IIM-A Introduction

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad is one of India’s leading public business schools and has a reputation for excellence in research and development, innovation, teaching and learning. In fact, it stands indomitable on the list of the top research universities of the country. Established on 11th December 1961 by eminent space scientist, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Sh Kasturbhai Lalbhai (Industrialist and Philanthropist, Dr Jivraj Mehta (the then Gujarat CM), IIM Ahmadabad was the first institute to receive the EQUIS accreditation (European Quality Improvement System) by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) in 2008. . IIM A has also been rated the “Best Management Institute in India” by MHRD-NIRF rankings 2020. IIM Ahmedabad has a rich legacy and has been regarded as the institute of national importance. Not only in India, 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:

  • 2 –Year Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Management (MBA)
  • 2 – Year Post Graduate Diploma Programme – Food and Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM)
  • Doctoral (Fellowship) Programme in Management (FPM)
  • 1-year Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPX)
  • Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
  • E-Mode Post Graduate Program (ePGP)
  • E-Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Business Analytics(ePGD-ABA)
  • Executive Education Programmes (EEP)
  • Executive Education Dubai
  • Armed Forces Programme (AFP)

The campus is situated in the beautiful city of Ahmedabad. It offers a wide range of cafes, sprawling lush lawns, academic blocks, on-off accommodation options, bookshops, library and the IMD centers and a vibrant cultural precinct in terms of the diversity of students and social clubs along with several food joints and merchandise stores.

IIM Ahmedabad - A Research - Intensive B-School

The prestigious business institute was funded by enthusiastic individuals, industrialists, state governments, the ford foundation, Harvard Business School, and more, who were zealously keen on setting up good business schools. Several other Ahmedabad based industrials subsidized the construction of the best B-School in the country and 37th finest B-School worldwide. As of the 21st century, IIM A has been recognized with an international stature of a research-intensive B-School. Those who get to be a part of the creative and quick-witted community at IIM-A constitute less than 1% of the total student strength of students who clear CAT.

It provides a broad and balanced concentration of students from all over the world across all the major management disciplines. The professors at the B-school are already characterized by their commitment to foster excellent and high-quality business education among their students and impart sharp focus on the concentrations of strong research opportunities and designing improvements to themselves. The university’s integral research work and emphasis on postgraduate conversion programs is a result of the constant teaching and learning decorum, followed by an in-house brainstorming atmosphere and interactive reading of business-related case studies.

IIM Ahmedabad: Latest Notifications 2021:

January 13 2021: IIM Ahmedabad released the admission status of PGP 2021-23 and PGP-FABM 2021-23

January 18 2021: The last date for registration of online interview extended till 19th January 2021 up to 6:00 PM

March 31, 2021: IIM A’s statement related to Covid-19 for existing students and faculty  (view here)

April 15, 2021: IIM A accepts forms for 2nd online FDP (Faculty Development Programme) in Pedagogy and Research Methods.

IIM-A Results Accepted

  • For PGP - CAT (domestic), GMAT (international)
  • For PGP-FABM - CAT (domestic) and GMAT (international)
    • For PGPX – CAT, GMAT or GRE 
    • PHD programme in Management- GRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF/GATE
    • e-Mode Post Graduate Programme- CAT/GMAT/GRE/IAT (IIM Ahmedabad Admission Test)
    • E-PGD in Advanced Business Analytics - GMAT/GRE/CAT/GATE or the ePGD-ABA qualifying-cum-aptitude test

More information available on this page

IIM A Stages of Shortlisting a Candidate

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria consist of three stages-

IIM A Shortlisting Criteria for PGP 2021-23 (Initial Screening)

Here is the list of candidates across different social backgrounds that would be considered fit for further screening at IIM A










NC-OBC, Transgender















Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist

Some of the key eligibility factors to assure an IIM Ahmedabad seat are mentioned as under:


There is no nationality barricade for getting into IIM A. Applicants from all over the world are eligible to apply, regardless of their country of origin.

  •  CAT (Common Admission Test)

Candidates are expected to have appeared CAT with a minimum score percentile for the consideration of admission. We’ll come back to this in a short time.

  • Information Data

Candidates are expected to provide legal information at the time of documentation such as name, address, email address, contact number, gender, date of birth, country of citizenship, CAT/GMAT/GRE scorecard, government-issued identification, a digital photograph, signature, palm vein pattern, etc.

  • Work Experience

Work experience is not mandatory for seeking an IIM A admission. But, if a candidate holds some work experience, it adds a lot to the professional vitae and industry credibility. This is something IIMA does bring into consideration while shortlisting students.

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.


  • 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 or a Post Graduate Diploma, 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 B.com/Degree with at least 55 percent marks.

4. A 4-year/8-semester Bachelor's degree with at least 60 percent marks or equivalent grade point average (6.5 GPA)

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 25 years as on 31st March 3021. There is no upper age limit.

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

D) Minimum 4 years of full-time work experience after completion of graduation as on March 31, 2021

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 March 31, 2020 (Born on or before March 31,1996).

  • 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.

Eligibility for ePGD in Advance Business Analytics

  1. Candidate should have completed their graduation and should possess great quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills.

  2. Candidate should have at least 2 years if full-time work experience (Preferably in the domain of Business Analytics. In case a candidate has stellar academic qualifications, the experience criterion will be waived off.

Candidates should have appeared and possess a valid GMAT/GRE/CAT/GATE or the ePGD-ABA qualifying-cum-aptitude test.

Eligibility for Faculty Development Programme (FDP)

  1. Candidates should possess at least 2 years of post-graduate level teaching experience in management or research.

  2. Candidates less than 45 years in age will be preferred.

  3. Candidates are expected to be fluent in English.

  4. Candidate should possess an SOP (Statement of Purpose)

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 the 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

More info regarding admission process available here

For Ph.D. programme in Management

  • Firstly, participant needs to take CAT (Common Admission Test) or another standardized test mentioned above in lieu of CAT. For Foreign Nationals and Indians living outside of India, it is mandatory to appear for GMAT for the purpose of pursuing this doctoral programme. Scores of CAT 2018, 2019 AND 2020 will be considered valid for Ph. D. Programme 2021.
  • Another thing that candidate’s will be evaluated on is their academic background and professional work experience. Based on that either online or in-person interviews will be conducted. They will most likely be conducted between March – April 2021.

For FDP Programme

  • Candidates should fill an online registration form through “apply online” tab.
  • IIM A will review your application within three working days of submitting the form and will get back to you in case you are shortlisted. Then after, IIM A will hold a telephonic Interview round with you.
  • In case you are selected, you need to remit the admission fee within the first 2 days of receiving the admission letter to confirm your enrolment.
  • Admissions will continue on first-come-first-serve basis (based on the above steps) until 7th May 2021 or the maximum intake that IIM A decides.

For e-PGD in Advance Business Analytics

  1. Initially, Candidate needs to take up one of CAT/GMAT/GATE/GRE exam. In case a candidate doesn’t have a valid score of any of the above exams, they can apply through ePGD-ABA qualifying cum aptitude test, conducted in a device-to-device mode.

  2. Submit an application form online. During application, you will require 2 LORs (letter of recommendation). At least one of them should be from previous employer who can comment on the nature of your work. Along with that, you need to have latest resume/CV briefing about the projects you took up and are currently looking after in your organization, self-attested graduation and academic marksheets.

  3. Shortlisted candidates will be called in for personal interview. The interviews will be conducted either over skype or google meet in the months of January or February.

  4.  In case you clear the online personal interview, you will be intimated through e-mail or surface mail by last week of February 2021.

Minimum Cut offs and Scores for IIM A shortlist

CAT Cut off for IIM A shortlist :

Only the candidates above the following minimum CAT 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-2020 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 (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70
PwD (ST) 50 50 50 60

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

GMAT Score

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







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


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


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


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.)



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.


IIM A 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-C2.

CS (Composite Score) = 0.35(Normalised AR score) + 0.65 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2020)

CS = (AR*0.35/35) + (Total CAT score*0.65/228)

For definitions of Academic Category (AC), Application Rating Score (AR) and Normalized AR of an applicant, click here

Average AR for top 50 candidates: 35

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-1, AC-2, AC-3, AC-5

Category Upper Limit (UL) per ACRC [1]
General 100
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57
SC 32
ST 16
PwD 6

Table 6b: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-4

Category Upper Limit (UL) per ACRC [2]
General 150
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 85
SC 48
ST 24
PwD 9

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((General, NC-OBC/ Transgender, SC) Category PwD (ST)
Science 80 75 70 65 70 65
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 62
Arts and Humanities 75 70 64 59 64 59

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-2020, 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, 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-2020, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective AC.)

Academic Category





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

IIM A Stage 2 Shortlist

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.







PwD (Gen)



Number of candidates









Minimum CS









More information is available here

IIM A Final Selection

IIM A Shortlisting 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

To check the IIM-A detailed shortlisting procedure, click here

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:








IIM A: Placements

The placement pattern of IIM A has always been unaffected by the country’s economy. Whether the dip in the current has affected the job market or not, IIM A students are prone to grabbing the best of the best jobs with astonishing salary packages. MNC’s come to IIM A every year to offer lucrative job and networking opportunities to the students. Some of these firms are Mckinsey & Co., Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger, Barclays, Citibank and JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, P&G, Tata Steel, Yes Bank and many other Fortune 500 companies. Students opting for summer placements are offered a stipend ranging from 50,000 to 1,00,000 every month. 100% placements is a mundane activity for IIM-A.

Students were offered positions in the fields of Business Development, Consulting, Finance, General Management, Marketing and Sales, Operations, Research and Advisory and Analytics. Internationally, the students were placed in locations such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, UAE, Germany and Singapore. Regular corroborations and official alumni events are staged every year, and even every month on regional basis for the purpose of interacting with each other and developing familiarity across batches.

IIM A Final Placements 2020

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 2018- 2020 batch was Rs.25 lakh (IIM-A has done away with the concept of Cost-to-Company, CTC, and now reveals the placement information in terms of MEP)

Placement trend at a glance:

Maximum Earning Potential (cash component)




No. of firms




Top Recruiter

McKinsey (27 offers) and Boston Consulting Group  (23 offers)

Amazon (18 offers)

Accenture Strategy (18 offers)

Total Offers Accepted




Batch Size





Function-wise Classification: Final Placements 2020(No. of offers)




Business Development












General Management












Product/Category Management




Research and Advisory








Supply Chain Management
















Global Location-wise Classification:(Final Placements 2020):


No. of Offers Acccepted

Hong Kong


Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)


Dubai/Saudi Arabia






TBD (Global)







India Location-wise Classification:(Final Placements 2020):

India Locations

No. of Offers Accepted































Pan India






To Be Decided




More information can be found here

Also Read :IIM Ahmedabad 2016-2018 placement details

IIM A Summer Placements 2020

The summer placement for the batch of 2019-2020 was successfully completed in November 2019 (after the end of the batch's first year) with more than 131 firms participating in the placement process. Companies of different sectors hired candidates for a wide range of functions.


Categories Numbers
Total Batch Strength 390
Students seeking internship through institute 386
Not seeking internship through institute 4
Total accepted offers 386

Function-wise Classification: (Summer Placements 2020)







Consumer Goods




Environment and Energy


Information Technology






Online Services






Others (Aviation)





Global Location-wise Classification:(Summer Placements 2021)





Hong Kong


Middle East






India (Domestic)





India Location-wise Classification:(Summer Placements 2020):







New Delhi










NCR (Gurgaon, Noida )


PAN India




TBD (To be decided)




More information can be found here

Facilities offered at IIM A

1. Erudite Faculty:

The academic toughness at IIM Ahmedabad is not an interesting folk tale. The learning pedagogy is based on case studies which provide an insight into business ethics and the projects include designing management systems from running a grocery shop to predicting an MNC’s expected sales. This may seem extremely taxing, but they believe that self-introspection is the key to success. The faculty has been handpicked and have a record in handling the most enlightened minds of the country. They devise a realistic business atmosphere where you learn about everything that would make you a successful entrepreneur one day. The rigour and research credentials of IIM A faculty is inexplicable and a worthwhile sight.

2. International Business Exposure

IIM A has industrial tie-ups with nearly a hundred foreign universities according to the financial times. Students are fit to travel on exchange partnership programs based on their own choice of specialization. The medium of instructions at IIM A is English and students mainly communicate in Hindi, English or other regional languages. Many students come from all over the world choose IIM-A for in-exchange programs. IIM A rates first in providing adequate international exposure in accordance with increasing the student’s business acumen. An average cost of two to four lakh rupees is common for student exchange programs, and it depends on the student's personal preferences.

3. Fees & Scholarship

IIM A offers one of the most affordable management programs at its level of prominence in the world. The entire cost fee is about 20 lakh rupees, which is much lesser than any international MBA program. Having said that, IIM A also provides numerous scholarships offered to students with not so fortunate family backgrounds and less income. If you are deserving, nothing can stop you from being an IIM A student. Banks also offer loans to students pursuing PGP at IIM A, without security!

4. Infrastructure & Transportation

IIM-A has one of the best infrastructures for a b-school in India. It had been designed by the famous Louis Kahn; the American architect appointed for the IIM A project by NID (National Institute of Design). All the classes, labs and libraries are Wi-Fi-enabled and air-conditioned. The environment is overall very conducive, and the one-of-a-kind infrastructure shapes the career of all those who study there. Good access to public transport is available immediately on campus, and the city is rated the best to live in India. Ahmedabad has an excellent public transportation system.

5. Accomodation

IIM-A provides good housing to all its students. There are 24 dormitories in all with a couple of score students each, half in the first year and a half in the second year of graduation. Mess facility is available within the campus. Students can also enjoy themselves by visiting the nearby eating spots and finish their assignments and study in an interactive environment.


Worldwide, the Financial Times has ranked IIM Ahmedabad 21 in its Masters in Management Ranking 2019 and 61 in its Global MBA Ranking 2020. The QS Global 250 MBA Rankings 2020 ranked it 40 in the world and 6th in Asia. It was ranked 75 by The Economist in its 2019 Full-time B-school ranking, the only institute in India to be ranked.

Since 2016, IIM Ahmedabad topped NIRF's (National Institutional Ranking Framework) ranking list twice alternating with IIM Bangalore. In 2019, IIM Ahmedabad was ranked 2nd among management schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework.[38] It was ranked second in India by Outlook India's "Top Public MBA Institutions in India'' survey of 2020.

Rank Publisher


Business Today




Outlook India


QS (MBA-Asia)


Financial Times (MiM)




Financial Times (MBA)


The Economist


Latest Notifications for IIM Ahemadabad Shortlist

  • Coronavirus outbreak has impacted IIM admissions 2020-2022 in multiple ways. To know the status of WAT-GD-PI at all IIM A, click here
  • The application submission had started  from 5th August 2020 and closed on 16th September 2020
  • The merit declaration of shortlisted applicants is expected to be made available by second week of January 2021
  • The WAT--PI rounds are also expected to commence from second week of January 2021
  • The final admission announcement is expected to be made in April 2021
  • 182 job offers were made in conducted 2020 placements.


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


  • 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


  • 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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