How Can I Get A Call From IIM Ahmedabad – CAT 2018 | PGP 2019 – 2021

The IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria have been released on the institute’s official website. Highlights of the selection criteria are:

  1. There have been no changes in the IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria for the past 3 years, including 2018.
  2. Only 30% of the composite score depends on the candidates’ academic profile, inclusive of 10th, 12th and graduation marks.
  3. Academic diversity garners more points due to the division of the applicant pool in 6 different academic categories – AC1 to AC6.
  4. AC4 & AC6 (Engineering, Architecture, and Technology ) have the highest cut-offs for a perfect 10 in the Graduation score.
  5. Work experience is not significant in calculating composite and final composite scores.
  6. There are no points for gender diversity in the IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria:

The IIM Ahmedabad selection process is split into 3 parts. Candidates who meet the IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria and clear all 3 rounds receive admission offers from the institute.

The following is the selection process:

Round 1 – Preliminary Screening:

This comprises the screening of candidates based on academic history and calculation of the Application Rating Score. The following are the CAT cut-offs to be eligible for further rounds of selection.

Category Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank
(VA RC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank
(DI LR)
Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank
(QA)
Overall percentile rank
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PwD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70
PwD (ST) 50 50 50 60

If the minimum CAT cut-offs are met, then an applicant’s Application Rating score can be calculated.

The following is the process to calculate the AR Score:

(A) Class 10th Marks:

Percentage in Class 10th Rating Score
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 70 3
> 70 and <= 80 5
> 80 and <= 90 8
> 90 10

(B) Class 12th Marks:

Science Stream Commerce Stream Arts/Humanities Stream
Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Score Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Score Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Score
<= 55 1 <= 50 1 <= 45 1
> 55 and <= 60 2 > 50 and <= 55 2 > 45 and <= 50 2
> 60 and <= 70 3 > 55 and <= 65 3 > 50 and <= 60 3
> 70 and <= 80 5 > 65 and <= 75 5 > 60 and <= 70 5
> 80 and <= 90 8 > 75 and <= 90 8 > 70 and <= 85 8
> 90 10 > 90 10 > 85 10

(C) Graduation Marks:

AC-1
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Score
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 62 3
> 62 and <= 65 5
> 65 and <= 70 8
> 70 10

AC 1 – Medicine and Surgery based subjects): MBBS, MD(USA).

AC-2
Percent score in Professional courses Score
<= 50 1
> 50 and <= 53 2
> 53 and <= 55 3
> 55 and <= 57 5
> 57 and <= 63 8
> 63 10

AC 2 – (Selected Professional Degrees): Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA), Company Secretaryship (CS).

AC-3
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Score
<= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 65 3
> 65 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 80 8
> 80 10

AC 3 – (All Commerce, Economics, Finance and Management Related Degrees): Including BAF, BBA, BBE, BBI, BBM, BBS, BCAF, BCCA, BCOM, BFIA, BFM, BHM, BHMCT, BIBF, BMS (Bachelor of Management studies) and BSBA degrees.

AC-4 & AC-6
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Score
<= 60 1
> 60 and <= 65 2
> 65 and <= 70 3
> 70 and <= 75 5
> 75 and <= 85 8
> 85 10

AC 4 –

  • (All Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas): Including BARCH, BE, BIT, BINFTECH, BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG), BTECH and integrated MTech degrees (Excluding all degrees in Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology).
  • (All Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, and Leather Design. Also including degrees in dentistry, paramedical, veterinary degrees).
AC-5
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Score
<= 50 1
> 50 and <= 55 2
> 55 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 65 5
> 65 and <= 75 8
> 75 10

AC 5 – (All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Design/Technology, Law and Rural Studies): Including any BA (excluding Economics, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BCJ, BDES, BED, BFTECH, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM (Bachelor of Music), BMC, BMM, BMS (Bachelor of Media Science), BMus, BSW and LLB. Also including any degree in Journalism/Media Studies/Mass Communication.

Application Rating score = (A+B+C)

E.g.,

Consider a hotel management graduate (AC 3) with the profile (85/88/72). For this candidate, A = 8, B = 8, C = 8. 

Therefore, AR Score = 8+8+8 = 24.

If the top 50 candidates have an average AR score of 30/30, then the normalised AR score = 24/30 = 0.8  – (i) 

Round 2 – Shortlisting For AWT – PI Round

After the AR score has been calculated, the next step is to calculate the Composite Score.

Assume the normalised CAT 2018 score for the hotel management student to be 0.8. – (ii)

Composite Score = 0.3 (Normalised AR Score) + 0.7 (Normalised CAT 2018 Score) – (iii)

Therefore, putting values of (i) and (ii) in (iii), we get the Composite Score = (0.3 x 0.8) + (o.7 x 0.8) = 0.8

Based on the composite score, IIM Ahmedabad selects students in 2 stages –

Stage 1 – Selection of exceptional performers in respective Academic Streams

First of all, for a candidate to be eligible to be shortlisted for Stage 1, he/she needs to have met the minimum CAT 2018 cut-off, must have over 80%(Science)/77% (Commerce)/75% (Arts and Humanities) as the average of marks in 10th and 12th, and must have a good graduation percentage.

The top 5% of students with the highest composite score from each Academic Category (AC1-AC6) will be called for interviews first. Only a maximum of 100 students from each academic category will be selected for this.

As an example, let us look at AC 3 for Hotel Management, where we have calculated the composite score to be 0.8.

If a composite score of 0.8 features in the top 5% of all AC 3 candidates, then that candidate will be called for the interviews first from the AC 3 category.

The rest 95% will be selected in Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Selection on the basis of the composite score

The remaining candidates will be shortlisted based on their composite scores and the cut-off set by IIM Ahmedabad.

Round 3 – Final Selection 

The candidates shortlisted in Round 2 will now appear for the Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview round. Here, their performance will influence their Final Composite Score, which is calculated as follows:

Final Composite Score = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS).

Candidates who clear the Final Composite Score cut-off will be communicated their results and will be given admission offers.

Note – Although not mentioned on the IIM Ahmedabad official website, prior to AWT and PI, there is a short maths proficiency test based on quantitative questions to test the candidate’s aptitude for advanced mathematics. This has no influence on the candidate’s Final Composite Score or selection process in any way. It is done to gauge if a candidate requires additional support to keep up with the rest of the batch when the programme commences, as the PGP course is Quant intensive in nature.

Verdict:

The IIM Ahmedabad selection criteria are complicated to understand, owing to the process of increasing diversity. However, what is absolutely clear is that there is a high weight for a candidate’s Personal Interview score.

Candidates with a (90/90/85) profile from an engineering background with a high CAT score are likely to be selected for admission to IIM Ahmedabad. There is no special provision for gender diversity or work experience.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process – Official Website

Also read:

  1. CAT 2018 Official Notification
  2. IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria – CAT 2018 – PGP 2019-2021

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