WORK HARD TO MAKE IT COUNT
Call me biased, but I think the college prepares you well for the industry in terms of discipline and rigour. if you can handle the first year at IIMA, you can pretty much handle anything in life.
CAT 99. 52% I opted for IIMA as it is the best MBA college in the countryI had calls from IIMC, IIMI and IIMK but converted IIMA and IIMK. Went to IIMA finally.
FEE STRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
It was 12 lacs for the 2 years during my time. It is a reasonable figure to sustain the infrastructure and faculty. Moreover, within 2 years of graduating, we are able to pay off the loan. Nobody is denied admission due to lack of funds.
Coming out of recession, placements were a challenge. the top 30 students get a shot at consulting and ibanking jobs whereas the others have to fight it out through ugly group discussions. As such, the cohort system was introduced in my batch as a pilot and was successful in finding a good fit between interest and openings.
Hostel is organized in dorms. We don't have to share our dorm rooms so we get adequate privacy. Mess food is decent, don't expect the luxury you got at home.
This is where IIMA really scores above other campuses. We have over 50 years of alums in the industry who always are willing to help out younger alums.
1 of the pillars of IIMA is the faculty. Very strong faculty, who are at the top of their profession and stalwarts in their field. They are always accessible and willing to discuss current events just as much as course content.
Very competitive campus life. Academics is the single most important thing and every student is a topper from their undergraduate days. There are plenty of sports and other opportunities such as dance for those who are interested.
10% class participation, 20% mid term, 20% quizzes and about 50% for the end term examination. This is good because it encourages ongoing effort and not slogging just before the exam.
COURSE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Case-based curriculum inspired by Harvard Business School. This can be a strength as it models real life situations very well and borrows from multi-dimensional subject learning. We are expected to read the theory ourselves prior to class. We will not be spoon-fed.
I went to DHL in Brussels, Belgium. I got 2600 euros per month in addition to airfare, accommodation and public transport passes. In India, stipends were typically in the range of Rs. 50K-Rs. 1 lac.
Chaos is the annual cultural fest. We had Mohit Chauhan and Sonu Nigam in 1st year and 2nd year respectively. Confluence is the technical festival and has eminent speakers from India and abroad visiting.
LOAN/ SCHOLARSHIP PROVISIONS
Andhra Bank offered the least interest rate. SBI usually charges a premium and is best avoided. However, SBI has the convenience of being within campus.