IIM-A Admission Criteria 2017

The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, popularly referred to as the IIM-A has announced its admission criteria for the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) for the batch of 2017-19. The IIM-A has strikingly dropped their minimum CAT cut-offs to shortlist students for their PGP selection process. The minimum overall CAT cut-offs for the year 2016 have been brought down to 80 percentile when last year’s cut-off was 90 percentile. This drastic drop in IIM-A’s cut-off percentile may indicate a difficult CAT exam paper in 2016. It is likely that the other IIMs may follow a similar pattern and reduce their cut-offs for this year’s PGP selection process.

The minimum CAT cut-offs have not only been reduced not only for the General Category (GC), but also for other categories. The cut-offs for the Scheduled Castes (SC) has been reduced to 70 percentile, Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 60 percentile, Non-creamy Backward Castes (NC-OBC) to 75 percentile, and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) to 70 percentile. Along with the overall cut-offs, IIM-A has reduced the sectional CAT cut-offs for all the categories. The overall and sectional cut-offs for IIM-A’s PGP selection process in 2016 are mentioned in the table below.

Minimum Cut-offs for CAT 2016 & Percentile Ranks

Category Verbal & Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile Rank (PDILR) Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (PQA) Overall Percentile Rank (PT)
General Category (GC) 75 70 70 80
Scheduled Castes (SC) 65 65 65 75
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 60 60 60 70
Non-creamy Backward Castes (NC-OBC) and Transgender 50 50 50 60
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 60 60 60 70

Overview of the IIM Selection Process

The IIMs are well known for their tough selection procedures. In order to clearly understand the IIM-A’s selection process for 2016, it is necessary to know the selection process that the IIMs follow.

The IIM Selection Process consists of two phases, they are:

1. The Common Admission Test or CAT, and

2. The Personality Assessment

Phase I, CAT: The Common Admission Test is the first phase of the selection process. All the candidates who are interested in being admitted into IIMs are required to take up this exam. A list of shortlisted candidates is prepared by each of the IIMs after considering the minimum CAT cut-off percentiles, along with the other factors like past academic performance and work experience.

Phase II, Personality Assessment: The Personality Assessment phase differs from IIM to IIM. The Personality Assessment round usually consists of a Written Ability Test (WAT) and a Personal Interview. At this stage, the candidates are selected depending on their performance in these rounds as well as past records of academic performance, work experience, participation and achievements in extracurricular activities and diversity factors (if any are applicable). Each of these parameters is assigned a distinct weight age based on which the final merit list is prepared. The parameters and their respective weight ages for each of the IIMs differ.

IIM-A Admission Criteria for 2017-19

According to IIM-A’s selection criteria for 2017-19, IIM-A adopts a two-step selection procedure to admit students for the PGP of 2017-19. The two steps that IIM-A conducts are the Academic Writing Test (AWT) and the Personal Interview (PI). The candidates who have scored above the minimum sectional cut-offs, overall CAT cut-offs and have applied for the course will be eligible for both these rounds.

The ‘AR’ score or the Application Rating score is used at various stages of the selection process. The AR score of an applicant is calculated by adding the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ based on the percentage of marks obtained in the candidates 10th standard, 12th standard, and Bachelor’s degree programme. Depending on the stream (science, arts, and commerce) taken in the 12th, and the discipline in which the candidate graduated, the equivalent ARs are arrived at by using a percentile equivalence of the score distribution and the previous year’s CAT data.

You might want to bookmark this page as you will need this information after the CAT Results 2016 are declared. 

Rating Scores for 10th Standard Exam According to IIM-A’s Admission Criteria for 2017-19

The candidate’s Rating Scores for his/her 10th standard exam can be calculated with the help of this table. This becomes the Rating Score ‘A’.

Rating Score for 10th Standard Exam

Percentage Score in 10th Standard Exam Rating Score ‘A’
≤55 1
>55≤60 2
>60≤70 3
>70≤80 5
>80≤90 8
>90 10

Rating Scores for 12th Standard Exam According to IIM-A’s Admission Criteria for 2017-19

The candidate’s Rating Scores for his/her 12th standard exam can be calculated with the help of this table. This becomes the Rating Score ‘B’.

Rating Scores for Science Streams

Percentage Score in 12th Standard Exam Rating Score ‘B’
≤55 1
>55≤60 2
>60≤70 3
>70≤80 5
>80≤90 8
>90 10

Rating Scores for Commerce Streams

Percentage Score in 12th Standard Exam Rating Score ‘B’
≤50 1
>50≤55 2
>55≤65 3
>65≤75 5
>75≤90 8
>90 10

Rating Scores for Humanities and Arts Streams

Percentage Score in 12th Standard Exam Rating Score ‘B’
≤45 1
>45≤50 2
>50≤60 3
>60≤70 5
>70≤85 8
>85 10

Rating Scores for Bachelor’s Degree Exam According to IIM-A’s Admission Criteria for 2017-19

The candidate’s Rating Scores for his/her Bachelor’s Degree exam can be calculated with the help of this table. This becomes the Rating Score ‘C’. If you are unsure of which Academic Category (AC) you fall into, there is a table at the end of the article containing all the details. 

AC-1

Percentage Score in Bachelor’s Degree Exam Rating Score ‘C’
≤55 1
>55≤60 2
>60≤62 3
>62≤65 5
>65≤70 8
>70 10

AC-2

Percentage Score in Bachelor’s Degree Exam Rating Score ‘C’
≤50 1
>50≤53 2
>53≤55 3
>55≤57 5
>57≤63 8
>63 10

AC-3 & AC-5

Percentage Score in Bachelor’s Degree Exam Rating Score ‘C’
≤55 1
>55≤60 2
>60≤65 3
>65≤70 5
>70≤80 8
>80 10

AC-4 & AC-7

Percentage Score in Bachelor’s Degree Exam Rating Score ‘C’
≤60 1
>60≤65 2
>65≤70 3
>70≤75 5
>75≤85 8
>85 10

AC-6

Percentage Score in Bachelor’s Degree Exam Rating Score ‘C’
≤50 1
>50≤55 2
>55≤60 3
>60≤65 5
>65≤75 8
>75 10

*AC– Academic Discipline

*The Application Rating Score is calculated by adding all the three scores A,B & C. AR=(A+B+C)

The normalised AR score of the candidate can be calculated by dividing their normal AR score by the average of the AR scores of the top 50 candidates’ who have written CAT 2016 and applied to IIM-A.

The candidates will be shortlisted for the IIM-A AWT (Academic Writing Test) and Personal Interview (PI) in two stages.

Stage 1 

IIM-A aims to select performers in terms of their past academic records and their performance in the CAT across various academic backgrounds. From each academic discipline, a fixed number of candidates will be shortlisted for the AWT & PI based on their composite scores ‘CS’ and their fulfillment of certain criteria. Say there are a minimum of 100 applicants from each of the reserved categories, the candidates who possess the top 5% score in the respective academic category and reserved category (Academic Category Reserved Category) will be shortlisted for the AWT & PI depending on their CS in addition to fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

Composite Score (CS) = 0.3 (Normalised score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall CAT score in 2016)

Criteria C1-C3: C1– PVRC, PDILR, PQA and PT must be larger than or equal to the minimum cut-offs in the table containing  ‘Minimum Cut-offs for CAT 2016 & Percentile Ranks’. P ≥ Minimum cut-offs for the specific category and stream, where P is the average percentage of marks scored in the candidate’s 10th and 12th standard exams.

Criteria C4-C6: C4– PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥  70. C5– P ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Humanities & Arts), where P is the average percentage of marks scored in the 10th and 12th standard exams.

Stage 2 

After shortlisting candidates from each category in the first stage, the balance number of candidates to be shortlisted for the AWT & PI will be selected based on their composite scores (CS) and on whether they fulfill criteria C1-C2.

Final Selection

At the final stage of IIM-A’s admission procedure, the selection will strictly be based on the ranks of the candidates that have been calculated individually for each category on the basis of their Final Composite Scores (FCS). The number of candidates selected under each of the categories will be in accordance with the quota stipulated by the law. The FCS of the candidates appearing for the AWT & PI will be calculated using the formula given below.

FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS). The normalized AWT and PI scores of the candidates will be their scores in the respective test divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the respective field.

For the year 2016, IIM-A will conduct its AWR (Academic Writing Test) and PIs (Personal Interviews) in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi. The candidates who are shortlisted for the AWT & PI will be informed by registered post tentatively in the second week of January 2017.

The Government of India reserves 27% of the seats for NC-OBC, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST candidates, and 7% for Persons with Disabilities (PWD). While filling in the application form the candidates must cautiously mark the category they fall under.

 Academic Categories (AC)

To calculate the Rating Score ‘C’, it is essential to know which AC a candidate falls under. The below table contains the list of courses that are included under each academic category.

 
Academic Category (AC) List of Courses
AC 1
  1. Agriculture [Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology etc.]
  2. Animal Husbandry
  3. Dairy Science/Technology
  4. Fisheries
  5. Forestry
  6. Food Technology
  7. Horticulture
  8. Medicine/Dentistry
  9. Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  10. Science [Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-technology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology]
  11. Science [Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics]
  12. Science (Others) : Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly mentioned elsewhere in this list]
  13. Veterinary Science
AC 2
  1. Arts/Humanities [Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Painting), Geography, History, Journalism, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.]
  2. Law
  3. Education [including Physical Education and Sports]
  4. Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
AC 3
  1. Commerce/Economics [Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Economics, Economic Development and Planning, Public Administration, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.]
  2. Chartered Accountancy
  3. Cost and Works Accountancy
  4. 4. Company Secretaryship
  5. Hotel & Tourism Management
  6. Management [Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management Studies]
AC 4
  1. Agricultural Engineering
  2. Architecture
  3. Engineering/Technology [B.E., B.Sc. (Engg.), B.Tech. in all engineering subjects including Computer Engineering, Computer Science, IT, other than Agricultural Engineering and Dairy Technology]
AC 5 Any other discipline not mentioned in AC 1, AC 2, AC 3, AC 4, and AC 5

For your reference, here is the link to the Official IIM-A’s Admission Criteria 2017-19.

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