Admission/Selection Process for Candidates for PGP at IIMA through CAT-2017
The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2018-20 batch of the PGP at IIMA 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-2017 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme described as below.
Shortlisting and Selection Criteria for PGP 2018-20 batch
In CAT-2017 there will be three sections, viz., ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning’ (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension’ (VRC). Only the candidates above the following minimum cut-offs in the sectional percentile ranks, the overall percentile rank and obtaining a positive (greater than zero) raw score in all sections of CAT-2017 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.
Table 1: Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2017 Percentile Ranks
Category Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank
Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank
Overall percentile rank
General 70 70 70 80 NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75 SC 60 60 60 70 ST 50 50 50 60 PwD 60 60 60 70
Note: Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Persons with disabilities (PwD).
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’ (Tables 2-4) based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12thstandard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ and ‘Arts & Humanities’) and the bachelor’s degree programme (depending upon the discipline) respectively. For different streams/disciplines the equivalent ARs are arrived at by using a (sort of) percentile equivalence of the score distributions using previous year’s CAT data. For details of academic disciplines, we refer to Annexure 1.
Table 2: Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination (Rating Score A)
Percent score in 10th Std. Exam Rating Score
<= 55 1 > 55 and <= 60 2 > 60 and <= 70 3 > 70 and <= 80 5 > 80 and <= 90 8 > 90 10
Table 3: Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B)
Science Stream Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score
<= 55 1 > 55 and <= 60 2 > 60 and <= 70 3 > 70 and <= 80 5 > 80 and <= 90 8 > 90 10 Commerce Stream Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score
<= 50 1 > 50 and <= 55 2 > 55 and <= 65 3 > 65 and <= 75 5 > 75 and <= 90 8 > 90 10 Arts Stream Percent score in 12th Std. Exam Rating Score
<= 45 1 > 45 and <= 50 2 > 50 and <= 60 3 > 60 and <= 70 5 > 70 and <= 85 8 > 85 10
Table 4: Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (Rating Score C)
AC-1 Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score
<= 55 1 > 55 and <= 60 2 > 60 and <= 62 3 > 62 and <= 65 5 > 65 and <= 70 8 > 70 10 AC-2 Percent score in Professional courses Rating Score
<= 50 1 > 50 and <= 53 2 > 53 and <= 55 3 > 55 and <= 57 5 > 57 and <= 63 8 > 63 10 AC-3 & AC-5 Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score
<= 55 1 > 55 and <= 60 2 > 60 and <= 65 3 > 65 and <= 70 5 > 70 and <= 80 8 > 80 10 AC-4 & AC-7 AC-6 Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score
Percent score in Bachelor’s Degree Rating Score
<= 60 1 <= 50 1 > 60 and <= 65 2 > 50 and <= 55 2 > 65 and <= 70 3 > 55 and <= 60 3 > 70 and <= 75 5 > 60 and <= 65 5 > 75 and <= 85 8 > 65 and <= 75 8 > 85 10 > 75 10
Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C)
Normalised AR score of an applicant is equal to their AR score divided by average of the top 50 AR scores from the applicants’ pool,(the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2017 and apply to IIMA.)
Notes about the marks obtained:
- Percentages of marks of an applicant who is yet to complete the bachelor’s degree will be computed based on their available marks.
- For a candidate having cleared CA/ICWA/CS without having a bachelor’s degree, the average of inter and final examinations’ percentages of marks obtained would be treated as their available marks.
- For computing the AR score of an applicant, scores in all subjects that appear in their marks-sheet of 10th and 12th Std. examinations will be considered irrespective of whether the board considers them for calculating the percentage.
- For the bachelor’s degree, the percentage of marks awarded by the candidate’s institution/university will be treated as final. If the institution/university does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all the subjects listed in the marks-sheet.
- For the bachelor’s degree, if the percentage of marks awarded by the candidate’s institution/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 institution/university certifying details of the practice at the institution/university at the time of the interview, if shortlisted for the same.
- If any board/institution/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/institution/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.
- For candidates having undergone/completed an integrated master’s degree or dual degree directly after their 12th/HSC, the percentage of marks obtained as per their institute/university norms which is considered as equivalent to bachelor’s degree will be considered. For those undergoing (yet to complete) an integrated master’s degree or a dual degree directly after their 12th/HSC, the percentage of marks, similarly obtained, for the years/semesters completed till the date of application for CAT.
Shortlisting for Academic Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)
Shortlisting will be carried out in two stages.
Stage 1: (From the Applicants’ pool: Selection of exceptional performers across different disciplines)
IIMA endeavours to recognise exceptional performers in terms of their previous academic records as well as their performance in CAT across diverse academic backgrounds. Towards that, a certain number of top candidates from each of the academic disciplines will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of their composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling certain criteria.
From each of the academic categories (AC) for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017 from SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD categories is at least 100, the top 5% in the respective AC limited to the respective categories (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) among the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017, henceforth referred to as ACRC groups, (subject to upper limits on the numbers per ACRC group as specified in Table 5) will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C3.
CS (Composite Score) = 0.3 (Normalised AR score) + 0.7 (Normalised overall score in CAT-2017)
Table 5: The upper limits (UL) on the number of candidates to be shortlisted per ACRC
Category Upper Limit (UL)
General 100 NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57 SC 32 ST 16 PwD 6
C1. PVRC, PDILR, PQA and PT must not be lower than the minimum cut-offs as specified in Table 1.
C2. P ≥ Minimum cut-offs (specific to the category and the stream as shown in Table 6), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in 10th and 12th std. examinations.
Table 6. Minimum cut-off for P across different disciplines and different categories
Stream in 12th std. General Category NC-OBC-cum-transgender Category SC Category ST Category PWD Category Science 80 75 70 65 70 Commerce 77 72 67 62 67 Arts & Humanities 75 70 64 59 64
C3. (Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination) ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective ACRC group of the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2017, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective ACRC.)
Any AC, for which the total number of applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017 from SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD categories is less than 100, will not be subdivided into ACRCs as above. For such an AC, the top 100 or the top 5% in the respective AC among all the applicants to IIMA who appear for CAT-2017, whichever is less, will be shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see above) subject to their fulfilling criteria C4-C6.
C4. PT ≥ 80, PQA ≥ 70, PDILR ≥ 70 and PVRC ≥ 70.
C5. P ≥ 80 (Science), 77 (Commerce), 75 (Arts/Humanities), where P is the average of the percentages of marks scored in the 10thand 12th std. examinations.
C6. (Percentage of marks in the bachelor’s examination) ≥ Minimum cut-off percentage, to be set at the 80th percentile of the percentage of marks of the respective AC group of the applicants’ pool, (the applicants’ pool in this case being defined as the group of candidates who appear for CAT-2017, apply to IIM Ahmedabad and belong to the respective AC.)
Utmost care has been taken to classify all commonly known bachelor’s degrees to the academic categories AC-1 to AC-6. The applicants’ pool under AC-7 (others) is expected to be very small and very diverse. Therefore, it is not possible to meaningfully distinguish the exceptional performers in that category, and we shall refrain from doing the same.
Stage 2: After removing the candidates selected in Stage 1 from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST and PWD) the additional number of candidates to be shortlisted for AWT & PI will be selected on the basis of the composite score ‘CS’ (see above) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.
Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each category (General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Score’s (FCS). The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.
The FCS of a candidate who appears in AWT & PI will be computed as follows:
FCS = 0.50 (Normalised PI Score) + 0.10 (Normalised AWT Score) + 0.40 (CS).
The normalised PI and AWT scores of a candidate are their scores in the respective field divided by the average of the top 1% scores in the same field respectively.
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.
- 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 performance of the candidates throughout their academic career up to the bachelor’s level for shortlisting for AWT & PI.
- Please note that IIMA shortlists candidates for AWT & PI independent of the other IIMs. Hence it is possible to observe variations in the lists of the candidates shortlisted by different IIMs.
- Details of the candidates shortlisted will be made available on the IIMA website (www.iima.ac.in) tentatively by the second week of January 2018 after the CAT results are published. Shortlisted candidates would also be sent AWT & PI call letters by IIMA. No communication would be sent to applicants who are not shortlisted for AWT & PI.
- After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The 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.
- 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 the individual candidates and confidentiality of the process to prevent abuse. Based on these considerations, the details of the performance of an individual is not made available to any other person. Similarly, the details of the performance of a candidate 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 the interview panels, development of objective criteria for assessment, random allocation of candidates to interview panels and other such measures.
- 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 2018 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 the first/second week of May 2018. Some candidates may also be placed on the waiting list initially during the second week of April 2018. 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 the 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 the shortlisted candidates, a supplementary test or any other suitable process/mechanism. Care will be taken to ensure that candidates are not put to undue inconvenience.
The exact cut-offs mentioned above are computed based on the previous years’ CAT data. It depends on various factors like the applicants’ pool, the distribution of CAT scores etc. which may change year to year. In view of this fact the Admissions Committee of IIMA reserves the right of changing the cut-offs if deemed desirable in the light of CAT-2017 data.
Categories for bachelor’s degree/integrated master’s degree (as per CAT Application)
AC-1 (Medicine and Surgery based subjects): MBBS, MD(USA). AC-2 (Selected Professional Degrees): Chartered Accountancy (CA), Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA), 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 degrees.
In particular, including
1.Economics/ Economic Development and Planning
2.Hotel & Tourism Management/Catering Technology
3.Commerce (Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Finance, Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)
4.Management (Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management Studies etc.)
5.Any vocational degree in commerce (BCOM)
AC-4 (All Engineering, Technology and Architecture related Areas): Including BARCH, BE, BIT, BINFTECH, BS (ENG)/ BSC (ENG), BTECH and integrated MTECH degrees (Excluding all degrees in Fashion Technology, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology).
In particular, including
1. Agricultural Engineering/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology
3. BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees in Biosciences, Geological Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematical Sciences and Natural Sciences
4. BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH in all Engineering/Technology and related areas, including subjects like Chemical Technology, Electronics, Engineering Physics etc.
5. Textile Engineering/Technology
6. Others: All other fields where BE/BS (ENG)/BSC (ENG)/BTECH/integrated MTECH degrees are awarded, not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in the list
AC-5 (All Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Agricultural Engineering, Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, Leather Design and all BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)), BCH, BDS, BFSC, BMATH, BN (Bachelor of Nursing), BPHARMA, BPT, BSTAT, BVSC degrees. Also including degrees in dentistry, paramedical, veterinary degrees; all non-engineering/non-technical degrees in Geography, Mathematics, Statistics and related areas. Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/BTECH/MTECH degree.
In particular, including
1. Actuarial Science
2. Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science etc.) Excluding Agricultural Engineering
3. Biosciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Life Science, Zoology etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
7. Geological Sciences (Geography, Geology and Geophysics): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
9. Information Technology. Excluding any BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degree.
10. Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
11. Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics etc.): all bachelor’s/integrated master’s degrees other than BE/BS(ENG)/BSC(ENG)/ BTECH/MTECH degrees
15. Veterinary Science/ Animal Husbandry
16. Any vocational degree in science (BS/BSC)
17. 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 Design/Technology, Law and Rural Studies): Including any BA (excluding Economics, Geography and Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics), BAA, BAJM, BCJ, BDES, BED, BFTECH, BJ, BJMC, BL, BM (Bachelor of Music), BMC, BMM, BMS (Bachelor of Media Science), BMus, BSW and LLB. Also including any degree in Journalism/Media Studies/Mass Communication.
In particular, including
1. Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/ Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design
2. Arts/Humanities (Archaeology, Education, Fine Arts (Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Painting etc.), History, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, etc.)
3. Education (including Physical Education and Sports)
4. Journalism (all degrees)
6. Psychology (all degrees)
7. Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
8. Any vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA)
AC-7: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-6.
- Dual bachelor’s degree holders will be classified in one of the categories AC-1 to AC-6 based on their field(s) and subjects.
- Final discretion on the academic category that an academic programme will be classified into rests with the Admissions Committee of IIMA.
- For candidates having undergone/ completed an integrated master’s degree directly after their 12th/HSC, their classification into an academic category will be based on their academic discipline in the integrated master’s degree programme.
- For a candidate who has obtained further degrees after their bachelor’s degree or their integrated Master’s degree, other than those degrees listed in Annexure -1 under AC-2, the discipline(s) of the subsequent degrees will not be taken into consideration in deciding their classification in an academic category.