25 October, 2020

Exclusivity Kills The CAT

Sandipan Deb advocates throwing open IIMs' gates to more students

Exclusivity Kills The CAT
One out of every 680 men and women who sat for the Common Admission Test managed to squeeze into IIM Calcutta this year. The average figure for the four IIMs that participated in the Outlook survey was one out of 402. That is one number that has "world record" written all over it. And it’s utterly mad.

It means only 0.25 per cent of all those who applied got into an IIM. It means that you can do better in the entrance test than 99.5 per cent of all the people who sat for it, and still not get an admission into India’s top B-schools. It means that just one mark more or less can send you up or down hundreds of ranks and change your life. So aspirants today spend thousands of rupees—possibly even more—on coaching classes, and cram for the test for up to two years, to the exclusion of everything else. I have met people who gave up Infosys jobs with US postings to spend a year at home studying for CAT. The consequence of all this is the competence to crack a particular type of exam, at the expense of general awareness and life skills. This is a common complaint I have...



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