The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) successfully ventured into the world of GMAT based 1-year programs in India by launching IIMA PGPX (IIM Ahmedabad), IIMB EPGP (IIM Bangalore) & IIMC MBAEx (Formerly PGPEX)
(IIM Calcutta). And soon enough the demand for these shorter duration MBA courses shot up. And so did the confusion about Executive MBA in India vs MBA for Executives.
The average GMAT scores, the average work experience and the overall calibre of students who join these one year IIM MBA programs in India demonstrate the quality of these courses. During IIM placements, the average salaries for graduates after completing the MBA program from these IIMs is significantly higher than the conventional 2-year progams in India.
Like thousands of Indian MBA applicants, Shiv Mallya was one of the hopeful Indian IT Male Engineer MBA applicants who set his eyes on the IIMs. The earlier rejections from top 1 year MBA programs wasn’t exactly the best start he could’ve expected to his MBA admissions journey. But he evaluated and analysed what went wrong and took another shot. This time he got admits from…not one, not two, but all 3 IIMs that he applied to. Here’s how he managed to juggle his day-job, deadlines and diapers.
The ABC of IIMA PGPX, IIMB EPGP & IIMC PGPEX
by Shiv Mallya
After almost a decade in the IT industry, I will soon be joining the 1 year Full Time PGPX programme at IIM-Ahmedabad. IIMA PGPX course is ranked 11th in the MBA Ranking by Financial Times.
The last one year has been a roller coaster ride of GMAT preparation, the actual exam, the results, researching the colleges, the deadlines and the essays. This coupled with a new baby girl, who was around 4 months when I wrote my GMAT in December 2011, and ever increasing work responsibilities, the application deadlines seemed short, the number of essays too many and the wait for the short lists too long.
And now in December 2012, almost 15 months since I started the GMAT preparations, everything seems well worth getting into one of the top MBA programmes in India.
I was interested in a strategy/business development oriented role. I knew that a good MBA programme was key to making this switch successfully. I started planning for my GMAT in 2009 but then I got the opportunity to be part of a startup.
It was a difficult decision but I decided to push my MBA plans by another 2 – 3 years to gain the experience of a startup. The main risk was that in another 3 years I would be at the higher end of the age group and my college pool would mostly be smaller keeping my experience in mind. The positive side was that the startup would add an edge to my profile.
After 2 odd years of a successful startup, I started preparing for GMAT. I had an average GMAT score of 680. But I was hoping that coupled with my experience, my profile would be good enough to get into a good MBA programme.
I was looking for a 1 year MBA and I decided to apply to IMD and INSEAD in the April deadline for Jan 2013 start. Unfortunately I got dinged by both the programmes.
So now I was back to square one. I wanted to talk to someone and find out whether my application strategy needed any change. During my research I had read through MBA Crystal Ball’s forums and blogs. I got in touch with Sameer and he suggested I take up the MBA MAP profile evaluation and application strategy option.
I was more interested in the discussions with Sameer regarding my application strategy. This helped me figure out the weakness in my essays and fine tune them for my future applications.
I then applied to IIMA PGPX, IIMB EPGP and IIMC PGPEX. The last round would have been ISB and Singapore Schools. I was shortlisted by all the three. The IIMC and IIMA interviews were in October and IIMB in November.
The IIM MBA interviews were more like a discussion on current affairs, general knowledge, why MBA and post MBA goals. It was not the same for everyone though. There were many people who were queried about their work.
Finally after a nerve-wracking wait I got admitted to IIMA followed by IIMC and IIMB!
Post MBA I want to be in IT Services/Consulting industry albeit in a different role. My choice was between IIMA PGPX and IIMB EPGP. Based on the feedback from the forums, the rankings and discussions with alumni, I chose IIMA PGPX.
One thing that I have realised while going through the application process is that GMAT is not the only parameter for any school but all aspects of your application is considered. A good profile, international experience, extracurricular activities and non-profit experience will surely help you in your quest for a top MBA programme coupled with a balanced GMAT score.
I am looking forward to a busy year at IIM Ahmedabad, learning from world class professors and working with an exceptional peer group from diverse industries.
For the sake of practice, let’s do this.
For best results, repeat twice before and after each meal.
What would you choose if you had a similar IIM A vs B vs C choice. Our MBA forum has dedicated threads for each of these programs. Join the discussion –> IIMA PGPX Ahmedabad forum, IIMB EPGP Bangalore forum, IIMC PGPEX Calcutta.