IIM Kozhikode’s 2021 selection policy for admission to the PGP batch of 2022-2024 has now been released. Here is a deep dive into IIM Kozhikode’s 2021 admission policy. In this article we will discuss all you need to know about IIM Kozhikode’s 2021 MBA selection criteria.
Stage 1 – Not a call!
|Category||CAT Percentile||Sectional Percentile||SSC/Class X Percentage||HSC/Class XII Percentage|
For all of you who have not done so well in 10th and 12th here’s a good news. For example, if you have 61% in class 10th and 62% in class 12th here’s the good news for you. You can hope to get a call from IIM Kozhikode, if other things go into your way.
What are these other things then?
You have to qualify the sectional cutoff, which is 75 and the overall cutoff which is 85.
If you are meeting these minimum eligibility criteria, then you are considered into the candidate’s pool.
Stage 2 – Shortlisting for personal interview
|CAT 2021 Index score||45%|
|Class X Percentage score||25%|
|Class XII Percentage score||15%|
|Gender/academic diversity score||10%|
|Work experience score||5%|
Let’s try to understand what these parameters exactly mean for you?
1) CAT index score
Scaled scores from the three sections (with equal weightages) of CAT 2020 will be considered for the computation of the CAT Index Score. The CAT Index Score will carry a weight of 45%.
Let take an easy example to understand this.
IIM Kozhikode has assigned equal weightages to all the three sections. It means each section has 1/3rd weightage. So for example if your scaled score in VARC is 30, in DILR is 45, and in Quant is 36. Then your CAT index score might work out to be (1/3*30 + 1/3*45 + 1/3*36) = (10 + 15 + 12) = 37. So 37 is going to be your CAT index score for which IIM Kozhikode has assigned 45 points out of 100.
2) Class X percentage score
The percentage of marks obtained in SSC/Class X/Equivalent would be calculated based on the
aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks sheet or grade sheet, irrespective of
whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage.
The SSC/Class X/Equivalent percentage scores are first adjusted by dividing each score by the highest percentage score obtained in the Board and then that adjusted score is multiplied by 25.
The database of SSC/Class X/Equivalent percentage scores of all CAT applicants for the past three years including the current year is used for identifying the highest percentage score of a Board.
Students go gaga about this thing. But here’s a good news for you. IIM Kozhikode takes care of this issue.
Wait, but how?
So, IIM Kozhikode is going to look at your board. For example if you’re a student from West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, and you got 76% marks in 10th standard. So IIM Kozhikode will look into the marks obtained by all West Bengal board candidates in the application pool for last three years, including the current year. Then they will create a separate pool of candidates for West Bengal board student, and from that pool they will sort what is the highest percentage obtained by a student in that pool. Let’s say the highest percentage obtained by a candidate in West Bengal board is 80%. Then in that case your adjusted score will be calculated as 76/80 = 0.95. And then they will multiply your adjusted score by 25. So, if you have this particular scenario for example then your class X percentage score will be (0.95*25)=23.75
3) Class XII percentage score
The percentage of marks obtained in HSC/Class XII/Equivalent/Diploma would be calculated based on the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the marks sheet or grade sheet, irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage.
The HSC/Class XII/Equivalent/Diploma percentage scores are first adjusted by dividing each score by the highest percentage score obtained in the stream of that Board and then that adjusted score is multiplied by 15.
The database of HSC/Class XII/Equivalent/Diploma percentage scores of all CAT applicants for the past three years including the current year is used for identifying the highest percentage score of a stream in a Board.
As you can see, for class XII they do the same thing to resolve this issue, because they are aware of the relative difficulty level across different boards. Here the only difference is, after calculating your adjusted score instead of multiplying it by 25 they multiply it by 15.
4) Gender/Academic diversity score
Marks are awarded for gender/academic diversity. Only female candidates are eligible for a gender diversity score. A candidate with (or pursuing) a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a discipline other than engineering/technology will be eligible for the academic diversity score. A candidate is entitled only to an applicable diversity score of 10, from either gender diversity or academic diversity and not both.
- From this it is very clear that only female candidate will get the gender diversity score.
- Also, if you’re someone from a non-engineering background you’ll get a academic diversity score of 10.
But you should not be worried about this thing if you’re an engineer. Because your final score will be calculated on a formula which will look something like this – 0.45*(CAT Index score) + 0.25*(Class 10th percentage score) + 0.15(Class 12th percentage score) + 0.10(Gender academic diversity course) + 0.05(Work experience)
So if you’re an engineer who is thinking you’re being discriminated, then kindly have a closer look at the formulae. Even if you don’t get any gender/academic diversity point then in that case you are lagging behind by only 1 marks. So, instead of worrying about these things which are beyond your control, start putting effort into your CAT preparation which is in your hands.
5) Work experience score
Previous work/professional experience will carry a weight of up to 5%, depending on the length of service as on December 31, 2021.
Only fulltime remunerative work experience after graduation will be considered. Part -time/Project/Internship/Article-ship/Pre-Graduation work experience will not be counted as work experience. A candidate with a work experience of 6 months or above will be eligible for work experience score.
Stage 3 – The Final Shortlist
|CAT 2021 index score||44%|
So, finally if you look at the weights assigned to different components for final shortlisting of the candidates, there your academics doesn’t even come into the picture!
A final note!
IIM Kozhikode has assigned 45% weightage to your CAT score. So, 45% of the total weight of PI shortlist is in your hands. If you reach at the interview stage then your academics is out of the game. So those of you who have some skeletons in your closet IIM Kozhikode is the place to be. So throw everything into the preparation of CAT, and give your best.
Best wishes for CAT!!
Abhishek Mukherjee works for 2IIM. Apart from solving interesting math questions he likes to eat biriyani and watch movies.