Is each IIM worth trying or are only the 5-6 best IIMs?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Zac Price



Is each IIM worth trying or are only the 5-6 best IIMs?

An IIM tag will never hurt. To answer your question I will give you some comparisons that will clear your doubts.

Do you think it is worth applying for Nmims, Sibm, Scmhrd, Ximb, Mica, IIT kgp, IIT Delhi, etc.?

If yes, you should also try new IIMs because they are somewhat similar in brand value and locations to the b schools mentioned above.

Do you think it is worth applying for IMI, other IITs, IRMA, Great Lakes, etc.?

If yes, you should also try Baby IIMs as they have similar brand equity and placements.

It depends on your requirements tbh. If your target is ABC, Xl, Fms, and similar sc

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An IIM tag will never hurt. To answer your question I will give you some comparisons that will clear your doubts.

Do you think it is worth applying for Nmims, Sibm, Scmhrd, Ximb, Mica, IIT kgp, IIT Delhi, etc.?

If yes, you should also try new IIMs because they are somewhat similar in brand value and locations to the b schools mentioned above.

Do you think it is worth applying for IMI, other IITs, IRMA, Great Lakes, etc.?

If yes, you should also try Baby IIMs as they have similar brand equity and placements.

It depends on your requirements tbh. If you head to ABC, Xl, Fms, and similar schools, you won't find any new IIMs worth your time.

Only the first 5-6.

It depends on your profile and your ability + will to excel. I'll explain in a moment, but first the answers to your questions.



Career opportunities / Locations:

TL; DR: You will have fewer opportunities than A / B / C, particularly in finance and to some extent in consulting. In Marketing Lucknow is better, but in General Management, the campuses would be more or less comparable. The top 50 - 100 jobs (this number is debatable and varies with the year) offered in A / B / C may be better than the top 100 jobs in Lucknow and only 20 - 25 Lucknow students may enter th

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It depends on your profile and your ability + will to excel. I'll explain in a moment, but first the answers to your questions.



Career opportunities / Locations:

TL; DR: You will have fewer opportunities than A / B / C, particularly in finance and to some extent in consulting. In Marketing Lucknow is better, but in General Management, the campuses would be more or less comparable. The top 50 - 100 jobs (this number is debatable and varies with the year) offered in A / B / C could be better than the top 100 jobs in Lucknow and only 20 - 25 Lucknow students may enter those top companies ; but after that, they are all similar.

Most of the Finance job opportunities outside India that you can find at Day Zero at B / C or First Cluster at A will be absent at IIML. This is partly related to the alumni base and partly to the overall quality of the lot that joins the campus. You will find a much larger number of CFA holders on those campuses than L; so the campus as a whole becomes not so attractive to those companies: the JPMC, Credit Suisses, Morgan Stanleys from all over the world. But, kudos to Placecomm, you can still expect a spotty but secure hedge fund presence, an M&A advisor role, and some corporate finance profiling.

In consulting, it is a kind of mixed bag. You will find a much larger number of IT consulting profiles offered in L. But in the case of management / strategy consulting, there will be notable absentees: Bain, Oliver Wyman, Parthenon group, Arthur D. Little, etc. participation of quality management consulting companies that frequent the campus: BCG, McKinsey, AT Kearny, Accenture, Deloitte, etc.

Lucknow is considered to be the place of origin for marketing; so you can easily expect a large percentage of people to enter consumer goods companies and many other marketing-focused roles, some of which even include retail banking profiles. You could expect comparable, if not larger, alumni base and job opportunities from P&G, HUL, Asian Paints, Reckitt Benckiser, ITC, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Nestle, Mondelez (Cadbury), Mars, Dabur, Britannia, L ' Oreal, HT Media, etc. The list of marketing companies that visit the campus is really large and sometimes larger than the one that visits A / B / C.

The campus receives regular visits from companies offering general management profiles, such as Tata Administrative Services, Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance and a few more. A / B / C gets a few more profiles from firms like Cairn, Ericsson, etc. but it is more or less comparable.

Student base:

Since the campus is only 30 years old compared to the 50+ year history of A / B / C, the number of students is lower. So, as expected, the number of different companies in which the alumni work (considering the lateral changes) is less. That being said, the proportion of alumni from all of these campuses follows the campus location pattern, that is, you will have more C alumni working in financial services, while a higher proportion of L alumni will work in marketing firms.

You can find specific information on these aspects at http://insideiim.com/.



Coming to your question of whether you should allow a year for another attempt, it really depends on your willingness to succeed. Given the overall best batch in A / B / C, I know people who get brilliant L profiles and wouldn't have a chance to have been in A / B / C. So if you're determined enough to work hard, you really can. be in a position comparable to that of the best A / B / C students.

Also, it depends on your profile. With that, I ask you to find out why you didn't go through A / B / C this year. If the reason is just the CAT percentile (which is not true in most cases) or a bad GD / PI, then another try makes sense. Many people do not receive A / B calls due to graduation score; in that case, it would be wise to seize this opportunity in Lucknow rather than forgo it.



a personal experience:
a friend of mine from IIT had a GPA of 7.9 in his undergraduate degree and therefore didn't get any calls from A / B. He couldn't convert to C due to bad PI I guess. He struggled for the two years, became a high school ranking, and landed a major offer from one from MBB.

Another friend, who was truly a gem of a person, but totally uninterested in studies given that he was admitted to Agribusiness Management, went through Reliance with the great amount of effort he put into marketing profiles.



So if you have the will to go the extra mile, Lucknow will have a great opportunity for you. A / B / C are definitely better campuses; But that's no reason to waste another precious year of your life.

PS: I'll edit this answer if I think of something else. Feel free to suggest modifications, if you see fit.

I am a GEM and graduated from one of the 3rd Generation IIMs (called Baby IIMs), and had offerings from some newer 2nd Generation IIMs / IIMs (except Shillong, Trichy and Udaipur) and all Baby IIMs. I got an offer in the finance and strategy division from big-name firms in the finals and made my summers from one of the major conglomerates. You may think that when I received offers from second generation IIMs why did I choose an IIM for babies? Let me tell you why: -

  1. Many people think that all new IIMs are better than IIM babies as a holy order. Let me tell you that some third-generation IIMs are on par with some second-generation IIMs, if not more so.
  2. Old IIMs in our C
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I am a GEM and graduated from one of the 3rd Generation IIMs (called Baby IIMs), and had offerings from some newer 2nd Generation IIMs / IIMs (except Shillong, Trichy and Udaipur) and all Baby IIMs. I got an offer in the finance and strategy division from big-name firms in the finals and made my summers from one of the major conglomerates. You may think that when I received offers from second generation IIMs why did I choose an IIM for babies? Let me tell you why: -

  1. Many people think that all new IIMs are better than IIM babies as a holy order. Let me tell you that some third-generation IIMs are on par with some second-generation IIMs, if not more so.
  2. The old IIMs in our country took decades to increase the strength of their batches to more than 400, while MHRD constantly pressures the new IIMs to increase the strength of their batches in order to make them financially sustainable. This leads to inorganic growth within a decade, making it difficult for new IIMs to place their lot before the call. But with few baby IIMs increasing the concentration of their flock by more than 25% in a year, the problem will persist into the future as well.
  3. At that time, the Government of India announced IIM babies, guided by old IIMs, just as new IIMs are tutored between 2010 and 2015. Few of these are established in Tier 1 cities and few in Tier 2/3 cities . Few of them initially receive help from IIM mentors on placements, helping them to have few loyal recruiters.
  4. IIMs established in Tier 1 cities will have a natural advantage in attracting teachers and students. Teachers need accommodation, medical facilities and better school facilities for their children and they generally choose Tier 1 cities over Tier 2 cities.
  5. These better teacher profiles build reputations, leading to better batch profiles and helping to attract good companies. So that they can grow quickly compared to their peers.
  6. With regard to placements, few Tier 1 companies have policies to hire only from established b schools (at least 5 years) and this is leading to narrowing the gap between new IIMs and infants as the latter are also crossing the limit.
  7. There is no point in comparing averages, as all IIM b-schools, whether private or old, new or infant, inflate their reports to at least some degree. Therefore, it is better to compare the average performance, the PPO / PPI numbers, the percentage of new recruiters among the total of recruiters, how many chose not to participate, etc.
  8. When you can compare the baby IIMs to the new IIMs at that point in their inception, such as the fourth batch of Nagpur / Vizag IIMs with the fourth batch of the new IIMs, you can see how placement and mentoring help placements.
  9. Also, the difference between new IIMs and IIM babies is only 4-5 years, and let me tell you that none of them yet attract top companies like MBB (for a niche position and not for a general position), for which is not that he is losing all the established companies.
  10. Regarding permanent campus / campus life, I can say only phase 1: construction of new IIMs completed, which means academic buildings, administrative buildings, and student shelters. Also, these permanent campuses are set up on the outskirts, which means difficulty in getting around, etc.
  11. Also, there is no such thing as a second and third generation IIM famous for a specific domain and they all have significant recruiters in Sales / Marketing. I don't know how and who spread these rumors.

When I got to my school selection b, I looked at my profile. I am a GEM, good academics with 3 years of work experience, which means a decent profile. So I knew I could get a decent role if I could play my cards right. I chose an IIM with good visiting professors from the best IIMs and B schools, with relatively lower fees, good locations, and located in a city with less travel time between the hostels and the Institute. Now my EMI is lower, with a placement compared to that of the new IIMs.

On the new IIMs, let me tell you that few recruiters are better than visiting IIM babies, but they will honestly take one or two, no more than that. But with a larger lot size, increased competition leads to more randomness in selection, which means more luck.

Generally, people should choose IIMs between new and baby based on location, their hometown (trust me, a lot of money is wasted on the trip between the Institute and their hometown), location stats like median, no. of PPO / PPI offers and faculty profile than an order based on the year of establishment.

All the best!!

Well, there is a good argument to say that it is a better institution.

In my honest opinion, C ~ B> A >> rest. In fact, in terms of offering a hands-on education, C >> rest as it is the only B school in India with labs for IT and systems, finance, etc.

There is more in my answer on why IIM C over any other B school in India, but I hope you get the point.

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I am a current IIM C student. I converted IIM A and C, and chose C. I would have chosen C over B as well if I had converted. I'm becoming anonymous because I don't want to draw attention to myself, and my identity is dra

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Well, there is a good argument to say that it is a better institution.

In my honest opinion, C ~ B> A >> rest. In fact, in terms of offering a hands-on education, C >> rest as it is the only B school in India with labs for IT and systems, finance, etc.

There is more in my answer on why IIM C over any other B school in India, but I hope you get the point.

Detailed version:

I am a current IIM C student. I converted IIM A and C, and chose C. I would have chosen C over B as well if I had converted. I am becoming anonymous because I don't want to draw attention to myself, and My identity will also draw attention to my undergraduate insti and may hurt my juniors' chances of conversions in high school.

I would say that IIM C is better, for many reasons.

1) The most electives offered by any B school in India, and in some years it also had the most electives in Asia.

If the number of electives is your reason for choosing one school B over the other,

C> B >> A> XLRI ~ K (they are neck and neck, and just a little behind A)> SP Jain> others (L, I and rest)

In fact, new C-mentored IIMs like Ranchi and Bodh Gaya are doing well on this metric.

Why is this important? For the construction of profiles for placements, but also for subsequent studies, such as a 2nd MBA or a Doctorate. Believe me, electives and specialization options can make up for profile gaps and knowledge gaps, as well as open career pathways such as some niche roles. Skill development is better too, making your post-high school career faster and more financially rewarding.

IIM B and C (especially C) also have more industry-relevant courses, and some bloated support banks exclusively hire some C front-end roles citing this reason. Often times in terms of pre-MBA student profile we cannot compete with some of the best B schools abroad, but we are preferred for those roles anyway due to industry relevant courses often taught alone here all over Asia.

The elective basket of C has been awarded by management professionals in the domains of Operations, Finance and Marketing. Some of our Finance and Operations professors have been replicating their courses for the last 3-4 years at Tepper School of Business, Georgiatech, etc. after teaching them here.

The heavy curriculum of live projects in the second year also prepares students for the industry, even as beginners. This is why the roles that go to A and B only in the lats sometimes come here in the finals, even for the 2017 and 2018 batches, simply because it is a curricular advantage.

2) Placements factor - Not much to choose between A, B, C. But in 2017, a good number of outstanding students weren't placed after the 2017 finals.

AndB too, it was so big that Professor Ganesh Prabhu was heavily criticized on Quora, those threads are still active. I would say that he handled it well, and that he was wrong of his students to accept the professor slandering Quora. I had visited B before for some competitions and to meet with seniors and friends, and this was a poor reflection of the student culture there.

Placecom ko sab log gaali dete hain, even in public forums, but defame an experienced teacher who works hard and has no reason to hurt him, that is simply wrong on the part of IIM B students! This reflected badly on them.

I met a student from my IIT (not named, but a top 7, and a highly coveted JEE top 1000 ranked student) who was a student there, and he told me how the cohort system failed that year over the course of the year. Big as Top 40-60 students applied for multiple offers simply for the pay package and offended some Cohort 1 recruiters who vowed never to visit them again.

There were some bad practices too, but the placement teams play dirty everywhere, so passing ...

They were forced to hire B and L less preferred profiles for that reason, including visiting L for the first time that year.

Why is C not in this conversation? Because C had ended up with all the relevant profile types locked in PPO of those few companies or competing companies of similar stature. Furthermore, they had already recruited in large numbers ... later they recruited laterally off campus as well.

You will see from a cursory search on LinkedIn how the job turnaround for the IIMC Class of 2017 was very high, as many of them landed November-December 2017 I-bank positions like this one.

3) Student council structure: In IIMs B, A and almost all other management institutes in India, the student council has a lot of power as they have a tenure cycle from June to June, but in IIM C no student council members it is active during batches subjected to placements, therefore less manipulation.

They follow a cycle from November to November. In this way, for Juniors summers, their seniors place them. And for the Lats and Finals, the youth lot placereps are active.

Imagine being a SAC Presi in your own Lats or Finals, that would give you a ton of possibilities to trade for benefits. And this happens in A, B (confirmed by 2016 students, 2017 batches of A, B who are also my IIT students). A 2014-16 Quora alumnus Aviral, who was one of the top 20 there, decided to forgo placements entirely and try off-campus.

Why would a Top Ranking student do this? Obviously due to knowledge of bad practices (in addition to taking advantage of your lot range as well, but in most cases it comes first).

That said, C is not much better than them. In this sense, I would say that sooner or later, when lot sizes are larger, IIMs should move to the trade show system.

4) Academic quality and rigor of the institution: IIM C IRs routinely drop out of doctoral studies 4-6 years after fainting (IR1 from 2013 or 2014 is now in the Harvard Economics group, for example) . I did not find this rich recent history for other management schools.

There are also solid things about VETs as most of the top rated teachers in A, B are C alumni such as Professors Sebastian Morris and Saral Mukherjee in A (see the answers to the most popular / top professional teachers in IIMA). This is a strong indication that C is having a quality education that is also producing the best instructors at other peer institutions.

I was also aware of this in 2015 and 2016, so I did not follow the herd mentality.

And in terms of publications (level of published journals, quality and quantity of published research), B and C are very, very good, but C blurs it.

5) Grading system and accreditations: IIM B, A and many others except C, XLRI and L have this American grading system that groups students on a scale of 4.

Not a good thing, it leads to massive grade inflation and strong incentives to cheat. It also diverts attention from your transcript or collection of electives and instead directs attention to your high school rank. This also leads to a much smaller list of finalists in the Finals, but academic issues in case you are going to do more studies are a bigger problem!

Again, my IIT students in A, B told me that this happens a lot in their final terms.

Furthermore, IIM C was, and still is, the only triple accredited management institute in India (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). Even NYU, Columbia, etc. they don't have this.

Most in India don't even have 1 of the 3, some have 1 like IIMB which only has EQUIS. The same goes for IIM A. Some new IIMs that have permanent campuses and good alumni also have 1 of the 3.

Accreditations are much more credible as they are not paid classifications like FT, QS et al. Do not rely on the ranking as many of the criteria are not transparent, are often arbitrary, or are modified in favor of western B schools, etc.

If they were adequate and completely transparent, MiM and MBA rating mein A, B, C, L would take them out of the water in terms of students' career paths, etc. Not good for your brand now, right?

IIM A, B, C, L, I, K and schools like XLRI are way better than international rankings claim, trust me.

Students who have gone to HEC, Bocconi, etc., often comment on how few electives exist, how poor the student quality and work ethic, etc. My IIT students in A, B also went to Exchange and thought they would meet super smart guys abroad. his group of companions in A, B pulled them out of the water.

Something similar happens in C. Most of the top 40-50 students often don't even bother to apply for Exchange. Why waste 4-6 lakhs of hard-earned money when more and better courses are offered at IIM C?

6) Ability to attract companies and niche roles: IIMC focuses on impact investing and social entrepreneurship, something absent in all other IIMs except B, where it is just taking off due to a push from some public policy professors.

Impact investing firms often exclusively visit C only in finals, along with a few high-end banks as well. And in the Financial Markets space, no IIM except C has a strong imprint.

InsideIIM also publishes a set of industry reports, it should give you an idea of ​​how they are doing after 1990 etc. Bank of America, Citi, MS, etc. Indian schools fight for the rest.

No other IIM crosses even 15-20%!

A has some recent alumni entering the financial markets, but even they rely on PPOs for openings. Also, his students in the early 2000s have had a slower trajectory compared to their C counterparts.

7) Quality of interaction between students in different programs: C has the largest number of age group programs, such as PGDBA, PGPEX-VLMP et al, which enhance the student experience and open more avenues for research and placement in niche roles.

8) Strong sports culture in C and XLRI - The lifestyle formed during high school often sticks with you for years, and these 2 have a vibrant sports culture and focus on physical fitness due to the active sports communications they make. a long life difference.

Do not expect anything. Two years in that place taught me, among other things, that having expectations has very few advantages. So take the step, you won't regret it!

With that said, you can surely expect the following:

  1. A for Acads. It is known: roll up your socks because a large dose of study awaits you (especially in PGP1), peppered with a host of other activities. I won't say that it takes a very high level of intelligence to get good grades, but hard work and dedication are a must. Trust me, cracking CAT was the easiest part.
  2. Meeting the real life Sharmaji ka beta / beti- All your bubbl
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Do not expect anything. Two years in that place taught me, among other things, that having expectations has very few advantages. So take the step, you won't regret it!

With that said, you can surely expect the following:

  1. A for Acads. It is known: roll up your socks because a large dose of study awaits you (especially in PGP1), peppered with a host of other activities. I won't say that it takes a very high level of intelligence to get good grades, but hard work and dedication are a must. Trust me, cracking CAT was the easiest part.
  2. Meeting those real life Sharmaji ka beta / bet. All of your bubbles will burst within a week of meeting your batchmates. You will see people who are excellent at everything they do. But this is also an opportunity to learn from these people and in my opinion peer learning is the best the place has to offer. You will make (few) friends for life (and relate to many more).
  3. Rediscovering yourself: There is a club for just about everything. One event or another is always happening on campus. And yes, people have time to participate in them. So come with an open mind and accept the forces of change that flow (instead of alcohol) in this place. It will surely come out with a new skill or two.
  4. An intriguing campus: the campus seems like a mystery to me. People dream of walking onto campus and every day there are some people who enthusiastically take selfies at LKP. But for those who are going through the routine, it is a "red brick prison". But as soon as the 2 years come to an end, people start to feel sorry for the campus. For me, the campus is fine, the infrastructure is top-notch. And considerations about the city itself don't matter much - you won't have much time to enjoy the city's bumpy traffic or scorching heat.
  5. Surprises: And I'm not just talking about pop quizzes here. There are many other things most people are unaware of: 'Holy Water', 'Induction', 'Placecom Passports', Bedroom / Section / Batch Parties. You will know them only when you enter WIMWI.

IIMA will exceed your expectations (surely, if you don't have it, as I said at the beginning) in more ways than one. Don't see 2 States and come!

Based on my collective 25 years of being in the corporate world and working with students from the best B schools in India and my experience at IIM Lucknow, I will give you my honest and unbiased opinion:

  1. A B school does NOT operate on a licensing model. IIM Calcutta and Ahmedabad were established in 1961. Then Bangalore in 1973. Then came Lucknow in 1984. These belong to the 20th century. The same 20th century when the world's best B schools were launched, such as Harvard (1908) and Stanford (1925) in the US, and XLRI (1949) and FMS (1954) and JBIMS (1965) in India. MBA was not the fancy title back then,
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Based on my collective 25 years of being in the corporate world and working with students from the best B schools in India and my experience at IIM Lucknow, I will give you my honest and unbiased opinion:

  1. A B school does NOT operate on a licensing model. IIM Calcutta and Ahmedabad were established in 1961. Then Bangalore in 1973. Then came Lucknow in 1984. These belong to the 20th century. The same 20th century when the world's best B schools were launched, such as Harvard (1908) and Stanford (1925) in the US, and XLRI (1949) and FMS (1954) and JBIMS (1965) in India. MBA was not the fancy title back then, as it is now. The title was not monetized by B schools or universities. Any high school that was established during that period and became a prestigious business school during that time did so solely on the basis of its quality of education, rigor, and vision. Very few business schools accomplished this feat in that century. Apart from the 7 mentioned above, the few others were IIFT-Delhi (1963), MDI-Gurgaon (1973), SPJIMR-Mumbai (1981), XIM-Bhubaneswar (1987), IIM-Kozhikode (1996) and IIM-Indore (1996). I'm just talking about business schools here. IITs were not considered the cream of the crop of business schools in India. NITIE also served only engineers with their PG degree in industrial engineering.
  2. Now we come to the question of what the future holds for the new IIMs. The only thing to understand here is that the K / I IIMs were new IIMs, yes, but they were established in a similar way to their predecessors. They would surely one day become the main institutions. They belonged to the small and limited circle of B schools that were exclusive like the others. How different this is with the new IIMs now, they have not been established with the same vision in mind. 14 IIMs have been launched in just 8 years. Shillong, Trichy, Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur, Udaipur, Kashipur, Bodhgaya, Sirmaur, Sambalpur, Nagpur, Vizag, Jammu, Amritsar: 14 IIM in 8 years. These institutes were not launched for the same purpose as the IIMs of the 20th century. These are not exclusive. This is exactly where the HRD ministry monetized the IIM brand that it built over 50 years. In fact, these institutes were to be named differently at the beginning (to maintain the exclusivity of the IIM brand) but at the insistence of the then HRD minister (who apparently was determined to name only these "IIMs"), the decision was taken. decision to call this set of institutions IIM.
  3. Moving on to the third and final part of my answer, it has been a decade since many of these new IIMs were released. And this is where the crux of my answer lies. The “New-IIM” brand categorization process has been completed by the industry. The same was done for Kozhikode and Indore within a decade and they had started receiving the same profiles and companies visiting them as their older counterparts. Likewise, the companies that visit these new IIMs and the profiles they offer in these new IIMs have also been established. The hierarchy has been established. No high school takes more than 10 years to establish. ISB established it within its first 2-3 years. And this will continue to be so. The new IIMs are good institutes, ensure that a much larger section of the student population can access a good school b. But they should not be confused with being on par with or ahead of established Indian business schools that earned their place in the hierarchy when the MBA degree was not even pursued. At that time, IIM-Ahmedabad earned its place as Number One. XLRI-Jamshedpur earned its place as the Mecca of human resources. JBIMS-Mumbai earned its place as CEO factory. And so did the other temples of managerial education in the 20th century. And so the hierarchy will continue to be. And so did the other temples of managerial education in the 20th century. And so the hierarchy will continue to be. And so did the other temples of managerial education in the 20th century. And so the hierarchy will continue to be.

A little tip for anyone studying in the new IIM (based on a common behavior I've noticed): If I was in your shoes, I would accept who I am. Don't try to be IIM-A, don't try to be XLRI, don't try to be JBIMS, be yourself. Now there are 20 IIMs. Don't use words like the "IIM tag", this doesn't show anyone in good light. What good is trying to compare yourself to IIM-A when the recruiter doesn't, when the industry doesn't? In fact, take pride in the fact that the new IIMs provide a whole new category of schools that an aspirant can go to if they can't get a call from India's Top 20 Original Business Schools. A new IIM is a good place to be in this new world.

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Update 1: Thanks for the amazing answer!

  • Almost 2 lakhs of students and professionals appear in one of the toughest exams in India, CAT.
  • PGP's flagship programs have a total entry of about 5,000 seats in 20 IIMs.
  • It means that there is a probability of around 2.5 percent that candidates will be selected, even if we ignore other factors.
  • Makes CAT very competitive.
  • Even other filtering criteria, such as the interview and the WAT, are essential and have a pick-to-drop ratio of around 1: 3.
  • All of this is amplified due to other limitations such as academic diversity, gender diversity, work experience, etc.
  • So getting into IIM is difficult.
  • However, in
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  • Almost 2 lakhs of students and professionals appear in one of the toughest exams in India, CAT.
  • PGP's flagship programs have a total entry of about 5,000 seats in 20 IIMs.
  • It means that there is a probability of around 2.5 percent that candidates will be selected, even if we ignore other factors.
  • Makes CAT very competitive.
  • Even other filtering criteria, such as the interview and the WAT, are essential and have a pick-to-drop ratio of around 1: 3.
  • All of this is amplified due to other limitations such as academic diversity, gender diversity, work experience, etc.
  • So getting into IIM is difficult.
  • However, once you are in IIM, you will need to be a little cautious and a little smart to deal with all the pressure.
  • But survival in IIM is not that difficult.
  • I will not call it survival either, it is a perfect learning together.
  • In case you want to know the details of why it is not so difficult, once you are in IIM, here we go.
  • First, the relative grade makes it easy to pass. You just have to be somewhere in the lowest percentile if you want to pass.
  • Second, the evaluation component is distributed as projects, questionnaires, final term, simulation, etc. So even if you couldn't do well in one, you can still try to get grades in the other.
  • Third, they sign up for professional services to help you build your resume and prepare you for interviews, group discussions, etc.
  • Fourth, almost all assignments and presentations are group-based. So it is not about individual efforts, but about collective efforts.
  • Lastly, you will have plenty of time to sleep and pursue your interests.

The thing about IIM A is that it is the best MBA university in India. So yeah, the competition will be top-notch. But again, is it hard enough to survive?

First of all, let's talk about how difficult the entrance exam is:

It is one of the most difficult entrance exams, if not the most difficult to pass. A candidate has to do almost everything right in his entire life (from class X to CAT) to be admitted to this university.

So, a candidate who has been perfect all his life, how difficult will 2 years of MBA from IIM A be for him? It definitely won't be 'A walk in the park', but it won't be as d

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The thing about IIM A is that it is the best MBA university in India. So yeah, the competition will be top-notch. But again, is it hard enough to survive?

First of all, let's talk about how difficult the entrance exam is:

It is one of the most difficult entrance exams, if not the most difficult to pass. A candidate has to do almost everything right in his entire life (from class X to CAT) to be admitted to this university.

So, a candidate who has been perfect all his life, how difficult will 2 years of MBA from IIM A be for him? It definitely won't be 'A walk in the park', but it won't be that difficult either.

Most candidates have scored near the 99+ percentile to enter IIM A. Therefore, all students are on an equal footing. Therefore, unless you are a reserved category student and entered IIM A with a low percentile such as 90–93, you will not face any difficulties.

Again I have a friend of mine, in IIM C which is SC, and he entered IIM C with 93 percentile in CAT. But believe me or not, he was one of the few students to earn a PPO from the prestigious BCG.

Therefore, getting into universities like IIM A, or in that case, IIM C or IIM B, is very difficult. But, if you have the will to perform, you can definitely do well in the 2-year MBA. On the other hand, if you just relax over the 2 years thinking you've made it into the top 3 IIMs, it will definitely reflect on your college results.

I hope my answer was helpful, if so, please share and vote.

Yes, it happens all the time.

2 things to remember:

  1. Admissions committees in none of the IIMs award extra points for being from an IIT compared to any other university.
  2. Just because you didn't make it to the best university that time, it does NOT mean that you are less capable.

IIMs are not looking for perfect candidates who have never made mistakes in their lives. Instead, they look for candidates who have the potential to do great things in life, candidates who make the best use of the education these universities provide. The way this potential is stated may be different for diff

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Yes, it happens all the time.

2 things to remember:

  1. Admissions committees in none of the IIMs award extra points for being from an IIT compared to any other university.
  2. Just because you didn't make it to the best university that time, it does NOT mean that you are less capable.

IIMs are not looking for perfect candidates who have never made mistakes in their lives. Instead, they look for candidates who have the potential to do great things in life, candidates who make the best use of the education these universities provide. The way this potential is indicated may be different for different candidates. Having reached an above-average college is just one of MANY possible indicators.

In the end, it's not about where you come from, it's about where you're going.

I think you will lose a lot of grades in terms of your academic background, especially when it comes to IIMB.

The ABCL criteria are dynamic and can surprise you by making changes every few years. With that said, what you need to look for is the admission criteria for the individual institute and see if it qualifies its minimum threshold for the X XII class limit.

If you qualify, with the benefit of reserve and the privilege of academic diversity, a high score on CAT may bring you an interview offer, especially at IIMA and IIML. IIMA convenes clearly designated academic disciplines, while,

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I think you will lose a lot of grades in terms of your academic background, especially when it comes to IIMB.

The ABCL criteria are dynamic and can surprise you by making changes every few years. With that said, what you need to look for is the admission criteria for the individual institute and see if it qualifies its minimum threshold for the X XII class limit.

If you qualify, with the benefit of reserve and the privilege of academic diversity, a high score on CAT may bring you an interview offer, especially at IIMA and IIML. IIMA calls for clearly designated academic disciplines, while IIML awards you grades both for being from a diverse academic background and for your gender diversity. The IIMC, as of now, leans relatively towards high CAT scores, with some notes on gender diversity.

Any percentile in the 95+ region should be a safe bet. However, nothing can be guaranteed. All the best with your preparation.

For now, focus on doing well in college. If you have the right profile and performance, the best companies will shortlist you and then you will have to do well in the interview. This is a process and there are no magic bullets or shortcuts to this.

Also, don't use terminology like "grab", etc. That may be the basic intention, but you have to present yourself as much more sophisticated if you want the best jobs :)

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