How To Crack Admission In IIMs

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

As centres of excellence, the seven IIMs of India are nothing less than the best, even by global standards. With a very high average salary of the graduates of this place, more and more people are attracted to this place. This makes the place not just highly coveted but also one of the most difficult places to get into.

This is all true because of the fact that management is a confluence of science, commerce and humanities, and the creamy layers from each of these backgrounds want to pursue a postgraduate degree in management.


Now, knowing the limited number of seats that are available for the huge number of applicants, it is evident that the difficulty level of the exam will not be low. Thus, if you want to make it to one of the IIMs, you will have to burn some midnight oil.

However, it is important to realise that only hard work will not get you there; there is a lot of careful planning that will be required for you to bag a seat at one of these coveted institutions. Here is a list of seven tips, which will enable you to reach places.


The largest competitive exam in the country, the Common Aptitude Test, has three sections; they are verbal ability, logical reasoning and quantitative ability. Since the cut-off is sectional in nature, it is important to do well in each of the three sections individually. You cannot perform well in two sections and expect that to make up for your lack of knowledge about the other.


Read a lot of books and magazines. Try to bring in as much variety to your reading as you possibly can. The more you read, the more fluent you will become. By increasing your vocabulary, you will make sure that you do not fumble when you come across a new word in a reading compression passage. This will not just increase your confidence, but will also improve your CAT score considerably.

Formula Book

Formula Book

Make it a habit to maintain a personal formula book to aid in your preparation for the quantitative ability section of CAT. This trick is very important as it is seen that handwritten notes work the best for last minute revision. Other than this, make it a habit to practise a number of mock tests before you appear for your actual CAT exam. This will ensure that your speed in solving the problems is up to the mark. In the quantitative ability section of CAT, speed is the key to success.

Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning

This is perhaps the easiest section of CAT and that is why it is important to ensure that you do not lose out on any marks in this section. In this section make sure you do not assume any information and draw precise and clear arrangement tables. All this will help avoid confusion and you will get that coveted seat in an IIM.


In this Written Ability Test, candidates are tested on their writing skills. Gradually, the group discussion round is being replaced by the WAT round. Good sentence formation and impeccable grammar establish a firm command over the language and are essential in cracking the exam.

Stay True To Your Views

In life we are often in a dilemma about what we think about a particular subject. Sometimes we know what we think about something but we do not feel confident expressing the same in front of others, as we are unsure if our views align with theirs. In such a scenario, we either choose not to speak or we say things that we do not really believe. This should not happen in the group discussion round in the IIM admission process. Candidates who are seen to be true to their word are the ones who have an edge.

Interview Process

This is the last step, but must be taken very seriously when one is considering getting into an IIM. Although this does not require any specific preparation, the only way to crack this would be by having your fundamental concepts sorted and by having firm personal values. Once you have cleared this round, there is nothing that can stop you from getting that much sought-after seat.

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