Important Information

Please note that IIMA will conduct its Analytical Writing Tests and Personal Interviews (AWT & PIs) in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi/NCR cities. Candidates need to opt two cities for AWT & PI in the CAT application form. Candidates shortlisted for AWT & PI will be intimated by registered post tentatively by the second week of January 2019.


The CAT takers applying to IIMA's post-graduate programmes can also check out if they have been short-listed for AWT & PI by visiting the IIMA website ( tentatively in the second week of January 2019.  No individual regret letters shall be sent to candidates not short-listed for AWT & PI.



As per Government of India requirement, 27% of the seats are reserved for NC-OBC, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST candidates and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).  Candidates also need to mark carefully the category to which they belong in the CAT application form.

As defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), "person with benchmark disability" means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.

"specified disability" means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.

The categories of disability are:

a) blindness and low vision,

b) deaf and hard of hearing,

c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,

d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness,

e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d), and

f) other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016.

For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding.  No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2018 and any subsequent selection process of IIMA.


The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read carefully the eligibility requirements before applying.  It should be noted that while it is the endeavour of IIMA that the candidates belonging to NC-OBC/SC/ST/PwD categories join the programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in CAT and AWT & PI.

Method of Instruction

The case method is a major instrument of learning at IIMA.  Other methods, such as seminars, group exercises, role-plays, lectures and discussions, are also used.  Management cases are description of actual management situations based on the experiences or organizations in a wide range of settings.  They present facts known to the executives responsible for dealing with the situations presented, and through discussions of these situations, students learn how to solve different kinds of managerial problems.  Both Indian and foreign cases are used.

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