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IIM-A: Caste no barnews
04 January 2007

When it comes to cracking the CAT, caste may not matter, after all. IIMs have applied the same cut-off norms for students from the OBC category as for general category students, and yet found all reserved seats lapped up. CNBC-TV18 finds that the reservation debate might take on a new meaning.

OBC and general category students vying for a seat at IIM Ahmedabad are in the same boat. The aggregate cut-off for general and OBC students at IIM Ahmedabad this year is the same.

Manish Salian, CAT Expert, says that the percentile at which both OBC and general category students have been shortlisted is 98.3.

And while this may make those who feared a decline in quality of IIMs with quotas coming in, happy, IIM Ahmedabad's results gave other reasons to cheer about.

This year 6 per cent seats in IIM Ahmedabad are reserved for OBC students and this will go up to 27 per cent in the next three years. So, the institute is adding more seats. This year 174 OBC students cleared the CAT of which 55 were finally shortlisted.

The results show that without diluting quality in any manner, there is scope for more and more backward class students to be passing out from the elite institutions.

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IIM-A: Caste no bar