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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) is a business school located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The school has been accorded the status of an Institute of National Importance by Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in 2017.

Established in 1961, the institute offers master's degree programs in management and agri-business management, a fellowship program and a number of executive training programs. The institute's founding director was Ravi J. Matthai.Other notable founding figures were the Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai, Indian businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Indian educator Kamla Chowdhary.

IIMA was set up as an institution that would be managed by a Society, the IIMA Society, created under the Societies Act. The Institute was to be run by a Board of Governors, constituted by the IIMA Society; the Board would have representation from all the relevant constituencies so as to reflect the multifarious needs of a developing nation. IIMA was therefore conceived as a Board-managed institution, free from the exclusive control of any one constituency. Thus, operational freedom is an integral part of the DNA of IIMA.

IIMA has been consistently ranked as the premier management school in the country by several national agencies. IIMA programs are also ranked highly in several international rankings. In 2008, IIMA became the first management school in the country to be awarded EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).

Awards And Honors

IIMA attracts students who are not just proficient academically but are also talented in many other ways. Some of the awards that recognize outstanding academic and non-academic achievements include the following:

  • The Kollengode V. Srinivas Award: Instituted by the parents of the late Kollengode V. Srinivas to recognize the all-round performance of an outstanding student and honor the memory of Srinivas's association with the Institute.
  • The S. Umapathy Prize: Instituted by the brother of the late S. Umapathy to recognize the academic excellence of a student and honor the memory of Umapathy's association with the Institute.
  • The S. K. Seth Memorial Award: Instituted by Mrs Shanti Seth in memory of her husband, the late Sri S. K. Seth, the first librarian of the Institute.
  • The Academic Merit Award: Presented by The Institute and Nestle India Ltd. It carries a certificate of merit and a cash award.
  • IFCI and Chaudhary-Padmanabhan-Pant Award: Presented for the best Thesis Proposal.
  • Travel Awards: Presented for participation in international conferences.
  • Long Service Award: Presented to retiring employees with a record of long service in the Institute.
  • The Sajeev Sirpal Academic and Creativity Excellence Award: Instituted in memory of Shri Sajeev Sirpal (PGP 1984) by Kanaka Sirpal (PGP 1984) and friends to recognize excellence in academics and creativity among participants of the PGP.
  • The "Late Shri B. V. Doshi Memorial Entrepreneurship Assistance": Instituted in the memory of Shri B.V. Doshi by his grandson Mr. Sahil Doshi, Ivory Rose, to recognize graduating students from the PGP or PGP-FABM batches exhibiting entrepreneurial spiri.
  • The Smt. J Nagamma Memorial Award: Instituted in memory of Smt. J Nagamma by her son Mr. Pramod Kunju (PGP 1999). This award is meant to recognize excellence in academics of a PGP student who has obtained highest CGPA at the end of the first year.
  • Outstanding Sportsperson Award: This award recognizes excellence in sports.
  • The IIMA Alumni VVEF Outstanding Researcher Award: Instituted by the Vidya Vardhini Education Foundation, a Section 25 Company run by IIMA alumni. Every year, the Award goes to one faculty member who has contributed significantly to research.
  • The Marti Mannariah Gurunath Outstanding Teacher Award: Instituted by Prof Marti Subrahmanyam (1967-69), Professor at Stern School of Business, in memory of his father Mr Mannariah Gurunath. Every year, the Award goes to one faculty member who has taught the batches graduating in that convocation.

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Faculty Development Program (FDP)

  • 2 years

Admission/Selection Process

Admission/Selection Process for Candidates for PGP at IIMA through CAT-2021

The selection of the candidates for admission to the 2022-24 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 CAT-2020 score, who have applied to the program and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the program described as below.

1. Preliminary Screening

In CAT-2021 there will be three sections, viz., ‘Quantitative Aptitude' (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning' (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension' (VRC). Only the candidates above the following 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-2021 will be considered for all the subsequent stages.

IIM-A Admission Procedure

For PGP Program

  • There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGP Program.
  • The first stage is appearing for the CAT (or GMAT) Exam conducted by the IIMs.
  • On clearing the required cut-offs and the Composite Score (CS), which includes, but is not limited to, 10th, 12th and graduation marks, a candidate is called for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). From 2015 onwards, WAT has been replaced by Academic Writing Test (AWT).
  • Final Selection is done on the basis of FCS (Final Composite Score), which takes into account PI, AWT, and CS calculated at the previous stage.

For PGP-FABM Program

  • There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGP-ABM Program.
  • The candidate must appear for CAT or GMAT exam.
  • On clearing the required cut-offs, the candidate is shortlisted for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI)

For PGPX Program

  • There are 2 stages that a candidate goes through before getting selected for IIM-Ahmedabad PGPX program.
  • The candidate must appear for the GMAT exam.
  • The score of the GMAT exam, along with the rest of the application is screened and shortlisting is done based on the application alone
  • The shortlisted candidates must submit the essays and appear for interviews.
  • The final merit list is prepared after the interviews.

For EPGP Program

  • The candidate has to appear for either the CAT exam or the GMAT exam
  • Shortlisted candidates on the basis of score obtained in CAT/GMAT will be invited for personal Interview

For Ph.D. program in Management

  • Firstly, participant needs to take CAT (Common Admission Test) or another standardized test mentioned above in lieu of CAT. For Foreign Nationals and Indians living outside of India, it is mandatory to appear for GMAT for the purpose of pursuing this doctoral program. Scores of CAT 2018, 2019 AND 2020 will be considered valid for Ph. D. Program 2021.
  • Another thing that candidate’s will be evaluated on is their academic background and professional work experience. Based on that either online or in-person interviews will be conducted. They will most likely be conducted between March – April 2021.

For FDP Program

  • Candidates should fill an online registration form through “apply online” tab.
  • IIM A will review your application within three working days of submitting the form and will get back to you in case you are shortlisted. Then after, IIM A will hold a telephonic Interview round with you.
  • In case you are selected, you need to remit the admission fee within the first 2 days of receiving the admission letter to confirm your enrolment.
  • Admissions will continue on first-come-first-serve basis (based on the above steps) until 7th May 2021 or the maximum intake that IIM A decides.

For e-PGD in Advance Business Analytics

  • Initially, Candidate needs to take up one of CAT/GMAT/GATE/GRE exam. In case a candidate doesn’t have a valid score of any of the above exams, they can apply through EPGD-ABA qualifying cum aptitude test, conducted in a device-to-device mode.
  • Submit an application form online. During application, you will require 2 LORs (letter of recommendation). At least one of them should be from previous employer who can comment on the nature of your work. Along with that, you need to have latest resume/CV briefing about the projects you took up and are currently looking after in your organization, self-attested graduation and academic marksheets.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called in for personal interview. The interviews will be conducted either over skype or google meet in the months of January or February.
  •  In case you clear the online personal interview, you will be intimated through e-mail or surface mail by last week of February 2021.

IIM-A Eligibility

Eligibility for PGP

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Differently Abled (DA) or Persons with Disabilities (PWD) category, this is relaxed to 45%)
  • 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. Such a candidate must produce a certificate from the principal/head of the department/registrar/director of the institution/university certifying that the candidate is currently in the final year/is awaiting final results and has obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PWD category) based on latest available grades/marks.

Eligibility for PGP-FABM

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in agricultural sciences or agriculture-related disciplines, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category, this is relaxed to 45%], of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.


The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in any non-agricultural discipline from a University or Institution as defined in the above paragraph and have a strong interest in agriculture, food, rural and allied sectors. Such candidates will be required to submit a special form as described in section 2.1 under admission procedure. Failure to submit the form will disqualify the candidate from being considered further for admission to the programme. The Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidates must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.

Eligibility for FPM

The candidate must hold, subject to the condition laid down below:

1. A Master's Degree in any discipline or a Post Graduate Diploma, with at least 55 percent marks, with the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification with atleast 50 percent marks obtained after a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent (OR)

2. Five/four-year Integrated Master’s Degree program in any discipline, with at least 55 percent marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent. (OR)

3. A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS with B.com/Degree with at least 55 percent marks.


4. A 4-year/8-semester Bachelor's degree with at least 60 percent marks or equivalent grade point average (6.5 GPA)

Eligibility for PGPX

Following are the basic criteria for the PGPX Application:

A) A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in any discipline. (Minimum 15 years of study as per the education system in India i.e. KG to 12 +2 + 3 or 4 as the case may be.)

B)Minimum Age of 25 years as on 31st March 3021. There is no upper age limit.

C) A valid GMAT/GRE score (GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years from the date to the application deadline date of the round in which the candidate is applying.

D) Minimum 4 years of full-time work experience after completion of graduation as on March 31, 2021

Eligibility for EPGP

  • Working Professionals and entrepreneurs with a minimum of 3 years, full time work experience after graduation (As on December 31, 2017)
  • Age 24 years and above as on March 31, 2020 (Born on or before March 31,1996).
  • Holding at least a Bachelor's Degree/CA/ICWA, with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA, awarded by any of the recognized universities.

Eligibility for EPGD in Advance Business Analytics

  • Candidate should have completed their graduation and should possess great quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Candidate should have at least 2 years if full-time work experience (Preferably in the domain of Business Analytics. In case a candidate has stellar academic qualifications, the experience criterion will be waived off.
  • Candidates should have appeared and possess a valid GMAT/GRE/CAT/GATE or the ePGD-ABA qualifying-cum-aptitude test.

Eligibility for Faculty Development Program (FDP)

  • Candidates should possess at least 2 years of post-graduate level teaching experience in management or research.
  • Candidates less than 45 years in age will be preferred.
  • Candidates are expected to be fluent in English.
  • Candidate should possess an SOP (Statement of Purpose)


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