The admission procedure for Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) for academic year 2014-16 was different when compared to the previous years.
Typically, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the first stage of admission into IIM-A, which is then followed by the Written Analysis and Personal Interview (WA-PI) of shortlisted candidates. The candidates short-listed this year were among the top 50 of the CAT toppers based on five broad academic classifications. This has led to a more diverse range of students being selected for the final round.
"Diversity of perspectives contributes greatly to the discussion-based learning that we employ at IIM-A. Having a broader mix of participants without compromising on quality will enrich the academic experience of IIM-A students even further," says Ashish Nanda, director, IIM-A.
Every year, the majority of candidates selected are those which come from an engineering background. That trend has changed this year and 11 percent of the students to whom offers have been made, come from a non-engineering background. Admission offers to women students have increased from 11-12% to 28% this year.