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IIM Waitlist Movement: Meaning & Past Trends
April 23 2024

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 admissions in 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.

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

What is IIM selection process?

Rigorous Selection Process: Getting into an IIM is highly competitive, and the selection process is designed to assess a candidate's well-roundedness.

Variations in Selection Process: While most IIMs include Group Discussions (GDs) in their selection process, some, like IIM Ahmedabad, have the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) or Written Ability Test (WAT) instead.

Two-Step Selection Process:

  1. Shortlisting Based on CAT Score:

    • Candidates are shortlisted based on their CAT exam scores.
    • This includes minimum cut-offs in sectional percentiles and the overall percentile rank.
  2. Shortlisted Candidates Go Through:

    • AWT/WAT/GD (depending on the IIM)
    • Personal Interview (PI)

Final Selection:

  • Final selection is based on the Final Composite Score (FCS) for each candidate.
  • FCS considers scores from all stages (CAT, AWT/WAT/GD, PI).
  • Separate shortlists are made for different categories (General, SC, ST, NC-OBC, PwD) based on the FCS.

What is IIM Waitlist Movement?

Every year, there is a lot of buzz among different students forums related to 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 are kept in 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 seat can be termed as waitlist. 

  • IIM Waitlist: This list consists of candidates who didn't get selected initially but are considered if any admitted student decides to forgo their seat.
  • Waitlist Movement: This refers to the number of candidates who move up from the waitlist and get offered admission. The movement is unpredictable and depends on how many admitted students decline their offers.
  • Top IIM Waitlist Movement: It's true that students often wait anxiously for waitlist movement at IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA), IIM Bangalore (IIMB), and IIM Calcutta (IIMC). These prestigious institutions are highly sought-after, and the waitlist might move less frequently compared to newer IIMs.
  • New & Emerging IIM Waitlist Movement: Recently, the waitlist movement in newer IIMs has gained attention. This could be due to various factors, such as:
    • Increased Competition: As IIMs gain popularity, competition for seats increases, leading to more waitlisted candidates.
    • Yield Rates: The percentage of admitted students who accept their offers might differ between new and established IIMs, affecting waitlist movement.

The waitlist movement in IIMs and some 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 waitlist. They instead of it release the merit list. For a student to secure their position in the merit list, they need to qualify the minimum requirement which is 12 out of 40 in the PI round.

Highlights of PAST Trends of the IIM Waitlist

Except for the admission teams of individual IIMs, one cannot perhaps give accurate data on the waitlist movement. However, based on the data published in various online platforms such as blogs, student-answering platforms, 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  - [table id=250 /]
 IIM Bangalore - [table id=251 /]
IIM Calcutta - [table id=252 /] 
IIM Kozhikode - [table id=253 /] 
IIM Indore - [table id=255 /]
IIM Ranchi - [table id=256 /]
IIM Trichy - [table id=257 /]
IIM Udaipur - [table id=258 /]
IIM Kashipur - [table id=259 /]
IIM Nagpur - [table id=260 /]
IIM Amritsar - [table id=261 /]

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

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

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