I don't know how but hope that this post might be of some help to the puys who will not be able to join IRMA this year.
This was my second attempt at cracking IRMA. I appeared for the entrance in 2011, scored 96 percentile, had a fabulous GA, was grilled like hell in the PI because (a) I was underprepared, (b) The panel was hell-bent on grilling me. End result: I got a cumulative score of '20' in the final result. Shocked and desperate, I shot a query to the admissions office which explained to me succinctly about the normalization process adopted for the final results. But we all know, nothing matters after such a debacle.
Anyways, I gathered myself again and went through the whole process again in 2012, scored 97 in written, had a mediocre GA and an excellent PI (ironical!) and here I am now, with a score of '86'. I have converted the call and will be joining the institute, come June.
So, the point I wish to get across is that please DO NOT LOSE HOPE. Speculating about the whole process is natural but futile. It won't lead you anywhere. Same with the discussions about the final scoring. What matters is that we pull ourselves together, and look towards the future. All the best puys. All my best wishes to all of you.
Percentile breakup(Written+GD+PI): 86.00
Whether joining or not OR Yet to decide: Hell Yes, I'm joining!
I haven't yet received a call despite a XAT score of 92.6. Are calls being sent as I write this or should I contact the admissions office ?