IIM Ahmedabad reduces CAT 2018 cut off percentile for PGP Program 2019-20

IIM Ahmedabad – The Gujarat-based Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the premier management institute in India has announced the change in selection criteria for PGP 2019-20 admissions. The main difference introduced by the Institute is the reduction of CAT 2018 percentile requirement. Overall, the IIM-A has reduced the CAT percentage requirement to 80 with a minimum 70 percentile sectional percentile for all sections (for General Category).

Selection Process

  • The Institute’s selection has a two-step process
  • The first step is to clear the CAT 2018 examination and obtain the requisite percentile
  • This is a qualifier round
  • Once a student scores the requirement minimum percentile, the candidate is eligible for the subsequent series
  • The candidates are required to have an exceptional academic profile
  • IITM A awards the candidates scores based on various attributes referred to as Application Rating or AR scores
  • These scores are then added up, and the candidates are shortlisted
  • Shortlisted candidates are called for Academic Writing Test and Personal Interview
  • The candidates are selected based on their CAT 2018 percentile, AWT scores and their performance in the PI round
  • The final admissions are offered by the total of all such scores

Application rating score and selection criteria

The critical aspect to comprehend here is that the CAT 2018 is not the only criteria for selection of a candidate for step 2 of the admission process

  • In 2017, candidates with CAT percentile of as low as 82 were also admitted while 99 percentile students failed to get through to IIM-A
  • CAT percentile is a qualifier along with application rating, the higher the percentile, the higher the AR
  • Besides the CAT score, candidates are also marked by their academic background

Here is how the candidates are ranked/marked:

  • Rating Score A – Class X marks: For Class X scores, candidates from any stream would get a rating score often if the candidates had scored 90% and above marks
  • Rating Score B – Class 12 Marks: Class XII, the top rating is given based on their streams
  • Science and commerce stream students would get a high rating of 10-90% and above marks
  • For students of arts stream, the top rating requires 85% and above marks
  • Rating Score C – Bachelor Degree: This category is further divided into seven sub-categories from AC1 to AC7


The same for the top rating is as follows:

  • AC1, medicine branch 70% and above
  • AC2, CA ICWA, CS degrees 63% and above
  • AC3 and AC5, Economics, Finance, Commerce, Science, BBA, BCA and paramedical, 80% and above
  • Ac6 Arts, Humanities, Law and Journalism, 75% and above
  • AC 4 and7 denoting Engineering, Technology and other bachelor degrees, 85% and above
  • Based on this scale, the candidates AR for all of the three: AA, AB an AC scores are added and normalised
  • For normalisation, the AR-scores of the candidates are divided by the average of top 50 AR-scores of all the candidates who have applied for admissions to IIM A and have appeared for CAT 2018
  • While the local and overall CAT scores have been reduced by IIMA, higher percentiles are also important.

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