IIM Admissions 2014: Group Discussion loses popularity

Now that the CAT 2013 results have been announced, its time for the next step in the admission process. For those aspiring for a place in the country’s premier Business Schools – the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) the next step towards admission will likely consist of a Written aptitude test; not a Group Discussion.

Among the total 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in India, 11 IIMs have removed the Group Discussion segment of their selection procedure for management admissions from the 2014-2016 batch. Earlier admission was based on CAT/GMAT scores, individual institute Written Aptitude Tests, Group Discussion and Personal Interviews. Only IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode will retain Group Discussion as a part of the selection procedure. The remaining IIMs will base selection on Written Aptitude Test and Personal Interview in addition to CAT/GMAT scores. All the IIMs will however take into consideration work experience and past academic records.

The Group Discussion has been used as a means to test the communication ability, analytical skills and logical thinking of aspirants. Yet often it happens that only a few candidates are able to express themselves and more aggressive candidates dominate the discussion. Many times aspirants with strong managerial aptitude simply do not get chances to speak. This procedure makes it difficult for both the participants and the moderator.

The Written Aptitude Test in comparison to Group Discussion has multi-fold benefits. A candidate can express his/her thoughts clearly and in an organized manner. Through the WAT an aspirant can showcase his/her clarity of expression, analytical ability and structured thinking.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013, convened by IIM Indore was held from 16th October 2013 to 11th November 2013 and attempted by around 1.94 candidates. A total of 3,335 seats are available at the 13 IIMs.

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By Mohammed Hakkim

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