College Review IIM Ahmedabad


Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is a government institute located in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. The institute was established in the year 1961 set up by the Government of India with the collaboration of the Government of Gujarat and Indian industry as an independent institute. The Institute gives guidance, coaching, consulting, and research in management. In 2018, the IIM Ahmedabad is the No. 1 management institute by the NIRF, Management ranking. IIM Ahmedabad is consistently rated as the Top B-School in India by reputed national agencies like Outlook, Business Today, Business India, etc. IIMA aims to educate leaders of the future where they contribute their effort to make a difference in the organizations and to the world around them.


College NameIndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Short NameIIM – A or IIM Ahmedabad
College LocationAhmedabad, Gujarat
Gender IntakeCo-ed; 24% Female Students (for the academic session 2021-22)
College TypeGovernment
Establishment DateDecember 11, 1961
Campus Size102 acres
Total Courses Offered10 Courses
Streams Offered1 Stream (Management)
Highest Package Offered (2020)Domestic: Rs. 55.88 LPAInternational: Rs. 132 LPA
Hostel FacilityAvailable on Campus
Application ModeOnline Mode
Selection ProcessEntrance Exam followed by GD + PI
Exams AcceptedCommon Admission Test (CAT)Graduate Record Examination (GRE)Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

IIM Ahmedabad Course Eligibility 2021

The course-wise eligibility criteria of IIM Ahmedabad have been listed in the table below. Before applying for admission to any course, candidates must go through the IIM Ahmedabad eligibility criteria.

CourseEligibility Criteria
Ph.D Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)Masters (3 years)/ Post Graduate Diploma (2 years)/ CA/ ICWA/ CS with B.Com/ Degree/ B.Tech (4 years)
Two-year Post-graduate Programme in Management (PGP)Bachelor degree from a recognised university/ college with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category candidates)
Two-year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-business ManagementBachelor or masters degree in agricultural science or a related field from a recognised university/ college with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category candidates)ORBachelor degree from a recognised university/ college with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category candidates) along with a special form

The Institute offers the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), the Post Graduate Programme in Agri-business Management (PGP-ABM), the Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) and other Fellowship Programme in Management. IIMA also grants plenty of Executive Education Programmes (EEP) in India and abroad. IIM Ahmedabad has its own minimum cutoff criteria for the admission of the programs.

The campus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is surrounded by lush green oases. The campus of IIMA is spread over 100 acres of land in which the institute provides modern teaching with the latest technologies. The classroom of IIMA is facilitated with modern teaching mounted with LCDs projectors to make the learning easy & effective. The institute has five seminar halls & Dormitories with a total capacity of around 750 students. The institute offers world-class information technology, which includes a computer lab, FPM lab, 2000 computer systems, etc. The strength of IIM Ahmedabad is its digital collection of 100+ databases, accessible from any networked computer within the campus. In IIMA, Every student is provided with a personal computer or laptop with 45 MBPS internet connectivity. Separate hostel facility is also available for boys & girls within the campus with internet access, hygienic food, CCTV surveillance, etc. The further institute also provides many other facilities like Cafeteria, Seminar, Gym, Sports, ATM, Medical Facilities, etc.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad provides excellent placement offers to its student. The institute gained excellent offers with the highest hiring done in the General Management sector. The placement of IIMA helps their student to improve the self-morale, communication skill which helps them to cooperate with the corporate world. Some of the recruiters that had come for final placement were A. T. Kearney, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co., JP Morgan, Monitor Deloitte, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman, etc.

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IIM Ahmedabad Cutoff 2020

Accepting CAT as the primary exam for admission, IIMs do not release CAT cutoffs publically as their cutoffs are accessible only via account login to candidates who appear for the exam. A lot of news websites including the official IIM websites, however, publish the qualifying cutoffs. But students must note that that there are two types of CAT cutoffs for admission to IIMs – qualifying cutoff (or shortlist cutoff) and final cutoff (or call cutoff). While the qualifying cutoff is announced with the release of admission policy (for particular IIMs), the latter is announced (not publicly) post result declaration.

IIM Ahmedabad Ranking

IIM Ahmedabad was recently ranked as the no. 1 institute in India for Management Education in NIRF 2020 rankings and ‘2’ for IIMs category by Outlook. At the international level, it is ranked 61 by Financial Times Global MBA Rankings and 58 by Financial Times Executive Education Rankings (Open). A few more rankings received by IIM Ahmedabad in the past years are listed below:

National Ranking Authority20182019
Business World11
Business Today11
NIRF (Management category)12
International Ranking20182019
Financial Times Masters in Management Rankings1921
Financial Times Global MBA Rankings3147
Financial Times Executive Education Rankings (Open)6657
Financial Times Executive Education Rankings (Custom)5749
Eduniversal Best Master’s Ranking in Agribusiness/ Food Industry Management11

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IIM Ahmedabad Admission Process

IIM Ahmedabad admission process for its flagship PGP (or MBA) programme is based on CAT score, provided students meet the set cutoff. There is no separate application form to take admission in IIM Ahmedabad. Candidates are only required to register themselves on the official website of CAT. Final selection is done based on CAT result followed by the Analytical Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) round conducted by the institute. IIM Ahmedabad admission process for all the other PG and PhD courses are as follows:

  • IIM Ahmedabad MBA admission is based on CAT score, followed by AWT and PI rounds
  • Candidates seeking admission to PGP FABM are shortlisted based on Group Discussion and Personal Interview along with a valid CAT score
  • Final selection for MBA PGPX is based on a valid GMAT/GRE score
  • For ePGP, final selection is done on the basis of CAT/GMAT/GRE score
  • For admission in ePGD-ABA, candidates need to have a minimum of two years of work experience. Final selection is based on in GMAT/GRE/CAT/GATE or the ePGD-ABA qualifying-cum-aptitude test.
  • For final selection to PhD at IIM A, CAT score is taken into consideration. However, students can give a few other exams such as GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF.

IIM Ahmedabad Courses

IIM Ahmedabad offers PG and doctoral-level programmes in the field of Management, such as PGP, PGP FABM, MBA PGPX, ePGP, ePGD-ABA and PhD to the students along with a Faculty Development Programme.

  • The two-year, full-time, residential PGP is the flagship programme offered by IIM A and is available across 13 specialisations out of which students are required to select one in the second year
  • The duration for PGP FABM programme is also two years
  • MBA-PGPX is a one-year, full-time, residential programme available across 49 electives
  • IIM Ahmedabad also offers a one-year ePGP programme for working professionals and entrepreneurs with a minimum of three years of full-time work experience (after graduation)
  • Additionally, the institute offers an ePGD-ABA programme of 16 months which is designed to help working professionals in obtaining essential skills and knowledge correct question, analysis, gaining insights from analysis thus providing a framework for transforming data into effective decision-making

Check out the various Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad courses mentioned in the below table along with their eligibility criteria and fee:

CourseEligibility CriteriaCourse Fee (in Rs lakh)
PGP (MBA)– Economics- Communication- HRMQualifying exam: CAT Bachelor’s degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of reserved category)23
PGP FABMQualifying exams: CAT/ GMAT Bachelor’s or master’s in any stream with 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST and differently-abled category)22.5
MBA-PGPX– International Economics & Political Economy- Logistics Management- Business Analytics Qualifying exams: GMAT/GRE- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university- Minimum 15 years of study as per the education system in India i.e. Class 10 + Class 12 + 3-year UG course28
ePGPQualifying exams: CAT/GMAT/GRE/IIM Admission TestA bachelor’s degree/CA/CS/ICWA, with at least 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA by a recognised university20
ePGD-ABAQualifying exams: GMAT/GRE/CAT/GATE or the ePGD-ABA qualifying-cum-aptitude testA bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognised university with strong quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills10
PhD– Business Policy- Economics- MarketingQualifying exams: GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC NET JRF in relevant discipline- Master’s or postgraduate diploma (2 years) or a professional qualification- CA/ICWA/CS with a BCom degree or a BTech/4-year degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent- Final year students of master’s degree can also apply

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IIM Ahmedabad Placements

The final placements for IIM Ahmedabad PGP 2020 batch recorded 100% results yet again. Conducted in two phases, McKinsey, BCG and TCS emerged as the top recruiters in IIM Ahmedabad placements 2020. The final placement process at IIM Ahmedabad is conducted in February, every year. A few highlights from 2020 placements are mentioned below:

Total companies participated153
Total job offers182
Top recruiting companyMcKinsey (27 offers)
Dream applications*160
Total New recruiters38

IIM Ahmedabad Scholarships

IIM Ahmedabad believes that no student should be denied the privileges of education because of financial issues. For this purpose, it offers a number of scholarships to meritorious and deserving students. Details around IIM Ahmedabad scholarships are as follows:

IIMA Special Need-based scholarship for PGP and PGP FABM: IIMA gives an opportunity to pursue its programmes to all eligible applicants, even those who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarship amount is decided based on several parameters such as annual gross family income, ownership of assets, and the number of dependents in the family. The applications for these scholarships are invited every year during July/August/September.

IIM Ahmedabad Annual Fest

Chaos is the annual cultural festival of IIMA and one of the biggest in the region. Its yearly editions have been centred on themes like diversity, colour or going green. The cultural festivities draw footfalls of around 50,000 visitors from Ahmedabad over four days and participation from institutes across the country. ProNites are especially a huge success with a large number of top-class artists coming and performing on one stage. In the past, Chaos has witnessed musical performances by Armaan Malik, DJ Chetas, Jonita Gandhi, Jagjit Singh, Amit Trivedi, Raghu Dixit, Mohit Chauhan and Shankar Ehsaan Loy to name a few.

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IIM Ahmedabad Notable Alumni

Famous 10 IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Who Made It Big
Source: dare2compete

1. Raghuram Rajan (Class of 1987)

Raghuram Govinda Rajan, currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at University of Chicago Booth School of Business is remembered for being the 23rd Governor of Reserve Bank of India (Sep 2013-2016). He got into the news for the first time globally after the financial crisis of 2007-2008, already predicted by Rajan at the federal Reserve annual Jackson Hole Conference in 2005. He had presented the pitfalls of the existing financial system and the measures that could be taken to avoid them.

Achievements:Served as Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

2. Harsha Bhogle (Class of 1985)

Harsha Bhogle, the Indian cricket commentator and journalist, is a member in the list of famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad. Beloved as the ‘voice of Indian cricket’, he has become one of the most popular and prolific personalities in the cricket broadcasting industry. He’s also a columnist for the Indian Express and hosts a show on ESPNStar, ‘Harsha UnPlugged’. He’s been the front man for ESPNStar cricket telecasts from the day the channel was launched in India. He has now taken to the corporate lecture and public speaking circuit with his wife, Anita Bhogle, who’s also his business partner.

3. Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Class of 1989)

Sanjeev Bikchandani also finds his name in the list of famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad. An entrepreneur, he is the founder of Info Edge which owns portals like, India’s leading job site, along with,,, etc. Info Edge, Sanjeev’s brainchild, became the first internet company to be listed on the Indian stock exchanges. Sanjeev won the ‘Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the year’ award in 2008 for business transformation, along with his partner Hitesh Oberoi. He enjoys public speaking on areas of entrepreneurship and is also a board member of Indus Entrepreneurs in Delhi. His company today employs over 1600 people with a revenue of over 270 crore rupees.

4. Deep Kalra (Class of 1992)

MakeMyTrip, the Indian online travel company, is founded by Deep Kalra, another one in the list of famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad. A product of St.Stephen’s College, Delhi and subsequently, IIM Ahmedabad, Deep, along with his co-founders, started MakeMyTrip on realising the upcoming opportunities with the growth of internet, after quitting his corporate, stable job. After 11 year of floating his venture, he was ranked No.1 in the list of most powerful digital influencers released by KPMG in 2011.

5. K.V. Kamath (Class of 1971)

Kundapur Vaman Kamath, popularly known as K.V. Kamath, also finds his name in the list of famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad. He was the former chief of the New Development Bank of BRICS countries, and also served as the chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2015. He started his career from ICICI in project finance and gained experience in other departments as well. Later, he also worked in the Asian Development Bank. Apart from holding such prominent posts, he is also an independent director on the board of directors of the Houston-based oil services company Schlumberger. Today, his bond to management institutes have stayed through his membership of Governing boards of several institutes – IIM Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business (ISB), National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education. 

6. Arvind Subramanian (Class of 1981)

Arvind Subramanian is an Indian economist, and former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India from 2014 to 2018. He’s one of the most famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad along with being one of the most widely cited economists on Indo-China relations as well as transfer of global economic power. He has served as a Professor of Economics in Ashoka University, Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics as well as the Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. In 2011, the Foreign Policy magazine’s list of top 100 global thinkers also saw his name featured in the list.

7. C.K. Prahlad (Class of 1966)

C.K. Prahlad was a provocative thinker, strategist, educator and one of the famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad. He’s known for his startling insights, and his contribution to core competence model and co-creation. He worked as a professor at University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business alongside Oracle, TRW, Unilever, AT&T and Cargill as an international business consultant. He also served as an advisor to Jan Timmer, the CEO of the Dutch company Philips, and contributed in designing Centurion. C.K. Prahlad’s last work ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (2002)’, focused on poverty eradication through profits earned by corporations.

8. Ajay Banga (Class of 1981)

Ajay Banga, the executive chairman of the board of directors of Mastercard, is also a member of the list of famous alumni from IIM Ahmedabad. He began his career at Nestle, graduating from IIM A, and took up roles for three years in the company spanning across different areas such as sales, marketing and general management. Prior to becoming the executive chairman at Mastercard, he was the CEO of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He is also the founding trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and has even served as a member of President Obama’s commission on enhancing cybersecurity. 

9. Shikha Sharma (Class of 1980)

Shikha Sharma’s popularity shot up when she became the managing director and CEO of Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, from 2009 to 2018. Prior to it, she also worked at ICICI for 29 years. During her last years as the managing director & CEO of ICICI prudential Life Insurance Company, before she joined the Axis bank, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company ranked first on the chart of private sector life insurance companies in India in terms of performance. Not only that, even Axis bank under her leadership received many awards. In 2015, it received the ‘Bank of the Year’ award by the Banker magazine, along with a ‘Certificate of Recognition for excellence in Corporate Governance’ by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Axis Bank was also ranked as the best company to work for in the BFSI sector – ‘The Best Companies to Work for’ survey by Business Today in 2013

10. Ashish Nanda (Class of 1983)

Ashish Nanda, is a famous alumni of IIM Ahmedabad, and also its former director. His directorship began on 2nd september, 2013 and continued till 2017. Before that, he also worked as a Professor of Practice at harvard law School for seven years, and even before that, he was a faculty member there. He has stayed in-touch with the best B-schools in India, and was the Officiating Director of IIM Nagpur from its inception in 2015 to 2017. After he resigned as the director of IIMA, he again joined Harvard business school as a faculty member. Along with a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, and PGDM in management from IIMA, he also has PhD in economics from Harvard. He has also worked with the Tata group of companies as the Tata Administrative Services officer. Apart from that, he has also advised several top firms on asset management, consulting, law firms and legal and compliance departments, public relations, advertising etc.

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