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IIM Ahmedabad PGPM Admissions 2017-19

Updated On: SEP 19TH, 2016

IIM Ahmedabad is one of the premier institutions of the country, a public business school located in Gujarat, India. Rated as one of the leading business schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region, the institute offers the two-year full-time residential Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) to aspiring candidates every year.

Only candidates possessing a graduate degree with at least 50% aggregate of marks from a recognized institution or university can apply for PGP in Management at the institute. Students must also possess valid CAT-2016 (GMAT for foreign nationals) score in order to be eligible for admission to IIMA MBA programs.

Selection of the candidates to the two-year PGP in Management (2017-19) is done mainly on the basis of following parameters:

  • CAT-2016 Scores
  • Past Academic Records
  • Performance in Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

In addition to the marks scored in CAT-2016, IIMA also uses candidate’s academic performance up to the bachelor’s level in order to shortlist them for AWT & PI. The ranking and the final selection is based on a number of components such as performance in CAT-2016, AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.

Those seeking admission to IIMA can register themselves through the official CAT website by selecting the MBA programme offered at the institute. Completely filled-in applications should be submitted online along with the prescribed processing fee within the stipulated time.

  • Mode of Application

    Online

  • START DATE - END DATE

    08th Aug, 2017 - 22nd Sep, 2017


Important Dates

Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM]
STATUSEVENTDATE
Registration for CAT-2016 08th Aug - 22nd Sep , 2017
CAT Exam Date 04th Dec, 2017

Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad PGPM Admissions

Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM]

  • Candidate should possess graduate degree (minimum 3 years), with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the reserved category candidates) from any recognized institution or university.
  • If the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks by the university, the normalization of marks will be carried out based on the said university’s scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks. In case, the university does not have scheme for normalization, the equivalence would be established by IIMA.
  • Candidate due to appear for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination or students who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the IIM-A MBA programme. Such a candidate must produce necessary certificates from the concerned department/ university confirming that he/she is awaiting final results and has secured minimum required percentile based on latest available grades/marks.
  • Such a candidate is provisionally admitted to the institution and must submit his/her mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor’s degree examination held on or before June 30, 2017 (including supplementaries, if any) issued by the concerned institution/ university.


Application Procedure for IIM Ahmedabad PGPM Admissions

Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM]

Students seeking admission to MBA programmes at IIMA should apply through official CAT website. The registration fee is Rs. 1700/- (For General and NC-OBC candidates) and Rs. 850/- (For SC/ST/ OBC candidates)

For admission to IIM Ahmedabad, candidates will have to select the name of MBA programme offered at the institute as per their preference. Along with the preference for programme, candidates also have to enter their choice of city for the interview round.


Admission Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad PGPM Admissions

Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM]

The detailed selection process of IIM-A for admission to PG Programme in Management (PGP) is discussed below:

Step 1: Cracking CAT-2016

First and the foremost step for being shortlisted in IIM-A is securing excellent score in the Common Admission Test (CAT), a national level examination conducted for MBA admissions in 19 IIMs including IIM Bangalore, IIM Kolkata and over 150 B-schools in India.

CAT-2016 consists of three sections viz. Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). The following table contains the minimum required percentile (sectional and overall) in CAT-2016 for different category of candidates:

CategoryVRCDILRQAOverall
General70707080
NC-OBC cum Transgender65656575
SC60606070
ST50505060
PWD60606070

Step 2: Normalization of Application Rating (AR)

‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of a candidate is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard and the bachelor’s degree programme respectively i.e.
Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C)

Rating Score for 10th (SSC) Std. examination – (A)

Percent Score in 10th Std. ExamRating Score (A)
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908
>9010

Rating Score for 12th (HSC) Std. examination - (B)

Percent Score in 12th Std. ExamRating Score (B)
Science Stream
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908
>9010
Commerce Stream
<=501
>50 and <=552
>55 and <=653
>65 and <=755
>75 and <=908
>9010
Arts Stream
<=451
>45 and <=502
>50 and <=603
>60 and <=705
>70 and <=858
>8510

Rating Score for Bachelor’s Degree examination - (C)

Academic Category (AC) – 1: (Medicine and Surgery based subjects)
Percent Score in Bachelor’s DegreeRating Score (C)
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=623
>62 and <=655
>65 and <=708
>7010
AC-3: (All Commerce, Economics, Finance and Management Related Degrees) &
AC-5: (All Sci. and Agri. related Areas, other than Agricultural Engg, Medicine and Surgery)
<=551
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=653
>65 and <=705
>70 and <=808
>8010
AC-4: (All Computer Applications, IT, Engg, Technology and Architecture related Areas) &
AC-7: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6
<=601
>60 and <=652
>65 and <=703
>70 and <=755
>75 and <=858
>8510
AC-6 (All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Tech., Law and Rural Studies)
<=501
>50 and <=552
>55 and <=603
>60 and <=655
>65 and <=758
>7510
AC-2 (Selected Professional Degrees): CA, ICWA, CS
Percent Score in Professional CoursesRating Score (C)
<=501
>50 and <=532
>53 and <=553
>55 and <=575
>57 and <=638
>6310

Normalised AR score– It is equal to candidate’s AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2016 and apply to IIMA.

Notes:

  • In case of candidates who are yet to complete the bachelor’s degree, Normalized AR will be computed based on their available marks
  • For candidate having cleared CA/ICWA/CS without having a bachelor’s degree, the average of inter and final examinations’ percentage of marks obtained would be treated as their available marks

Step 3: Shortlisting Candidates for AWT & PI

Applicants are shortlisted to appear for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) round on the basis of their composite score (CS) subject to their fulfilling certain criteria.

CS = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2016)

Stage 1: Shortlisting of exceptional candidates from applicants’ pool

Case 1:

From each of the academic categories (AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016 from 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) among the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016, henceforth referred to as ACRC groups, (subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group) will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3:

CategoryUpper Limit (UL) per ACRC
General100
NC-OBC cum transgender57
SC32
ST16
PWD6

Criteria C1-C3:

C1: PVRC, PDILR, PQA and PT must be greater than or equal to the minimum cut-offs.

C2:  P ≥ Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream) where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations. The following table shows Minimum required cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories:

Stream in 12th Std.GeneralNC-OBCSCSTPwD
Science8075706570
Commerce7772656267
Arts & Humanities7570645964

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-2016, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective ACRC.)

Case 2:

Any AC, for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016 from SC/ST/NCOBC/PWD categories is less than 100, will not be subdivided into ACRCs. For such an AC, the top 100 or the top 5% in the respective AC among all the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2016, whichever is less, will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ subject to their fulfilling criteria C4-C6

Criteria C4-C6:

C4: PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70 and PVRC ≥ 70.

C5: P ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities), where P 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 applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2016, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective AC.)

Stage 2:

After removing the exceptional 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) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.

Step 4: Final Selection

IIMA will conduct its Academic Writing Tests and Personal Interviews (AWT & PIs) in selected cities across India viz. Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi/NCR.

Final selection of the candidate will be done strictly on the basis of their ranks computed separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS).

FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS)

The normalised PI and AWT scores of a candidate are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.


Reservation Criteria

Reserved CategorySeats Reserved (%)
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Persons with Disability (PWD) 3%

Note: The three categories of disability are: 

  • low-vision/blindness 
  • hearing impairment
  • locomotor disability, cerebral palsy. 

Seats are reserved for PwD category candidates only if they suffer from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority.


For Overseas Candidates

Candidates belonging to Overseas Indian category i.e. Indians residing outside India can apply with a valid GMAT score instead of a CAT score. In order to be qualified under overseas category, candidates should be an Indian passport holder who expects to live, work or study outside India for at least 12 months continuously as on December 31, 2016.

Eligibility Criteria 

Such candidates must have a total scaled GMAT score of at least 700 and should have cleared the minimum required percentile (sectional and overall) given in the table below:

VerbalQuantitativeOverall
707080

Selection Process 

Selection of the candidates for admission to the 2017-19 batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process.

  • In the first step, candidates are shortlisted for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) based on their composite score (CS) obtained by adding their normalized AR score along with the normalized GMAT score.

          CS = 0.3 (Normalized AR score) + 0.7 (Normalized Total GMAT score)

  • Final selection will be done on the basis of Final Composite Score (FCS) of the candidates calculated by taking into account their CS as well as normalized AWT and PI scores

          FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS)

Application Process for Overseas candidates

  • Candidates can download the concerned application form (PDF or MS-Word version) from the official university website and submit the same upon completion. Last date for receiving completed applications from overseas Indian candidates at IIMA is December 15, 2016.
  • Candidate must also submit an application fee of US$ 100 or equivalent INR at the exchange rate prevailing on the day of transfer through an electronic/online transfer. The payment slip or online transaction receipt should be attached with completed applications.
  • While submitting application fee, candidate must mention the ‘Applicant’s Name’, ‘Purpose’ and ‘Programme Name’ clearly. Details required for fee remittance are provided below:

Name of the Account Holder: INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AHMEDABAD

Account Number: Current A/c No. 10307641013

Bank’s Name & Address: STATE BANK OF INDIA, IIM BRANCH VASTRAPUR AHMEDABAD-380 015, INDIA Branch Code No : 2653

Swift No.: SBININBB412

MICR Code: 380002019

IFS CODE: SBIN0002653

  • Duly filled-in applications along with the necessary enclosures should be sent through post to the following address:

Admissions Officer

Indian Institute of Management

Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015

Gujarat, India

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