The purpose of this blog is to inform the reader about all the facets of the IIM admission process and its eligibility criteria.
It is an accepted fact that the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is the most sought-after institute for management programs in India.
The full-time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), a two-year flagship program of IIMA is the toughest MBA program to crack. The objective of the PGP in Management is to equip students with conceptual knowledge to teach interpersonal skills and develop a deep sense of social purpose for managerial decision-making.
The students are groomed to observe honesty and maintain integrity beyond doubt, in all their dealings.
IIM admission process involves consideration of the applicable Common Admission Test (CAT)/ Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam scores, past academic performance, and performance in the analytical writing test(AWT) & personal interviews(PI).
MBA eligibility criteria for Post-graduate Programme (PGP) in Management :
A candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree of a minimum of three years of education with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA( 45% in case of Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category from any recognized University.
MBA eligibility criteria also provide that a candidate appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply subject to the condition of submitting the mark sheet and certificate before the prescribed deadline.
Requirement of CAT entrance exam score for domestic candidates :
The CAT exam is compulsory for domestic applicants.
Requirement of GMAT entrance exam score for overseas Indian applicants, & foreign nationals :
For overseas Indian applicants, & foreign nationals, however, instead of the CAT entrance exam score, GMAT entrance exam scores are mandatory.
The IIM admission process :
IIM admission process for admission to the PGP involves shortlisting of candidates for the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT entrance exam score. Foreign nationals (foreign passport holders) staying in India must take the current version of the GMAT Exam and should apply through the Supernumerary Quota category.
The IIM admission process for admission to the PGP in Management involves the stage of preliminary screening by taking into account the individual marks scored by candidates in the three sections of the CAT exam viz. ‘Quantitative Ability’ (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning’ (DILR), and ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension’ (VARC). Only the candidates who score above the prescribed 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 are considered for the subsequent stages.
The application Rating score of the candidates is taken into account during the different stages of the IIM admission process.
The IIM admission process takes into account the following rating scores:
Rating Score for the 10th Std. Examination (Rating Score A); Rating Scores for the 12th Std. Examination (Rating Score B); Rating Scores for the Bachelor’s Degree Examination (Rating Score C); Rating Scores for Work Experience (Rating Score D).
Thus, the Application Rating Score: AR is the combined total of all the above components i.e. A+B+C+D.
The IIM admission process, for different streams viz., ‘Science’, ‘Commerce’ and ‘Arts & Humanities’)/disciplines consider the equivalent Application Rating scores (AR) which are arrived at by taking into account various parameters including percentile equivalence of the score distributions.
The IIM admission process also considers such candidates who are appearing for the final year bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination. The % of marks are computed based on their available marks.
The IIM admission process, in case of such candidates who have cleared CA/ICWA/CS or Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) without having a bachelor’s degree, considers the aggregate final % of marks of all the level examinations as their available marks.
The IIM admission process recognizes exceptional candidates based on their past academic records & their performance in the CAT exam across diverse academic backgrounds.
A certain number of the ranking candidates from each of the academic disciplines are shortlisted for the Analytical Writing Test(AWT) and Personal Interview(PI) based on the composite score which is derived by applying the weightage of multiplication factors under:-
Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (ARF_CS) = 0.35;
CAT Multiplication Factor for Composite Score (CATF_CS) = 0.65.
Further, an additional number of candidates from each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST, and PWD) are shortlisted for AWT & PI on the basis of the composite scores subject to their fulfilling the criteria.
IIM admission process- Final Selection :
The final selection of the candidates is done based on their ‘Final Composite Scores (FCS) separately of each category(General/SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD) which is arrived at in the following manner:-
Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50; AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10; CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS)=0.25; Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15
IIM admission process culminates in offering admission letters to the successful candidates. After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates.
The entire IIM admission process is a foolproof process involving overall performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, & work experience, etc.
IIM admission process-Reservation
IIM admission process provides for reservations of seats as under:
% of reservation
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD) Candidates
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
Up to 10%
The person with benchmark disability as defined in
in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), means a person with not less than forty per cent (40%) of a specified disability.
The categories of disability are:
- blindness and low vision
- deaf and hard of hearing
- locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy
- autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness,
- multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (1) to (4), and
- f) other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016.
IIM courses for working professionals :
IIM courses for working professionals include the most sought-after PGPX, a one-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX).
Who Can Apply for IIM courses for working professionals?
MBA eligibility (MBA-PGPX) at IIMA
MBA eligibility criteria for working professionals include those candidates who possess a Bachelor’s degree of at least three years and have working experience of at least 4 years.
The MBA eligibility criteria for working professionals also provide the age criteria, say for the ensuing session- The candidates should have completed 25 years of age by March 31, 2024.
A valid GMAT/GRE score is required. (GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years from the date to the application deadline)
IIM online MBA courses :
IIM online MBA courses include the Senior Management Programme-Blended Learning - Batch: 11 (SMP-BL11). This program aims to equip individuals with General Management perspectives and skills of innovative thinking.
This one of the IIM online MBA courses equips bright individuals with General Management perspectives and thinking skills. This Senior Management Programme-Blended Learning - Batch: 11 (SMP-BL11) commences on 18 Apr 2023 and ends on 18 Apr 2024. IIM online MBA fees are ₹815,000.00. GST charges will also be added to the IIM online MBA fees.
IIM online MBA courses’ mode of Delivery includes Online classrooms at VCNow centres and campus modules at IIM Ahmedabad
Frequency: Once a week; Class Schedule: Every Saturday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
MBA without entrance exam :
The following are the notable Universities that are imparting quality Online education at an affordable cost:-
GLA University, Mathura :
GLA University offers an MBA without an entrance exam. It offers the UGC entitled Online MBA, a 2 years (4 Semesters) Online Master of Business Administration in the following specialisations:
- Business Analytics
- Human Resource Management
- Marketing Management
- Finance Management
- Banking & Insurance
- International Business Management
- Information Technology
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Retail Management
MBA eligibility for Online MBA in India
I have passed a bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration with at least 50% marks. A 5% Relaxation in the minimum eligibility is provided to SC/ST/Other specified Category Students.
Course Fees: Total Fees is Rs. 68,000
Mangalayatan University :
Mangalayatan University offers UGC entitled Online MBA without entrance examination with specialisations in Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Hospital Administration and dual specialisation.
MBA eligibility for Online MBA in India
50% Marks in Graduation & for MBA Business Intelligence & Data Analytics the eligibility requirement is 50% Marks in BE/B.Tech./Graduation in Maths or Equivalent in any discipline.
Course fee structure: The total course fee is Rs. 67,000/-
Uttaranchal University :
The Uttaranchal University offers two 2-year (4 Semesters) UGC entitled Online MBA without entrance examination.
MBA eligibility for Online MBA in India
A Bachelor’s degree of a minimum of three years duration with a minimum of 50% marks for the General and 45% marks in case of Reserved Category in the qualifying examination.
Course Fee Structure: The total Online MBA fee is Rs. 66,000/-
Conclusion Of Complete Guide For IIM Admission
The IIM admission process is very scientific and foolproof. It takes into consideration performance in CAT, performance in Analytical Writing Test(AWT) and personal Interview(PI), academic, & work experience etc.
Various prestigious Universities offer UGC entitled MBA without an entrance exam. Online MBA eligibility criteria does not prescribe CAT exam score.
The renowned UGC entitled Universities offering Online MBA programmes are Manipal University, Graphic Era University, Vivekananda Global University, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Uttaranchal University, Mangalayatan University, LPU & GLA University.
The able and experienced counsellors of the Distance Pathshala feel happy to help you register for the Online & Distance Learning UG, PG programmes at an affordable cost from the UGC entitled Universities.
The seasoned counsellors of the Distance Pathshala offer guidance in selecting the best Online MBA specialisation that is as per your liking and interests.
Students must grab the golden opportunity of consulting with the experienced counsellors of the Distance Pathshala and enjoy an exciting Online learning experience to ensure a quantum jump in their professional careers.