IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff: Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Process

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    IIM Ahmedabad has topped NIRF ranking 2020 marking itself as the best institute to pursue management in India. The institute had declared final result for PGP and PGP-FAMB programme 2020-2022 on the official website on May 8, 2020. Candidates who appeared for Written ability test and Personal interview were able to check their result by mentioning CAT Registration number and valid email id. In order to be eligibile for IIM-A candidates need to appear for CAT 2020 scheduled to take place on November 29, 2020. 

    Latest Update:  CAT Registration has started from August 5 and will be available tillSeptember 16, 2020 on Apply Here!

    • IIM-A has revised the selection criteria for 2021, weightage of CAT score has been further reduced from 65% to 60%. Among all the IIMs, IIM Ahmedabad qualifying CAT cutoff is the lowest. Not only this, the other parameters like work experience, academic record, diversity, weightage have been increased. 
    • IIM-A admission process for 2020- 2022 session is a two-step process. Firstly the candidates are shortlisted for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) on the basis of CAT Cutoff. Second step is the final selection for admission.
    • Out of 29085 candidates considered for shortlisting, 5 were on the basis of GMAT scores. 
    • Students from Humanities background have increased in the flagship PGP programme. Nearly 5% are from arts background from 3% in 2019. Share of commerse students is 18%, science students is 15% while 76% are from engineering background.

    IIM-A released the shortlist of 1243 candidates for WAT-PI on January 6, 2020 after the declaration of CAT Results on January 4.  

    IIM-A Number of Shortlisted Candidates

      IIM Ahmedabad Number of Shortlisted Candidates on the basis of CAT Scores

      CategoryNumber of Shortlisted Candidates

      CAT 2019 Cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad 

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      CAT 2019 Cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad 

      IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020 comprises of two steps including preliminary screening and shortlisting criteria having huge weightage for CAT score and the final selection criteria holding less weightage to CAT score.

      IIM Ahmedabad Cut Off is the minimum percentile that candidates need to score for getting admission to the various MBA and PGDM programs in the IIMs and other B-schools of the country. The institute will declare its cut off after the announcement of CAT Result. 

      • Candidates have to clear both the sectional and overall cut off for getting shortlisted in the pre-admission rounds.
      • The cut off for 2-years PGDM program at IIM Ahmedabad had been around 80-85 percentile in the last few years.
      • CAT Cut Off for IIM Ahmedabad depends on many variables.      
      • Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their CAT score are called for CAT Counselling.
      • IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process comprises 3 steps- Preliminary Screening, Screening for AWT (Academic Writing Test) & PI (Personal Interview) and Final Selection.

      The institute considers the academic performance of the candidates in the 10th, 12th and degree examinations. IIM Ahmedabad is often considered by people as the best MBA college in India. It has been voted many times as the finest Indian MBA college. Getting admission in IIM Ahmedabad is a matter of pride as it is one of the best IIMs in the country.

        Category Percentile
        VARC DILRQAOverall
        PwD (General, NCOBC-cum-transgender, SC)60606070
        PwD (ST)50505060

        Candidates applyong through GMAT score i.e. for the foreign candidates, the qualifying cutoff has also been fixed and mentioned in the table below :


        IIM Ahmedabad Previous Year CAT Cutoff

        IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff 2018

        IIMs are the most reputed management institutes of our country. After the announcement of CAT Results, IIM Ahmedabad declares its own cut off.

        • Candidates securing qualifying marks will be eligible for appearing in the pre-admission rounds.
        • Along with the CAT percentile, IIM Ahmedabad follows their own selection criteria for selecting eligible candidates.
        • IIM Ahmedabad CAT cut off is extremely high and therefore, it is not easy to get admission in this institute.

        The table below provides the expected  CAT 2019 Cut off section wise data for IIM Ahmedabad.

        SectionsGeneralNC-OBC-cum transgenderSCSTDA
        Verbal and Reading Comprehension  (VRC)7550656060
        Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning  (DIILR)7050656060
        Quantitative Aptitude (QA)7050656060
        Overall Percentile8060757070

        IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2017 cutoff 

        The section wise data of IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2017 cut off is given in the table below:


        IIM Ahmedabad CAT 2016 Cutoff

        Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) percentile rank7550656060
        Data interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DIILR) percentile rank7050656060
        Quantitative Aptitude (QA) percentile rank7050656060
        Overall percentile rank8060757070

        In 2016, only 1182 candidates were shortlisted for the pre-admission rounds by IIM Ahmedabad out of the 24128 eligible candidates who were considered by IIM Ahmedabad for admission. The category-wise segregation can be understood from the table listed below:


        IIM Ahmedabad 2015 Cutoff

        The section wise data of CAT 2015 cut off –IIM Ahmedabad is listed in the table below:

        Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) percentile rank8075706070
        Data interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DIILR) percentile rank8075706070
        Quantitative Aptitude (QA) percentile rank8075706070
        Overall percentile rank9085807080

        IIM Ahmedabad 2014 Cutoff

        IIM Ahmedabad cut off marks for 2014-2015 is listed in the table below:

        CategoryCAT 2014 percentile

        Thus, we can see that IIM Ahmedabad CAT cut off varies from year to year as it depends on many factors. The selection process of IIM Ahmedabad is divided into three stages: preliminary screening, screening for AWT & PI and final selection.

        IIM Ahmedabad Eligibility Criteria

        IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2020 Eligibility Criteria

        Candidates who wish to pursue a Postgraduate program in IIM Ahmedabad are required to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria:

        • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with an aggregate of at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD Category).
        • Candidates must pursue Bachelor’s degree or equivalent for duration of minimum three years after completing Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized board.
        • In case the candidate is awarded grades/ CGPA instead of marks, the equivalent would be made on the basis of equivalence certified by the institute/university from where the candidate has obtained a Bachelor’s degree. In case, the institute doesn’t have any particular scheme for the conversion of CGPA into marks, the equivalent will be done by IIM Ahmedabad by dividing the total obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the answer by 100.
        • Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or any other equivalent examination or those who have appeared for their final year examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. 
        • It is compulsory for a student studying in the final year that is considered eligible by IIM Ahmedabad and offered admission, to submit their mark sheet and a degree certificate of the final year Bachelor’s degree examination held on or before June 30, 2020. The last date to submit such a certificate and mark sheet is December 31, 2020.
        • Apart from the academic qualification, candidates must remember that they are required to appear in CAT 2020 and must score the minimum desired score in the entrance test to be considered eligible for admission to the post-graduate programme in IIM Ahmedabad.
        • Working professionals and entrepreneurs with a minimum of 3 years' full-time work experience (after completion of graduation) as on March 31, 2020.

        Check CAT Eligibility Criteria 

        IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2020: Application Process

        The important details regarding the application procedure for admission to MBA program in IIM Ahmedabad are given below:

        • Candidates who wish to apply to IIM Ahmedabad have to apply for CAT 2020. 
        • Application fee for CAT was Rs. 1900 (Rs. 950 for SC/ ST)
        • Candidates must note that there is no need to apply and pay application fee separately for admission to IIM Ahmedabad.
        • After the declaration of CAT 2020 result, candidates will be able to check whether they are shortlisted for admission in IIM Ahemdabad or not.  

        IIM Ahmedabad Admission Process

        IIM Ahmedabad Admission Process

        The steps given below are included in the Admission process of IIM Ahmedabad:

        Step 1: Candidate must have appeared and scored the minimum required percentile in CAT 2020.

        Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for AWT and PI from candidates holding a valid CAT 2020 score, who have applied to the postgraduate course in IIM Ahmedabad and who satisfy the minimum required eligibility criteria for admission in IIM Ahmedabad.

        Step 3: After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIM Ahmedabad to the successful candidates. The final selection to the postgraduate program in IIM Ahmedabad will be done based on a number of factors including performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.

        Step 4: Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates somewhat in the second week of April 2020 based on the Final Composite Score (FCS) which awards 50% weightage to the score obtained in PI round, 10% weightage to AWT score, 25% weightage to the CAT score & 15% weightage to candidate’s academic record.

        Note: At different stages of the selection criteria, IIM Ahmedabad uses Application Rating (AR) score of a candidate. Student’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores i.e. the percentage of marks obtained by students in Class 10, Class 12, Bachelor’s degree and work experience.

        IIM Ahmedabad Admission Fees

        The admission fee for the postgraduate program in IIM Ahmedabad for the 2020-22 batch is provided below. However, the fee may be revised.

        • The total program fees that the students opting for a postgraduate program at IIM Ahmedabad need to pay is somewhat around Rs 20,00,000/-.

        • Laptop computers, personal expenses onboarding, travel, clothes, and laundry are extra.

        In case of any questions, below are the contact details:

        Information Centre, Main Gate

        Indian Institute of Management

        Vastrapur, Ahmedabad - 380 015


        Phone:+91-79-66323456/ 7241/7242

        IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process

        IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process

        The foremost part involved in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria is the shortlisting criteria required for the final selection round. A candidate will be considered shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad if he/ she fulfil the following shortlisting criteria:

        • The first stage of shortlisting criteria to Postgraduate program in IIM Ahmedabad holds 60% weightage to CAT 2020 score, 30% weightage to candidate’s academic profile and 10% weightage to work experience.
        • IIM Ahmedabad considers both candidate’s previous academic records as well as their performance in CAT at the time of shortlisting candidates. Based on the candidate’s performance in CAT, they will be shortlisted to AWT and PI subject to their fulfilling the minimum required eligibility criteria.
        • Students are required to score at least 70 percentile in each of the three sections given in the syllabus of CAT 2020 i.e. Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC).
        • Candidates are required to score an overall percentile of at least 80 in CAT 2020. Check CAT Eligibility Criteria
        • Aspirants holding high academic record will be awarded higher points in the shortlisting criteria of IIM Ahmedabad.
        • Candidates holding working experience of more than 36 months will be awarded 5% weightage in the shortlisting criteria for final admission round of IIM Ahmedabad.

        Identifying exceptional students

        • IIM Ahmedabad identifies some exceptional candidates from diverse backgrounds and shortlists them for the 2nd phase of admission, based on their CAT scores.
        • After this stage, all shortlisted candidates will be at par.
        • They will be assessed on the basis of their aggregate scores (CAT score, Academic Rating (AR) and performance in WA-PI).

        Application Rating

        • CAT Cut Off – IIM Ahmedabad considers the academic performance of applicants in 10th, 12th and degree examinations.
        • The overall performance of applicants is measured by their academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, awards and recognition, written analysis and personal interview.
        • According to the rules of the government, 27% seats of IIM Ahmedabad are reserved for OBC candidates, 15% for SC candidates and 7.5% for ST candidates.
        • 3% seats are also reserved by IIM Ahmedabad for DA (Differently Abled) candidates. DA candidates are those with blindness/low-vision, hearing impairment and cerebral palsy.

        Final admission in IIM Ahmedabad is offered to candidates who qualify the cut off marks, performs exceptionally well in the pre-admission rounds and have a great academic record.

        Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

        • All the candidates shortlisted in the first stage are eligible to participate in the final selection round for admission to the postgraduate program in IIM Ahmedabad.
        • The selection criteria of IIM Ahmedabad after the final admission round award a total of 50% weightage to Personal Interview (PI), 10% weightage to Academic Writing Test (AWT), 25% weightage to CAT 2020 score and 15% weightage to candidate’s academic performance.
        IIM-A Weightage of Different Components

        IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process 2020 : Academic Scores Weightage

        IIM Ahmedabad has set the ratings for the marks acquired class 10. Check the table to know the ratings :

        Rating Scores for Class 10 

        Class 10 score (in percentage)

        Rating score : A

        Less than or eual to 551
        More than 9010

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        Weighatge of Class 12 Marks

        Science StreamCommerce StreamArts Stream
        Score in Class XII (in per cent)Rating score: BScore in Class XII (in per cent)Rating score: BScore in Class XII (in per cent)Rating score: B
        Less than 551Less than 501Less than 451
        More than 9010More than 90108510

        Check CAT 2020 Syllabus

        Weightage of Bachelor’s Degree Examination

        AC-1AC-2AC-3AC-4 &AC-6AC-5
        Score(in percent)Rating Score: CScore(in percent)Rating Score: CScore(in percent)Rating Score: CScore(in percent)Rating Score: CScore(in percent)Rating Score: C
        Less than or equal to 551Less than or equal to 501Less than or equal to 551Less than or equal to 601Less than or equal to 501
        More than 7010More than 6310More than 8010More than 8510More than 7510

        Weightage of Work Experience

        Work Experience in Month (as on July 31, 2019)

        Rating Score

        Less than 12 months


        Greater than or equal to and less than or equal to 36 months

        Number of months of work experience - 11

        Greater than 36 months


        *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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