“CAT Score is not
the only indicator for managerial potential; there
are many aspects of management aptitude that are
not adequately captured by CAT.”– Dr. Jitendra K.
Das, Director - FORE School of Management, Delhi.
While the admission
process begins in most of the B-Schools and students gear up to face the
Group Discussions/Personal Interview sessions, selection of the ‘best’
from the lot becomes a challenging task for faculties across the premier
B-Schools. With CAT score being apparently the primary benchmarkfor
selection debate gaining momentum into the challenges faced by the
selection committeesand issues like diversity vs merit vs gender.
Different B-Schools have different policies laid down for their selection
committees. Many IIMs are in the process of replacing the group discussion
(GD) with written test with an objective to provide equal opportunity to
everyone to showcase their communication skills. In addition to the
complications of normalization, sensitive issues like balancing the gender
equationand bringingin diversity in the campus are fresh challenges the
selection committee has to now encounter. This essentially means inviting
& encouraging students to opt for MBA from non-engineering backgrounds and
to offer bonus points to a female applicant.
“We believe that the CAT score is not the only indicator of managerial
potential. There are many aspects of management aptitude that are not
adequately captured by CAT; and it is not uncommon to find candidates
having a low CAT score despite having exceptionally bright managerial
potential”, says Dr.Jitendra K Das, Director FORE.
The weightage given to CAT score is only 40% while rest of the 60%
weightage is distributed in communication skills (GD : 15%); Personal
attributes (Interview PI: 20%); academics : 15% and work experience :10 %,
FORE do not have any provision for bonus points for its female applicants
or non-engineers. The female students comprises of almost 37% which
reflect a well-balanced ratio compared to many premier B-Schools of the
country whose gender ratio is utterly skewed.
FORE takes the pride of selecting students from a rich pool of
applications which is highly diverse in terms of academic background,
culture and work experience from varied industries. They have students
from medical fraternity, science and arts background and students coming
in from army background, as well. The admission policy framework
encourages students from Kashmir to Kochi to seek admissions in the
programmes they offer.
In order to make it more open for the students, this year at FORE the CAT
score cut-off has been brought down from last year. “Our selection process
is designed to select potentially bright candidates. By keeping the CAT
cut-off at this level we hope to provide opportunity to those who have a
lower CAT score but potentially prove to be a result oriented management
professional to get selected ”, echoes Chairperson Admissions – Prof.
SanghamitraBuddhapriya, of FORE School of Management, Delhi.
Students from literally all corners of the country apply for admission to
FORE. Last year applications poured in from 20 states and this year from
25 states, reflecting the popularity of these two programmes.
FORE has a robust admission policy, being followed for the past couple of
years which ensures that equal opportunity is provided to the potential
students to prove their merit.
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