Document Verification during IIM interviews

Updated: May 3, 2020

All IIMs send an e-mail to the shortlisted candidates listing the documents that need to be produced for verification before the IIM interviews. Here is a sample e-mail from IIM Ahmedabad:

Shortlist e-mail from IIM Ahmedabad
Shortlist e-mail from IIM Ahmedabad

IIM-Ahmedabad also asks the candidates to upload the scanned copies of the documents before appearing for the interview. Once a candidate reaches the interview location, these documents are physically verified.

The candidates need to produce a set of original documents as well as photocopied. First of all, the scores mentioned in the application form are verified against the original documents and then, the original documents are verified against the photocopied set.

The most amount of emphasis is laid on the CAT scorecard, 10th mark sheet, 12th mark sheet, graduation mark sheet, grade conversion certificate and salary slips (for work experience). The certificates of extra-curricular and co-curricular achievements are not prioritized during verification.

Each IIM mentions the criteria for extra-curricular and co-curricular in the application form (also called the interview form). Based on what all achievements make it to the application form, different IIMs ask for certificates/proofs to validate them. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, and IIM CAP did a thorough check of the certificates. IIM Indore checked the top 3 and the rest didn’t ask during my time (2018).

If any of the achievements have digital proof, it is suggested that a print-out is taken along as the staff members don’t have a desktop to confirm the same. In case any of the numbers in the application form have a discrepancy with the original documents, the institute expects the candidate to send an e-mail mentioning the discrepancy any time prior to the interview. The numbers are then revised on the spot if they don’t violate the criteria of shortlists.

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