3,500 students clear CAT

IIMs to start group discussions, interviews by next month

NEW DELHI: The country’s prestigious business schools, the Indian Institutes of Management, on Tuesday declared the results of the written examinations of the Common Admission Test, with close to 3,500 students getting through.

The results were declared on the CAT website as well as through other platforms like mobile phones.

The six IIMs are likely to start the next round of selection - group discussions and personal interviews - by next month.

“Results of all the candidates are available on the website. We have made the list of students to be invited for group discussion and personal interviews,” IIM Lucknow Director Prof. Devi Singh said.

Over 2.3 lakh students are estimated to have appeared at the written test on November 19, out of which barely about 1.5 per cent have managed to move to the next level. However, the student intake would be more this year with a seventh IIM – at Shillong — starting to function from the coming academic session.

“The selected candidates, estimated at about 3,500, would start getting calls for interviews and group discussions by February.

“A few of them may get multiple offers from various IIMs,” said IIM-Calcutta admission chairman Ashish Bhattacharya. — PTI

Engineering student tops

Delhi reporter adds: The results of the Common Admission Test for which about 2.3 lakh B-school aspirants appeared on November 18 were announced on Tuesday. There were 35,000 aspirants from Delhi.

With 99.87 percentile, Nitin Jacob emerged as one of the top scorers from the Capital. A final-year student of Delhi College of Engineering, Nitin, who hails from Kerala, has got a call from all the Indian Institutes of Management except the one in Bangalore.

“I was confident that I would get a good score. CAT is not really preparation-intensive and all depends on the amount of practise you put in. Though group discussions and interviews are yet to take place, my preference would be the IIM at Ahmedabad or Kolkata. Most engineers prefer the latter,” said the Delhi-based youngster.

“I joined a coaching institute last December that gave me a direction to go ahead. I was a little unsure in the verbal ability section, but I had done well in data interpretation and quantitative ability,” said Nitin

Till late in the evening, students were busy finding out their results on the websites of different IIMs, whose servers had slowed down due to heavy traffic.