Post a lot of anticipation, students who wrote the Common Admission Test 2006 could finally heave a sigh of relief once the scorecards were displayed on the IIM-Khozikode web site. There was some confusion about when the results would be announced, what with every television channel predicting something different and IIM-Lucknow announcing that they were going to delay the results till January 6. We shed light on the current situation.
Every year the percentage scores were calculated as your marks, as a percentage of the marks of the highest scorer in that section.
This year the percentage score has been calculated as a percentage of the highest marks that are possible in the section.
The percentage of people below yours. First the percentage scores are calculated and then depending on this ranking, the percentiles are given.
As has been clearly stated by IIM-A the minimum sectional score should be more than 25 per cent (percentage score). The same translates to approximately, 95.33 percentile for the Verbal section. IIM-A has displayed on its web site that they are going to consider 95.33 percentile for each section as the cut-off and 98.3 percentile (120 net score) for the overall cut-off.
What to expect from other IIMs
Except for IIM-Lucknow, all the other IIMs are expected to release their shortlist of candidates today or tomorrow. The criteria for selection have not been mentioned by any other IIM and it is expected that they too may come out with the shortlists with explanations.
One good thing that is happening after CAT 2006 is the transparency in the way the IIMs are short listing students for the next stage of selection. However, the Verbal Section in the paper left many students with a sense of loss and anguish. The fact that many leading institutes have made errors in the key in that area (while getting the other two sections bang-on) seems to clearly point to the flaw in the way the section was designed in the first place.
Never before has a national level exam had so many ambiguities. Though it is true that the relative scores are going to be considered for selection, the number of questions which had close answers and more importantly ambiguous answers, still points out to the fact that some very deserving students may miss out on the IIM calls this year.
A thorough analysis of the percentage scores, percentiles, cut-offs and the criteria of selection will be put up latest by tomorrow on the Rediff web site. So, watch this space.
Students with overall percentiles of 97 or less can still hope to get calls from one or more of the IIMs if their percentiles in the individual sections are more than 90. This also means that as predicted in this space after CAT, there is a possibility that at 105 scores people may get the calls from the IIMs.
Also, the score at which IIM-A is taking its cut-off is 120. This also means that students with a higher score can hope to receive more than one call. Those with good sectional percentiles (over 96) can get all six calls too.
ARKS Srinivas is the director of T.I.M.E, Mumbai, and an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta.
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