IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: Selection Process with 25% Weightage to CAT 2020 Score; Check Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placement


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August 13, 2020
IIM Ahmedabad will award less weightage to CAT 2020 exam score in shortlisting and final selection process for MBA admission 202. The weight for CAT 2020 score is reduced to 65% in shortlisting and to 25% in final selection round. The non-engineers and the candidates from diverse backgrounds, planning to appear in CAT 2020 stand a good chance to get into IIM Ahmedabad at a CAT 2020 percentile of 80 and above
IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2020

IIM Ahmedabad is the first among the 20 IIMs to announce its MBA admission 2021 criteria within a week’s time from the start of CAT 2020 registration process. The institute will award 65% weight to CAT exam score in shortlisting and 25% weight in final selection round for MBA admission 2021. The selection of the candidates for admission 2021 to IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process.

IIM-A Admission 2021: Key Policy Changes

  • Reduced Weightage of 65% for CAT 2020 score in Shortlisting 2021
  • 5% Weightage for work experience added at shortlisting stage 2021
  • Sectional CAT 2020 percentile required is 70 now
  • Overall CAT 2020 percentile required is 80
  • Only 25% weightage for CAT 2020 score in final admission selection 2021

In the first step, IIM Ahmedabad will shortlist the candidates for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2020 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme. The second step is the final selection criteria on the basis of which admission offer will be made. 

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Admission 2021: Process as per Prevailing Covid-19 Situation
Although IIM Ahmedabad has released its admission policy 2021, it has clarified that its implementation and changes in it, will depend upon the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation and directives from the Government

Important Notice for the 2021-2023 Admission Process:

COVID-19 and Possible Disruptions: The 2021-2023 IIMA PGP Admission process is to be conducted taking into account the COVID-19 crisis. The information provided by the 2021-2023 Admission Policy is contingent upon the decisions and directions issued from time to time by the Central, State governments and IIMA. Candidates are advised to regularly check CAT and IIMA websites for further information.

Admission Process at a glance
The PGP programme at IIM Ahmedabad is renowned as one of the toughest MBA programmes in the world.  Sharing the highlights of its selection process, IIM Ahmedabad shares as under:

  • IIM Ahmedabad is in a position to accommodate less than 0.1 per cent of the PGP applicants who have applied for CAT 2020
  • The selection process is rigorous and designed in a manner to ensure that only the very best succeed.
  • IIM Ahmedabad admission process consists of the nationally administered Common Admission Test (CAT), and subsequent rounds of personal interviews
  • The students are selected on the basis of their CAT scores, past academic performance and performance in the interviews.

Key Highlights of the PGP Batch

IIM Ahmedabad to Improve Academic Diversity with Reduced CAT 2020 Weightage
IIM Ahmedabad has been liberalising its admission criteria almost every year and this year also has not only reduced the CAT 2020 score weightage to 65%, the CAT score cut offs for admission 2020 have also been modified to improve further the academic diversity in its class rooms. The non engineers and the candidates from diverse backgrounds, stand a good chance to get into IIM Ahmedabad in 2021 even if they score a little low in CAT 2020 but have excellent academics coupled with work experience.

IIM Ahmedabad PGP Admission 2021: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2020 application process has started at IIM Ahmedabad. Important dates related to admission activities at IIM Ahmedabad are as below:

IIM-A Admission Activity
Important dates
Admission 2021 Application Starts
August 5, 2020 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2020- tick on the IIM Ahmedabad PGP programme, choose preferred interview cities in the application form. No extra application fees to be paid.
Last date to Apply
September 16, 2020 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 8, 2021
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2021
Will continue till March 2021
Final Admission Offer
Second week April 2021
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by April 2021 last week

Programmes Offered
IIM Ahmedabad offers following 2 years full time MBA programmes:

  1. Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) leading to MBA Degree
  2. Post Graduate Program in Food and Agri-Business Management (PGP- FABM) leading to MBA degree

The programmes are meant for fresh graduates as well as for graduates with work experience in supervisory cadre

PGP Programme: Specializations
IIM Ahmedabad offers bouquet of specializations in its PGP programme in the areas of Communication, HRM, Economics, Finance & Accounting, Information systems, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour, Production and Quantitative Methods, Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship among others

IIM Ahmedabad Fees: Rs.23 Lakhs
Below is shared the PGP programme fee applicable for the 2020-22 batch at IIM Ahmedabad. The fee may be revised further for PGP 2021-23 batch

  • The total programme fees payable by PGP students at IIM Ahmedabad is Rs 23,00,000/- (inclusive of tuition fees of Rs.16,99,000/-).
  • Laptop computer, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • The total programme fees for the 2021-2023 batch may increase further by 5 to 7% after making adjustment for inflations. 

IIM Ahmedabad Intake: 400 Students
IIM Ahmedabad has an intake of 400 students in its flagship PGP programme. However, with the rigorous selection process, the batch size remains below 400 students. With a liberal admission policy focused on other parameters also apart from only CAT exam score, IIM Ahmedabad has achieved a gender diversity in the range of 20 to 28 percent in recent years. Following are the recent trends in batch size and gender diversity at IIM Ahmedabad:

Total Batch Size
Percentage of Women Students

IIM Ahmedabad Placement 2020
IIM Ahmedabad had completed its Final Placement Process 2020 for PGP 2018-20 batch in three days with all the three clusters in placement process getting over in February 2020. However, it is the policy of IIM Ahmedabad to release the placement statistics after IPRS Audit in the month of September. Top Recruiters from multiple domains participated across the 3 clusters in the Final Placements.

The audited placement data 2019 reveal that PGP 2017-19 batch average salary had gone up remarkably at Rs.25.83 LPA as against Rs.24.45 LPA, while the highest domestic salary was Rs.70 LPA. The highest international offer had gone up at Rs.83.51 LPA as against Rs. 66 Lakhs earlier.

IIM Ahmedabad Placement: Key Highlights
Following are the key highlights of IIM Ahmedabad PGP placement 2019:

  • Highest Domestic Package - Rs.70 Lakhs
  • Average Domestic Package up at Rs.25.83 lakhs
  • Highest International Package up at US$117,631 (Eqv. Rs.83.51 LPA) from US$ 99172 last year
  • Average International Package up at US$80,050 (Eqv. Rs.56.84 LPA)fromUS$73013 last year
  • Difference between Highest and Average Salary narrows down
  • Number of PPOs Offered – 157
  • Number of PPOs Accepted - 131
  • Total Students participated in IIMA Placement 2019: 388
  • Students who did not seek placement at IIMA: 10
  • Total Students accepting Placement offers: 388
  • Students embarking on Entrepreneurship Ventures: 2 (Out of 10)
  • Students who sought placement outside campus: 8 (Out of 10)
  • Number of Recruiters: 123
  • Number of Different Role Profiles Offered: 184

IIM Ahmedabad to Award MBA Degree
IIM Ahmedabad will award MBA degree to its students who successfully complete the PGP 2021-23 programme instead of Diploma as was done previously. Although IIM Ahmedabad has not changed the name of its flagship management programme from Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management to Masters of Business Administration (MBA), it has started conferring MBA degree now, consequent upon implementation of IIM Act 2017. The Act has empowered the IIMs to award MBA degree instead of Post Graduate Diploma.

The two years PGP of IIM Ahmedabad is a full-time residential course for graduates from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management.

IIM Ahmedabad: How to Apply?

  • Application process for admission at IIM Ahmedabad is open now.
  • All the candidates have to apply for CAT 2020 by the last date
  • Application fee for CAT 2020 is Rs.2000/- (Rs.1000/- for SC/ST)
  • On the page 4 of CAT 2020 application form select IIM Ahmedabad PGP and also select the interview city
  • No need to apply and pay separately for IIM Ahmedabad Admission
  • After declaration of CAT 2020 exam result, you can check at IIM Ahmedabad website whether you are shortlisted by entering your CAT 2020 registration ID and password

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Eligibility

  1. To meet the IIM Ahmedabad eligibility criteria, the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the eligibility criterion is relaxed to 45%
  2. 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
  3. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IIMAhmedabad by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the eligibility of the candidate.
  4. 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 or 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.
  5. Such a candidate, if selected, will become ineligible for the IIM Ahmedabad admission unlesshe/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2021 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2021) stating that they have completed all the requirements (the result may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
  6. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by IIM Ahmedabad and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination held on or before June 30, 2021.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2021. 
  7. One of the most important points in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Eligibility criteria is that apart from a recognized graduate degree, the candidate should appear in CAT 2020 exam and must score minimum prescribed score in the entrance exam to become eligible for admission. Read More

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria
IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2021 is a two step process involving the preliminary screening and shortlisting criteria with higher weightage for CAT exam score and the Final selection Criteria which has low weightage to CAT exam score.

1. IIM Ahmedabad Shortlisting Criteria
The first part of IIM Ahmedabad Admission criteria is its shortlisting criteria for final selection round. A candidate will be shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad if he/she meets the following shortlisting criteria:

  • The 1st stage of shortlisting in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria awards 65% weight to CAT 2020 score, 30% weight to Academic Profile and 5% weight to work experience
  • IIMA endeavours to recognise exceptional performers in terms of their previous academic records as well as their performance in CAT across diverse academic backgrounds. Towards that, a certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for AWT & PI subject to their fulfilling shortlisting criteria.
  • The candidate must have scored minimum sectional percentile of 70 in each of the three sections of CAT 2020 – Quantitative Aptitude' (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VRC)
  • A candidate must have scored minimum overall percentile of 80 in CAT 2020
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2020, he/she will not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.
  • 65% Weight is awarded for CAT 2020 score in shortlisting for final selection round by IIM Ahmedabad
  • The candidate with excellent academics will be awarded higher points in shortlisting criteria
  • 90% & Above marks in Class 10 will be awarded top rating of 10 points
  • For Class 12 also 90% and above marks will be awarded 10 points. However, top rating of 10  for Class 12 will vary. To get highest weightage for class 12 marks in Science and Commerce stream, 90% marks are needed. For Arts stream, 85% plus marks are required for rating score of 10.
  • For Bachelor’s degree weightage, the top rating of 10 (Rating score C) varies for different streams. The academic streams are categorised from AC-1 to AC-7. The medicine branch is defined as AC-1 and needs more than 70% marks to get highest rating of 10.
  • Work Experience of more than 36 months will be awarded 5% weight in the shortlisting for final admission round

2. Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria after final admission round award 50% weight to Personal Interview(PI); 10% weight to Academic Writing Test  (AWT); 25% weight to CAT 2020 score and 15% to Academics.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Cut Off  
IIM Ahmedabad cutoff  has been reduced for admission 2021. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2020 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.

Percentile Rank in Verbal & Reading Comprehension (PVRC)
Percentile rank in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (PDILR)
Percentile Rank in Quantitative Aptitude (PQA)
Overall Percentile Rank
NC-OBC cum transgender
PwD (All categories except ST)
PwD (ST)

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Process
Following steps are included in the IIM Ahmedabad Admission process:

  • Step 1: The candidate must have appeared and scored the minimum required percentile in CAT 2020
  • Step 2:Candidates are short-listed for AWT and PI from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2020 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme  
  • Step 3:After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience among others
  • Step 4: Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates in the second week of April 2021 on the basis of Final Composite Score (FCS) which awards 50% weight to PI score, 10% weight to AWT score, 25% weight to CAT score &15% to Academics

CAT 2020 notification was released by IIM Indore on July 29. After the CAT 2020 Registration and Application process was opened on August 5, IIM Ahmedabad has been quick to announce its admission policy for PGP 2021-23 batch.

IIM Ahmedabad has not changed the name of its flagship management programme despite the fact that IIM Act 2017 has been implemented empowering the IIMs to award MBA degree instead of Post Graduate Diploma. The admission criteria announced by IIM Ahmedabad still share its programme name as Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 2021-23, although it will award MBA degree instead of PGDM.

The two years PGP of IIM Ahmedabad is a full-time residential course for graduates from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management.

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