Admission/Selection Process

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2020-22 batch of the PGP at IIMA is a two-step process.

In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid GMAT score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme described as below.

Shortlisting and Selection[1]  Criteria for PGP 2020-22 batch

1.  Preliminary Screening

Candidates fulfilling the following minimum cut offs in the sectional percentile ranks and total percentile ranks in GMAT will only be considered for all subsequent stages.

Table 1: Minimum Cut-offs of GMAT Score

Verbal

Quantitative

Total

40

50

720

 

 

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', ‘C' and ‘D' (Tables 2-5) based on their percentage of marks obtained in the 10th standard, the 12th standard (depending upon the stream, viz., ‘Science', ‘Commerce' and ‘Arts & Humanities'), the bachelor's degree programme (depending upon the discipline) and work experience (as on July 31, 2019) 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 data. For details of academic disciplines, please refer to Table 8.

 

Table 2: Rating Scores for the 10th Std. Examination (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

 

 

Table 3: Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B)

Science Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam

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 in 12th Std. Exam

Rating Score

B

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 55

2

  > 55 and <= 65

3

  > 65 and <= 75

5

  > 75 and <= 90

8

  > 90

10

Arts/Humanities Stream

Percent score in 12th Std. Exam

Rating Score

B

  <= 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 C

  <= 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 C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 53

2

  > 53 and <= 55

3

  > 55 and <= 57

5

  > 57 and <= 63

8

  > 63

10

AC-3

Percent score in Bachelor's Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 55

1

  > 55 and <= 60

2

  > 60 and <= 65

3

  > 65 and <= 70

5

  > 70 and <= 80

8

  > 80

10

 

AC-4 & AC-6

Percent score in Bachelor's Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 60

1

  > 60 and <= 65

2

  > 65  and <= 70

3

  > 70 and <= 75

5

  > 75 and <= 85

8

  > 85

10

AC-5

Percent score in Bachelor's Degree

Rating Score C

  <= 50

1

  > 50 and <= 55

2

  > 55 and <= 60

3

  > 60 and <= 65

5

  > 65 and <= 75

8

  > 75

10

 

 

Table 5: Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D)

Work Experience in Month (as on July 31, 2019)

Rating Score D

< 12 months

0

 >= 12 and <= 36 months

MF * (number of months of work experience – 11)

> 36 months

5

Work-experience Multiplication Factor (MF) = 0.20

 

Application Rating Score: AR= (A+B+C+D)

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-2019 and apply to IIMA.)

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 average of inter and final examinations' percentages of marks obtained 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 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 will be considered.

 

2.  Shortlisting for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) & Personal Interview (PI)

Taking GMAT percentiles in verbal, quant and total, and AR scores, a merit list will be drawn and shortlisted for AWT & PI using the Composite Score (CS) as follows: composite score ‘CS' (see below) subject to their fulfilling criteria C1-C2.

Criteria: C1-C2:

C1.  PT ≥ 80, PQ ≥ 70 and PV ≥ 70

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.

CS (Composite Score) = ARF_CS * Normalised AR score + GMATF_CS * Normalised overall score in GMAT

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;

GMAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (GMATF_CS) = 0.65

 

3. Final Selection

Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done on the basis of their ‘Final Composite Scores' (FCS).

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

FCS = PIF * Normalised PI Score + AWTF * Normalised AWT Score + GMATF_FCS * Normalised GMAT Score + ARF_FCS * AR

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

GMAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (GMATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

 

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/GMAT. It is therefore, important for the candidates to read them carefully.

  1. Performance in CAT/GMAT 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/GMAT, IIMA uses academic performance of the candidates throughout their academic career up to the bachelor's level for shortlisting for AWT & PI.
  2. 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.
  3. Details of the candidates shortlisted will be made available on the IIMA website (www.iima.ac.in) tentatively by the second week of January 2020 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.
  4. 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/GMAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience etc.
  5. Disclosure of information about the admission process is driven by concerns which at times conflict with each other. 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 are 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.
  6. 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, 2020 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, 2020. Some candidates may also be placed on the waiting list initially during the second week of April, 2020. 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 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' applicant data. It depends on various factors like the applicants' pool, the distribution of CAT/GMAT 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 applicant data for 2020-22 batch.

Table 8. 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. Any degree in Hospitality/Hospitality Studies, Catering/Catering Technology, Hotel, Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism Studies and any other related discipline.
  3. Commerce (Accountancy, Auditing, Banking, Business Mathematics, Business Organisation, Finance, Information Technology, Insurance, Investment Analysis, Public Finance, Secretarial Practices etc.)
  4. Management (Advertising, Agriculture and Food Business, Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Marketing and Cooperation, Agriculture and Rural and Tribal Development, Business Administration, Business Management, Business Studies, Commercial Agriculture and Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Management Studies, Sports Management, Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure, Renewable Energy Management, Oil and Gas Management, Production and Industrial Management)
  5.  Any other vocational degree in commerce and management.

AC-4

I (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 Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Jewelry Design/Footwear Design, and BS/BSC degrees in Information Technology). 

In particular, including

  1. Agricultural Engineering/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology
  2. Architecture
  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.

 

II (All Science and Agriculture related Areas, other than Medicine and Surgery): Including all BS/BSC and integrated MS/MSC (excluding degrees in Economics, Fashion Design, Journalism, and Leather Design. Also including degrees in dentistry, paramedical, veterinary degrees).

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.)
  4. Computer Applications (BCA, MCA)
  5. Dentistry
  6. Fisheries
  7. Forestry
  8. Geological Sciences (Geography, Geology and Geophysics.)
  9. Horticulture
  10. Information Technology.
  11. Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc.): all bachelor's/integrated master's degrees
  12. Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics etc.)
  13. Paramedical/Physiotherapy
  14. Pharmacology/Pharmacy
  15. Planning
  16. Veterinary Science/ Animal Husbandry
  17. Media Science, Media Science and Technology
  18. Physiology
  19. Any vocational degree in science (BS/BSC)
  20. Science (Others): Home Science, Nursing and all other branches of Science not explicitly included or excluded elsewhere in this list

AC-5 (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, BMus, BSW and LLB.

In particular, including

  1.    Accessories Design/Apparel Production/Design/Fashion Communication/Fashion Design/Fashion Technology/Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Interior Design/Knit Wear Design/Leather Design/Footwear Design/Jewelry Design (all degrees)
  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/Mass Communication/Media Studies (all degrees)
  5. Law (BL LLB/B.Com. LLB/BBA LLB)
  6. Psychology (all degrees)
  7. Rural Studies/Rural Sociology/Rural Cooperatives/Rural Banking
  8. Any vocational degree in arts/education/humanities (BA)

AC-6: Any other discipline not mentioned in AC-1 to AC-5.

Note:

  1. 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. Applicants are requested to mention both the degrees of specialization separately in Bachelor Degree 1 and Bachelor Degree 2.
  2. Final discretion on the academic category that an academic programme will be classified into rests with the Admissions Committee of IIMA.
  3. For candidates having undergone/completed an integrated master's degree directly after their HSC, their classification into an academic category will be based on their academic discipline in the integrated master's degree programme.
  4. For a candidate who has obtained further higher degrees after their bachelor's degree or their integrated Master's degree, other than those degrees listed in Table 8, the discipline(s) of the subsequent degrees will not be taken into consideration in deciding their classification in an academic category.

[1] IIM Ahmedabad reserves the right to make changes in the Shortlisting and Selection Criteria, if considered necessary at any point.

 

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