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Selection Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad


Selection Criteria for IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad

Its time now for CAT students to be anxious for results. But this is not enough to get through IIMs, you need to prepare for WAT and PI as per the criteria of each IIM for CAT 2024-2026 batch.


The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category, this is relaxed to 45%]

The bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent. The percentage obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case of the candidates being awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the university/institution from where they have obtained bachelor's degree. In case the university/institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IIM Ahmedabad by dividing obtained CGPA with the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirement and are awaiting results can also apply. Such candidates must produce a certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year/is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/DA category) based on latest available grades/marks. Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit a certificate latest by June, 2020 from the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute (issued on or before June, 2020) stating that they have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate. Their admission will be confirmed only when the candidate submits the mark sheet and a certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar with at least 50% marks (45% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/DA category). It is mandatory for the final year students, who are provisionally admitted, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor’s degree examination held on or before June 30, 2023 (including supplementaries, if any), to be eligible for admission to the Post Graduate Programme batch 2023-25. The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2023. Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.

Admission/Selection Process

The selection of candidates for admission to the 2024-2026 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 2024 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme.

Shortlisting and Selection Criteria for PGP 2024-2026 batch

Preliminary Screening

Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2019 Percentile Ranks

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

At different stages of the selection process ‘Application Rating’ (AR) score of an applicant will be used. An applicant’s AR score is the sum of the rating scores ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ based on her/his percentage of marks obtained in 10th standard, 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ ‘Arts & Humanities’) and bachelor’s degree examinations (depending upon the discipline) respectively.

Rating Scores for 10th Std. Exam (Rating Score A)

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 Scores for 12th Std. Exam (Rating Score B)

IIMA Rating Scores

IIMA Rating Scores

Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C) Normalized AR score of an applicant is equal to his/her AR scores divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool.

Short Listing for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Short listing will be carried out in two stages. Stage 1: (From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines) To recognize exceptional performers in terms of previous academic records as well as in CAT across diverse academic backgrounds, from each of the seven academic disciplines, top 100 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 the composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.

Criteria: C1-C3:

C1. PT ≥ 90, PQA ≥ 80, PDILR ≥ 80 and PVRC ≥ 80

C2. P ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities)

Where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. exams.

C3. (Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination) ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage

Cut-off percentage in Bachelor’s Degree Exam for different disciplines

Discipline AC-1 AC-2 AC-3 AC-4 AC-5 AC-6 AC-7
Cut-off Percentage 74 68 71 78 73 66 59

CS (Composite Score) = 0.3 (Normalized AR score) + 0.7 (Normalized overall score in CAT-2016)

Stage 2 (Category-wise selection): After removing the applicants selected in stage 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST, DA) the additional number of applicants to be shortlisted for AWT & PI will be selected following the same procedure as in Stage 1 except that the criteria C1-C2 are used and these are now category specific.

Criteria: C1-C2

C1: PT, PQA, PDILR and PVRC ≥ Respective minimum cut-off 

C2: P ≥ Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream as shown in Table below).

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

Stream in 12th std. General Category NCOBC Category SC Category ST Category DA Category
Science 80 75 70 65 70
Commerce 77 72 67 62 67
Arts & Humanities 75 70 64 69 64

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/DA) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores’ (FCS). The numbers selected in different categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

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

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

The normalized PI and AWT scores of a candidate are equal to his/her PI and AWT scores divided by the average of the top 1% scores in PI and AWT respectively.

Discipline for bachelor’s degree (as per CAT Application)

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


  1. Medicine and Surgery

AC-2 (Selected Professional Degrees):


  1. Chartered Accountancy (CA)
  2. Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA)
  3. Company Secretaryship (CS)

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. Also including any degree in Economics.Excluding candidates with professional degrees as mentioned in AC-2.


  1. Commerce/Economics ( Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Administration, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Economics (all degrees), Economic Development and Planning, Finance, Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)
  2. Hotel & Tourism Management/Catering Technology
  3. Management ( Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management Studies etc.)
  4. Any vocational degree in commerce (BCOM).

AC-4 (All Computer Applications, IT, Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas): Including BARCH, all BE, BIT, BINFTECH, all BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG) and all BTECH ( Excluding Dairy Technology and Fashion Technology only).


  1. Agricultural Engineering
  2. Architecture
  3. Bioscience & Biotechnology (BE/BS(ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH only.)
  4. Computer Applications
  5. Engineering/Technology (BE, BS (ENG), BSC (ENG), BTECH in all engineering subjects.) Including Computer Engineering, Computer Science and IT but excluding Dairy Technology and Fashion Technology)
  6. Natural Sciences (BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH only)
  7. Textile Technology/Engineering

AC-5 (All Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Agricultural Engineering, Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC (excluding Economics, Journalism and all BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)). Including all degrees in Geological and Mathematical Sciences. Also includingBCH, BDS, BFSC, BMATH, BN (Bachelor of Nursing), BPHARMA, BPT, BSTAT, BVSC and Dairy Technology and Fashion Technology. Excludingany BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/BTECH degree in Biosciences and Biotechnology and Natural Sciences.


  1.  Actuarial Science
  2. Agriculture ( Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science etc.) Excluding Agricultural Engineering
  3. Animal Husbandry
  4. Biosciences and Biotechnology ( Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Entomology, Life Science, Zoology etc.) Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH degree
  5. Dairy Science/Technology
  6. Dentistry
  7. Fisheries
  8. Forestry
  9. Food Technology
  10. Geography and Geological Sciences ( Geography, Geology and Geophysics): any bachelor’s/integrated master’s degree
  11. Horticulture
  12. Paramedical/Physiotherapy
  13. Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  14. Veterinary Science/ Animal Husbandry
  15. Mathematical Sciences ( Mathematics and Statistics): any bachelor’s/integrated master’s degree
  16. Natural Sciences ( Chemistry, Physics etc.). Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH degree
  17. Planning
  18. Any vocational degree in science (BS/BSC).
  19. Science (Others): Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in this list. 

AC-6 (All Arts/Humanities Related Degrees, Design, Education, Fashion Technology, Law and Rural Studies): Including any BA ( excludingEconomics, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BED, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM (Bachelor of Music), BMus, BMC, BMS (Bachelor of Media Science), BCJ, BDES, BFTECH, BSW and LLB. Also including any degree in Journalism/Media Studies/Mass Communication.


  1. Arts/Humanities ( Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Painting etc.), History, Journalism, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.)
  2. Any vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA).
  3. Law
  4. Education ( including Physical Education and Sports)
  5. Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
  6. Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion technology/ Design/ Interior Design/ Knit Wear Design/Leather Design.

AC-7: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6.

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