IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2017-19


IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2017 – The admission criteria has been announced by IIM Ahmedabad for admission to Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) for the session 2017-19. The Institute has also announced the CAT 2016 Qualifiers, who have been shortlisted for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. The candidates may access the link below to check if they have been shortlisted for IIM Ahmedabad Admission or not. The selection criteria varies from IIM to IIM but generally is a combination of past academic performance, CAT percentile, interview score and prior work experience. On the basis of this admission criteria, the candidates will be shortlisted for AWT and PI. The final selection will made considering the ranks of the candidates computed separately for each category on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS). Read this article further for more details on IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2017-19

The selection process of IIM Ahmedabad comprises of three stages, which are as follow –

Stage 1 – Preliminary Screening
Stage 2 – Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
Stage 3 – Final Selection

All these stages have been detailed below.

Stage 1 – Preliminary Screening

The minimum CAT 2016 percentile has been tabled below. The candidates who will be obtaining equal to or more scores than these will only be considered for further stages of admission at IIM Ahmedabad.

Category Verbal & Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (Section 1) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (Section 2) Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (Section 3) Overall Percentile Rank
General 70 70 70 80
Non Creamy-Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) -cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
Scheduled Classes (SC) 60 60 60 70
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 50 50 50 60
Differently-Abled (DA) 60 60 60 70

Other parameters of selection

Apart from CAT 2016 percentile, IIM Ahmedabad takes into consideration various other parameters, such as past academic record and work experience etc. While filing the CAT 2016 Application Form, the students also mark the IIMs, they wish to apply for and that is how the Institute receives applications from the interested students. Thereafter, these applications are rated and the students are given scores based on their percentage of marks obtained in class 10, 12 (depending upon the stream) and the bachelor’s degree programme (depending upon the discipline) respectively.

‘Application Rating’ (AR) score is used at different stages of the IIM Ahmedabad selection process. The application rating score is determined by adding the respective percentages of the 3 scores, which simply means,

AR = (Score of class 10 + Score of class 12 + Score of Bachelor’s degree) or (A+B+C)

This Application Rating (AR) score is then normalised. The idea behind normalisation is to bring the scores of all the concerned candidates at par. Normalised AR score of the applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool, which simply means,

Normalisation of AR = AR score of candidate/Average of the top 50 AR scores of the candidates who appear for CAT 2016 and apply to IIMA

The stream wise and discipline wise Application Rating (AR) scores is stated below.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Stage 2 – Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview

The candidates selected at stage 1 will then be considered for shortlisting for AWT & PI. This shortlisting is carried out in two steps, which are as follow –

Step 1 – Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines

On the basis of “Composite Score” and subject to fulfillment of 3 below mentioned criterias, top 100 candidates or 5% of the number of applicants who would have applied to IIM Ahmedabad, whichever will be less will be shortlisted for AWT & PI.

Criteria 1 – PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70 and PVRC ≥ 70. This year, IIM Ahmedabad has reduced this percentile by 10. As last year, it was PT ≥ 90, PQA ≥ 80, PDILR ≥ 80 and PVRC ≥ 80.

Criteria 2 – P (average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. Exams) ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities)

Criteria 3 – Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage (as tabled below)

Composite Score = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised CAT 2015 overall score)

The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per ACRC is tabled below.

Category Upper limit per ACRC
General 100
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57
SC 32
ST 16

Step 2 – Selection based on Categories

Keeping aside the candidates shortlisted at step 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST and PWD), the additional candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’. The same procedure as in step 1 will be followed at this step too except that the below stated criteria 1 & 2 will be taken into consideration.

Criteria 1 – PT, PQA, PDILR and PVRC ≥ Respective minimum CAT 2016 cut-off (as stated above)

Criteria 2 – P ≥ Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream as listed below)

Stream in Class 12th General NC-OBC SC ST DA
Science 80 75 70 65 70
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67
Arts & Humanities 75 70 64 59 64

Stage 3 – Final Selection

Final candidates will be selected on the basis of “Final Composite Scores (FCS)” from each category. The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be determined as follow –

FCS = 0.50 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS)

Here, the normalised PI and AWT scores of a candidate are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.iima

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