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The Indian Institute of Ahmedabad (IIM A) has witnessed an increase in the number of students from the Arts background joining the MBA 2020-22 programme. The percentage was 3 per cent in 2018 and 2019 but in 2020, it has gone up to 5 per cent.
On the other hand, there has been a decline in the percentage of students from a Commerce background. From 21 per cent in 2019, it has gone down to 18 per cent in 2020. The percentage of Science students has also dropped to 1 per cent from 2 per cent in 2019. According to Professor Vishal Gupta, outgoing-chairperson, admissions at IIM Ahmedabad, the admission policy of the institute enables students with diverse backgrounds to be a part of the discussion-based learning at IIM A. The institute prides itself in having a good mix of candidates without compromising on the quality.
The MBA-FABM course has also witnessed a shift as far as the academic background of the students is concerned from engineering to science. There were 35 per cent of students from the science background in 2018-20 but now, this number has gone up to 45 per cent. The percentage of students from engineering background has come down from 65 to 48 per cent in the last three years.
The Arts students in the MBA current batch at IIM A are from advertising, literature and mass communication background. Even at IIM Kozhikode, there has been an increase of 1 per cent from 5 per cent in 2019. However, at IIM Bangalore, no such trend has been seen. What seems to work in favour of the Arts students is that they have the capability to work with less defined or precise outcomes or ideas. At the same time, the MBA curriculum is very diverse which allows students from the Arts background to enhance their academic skills and intellectual abilities.