Even 100%ile May Not Be Enough To Get You Into IIM Ahmedabad

You may spend months, maybe years, trying to score that perfect 100%ile in CAT. But now that you have got that perfect 100, what’s next? Is it a sure shot ticket to one of the most coveted b-schools in India? What does it take to get into IIM Ahmedabad? To answer this question, we have Aviral Bhatnagar who is an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus and a fantastic Quora writer.

Question: Is 100%ile enough to secure admission at IIM Ahmedabad?

Answer: Not necessarily.

The IIMA selection process has three components

  1. Application Rating Scores
  2. CAT scores
  3. Interview Scores

The first two are necessary to get an interview call and all three contribute to your overall score. In my year, the first two contributed 30% to the overall score while the interview contributed to 70%.

Additionally, your CAT score is scaled on the basis of your score relative to the topper. The difference between me and a 100% (i.e. 99.996+) was 5 points, and scaled on the top score (360) it hardly made a difference. The same would be true for most people who got a call.

As you can see, doing badly in the interview will more or less kill your chances even if you aced the CAT. It’s strange that there is so much focus on the CAT when the actual critical function in the selection is the interview – that’s usually my advice to most people

As an empirical example, my batch had 1 of the 8 100%ilers – can safely say most people prefer IIMA. One of my friends got a 100%ile the next year could not convert IIM A. There are statistically more people scoring a 100%ile who don’t convert than who do in my reasonably small set. I think it is true for the larger sample.

So, if you get a 100%ile, things get easier but a lot is still left to be done.

This answer first appeared on Quora


About the Author:

aviral bhatnagar

Aviral Bhatnagar went to IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad. He is a self-proclaimed geek, avid reader and a student for life. He made his first excel sheet when he was 8 years old, and he devoured encyclopaedias and atlas as a kid. He is currently working as an investment professional at Guild Capital.



Mayukh Chatterjee

@IIMSSUCKLIKEINDIAXD That’s why we say, you sir may please put your worthless comment up somewhere else. You are a loser sir. And hence your anguish towards CAT.


@Mayukh Chatterjee You are the only sore loser here 🙂 Its true that CAT is a waste of time and everybody knows it. There are real people out there with 90/90 acads and 99.99%tile and have not even received call from IIMs . Getting into IIM is all about luck. http://www.zeading.com/story/what-more-could-i-do-cat-99-36-and-still-no-iims Just read this story and you will know.
My advise to wise people – please stay away from this cat/iim hype ; they nothing more than a trap . You are better off somewhere else where your future is not decided by luck factor.