How Vidit Garg made it to IIM-A with 89.67 Percentile

By N Shiva Guru|Updated : April 13th, 2017

Vidit Garg from Haryana is a miracle student. He has made it to the coveted IIM-A despite scoring 89.67 percentile in the CAT ExamAnd this despite him being a General Category Student. This article aims to throw some light on this curious case the admission criteria in the background. This student was not unique in the sense that doctors with 90 percentile also received calls from IIM-A. However, there are no final admissions confirmed by IIM A. Vidit Garg's is the only case covered for the sheer lack of profiles of the said doctors and other non-engineers. The lowering of weightage of CAT score from 35% to 28% would have been of some help. 

Vidit Garg's Brief Profile

10th ICSE: 91.7%

12th CBSE: 87.8%

Graduation (BA Programme): 79.58%


Besides the factors of diversity and of Good Fortune, his success is said to have come from the following:

  • Preparation for 10 hours everyday 3 weeks before the interview
  • Simulation of interview questions with possible mock PIs
  • Self-Analysis after developing answers to 50 possible questions

The following is said to have come from the horse's mouth:

'I could not believe it, yes, my interview did go well and i had given myself 50% of a chance but to actually get admitted is something else'

It can be now said that IIMs are giving more importance to profile diversity. At least that is what this special incident leads us to conclude. This is good news for non-engineers. Engineers, however, have to be prepared for a stiffer challenge. They might have to focus on their profiles as well as their CAT score.

Gradeup wishes all the Non-Engineers and Engineers All the Very Best for CAT 2017.

(Courtesy: NDTV, India Today, Pagalguy)


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GauravApr 14, 2017

@Suman Agarwal may be bright???

ViswaApr 15, 2017

Sir I am a commerce student
My 10 grade is 8.4 CGPA and 12th standard mark is 84% and I will complete my graduation in 2018 April only. so can I know what % I should get for getting into IIMs. Do I have a chance atleast
Surya Harivardhan
Sir, my tenth CGPA was 9.2 and my inter percentage was 94%, and I complete my graduation in 2020. So what percentile should I get into IIM
Bhuvnesh Pratap Singh
Hello sir my tenth cgpa is 9.2 and 12th percent is 82.4% .so plz tell me how much have to score in cat to get admission in top IIMs .. Waiting for your reply !! 😊
Pleety Sharma
Hello Sir, as everyone is concerned here regarding the promising graduation score for IIM, so am I.
My 10th grade is 8.6 CGPA and 12th percentage is 87.8%. How much should I score in graduation to get into IIM?
N Shiva Guru

N Shiva GuruApr 26, 2017

@Pleety Sharma99+ percentile ma'am!
Pavan Marthla
Hello sir, my tenth GPA is 8.8, inter %is 81 and in graduation my stream is bcom now I am in second year and my expected score of 3 years will be nearly 75%and how much should i score in CAT to get into I'm?
Amit Srivastav
Sir, In class 10 & 12 i have scored 60& 61% and in graduation i have scored 77% . so, i belong to criteria for IIMs and other top B school

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