Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad- IIM (A) Admission criteria/ Selection Process

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It is imperative that candidates preparing for CAT 20 to understand the admission process followed by IIM Ahmedabad. Indian Institute of Ahmedabad(IIM-A) follows a two-step process for the final selection of the candidates for the two-year Post Graduate Programme to the 2021-23 batch.
Note: Students holding foreign passports have to appear for the GMAT exam and apply through the Supernumerary Quota category only.
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Selection Criteria for PGP 2021-23 Batch students
1. Preliminary Screening process: 
There are three sections in the CAT 2020 exam namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Reasoning Comprehension (VRC). CAT aspirants preparing for management entrance (CAT 2020) have to clear the following
  • Minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks.
  • Overall percentile rank and a positive raw score in all three sections are necessary.
Important Points-Minimum Cut-offs of CAT 2020 Percentile Ranks from IIM (Ahemdabad) Official Website: Table -1
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Verbal & Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank  (PVRC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)
Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank
(PQA)
Overall percentile rank
(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
60
60
60
70
PwD(ST)
50
50
50
60
(Key: EWS- Economically Weaker Sections, SC- Scheduled Castes, ST- Scheduled Tribes, NC-OBC Non-creamy Other Backward Castes, PwD- Persons with disabilities)
Application Rating Score: Its importance in the Selection Process for IIM(Ahmedabad’s PGP )
  • Application Rating Score is the sum of the rating scores of four categories namely
  • Percentage of marks in class 10th.
  • Percentage of marks in class 12th (Streams - ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’, ‘Arts & Humanities’)
  • Percentage of marks in Bachelor’s degree programme
  • Based on work experience till 31st July 2020.
  • For compilation, the equivalent Application Rating scores are obtained using percentile equivalence of score distributions after taking into account the previous year’s CAT data.
Detailed information on the marks obtained:
Rating Score for Class 10th    Exams (A)- Table 2
Class 10th Percentage
Rating Score  A
<=55
1
>55 and <= 60
2
>60 and <= 70
3
>70 and <= 80
5
>80 and <= 90
8
>90
10
Rating Score for Class 12th    Exams (B)- Table 3
 For Science Stream
For Commerce Stream
For Arts/ Humanities Stream
Class 12th Percentage
Rating Score (B)
Class 12th Percentage
Rating Score (B)
Class 12th Percentage
Rating Score (B)
<=55
1
<=50
1
<=45
1
>55 and <= 60
2
>50 and <= 55
2
>45 and <= 50
2
>60 and <= 70
3
>55 and <= 65
3
>50 and <= 60
3
>70 and <= 80
5
>65 and <= 75
5
>60 and <= 70
5
>80 and <= 90
8
>75 and <= 90
8
>70 and <= 85
8
>90
10
>90
10
>85
10
Rating Score for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (C) – Table 4
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
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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
AC- Academic Category
Rating Score for Work Experience (D)- Table 5
Work Experience in Month (As filled in the CAT Application Form)
Rating Score D
< 12 Months
0
   >=12 and <= 36 months
MF* (number of months of work experience-11)
>36 months
5
Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF)=0.22
Application Rating Score - (Rating score A of Class 10th+ Rating Score B of Class 12th+ Rating score C of Bachelor’s Degree + Rating Score D of Work experience). To know more about the rating scores for various categories, visit the official website of IIM(A).
AR Score= A+B+C+D
How is the Normalised Score Achieved?
To get a Normalised AR score of a particular candidate, the AR score is divided by the average of the top Fifty AR scores from the group of candidates who appear for the CAT exam.
2. Shortlisting Process for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)
Stage 1: IIM (Ahmedabad) selects exceptional achievers/ performers from the total number of candidates who have applied to IIM A. A certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) based on the “Composite Score” that they achieve.
From each of the academic categories(AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIM A that appear in CAT 2020 belonging to 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). These will be referred to as ACRC groups subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group as mentioned in Table 6, will be further shortlisted for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) on the basis of the composite score.
CS (Composite Score)= ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + CATF_CS * Normalised overall score in CAT-2020
Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS)= 0.35
 
CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS)= 0.65
Table 6a: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-1, AC-2, AC-3, AC-5
Category
Upper Limit (UL) Per  ACRC (1)
General
100
NC-OBC-cum -transgender
57
SC
32
ST
16
PwD
6
Table 6b: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-4
Category
Upper Limit (UL) Per  ACRC (2)
General
150
NC-OBC-cum -transgender
85
SC
48
ST
24
PwD
9
Note: 5% or the numbers mentioned in Table 6a, whichever are smaller.
5% or the numbers mentioned in Table 6b, whichever are smaller.
Read information regarding Criteria C1- C3 mentioned below
C1. Candidate’s score in PVRC, PDILR, PQA, and PT must not be lower than 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 7), where is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations.)
Class 12th Std Stream
General-cum-EWS Category
NC-OBC-cum-transgender Category
SC Category
ST Category
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
C3.  (Percentage of marks in the bachelor's examination) ≥ 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, (the applicants' pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2020, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective ACRC.)  
Criteria C4-C6:
C4.  PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70, and PVRC ≥ 70.
C5.  P ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities), where is the average of the percentages of marks scored in the 10th and 12th std. examinations.
C6.  (Percentage of marks in the bachelor's examination) ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective AC group of the applicants' pool, (the CAT applicants' pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2020, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective AC.)
Stage 2: After removing the candidates selected in Stage 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST, and PWD) 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 – Key details
Once the candidate has reached this stage then further selection will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each category (General/ SC/ST/NC- OBC/ PwD) on the basis of the candidate’s  “Final Composite Score”(FCS).
The final Composite Score of the candidate who appears for AWT and PI will be computed in the following manner:-
FCS = PIF * Normalised PI Score + AWTF * Normalised AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalised CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR
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
A candidate’s normalized PI and AWT score are the score in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.
Candidates should note that it is extremely important to perform well in each section of the test. Moreover, IIMA also considers the candidate’s academic performance for shortlisting for AWT & PI process.
For more information, students should visit the official website (www.iima.ac.in).
Table 8: Categories for bachelor’s degree/ integrated master’s degree according to the CAT application
  • AC-1 Medicine and Surgery based subjects): MBBS, MD (USA).
  • AC-2 - Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA), Company Secretaryship (CS).
  • AC-3 (All Commerce, Economics, Finance, and Management Related Degrees): Including BAF, BBA, BBE, BBI, BBM, BBS, BCAF, BCCA, BCOM, BFIA, BFM, BHM, BHMCT, BIBF, BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies) and BSBA degrees
  • AC-4 I (All Engineering, Technology, and Architecture related Areas): Including BARCH, BE, BIT, BINFTECH, BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG), BTECH and integrated MTECH degrees (Excluding all degrees in Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Jewelry Design/Footwear Design, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology). 
II (Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding degrees in Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, and Leather Design). Also including degrees in Ayurveda, dentistry, homeopathy, paramedical, veterinary degrees.
  • AC-5 (All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Design/Technology, Law and Rural Studies): Including any BA (excluding Economics, Geography, and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BCJ, BDES, BED, BFTECH, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM (Bachelor of Music), BMC, BMM, BMus, BSW and LLB.
  • AC-6  Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-5.
For detailed information, students should visit the official website of IIMA.
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