IIMA (IIM Ahmedabad) Admission Criteria 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

CAT 2017 aspirants can get admission to IIM Ahmedabad on the basis of a 2-step procedure. The first step involves shortlisting of students on the basis of CAT 2017 Score, PI (Individual Interview) and WAT (Written Ability Test). 

  • The second step is the calculation of Final Composite Score (FCS).
  • Shortlisting of aspirants is done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD).
  • Aspirant's past academic records and work experience is also taken into account for IIM A selection procedure. 
  • In comparison to the 2017-19 academic session, the screening CAT Cut off has remained same across various sections and categories.

CAT is an online national exam organizeed yearly for admission to PG Management Programmes in different IIMs and many other Top B-Schools in India. 

Preliminary Screening of IIMA (IIM Ahmedabad) Admission Criteria 2018

To appear for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Individual Interview (PI), aspirants have to complete the preliminary screening. The preliminary shortlisting of CAT aspirants involves:-

  1. Sectional CAT 2017 Cut off
  2. Overall percentile rank
  3. A positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT 2017

First of all, participants will be shortlisted on the basis of AR Scores. After the AR score calculation, top 100 participants from every 7 streams will be selected for PI and AWT round.

AR Score Calculation

AR Score:

AR Score refers to Application Rating Score that will be calculated on the basis of marks scored by the aspirant in X, XII, and Bachelors.

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

Normalised AR score of a participant is equal to their AR score divided by the average of the top 50 AR scores from the participants’ pool, (the participants’ pool, in this case, is defined as the group of aspirants who have appeared for CAT 2017 and applied to IIMA.)


At Least CAT 2017 Percentile Rank & Application Rating (AR) Scores

CategoryVerbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR)Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (PQA)Total Percentile Rank
NC-OBC – cum- transgender65656575

Note: ST is for Scheduled Tribes, SC is for Scheduled Castes, NC-OBC is for Non–creamy Other Backward Castes and DA for Differently Abled.

Rating Scores for Class X (Rating Score A)

The percentage of X Board ExamsRating Score A (Points Honored)
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908

Rating Scores for Class XII Science Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Science Stream)Rating Score B (Points Honored)
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908

Rating Scores for Class XII Commerce Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Commerce Stream)Rating Score B (Points Honored)
>50 and <=552
>55 and <=653
>65 and <=755
>75 and <=908

Rating Scores for Class XII Arts Stream (Rating Score B)

Percentage in XII Board Exams (Arts Stream)Rating Score B (Points Honored)
>45 and <=502
>50 and <=603
>60 and <=705
>75 and <=858

Rating Scores for Bachelor’s (Rating Score C)

Categories under Bachelor’s Degree are AC-1 Stream, AC-2 Stream, AC-3 Stream, AC-4 Stream, AC-5 Stream, AC-6 Stream and AC-7 Stream.

AC-1 Stream

It consists of Medicine and Surgery based subjects: MBBS, MD

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Honored
<= 55 %1
>55 % and <= 60%2
>60 % and <= 62 %3
>62 % and <= 65 %5
>65% and <= 70 %8
>70 %10

AC-2 Stream

It consists of selected professional degrees such as Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA) and Company Secretaryship (CS).

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Honored
<= 50 %1
>50 % and <= 53 %2
>53 % and <= 55 %3
>55 % and <= 57 %5
>57% and <= 63 %8
>63 %10

AC-3 and AC-5 Streams

AC-3 Stream consists of all Commerce, Economics, Finance, and Management Concerned Degrees and AC-5 Stream includes all Science and Agriculture concerned areas, other than Agricultural Engineering, Medicine and Surgery.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Honored
<= 55 %1
>55 % and <= 60 %2
>60 % and <= 65 %3
>65 % and <= 70 %5
>70% and <= 80 %8
>80 %10

AC-4 and AC-7 Streams

AC-7 Stream consists of all Computer Applications, IT, Engineering, Technology and Architecture concerned Areas whereas AC-7 Stream includes any other branch that is not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6 Stream.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Honored
<= 60 %1
>60 % and <= 65 %2
>65 % and <= 70 %3
>70 % and <= 75 %5
>75% and <= 85 %8
>85 %10

AC-6 Stream

AC-6 Stream consists of Arts/Humanities Concerned Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Technology, Law and Rural Studies.

Percentage Obtained in Bachelor’sPoints Honored
<= 50 %1
>50 % and <= 55 %2
>55 % and <= 60 %3
>60 % and <= 65 %5
>65% and <= 75 %8
>75 %10

CAT candidates can go via the below-mentioned steps to calculate their AR Scores:

  • If any Institute offers only letter grades without giving any corresponding percentage of marks, then an aspirant has to obtain a certificate from the board/university specifying equal marks which will be used to fill  CAT Application Form. 
  • If an aspirant has done five-year integrated master’s degree, the final year marks of five-year degree and first 3 years will be taken into account as Bachelor’s degree percentage.
  • Participants who have not finished their Bachelor’s/Undergraduate Degree till date, the percentage of marks will be calculated on the basis of provisional marks.
  • If the marks honoured by the institute/university in final exams are not taken into account, then the participant has to show the certificate from the H.O.D/ Registrar/Principal/Director of the University/ Institution certifying that he/she has passed and other details during his/her interview, if shortlisted.
  • For participants who have completed CS/CA/ICAI without having a Bachelor’s Degree, an average of intermediate and final exam percentage will be treated as Bachelor’s Degree Marks.
  • For Bachelor’s Degree aspirants, AR Scores will be calculated on the basis of the percentage of marks honoured by the Institute/University. If the institute/ university do not award the percentage of marks, then it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.
  • AR score of a participant will be calculated on the marks obtained in all subjects that appear in 10th and 12th class mark sheets irrespective of the board/University.

Screening for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Individual Interview (PI)

Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Individual Interview will be carried out in 2 Stages.

Procedure stage 1: Shortlisting aspirants with exceptional Score 

From each of the 7 branches, top 100 aspirants or top 1% of the number of participants will be shortlisted for Academic Writing Test and Individual Interview on the basis of their Composite Score.

There are three criteria for this:

C1: The score for P

Average Overall Percentile (PT)90

Average Quantitative Ability Percentile (PQA)80

Average Verbal Ability (PVRC)80

Average Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (PDILR) ≥ 80

C2. The score for P

Average percentile Scored in Science80

Average percentile Scores in Commerce77

Average percentile Scores in Arts/Humanities75

C3: The score for P

Percentage Marks in the Bachelor’s ExaminationAt Least cutoff percentage 

BranchCut Off Percentage
AC 174
AC 268
AC 371
AC 478
AC 573
AC 666
AC 759

Calculation of Composite Score

CS = 0.3 (Normalized AR Score) + 0.7 (Normalized overall score in CAT 2017)

Procedure stage 2:

C1: PQ, PQA, PDILR and PVVRC ≥ Respective At Least cutoff (According to the first table)  

C2: P≥ At Least Cutoffs (Given in below table)

CategoriesScienceHumanities and ArtsCommerce
NC – OBC757072

Final Selection on the basis of Composite Scores

The final selection of participants will be based on shortlisting of participants on the basis the participants Final Composite Scores (FCS). It will be done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD).

The Final Composite Scores (FCS) of participants who have appeared in Academic Written Test (AWT) and PI(Individual Interview) will be evaluated by using below mentioned formula:-

FCS = 0.40 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.5 (CS)

Reasons for Inclusion of ‘Academic Diversity’ Policy by IIMs

CAT candidates belonging to the engineering field will find the exam easier than the candidates from the non-engineering field. The subjects studied by the engineering students during their graduation time covers few topics that are there in the CAT exam. The reason for this is.

Hence, the policy introduced will help the aspiring aspirants of CAT 2017 from non-engineering fields to have a better chance over the aspirants from engineering field. Also, to compensate for this score, a few points are given to participants from the non-engineering category.

The addition of academic diversity in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Policy is due to the following reasons:

  • This is done so that the students have a vibrant and diverse learning experience inside classrooms. The candidates will get to know and get a basic understanding of different other fields apart from engineering.
  • MBA is all about having a broad knowledge of different industries and to have proper awareness of the working environment, hence the students from various educational backgrounds can come together and have a healthy discussion on some topic. 
  • This diversity is what makes any postgraduate MBA institute worth targeting.

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