IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2020: Eligibility, Criteria, Process, Cut-off, Fees; Reduces Weight to CAT Score

Saturday, August 10 2019
IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2020
IIM Ahmedabad has reduced the weight for CAT 2019 score to 65% in shortlisting for final admission round 2020 as compared to 70% last year. The non-engineers and the candidates from diverse backgrounds, planning to appear in CAT 2019 stand a good chance to get into IIM Ahmedabad at a CAT 2019 percentile of 80 and above. IIM Ahmedabad has also kept CAT score cut offs low at 80 percentile for admission 2020 to improve the academic diversity in its class rooms

IIM Ahmedabad has announced its admission criteria 2020 with a reduced weightage CAT 2019 score by 5% for the flagship PGP (MBA) 2020-22 batch. The admission policy of IIM Ahmedabad has been announced within a week from the date of release of CAT Notification 2019. The selection of the candidates for admission 2020 to IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process.

IIM-A Admission 2020: Key Policy Changes

  • Reduced Weightage of 65% for CAT 2019 score in Shortlisting 2020 from 70% last year
  • 5% Weightage for work experience added at shortlisting stage 2020
  • Sectional CAT 2019 percentile required is 70 now
  • Overall CAT 2019 percentile required is 80
  • Only 25% weightage for CAT 2019 score in final admission selection 2020

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-2018 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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IIM Ahmedabad PGP Admission 2020: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2019 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 2020 Application Starts
August 7, 2019 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2019- 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 18, 2019 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 8, 2020
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2020
Will continue till March 2020
Final Admission Offer
Second week April 2020
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by April 2020 last week

Weightage to CAT 2019 Reduced in Shortlisting
IIM Ahmedabad has been liberalising its admission criteria almost every year and this year also has not only reduced the CAT 2019 score weightage to 65% from 70% last year, 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 2020 even if they score a little low in CAT 2019 but have excellent academics coupled with work experience.

IIM Ahmedabad: How to Apply?

  • Application process for admission at IIM Ahmedabad is open now.
  • All the candidates have to apply for CAT 2019 by the last date on September 18, 2019
  • Application fee for CAT 2019 is Rs.1900/- (Rs.950/- for SC/ST)
  • On the page 4 of CAT 2019 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 2019 exam result, you can check at IIM Ahmedabad website whether you are shortlisted by entering your CAT 2019 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 IIM Ahmedabad 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 unless he/she submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2020 from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university (issued on or before June 30, 2020) 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, 2020.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2020. 
  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 2019 exam and must score minimum prescribed score in the entrance exam to become eligible for admission. 

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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria
IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020 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 2019 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 2019 – 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 2019
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2019, he/she will not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.
  • 65% Weight is awarded for CAT 2019 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
  1. 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 2019 score and 15% to Academics.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Cut Off  
IIM Ahmedabad cutoff  has been reduced for admission 2020. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2019 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2019 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 2019

Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for AWT and PI from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2019 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 2020 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

IIM Ahmedabad Fees
Below is shared the PGP programme fee applicable for the 2019-21 batch at IIM Ahmedabad. The fee may be revised further for PGP 2020-22 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 2020-2022 batch may increase further by 5 to 7% after making adjustment for inflations. 

CAT 2019 notification was released by IIM Kozhikode on July 28. After the CAT 2019 Registration and Application process was opened on August 7, IIM Ahmedabad has been quick to announce its admission policy for PGP 2020-22 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) 2020-22, 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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