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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2019-21 : IIM Ahmedabad, the apex B-School in India, has released the PGP Admission Criteria for 2019-21. As stated by the institute, CAT 2018 candidates will be selected on the basis of two step process. In the first step, candidates are shortlisted on the basis CAT 2018 scores followed by performance in Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Candidates’ profile including past academic records and work experience is also taken into consideration. The screening cutoff for CAT has remained same as last academic year across exam sections and candidate categories. Let us take a detailed look at the IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria 2019-21.
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The following table brings to you the screening cutoff for CAT 2018 to be followed by IIM Ahmedabad.
IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist Criteria 2019-2021
Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (PVRC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank (PDILR)
Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank (PQA)
Overall percentile rank (PT)
NC-OBC cum Transgender
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
IIM Ahmedabad mentions, “At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used. An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ and ‘Arts & Humanities’) and the bachelor’s degree programme (depending upon the discipline) respectively. For different streams/disciplines the equivalent ARs are arrived at by using a (sort of) percentile equivalence of the score distributions using previous year’s CAT data.”
After the first round of screening through CAT 2018 scores, candidates’ past academic records would be rated based on the weightages assigned at each percentage range. Following tables bring to you the Rating Scores of Class X, XII and Bachelor’s Degree.
Rating Scores for 10th Std. Exam (Rating Score A)
Percent Score in Xth Std. Exam
Rating Score A
>55 and <=60
>60 and <=70
>70 and <=80
>80 and <=90
Rating Scores for 12th Science Stream (Rating Score B)
Percent Score in XIIth Std. Exam
Rating Score B
Rating Scores for 12th Commerce Stream (Rating Score B)
>50 and <=55
>55 and <=65
>65 and <=75
>75 and <=90
Rating Scores for 12th Art/Humanities Stream (Rating Score B)
>45 and <=50
>50 and <=60
>70 and <=85
Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (Rating Score C)
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score C
> 55 and <= 60
> 60 and <= 62
> 62 and <= 65
> 65 and <= 70
Percent score in Professional Courses
> 50 and <= 53
> 53 and <= 55
> 55 and <= 57
> 57 and <= 63
> 60 and <= 65
> 70 and <= 80
> 50 and <= 55
> 65 and <= 75
AC-4 & AC-6
> 70 and <= 75
> 75 and <= 85
AC – Academic Discipline
Application Rating Score: AR = (A+B+C)
IIM Ahmedabad further states, “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-2018 and apply to IIMA.)”
There are two stages in which shortlisting process is carried out by IIM Ahmedabad. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their Composite Score. In this stage, not only CAT scores and past academic records are considered, but the academic diversity factor is also taken into consideration. A certain number of top candidates from each academic disciplines are shortlisted for AWT & PI. The shortlist formula is as follows:
CS (Composite Score) = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2018)
The upper limit (UL) of the number of candidates shortlisted from each category is as follows:
Number of candidates shortlisted from each category
Upper Limit Per ACRC
Cutoff for Class X & XII Average Percentage (P)
Stream in XIIth Std.
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-Transgender), SC
Arts & Humanities
Percentage marks in Bachelor’s Degree - Minimum cut-off percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective ACRC group of the applicants’ pool.
The final composite score will be computed on the basis of following:
FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS)
The final selection of candidates will be based on a diverse set of factors including performance in CAT, AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc. Selected candidates will have to confirm admission offers by second or third week of May 2018.
IIM Ahmedabad Cutoff
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