Indian B-Schools tightening their admission system

B-Schools tightening admission system
B-schools in India have come across a decision to hold admission process very strictly. They have tightened their admission system and ensured to double check the student's identity.


The initiative was raised after the two recent scandals involving fraudulent acts in scores of the Common Admission Test (CAT) process, of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).

NMIMS plans to ask students to upload their photographs while registering for the entrance test, besides looking at technological upgrades and biometric identification that could make the system stronger.

Birla Institute of Management Technology (BITS) has planned to revisit their admission system. They just need to keep a check on the system, as they already have a system of matching photographs on forms, that of students to capture fraudulent acts. Moreover, it has decided to cancel admissions of those students, who fail to submit their documents in time.

Other top B-schools have also ensured to come up with strict rules and regulations during the admission process. In IIFT-New Delhi, three agencies are involved in the admission process namely, the centre head, an external agency and faculty members.

Though IIFT does not have any online test, a written exam is conducted followed by essay writing, group interviews and personal interviews.

TAPMI accepts CAT scores, but asks students to compulsorily bring their original score cards/ marks cards.

XLRI follows a policy of strict internal control. All critical processes attached to the XAT examination are not outsourced. These examinations have a lot of logistical issues, and processes are under check.

At XIM Bhubaneswar, which accepts both CAT and XAT scores, the admissions team does a thorough check of all candidates.

ISB Hyderabad is confident about its system. It accepts GMAT scores to admit students. It is very well protected. Students need to carry their passports at the time of the test.

Here are some quick highlights of the CAT results Scam:

The third-party host has been identified as the most vulnerable point in the system - non-IIMs used CAT 2012 scores published online by Web Weavers, a Lucknow-based web management company.

A company employee and three CAT examinees are key suspects in the tampering of results.

The IIMs recently reported 80 students' CAT scores being inflated for admission in top colleges.

The case came close on the heels of the NMIMS admission fraud last month, where 87 candidates forged identities for places on the final list for admission to various management programmes offered by the Mumbai-based institute.

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