Mission Admission : IIM Ahmedabad, MBA Batch 2017-2019
IIM Ahmedabad: Admission Process & CAT 2016 Cutoff
According to QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad figures among the 39 "Elite Global Business Schools". IIM A is one of the most reputed business schools in India and tops the wish list for most MBA aspirants in the country. Here's a look at the admission process for the flagship MBA program offered by IIM A:
The 2-year post graduate program in management is a full-time residential course for graduates who wish to pursue a career in the line of management, and to be eligible,
- The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks or the equivalent CGPA. This is relaxed to 45% if the candidate belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Differently-Abled (DA) category.
- The degree should amount to at least three years of education after completion of the twelfth grade higher secondary schooling.
- Candidates who are awaiting their results, and candidates in the final year of their bachelor's can also apply.
IIM Ahmedabad admission is done through a two-stage process. In the first stage, the candidates appear for the Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam. Based on the percentile obtained in the CAT exam IIMA gives a call to the candidate for personal interview. Case study is also conducted at IIMA to evaluate managerial abilities of the incumbent. Lakhs of students appear for the CAT exams every year to seek admission in IIM-A.
In the second stage, candidates get admissions to the post-graduate programs after being scrutinized for their overall performance. In preparing this admission list, inputs such as performance in personal interview, the CAT score, academic background and achievements, extra-curricular activities and post-degree work experience are taken into consideration. Interested overseas candidates should apply with their valid GMAT scores.
Also Read: Learn all about IIM Ahmedabad
The cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad is among the highest among all IIMs. It is however reduced from 90 percentile last year to 80 percentile in the coming year (2017-18) for General Category candidates. Find the cutoff list in the table below.
|Category||VARC||DI & LR||QA||Overall Percentile|
|NC-OBC / Transgender||50||50||50||60|
The selection criteria for Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A) has been announced earlier in August this year and is set in a way that it normalizes your academic score. Fewer engineers may walk in to the campus of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad after the management institute prepares to welcome students from diverse backgrounds into the premises. IIM A will consider the overall, as well as sectional cut-off for CAT 2016 score. This time, students can appear from five academic backgrounds of arts, commerce, medicine, science, and engineering.
In a first, IIM Ahmedabad will directly shortlist candidates from each academic category for the Written Analysis and Personal Interview (WA-PI), provided the minimum percentile cut-off criteria set by IIM-A for CAT 2016 is met as per the table below:
Postgraduate Program (PGP)
Section 1: VARC
Section 2: DI + LR
Section 3: QA
QA: Quantitative Ability
DI: Data Interpretation
VA: Verbal Ability
RC: Reading Comprehension
LR: Logical Reasoning
Your CAT score is the sole criterion for making it through the first short-list. The top fifty candidates, or the top 1%, whichever is lower, will be identified from each category. These candidates will be shortlisted directly from the Written Analysis and Personal Interview round (WA-PI) on the basis of the score from CAT 2016.
The application rating (AR) looks at your academic performance in your tenth grade examination, twelfth grade examination, and for your Bachelor's degree examination. The formula used for calculating the application rating (AR) score is : AR = 0.5*A + 1.5*B + 2.5*C where A corresponds to your rating score for your tenth grade percentage, B refers to the score related to your twelfth grade percentage, and C refers to your score in your Bachelor's degree examination.
The table below shows the conversion table to convert your score in the tenth grade examination into a score to be used to calculate your application rating score (ARS). The below table gives the value for A.
Score in 10th grade qualifying examination (%)
Rating Score (A)
Less than 55
More than 90
The table below shows the conversion table to convert your score in the twelfth grade examination into a score to be used to calculate your application rating scores (ARS). The below table gives the value for B.
Score in 12th grade qualifying examination (%)
Rating Score (B)
Less than 55
More than 90
The table below shows the conversion table to convert your score in the Bachelor examination's score into a score to be used to calculate your application rating scores (ARS). The below table gives the value for C.
Score in Bachelor's degree examination (%)
Rating Score (C)
Less than 55
More than 81
The new system for CAT 2016 based admissions moves away from a composite of multiplicative model and additive scores, to a model which is purely additive. The maximum possible score is 45.
This formula gives greater weightage to your performance in your undergraduate degree, and balanced weightage is given to your performance in the tenth and twelfth grade. This formula does not take into account work experience and postgraduate education, and this will be used as criteria while candidates are evaluated for final selection in the process.
The Composite Score is calculated as: (CAT score out of 450) + (0.7 + (AR)*0.3
This means 70% of your CAT score out of 450 and 30% of your Application Rating score is added together to get your final Composite score.
You can even apply through GMAT, and the table below gives the equivalent CAT 2016 score.
Equivalent CAT Score
After candidates have completed the written analysis and personal interviews (AW-PI), candidates are selected for admission to the 2017-2019 batch based on their performance. Now, 70% weightage is given to their score in these two rounds, and 30% weightage is given to the Composite score at the final stage.
Selection at this stage will be based on the Aggregate Score, which is your GMAT/CAT performance, academic rating/application rating, and your performance in the written analysis and personal interview.
The written analysis and Personal Interview round is based on the following factors: performance in the written analysis section, academic performance, exceptional achievements, extracurricular activities, personal interview, post-degree work experience, any post-degree education, and any verifiable awards and recognitions you may have received.
As the Government of India requires, 27% of the seats are reserved for the NC-OBC, 15% is reserved for SC, 7.5% is reserved for ST, and 3% of the seats are reserved for the Differently Abled (DA) candidates. There are three categories of disability are: low vision/blindness, hearing impairment, and locomotors disability, cerebral palsy.