IIM Ahmedabad, established in the year 1961 is ranked 1 in NIRF 2020 ranking, 40th best institute in world and 6th best in Asia by QS World Ranking.  IIMA is an autonomous institution and offers Post-graduation, Diploma, Certificate, Executive, and fellowship Programs in Management. Currently, the most popular course at IIM Ahmedabad is Executive MBA (PGP-Ex), which is also rated in the top 5 courses by Financial Times in the world. Last year, a total of 881 students were enrolled out of which 237 were females. 

To be eligible for IIMA admission, one must have a valid score in CAT, GMAT, or GRE entrance exams. Last year, the percentile of CAT for IIM Ahmedabad reached up to 99.6. Apart from this, 75 companies visited the Institute for placement drive, out of which Amazon, Hindustan Unilever Limited and Amazon were the highest recruiters.

Check IIM Ahmedabad CA Courses

The flagship MBA program witnessed an increase in Arts Graduates from 3% to 5% in the academic session 2020. However, a decrease in the students intake from the Commerce and Science Streams was observed, in comparison to previous years.

MBA Admissions 2020 has seen a double-digit increase as compared to past years. To know what MBA course has to offer, click here

IIM Ahmedabad has also started an executive wing to cater the need of acquiring desired skills by the executives. This wing provides certificate as well as diploma courses for which candidate can apply online. Check out IIM Ahmedabad Online Courses

IIM Ahmedabad Important Dates

Date Particulars
Ph.D Admission Time Table September 23 – January 21, 2021
PGP Round 1 Application Timeline June 22, 2020 – August 31, 2020
PGP Round 2 Application Timeline August 31, 2020 – October 19, 2020
PGP Round 3 Application Timeline November 9, 2020 –  January 04, 2020
Stage 2 Shortlist October 27, 2020
Stage 3 Shortlist January 11, 2020
Round 2 Essay Submission Timeline October 27 – October 31, 2020
Round 3 Essay Submission Timeline January 11 – January 17, 2020
Round 1 Waitlist Release Date October 18, 2020
Round 2 Waitlist Release Date December 07, 2020
Round 3 Waitlist Release Date February 07, 2020

Read Here: IIM Ahmedabad Witnesses Rise in Arts Graduates in New MBA and MBA FABM Programme

Commerce graduates comprised only 18% of the total. Similarly, Science graduates dipped a new low figure, constituting 1% of the entire batch size. Engineering graduates have continued to bag most number of seats occupying 76% of the total seats.

Check: IIM Ahmedabad Admission

IIM Ahmedabad Highlights

Established | Type 1961 | Autonomous University
Ranking NIRF: 1st 
Type of Programs PG, Ph.D., Diploma and Certificate Courses
Entrance Test GMAT, CAT, and GRE
Application Mode Online
Total Faculty (Ph.D.) 137
Official Website https://www.iima.ac.in/web/iima

IIM Ahmedabad Courses

Following are the courses offered by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad under various specializations and levels: 


Program Details

Post Graduate Program in Management (MBA)

Duration: 2 years

Fees: INR 23 Lakhs

Selection: AWT+PI+CAT Exam

Post Graduate Program in Food & Agri-Business Management (MBA-FABM)

Duration: 2 years

Fees: INR 21.5 Lakhs

Selection: AWT+PI+CAT

Executive Post Graduate Program (MBA-PGPx)

Duration: 1 year

Fees: INR 28 Lakhs

Selection: PGPMX Aptitude Test + 5-year working experience

Ph.D Program in Management

Duration: 3-5 years (Full time)

Stipend: INR 30,000 per month

Selection:  CAT/GRE/GMAT or JRF in some fields

E Post Graduate Program (EPGP

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Graduation + 3 years of Full-time Work Experience

Fees: INR 20 Lakhs

Selection: Valid CAT/GRE/GMAT Score + PI

Faculty Development Program


Apply online through official website

Eligibility: Teaching Experience in Management of at least 2 years

Fees: INR 30,680 

E PGD in Advanced Business Analytics (ePGD-ABA)

Duration: 16 months

Eligibility: Graduation + 2 years of Full-time Work Experience

Fees: INR 10 Lakhs

Selection: Valid CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE + PI

Click here IIM Ahmedabad Fees

IIM Ahmedabad Batch Demographics 2020

IIM Ahmedabad made new records in terms of  Academic Background in the present batch of 2020-22. The number of Arts graduates increased to 5% than the previous year figures. Whereas lesser number of Science and Commerce graduates could grab the seat for the MBA program in IIM Ahmedabad. Out of the total seats, 18% and 1% of students belonged to Commerce and Science background. Keeping up with the trend, Engineering graduates hit 76% of the total occupancy in the program. 

Check the table below for further information

Educational Background Percentage of students enrolled
Arts 5%
Science 1%
Commerce 18%
Engineering 76%

for MBA-FABM program, the percentage of students from different Educational Background is illustrated in the table below: 

Academic Background Percentage of students enrolled
Engineering 48%
Science 45%

IIM Ahmedabad Entrance Exams

For admissions in IIM Ahmedabad, a candidate needs to score in the following entrance exams:

  1. CAT – Common Admission Test is a National Level Exam conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotational basis. It is a computer-based exam for admissions under the Management department like MBA and PG Diploma in Management, minimum eligibility for CAT is graduation. Check IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff 2020.
  2. GMAT- Graduate Management Admission Test is a National Level Online Entrance test which is conducted by GMAC. It is considered one of the most acceptable platforms for selecting students for Management Programs.
  3. GRE – Graduate Record Examination is an internationally standardized test that is required for admission to most of the graduate schools in the United States of America. It is also accepted by some of the most popular Graduate and Business schools in various countries of the world. It conducts many times in a year.

Check: IIM Ahmedabad Cut off

IIM Ahmedabad Placement

The following table depicts the salary trends in the past few years:

Category Placement 2019 (Salary in INR) Placement 2018 (Salary in INR) Placement 2017 (Salary in INR)
Highest CTC 70 LPA 72 LPA 53 LPA
Average CTC 25.83 LPA 24.45 LPA 22.58 LPA
Minimum CTC 17 LPA 18 LPA 15.60 LPA
Median CTC 30 LPA 28.40 LPA 28 LPA

A total of 40 reputed companies have participated in the recent placement drive out of which Microsoft was the top recruiter with 8 offers. Major participants in the placement include names like Adobe, Ola Cabs, OLX, Bajaj Auto,  McKinsey, BCG, HSBC, Accenture, etc.

Sector-wise Placement Breakdown

Sector No.of Offers
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) 77
Conglomerates 30
Consulting 131
Consumer Goods 55
Engineering/ Technology 29
Environment & Energy 4
Information Technology 9
Manufacturing 3
Media/ Communications 5
Online Services 31
Telecom 4
Pharmaceutical / Healthcare 7
Aviation 1

Check IIM Ahmedabad Placement

IIM Ahmedabad Scholarships

The institute endeavors to help deserving candidates to pursue management studies. The following are few Scholarship Schemes currently offered by the Institute-

  • Family Income Linked Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme
  • IIMA Special Scholarships (need-based)
  • Industry Scholarships (need-based)
  • ONGC SC/ST Merit cum Means Scholarships
  • SC/ST Scholarships
  • Aditya Birla Group Scholarships
  • OP Jindal Engineering and Management Scholarship
  • Ocwen Scholarship for Competence in Academics
  • Other Scholarships facilitated by the IIMA include scholarships awarded by various State governments to students from their states.

IIM Ahmedabad Faculty

As of 2019, IIM Ahmedabad is chaired by the billionaire industrialist and chairman of the Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla. Director Errol D’Souza deals with the day to day administration. Among its ranks of faculty members, IIM Ahmedabad has prominent educators like Professor Sebastian Morris who teaches Management Ethics, Professor Ajay Pandey who takes both the Philosophy Foundation and Economics classes and Professor Saral Mukherjee of Operations Strategy.

Check: IIMA Faculty

IIM Ahmedabad FAQs

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad offer BBA program?

Ans. No, IIMA does not provide BBA. However, if you are looking to pursue an undergraduate from an IIM, you can try for IIM Indore’s Integrated Program in Management (IPM). It is a 5-year integrated degree through which you graduate with a PGP degree. 

Ques. Who are some notable alumni of the IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad’s notable alumni includes Raghuram Rajan, Harsha Bhogle, CK Prahalad, Chetan Bhagat, Sanjeev Bikchnadani, and many more.

Ques. Which is better IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Bangalore?

Ans. Both IIMs have their own place and it would be naive to differentiate between them. Considering that placement is the major factor in deciding a B-School for most students. IIM Ahmedabad has better placement opportunities than IIM Bangalore.

Ques. What is the program fee of MBA at IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. The total program fee at IIM Ahmedabad is INR 23,00,000 inclusive of INR 16,99,000. These fees also include Laptop computers, personal expenses onboarding, travel, clothes, and laundry. 

Ques. Is there any financial aid available for students of IIM Ahemdabad?

Ans. IIM-A aspires to give the opportunity to pursue its programs (PGP & PGP-FABM) to all eligible applicants irrespective of their financial status. Keeping this in mind, IIMA has instituted a Special Need-Based Scholarship Scheme to complement the various scholarships provided by the industry and government. Every year many students are provided substantial financial support under the Scheme. The scholarship amount is decided on the basis of several criteria such as annual gross family income, ownership of assets, and the number of family dependents. The application for these scholarships is invited every year in the month of August/September. Many commercial banks (Central Bank of India, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India) and financial institutions provide educational loans to students. For details, candidates may contact branch offices of such banks.

Ques. What is the CAT Percentile for admission to IIM Ahmedabad PGP Program?

Ans: CAT Percentile for the general category is 80. OBC- 75, SC- 70, ST- 65. For rest read the cutoff section of the article. 

Ques. What is IIM Ahmedabad cutoff for 2020?

Ans. Expected overall IIM Ahmedabad cutoff for 2020 is 85 percentile for General category.

Ques. What is the scenario at IIM Ahmedabad placements?

Ans. IIM Ahmedabad has an impressive placement history with top MNCs like BCG, PwC, McKinsey as chief recruiters, the highest international package was 80,050 USD in 2019. The average payoff stays between 25-26 LPA every year.

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad provide hostel facilities?

Ans. IIM-A provides hostels, with a single well-furnished room for each student, charges for which are included in academic fees. 

Ques. What is the faculty-student ratio at IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. At IIM-A, the faculty-student ratio is 1:5, which means for every 5 students there is one teacher for assistance.

Ques. Which are the MNCs visiting IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. BCG, Amazon, Microsoft, KPMG, Google, McKinsey, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan are some of the top recruiters of IIM-A.

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad offer placement for Executive MBA programs?

Ans. Yes, IIM A offers placements opportunities to executive-MBA students. The 2019 placements saw the highest CTC in PGPx reach 109,666 USD.

Ques. Is IIM Ahmedabad a government institution?

Ans. IIM Ahmedabad is an autonomous institution spearheaded by MHRD, Government of India. It can appoint its faculty and set its own curriculum following Government regulations. 

Ques. What are the courses offered by IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. IIM Ahmedabad offers PGP in Management (now MBA), MBA in Food and Agri-Business Management (MBA-FABM), Armed Forces Program, Faculty Development Program and Executive PGP in Management. 

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad offer online courses?

Ans. IIM-A hosts a number of online certificate courses (like e-FDP courses) along with e-PGP and e-PGP in Advanced Business Analytics. 

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad offer an Executive MBA course?

Ans. Yes, IIM A offers an Executive MBA course which is a one-year full-time program.

Ques. What are IIM Ahmedabad MBA fees?

Ans. IIM Ahmedabad fees range between 23 lakhs- 28lakhs for the entire course duration.

Ques. What is IIM Ahmedabad ranking at national and international levels?

Ans. NIRF rankings of 2020 charted out IIM-A at first rank while internationally, QS Global MBA Rankings 2020 also awarded 40th place among top 240 MBA colleges of the world.

Ques. Does IIM Ahmedabad provide scholarship facilities?

Ans. IIM Ahmedabad offers 5 interests waiver scholarship based on merits for the courses it offers.

Ques. Who are some of IIM Ahmedabad’s notable alumni?

Ans. Some of the notable alumni of IIM Ahmedabad are Raghuram Rajan (former Governor, RBI), Harsha Bhogle (Cricket commentator), Mallika Sarbhai (Padma Bhushan awardee, classical dancer, activist), Samir Barua (ex-Director, IIMA).

Ques. Are FDPs of IIM A approved by UGC?

Ans. No, as of now, any authoritative body including UGC has not approved IIM-A’s FDP in pedagogy and research methods.