Getting into IIM is not easy. The process is lengthy and requires passing CAT with almost 99 percentile. IIM is known for MBA and PGDM programs and their rigorous admission process due to the limited seats. Admission into IIM requires passing a bachelors degree with a good percentage, qualifying CAT, and going through the Writing Ability Test, Personal Interview, and Group Discussion. Thus, the process ensures that only the best of the best candidates can get into IIM. But, what if I tell you that you can get into IIM after the 12th. Yes! After 12th. To find out how to get into IIM after the 12th read this blog till the end.
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IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak have a five-year integrated program that offers a BBA and an MBA. Further, for admission into this program, you don’t need a CAT or work experience or a prior bachelor’s degree. Moreover, this program is accredited by the Association of MBAs London. However, the admission to IIM after 12th is through a less popular common entrance called the Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT).
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About the five years Integrated program (BBA and MBA) at IIM
IIM Indore course
The program is not divided into 6 month semester rather each year is divided into three terms of three months each. Hence, the program consists of 15 terms over the duration of 5 years. Additionally, the course mainly focuses on the following subjects:
- Political science
- Languages (one Indian and one foreign language)
- Biological science
- Decision science
- Operations and service management
- Organisational behavior
- Information technology
- Legal aspects of business
- Business strategy
- International business
Also, it provides internships for exposure to the industry. Further, it focuses on improving soft skills like personality development, teamwork, oral and written communication, leadership development, etc.
IIM Rohtak course
The course at IIM Rohtak is called the five-year Integrated Program in Management (IPM). Similarly, the IPM course consists of 15 terms. The program is three-plus four-mode, in which the first three years consists of nine semesters and the next two years follow the PGP syllabus.
Comparatively, IPMAT is easier to solve and less popular than CAT. Hence, you can easily score a better percentile than CAT.
Eligibility for admission into IIM after 12th
The following criteria of eligibility need to be fulfilled for admission into IIM after the 12th:
- Age: The maximum age for appearing in the IPMAT exam is 20 years. Thus, as of 2020, the candidate should be born on or after Jan 2001. Also, a five-year relaxation is given for the SC/ST/PwD category that is born on or after Jan 1996.
- Qualification of the student should be 10+2 with 60% aggregate. The year of passing 12th should be 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021. However, a 5% relaxation of the score is given for candidates from SC/ST/PwD category.
The number of seats available for the IPM in IIM Rohtak and IIM Indore is 150 each. After completion of the program, the degree awarded is the Bachelor of Arts in Foundations of Management and An MBA from IIM Indore whereas IIM Rohtak awards the BBA (if the candidate wishes to leave after 3 years) and MBA degree.
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IPMAT for admission into IIM after 12th
The applications for the IPMAT being in the month of Feb. Usually, the last date to register is April end or May. The mode of the test for both IIMs is online. However, the registration fee for the tests is different. It is INR 4100 for the general category and INR 2065 for SC, ST, and PwD in IIM Indore while for IIM Rohtak it is INR 3890 for all.
IPMAT is a 2-hour exam that is conducted in the month of July for IIM Indore while May for IIM Rohtak. It is divided into three sections that are qualitative ability, quantitative ability, and verbal ability. The IIM Rohtak paper pattern consists of only MCQs while that of IIM Indore has MCQs as well as short answers. Further, the time limit is set for each section as 40 minutes. Lastly, the total number of questions is 100 for IIM Indore IPMAT and 120 for IIM Rohtak IPMAT.
The selection process for admission into IIM after 12th
The first step is to attempt IPMAT. The next step is to attempt the Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview. Lastly, the shortlisting is done on the basis of the performance in the Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview and the score in IPMAT.
Additionally, the calculation of the computational score occurs in the following manner. The IPMAT score holds a weightage of 50, the personal interview- 35, and the writing ability test holds a weightage of 35.
In conclusion, the competition in IPMAT is very less when compared to CAT, and thus it provides an easy way to enter into the IIM’s. Further, the IIM degree is unmatched and holds incredible value as compared to other MBA. Also, the chances of getting a better placement in IIM are high. Hence, if you plan to get into IIM then go for it before it’s too late. Don’t test your luck with CAT and waste your years. All the best!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Is a 12th grade necessary for IIM?
Ans. If you want to enrol into IIM-A, you must have 70-80 percent in your 10th and 12th grades. A minimum of 55% is required to enrol in an MBA program, with the remaining percentage determined by your CAT exam. A minimum of 55% is required to enrol in an MBA program, with the remainder determined by your CAT score.
Q2. Can I enroll for free at IIM?
Ans. Neither of the leading IIMs will reduce the MBA application cost. Other business schools may offer financial assistance if you are in desperate need, or they may make plans for you to ‘work when you study.’
Q3. How to get into IIM without taking the CAT?
Ans. The GMAT is required for entry into an IIM without applying for CAT. To be able to enroll to IIMs, the candidate must take the GMAT test and achieve the qualifying percentile. It is critical for pupils to meet both the sector-based and aggregate GMAT cut off scores.
Q4. What is the admission exam for IIM?
Ans. The CAT (Common Admission Test) test is required for MBA entrance examination in all the IIMs in 2023.
Q5. Is the IIM CAT difficult?
Ans. The competitive pressure for the CAT test is slightly higher than other MBA examinations, as around 2 lakh (roughly) applicants take this exam each year.