IIM Waitlist Movement: Meaning & Past Trends

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Abhishek Dhawan
Senior Executive – Editorial
Updated on May 17, 2022 17:21 IST

IIM waitlist movement every year creates a ripple among students who have applied for admissions in the IIMs. In this article, we cover the meaning and past trends of the waitlist movement.

We all know the euphoria of young aspirants to seek admission to the IIMs. Students work round the clock throughout the year to meet CAT cut offs to secure a seat in MBA/PGDM programmes of these prestigious institutes. But not all of them get success in getting admission there. Some in fact come very close to getting seat but don’t because of the huge wait list.

Even though many students qualify for IIMs WAT-GD/PI round and clear it too, because their composite score for final selection is less than a few others, they miss the chance.  

What is IIM Selection Process?

The selection process of all the Indian Institute of Management is rigorous and in order to clear the brain hammering process, students require a lot of preparation. Some IIMs have Group Discussion as an integral aspect of the selection process while some like the IIM Ahmedabad do not conduct GD. Ditching the Group Discussion, IIM-A conducts Analytical Writing Test (AWT) or Written Ability Test (WAT) Let us check out the selection process of IIMs.

IIMs will observe a two-step process for the selection process of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch of the PGP. These steps are-

Based on the CAT Exam score, minimum cut offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank is selected for the subsequent stages.

Candidates get shortlisted for AWT/WAT/GD & Personal Interview (PI)

In the final selection stage, the selection is strictly based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) based on the Final Composite Score’s (FCS).

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What is IIM Waitlist Movement?

Every year, there is a lot of buzz among different student forums related to the IIM waitlist. So what is this waitlist movement? Let’s understand.

Waitlist Movement

Every year, lakhs of students apply for admission to MBA programmes offered by the IIMs. Since the total number of seats of all 20 IIMs is about 4000, not everyone gets successful. Once the first list of selected candidates are announced, another batch of selected students is kept waiting in case any student chooses to forgo their seat. The seat is then offered to the next best candidate. This list of students waiting for someone to give up their seats can be termed a waitlist.

IIM waitlist mainly consists of the number of seats that move up from the waitlist slab to offer. Each year’s observation depicts that the students wait long for the waitlist of IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA), IIM Bangalore (IIMB) and IIM Calcutta (IIMC) to move so that the chances of their admission get brighter. Nevertheless, the new and emerging IIM waitlist movement has also caught attention lately.

The waitlist movement in IIMs and a few top MBA colleges is category dependent. For the general category, it is extremely stringent, while for the SC, ST, OBC and PwD category there is some relaxation.

IIM Lucknow does not release the waitlist. Instead of releasing the merit list. For a student to secure their position on the merit list, they need to qualify the minimum requirement which is 12 out of 40 in the PI round.

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Highlights of Past Trends of the IIM Waitlist

Except the admission teams of individual IIMs, one cannot perhaps give the accurate data on the waitlist movement. However, based on the data published in various online platforms such as blogs, student-answering platform, we have mentioned below the past trends of waitlist movement of both Old, New and Emerging IIMS in the past two years. Take a look.

IIM Ahmedabad

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

16

NC OBC

26

IIM Bangalore

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

61

NC OBC

41+

SC

30

IIM Calcutta

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

96

NC OBC

90

SC

32+

ST

25+

 IIM Kozikhode

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

155

OBC

118

SC

72

 IIM Indore

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

174

OBC category

143

 IIM Ranchi

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

1164

OBC

423

SC

460

ST

161

PwD

135

 IIM Trichy

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

691

OBC

221

SC

111

ST

65

 IIM Udaipur

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General Category

916

OBC

210

SC

227

ST

11

 IIM Kashipur

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General category

1615

NC OBC

525

SC

269

ST

115

 IIM Nagpur

Category

Waitlist Statistics

General

150

OBC

156

SC

112

ST

38

 IIM Amritsar

Category

Waitlist Category

General

223

OBC

79

SC

118

ST

70

For the students seeing their name in the IIM waiting list is an unsettling situation. However, this also implies that IIM selection committee thinks these candidates in the list to be strong. One thing about the waitlist is at least they can still hope to get admission in their dream institute. But, we recommend students to keep a back-up plan and keep chasing their aspirations.

Note: We have extracted the data of past trends of waitlist movement from third party source. If, you know something related to past trends, you may share it with us.

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