IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22
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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad released the admission criteria of the academic year 2020-22. IIM Ahmedabad Admission criteria 2020 takes into state components like CAT score, performance in Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI), work experience and academic record for admission into Postgraduate Programme in Management (PGPM). The admission process of IIM Ahmedabad consists of a two-step process. The first step is to get shortlisted on the basis of CAT percentile. Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for PI and AWT rounds. In the second step, the final merit list is prepared on the basis of the composite score of the candidate which includes gender diversity, academic diversity, work experience and so forth. Read this article by Careers360 to know in detail about the components of PI and AWT rounds and composite score.

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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020 - Process

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process:

Step 1: Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Step 2: Final Selection

Let’s understand the process in details:

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Step 1: Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

In CAT 2019 there will be three sections, i.e. Quantitative Aptitude(QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension'(VRC). Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT 2019 will be considered for all the following stages.

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Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2019 Percentile Ranks

Category

VRC

DILR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD(General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PwD (ST)

50

50

50

60

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22

IIM Ahmedabad mentions, “At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of candidates 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 scored in the 10th standard, the 12th standard (depending upon the stream, i.e. 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 2019 scores, candidates’ past academic records will 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)

Per cent Score in Xth 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

Rating Scores for 12th Science Stream (Rating Score B)

Per cent Score in XIIth 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

Rating Scores for 12th Commerce Stream (Rating Score B)

Per cent Score in XIIth 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

Rating Scores for 12th Art/Humanities Stream (Rating Score B)

Percent Score in XIIth 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

Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Exam (Rating Score C)

AC-1

Per cent 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

Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D)

Work Experience in Month (July 31, 2019)

Rating Score C

< 12 months

0

>= 12 and <= 36 months

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

> 36 months

5

Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

AC – Academic Discipline

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

IIM Ahmedabad further states, “Normalised AR score of a candidate is equal to their AR score divided by the average of the top 50 AR scores from the candidate’s pool, (the candidates’ pool, in this case, being defined as a group of candidates who appear for CAT 2019 and apply to IIMA.)”

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22: Shortlisting for AWT & PI

There are two stages in which the shortlisting process is carried out by IIM Ahmedabad. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their Composite Score (CS). 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 discipline are shortlisted for AWT & PI. The shortlist formula is as follows:

CS (Composite Score) = 0.35 (Normalised AR score) + 0.65 (Normalised overall score in CAT 2019)

The upper limit (UL) of the number of candidates shortlisted from each category is as follows:

Number of candidates shortlisted from each category

Category

Upper Limit Per ACRC-1

Upper Limit Per ACRC-2

General

100

150

NC-OBC-cum Transgender

57

85

SC

32

48

ST

16

24

PwD

6

9

Minimum cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories

Stream in XII Std.

Gen.

NC-OBC cum Transgender

SC

ST

PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-Transgender), SC

PWD (ST)

Science

80

75

70

65

70

65

Commerce

77

72

67

62

67

62

Arts & Humanities

75

70

64

59

64

59

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.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22: Final Selection

The final composite score will be calculated on the basis of the following formula:

FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.25 (Normalised CAT score) + 0.15 (AR)

The final selection of candidates will depend on a diverse set of factors including performance in CAT, AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020-22

Question: What is the expected Cutoff of IIM Ahemdabad?

Answer:

The minimum cutoff for IIM Ahemdabad in order to be considered eligible for admission process is around 80. However, this doesn't mean if any student who has secured the minimum percentile will be called for admission process to IIM Ahemdabad. The actual cutoff for IIM Ahemdabad is very high as compared to minimum cutoff. It can be said that for any student in order to receive a call from IIM Ahemdabad must have a minimum overall percentile of 95+.

Question: What is admission process for IIM Ahemdabad?

Answer:

IIM Ahemdabad has 2 stages for shortlisting students:

Stage 1 : Students are shortlisted for WAT and PI round on the basis of a composite score which contains weight-age from students CAT score, Academic records and academic diversity.

Stage 2 : A final merit list is prepared on the basis of a final merit score which has a weightage from various parameters like CAT score, academic rating and performance in GD and PI round. 

Question: What is a composite score?

Answer:

The composite is a score on the basis of which students are shortlisted for the admission process for various IIMs. It contains weightage from various parameters like candidates CAT score, his academic ratings and his performance in various rounds for Admission Process.

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