IIM Ahmedabad

Ranked as the leading Business School in India and the Asia-Pacific region, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) offers post graduate diploma program in management, agri-business management and various other executive training programs. Established in 1961 with an objective of providing high-quality management education, IIM A is spread across almost 106 acres in the Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. The campus provides best of its class research, sports and other additional infrastructures.

IIM Ahmedabad

Programmes offered at IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad offers various post management programmes for the Bachelor’s degree graduates. The various IIM Ahmedabad programmes are mentioned below:

  • Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)
  • Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
  • Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM)
  • One Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX)
  • Exchange Programmes
  • Armed Forces Programme (AFP)

IIM A also conducts various executive education and faculty development programmes every year. A two-year e-Post Graduate Programme in Management was also started by IIM Ahmedabad for the working executives and entrepreneurs.

Placements and Career

IIM Ahmedabad provides the best job opportunities to its students in top recruiting companies. The IIM Ahmedabad placement process is conducted in two stages:

  • Lateral Process: Based on prior work experience of candidates and the positions offered are mid-level managerial positions.
  • Final placement process: Firms are grouped into cohorts based on the profile offered, and groups of cohorts are invited to campus across different clusters.

Firms that come for the Lateral process are:

  • Analytics
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Consumer Services
  • Pharmaceuticals and Technology

More than 100 companies participated in the final placement drive for the batch 2015-2017 in 3 different clusters. Amongst the top recruiters like McKinsey, Goldman Sachs and others, Amazon became the top recruiter with 18 offers.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria- Phase 1 Shortlisting:

IIM Ahmedabad shortlists criteria involve a 2 phase selection criteria for the candidates. The first step in phase 1 is preliminary screening which is followed by a Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Preliminary Screening:

There are three sections in CAT exam i.e. ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning’ (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension’ (VRC). A candidate has to obtain both sectional and overall percentile rank, which should combine to form a positive (greater than zero) overall raw score. For the 2017-19 batch (CAT 2016 percentiles), the IIM Ahmedabad cut-off is given below:

Category VARC DILR QA Aggregate
General 70 70 70 80
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
PWD 60 60 60 70

Apart from these qualifying criteria, IIM Ahmedabad eligibility criteria involve ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of the candidates. Also, exceptional performers from different disciplines and categories are directly called for the interview.

Academic-wise and Category-wise IIM Ahmedabad cut-offs for Different Streams:

Category Science Commerce Arts & Humanities
General 80% 77% 75%
SC 70% 67% 64%
ST 65% 62% 59%
NC-OBC 75% 72% 70%
PWD 70% 67% 64%

Detailed AR Calculation & Rating Score:

The rating scores from the below-given tables are taken and added to form the total Application Rating Score. This ARS is used as a shortlisting criterion by IIM A.

For Class 10 Scores- Rating Score A

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For Class 12 Scores- Rating Score B

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For Bachelor’s Degree- Rating Score C

IIM Ahmedabad AR Calculation

Note: In the Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score table,

  • AC-1 implies Medical and Surgery related fields
  • AC-2 implies Professional Degrees (CA, CS, ICWA)
  • AC-3 implies Commerce, Finance, Economics and Management related degrees
  • AC-4 implies to Engineering degree
  • AC-5 implies Science, Nursing and Agri-based areas
  • AC-6 implies Arts, Humanities, Fashion Technology, law and rural studies
  • AC-7 implies to any other discipline

An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores based on her/his percentage of marks obtained in 10th standard, 12th standard and bachelor’s degree examinations.

          ∴ Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C)

The Normalized AR score of an applicant is equal to his/her AR scores divided by the average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicant pool.

          ∴ Normalized AR score = AR/(Average of top 50 candidates AR).

Short Listing for Writing Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI):

The Candidates will be shortlisted for the Written Ability Test and the Personal Interview on the basis of “Composite Score”.

∴ Composite Score: CS =  0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2017)

In general, the candidates remaining on the top 20 percentile will be selected for the AWT and PI. Previously, a group discussion was conducted which was replaced by the WAT to smoothen the scrutiny process. A candidate’s WAT score is common for all the IIMs i.e., if a candidate has already appeared and got the WAT score, every IIM will use that score to evaluate his/her final score.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria- Phase 2 Selection:

In phase 2 of the IIM A selection process, the final selection is done on the basis of individual Final Composite Scores (FCS). Here the candidates are evaluated on the basis of their performance on PI and WAT along with the composite score.

Final Selection:

The IIM Ahmedabad selection at this stage will strictly be based on a candidate’s ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS). This will include the overall performance of the candidates including the WAT and PI.

∴ FCS = 0.4 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.1 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.5 (CS)

Overall weightage given at Final Selection Stage (all scores are calculated on Normalised basis) is as follows:

Factors Weightage
CAT Score 28%
Academics 12%
WAT 10%
PI 50%

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