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IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) Admission Criteria 2018-20

Last Updated - September 07, 2017

CAT 2017 candidates can get admission to IIM Ahmedabad on the basis of a 2-step process. The first step involves shortlisting of students on the basis of CAT 2017 Score, PI (Personal Interview) and WAT (Written Ability Test). 

  • The second step is the calculation of Final Composite Score (FCS).
  • Shortlisting of candidates is done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD).
  • Candidate's past academic records and work experience is also taken into account for IIM A selection process. 
  • In comparison to the 2017-19 academic session, the screening CAT Cut off has remained same across different sections and categories.

CAT is an online national exam conducted yearly for admission to Post Graduate Management Programmes in various IIMs and many other Top B-Schools in India. 


Preliminary Screening

To appear for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI), candidates have to clear the preliminary screening. The preliminary shortlisting of CAT candidates involves:-

  1. Sectional CAT 2017 Cut off
  2. Overall percentile rank
  3. A positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT 2017

First of all, applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of AR Scores. After the AR score calculation, top 100 applicants from each 7 streams will be selected for PI and AWT round.

AR Score Calculation

AR Score:

AR Score refers to Application Rating Score that will be calculated on the basis of marks scored by the candidate in X, XII, and Bachelors.

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

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 have appeared for CAT 2017 and applied to IIMA.)

 

Minimum CAT 2017 Percentile Rank & Application Rating (AR) Scores

CategoryVerbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (PQA)Total Percentile Rank
General70707080
NC-OBC – cum- transgender65656575
SC60606070
ST50505060
DA60606070

Note: ST is for Scheduled Tribes, SC is for Scheduled Castes, NC-OBC is for Non–creamy Other Backward Castes and DA for Differently Abled.

Rating Scores for Class X (Rating Score A)

Percentage in X Board ExamsRating Score A (Points Awarded)
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908
>9010

Rating Scores for Class XII Science Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Science Stream)Rating Score B (Points Awarded)
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908
>9010

Rating Scores for Class XII Commerce Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Commerce Stream)Rating Score B (Points Awarded)
<=501
>50 and <=552
>55 and <=653
>65 and <=755
>75 and <=908
>9010

Rating Scores for Class XII Arts Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Arts Stream)Rating Score B (Points Awarded)
<=451
>45 and <=502
>50 and <=603
>60 and <=705
>75 and <=858
>8510

Rating Scores for Bachelor’s (Rating Score C)

Categories under Bachelor’s Degree are AC-1 Stream, AC-2 Stream, AC-3 Stream, AC-4 Stream, AC-5 Stream, AC-6 Stream and AC-7 Stream.

AC-1 Stream

It consists of Medicine and Surgery based subjects: MBBS, MD

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Awarded
<= 55 %1
>55 % and <= 60%2
>60 % and <= 62 %3
>62 % and <= 65 %5
>65% and <= 70 %8
>70 %10

AC-2 Stream

It consists of selected professional degrees such as Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA) and Company Secretaryship (CS).

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Awarded
<= 50 %1
>50 % and <= 53 %2
>53 % and <= 55 %3
>55 % and <= 57 %5
>57% and <= 63 %8
>63 %10

AC-3 and AC-5 Streams

AC-3 Stream consists of all Commerce, Economics, Finance, and Management Related Degrees and AC-5 Stream comprises all Science and Agriculture related areas, other than Agricultural Engineering, Medicine and Surgery.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Awarded
<= 55 %1
>55 % and <= 60 %2
>60 % and <= 65 %3
>65 % and <= 70 %5
>70% and <= 80 %8
>80 %10

AC-4 and AC-7 Streams

AC-7 Stream consists of all Computer Applications, IT, Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas whereas AC-7 Stream comprises any other discipline that is not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6 Stream.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Awarded
<= 60 %1
>60 % and <= 65 %2
>65 % and <= 70 %3
>70 % and <= 75 %5
>75% and <= 85 %8
>85 %10

AC-6 Stream

AC-6 Stream consists of Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Technology, Law and Rural Studies.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Awarded
<= 50 %1
>50 % and <= 55 %2
>55 % and <= 60 %3
>60 % and <= 65 %5
>65% and <= 75 %8
>75 %10

CAT aspirants can go through the below-mentioned steps to calculate their AR Scores:

  • For applicants who have cleared CS/CA/ICAI without having a Bachelor’s Degree, an average of intermediate and final exam percentage will be treated as Bachelor’s Degree Marks.
  • Applicants who have not completed their Bachelor’s/UndergraduateDegree till date, the percentage of marks will be calculated on the basis of provisional marks.
  • AR score of an applicant will be calculated on the marks obtained in all subjects that appear in 10th and 12th class mark sheets irrespective of the board/University.
  • For Bachelor’s Degree candidates, AR Scores will be calculated on the basis of the percentage of marks awarded by the Institute/University. If the institute/ university do not award the percentage of marks, then it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.
  • If the marks awarded by the institute/university in final exams are not taken into account, then the applicant has to show the certificate from the H.O.D/ Registrar/Principal/Director of the University/ Institutioncertifying that he/she has passed and other details during his/her interview, if shortlisted.
  • If a candidate has done five-year integrated master’s degree, then final year marks of five-year degree and first 3 years will be taken into account as Bachelor’s degree percentage.
  • If any Institute provides only letter gradeswithout giving any correspondingpercentage of marks, then a candidate has to obtain a certificate from the board/university specifying equal marks which will be used to fill CAT Application Form. 

Screening for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI)

Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview will be carried out in 2 Stages.

Process stage 1: Shortlisting candidates with exceptional Score 

From each of the 7 disciplines, top 100 candidates or top 1% of the number of applicants will be shortlisted for Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview on the basis of their Composite Score.

There are three criteria for this:

C1: The score for P

Average Overall Percentile (PT)90

Average Quantitative Ability Percentile (PQA)80

Average Verbal Ability (PVRC)80

Average Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (PDILR) ≥ 80

C2. The score for P

Average percentile Scored in Science80

Average percentile Scores in Commerce77

Average percentile Scores in Arts/Humanities75

C3: The score for P

Percentage Marks in the Bachelor’s ExaminationMinimum cutoff percentage 

DisciplineCut Off Percentage
AC 174
AC 268
AC 371
AC 478
AC 573
AC 666
AC 759

Calculation of Composite Score

CS = 0.3 (Normalized AR Score) + 0.7 (Normalized overall score in CAT 2017)

Process stage 2:

C1: PQ, PQA, PDILR and PVVRC ≥ Respective Minimum cutoff (According first table)  

C2: P≥ Minimum Cutoffs (Given in below table)

CategoriesScienceHumanities and ArtsCommerce
General807577
NC – OBC757072
SC706467
ST655962
DA706467

Final Selection on the basis of Composite Scores

The final selection of applicants will be based on shortlisting of applicants on the basis the applicants Final Composite Scores (FCS). It will be done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD).

The Final Composite Scores (FCS) of applicants who have appeared in Academic Written Test (AWT) and PI(Personal Interview) will be evaluated by using below mentioned formula:-

FCS = 0.40 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.5 (CS)

Reasons for Inclusion of ‘Academic Diversity’ Policy by IIMs

CAT aspirants belonging to the engineering field will find the exam easier than the aspirants from the non-engineering field. The reason for this is CAT Syllabus. The subjects studied by the engineering students during their graduation time covers few topics that are there in the CAT exam.

Hence, the policy introduced will help the aspiring candidates of CAT 2017 from non-engineering fields to have a better chance over the candidates from engineering field. Also, to compensate for this score, a few points are given to applicants from the non-engineering category.

The addition of academic diversity in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Policy is due to the following reasons:

  • This is done so that the students have a vibrant and diverse learning experience inside classrooms. The aspirants will get to know and get a basic understanding of various other fields apart from engineering.
  • MBA is all about having a broad knowledge of various industries and to have proper awareness of the working environment, hence the students from different educational backgrounds can come together and have a healthy discussion on some topic. 
  • This diversity is what makes any post graduate MBA institute worth targeting.

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