IIM Ahmedabad Batch Profile 2021-22: Check 5 Key Trends that underline IIMA’s Diversity Focus

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
July 1, 2021
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) inaugurated its 58th batch of flagship 2 year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and 22nd batch of the 2 year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM) in a virtual ceremony on July 1, 2021. Due to the prevailing situation, the Institute has taken the decision to start Term-I courses in Online Mode. MBAUniverse.com noted five interesting trends from the new IIMA batch profile.
IIM Ahmedabad Batch Profile 2021-22

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) inaugurated its 58th batch of flagship 2 year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and 22nd batch of the 2 year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM) in a virtual ceremony on July 1, 2021. Due to the prevailing situation, the Institute has taken the decision to start Term-I courses in Online Mode. MBAUniverse.com noted five interesting trends from the new IIMA batch profile.

First the numbers. This year, 385 students have joined in the PGP programme and 47 students joined the PGP-FABM programme at IIMA. The PGP class comprises 72 per cent men and 28 per cent women. The average age of the PGP class is around 23 years and 67 per cent of the total students have been professionals with prior work experience.

Delivering the inaugural address to the incoming classes, Professor Errol D’ Souza, Director, IIMA said, “You are about to embark on one of the most important and vibrant phases in your life. The two years at IIMA will present you with unlimited opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills, explore your interests, and most important of all, build a network of friends and mentors who will support you in the future.”

Coming to new Batch profile at IIMA, let us note the five key trends.

Trend #1. Emphasis on Diversity; Increase in Non-Engineers
In the last few years, IIMA has consistently advocated for diversity in its batches and has followed an admissions policy that looks at diversity across education, profession, gender, socioeconomics, work experience and culture. “Peer learning is an integral part of the learning experience at IIMA and this diversity enriches the learning experience of the students within and beyond the classroom,” says IIMA. The present classes comprise students from arts, science, commerce, engineering, agriculture, and allied sciences, among others.

As a result of this policy, there is a gradual increase in percentage of non-engineers admitted to the IIMA PGP program. This year, 28% of the batch is made up of non-engineers, which is higher than 24% last year.

Chart: More non-engineers at IIMA

Trend #2. Commerce students dominate, Arts & Science miss out
Amongst Non-engineers, Commerce students dominate and make up majority of non-engineering student mix. This year 21% of total students admitted in the coveted IIMA PGP program are commerce graduates. Arts and Science students form only a minuscule percentage of IIMA admits. Only 5% of students admitted at Arts students, and only 2% of the students admitted are Science students.

Table: IIMA Batch Profile 2021 – Commerce students dominate, Arts & Science miss out

Batch
Educational Background
%age
Educational Background
%age
Educational Background
%age
2021-23
Arts
5%
Commerce
21%
Science
2%
2020-22
Arts
5%
Commerce
18%
Science
1%

Trend #3. More Women Leaders in Making
Another important trend to note is an increase in the number of women joining in both the PGP and PGP-FABM programmes at IIMA. Women comprise 28 per cent of the total class size in the new PGP batch and 43 per cent of the total number of students in the new PGP-FABM batch – the numbers being 6 per cent higher than 22 per cent registered in the PGP class in 2020 and 9 per cent higher than the 34 per cent registered in the PGP-FABM programme in 2020, respectively.

Chart: Rise in number of women candidates are IIMA

Trend #4. Freshers on rise
There is a gradual increase in number of candidates admitted at PGP program at IIMA with no prior work experience. This year, 33% of students admitted had no prior work experience, while last year the number stood at 26%. This is perhaps due to the rising emphasis on diversity. 

Chart: % of candidates without work experience on rise

Trend #5. Students from Agriculture and allied backgrounds
This year, the PGP-FABM programme has witnessed an increase in the number of students from agriculture and allied backgrounds as compared to the previous two years. PGP-FABM is a niche programme offering from the IIMA. It was launched as a Special Programme in Agriculture (SPA) in 1974. See charts below.

Sharing his views on the process of student intake, Prof MP Ram Mohan, Chairperson – Admissions, IIMA, said, “This year the complete admissions process was conducted successfully online in a fair and transparent manner. This helped us onboard a meritorious class of students drawn from across the country. We are happy to welcome the new batch of young, bright and deserving candidates to our PGP and PGP-FABM programmes.” 

Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM)

Earlier, welcoming the new batches, Professor Pradyumana Khokle, Dean (Programmes), IIMA said, “Welcome to IIMA’s Two Year Post Graduate Programmes. IIMA’s post graduate programmes are a transformative journey that requires setting high standards and working in ways that may be different and better from the way you have worked earlier. As you navigate through this journey, you will encounter some great things, some thunderstorms, some things familiar and some unfamiliar waters. I hope you will enjoy navigating through all of them.”

As is well known, set up in 1961, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is a premier, global management Institute. Since then it has been consolidating its global footprint and today it has a network with over 80 top international institutions and a presence in Dubai. Its eminent faculty members and close to 40,000 alumni also contribute to its global recognition. It became the first Indian institution to receive international accreditation from EQUIS. Flagship two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is ranked 20th in the FT Master in Management Ranking 2020 and the one-year Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) has been ranked 48th in the FT Global MBA rankings 2021. The institute also is placed first in the Government of India’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), India Rankings 2020.

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