The exam I wrote was CAT and I used the help of TIME with their materials and mock exams. The main deciding factor was the location, I chose this college since it was in Tamil Nadu and one of the best ones here. The admission process involved a short essay writing followed by PI and the whole process was smooth. The adcom folks were helpful throughout the process. The college experience is mind-blowing. What is more important is the exposure you get when you are here.
The course curriculum is evolving primarily on the feedback of the students which is a mandatory thing. The fresher year had topics covering all the fundamentals but had less focus on operations. The faculties were in most part Phdians and were well versed in their particular domain. But some faculty had problems communicating their thoughts to the students. The mode of teaching was usually similar to that of undergrad with occasional case studies. The exams were spilt into the midterm, end term, and a few quizzes for each course. Regarding the difficulty of the exams, it was toned down after scathing remarks from the seniors.
Companies like Mckinsey(operation), JPMC, Barclays, SocGen, Nestle, VMWare, Gain Insights, HDFC, and others come for a variety of roles most often look at both PGDM and PGPM in the same pool. The stipends offered varied from none to INR 50,000 per month.
For the summer internships, certain big names come after the second month of starting college whereas the majority typically come around the second term which is from October to December. On account of Covid-19, the level of placement has come down drastically with most of the companies being startups. As far as final placements are concerned, there is a lot of scope for finance and moderate expectations for marketing and little to slim for operation roles. The placement percentage always becomes 95 or 100% either by forcefully putting students in irrelevant job roles or making them withdraw from the process.
The fees for PGDM was less than that of the flagship PGPM. All the programs are mandatory residential. The fees spilt up was tuition - 45%, program - 25%, accomodation (double occupancy) - 20% and food (veg) - 10%. There is a facility to avail loan assistance and the college helps in that regard.
The star festival is the L'Attitude organized around the month of January. Apart from this, the various committees present have their own event such as Quizzes, Treasure hunt, Case study competition, and so on. The college also hosts TedEx which did not happen in 2020. College life is vibrant even in the late hours of the night and there will be students doing projects, prepping for tests/ placement or arranging for upcoming events, etc.
The room allotted for PGDM students is double occupancy while PGPM can opt for single if needed. The hostels were separate for men and women and each room had AC facilities and a cot and study table for each of the two students. The meals were prepared by Sodexo who has been removed now and the new contractor is Compass. Regarding the taste aspect, it has been poor so far. There are additional stalls that serve sandwiches and other tasty stuff but are not covered under the mess fees already paid. The whole registration is fairly straightforward and smooth. Since this is a residential program there is no option of becoming a day scholar and opting to live outside in a PG.
The first round was a short essay writing and the topic was based on current affairs either political in nature or other areas. Following which there was a Personal Interview round. The interviews varied from person to person, my interview was focused more on my undergraduate course, and a few questions were raised on the projects I had undertaken. This was the case for freshers. Candidates with prior experience had questions focused on the nature of the job and the relevancy they felt towards doing an MBA. Apart from this were the basic personality questions. Having mock interviews will certainly help one in tackling this round.
We are eligible to attend the campus placements from the second year ( FOURTH SEMESTER). As I am in my first year, we have our internship for three months. As for the last batch, mostly all the students were placed during the first six months.
Since I'm in my 1st year of study, I am not eligible to share my very own experience in this. But as we all talk to our seniors who are currently facing placements I can share my knowledge regarding that. First of all, general management brings a lot of placement opportunities from various banking units, IT sectors and other related industries too. But for tourism management, the college hasn't been providing any placements in the core field but enables the opportunity for tourism management students to attend the placements along with general management students. This can be a pro for students who learned tourism management but yet wanna go into the general field and a con for students who want a job in the core. However, after finishing the course, you can get into luxury resorts, hotels, airways, cruises, event management sectors for job opportunities.
Campus placements are decent, especially when one talks about its authenticity and compares it to a lot of colleges in the country. We are associated with some good names like EY, Asian Paints, SBI, Vedanta, etc. The mean and median hover around 8.5 - 9.5 LPA mark. Last Highest: 15 LPA and Lowest: 5.5 - 6lpa. Roles offered may not be the best, but they are decent too.
Placements are excellent. The standard of education is very good as all the teachers are well-experienced.The campus is maintained well and the food is good.The other factors are they offer all facilities i.e from bus to books to food, everything is taken care of.
Students have been placed under various specialisations and also in various departments.They have 100% placement guarantee for engineering students especially.
The course syllabus will be updated for each and every semester. The staffs will see to that they teach the topics necessary for the current trends. The staffs really put their effort into creating the contents to teach. Each and every case study will be a recent and updated one.
My experience with the SSM institute was pretty exceptional. I would definitely recommend this institute for whosoever is looking to pursue a masters degree in Chennai. Admissions are on the basis of MAT scores.
The college is good and carries a very good brand name. Sadly, nobody was aware of the pathetic condition of the MBA department and how poorly the students were being treated. Even if we tell, nobody believed us. Ethiraj college carries an image of a fun to go place.
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