IIM-A Introduction

The second IIM to be established in 1961, IIM Ahmedabad is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region. One of the most sought after B-schools in the country, IIM Ahmedabad offers:

  • Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Management (PGP)
  • Post Graduate Diploma Programme - Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM)
  • Doctoral (Fellowship) Programme (FPM)
  • Executive Training Programme (PGPX)
  • ePost Graduate Program (ePGP)


Getting into IIM Ahmedabad


IIM-A Results Accepted

  • For PGP - CAT (domestic), GMAT (international)
  • For PGP-FABM - CAT (domestic) and GMAT (international)
  • For PGPX - GMAT

IIM-A Eligibility

Eligibility for PGP

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Differently Abled (DA) or Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category, this is relaxed to 45%)
  • A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. Such a candidate must produce a certificate from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year/is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category) based on latest available grades/marks.

Eligibility for PGP-FABM

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in agricultural sciences or agriculture-related disciplines, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category, this is relaxed to 45%], of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.

OR

  • The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in any non-agricultural discipline from a University or Institution as defined in the above paragraph and have a strong interest in agriculture, food, rural and allied sectors. Such candidates will be required to submit a special form as described in section 2.1 under admission procedure. Failure to submit the form will disqualify the candidate from being considered further for admission to the programme. The Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidates must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.

Eligibility for FPM

The candidate must hold, subject to the condition laid down below,
1. A Master's Degree in any discipline, with at least 55 percent marks, with the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification with atleast 50 percent marks obtained after a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent (OR)
2. Five/four-year Integrated Master’s Degree programme in any discipline, with atleast 55 percent marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent. (OR)
3. A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS, with at least 55 percent marks.
(OR)
4. A 4-year/8-semester Bachelor's degree with at least 60 percent marks or equivalent grade point average.


Eligibility for PGPX

Following are the basic criteria for the PGPX Application:

A) A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in any discipline. (Minimum 15 years of study as per the education system in India i.e. KG to 12 +2 + 3 or 4 as the case may be.) 

B) Minimum Age of 27 years as on 31st March of the year in which the PGPX programme commences. There is no upper age limit.

C) A valid GMAT/GRE score (GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years form the date to the application deadline date of the round in which candidate is applying.

D) Minimum 4 years of full time work experience after completion of graduation.

Eligibility for ePGP

Working Professionals and entrepreneurs with a minimum of 3 years, full time work experience after graduation (As on December 31, 2017)
Age 24 years and above (As on December 31, 2017)
Holding at least a Bachelor's Degree/CA/ICWA, with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA, awarded by any of the 
   recognized universities.


IIM-A Admission Procedure

  • For PGP Programme

There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGP Programme.

  • The first stage is appearing for the CAT (or GMAT) Exam conducted by the IIMs.
  • On clearing the required cut-offs and the Composite Score (CS), which includes, but is not limited to, 10th, 12th and graduation marks, a candidate is called for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). From 2015 onwards, WAT has been replaced by Academic Writing Test (AWT).
  • Final Selection is done on the basis of FCS (Final Composite Score), which takes into account PI, AWT, and CS calculated at the previous stage.




  • For PGP-FABM Programme

There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGP-ABM Programme.

    1. The candidate must appear for CAT or GMAT exam.
    2. On clearing the required cut-offs, the candidate is shortlisted for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI)




  • For PGPX Programme

There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGPX programme.

    1. The candidate must appear for GMAT exam.
    2. The score of the GMAT exam, along with the rest of the application is screened and shortlisting is done based on the application alone
    3. The shortlisted candidates must submit the essays and appear for interviews.
    4. The final merit list is prepared after the interviews.



For ePGP Programme
  • The candidate has to appear for either the CAT exam or the GMAT exam
  • Shortlisted candidates on the basis of score obtained in CAT/GMAT will be invited for personal Interview


Getting the IIM-A PGP Call


Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2017 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

Category VRC Percentile Rank DILR Percentile Rank QA Percentile Rank Overall Percentile Rank
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PwD 60 60 60 70

 Note: Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Persons with disabilities (PwD).

At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used. An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores obtained in the 10th standard, 12th standard, and Bachelor’s degree percentage.

 

RATING SCORE A- Percentage score in 10th

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam 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 B- Percentage score in 12th

 

Science Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score A
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 70 3
> 70 and <= 80 5
> 80 and <= 90 8
> 90 10

Commerce Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score A
<= 50 1
> 50 and <= 55 2
> 55 and <= 65 3
> 65 and <= 75 5
> 75 and <= 90 8
> 90 10

Arts Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score A
<= 45 1
> 45 and <= 50 2
> 50 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 85 8
>85 10

RATING SCORE C- Percentage score in Bachelor’s Degree Examination

AC-1

Percent score in Bachelor’s degree Rating Score
<=55 1
>55 and <=60 2
>60 and <62 3
>62 and <=65 5
>65 and <=70 8
>70 10

AC-2

Percent score in Bachelor’s degree Rating Score
<=50 1
>50 and <=53 2
>53 and <=55 3
>55 and <=57 5
>57 and <=63 8
>63 10

AC-3 & AC-5

Percent score in Bachelor’s degree Rating Score
<=55 1
>55 and <=60 2
>60 and <65 3
>65 and <=70 5
>70 and <=80 8
>80 10

AC-4 & AC-7

Percent score in Bachelor’s degree Rating Score
<=60 1
>60 and <=65 2
>65 and <=70 3
>70 and <=75 5
>75 and <=85 8
>85 10

AC-6

Percent score in Bachelor’s degree Rating Score
<=50 1
>50 and <=55 2
>55 and <60 3
>60 and <=65 5
>65 and <=75 8
>75 10

AR = (A+B+C)

Normalised AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2017 and apply to IIMA.)



CATEGORIES FOR BACHELORS DEGREE/INTEGRATED MASTERS DEGREE (AS PER CAT APPLICATION)

 

AC-1 (Medicine and Surgery based subjects): MBBS, MD(USA)
AC-2 (Selected Professional Degrees): 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.

In particular, including

  • Economics/ Economic Development and Planning
  • Hotel & Tourism Management/Catering Technology
  • Commerce (Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Finance, Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)
  • Management (Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management Studies etc.)
  • Any vocational degree in commerce (BCOM)
AC-4 (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 Fashion Technology, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology).

In particular, including

  • Agricultural Engineering/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology
  • Architecture
  • BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees in Biosciences, Geological Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematical Sciences and Natural Sciences 4. BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH in all Engineering/Technology and related areas, including subjects like Chemical Technology, Electronics, Engineering Physics etc.
  • Textile Engineering/Technology
  • Others: All other fields where BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees are awarded, not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in the list
AC-5 (All Science and Agriculture Related Areas, other than Agricultural Engineering, Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, Leather Design and all BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)), BCH, BDS, BFSC, BMATH, BN (Bachelor of Nursing), BPHARMA, BPT, BSTAT, BVSC degrees. Also including degrees in dentistry, paramedical, veterinary degrees; all non-engineering/non-technical degrees in Geography, Mathematics, Statistics and related areas. Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/BTECH/MTECH degree.

In particular, including

  • Actuarial Science
  • Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science etc.) Excluding Agricultural Engineering
  • Biosciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
  • Dentistry
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Geological Sciences (Geography, Geology and Geophysics): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology. Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degree.
  • Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
  • Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
  • Paramedical/Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  • Planning
  • Veterinary Science/ Animal Husbandry
  • Any vocational degree in science (BS/BSC)
  • Science (Others): Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in this list
AC-6 (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, BMS (Bachelor of Media Science), BMus, BSW and LLB. Also including any degree in Journalism/Media Studies/Mass Communication.

In particular, including

  • Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/ Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design
  • Arts/Humanities (Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Painting etc.), History, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Mass Communication, MediaStudies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.)
  • Education (including Physical Education and Sports)
  • Journalism (all degrees)
  • Law
  • Psychology (all degrees)
  • Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
  • Any vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA)
AC-7: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6.

 

Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Shortlisting will be carried out in two stages.

Stage 1: (From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines)

 A certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS’ subject to their fulfilling certain criteria.

From each of the academic categories (AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017 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-2017, henceforth referred to as ACRC groups, (subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group as specified in Table below) will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

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

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per ACRC

Category Upper Limit (UL) per ACRC
General 100
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57
SC 32
ST 16
PwD 6

Criteria C1-C3:

C1. PVRC, PDILR, PQA and PT must not be lower than the minimum cut-offs

C2. P > Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream as shown in Table below), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations.

Table. Minimum cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories

Stream in 12th std. General Category NC-OBC-cum-transgender Category SC Category ST Category PWD Category
Science 80 75 70 65 70
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67
Arts and Humanities 75 70 64 59 64

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-2017, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective ACRC.)

Any AC, for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017 from SC/ST/NCOBC/PwD categories is less than 100, will not be subdivided into ACRCs as above. 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-2017, whichever is less, will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see above) subject to their fulfilling 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-2017, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective AC.)

Note: The applicants’ pool under AC-7 (others) is expected to be very small and very diverse. Therefore, it is not possible to meaningfully distinguish the exceptional performers in that category

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.

Final Selection

Selection at this stage 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 their ‘Final Composite Score’s (FCS). The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:

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.,

Note: The criterion remains the same as last year’s


IIM A Fees

The most recently revised fees of IIM-A has been tabulated below

Program Fees
PGP & PGP-ABM 21,00,000
PGPX 24,50,000

Inside IIM-Ahmedabad


IIM-A Diversity

Students admitted to the Postgraduate Programme in the past have had scholastic achievements in different disciplines such as arts, commerce, science and professional streams such as medicine, engineering and agriculture. However, the vast majority is of students with engineering background.
Among the recent PGP students, a significant proportion has had full-time paid work experience of more than six months after their graduation.



Statistics of the 2017-19 Batch:


GENDER DIVERSITY


 


DURATION OF WORK EXPERIENCE




SECTOR OF WORK EXPERIENCE

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GRADUATION BACKGROUNDS

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IIM A Final Placements

The placement process is conducted in two stages. The first is the laterals process where firms interview students with work experience and offer them mid-level managerial positions. The second stage is the final placement process where the firms are grouped into cohorts based on the profile offered. 
The Average Maximum Earning Potential (MEP) for 2015- 2017 batch was Rs.22.6 lakh (IIM-A has done away with the concept of Cost-to-Company, CTC, and now reveals the placement information in terms of MEP)

Last two years at a glance:

2015 - 2017 2014 - 2016
Maximum Earning Potential (cash component) 53,00,000 48,00,000
No. of firms 120+ 110+
Top Recruiter Amazon (18 offers) Accenture Strategy (18 offers)
Total Offers Accepted 386 383
Batch Size 400 397

 

Function-wise Classification:(No. of offers)

Domestic International Total
Business Development 16 9 25
Consulting 99 0 99
Finance 60 2 62
General Management 50 4 54
Marketing/Sales 68 3 71
Operations 21 0 21
Product/Category Management 29 0 29
Research and Advisory 2 0 2
Strategy 13 0 13
Supply Chain Management 2 0 2
Systems/IT 2 0 2
Others 6 0 6
Total 368 18 286

Global Location-wise Classification:

Locations No. of Offers Acccepted
Hong Kong 1
Malaysia 3
Nigeria 4
UAE 9
USA 1
India 368
Total 386

 

India Location-wise Classification:

India Locations No. of Offers Accepted
Ahmedabad 3
Bangalore 24
Chennai 6
Delhi NCR 41
Hyderabad 10
Kota 2
Mumbai 80
Nagpur 1
Pan India 170
Pune 15
Ranchi 1
To Be Decided 15
Total 343

IIM A Summer Placements

The summer placement for the batch of 2016-18 was successfully completed in November 2016 (after the end of the batch's first year) with more than 110 firms participating in the placement process. Companies of different sectors hired candidates for a wide range of functions.

 

Categories Numbers
Total Batch Strength 401
Students seeking internship through institute 390
Not seeking internship through institute 11
Total accepted offers 390

Function-wise Classification:

Function No. of Offers
Business Development 8
Consulting 93
Finance 76
General Management 49
Human Resources 1
Marketing/Sales 91
Operations 17
Product/Category Management 21
Research and Advisory 1
Strategy 13
Supply Chain Management 5
Systems/IT 24
Others 13
Total 390

 

Global Location-wise Classification:

Locations No. of Offers Accepted
Bangkok 2
Dubai 364
Hong Kong 10
Malaysia 8
Singapore 4
Switzerland 1
UAE 3
UK 2
India (Domestic) 368
Total 384

 

India Location-wise Classification:

India Locations No. of Offers Acccepted
Ahmedabad 3
Bangalore 17
Chennai 1
Hyderabad 9
Jaipur 1
Mumbai 94
Nagpur 2
NCR 30
PAN India 82
Pune 11
Sriperumbudur 1
TBD (To be decided) 117
Total 364

 

Disclaimer:
The analysis given above has been prepared by Career Launcher experts. The information given here has no bearing on your actual score. Career Launcher does not take responsibility for any discrepancy between information in this document and actual result.


Notable IIM-A Alumni


Academics

  • AjitRangnekar 
    Dean, Indian School of Business
  • Ashish Nanda 
    Director, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  • Atul Tandon 
    Director of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad from 2001-2009
  • ShekharChaudhari 
    Former Director, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Arts & Social Work

  • GauravDagaonkar 
    Music Director, vocalist and Songwriter
  • Mallika Sarabhai 
    Classical Dancer and Activist. Director of Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad

Business

  • Ajay Singh Banga 
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard
  • Ashok Vemuri 
    CEO of IGATE
  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani 
    Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Infoedge & naukri.com
  • Shikha Sharma 
    MD & Chief Executive Officer, Axis Bank
  • K. V. Kamath 
    Non-executive chairman, Board of Directors, ICICI Bank 
    Lead Independent Director, Infosys 
    Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Infosys from 2011-13

Government & Politics

  • Arvind Subramanian 
    Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India
  • RaghuramRajan 
    Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
  • Prem Das Rai 
    Member of Parliament, Sikkim constituency, 15th LokSabha

 

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