For the admissions 2011 the new IIMs – IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur and IIM Tiruchirapalli had held successfully the Common Admissions Process (CAP). To carry on the success story all the six new IIMs have announced the CAP for admissions 2012. While the 2011 process was coordinated by IIM Rohtak, the 2012 process will be coordinated by IIM Ranchi under the guidance of Dr. MJ Xavier, Director of the B school.
The six new IIMs which are going to participate in the CAP 2012 are IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur, IIM Trichy, IIM Kashipur and IIM Udaipur. The process will be hosted in five cities in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.
MBAUniverse.com recently spoke to Dr. M J Xavier, Director, IIM Ranchi to know more about CAP 2012 of new IIMs. Dr. Xavier shared his thoughts on the process, which will be undergoing certain changes this time.
Read the excerpts from the interview:
Q: When is the Common Admission Process likely to be held?
A: The process will start from mid February 2011. The CAT 2011 results will be declared on January 11, after which we will have to wait for a while in order to receive the lists of shortlisted candidates from the old IIMs and work on the logistics.
Q: What are your thoughts on the Common Admission Process for the year 2012?
A: Starting with four new IIMs in 2011, we will conduct the process with six new IIMs in 2012. There has been an improvement in the process, as some of the older IIMs have agreed to share their list of short listed candidates with us. These students need not appear for the Common Admission Process.
This is a positive step as it saves us from duplication and also the candidates from undergoing the process in numerous centers for different IIMs. This will make the process compact and we will be able to complete it in about 15 days.
The ministry was very excited about the process and requested to older IIMs to participate in the process.
Q: Which are the old IIMs who have agreed to participate in the process?
A:IIM Calcutta and IIM Lucknow have already agreed to share their scores with us. The other old IIMs have agreed in principle, but we are yet to receive the formal acceptance from them. IIM Ahmedabad may not participate. We may or may not receive the list from all old IIMs as if we get the list from IIM Calcutta, Lucknow and Indore, more or less, the number will be covered.
Q: What led you to introduce the Written Analysis process instead of the Group Discussion round in the Common Admission Process?
A: We have observed that in a GD, most of the time it is ‘might is right’. In such a scenario, a good candidate often gets overshadowed by someone who has more attention grabbing capability, rather than actual knowledge. Hence, we have decided to fall in lines with the older IIMs who conduct essay writings instead of GD. We believe that this is a better way to judge the candidate quality.
Q: How different will be the topics of the Written Analysis compared to GD?
A: The topics of Written Analysis will be similar to GD topics. It can be on Sustainability in Management Education, Nuclear Holocaust, Indian and world economy, social topics or anything under the sun.
Q: What will be the process for evaluation of the essays written by candidates?
A: The evaluation of the Written Analysis will be done by a 3rd party. They will analyze how logically they have interpreted and presented their thoughts on the given topic. The older IIMs, who conduct the process for selecting the candidates have already experienced it.
Q: So you believe that the Written Analysis Process is a better way than GD to select the right candidates?
A: We believe that Written Analysis is a much better process than GD when it comes to select the right candidates. We generally make two kinds of errors, to choose the wrong candidate and eliminating the right candidate. This process minimizes the chances of such errors.
An ultimate foolproof plan would be to host a psychometric test, observing their behavior for about a week or 10 days to know whether we are selecting the right candidate or not. But since in a country like India we have a huge number of candidates and equally lesser time, CAT scores, past academic scores and work experience is good enough.