Admission/Selection Process

1. Admission/Selection Procedure and Criteria
The selection of candidates for admission to the 2021-23 batch of PGP-FABM at IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process.

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

Important Note: Foreign nationals (foreign passport holders) with food and agriculture background staying in India must take GMAT and apply through Supernumerary Quota category. For details, please contact at admission@iima.ac.in

1.1 Shortlisting and Selection Criteria for PGP-FABM 2021-23 Batch  

1.2 Shortlisting Criterion

For shortlisting the candidates for PGP-FABM admissions, 70% weightage will be given to the scores of CAT and 30% weightage to the Application Rating Score. Since the programme is sector-specific and prefers candidates with relevant educational background, the candidates with bachelor’s or master’s degree in agricultural sciences or agriculture-related disciplines will be preferred while short-listing for Analytical Writing Test and Personal Interview.

Shortlisting of candidates with bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in any non-agricultural discipline (candidates eligible under section 1.2 of eligibility criteria) will be provisional, subject to their submission of the specified form describing their nature of interest in the programme. The form will have to be submitted online by the deadline specified on the link showing CAT results for the programme (the deadline would typically be within 5 days of declaration of the shortlisting results by IIMA), failing which, the candidature of the shortlisted candidate will be cancelled and the candidate will not be considered further for admission to the programme. It would be the sole responsibility of the candidate to track announcement of results by IIMA and ensure compliance with the submission deadline.

The Application Rating score is based on Class 10th, Class 12th, and Bachelor’s Exam scores (see Annexure 2 for details).

Notes about the marks obtained:

  1. Percentages of marks of an applicant who is yet to complete the bachelor’s degree will be computed based on their available marks.
  2. For a candidate having cleared CA/ICWA/CS without having a bachelor’s degree, the Final examination’s percentage of marks obtained and as entered in the CAT application form would be treated as their available marks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

 

However, on point 7 above, for the final admission to FABM programme, 5-year integrated master's degree candidate must complete the 5-year course, unless a terminal bachelor's degree is awarded to the candidate by the academic institution prior to completing the integrated 5-year master’s course.

Composite Score:

Composite Score = 0.3 * ARS (Application Rating Score) + 0.7 * NCS (Normalized CAT Score)

(For definition of Normalized CAT Score see Table 1 and for calculation of Application Rating Score see Table 2)

 

Table 1: Normalized CAT Score (NCS)

NCS: Normalized CAT Score of an individual = (NQS + NDILR + NVCRS) / 3

NQS = QS / (Average of top 50 QS)

NCS: Normalised CAT Score

NQS: Normalised Quant scaled score
NDILRS: Normalised Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Scaled Score
NVCRS: Normalised Verbal & Reading Comprehension scaled score

NDILRS = DILRS / (Average of top 50 DILRS)

NVCRS = VRCS / (Average of top 50 VRCS)



Table 2: Application Rating Score (ARS)

ARS of a candidate = [Rating Score A + Rating Score B + Rating Score C] / 30

Rating Scores “A”, “B” and “C” are computed based on the percentage of marks obtained in the 10th Standard, 12th Standard (depending on the stream viz. Science, Commerce and Arts) and the Bachelor/Master degree programme (depending on the disciplines) respectively.

You may refer to Table 3, Table 4 and Table 5 for Rating Score definitions for each of the Ratings Scores “A”, “B” and “C” respectively. You may also refer to Table 6 for Category definitions for the Bachelor/Master Disciplines.

 

For example, if a candidate from Science stream in HSC and AC-1 category scores 65 percent in SSC, 77 percent in HSC and 67 percent in Bachelor exam, his/her
ARS=[3+5+4]/30=0.4

 

Table 3: Rating Scores for the 10th Standard Examination (Rating Score A)

Percent score

Rating Score
A

<= 55

1

> 55 and <= 60

2

> 60 and <= 70

3

> 70 and <= 80

5

> 80 and <= 90

8

> 90

10

 

Table 4: Rating Scores for the 12th Standard Examination (Rating Score B)

Science Stream

Percent score

Rating Score
B

<= 55

1

> 55 and <= 60

2

> 60 and <= 70

3

> 70 and <= 80

5

> 80 and <= 90

8

> 90

10

Commerce Stream

Percent score

Rating Score
B

<= 50

1

> 50 and <= 55

2

> 55 and <= 65

3

> 65 and <= 75

5

> 75 and <= 90

8

> 90

10

Arts Stream

Percent score

Rating Score
B

<= 45

1

> 45 and <= 50

2

> 50 and <= 60

3

> 60 and <= 70

5

> 70 and <= 85

8

> 85

10

 

Table 5: Rating Scores for the Bachelor/Master Degree Examination (Rating Score C)

AC-1, AC-2, AC-3 and AC-5

Percent score

Rating Score C

<= 55

1

> 55 and <= 60

2

> 60 and <= 65

3

> 65 and <= 70

4

> 70 and <= 80

7

> 80

10

AC-4

Percent score

Rating Score C

<= 60

1

> 60 and <= 65

2

> 65 and <= 70

3

> 70 and <= 75

4

> 75 and <= 85

7

> 85

10

 

                                      

Table 6: Academic Categories for Bachelor’s degree/ Master’s degree (as per CAT Application)

 

AGRICULTURE (AC-1)

  • Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Entomology, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Seed Science & Technology, Agronomy, Soil Science, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Statistics, etc.
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Dairy Science/Technology
  • Horticulture including Vegetables and Floriculture
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation

 

ALLIED AGRICULTURE (AC-2)

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Fisheries
  • Food Management
  • Forestry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Food Technology and any variants of this degree such as Food and Bio Technology, Food Process, etc.
  • Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking, etc.

 

LIFE SCIENCES, COMMERCE AND RELATED DISCIPLINES (AC-3)

  • Commerce/Economics: Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organization, Economics, Economic Development and Planning, Public Administration, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices, etc.
  • Chartered Accountancy
  • Cost and Works Accountancy
  • Company Secretaryship
  • Hotel & Tourism Management
  • Management (Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Management Studies)
  • Science: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Life Sciences, Zoology, Statistics, etc.

 

ENGINEERING (AC-4)

  • Engineering/Technology [B.E., B.Sc. (Engg.), B. Tech. in all engineering subjects including Computer Engineering, Computer Science, IT]

 

OTHERS (AC-5)

  • Architecture
  • Law
  • Any other discipline not mentioned above.

 

 

Note: Final discretion on the academic category that an academic program will be classified into rests with the Admissions Committee of IIM-Ahmedabad.

1.3  Selection Criteria
In the second step, after the completion of Analytical Writing Test and Personal Interviews (AWT-PIs) of all candidates short-listed in the first step, candidates for admission to the 2021-23 batch of the PGP-FABM at IIM Ahmedabad will be selected from among the candidates who have attended the AWT-PI.

For final selection of candidates for the programme, 10% weightage would be given to AWT, 40% weightage would be given to PI Score and 50% weightage would be given to the Composite Score to arrive at the Final Composite Score. The Personal Interview Score will be based on performance in the personal interview, verifiable awards and recognitions, academic performance, exceptional achievements, extra-curricular activities, post-degree relevant work experience, post-graduation education etc. The AWT and PI scores of a candidate are normalized by dividing with the corresponding maximum possible score that could be obtained.

The following information is about the admission process followed by IIMA for its PGP-FABM 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 background for short-listing for AWT-PI.
  • Please note that IIMA short-lists candidates for PGP-FABM AWT-PI independent of other IIMs and PGP IIM Ahmedabad. Hence it is possible to observe variations in the lists of candidates short-listed by different IIMs and programmes.
  • Details of candidates short-listed will be made available on IIMA website (www.iima.ac.in) tentatively in the second week of January 2021 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 Analytical Writing Test and Personal Interview.
  • 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 include 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 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.
  • 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 2021 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 2021. Some candidates may also be placed on the waiting list initially during second week of April 2021. Offers to candidates on the waiting list would depend upon the number of successful candidates accepting the offer made by IIMA.

 

NOTE:
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 Ahmedabad reserves the right to make changes in the Shortlisting and Selection Criteria, if considered necessary at any point.
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