IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024-2026: Check all Important Details

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Updated On : February 28, 2024

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Overview: IIM Ahmedabad has recently announced its admission criteria for the 2024-2026 batch, following the declaration of the Common Admission Test (CAT) results. In this blog, we will delve into all the essential details you need to know about the admission process for IIM Ahmedabad's 2024 batch.

In this blog we will be covering these following points:

  1. IIM Ahmedabad Program Overview
  2. Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2024
  3. IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024
  4. Additional Information Around IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria Program Overview

  • The flagship MBA program of IIM Ahmedabad, the two-year full-time Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP), aims to cultivate proficient professional managers.
  • Admission to IIM Ahmedabad is governed by distinct criteria, depending on the applicant's background. Domestic applicants are evaluated through the Common Admission Test (CAT), a national-level exam, whereas overseas Indian applicants and foreign nationals are assessed via the GMAT.
  • The selection process includes an analytical writing test and personal interviews for candidates who make it past the initial screening.
  • You will be chosen based on their performance in the relevant entrance exam (CAT/GMAT), your academic history, and your achievements in the subsequent stages of the selection process.
  • The diverse student body of the program includes individuals with academic backgrounds in arts, commerce, science, and professional fields like engineering, technology, and medicine, all united by their scholastic accomplishments.

Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024 

  1. To be eligible to apply, you must have completed a bachelor's degree, achieving a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. However, there's an allowance for certain categories: candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), or Persons with Disabilities (PwD) categories are required to have at least 45%.
  2. The bachelor’s degree or its equivalent must include at least three years of study post higher secondary education (10+2) or its equivalent.
  3. Furthermore, the opportunity to apply is also extended to those who are in the final year of their bachelor's degree or equivalent. 

Read more: CAT Exam Questions 2024

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024 

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria/ Selection Process for Candidates for through CAT-2023

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2024-26 Batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process viz.,

1. Preliminary Screening

In CAT-2023 there will be three sections, viz.,

  1. Quantitative Ability (QA),
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2023 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2023 Percentile Ranks

Category Verbal Ability and
Reading Comprehension
percentile rank (PVARC)
Data Interpretation &
Logical Reasoning
percentile rank (PDILR)
Quantitative Ability
percentile rank (PQA)
Overall
percentile rank (PT)
General, EWS 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PwD (General, EWS,
NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
60 60 60 70
PwD (ST) 50 50 50 60


IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria: Rating of Academic Scores

  • At different stages of the IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used.
  • An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ and ‘Arts & Humanities’),
  • The bachelor’s degree program (depending upon the discipline) and work experience (as on July 31, 2023) respectively. 

 Rating Score A: Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam Rating Score A
< 55 1
> 55 and < 60 2
> 60 and < 70 3
> 70 and < 80 5
> 80 and < 90 8
> 90 10

Rating Score B: Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination

Science Stream Commerce Stream Arts/Humanities Stream
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
 < 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 > 85 10

Rating Score C: Rating Scores for the bachelor’s degree Examination

AC-1 AC-2 AC-3
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Professional courses
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
<= 55 1 <= 50 1 <= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2 > 50 and <= 53 2 > 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 62 3 > 53 and <= 55 3 > 60 and <= 65 3
> 62 and <= 65 5 > 55 and <= 57 5 > 65 and <= 70 5
> 65 and <= 70 8 > 57 and <= 63 8 > 70 and <= 80 8
> 70 10 > 63 10 > 80 10

AC-4 & AC-6 AC-5
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
<= 60 1 <= 50 1
> 60 and <= 65 2 > 50 and <= 55 2
> 65 and <= 70 3 > 55 and <= 60 3
> 70 and <= 75 5 > 60 and <= 65 5
> 75 and <= 85 8 > 65 and <= 75 8
> 85 10 > 75 10

Rating Score D: Rating Scores for Work Experience

Work Experience in Month
(as filled in the CAT Application Form)
Rating Score D
< 12 months 0
 > 12 and < 36 months MF *
(number of months of work experience – 11)
> 36 months 5

Application Rating Score: AR = (A+B+C+D)

Normalized AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2023 and apply to IIMA.)

Learn more: IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2024

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2. Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Stage 1: From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines

  • IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria is designed to identify right candidates based on their academic achievements and their performance in the CAT exam, while ensuring diversity in academic backgrounds.
  • To achieve this, top candidates from each academic discipline will be shortlisted for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) based on their Composite Score (CS), provided they meet specific requirements. 
  • As per the official website of IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, a specific method is used to shortlist candidates for the AWT and PI.
  • This method applies to each Academic Category (AC) that has at least 100 applicants appearing for the CAT-2023 exam from reserved categories such as SC (Scheduled Caste), ST (Scheduled Tribe), NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes), and PwD (Persons with Disabilities).
  • Here's how it works: Within each AC, the top 5% of candidates - considering only those in their respective reservation categories (General, SC, ST, NC-OBC, PwD) - will be shortlisted for the next rounds.
  • This selection is based on their composite score (CS), which is further explained in the admission criteria. However, there are upper limits to the number of candidates that can be shortlisted in each AC, as detailed in the given below table.

CS (Composite Score) ARF_CS * Normalized AR score + CATF_CS * Normalized overall score in CAT-2023

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) 0.35.

CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) 0.65

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-1, AC-2, AC-3, AC-5

Category Upper Limit (UL)
Per ACRC [2]
General 100
NC-OBC/Transgender 57
SC 32
ST 16
PwD 6

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-4

Category Upper Limit (UL) 
Per
ACRC [3]
General 150
NC-OBC/Transgender 85
SC 48
ST 24
PwD 9

In the context of evaluating academic performance, we have set specific criteria that students need to meet. These criteria are defined as follows:

Criterion 1 (C1): To meet this criterion, students must ensure that their performance in key assessments, such as PVARC, PDILR, PQA, and PT, meets or exceeds the minimum thresholds outlined in another table below.

Criterion 2 (C2): For this criterion, it is essential that students attain a minimum score, which is specific to their category and academic stream. This score is denoted as "P" and is calculated as the average of the percentages obtained in their 10th and 12th standard examinations.

Minimum cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories:

Stream in
12th std.
General,
EWS Category
NC-OBC /
Transgender
Category
SC
Category
ST
Category
PWD (General,
EWS, NC-OBC /
Transgender, SC)
PWD (ST)
Science 80 75 70 65 70 65
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 62
Arts &
Humanities
75 70 64 59 64 59

Criterion 3 (C3): (Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination) In order to be eligible for admission, candidates must achieve a minimum percentage of marks in their bachelor's examination. This minimum cut-off percentage is determined based on the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks obtained by applicants belonging to their respective ACRC group. The ACRC group refers to the category of candidates who appeared for the CAT-2023 exam, applied to IIM Ahmedabad, and belong to the same specific category.

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Learn more: Insights for MBA Students: IIM Selection Criteria 2024

3. Final Selection

In this stage, candidates will be selected based on their 'Final Composite Scores' (FCS), which have been separately shortlisted for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD). The selection process ensures that the number of candidates chosen in each reservation category aligns with the legal requirements.

The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:

FCS PIF * = Normalized PI Score + AWTF * Normalized AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalized CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

Additional Information Around IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Applicants for the post-graduate programs in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad admission criteria should take note of the following important information regarding the Analytical Writing Tests and Personal Interviews (AWT & PI):

  1. Test Locations: IIMA will conduct AWT & PIs in multiple cities, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
  2. City Selection: When filling out the CAT application form, candidates are required to choose two preferred cities where they would like to take the AWT & PI.
  3. Notification: Candidates who are shortlisted for the AWT and PI rounds will receive notifications via registered post and email. These notifications are expected to be sent out tentatively during the second week of January 2024.
  4. Checking Shortlist Status: CAT takers interested in IIMA's post-graduate programs can also verify their shortlist status for AWT & PI by visiting the official IIMA website (www.iima.ac.in) around the second week of January 2024.
  5. Regret Letters: Please note that individual regret letters will not be dispatched to candidates who are not shortlisted for the AWT & PI rounds.

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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024-2026: Check all Important Details

Author : Akanksha

February 28, 2024

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Overview: IIM Ahmedabad has recently announced its admission criteria for the 2024-2026 batch, following the declaration of the Common Admission Test (CAT) results. In this blog, we will delve into all the essential details you need to know about the admission process for IIM Ahmedabad's 2024 batch.

In this blog we will be covering these following points:

  1. IIM Ahmedabad Program Overview
  2. Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2024
  3. IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024
  4. Additional Information Around IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria Program Overview

  • The flagship MBA program of IIM Ahmedabad, the two-year full-time Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP), aims to cultivate proficient professional managers.
  • Admission to IIM Ahmedabad is governed by distinct criteria, depending on the applicant's background. Domestic applicants are evaluated through the Common Admission Test (CAT), a national-level exam, whereas overseas Indian applicants and foreign nationals are assessed via the GMAT.
  • The selection process includes an analytical writing test and personal interviews for candidates who make it past the initial screening.
  • You will be chosen based on their performance in the relevant entrance exam (CAT/GMAT), your academic history, and your achievements in the subsequent stages of the selection process.
  • The diverse student body of the program includes individuals with academic backgrounds in arts, commerce, science, and professional fields like engineering, technology, and medicine, all united by their scholastic accomplishments.

Eligibility Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024 

  1. To be eligible to apply, you must have completed a bachelor's degree, achieving a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. However, there's an allowance for certain categories: candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), or Persons with Disabilities (PwD) categories are required to have at least 45%.
  2. The bachelor’s degree or its equivalent must include at least three years of study post higher secondary education (10+2) or its equivalent.
  3. Furthermore, the opportunity to apply is also extended to those who are in the final year of their bachelor's degree or equivalent. 

Read more: CAT Exam Questions 2024

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2024 

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria/ Selection Process for Candidates for through CAT-2023

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2024-26 Batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process viz.,

1. Preliminary Screening

In CAT-2023 there will be three sections, viz.,

  1. Quantitative Ability (QA),
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2023 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2023 Percentile Ranks

Category Verbal Ability and
Reading Comprehension
percentile rank (PVARC)
Data Interpretation &
Logical Reasoning
percentile rank (PDILR)
Quantitative Ability
percentile rank (PQA)
Overall
percentile rank (PT)
General, EWS 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PwD (General, EWS,
NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
60 60 60 70
PwD (ST) 50 50 50 60


IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria: Rating of Academic Scores

  • At different stages of the IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used.
  • An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ and ‘Arts & Humanities’),
  • The bachelor’s degree program (depending upon the discipline) and work experience (as on July 31, 2023) respectively. 

 Rating Score A: Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam Rating Score A
< 55 1
> 55 and < 60 2
> 60 and < 70 3
> 70 and < 80 5
> 80 and < 90 8
> 90 10

Rating Score B: Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination

Science Stream Commerce Stream Arts/Humanities Stream
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
Percent score in
12th Std. Exam
Rating Score
B
 < 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 > 85 10

Rating Score C: Rating Scores for the bachelor’s degree Examination

AC-1 AC-2 AC-3
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Professional courses
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
<= 55 1 <= 50 1 <= 55 1
> 55 and <= 60 2 > 50 and <= 53 2 > 55 and <= 60 2
> 60 and <= 62 3 > 53 and <= 55 3 > 60 and <= 65 3
> 62 and <= 65 5 > 55 and <= 57 5 > 65 and <= 70 5
> 65 and <= 70 8 > 57 and <= 63 8 > 70 and <= 80 8
> 70 10 > 63 10 > 80 10

AC-4 & AC-6 AC-5
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
Percent score in
Bachelor’s Degree
Rating Score
C
<= 60 1 <= 50 1
> 60 and <= 65 2 > 50 and <= 55 2
> 65 and <= 70 3 > 55 and <= 60 3
> 70 and <= 75 5 > 60 and <= 65 5
> 75 and <= 85 8 > 65 and <= 75 8
> 85 10 > 75 10

Rating Score D: Rating Scores for Work Experience

Work Experience in Month
(as filled in the CAT Application Form)
Rating Score D
< 12 months 0
 > 12 and < 36 months MF *
(number of months of work experience – 11)
> 36 months 5

Application Rating Score: AR = (A+B+C+D)

Normalized AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2023 and apply to IIMA.)

Learn more: IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria 2024

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2. Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI) in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Stage 1: From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines

  • IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria is designed to identify right candidates based on their academic achievements and their performance in the CAT exam, while ensuring diversity in academic backgrounds.
  • To achieve this, top candidates from each academic discipline will be shortlisted for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) based on their Composite Score (CS), provided they meet specific requirements. 
  • As per the official website of IIM Ahmedabad admission criteria, a specific method is used to shortlist candidates for the AWT and PI.
  • This method applies to each Academic Category (AC) that has at least 100 applicants appearing for the CAT-2023 exam from reserved categories such as SC (Scheduled Caste), ST (Scheduled Tribe), NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes), and PwD (Persons with Disabilities).
  • Here's how it works: Within each AC, the top 5% of candidates - considering only those in their respective reservation categories (General, SC, ST, NC-OBC, PwD) - will be shortlisted for the next rounds.
  • This selection is based on their composite score (CS), which is further explained in the admission criteria. However, there are upper limits to the number of candidates that can be shortlisted in each AC, as detailed in the given below table.

CS (Composite Score) ARF_CS * Normalized AR score + CATF_CS * Normalized overall score in CAT-2023

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) 0.35.

CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) 0.65

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-1, AC-2, AC-3, AC-5

Category Upper Limit (UL)
Per ACRC [2]
General 100
NC-OBC/Transgender 57
SC 32
ST 16
PwD 6

Table: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per RC for AC-4

Category Upper Limit (UL) 
Per
ACRC [3]
General 150
NC-OBC/Transgender 85
SC 48
ST 24
PwD 9

In the context of evaluating academic performance, we have set specific criteria that students need to meet. These criteria are defined as follows:

Criterion 1 (C1): To meet this criterion, students must ensure that their performance in key assessments, such as PVARC, PDILR, PQA, and PT, meets or exceeds the minimum thresholds outlined in another table below.

Criterion 2 (C2): For this criterion, it is essential that students attain a minimum score, which is specific to their category and academic stream. This score is denoted as "P" and is calculated as the average of the percentages obtained in their 10th and 12th standard examinations.

Minimum cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories:

Stream in
12th std.
General,
EWS Category
NC-OBC /
Transgender
Category
SC
Category
ST
Category
PWD (General,
EWS, NC-OBC /
Transgender, SC)
PWD (ST)
Science 80 75 70 65 70 65
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 62
Arts &
Humanities
75 70 64 59 64 59

Criterion 3 (C3): (Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination) In order to be eligible for admission, candidates must achieve a minimum percentage of marks in their bachelor's examination. This minimum cut-off percentage is determined based on the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks obtained by applicants belonging to their respective ACRC group. The ACRC group refers to the category of candidates who appeared for the CAT-2023 exam, applied to IIM Ahmedabad, and belong to the same specific category.

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Learn more: Insights for MBA Students: IIM Selection Criteria 2024

3. Final Selection

In this stage, candidates will be selected based on their 'Final Composite Scores' (FCS), which have been separately shortlisted for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD). The selection process ensures that the number of candidates chosen in each reservation category aligns with the legal requirements.

The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:

FCS PIF * = Normalized PI Score + AWTF * Normalized AWT Score + CATF_FCS * Normalized CAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

Additional Information Around IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Applicants for the post-graduate programs in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad admission criteria should take note of the following important information regarding the Analytical Writing Tests and Personal Interviews (AWT & PI):

  1. Test Locations: IIMA will conduct AWT & PIs in multiple cities, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
  2. City Selection: When filling out the CAT application form, candidates are required to choose two preferred cities where they would like to take the AWT & PI.
  3. Notification: Candidates who are shortlisted for the AWT and PI rounds will receive notifications via registered post and email. These notifications are expected to be sent out tentatively during the second week of January 2024.
  4. Checking Shortlist Status: CAT takers interested in IIMA's post-graduate programs can also verify their shortlist status for AWT & PI by visiting the official IIMA website (www.iima.ac.in) around the second week of January 2024.
  5. Regret Letters: Please note that individual regret letters will not be dispatched to candidates who are not shortlisted for the AWT & PI rounds.

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