In this article, I will explain the admission process followed by Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS). Most of the students, especially the ones who are not from Maharashtra, have some common misconceptions about CET and JBIMS. I’ve also come across cases in the past where students were misguided by others who weren’t clear about the process themselves. My attempt through this post is to clarify the JBIMS MMS admission process and I hope it puts an end to all the doubts.
Disclaimer 1: JBIMS followed this process for the 2019-21 batch and we’re hoping that the process will remain the same for 2020-22 batch as well. JBIMS is yet to announce the official process. In case there are any changes, I will update this post.
Disclaimer 2: This post deals only with the flagship MMS course and does not deal with the MSc Finance, 3-year part-time, and 2-year full-time MHRD course. In case there are any queries about these courses, leave them in the comments section.
The admission to JBIMS happens through a Centralized Admission Process (CAP). To describe in short, all the eligible students who’ve taken CET or any other qualifying tests (more on this later) fill a common preference form for all the institutes that accept CET score for the MMS program. The students are then assigned an institute based on their merit score/rank and preference. At the end of each round, students get options to confirm their admission or participate in the subsequent rounds to better their option. I will cover the detailed process of CAP rounds closer to the rounds in 2020. For now, let’s move to JBIMS seat distribution.
This year, the admission was supposed to take place as per the following seat distribution.
However, the autonomous institutes don’t have HU-OHU bifurcation (HU refers to Home University and OHU refers to Outside Home University) as per page 36 of MBA CET brochure. So though this raised the hopes of Mumbai University candidates, it was an error. In about three weeks from the release of this, the new distribution was released which merged the HU-OHU split, and referred to the combined set as ‘state seats’ (Source: JBIMS Seat Distribution):
The number of seats available for each category also got impacted because of SEBC/EWS reservation which was sub judice then. Though the process got delayed significantly and it was extremely frustrating for all the students involved, the admission process was completed on the basis of this new seat distribution matrix.
For the state level seats, JBIMS accepts the Maharashtra MMS/MBA CET score. If you’re a student whose candidate type is Maharashtra State Candidate based on the parameters defined by the Government (Refer Page 5 of MBA CET brochure), you can take the CET and apply for the State seats.
In addition to this, Maharashtra state candidates can also apply for All India seats through other tests such as CAT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA, XAT, and GMAT as long as the score is valid for the admission during Academic year 2019-20 (Refer Page 10 of MBA CET brochure). This means that a Maharashtra candidate has a better chance of making it to the institute, however, one can apply under one category only. Let me clarify this through examples:
A is a Maharashtra state open category candidate and has scored 95 percentile in CET and 99.99 in MAT. Clearly, he/she won’t get JBIMS state seat with 95 percentile in CET. But he/she can apply under the All India seats and get JBIMS.
B is a Maharashtra state open category candidate and has scored 99.97 percentile in CET and a 99.96 percentile in MAT. If this person applies under All India seat, he/she won’t get JBIMS as the AI cutoff is typically 99.98. So, it makes sense for him/her to apply for a Maharashtra state seat with his/her CET score and get a definite admit.
That leaves us with All India candidates. This covers all the students who don’t fall under the Maharashtra State Candidate definition (Refer Page 5 of MBA CET brochure). Such students can take the CET and all the other tests such as CAT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA, XAT, and GMAT as long as the score is valid for the admission during Academic year 2019-20 (Refer Page 10 of MBA CET brochure). Let me clarify this through examples:
C is a candidate who has spent all his/her educational life in Delhi and doesn’t fall under any of the definitions of Maharashtra state candidate. He/She takes CET and gets a 99.99 percentile. He/she can apply under All India seats through his/her CET score and get a sure admit.
D is a candidate who has spent all his/her educational life in Rajasthan and doesn’t fall under any of the definitions of Maharashtra state candidate. He/She takes CET and gets a 90 percentile and takes CMAT and gets a 99.99 percentile. He/she can apply under All India seats through his/her CMAT score and get in.
Some short answers to FAQs:
1. I am a non-Maharashtra candidate. Can I take CET?
2. I am a non-Maharashtra candidate. How many seats am I fighting for?
15% of the intake = 18 seats in JBIMS
3. I am a non-Maharashtra candidate. Should I take other tests?
Yes. Take CET + MAT/CMAT/ATMA
4. I am a Maharashtra candidate. Should I take other tests?
Yes. Take CET + MAT/CMAT/ATMA.
5. Do I need to fill a separate form for JBIMS?
No. You’ve to apply through the CAP.
6. What are the timelines for CET and CAP?
CET in March, CAP rounds in June/July/August.
Whether you’re a Maharashtra or a non-Maharashtra candidate, you can take the CET and the remaining tests (CMAT, MAT, ATMA) and create more opportunities for yourself.
Why I am stressing on CET/MAT/CMAT/ATMA and not CAT/XAT for All India is because the CET Cell doesn’t distinguish between a 99.99 in CAT or 99.99 in MAT, though the 99.99 in CAT is far more difficult to achieve. Most 99.99 percentile scorers in CAT or XAT typically convert IIMs or XL and don’t wait for CAP rounds. Lastly, it doesn’t make sense to put all your hopes on one test when you can potentially take more and hedge yourself.
I hope the process is clear. If there are any queries, please leave them in the comments below and allow me a few days to get back. Share this with your friends and co-aspirants.
PS: This is the last post of 2019. Happy new year to all the readers! May you all get through your dream institutes and find happiness at the end of the preparation journey! 🙂