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IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria

Introduction to IIM Ahmedabad

IIM-Ahmedabad, which was established in 1961, was the first IIM to be opened in India for management and business administration education. Like all other IIMs, IIM-A is also an autonomous institute and has been widely recognized among top business schools in India. It is the first B- school in India to be accredited by the EFMD Quality Improvement System in 2008. IIM Ahmedabad has been consistently ranked as the premier management school in the country by several national agencies and its programs are also ranked highly in several international rankings. Most importanlty it is ranked 1 among India’s top 100 B-schools in the recently published NIRF 2020 list. 

Campus

The IIM-A campus is spread over an area of 102 acres. There is the R.J. Matthai Auditorium, the Louis Kahn Plaza, the International Management Development Centre, academic blocks, faculty offices, student and faculty accommodation, the Vikram Sarabhai Library, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre, sports facilities, several food outlets, and merchandise stores. It is in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad.

Programs offered by IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad offers four main full-time academic programs:

• Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA)

• Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-business Management (MBA-FABM)

• Two year ePost Graduate Programme (ePGP) 

• Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Placements of IIM Ahmedabad for the year 2020

Major Recruiting Companies of IIM A

Olam, Russell Reynolds, Amazon, Cognizant, Mastercard, Deloitte Consulting, Future Group, United Breweries, Etihad Airways, Goldman Sachs, HCL, Kearney, Mahindra & Mahindra, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, Sprinklr, The Boston Consulting Group, and Vodafone-Idea. 

Average and Median Package offered in IIM Ahmedabad

The average salary package offered across the PGP course is Rs 26.13 Lakh Per Annum and the Median salary package offered across the PGP course is Rs 26 Lakh Per Annum.

Program Wise Intake

In its flagship MBA (PGP) program, IIM A intakes up to 400 students.

Exams accepted by IIM Ahmedabad with cut off

CAT – 95+ percentile

GMAT – 700+ score

Selection Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad

All Indian Institutes of Management accept only CAT score for their 2-year PG courses and the sectional and total cutoff percentiles are given below: –

Table 1: Minimum Cutoff of CAT-2020 Percentile Ranks

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, EWS

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC-cum-transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-
cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PwD (ST)

50

50

50

60

Table 2: Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination (Rating Score A)

Percent score in
10
th Std.
Exam

Rating
Score 
A

<= 55

1

> 55 and <=
60

2

> 60 and <=
70

3

> 70 and <=
80

5

> 80 and <=
90

8

> 90

10

 

Table 3: Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B)

Science Stream

Percent score in
12th Std. Exam

Rating
Score B

<= 55

1

> 55 and <=
60

2

> 60 and <=
70

3

> 70 and <=
80

5

> 80 and <=
90

8

> 90

10

 

Arts/Humanities
Stream

Percent score in
12th Std. Exam

Rating
Score B

<= 45

1

> 45 and <=
50

2

> 50  and
<= 60

3

> 60 and <=
70

5

> 70 and <=
85

8

> 85

10

 

Commerce Stream

Percent score in
12th Std. 
Exam

Rating
Score B

<= 50

1

> 50 and <=
55

2

> 55 and <=
65

3

> 65 and <=
75

5

> 75 and <=
90

8

> 90

10

 

Table 4: Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (Rating Score C)

AC-1

Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree

Rating
Score C

  <= 55

1

  > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60  and <= 62

3

  > 62 and <= 65

5

  > 65 and <= 70

8

  > 70

10

 

AC-2

Percent score in
Professional courses

Rating
Score C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 53

2

  > 53 and <= 55

3

  > 55 and <= 57

5

  > 57 and <= 63

8

  > 63

10

 

AC-3

Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree

Rating
Score C

  <= 55

1

  > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60 and <= 65

3

  > 65 and <= 70

5

  > 70 and <= 80

8

  > 80

10

 

AC-4 & AC-6

Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree

Rating
Score C

  <= 60

1

  > 60 and <= 65

2

  > 65 and <= 70

3

  > 70 and <= 75

5

  > 75 and <= 85

8

  > 85

10

 

AC-5

Percent score in
Professional courses

Rating
Score C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 55

2

  > 55 and <= 60

3

  > 60 and <= 65

5

  > 65 and <= 75

8

  > 75

10

Table 5: Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D)

Work Experience in Month (as filled in
the CAT Application Form)

Rating Score D

< 12 months

0

= 12 and <=\n36 months”}”>>= 12 and <=
36 months

MF * (number of months of
work experience – 11)

36 months”}”>> 36 months

5

Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

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

Normalised AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2020 and apply to IIMA). The weighted average score of the entry test of the applicant (CAT or GMAT test), followed by their score in the IIM written application test and screening process.

 

Selection Process for IIM Ahmedabad

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2021-23 batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process.

Firstly, there is a shortlisting for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). The following is the eligibility criteria for the shortlisting.

Preliminary Screening

There is a sectional cutoff for each of the three sections in the CAT exam. The QA, DILR, and VARC sections should have a non-negative score and the ranks and scores are considered for making the shortlist.

Selection for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Stage 1: After the shortlisting, people from different backgrounds who are excellent performers are selected
 
Stage 2: From each reservation category, that is PWD, General, OBC, SC, and ST, candidates are selected for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The composite scores are obtained for creating further shortlists
 
CS (Composite Score) = ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + CATF_CS * Normalised overall score in CAT 2020
  • Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;
  • CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) = 0.65

The upper limit for the number of applicants to be shortlisted as per RC for AC-1,2,3, and 5

CategoryUpper Limit per ACRC 1
General100
NC-OBC57
SC32
ST16
PwD6

The upper limit for the number of applicants to be shortlisted as per RC for AC-4

CategoryUpper Limit per ACRC 2
General150
NC-OBC85
SC48
ST24
PwD

9

Criteria 1 to Criteria 6

Criteria 1 – Percentile of VRC, QA, DILR and overall must not be lower than the percentile mentioned in the table above (Minimum CAT 2020 cut offs).

Criteria 2 – Average of percentages should be more than minimum cut off (specific to the category and stream in the table below).

Average of percentages=P= marks obtained in 10th and 12th standard examination.

Minimum cutoff for P across different disciplines and categories

Stream in 12thGeneral-EWSNC-OBCSCSTPWD (general, SC, NC-OBC)PWD (ST)
Science807570657065
Commerce777267626762
Arts and Humanities757064596459

Criteria 3 – the percentage of marks obtained in the Bachelor’s degree must be greater or equal to the minimum cut off percentage.

Criteria 4 – Total percentile ≥ 80, QA percentile ≥ 70, DILR percentile ≥ 70 and VRC percentile ≥ 70

Criteria 5 – Percentage ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in the 10th and 12th std. Examinations.

Criteria 6 – Percentage of marks obtained in the bachelor’s degree must be greater or equal to a minimum cut off percentage.
 
Stage 2– After the candidates are shortlisted in stage 1 from each category, the additional number of candidates will be shortlisted for AWT and PI on the basis of their Composite Score (CS) as mentioned above subject to fulfilment of criteria 1 and 2.
 

Final Selection

In this stage selection will be strictly based on shortlisting done for each category and on the basis of final composite score (FCS), FCS will be computed as follows:

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

Note- Due to COVID-19 situation IIM Ahmedabad may modify the final selection criteria depending upon the time during WAT-PI in 2021.

Categories for bachelor’s degree/integrated master’s degree

AC

Degree

AC-1
(Medicine and Surgery based subjects)

MBBS,
MD (USA).

AC-2
(Selected Professional Degrees)

Chartered
Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA),
Company Secretaryship
(CS).

AC-3
(All Commerce, Economics, Finance and
Management Related Degrees)

Including
BAF, BBA, BBE, BBI, BBM, BBS, BCAF, BCCA, BCOM, BFIA,
BFM, BHM, BHMCT, BIBF, BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)
and BSBA degrees. In particular, including Economics/ Economic
Development and Planning Any degree in
Hospitality/Hospitality Studies, Catering/Catering Technology,
Hotel, Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism Studies and any other
related discipline.

Commerce
(Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business
Organisation, Finance, Information Technology,
Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public
Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)

Management
(Advertising, Agriculture and Food Business, Agribusiness Management,
Agriculture Marketing and Cooperation, Agriculture and Rural and Tribal
Development, Business Administration, Business Management, Business
Studies, Commercial Agriculture and Business Management, Entrepreneurship,
Management Studies, Sports Management, Real Estate and Urban
Infrastructure, Renewable Energy Management, Oil and Gas Management,
Production and Industrial Management)
Any other vocational degree in commerce and management.

AC-4 I
(All Engineering, Technology and
Architecture related Areas)

Including
BARCH, BE, BIT, BINFTECH, BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG), BTECH
and integrated MTECH degrees
(Excluding all degrees in Accessories Design/Apparel
Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion
Technology/Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Jewelry
Design/Footwear Design, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology).
In
particular, including
Agricultural
Engineering/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology
Architecture
BE/BS
(ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees in Biosciences, Geological
Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematical Sciences and Natural Sciences
BE/BS
(ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH in all Engineering/Technology and
related areas, including subjects like Chemical Technology, Electronics,
Engineering Physics etc.
Textile
Engineering/Technology
Others:
All other fields where BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees
are awarded, not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in the list.

AC 4 II
Science and Agriculture related Areas,
other than Medicine and Surgery)

Including
all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding degrees in
Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, and Leather Design). Also including
degrees in dentistry, paramedical, veterinary degrees.

In
particular, including Actuarial
Science
Agriculture
(Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Plant Breeding and
Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science etc.)
Biosciences
(Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology etc.)
Computer
Applications (BCA, MCA)
Dentistry
Fisheries
Forestry
Geological
Sciences (Geography, Geology and Geophysics.)
Horticulture
Information
Technology
All
bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees in Mathematical Sciences (Computer
Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc.)
Natural
Sciences (Chemistry, Physics etc.)
Paramedical/Physiotherapy
Pharmacology/Pharmacy
Planning
Veterinary
Science/ Animal Husbandry
Media
Science, Media Science and Technology
Physiology
Any
vocational degree in science (BS/BSC)
Science
(Others): Forensic, Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science
not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in this list

AC-5
(All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design,
Education, Fashion
Design/Technology, Law and Rural Studies)

Including
any BA (excluding Economics, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics
and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BCJ, BDES, BED, BFTECH, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM
(Bachelor of Music), BMC, BMM, BMus, BSW and LLB.

In
particular, including

Accessories
Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion
Technology/Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Interior Design/Knit
Wear Design/Leather Design/Footwear Design/Jewellery Design (all degrees)
Arts/Humanities
(Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Painting
etc.), History, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Mass Communication,
Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Social
Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.)
Education
(including Physical Education and Sports)
Journalism/Mass
Communication/Media Studies (all degrees)
Law
(BL LLB/B.Com. LLB/BBA LLB)
Psychology
(all degrees)
Rural
Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
Any
vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA)

AC-6:
Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-5.

Note- Dual Bachelor’s degree will be considered under AC 6. Students will be required to mention it as Bachelor Degree 1 and Bachelor Degree 2.

Important Dates for admission process of IIM Ahmedabad

Process

Dates

Admission 2022 Application form Availability

August 4, 2021 (10 AM)

Last date to Apply

September 15, 2021 (5PM)

CAT 2021 exam

November 28, 2021

CAT result declaration

Second week of January 2021

Shortlist notification for WAT/PI round

January 8, 2022

Start date for WAT/PI round

Last week January 2022

Final Admission Offer

Second week April 2022

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