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IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: Dates, Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Application Process

Last updated on August 20th, 2021 by Chahak Kansal

Due to the global pandemic, IIM Ahmedabad is conducting the WAT and PI rounds via online mode for the PGP and PGPM admission for 2021-2023 academic years. This year IIM Ahmedabad called a total number of 1246 candidates for the final round of selection. Out of the 1246 candidates only 370 students are selected by the IIM Ahmedabad selection committee on the basis of their entrance examination score, bachelor degree percentage and past work experience. It is expected that the results will be out soon as the selection process was concluded on March 13.

Some of the key points related to the short listing of candidates and admission process in IIM Ahmedabad are:

  • The cut off percentile has gone down from 83.32 last year to 80.75 this year for the general category applicants.
  • Candidates who have the required percentile in the CAT examination are shortlisted on the basis of Analytical Writing Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).
  • For the final selection process CAT score and work experiences are only considered.

An aspiring candidate can check his or her admission status by visiting the official website of IIM Ahmedabad. Once a candidate gets selected, he or she will receive an official admission email. The candidate needs to accept that offer tentatively before the first or second week of the month of May 2021. The admission offer can only be received after the completion of formalities required for the admission. A waiting list will also be released during the second week of April 2021. The candidates on that list will be contacted afterwards if the admission is possible.

If a candidate wants to apply for the Ph. D. programme, he or she can fill the application form available online. The last date for applying was January 21, 2021. The interview for the Ph. D programme will be held during the month of March or April. The selected candidates can join the Ph. D. Programme in May 2021.

IIM Ahmedabad recently announced the dates related to the entrance examinations and the admission procedure. The following table contains all the necessary information.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: Important Dates

Event Date
MBA Admission Form Availability January 3
CAT Examination 2020 and 2021 Date Respectively
  • November 29, 2020
  • Last week of November, 2021
Availability of CAT Examination 2020 and 2021 Admit Card Respectively
  • October 28, 2020
  • From last week of October 2021
CAT 2020 and 2021 Result Declaration Respectively
  • January 02, 2021
  • First week of January 2022
Shortlisted Candidates List January 13, 2021
Last Date for Online Interview Application January 19, 2021
Final Admission List To be notified
Commencement of New Session To be notified

IIM AhmedabadAdmission 2021: MBA (PGP)

MBA (PGP) Eligibility

  • An MBA aspirant needs to secure at least 50% marks in 10+2 level of school education. In case of an SC/ ST/ PWD candidate, the minimum aggregated score varies from 50% to 45%.
  • Along with that a candidate needs to complete his bachelor degree course or the equivalent of it from a renowned university (UGC recognised) with at least 50% aggregate marks. In this case the score also differs for the SC/ ST/ PWD candidates.
  • A minimum cut off percentile in the CAT examination required for admission.

MBA (PGP) Selection Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad selects candidates for the MBA programme on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the CAT examination. If an aspirant secures a minimum percentile rank it does not mean that the candidate will get selected. The selection process is divided into two parts. First one is preliminary screening and the second one is for Screening of Personal Interview (PI) and Analytical Writing Test (WAT).

Preliminary Screening

  • The 1st stage of the admission process is fully based on the performance of the candidate in the CAT examination that is the CAT score.
  • The CAT examination is divided into 4 sections. A candidate needs to secure the required cut off in all sections and also on an overall basis.

Screening for Personal Interview and Analytical Writing Test

  • Before the candidate’s appearance in the WAT the candidate profile will be prepared on the basis of his or her 10th percentile, 12th percentile, graduation percentile and last but not the least work experience.
  • An aspiring candidate needs to achieve a positive score in all four sections of the CAT examination. Only then he or she will get selected.
  • Counselling will be held via online.

IIM Ahmedabad MBA Cut off in 2020

Category Verbal and Reading Comprehension Percentile Rank (PVRC) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Percentile (PDILR) Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (PQA) Overall Percentile and 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
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-Transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70
PWD (ST) 50 50 50 60

How to apply for MBA (PGP)?

Documents required

  • ID proof
  • Hard Copy of entrance examination result, soft copy will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts of class 10, class 12 and undergraduate course. Photocopies of original documents are also required.
  • Certificate that will display your previous work experience (if you have any) along with salary slip.
  • Candidates coming from reserved categories need to submit a copy of caste certificate.
  • Hard copy of application form.

Application Process

The first step of getting into an MBA programme is to clear the CAT examination. The following is a description of how to fill the CAT examination application form.

  • Check the official website of IIM Cat examination and click on the ‘New Registration’ window.
  • Fill all the boxes with necessary details about yourself and provide a mobile number and email ID which should be valid as they are going to be used as a medium for further communication.
  • An OTP will be shared with the candidate. He or she needs to verify that after entering the Captcha code.
  • Read all the instructions carefully and then click on ‘I Agree’ and finally submit the application form.
  • A unique user ID and password will be generated by the website and the user can use it for further login purposes.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: MBA (FABM)

IIM Ahmedabad also offers MBA degrees in FABM. The admission process is also based on the CAT score, WAT and Personal Interview (PI). More preference is given to the CAT examination score.

MBA (FABM) Eligibility

  • A candidate should score at least 50% in the bachelor degree program or in the equivalent degree course program.

MBA (FABM) Selection Criteria

Step 1

  • Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the overall percentile they will get in the CAT examination.
  • During the short listing, WAT and PI will also be taken under consideration.

Step 2

  • The application rating score will be given to the candidates on the basis of the marks secured in 10th grade, 12th grade and also in the graduation.
  • Candidates who will clear the entrance exam without the bachelor degree as it happens in case of final year bachelor degree students, the last examination’s percentile score given in the CAT application form will be taken under consideration.

IIM Ahmedabad Cut Off for MBA (FABM) in CAT Examination

Category CAT Cut Off
General 80
SC 70
ST 60

How to apply for MBA (FABM)?

Documents required

  • ID proof of the candidate
  • Hard Copy of entrance examination result, soft copy will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts of class 10, class 12 and undergraduate course. Photocopies of original documents are also required.
  • Certificate that will display your previous work experience (if you have any) along with salary slip.
  • Candidates coming from reserved categories need to submit a copy of caste certificate.
  • Hard copy of application form.

Application Process

  • Check the official website of IIM CAT examination and click on the ‘New Registration’ window.
  • Fill all the boxes with necessary details about yourself and provide a mobile number and email ID which should be valid as they are going to be used as a medium for further communication.
  • An OTP will be sent to the candidate. He or she needs to verify that after entering the Captcha code.
  • Read all the instructions carefully and then click on “I Agree” and finally submit the application form.
  • A unique user ID and password will be generated by the website and the user can use it for further login purposes. It will be sent to the registered mobile number and email.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: MBA (PGPX)

Alongside the 2-year MBA program, there is also a one-year long MBA program for those candidates who are willing to get back to their working life as soon as possible. The admission process for this MBA program is also divided into 2 stages. In the first stage only the GMAT score is checked and after clearing the 1st round the shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interview.

MBA (PGPX) Eligibility

  • The GMAT score of the candidate needs to be at least 720.
  • 4 years of work experience is required to apply for this course. The job experience should be gained from a well-known business organisation.
  • The applicant should be at least 25 years old as of 31st March, 2020.
  • The candidate needs to stand upon a few parameters in front of the interviewing committee.

MBA (PGPX) Selection Criteria

A lot of documents are required during the admission procedure for the MBA-PGPX program.

In the First Stage

  • Candidate’s age, job experience will be checked along with the entrance examination score.
  • After that, a candidate will be shortlisted for round 2.

In the Second Stage

The aspirant will be interviewed by a panel of faculties of IIM and the following parameters will be checked.

  • Quality of job experience
  • Professional background
  • Academic performance
  • Leadership ability
  • Interpersonal skills

GMAT Cut Off for the MBA (PGPX) Program in IIM Ahmedabad

The minimum GMAT score required to get selected in the MBA – PGPX (1 Year Long) programme is 720.

How to apply for MBA (PGPX)?

Documents required

  • ID proof.
  • Hard Copy of entrance examination result, soft copy will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts of class 10, class 12 and undergraduate course. Photocopies of original documents are also required.
  • Certificate that will display your previous work experience (if you have any) along with salary slip.
  • Candidates coming from reserved categories need to submit a copy of caste certificate.
  • Hard copy of application form.

Application process

  • One can simply fill the application form by visiting the official website of IIM Ahmedabad and then by going into the application portal containing the course name tab.
  • To apply for admission a valid email ID and mobile number is required to be submitted for further communications.
  • At last, the application fees for 2 rounds, INR 5,000 and INR 7,500 need to be paid along with the application form.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: PhD

The Ph. D. courses can be done on the topics like Marketing, Business Policy and Economics. A candidate needs to sit in either one of the following examinations, GRE/ GMAT/ UGC NET/ GATE. Final year master’s degree students can also apply for this course.

Eligibility

  • The candidate must have a post graduate diploma or a master’s degree.
  • He or she needs to clear one of the entrance examinations (GRE/ GMAT/ GATE/ UGC NET).
  • Along with these, the aspirant will have to complete a B. Tech or a B. Com degree with a CA/ ICWA/ CS examination.
  • Final year students of any of the courses mentioned above can apply for the Ph. D. in IIM Ahmedabad.

Selection Criteria

  • The candidate needs to get the minimum cut off percentile in any one of the entrance examinations.
  • Along with that the B. Com degree certificate will also be checked.
  • Candidates who are applying with a B.Tech. degree needs to make sure that he or she has a CGPA of 6.5.

How to apply for Ph.D.?

Documents required

  • ID proof
  • Hard Copy of entrance examination result, soft copy will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts of class 10, class 12 and undergraduate courses. Photocopies of original documents are also required.
  • Certificate that will display your previous work experience (if you have any) along with salary slip.
  • Candidates coming from reserved categories need to submit a copy of caste certificate.
  • Hard copy of application form.

Application Process

  • The application form for the Ph. D. Program at IIM Ahmedabad is available online in the official website of the institute.
  • While applying for Ph. D. a candidate can choose a maximum of three areas for specialization.
  • The applicant needs to pay INR 500 as application fee and submit the required documents.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: ePGD-ABA

This degree is related to the advanced analytical study in business management. Candidates applying for this course need to have basic analytical problem-solving skills. GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE all are considered as entrance examinations.

ePGD-ABA Eligibility

  • The applicant needs to have the required skills for analytical problem solutions.
  • A bachelor’s degree in any stream is needed from any of the recognised universities in the world.
  • The candidate also needs to pass any of the four (GMAT/ CAT/ GRE/ GRE) entrance examinations. A candidate can also get the admission via the qualifying cum aptitude test for this ePGD-ABA course.

ePGD-ABA Selection Criteria

  • The qualifying cum aptitude exam score is checked and in case the candidate has taken other entrance examinations like GMAT/ GRE/ CAT, the examination score will be taken under consideration.
  • Bachelor’s degree course overall percentile will be checked which needs to be at least 55 % for the general and OBC candidates and for the reserved candidates it is 45%.

IIM Ahmedabad Admission 2021: FAQs

Ques. Is scholarship available in IIM Ahmedabad?

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Ans. To help the students in financial crisis IIM Ahmedabad offers Special need-based scholarships for students of PGP MBA and PGP FABM. Along with that SC/ST scholarships are also available for reserved category students. Several other scholarships are also given to the deserving students like – Aditya Birla Group Scholarships, Minority Welfare Scholarship (Merit cum Means), PGP Alumni Endowment Funds etcetera.

Ques. Is there any upper age limit for the MBA course in IIM Ahmedabad?

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Ans. There is no upper age limit for both MBA (PGP) and PGP-FABM courses. But for the MBA (PGPX) programme there is a certain upper age limit.

Ques. What types of questions are asked in the PI at IIM Ahmedabad?

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Ans. Applicants who are shortlisted for PI can expect at least 20 minutes of rigorous questioning. The interview committee will test the knowledge of the candidate about current affairs, economy, political and social issues. The questions will be asked mainly on the basis of the candidate’s past job experiences and future goals.

Ques. What are the companies that offer placement in IIM Ahmedabad?

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Ans. Some of the biggest companies like – Samsung Electronics, American Express, Ck Birla Group offer jobs to aspiring candidates. Almost 32 companies come to IIM Ahmedabad every year to recruit eligible candidates.

Ques. What is the package range offered at the time of placement in IIM Ahmedabad?

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Ans. On an average a candidate is offered almost INR 25 lakhs to INR 26 lakhs per annum by big companies like – BCG, McKinsey, Aditya Birla Group etcetera. The package increased almost every year.