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IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - November 21, 2017

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2018 has released. Candidates seeking admission in Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) for the academic year 2018-20 can apply at IIM Ahmedabad Website i.e. The application form is available until January 22 and the fee is INR 500 for all categories.

  • IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria involves 2 steps- Clearing CAT, Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). 
  • CAT Cut Off is expected to be 80 percentile this year.
  • WAT and PI will be conducted on the same day. Candidates shortlisted for the PI process will have to take WAT on a topic provided by IIM Bangalore. Check CAT Result
  • Class 10-12 grades, academic performance at graduation level and prior work experience are also considered while preparing the final merit list. ReadCAT Counselling
  • For foreign nationals, GMAT total scaled score of at least 720 will be accepted.

Read more about  IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2018

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Dates 2018

IIMA Admission Schedule 2018 for FPM is mentioned in the following table:

CAT 2017 Exam DateNovember 26, 2017
Last date to applyJanuary 22, 2018
Interviews of shortlisted candidatesFebruary 15- March 20, 2018
Release of merit listApril 2018
Classes begin fromMay 6, 2018

IIM Ahmedabad FPM Eligibility Criteria

FPM admits candidates who are highly motivated and have a strong academic background. This programme prepares students for a career in research in positions or academia in an industry. Candidates must hold any one of the following qualifications to apply for IIM Ahmedabad’s FPM:

  • Master’s degree in any discipline with at least 55% marks
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks secured after a minimum of 3 years of education after completing 10+2 or equivalent.
  • The qualifying marks for reserved category candidates is 45%.
  • Final year candidates can also apply.
  • 5 year/ 4 year integrated master’s degree program in any discipline with at least 55% marks secured after completing 10+2 or equivalent.
  • A professional qualification such as CA, ICWA or CS with at least 55% marks.
  • A 4 year/ 8 semester bachelor degree with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average.  
  • A valid GMAT Score for Foreign candidates. GMAT taken before December 15, 2015 is not valid.
  • To qualify as an Indian resident abroad, a candidate should be an Indian passport holder who expects to live, work or study outside India for at least 12 months continuously as on December 30, 2017.

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off 2017

The expected CAT Cutoff 2017 for IIMA is given below:

CategoryVerbal Reading and Comprehension DI/LR SectionQuantitative Aptitude SectionOverall Percentile

Check CAT Previous year cut off analysis

Candidates fulfilling the following minimum cut offs in the sectional percentile ranks and total percentile ranks in GMAT will only be considered for all subsequent stages. The minimum required score is given below:


IIM Ahmedabad Application Process 2018

  • The application form for IIM Ahmedabad’s Fellow Programme in Management is available online on the official website of IIMA.
  • Application forms have to be filled online by paying an application fee of INR 500 through IIMA payment gateway. Foreign candidates have tp pay $100.
  • IIM Ahmedabad FPM admission process consists of CAT/ GRE/ GMAT/ UGC-JRF/ GATE, it varies for different areas, past academic performance and interview performance.
The last date for receiving completed applications from overseas Indian candidates at IIMA is December 15, 2017.

How to Apply for IIM Ahmedabad FPM?

  1. Visit IIM Ahmedabad official website
  2. Select Academic Programme: Fellow Programme in Management
  3. Go to the Admissions & Eligibility tab
  4. Click on the link, “To Apply for FPM Admission 2017 Click Here”
  5. Fill application form and pay the fee
  6. Submit your form 

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Procedure 2018

Candidates applying for IIM Ahmedabad FPM are required to have undergone more than 15 years (10+2+3 years) of education and a valid CAT 2016 score or a standard test in lieu of CAT 2016. The standard test for Foreign and NRI candidates is GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test). However, standard score is not required if a candidate is-

  • PGP Alumni of any IIM
  • PGPX/ PGP-PMP Alumni of any IIM where such courses are offered

Different areas of IIMA have specified different standard tests that candidates applying to the FPM in their areas can take in lieu of CAT. It should be noted that validity of scores other than CAT Exam is valid only for 2 years from the date of the test to the deadline for submission of IIM Ahmedabad FPM application form. These standard tests are given in the following table:

AreaStandard Test
Food & AgribusinessCAT/ GRE/ GMAT/ UGC-JRF/ ICAR-SRF
Finance and AccountingCAT / GRE/ GMAT 
Business PolicyCAT/ GMAT/ GRE
Productions and Quantitative MethodsCAT/ GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF in Mathematical Sciences
Information SystemsCAT/ GMAT/ GRE/ GATE
EconomicsCAT/ GRE/ GMAT
Innovation and Management in EducationCAT/ GMAT/ GRE/ GATE/ UGC-JRF
MarketingCAT/ GMAT/ GRE
Organizational BehaviorCAT/ GMAT/ GRE / UGC-JRF
Human Resource ManagementCAT/ GMAT/ GATE/ GRE/ UGC-JRF

Selected group of candidates will be called for personal interview after evaluating the submitted applications. Recommended candidates will be preferred for interview for FPM selection process. Interviews will be taken by the faculty and members of the FPM Executive and Committee for admission. Interviews will be held from February 15- March 20, 2018.

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

Programmes Officer

Fellow Programme in Management

Indian Institute of Management

Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015

Contact Number: 079 6632 4638/ 39



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