IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2022: Check Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placement; Selection Based on 60% Weight to PI-WAT and 25% Weight to CAT 2021 Score

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August 9, 2021
IIM Ahmedabad will award less weightage to CAT 2021 exam score in shortlisting and final selection process for MBA admission 2022. The weight for CAT 2021 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 2021 stand a good chance to get into IIM Ahmedabad at a CAT 2021 percentile of 80 and above
IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021

IIM Ahmedabad, the top ranked B-school in NIRF Ranking 2020, is the first among the 20 IIMs to announce its MBA admission criteria immediately after the start of CAT 2021 registration process. The institute will award 65% weight to CAT exam score in shortlisting and 25% weight in final selection round for MBA admission 2022. The selection of the candidates for admission 2022 to IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process.

IIM-A Admission 2022: Shortlisting & Final Selection Criteria

  • CAT 2021 Score gets 65% weight in Shortlisting 2022
  • 5% Weightage for work experience at shortlisting stage 2022
  • Required CAT 2021 sectional score is 70 percentile for each of the three sections
  • Overall required minimum CAT 2021 score is 80 percentile
  • 60% weight goes to PI-WAT in final selection
  • Only 25% weightage will be given for CAT 2021 score in final admission selection 2022  

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2022: Two Step Process
IIM Ahmedabad follows two step criteria for MBA admission 2022

Step-1: 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-2021 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme.

Step-2: The second step is the final selection criteria on the basis of which admission offer will be made to the successful candidates

Admission 2022 Process Online or Offline: Depends on Prevailing Covid Situation
IIM Ahmedabad has clarified in its admission policy 2022 that its implementation and changes in it, will depend upon the prevailing Covid pandemic situation and directives from the Government. Last year also IIM Ahmedabad had released an important notice in this regard as below:

Important Notice for the 2022-2024 Admission Process:

COVID-19 and Possible Disruptions: The 2022-2024 IIMA PGP Admission process is to be conducted taking into account the COVID-19 crisis. The information provided by the 2022-2024 Admission Policy is contingent upon the decisions and directions issued from time to time by the Central and State governments, and IIMA. Candidates are advised to regularly check CAT 2021 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 2021
  • 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.

IIM Ahmedabad Batch Profile for PGP & PGP-FABM 2021-23: Highlights

  • 432 Students have joined IIM-A 58th PGP (MBA) Batch and 22nd PGP FABM Batch 
  • Selected students have scholastic achievements in disciplines such as arts, commerce, science and professional streams such as engineering, technology and medicine
  • Many of the selected students at IIM Ahmedabad have achievements in extra-curricular and organisational activities
  • Some of the qualities that students possess are high levels of initiative and energy, capacity for hard work, strong task orientation, willingness to learn, and a temperament suitable for teamwork
  • The PGP classes at IIM Ahmedabad have a mix of fresh graduates and persons with work experience

IIMA PGP 2021-23 Batch Profile: Key Highlights

  • 385 students have joined the IIMA flagship PGP 2021-23 batch
  • PGP 2021-23 batch comprises 28% women and 72% Men
  • 28% of the batch is made up of Non-Engineers
  • Average age of the PGP class is around 23 years
  • 67% of the total students are professionals with prior work experience

IIMA PGP FABM 2021-23 Batch Profile: Key Highlights

  • 47 students have joined PGP-FABM Batch 2021-23
  • PGP-FABM 2021-23 batch comprises 43% women and 57% men
  • 96% students are in the age group of 21 to 25 years
  • 14 students are with prior work experience
  • PGP-FABM programme has witnessed an increase in the number of students from agriculture and allied backgrounds as compared to the previous two years Read More

IIM Ahmedabad aims to Improve Academic Diversity with Reduced CAT Weightage
IIM Ahmedabad has been liberalising its admission criteria almost every year and this year also has not only reduced the CAT 2021 score weightage to 65%, the CAT score cut offs for admission 2022 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 2022 even if they score a little low in CAT 2021 but have excellent academics coupled with work experience. 

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IIM Ahmedabad PGP Admission 2022: Important Dates
Admission process with the opening of CAT 2021 application process starts at IIM Ahmedabad. Important dates related to admission activities at IIM Ahmedabad are as below:

IIM-A Admission Activity
Likely Important dates
Remarks
Admission 2022 Application Starts
August 4, 2021 (10 AM)
Apply for CAT 2021- 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 15, 2021 (5PM)
Last date may be extended by a few days
Shortlist Announcement for PI-WAT
January 8, 2022
It could vary by one or two days
Final selection (PI-WAT) round start date
Last week January 2022
Will continue till March 2022
Final Admission Offer
Second week April 2022
After receiving admission offer, confirm acceptance by April 2022 last week

MBA Programmes Offered by IIM Ahmedabad
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 last batch at IIM Ahmedabad. The fee may be revised further for PGP 2022-24 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 2022-2024 batch may increase further by 5 to 7 percent 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 of 28 percent in the current batch. Following are the recent trends in batch size and gender diversity at IIM Ahmedabad:

IIMA PGP Batch
Total Batch Size
Percentage of Women Students
2021-23
385
28%
2020-22
390
22%
2019-21
388
24%
2018-20
399
27%
2017-19
395
28%

IIM Ahmedabad Placement 2021
IIM Ahmedabad had completed its Final Placement Process 2021 for PGP 2019-21 batch in three days with all the three clusters in placement process getting over in February 2021. 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 2020 reveal that PGP 2018-20 batch average salary had gone up remarkably at Rs.26.13 LPA while the highest domestic salary was Rs.55.88 LPA. The highest international offer was at Rs.1.35 Crore.

IIM Ahmedabad Placement: Key Highlights
Following are the key highlights of IIM Ahmedabad PGP placement 2020:

  • Highest Domestic Package - Rs.55.88 Lakhs
  • Average Domestic Package up at Rs.26.13 lakhs
  • Highest International Package up at US$180,645 (Eqv. Rs.135.48 LPA)
  • Average International Package up at US$84,200 (Eqv. Rs.63.15 LPA)
  • Number of PPOs Offered – 190
  • Number of PPOs Accepted - 108
  • Total Students participated in IIMA Placement 2020: 391
  • Students who did not seek placement at IIMA: 13
  • Total Students accepting Placement offers: 388
  • Students embarking on Entrepreneurship Ventures: 2 
  • Students who sought placement outside campus: 11
  • Number of Recruiters: 153
  • Number of Different Role Profiles Offered: 182

Top Recruiters at IIM Ahmedabad
Top companies  which made the most offers on campus included Mckinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Tata Consultancy Services. McKinsey made the most offers (including Pre-Placement Offers) at the end of the final placement process with 27 offers, followed by Boston Consulting Group with 23 offers. In the Consulting cohort, Mastercard extended 11 offers. Among the investment banks, Avendus was the largest recruiter, making 10 offers, closely followed by JP Morgan with 8 offers. The Private Equity, Venture Capital and Asset Management cohort witnessed an 80% increase in participating firms. In the consumer goods and consumer services domain, AB InBev extended 8 offers, followed by Airtel with 7 offers. With 6 offers, CK Birla was the largest recruiter in the General Management cohort. In the IT Consulting cohort, TCS was the largest recruiter with 12 offers. In the Laterals process, FinlQ made the highest number of 11 offers, followed by Amazon  with 10 offers, Microsoft with 7 offers and RPG Group with 7 offers.

IIM Ahmedabad to Award MBA Degree
IIM Ahmedabad will award MBA degree to its students who successfully complete the PGP 2022-24 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 with the start of CAT 2021 registration process.
  • All the candidates have to apply for CAT 2021 by the last date
  • Application fee for CAT 2021 is Rs.2000/- (Rs.1000/- for SC/ST)
  • On the page 4 of CAT 2021 application form, you need to 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 2021 exam result, you can check at IIM Ahmedabad website whether you are shortlisted by entering your CAT 2021 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.
  5. 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, 2022.  The deadline to submit the mark-sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2022. 
  6. The candidate should appear in CAT 2021 exam and must score minimum prescribed score in the entrance exam to become eligible for admission.
  7. All selected candidates for the IIM Ahmedabad 2-year PGP must be of 19 years age as on June 30, 2022. Read More

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria
IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2022 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 2021 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 2021 – 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 2021
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in CAT 2021, he/she will not be considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.
  • 65% Weight is awarded for CAT 2021 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 2021 score and 15% to Academics.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Cut Off  in CAT 2021
IIM Ahmedabad cutoff  has been reduced for admission 2022. Only the candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2021 sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2021 will be considered for PI-WAT and all the subsequent stages.

Category
CAT 2021 cut off in Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
CAT 2021 cut off in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
CAT 2021 cut off in Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Overall CAT 2021 cut off Percentile
General
70
70
70
80
NC-OBC cum transgender
65
65
65
75
SC
60
60
60
70
ST
50
50
50
60
PwD (All categories except ST)
60
60
60
70
PwD (ST)
50
50
50
60

IIM Ahmedabad Final Selection Weightage
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 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 etc.

Component
Weightage
Remarks
Personal Interview (PI)
50%
May be conducted Online or offline
Analytical Writing Test (AWT)
10%
Depends upon Covid situation
CAT 2021 Score
25%
Low Weightage in final selection
Academics, Work Ex, Extra Curricular Achievements
15%
May become the turning factor in final selection

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 2021

Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for AWT and PI from among the candidates who have a valid CAT-2021 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 2022 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

Step-5: Admission offer letter would be sent to all successful candidates. Candidates, who are offered admission, need to confirm their acceptance by completing all the required formalities by the first/second week of May 2022.

Admission Offer to Waitlisted Candidates
It is possible that some candidates may also be placed on the waiting list initially during the second week of April 2022. Offers to candidates on the waiting list would depend upon the number of successful candidates accepting the admission offer made by IIM Ahmedabad.

The admission criteria announced by IIM Ahmedabad still share its programme name as Post Graduate Programme (PGP) 2022-24, 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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