General Queries of Students: I am a fourth year BTech (electrical) student. I am keen on applying for an MBA at the IITs. What is the eligibility criteria and how can I apply?
Answer: Several of the IITs have schools or departments of management studies that offer postgraduate programmes in business and management. These are very highly regarded both by students and recruiters, and accordingly, the competition can be quite stiff. The IITs that offer such programmes are IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee.
Till last year (academic year 2010), the IITs (and IISc, Bangalore) conducted a separate entrance exam known as the Joint Management Entrance Test or JMET. The JMET now stands discontinued despite the High Court ruling upholding JMET as one of five ‘All-India’ management entrance tests. Partly the reason for this was the declining number of takers for the JMET in recent years.
For the academic year 2011, the IITs and IISc will use the scores from the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the IIMs to shortlist students for the group discussion and personal interview stage.
Eligibility: You will have to meet the separate eligibility requirements of both the CAT and the specific IIT/IISc you wish to apply to.
Eligibility for CAT is a graduation (any stream) with a minimum of 50% aggregate.
The requirements for the management programmes at the IITs is a Bachelor degree in engineering/technology/ architecture/ pharmaceutical science/ agriculture engineering with a minimum of 60% or a Masters in physics/ chemistry/ maths/ stats/ computer science/ informational science/ electronics science/ environmental science or a Masters in economics/ commerce (with maths/stats at the Bachelor’s level) with a minimum of 60% in aggregate.