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Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A)

by REEYA SINGH 358 May 30, 2024

IIM Ahmedabad Admission:The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) offers the prestigious two-year full-time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) which is designed to cultivate competent professional managers and attracts a diverse pool of applicants from various academic and professional backgrounds.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission: Overview

Admission to the PGP program at IIM-A is a rigorous and selective process. Domestic applicants undergo the nationally administered Common Admission Test (CAT), while overseas Indian applicants or foreign nationals take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Shortlisted candidates are then evaluated through analytical writing tests and personal interviews. Selection criteria encompass not only CAT/GMAT scores but also consider past academic performance, performance in analytical writing tests, and personal interviews. The PGP classes at IIM-A comprise a mix of fresh graduates and individuals with varying degrees of work experience, contributing to a dynamic and enriching learning environment.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission: Eligibility Criteria For MBA

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to the SC, ST, or PwD category, this is relaxed to 45%), of any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India. The bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.
  • A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally admitted, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor’s degree examination held on or before June 30, 2023 (including supplementary, if any), to be eligible for admission to the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) batch 2023-25.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission criteria 

Considering that IIM Ahmedabad is the top B-school in India, the selection process is a little complex compared to the other IIMs. The first step towards getting admission into the IIM Ahmedabad is taking the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. The below table refers to the basic CAT score requirement for all categories.

Stage-1: Preliminary Screening

The Preliminary screening is nothing but the stage-1 that is a process of shortlisting the candidates to the stage-2 by considering the candidate's CAT 2022 scores, academic scores and the work experience.

Basic CAT score requirement

Category

Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank

(PVRC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank

(PDILR)

Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank

(PQA)

Overall percentile rank

(PT)

General, EWS70707080
NC-OBC-cum-transgender65656575
SC60606070
ST50505060
PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)60606070
PwD (ST)50505060

(Please note that these are cut-offs used for preparing the first shortlist. The scores of those called for interviews were higher. )

During the selection process in IIM Ahmedabad ‘Application Rating,' (AR) score of an applicant will be used.

Also Read, IIM Ahmedabad Placements

Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination (Rating Score A)

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam

Rating Score

A

<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 703
> 70 and <= 805
> 80 and <= 908
> 9010

Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B)

Science Stream
Percent score in 12th Std. ExamRating Score B
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 703
> 70 and <= 805
> 80 and <= 908
> 9010
Commerce Stream
Percent score in 12th Std. ExamRating Score B
<= 501
> 50 and <= 552
> 55 and <= 653
> 65 and <= 755
> 75 and <= 908
> 9010
Arts/Humanities Stream
Percent score in 12th Std. ExamRating Score B
<= 451
> 45 and <= 502
> 50 and <= 603
> 60 and <= 705
> 70 and <= 858
> 8510
Rating Scores for the Bachelor's Degree Examination (Rating Score C)
AC-1
Percent score in Bachelor's DegreeRating Score C
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 623
> 62 and <= 655
> 65 and <= 708
> 7010
AC-2
Percent score in Professional coursesRating Score C
<= 501
> 50 and <= 532
> 53 and <= 553
> 55 and <= 575
> 57 and <= 638
> 6310

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AC-3
Percent score in Bachelor's DegreeRating Score C
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 653
> 65 and <= 705
> 70 and <= 808
> 8010
AC-4 & AC-6
Percent score in Bachelor's DegreeRating Score C
<= 601
> 60 and <= 652
> 65 and <= 703
> 70 and <= 755
> 75 and <= 858
> 8510
AC-5
Percent score in Professional coursesRating Score C
<= 501
> 50 and <= 552
> 55 and <= 603
> 60 and <= 655
> 65 and <= 758
> 7510

Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D)

Work Experience in Month (as filled in the CAT Application Form)Rating Score D
< 12 months0
>= 12 and <= 36 monthsMF * (number of months of work experience – 11)
> 36 months5
Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C+D).

Also Read, IIM Ahmedabad Batch Profile

Stage-2: Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Te st (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Shortlisting will be carried out in two ways. Firstly, a certain number of top candidates from each academic discipline will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS' (given below), subject to their fulfilling certain criteria.

The top 5% in the respective AC limited to the respective categories (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) among the applicants to IIMA (referred to as ACRC groups) will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS' (given below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

CS (Composite Score) = ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + CATF_CS * Normalised overall score in CAT-2021

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;

CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) = 0.65

After removing the candidates selected in Stage 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST, and PWD) the additional number of candidates to be shortlisted for AWT & PI will be selected on the basis of the composite score ‘CS' (as shown in the above table) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.

Also Read, IIM Ahmedabad Cut off's

Stage-3: Final Selection

The selection at this stage will strictly be based on the candidates' shortlisting separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite scores (FCS).

FCS = PIF * Normalised PI Score + AWTF * Normalised AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalised CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

A candidate's normalized PI and AWT scores are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field, respectively.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission FAQs

How can I get admission in IIM Ahmedabad?
Candidates have to go through a screening process where their CAT percentile and other academics scores are checked post which they are invited for WAT & PI sessions.

How much CAT score is required for IIM Ahmedabad?
The minimum CAT percentile required for Unreserved category is 80 percentile with 70 percentile in each section.

Does 12 marks matter in CAT?
CAT does not require your post academic scores but to get admission into top IIMs candidates need to have good 10th & 12th scores.

Can I get admission in IIM without CAT?
Yes, you can take admission to IIM without a CAT Score. Students can enroll in various online postgraduate, diploma, certificate, and postgraduate courses offered by IIM which do not require CAT score.

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