IIM Reservation

IIM Reservation New Trend can be considered as un-official move taken by IIMs in order to increase gender diversity at the campuses by offering Extra Marks for girls during admission process. But Is this a right move?

To break the monotony of the two singularly large constituencies that cornered seats for years at the IIMs, the management schools have decided to award special marks to girls and non-engineering students. All the six new IIMs and the ones at Lucknow and Kozhikode feel it’s time to rebalance the gender scales in office spaces. So while IIM-Rohtak will give 20 marks to each girl and another 20 to a non-engineer, IIM-Raipur will add 30 marks to the overall scores of each girl-non-engineer. IIM-Lucknow has decided to grant five marks to each girl and two to non-engineers.

The other top three IIMs, namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta, have 20.8%, 26.8% and 23.2% women in their 2016 batch respectively. The average composition of female students in all these IIMs for the past few decades were largely skewed with the figures somewhere between 8% to 10%.

While some may say it is a welcome trend and IIMs are doing their bit in correcting the skewed gender ratio saying that companies are increasingly looking for more women professionals, many see the trend favoring the fairer sex as unnecessary and irrational. The changes in pattern in CAT paper – 50% weightage to language skills and a written test during admission process both believed to get more female students into the process and the number of women appearing for CAT has been climbing gradually.

With this method one can easily have 80% or even 100% women students! An institute cannot claim brilliancy by giving gender based extra points to score high in an exam. These IIMs by giving special weightage to girl candidates are denying opportunity to boys. Girls these days are outperforming boys in XII grade or in graduation programs. Thus, giving extra marks to girls is unjustified and it deprives some deserving boys in getting admitted to an IIM.

Women face different set of challenges at work and life, so what is important apart from imparting first class education in business management is to prepare and groom women to face the business world with confidence, build leadership skills and develops holistic potentials thus enabling them to face those challenges successfully. Empowerment of women doesn’t need to happen at the cost of depriving the male students.

To give deserving students a chance, irrespective of caste, vocation or gender is not an unfair demand at all.

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