IIM-Ahmedabad: More non-engineers and women make it to PGP as screening process tweaks
Aditi Garg, 04 Jul 2018, #IIM Ahmedabad
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IIM Ahmedabad - While the engineers, for years, have dominated majority of the seats at one of the country’s most prestigious B-schools - Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, things are looking different this year. The current batch of 2018-20 features more diverse academic backgrounds and better gender discipline that are spread out over various streams.

With the culmination of the new batch of PGP and PGP-FABM (2018-20) at IIM-A on June 29, the batch strength for PGP grew to 399 students. The current batch comprises of non-engineers which constitute 33 percent of the students who have joined PGP programme. These numbers, as per a release by the institute, are by far the highest in the last five years.

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The changing demographics can be attributed to tweaks that were introduced to the screening process by IIM-A and its counterparts. The pre-interview phase of shortlisting candidates along with preparation of merit list based on interviews was changed, in order to have more diverse classrooms.

Additionally, a steady growth has been observed over the last four years in the percentage of women students. Women constitute 27 percent of the current batch strength which supports last year’s growth.

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Professor Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA said, “We are pleased to have more students joining IIMA who we envisage will become future leaders of organizations. Diversity in the student population helps in enriching the learning process. We consider surface-level diversity that has easily identifiable characteristics such as sex or educational backgrounds to be important.  The institute believes such diversity has an impact on the heterogeneity of the deep and enduring attributes such as values, attitudes, opinions, and perspectives of students which enhances their creativity and performance in an organizational context.”

Professor Apratim Guha, Outgoing-Chairperson, Admissions, IIMA, explains “Our admissions policy helps us admit students with diverse perspectives to contribute greatly to the discussion-based learning that we employ at IIMA. To have a broader mix of participants without compromising on quality will enrich the academic experience of IIMA students even further.”


Data for PGP Graduate Program: Non - Engineering students

The table below mentions the share of non-engineering students in percentage enrolled in the PGP batches over the past three batches.









Data for PGP Graduate Program: Female students


Percentage of

Female Students

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Added diversity in PGP-FABM programme

PGP-FABM programme, the world’s top-rated programme in agri-business, also had a diverse entering class of forty-six students. This year saw more than a double percentage of applicants from diverse backgrounds joining PGP-FABM with 39 percent of the entering class are from food technology field and 35% are from the field of agriculture.


Data for PGP- FABM Graduate Program: Food Technology Background







Data for PGP – FABM Graduate Program: Agriculture Background








At IIM Bangalore, the proportion of girls in a 405-student batch rose to 28 percent, which was also the highest. Also, the ratio of Commerce students bagging seats at IIM Bangalore was up by eight percent as compared to six per cent in the previous batch.

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i am in class 11 ......what should i have to do get admission in IIMA

Ayshi Ghosh Student Expert 5th Nov, 2019
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!

I have a query about the admission in IIM Ahmedabad. How the admission process conducted and which score is required like 10th and 12th percentage or as per the cat rank?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 3rd Nov, 2019


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.


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

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019


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,



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


My 10th , 12th and graduation score is 86.1% ,78.3% and 73% respectively and i am pursuing BBA and no work ex. how much minimum CAT percentile i need to get calls from IIM Ahmedabad, Kozhikode and MDI gurgaon

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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