The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad or IIM-A) is a public b-school located in Ahmedabad Gujarat, India. It was the second Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be established, after IIM Calcutta. It is definitely one of the hardest B-Schools to crack. The two-year Post-graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) is a full-time residential course for graduates. It invites students from all disciplines wishing to choose a career in management. For a fact, this Programme was ranked at No.16th in the world by the Financial Times Masters in Management category in the year 2014! Consequently, Placements at IIM-A are also better than most B-Schools. These factors make IIM-A probably even more exclusive.

IIM Ahmedabad has emancipated the list of shortlisted candidates on January 6, 2020, for AWT-PI round for MBA admission 2020. This year 29085 candidates have been appeared in CAT 2019 and considerably GMAT scores were also considered for preliminary screening before final shortlist announcements.

IIM Ahmedabad Shortlist 2020

Total Candidates found eligible in Preliminary Screening


1.IIM Ahmedabad considered 29085 eligible candidates in the preliminary screening for shortlisting 2020. The table shows the classification based on CAT and GMAT scores is as under:

CAT 2019

Number of candidates considered for shortlisting is 29080


Number of candidates considered for shortlisting is 5


2. Total Candidates found eligible based on Category

Category wise candidates shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad for AWT & PI round are:

Category of shortlisted candidates

Number of candidates shortlisted













Total Number of candidates in IIMA



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3. IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria 2020

There is a slight change in the admission criteria 2020 of IIM Ahmedabad:

  • There is a slight decrease in the Weight-age of 65% CAT 2019 score in comparison to the score in the last year
  • They have also added and 5% of weight-age for a work experience
  • Sectional and overall CAT 2019 has remained to 70 and 80 respectively
  • Final admission selection 2020 will have weight-age of 25% for CAT 2019

4. IIM Ahmedabad Shortlisting Criteria

IIM Ahmedabad has shortlisted the candidates who have valid CAT-2019 scores for Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) and who fulfill the eligibility criteria for the programmer.

  • During the first stage of shortlisting in IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria had been given 65% weight to CAT 2019 score, 30% weight to Academic Profile and 5% weight to work experience
  • IIM Ahmedabad has shortlisted 701 candidates based on stupendous performance respective to their past academic records along with their performance in CAT
  • The candidate should have scored at least 70 in each section of CAT 2019- Quantitative Aptitude (QA), ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning’ (DILR) and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension’ (VRC)
  • A candidate should possess minimum overall percentile of 80 in CAT 2019
  • The candidate with highest academics score also been given extra points
  • More than 90% or above marks in class 10 & 12 have also been given extra 10 points separately. But for class 12 marks in Science and Commerce stream,90% marks are required. And for the Arts stream, at least 85% plus marks are required to obtain 10 points. Although, top rating of 10 may vary for Class 12
  • Work Experience of greater than 3 years has been granted 5% weight in the shortlisting for final admission round

In conclusion, the exact cut-offs mentioned above are computed based on the previous years’ CAT data taken from the official website of IIM Ahmedabad, where you can find full details of the admission criteria and eligibility. It depends on various factors like the applicants’ pool, the distribution of CAT scores, etc. which may change year to year.

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