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IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2022 fully explained

by Manish Gupta 2021-09-22

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2022 fully explained

The Post Graduate Programme in Management at IIM Ahmedabad is one of the most coveted and sought after courses. If you want to get into this B-School( which of course you want to, owing to its first ranking), IIMA selection process requires candidates to satisfy some of the criterias which we will discuss below. The purpose of this article is to illustrate and simplify the selection criteria of the PGP program mentioned technically on the official website. Also explore  how life at IIMA looks like if you are curious to know about your dream B-School. 

Coming Up:

  • Eligibility criteria in IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria
  • Shortlisting Parameters and The AR Score
    • Percentile cut-off.
    • 10th and 12th standard Marks
    • Graduation Marks
    • Work experience
    • AR score
  • Shortlisting Process and Composite Score
    • Criteria Exceptional Performers
    • Criteria for Others
  • Final Process
    • What happens in AWT?
    • How is the Personal Interview carried?
    • Merit list based on the Final Composite Score.
    • Final Admission offer

 

IIM Ahmedabad Eligibility Criteria 2022

IIMA eligibility states that a candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from an UGC or AICTE approved institution. Candidates in the final year of graduation need to produce a certificate from the institute saying that the candidate satisfies the criteria as per the available marks of the candidate. Failing to produce the final year mark sheet and certification within the specified period will result in the cancelation of the candidate's admission.

Parameters in IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off 2022

You need to satisfy overall as well as sectional percentile cutoff for your respective category. 

Table 1 -  Minimum cut-off percentile for selection. 

Category

Percentile of VARC

Percentile of DILR

Percentile of

QA

Overall Percentile (PT)

General, EWS

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC-CUM-transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-CUM-transgender,SC)

60

60

60

70

PwD (ST)

50

50

50

60

Mere cracking the minimum cutoff doesn't guarantee your shortlisting as you need to face a fierce competition from lakhs of students, so being in 99+ for general category would be minimum percentile to get a call from IIMA assuming that you also top in other criterias mentioned below.

10th and 12th Standard Marks

Whatever you scored in SSC and HSC is counted in the shortlisting process by assigning different scores for different Percentages. Here your overall percentage is considered whether it's mentioned on your mark sheet or not. Many boards don't count the additional subjects while calculating CGPA Or final percentage, but IIMA takes into account all the subjects.

Table 2 - 10th standard percentile(A) 

10th standard percentile

Score rating A

>90

10

>80 and <=90

8

>70 and <=80

5

>60 and <= 70

3

>55 and <=60

2

<=55

1

 

Table 3 - 12thstandard percent (B)

12th standard percent

Score rating B

Science

Commerce

Arts

>90

10

10

10

>85 and <90

8

8

10

>80 and <85

8

8

8

>75 and <80

5

8

8

>70 and <75

5

5

8

>65 and <70

3

5

5

>60 and <65

3

3

5

>55 and <60

2

3

3

>50 and <55

1

2

3

>45 and<50

0

1

2

<=45

0

0

1

 

Graduation Marks 

Different graduation disciplines get different scores based on the academic category(AC) they fall in. There are 7 AC mentioned below. 

  • AC-1= Medicine and Surgery based subjects. 
  • AC-2= Selected professional degrees (CA, CS, ICWA, FIAI)
  • AC-3= All commerce, economics, finance and management related degrees 
  • AC-4=Engineering, technology and Architecture related degrees. 
  • AC-5= Arts/ Humanities related degrees. 
  • AC-6= Courses/ Degrees not mentioned above are included here.

The scores allocated against different percentiles in an academic category varies from 1 to 10. If you are in your final year, your percentage will be calculated on the basis of available marks till the point where the exam result has been declared. 

Table  4 - Graduation percentile (C) 

Graduation percentile

Score rating C

AC-1

AC-2

AC-3

AC-4 & AC-6

AC-5

>85

10

10

10

10

10

>80 and <=85

10

10

10

8

10

>75 and <=80

10

10

8

8

10

>70 and <=75

10

10

8

5

8

>65 and <=70

8

10

5

3

8

>63 and<=65

5

10

3

2

5

>62 and <=63

5

8

3

2

5

>60 and <62

3

8

3

2

5

>57 and <60

2

8

2

1

3

>55 and <57

2

5

2

1

3

>53 and <55

1

3

2

1

2

>50 and <53

1

2

2

1

2

<=50

1

1

1

1

1

 

Work experience

The maximum points that a student may fetch under work-ex is 5. There is no use of experience of less than 12 months in gaining work-ex scores,  Only experience till July of the respective year in which you have CAT would be considered. 

Table 5 - Work experience Scores (D) 

Work experience (in months)

Score Rating D

<12 months

0

>=12 months but <=36 months

(0.2)* (number of months of working experience – 11)

>36 months

5

 

The AR Score in IIM Ahmedabad shortlist

Now, all the scores A, B, C and D are aggregated to find your AR score(Application Rating Score). This AR score is now converted to normalised AR Score by dividing this by the average of top 50 AR scores of the IIMA applicants.

For example if your AR score is 30 and if the average of top 50 AR score of the IIMA applicants is 33, then your normalised AR score will be 30/33 which is 0.90 approx.

Shortlisting process in IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria

Domestic Candidates with valid CAT scores are shortlisted for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). Shortlisting for AWT-PI is done on the basis of composite score which = (0.35 * Your Normalised AR score) + (0.65 * Your CAT normalised score) .  If you do not possess a valid composite score to be on merit list, your selection process gets terminated.

Those candidates who are Overseas residents of India who want to pursue management career in IIMA need to clear the IIM Ahmedabad GMAT exam. They are shortlisted for AWT and PI rounds based on the GMAT scores.

Once you qualify based on your composite score, you have to appear for the AWT and you will receive a call for the Personal Interview. After this the last stage is the final selection. Check more about how selection goes into other IIMs

Shortlisting for exceptional performers

IIMA rewards exceptional performers among the IIMA applicants from each of the academic category mentioned earlier. All those who have top marks in academics and CAT among all the IIMA applicants (emphasie on it as your competition is only from the IIM applicants, so even if your score is 92% in 12th, you may not be topper in your board but may be on top 5% among the IIMA applicants) are prioritised in shortlisting for AWT and PI.  

What is ACRC group?

Top 5% of applicants  are shortlisted from each academic category (AC) and reservation category(RC), combined named as ACRC group. So an academic category 1 and reservation category EWS would form an ACRC group.

A small exception to ACRC group

Using your high school combinations concept, there would be 6*5 (6 ACs and 5 RCs), that is, 30 ACRC groups specifically. But to the exception of this, there may not be all the 30 ACRC groups in IIMA shortlist, as any AC where the number of reserved category (SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) IIMA applicants are less than 100, is not divided further into ACRC. So formation of ACRC group is possible when reserved category applicants in a AC is atleast 100.

Shortlisting when ACRC is not possible

Top 100 or top 5% of the candidates, whichever is less, will be Shortlisted for AWT and PI round. You may be thinking that how come top 100 when it's said already that total candidates in these caes are less than 100, then you must know that while reserved categories are considering factor to decide for division of AC into ACRC, but when the shortlisting is done, general candidate too are considered in the list. So an AC may have less than 100 reserved category candidates, but at the same time, it may have more number of general candidates which on adding will cross the 100 limit. So, continuing with the shortlisting process, Top 100 or top 5% candidates are shortlisted by computing the composite score. Also you need to fulfill 3 criterias mentioned below which you would obviously be satisfying if you are an exceptional performer.

C1: CAT percentile: PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70 and PVRC ≥ 70.

C2: Your average of percentage marks for 10th and 12th must be  ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities).

C3: Your graduation percentage must be geaeater than or equals to 80th percentile percentage of your respective AC group. In other words, you must be among top 20% of the candidates in your AC group. So, if you are falling in AC-3 and your group 80th percentage marks, that is the lowest percentage marks of top 20% of the number of IIM applicants in that AC, are 72%, then you must have at least 72% in your grad to be eligible for being in exceptional performer shortlist. 

Shortlisting for ACRCs

The merit list of top 5% candidates is prepared by computing composite score as mentioned preciously. It doesn't mean that if there are 2000 exceptional performers in a reservation category, all will be shortlisted. No! An upper cap is placed to keep a check on maximum shortlisted exceptional performers as given in the table below.  

Table 6 - Upper Cap for each ACRC group

Category

Upper Limit Per ACRC

AC 1,2,3,5, 6

AC 4

General

100

150

NC-OBC-cum-transgender

57

85

SC

32

48

ST

16

24

PwD

6

9

To be eligible to be considered for ACRC shortlist, you must need to satify 3 minimum criterias (C4, C5 and C6). 

C4: You must satisfy the minimum VAT cutoff as in Table 1.

C5: Your average of percentage marks for 10th and 12th must be greater than what is given in table below. 

Table 7 - Minimum average marks in 10th and 12th

Stream in 12th std.

General-cum-EWS

NC-OBC-cum-transgender

SC 

ST 

PWD(other than ST)

PWD (ST)

Science

80

75

70

65

70

65

Commerce

77

72

67

62

67

62

Arts & Humanities

75

70

64

59

64

59

C6: Your graduation percentage must be geaeater than or equals to 80th percentile percentage of your respective ACRC group. 

Shortlisting for Rest of the crowd

After removing the candidates already shortlisted, additional number of candidates to call for AWT-PI are shortlisted by computing composite score as per the formula mentioned earlier. To be eligible for shortlisting, such candidates need to satisfy C4 and C5 mentioned above. 

Final Selection Process in IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria 2022

Final selection of candidate depend too much on performance in AWT and Personal interview round. 

A bit about AWT of IIMA

Unlike other IIMs where WAT is conducted to test the candidate’s knowledge, IIMA doesn't follow this. IIMA conducts the AWT test to check the ability of the candidate to reason and think logically. 

AWT is a 20-30 minutes duration test where you will be given a topic and you need to analyse the statement for the problem, assumptions, what if logics, suggestions, pitfalls etc. It differs from WAT in the sense that here although you are writing, but most importantly you are analysing a motion for its pros or cons given that you will have access to all information relating to your analysis. 

How are IIM Ahmedabad interview carried out?

After AWT, as far as the IIM A interview is concerned, it lasts for about 20-30 minutes where you may be asked about anything personally related to you. Do check more about interviews in IIMs

Final Composite Score Calculation

After clearing the Analytical Writing Test and the Personal Interview, your final composite score is computed.

Maximum weightage is given to PI round having 50% weightage, followed by CAT score having 25% weightage, then AR and AWT score having 15% and 10% weightage respectively. 

 

Final Composite Score = (0.50*a) + (0.10*b) + (0.25*c) + (0.15*d)

a= personal interview score.             b= AWT score

c= CAT score                                    d= AR score

 

Final Admission Offer

A merit list is prepared for each reservation category based on your Final Composite Scores and IIMA seat vacancies and finally a final offer letter is offered to those in merit. Those who are in merit need to submit the fees by the stipulatd time. IIM Ahmedabad fee for a total 2 years of PGP is approx 23 lakhs payable in installments. 

The selection process is quite long but sailing through it would obviously be fruitful in the long term. Half of the journey to reach IIMA is confined to the CAT exam. Underestimating it would make no sense if you are damn passionate about landing in IIMA. This time is your crucial chance to make it or break it. Utilize it wisely in your CAT preparation to make your CAT score IIM capable. In case you lack in apt sources, feel free to join Acadergy for all the preparation material, best of the preparation features and for all mentoring and doubt solving support. Acadergy makes it easy!