how to maximize their scores in test conditions. These students would have worked systematically on all or some of these aspects during their CAT preparation based on their own needs and therefore end up with a high CAT score. We strongly believe that any student who follows a similar structured approach is more likely to succeed at the CAT than someone who has simply focused on learning concepts or on taking test after test while preparing. So, let us outline and understand the structured approach that one may adapt whilst preparing for the CAT.

The Beginner’s approach

Every year I meet hundreds of students who keep delving through their concept books (BRMs in IMS parlance) right through their preparation – even with a month or a week to go for the CAT. Their usual refrain is “I can solve questions given in BRMs, but when it comes to SimCATs (mock tests), I am simply not able to solve enough questions!”. Basically these students are only focusing on one dimension of the CAT prep – and that is building conceptual clarity. While having conceptual clarity is necessary to ace the CAT, it is unfortunately not sufficient. So all the hard work put in to build the conceptual foundation takes them upto a 75 to 80 percentile at max, but rarely do any of these students ever end up acing the CAT.

The fasTest-to-CAT approach

And then there are those students who keep taking a whole lot of mock tests, (sometimes from a whole lot of test prep players) – believing that more the tests they take, the better they will score in the CAT. They score relatively well in some of the tests, score pathetically in some others. What they don’t realize is that the score fluctuations are more so because of their knowledge gaps – they score higher when the test has a favourable mix of questions from their areas of strength. And when they score lower, it is probably because the test had more questions from their areas of weakness. A lot of these students placate themselves by calling the former ones as being closer to CAT and the latter ones too tough. They do not identify or work on bridging the knowledge gaps, and as a result they never reach the desired levels of performance on a consistent basis. And when they eventually take the CAT, they realize how far they were from the real CAT!

So what is amiss in the above prep strategies?

The missing piece, in our opinion, is [A] their confidence to take on “CAT-level” questions and [B] their confidence to take on the CAT.

Confidence to take on “CAT-level” questions

Students following the Beginner’s Approach generally know how to find an HCF or LCM but they falter when it comes to applying these concepts in unfamiliar situations. The lack of ability to comprehend the question and identify which concepts to apply proves to be the undoing for most of these students. So, how do you bridge this gap? Practice makes a man perfect – and in the case of CAT prep, Practice makes the student “Confident”. CAT 2016One needs to solve sufficient number of CAT-level questions across areas assessed therein – every question should be treated as a test with the same constraints as one would face while taking the CAT. If students practice with a sufficient number of questions in each subject area, they not only get familiar with the usual question patterns/types but also get prepared to take on unfamiliar constructs as they often appear in the CAT. Students who do this part effectively reach a 90 to 95 percentile (and sometimes even more).

Repeat CAT-takers often spend their second attempt practicing with a whole lot of questions (as they have already done their concept learning during their first attempt) – and it is this practice that enables them to score comparatively higher in their second attempt.

Confidence to take on “CAT”

While every aspirant takes mock tests as a part of their prep strategy – only those who analyse their performance in each of these tests and thereafter identify and bridge their skill gaps are the ones who maximize their scoring potential in the CAT. To breach the 99 percentile barrier, it is not just sufficient to know how to solve questions – one should also be able to manage time, identify which questions to solve & more importantly which ones to skip, use options to solve questions faster & maintain a calm and composed mindset through the test.
confidence - CATInstead of taking tests after test expecting scores to improve all by themselves, one should focus on taking an optimum number of mock tests followed by a rigorous feedback and analysis of each test performance. This approach will help build the necessary skill-set to push the score from a 90-95%ile range to a 99+%ile bracket.

Students who do not have a strong conceptual base or haven’t done the requisite practice with CAT-level questions do not have enough questions to choose from while taking the test and therefore find it difficult to gain from the usual suggested test-taking strategies. 

The IMS C.A.T. Approach …

We recommend students to prepare for the CAT in 3 distinct phases as given below:

Build Concepts   ->  Practice Application of concepts   -> Fine-tune Test-taking Skills

 The IMS C.A.T Approach ensures that you have a holistic preparation for the CAT. The online and offline study material is structured accordingly so that you achieve each of the above 3 objectives in a systematic and structured manner.

C.A.T. Approach

The C Module comprises the Basic Reference Material, Classroom Sheets and Online Concept Builder with ~5000 questions that enable you to strengthen your fundamentals across the areas of Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Learn and assimilate the various concepts, formulae and theory across subject areas with the help of solved examples and concept builder questions that are classified on the basis of their difficulty levels.

The A Module comprises ~3000 questions at a CAT-level – each of the questions are based on questions that have appeared in the CAT before and therefore give you the confidence to take on any type of question in the CAT. Each of these questions/question sets can be taken as a timed test – with comparative analytics on your performance. The questions are a combination of the familiar constructs that you have seen in previous CATs and SimCATs and unfamiliar constructs that you may have never seen before. The more of these questions you practice with, the more you get familiar with the usual question types asked and more you get confident to solve question types you have never encountered before.

The T Module is armed with ~5000 questions across 15 Proctored SimCATs, 25 Take-home SimCATs and 30 Section-tests. Each of these tests will be administered using a test software that closely resembles the actual CAT – so that you feel you are taking the CAT before the CAT. Each of the tests is enabled by a detailed test analytics report that will not only help you identify your knowledge and skill gaps, but also give you pointers on how to improve your performance in the future.

To summarise..

The CAT is a test which sends shivers down the spines of the student community, for the following obvious reasons – the most widely accepted aptitude test for admission to top B-schools in the country, the magnitude of competition, the enormity of the stakes involved and the multiplicity of pressures to handle. All this requires a “well chalked out and meticulously executed strategy”. In fact, the right approach to prepare is what differentiates a CAT cracker from a CAT victim. You need to phase out your preparation, identify the effort required in each phase and customize your approach accordingly – an approach which IMS has labelled as “the C.A.T approach”. So just like the age-old adage “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, your prep plan henceforth would be –  the C.A.T for the CAT!

XLRI Jamshedpur: the ‘X’-factor of Indian B-Schools


One of the popular perceptions in the B-School aspirant community is that XLRI is the best B-School in the country if one wishes to pursue a career in Human Resource Management – but the truth is that XLRI is one of the best B-Schools irrespective of which specialisation you wish to pursue. In this post, I have put together some information about the Xavier School of Management – popularly known as XLRI Jamshedpur – and clear any cobwebs you may have in your mind with regards to joining this B-School.

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Xavier School of Management, a premier private management institute, was founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the ‘steel city’ of Jamshedpur. Over the last six decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. The institute  has consistently been ranked amongst the Top 5 B-Schools alongside IIM A, IIM B and IIM C.

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The A, B, C of Indian B-Schools: IIM A vs IIM B vs IIM C


IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta are undoubtedly the Top 3 institutes for management education in India. But which of these is the better one among the others? What does one do when he/she has to choose from 2 or 3 of these B-Schools? The final results for IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta are already out; while some students are damn sure about which B-School they want to join, others have started enquiring about which B-School to choose among the three. In this blog, I have compared the 3 biggies as objectively as possible and hopefully this should help you to choose the best fit B-School for you.

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IIM Kozhikode vs IIM Indore

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It’s that time of the year when the final results will be out, and there will be the fortunate few who will face the quandary of “which B-School to join” – thanks to securing multiple ADMITs. The answer to this question is generally easy when there is a perceivable difference in the rating of the institutes involved – but when the colleges are too close to each other in terms of perception as well, the decision making becomes a tad bit confusing. The choice between IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode is one such quandary that students have faced over the years. In this post I will attempt to answer the question, “Should I join IIM Indore or IIM Kozhikode”.

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CET results out! What next?

CET results

The CET results are out…and earlier than expected!! The DTE authorities released the CET results on 23rd March – 6 days ahead of the scheduled release on 29th March. Aspirants who scored well must have had a happier Holi this year:-)

Now, that the results are out, one of the most asked questions has been “I have got XX percentile, which B-School can I expect to get into?”. The answer to this question depends on Category (Open/OBC/SC/ST/NT/VJ), and Candidature Type (Home University-HU/Other than Home University-OHU/Outside Maharashtra State-OMS). IMS has put up a detailed list of B-Schools that accept CET scores along with their cut-offs in 2014-15 ( note that JBIMS was not a part of the CAP round process in 2015-16 and so last year’s data may not be indicative for the current year’s admission process). A snapshot of the same is given below: Continue reading

STEM OPT rules revised – international students will have more time to find jobs in the US!


A blog by Ms. Vaishali Madhavan, Head-Admission Consulting (IMS)

The revision in STEM OPT rules and what this means for you !

stemIf you are considering a Master’s degree in  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in the USA, there’s great news for you.

  • F-1 visa students who are currently enrolled/will enroll in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields of study from accredited educational institutions in the United States will be allowed, beginning from May 10, 2016, to work for as long as three years under the Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • This means that all appropriately qualified STEM graduates can stay and work in the US for up to three years, as the extension rule is on top of the standard OPT rule of 12 months that many international graduates can benefit from.
  • The Department of Homeland Security released its final rule in this matter, which will be published in the Federal Register Friday, March 11. The rule goes into effect on May 10, 2016, which means that all students who are either under OPT till that date, or who qualify for OPT by then, will be able to work further, for a period totaling 36 months.
  • STEM students who are availing their extension of 17 months under OPT – after their initial OPT of 12 months got over – and will be done with that on May 10, 2016, or later, will be able to file to extend their OPT by further seven months.

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