IIM Ahmedabad announces admission criteria 2017-19; reduces overall CAT cutoff to 80 percentile
Urvashi Dalal, 07 Aug 2016, #IIM Ahmedabad
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With the announcement of CAT, IIM Ahmedabad has released the admission criteria for the post graduate programme in management 2017-19. This year the IIM-A officials have drastically reduced their minimum CAT cutoff under all the categories to shortlist students for their PGP selection process. The overall CAT cutoff required for a general category student to get shortlisted has been reduced to 80 from last years’ 90 percentile. Apparently, the reduction in CAT cutoff by one of the top IIMs indicate towards a difficult CAT paper this year, and also that other IIMs may follow the same.

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Not only the minimum CAT cut-off for the general category has been reduced, the cutoff for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC) and Persons with disabilities (PWD) have been reduced to 70, 60, 75, and 70 respectively.

 

Minimum Cut-offs of CAT 2016 Percentile Ranks

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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

75

70

70

80

 SC

65

65

65

75

 ST

60

60

60

70

NC-OBC cum Transgender

50

50

50

60

PWD

60

60

60

70

The Indian Institutes of Management through their tough selection process selects the best lot of students for different coveted IIMs. Before broadly analyzing the IIM-A admission policy, let’s first look at the selection process of IIMs. 

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The IIM Admission Process is a two-step process

Candidates are first shortlisted on the basis of the CAT cut-off percentiles, sectional as well as overall, along with past academic record and work experience. After the shortlist, the candidates are called for WAT- PI rounds conducted by each of the IIMs. The selection at this round is based on the performance at each stage of the round with assessment on past academic records, work experience, co-curricular activities and diversity factors (if applicable). Each parameter is assigned a particular weight-age on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their weights vary with each of the IIMs.

 

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2017-19

 

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2017-19 batch of the PGP at IIM-A is a two-step process. In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT 2016 score and who have applied to the programme. In the Preliminary screening of the shortlisting process,  only the candidates with the 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 2016 will be considered for further stages.

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’ (Tables 2-4) 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.

Rating Scores for 10th Std. Exam (Rating Score A)

Percent 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)

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 12th Commerce Stream (Rating Score B)

Percent Score in XIIth 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

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

Percent Score in XIIth 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

Rating Scores for bachelor’s degree Exam (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 & AC-5

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-7

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-6

Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree

Rating Score C

≤  50

1

> 50 and v 55

2

> 55 and ≤ 60

3

> 60 and ≤ 65

5

> 65 and ≤ 75

8

>75

10

 **AC – Academic Discipline

**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 appear for CAT 2016 and apply to IIMA.)

 

Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) Shortlisting will be carried out in two stages.

 

1. Stage 1-

IIM-A endeavors to recognize performers in terms of their previous academic records as well as their performance in CAT across diverse academic backgrounds. Towards that, a certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling certain criteria. From each of the academic categories (AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT 2016 from SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD categories is at least 100, the top 5% in the respective AC limited to the respective categories (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD) among the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT 2016, henceforth referred to as ACRC groups, (subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group as specified in Table 5) will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

CS (Composite Score) = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT 2016).

 

Criteria C1-C3: C1- PVRC, PDILR, PQA and PT must be greater than or equal to the minimum cut-offs as specified in Table 1. C2. P ≥ Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream as shown in Table 6), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations.

 

Criteria C4-C6: C4- PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70 and PVRC ≥ 70. C5. P ≥ 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.

 

2. Stage 2-

After removing the candidates selected in Stage 1 from each category, the additional number of candidates to be shortlisted for AWT & PI will be selected on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see above) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.

 

3. Final Selection-

Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the ranks of the candidates computed separately for each category on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS). The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law. The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows: FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS). 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 will conduct its Academic Writing Tests and Personal Interviews (AWT & PIs) in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi/NCR. Candidates shortlisted for AWT & PI will be intimated by registered post tentatively by the second week of January 2017.

 

As per Government of India requirement, 27% of the seats are reserved for NC-OBC, 15% for SC and 7.5% for ST candidates. Candidates also need to mark carefully the category to which they belong in the application form. 3% seats are reserved for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) candidates.

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Hello,
Firstly, you need to score very well in your class 12 board exam or equivalent examination. You also need to have very good concepts in English and mathematics since they're very important to score well in the CAT examination as well as in the successive rounds. Doing this will help you get into IIM A. All the best!
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Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 3rd Nov, 2019

hello,

iim ahmedabad short lists candidate according to academic marks and cat percentile. suppose you get 99 percentile in cat , but your academic is not that good there may be no chances for you to get selected. if you have more than of 90 percentage marks in 10th, 12th and graduation and along with excellent cat score you have fair chances to get calls.

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what is the fees structure of this clg? yearly as well as full course fees for bba

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019

hey,

as from your tag of college I want to inform you that in iim ahmedabad there is no bba or bachelor courses available , you can do mba or phd in management or post graduate program in business analyst profile.

you can also check official website for more details,

https://www.iima.ac.in/web/iima#

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Im in CA Final and I done my internship from Ahmedabad with 3 year work experience in CA firm in A/c, Auditing, Tax & finance etc. I was poor in academic,got in between 65 to 75%. I want to do MBA from IIMA. so plz tell me abt CAT percentile for OBC candidate. and chances for selection. Thank you.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019

Dear Raj, the selection procedure for IIM A is as follows:


10th Rating:


Percent score      Rating Score


<= 55       1


> 55 and <= 60      2


> 60 and <= 70      3


> 70 and <= 80       5


> 80 and <= 90       8


> 90          10


The same rating score is used for 12th Science /Commerce Streams. For Arts/Humanities:


Percent score     Rating Score


<= 45         1

> 45 and <= 50        2

> 50 and <= 60         3

> 60 and <= 70         5

> 70 and <= 85         8

> 85        10


Work Experience in Months as on July 31, 2019 Rating Score


< 12 months 0


> 36 months 5


Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20


From each Academic sectors top 5% from each stream and each Category will be short listed. It might look like:



Category Upper Limit


General 100


NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57


SC 32


ST 16


PwD 6


After shortlisting the Candidates, the selected Candidates will have to go through WAT and PI rounds. Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each Category ) on the basis of their Final Composite Score. . The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.


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



After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.


Considering all this and the fact that you belong to OBC, you need atleast 85 percentile. The sectional cut offs should be as follows:

VRC: 75

DILR: 75

QA: 75

Overall: 85

For the complete selection process, please visit their official website at: https://www.iima.ac.in/web/pgp/apply/domestic/eligibility

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Ayshi Ghosh Student Expert 29th Oct, 2019
Hello Atishay,
With your academic records, you need to score more than 99.8 percentile to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad, more than 99.5 percentile to get a call from IIM Kozhikode and  more than 98 percentile to get into MDI Gurgaon. All the best!
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