The #CAT results came out today.

1000s of MBA aspirants now have a foot in the door to the top BSchools in India.

But the process is not over yet!!!

Despite good scores and multiple calls from all the older IIMs, it took me 6
attempts to finally convert.

The maximum competition is for GEM candidates with 2 to 3 years in IT services.
General awareness about their client + company can set them apart from their

Not every 100 percentiler gets into IIMA. Clearing an interview is not certain,
even for top rankers, if they don't seem to bring value to the class.

Prior work exp is critical to get max value from the program. It's difficult to
assimilate management theory without practical experience. Recruiters have also
started shortlisting candidates based on this.

Gender diversity is getting better - 2 batches at IIMK had more women than men,
as have the 2021 batch of IIM Rohtak and IIM Sambhalpur.

The worrying aspect is the percentage of engineers in a class - sometimes as
high as 90%.

Engineers have been taking mock tests since they were teenagers, hence find it
easy to crack a test loaded with maths, data interpretation and logical

What can these institutes do to level the playing field for the non engineers,
and have a more balanced class composition?

Posted by Rohit Thomas Koshy on LinkedIn