IIM Ahmedabad PGP-ABM

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Last date : 04-03-2015
Institute : IIM Ahmedabad
Courses : PGP-ABM
Elgibility : Bachelor's Degree

Desription :

The selection of candidates for admission to the 2015-17 batch of the PGP at IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process.

In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT score, who have applied for the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme.

Shortlisting and Selection Criteria for PGP 2015-17 batch

1. Preliminary Screening

Candidates fulfilling the following minimum cut offs in CAT 2014 percentile ranks and Application Rating (AR) scores given in Table 1 and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in both Verbal and Quant Sections will only be considered for all subsequent stages.

Table 1: Minimum CAT-2014 Percentile Rank & AR score. ? CAT Cut Off for IIM Ahmedabad.

CategoryVerbal percentile rankQuant percentile rankTotal percentile rankAR score

Note: Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Differently Abled (DA).

For computation of AR score of an applicant rating scores A and B and C ( Table 2) will be computed based on her/his percentage of marks obtained in 10th standard, 12th standard and bachelor?s degree examinations respectively.

Table 2: Application Rating (AR): 2015-17 Rating Scores.

Percent score in 10th Std. Exam Rating Score A
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 703
> 70 and <= 804
> 80 and <= 907
> 9010
Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score B
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 703
> 70 and <= 804
> 80 and <= 907
> 9010
Percent score in Bachelor?s Degree Rating Score C
<= 551
> 55 and <= 602
> 60 and <= 653
> 65 and <= 704
> 70 and <= 807
> 8010

Application Rating Score (AR)=0.5*A+1.5*B+2.5*C

Maximum Score for AR = 45

Notes about the marks obtained:

  1. Percentages of marks of an applicant who is yet to complete bachelor?s degree will be computed based on her/his available marks.
  2. For a candidate having cleared CA/ICWAI/CS without having a bachelor?s degree, the average of intermediate and final examinations? percentages of marks obtained would be treated as bachelor?s degree marks.
  3. For computing AR score of an applicant, scores in all subjects that appear in the marks- sheet of 10th and 12th Std. examinations will be considered irrespective of whether the board/university considers them for calculating the percentage.
  4. For bachelor?s degree, the percentage of marks awarded by the institute/university will be treated as final. If the institute/university does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the marks- sheet.
  5. If the percentage of marks awarded by the institute/university does not take into account marks obtained in all the subjects as mentioned in the marks-sheet(s) for all the years, the candidates must produce a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/ Registrar/ Director of the university/ institution certifying details of the practice at the time of the interview, if shortlisted for the same.
  6. If any board/institute/university awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the board/institute/university specifying the equivalent marks which should be used for filling the online CAT application form. The original equivalence certificate needs to be submitted at the time of interview, if shortlisted for the same.
  7. For candidates having a 5-year integrated master?s degree, percentage of marks obtained in the first 3 years will be considered as bachelor?s degree percentage. For candidates in the final year of 5 year integrated master?s degree, the marks obtained in the first 3 years will be considered as bachelor?s degree ?Not Completed? percentage.

Screening for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

To recognize exceptional performers across diverse academic backgrounds, from each of the five categories of academic disciplines, top 50 candidates or top 1% of the number of applicants to IIM Ahmedabad ? whichever is less ? will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their CAT percentiles. For the classification of academic disciplines, refer to Table 3.

Based on the CAT percentile, from the remaining candidates of the pool meeting the minimum cut offs, and minimum AR scores prescribed in Table 1, a merit list will be drawn and shortlisted for AWT & PI for General category and for the reserved categories separately.

Table 3: Discipline for bachelor?s degree (as per CAT Application).

IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) Selection Criteria for PGP 2015-17 batch
Note: Final discretion on the academic category that an academic program will be classified into rests with the Admissions Committee of IIM-Ahmedabad.

Final Selection

Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the ranks of the candidates computed separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC-Transgender/DA) on the basis of their Composite Scores (CS). The numbers selected in different categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

The CS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed using the following rule:

First, CAT, AWT and PI scores of a candidate are normalized by dividing it with the corresponding maximum possible score that could be obtained.

The CS of a candidate is then obtained as:

CS = 0.50 (Normalized PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalized AWT Score) + 0.40 (Normalized CAT Total Score).

The following information is about the admission process followed by IIMA for its PGP subsequent to CAT. It is therefore, important for the candidates to read them carefully.

  1. Performance in CAT is an important input in the admission process. Candidates should note that it is important to perform well in each section of the test. In addition to the performance in CAT, IIMA uses academic background for short-listing for AWT & PI.
  2. Please note that IIMA short-lists candidates for AWT&PI independent of other IIMs. Hence it is possible to observe variations in the lists of candidates short-listed by different IIMs.
  3. Details of candidates short-listed will be made available on IIMA website (www.iimahd.ernet.in) tentatively in the last week of December 2014 after the CAT results are published. Short-listed candidates would also be sent AWT&PI call letters by IIMA. No communication would be sent to applicants who are not short-listed for AWT&PI.
  4. After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The ranking and final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT&PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.
  5. Disclosure of information about the admission process is driven by concerns which at times conflict with each other. The IIMA would like the admission process to be transparent. At the same time, IIMA would wish to protect the privacy of individual candidates and confidentiality of the process to prevent abuse. Based on these considerations, the performance of an individual is not made available to any other person. Similarly, the performance of candidates in AWT&PI, including assessment of attributes mentioned under paragraph 4 above is not disclosed to anyone to prevent exercise of undue pressure on the panelists participating in the admission/selection process. IIMA exercises its own discretion in disclosing weights assigned to diverse sets of attributes mentioned under paragraph 4 above. To ensure that the perceived lack of transparency does not in any way affect the candidates negatively, adequate care is taken in formation of panel, development of objective criteria for assessment, random allocation of candidates to a panel and other such measures.
  6. Candidates, who appear in AWT&PI will be able to view whether they have been offered admission by IIMA tentatively during the second week of April 2015 by visiting the IIMA website. Admission offer letter would be sent to all successful candidates. Candidates, who are offered admission, need to confirm their acceptance by completing all the required formalities by first/second week of May 2015. Some candidates may also be placed on the waiting list initially during second week of April 2015. Offers to candidates on the waiting list would depend upon the number of successful candidates accepting the offer made by IIMA.

In the event of specific guidelines being issued by Government of India, IIMA reserves the right to, depending on the nature of the guidelines, continue with its AWT&PI as stated above OR use an alternative selection procedure which may include calling for additional information from short-listed candidates, a supplementary test or any other suitable process/mechanism. Care will be taken to ensure that candidates are not put to undue inconvenience.

IIM A Fees


The Fees and other charges payable by the PGP students of the 2014-2016 batch for their first academic year is approximately Rs.7,90,000/-. Laptop computer, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra. The fees and other charges for the 2015-2017 batch will be based on the fees and other charges for the 2014-2016 batch, adjusted for inflation.

For More Information http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/programmes/admission-details.html