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An Interaction with Jinal Kothari (PGPM Student) from IBS Kolkata

An Interaction with Jinal Kothari (PGPM Student) from IBS Kolkata

Edited By Ujjwal Kirti | Updated on Dec 14, 2023 04:15 PM IST | #IBS Kolkata

Q1. Tell us something about yourself such as from which place are you from?

A) I am born and brought up in Kolkata but my native place is Rajkot, Gujarat.

Q2. Presently which course are you pursuing and in which year are you?

A) Presently I am pursuing PGPM course from the ICFAI Business School, Kolkata, and I am in Semester 2 of 1st year.

Q3. Did you face any difficulty in the initial months when you joined the institute?

A) Not at all. We, the students, were provided with orientation classes before the commencement of our actual sessions, where we were introduced to all our faculty members who made sure that we feel comfortable in the Institute.

Q4. What activities are offered in the institute? Are there any clubs etc for the various extracurricular activities? Which ones have you taken up and are a part of?

A) There are many activities for the students here, to keep us engaged and connected to the business/corporate world. We have several clubs here like the Analytics club, Social Responsibilities club, Cultural Club, Marketing Club, and many more. We also have fests and competitions to take part in, recently I along with my 4 friends took part in an event named “Rising Star” which was about evaluating students’ knowledge and application in Marketing, Finance, Sports, and other educational fields.

Q5. Describe a typical day at your institute – what do you do from the time you wake up till you go to sleep?

A) Our college begins from 9:30 am and continues till 6:15 pm. Normally I reach college by 9 am, we have 3 periods in 1st half i.e., before break, it continues till 1:35 pm then we have lunch break till 2:10 pm, and then again 3 periods till 6:15 pm.

Q6. Tell us about the faculty-student ratio here and about the teacher-student relationship in your understanding.

A) At my institution IBS Kolkata, the faculty-student ratio is 1:13. I believe that this is a very good ratio, as it allows faculty members to provide more personalized attention to each and every student. A teacher-student relationship is characterized by mutual respect, trust, and support. My college offers personal mentors to students after dividing them into small groups so that in case of any problem the students can freely take help and suggestions from their mentors and get personalised attention.

Q7. What all facilities do you have in the campus? What do you like here the most which you feel is unique and differentiating?

A) Other than the excellent infrastructure, we also have a canteen, a library and a games room in our campus. What I like here is the library of our college, as it has a huge variety of books for us to read, along with many business magazines and books to refer to.

Q8. How comfortable are your hostels and how about the cleanliness factor over there?

A) Since I am from Kolkata and I am studying in Kolkata campus itself, so I did not opt to stay in any hostel and stay at my own house.

Q9. What about the medical facilities? Can you avail requisite medical attention if needed in an emergency?

A) College provides excellent and very quick medication whenever needed. Few days back I slipped off the stairs and hurt my left legs ankle very badly, I was taken to the medical department and the teacher in charge there took care of me very nicely and instant medication was provided to me for relief.

Q10. How do you balance your studies, projects, exams and other activities?

A) Teachers here teach in a very detailed manner, so I generally do not have to repeat what we are taught in the class after coming home. So generally, I just revise whatever is taught in the class everyday after coming home and then work on the assignments/projects given to us, so it is not very difficult to manage my projects and exams along with my studies.

Q11. Tell us about the clubs and societies at the campus and how significant are they from your point of view or students’ point of view?

A) All the clubs here are designed in such a manner that all the activities that take place in that club are not only interesting but also very value adding for the students. Each and every activity that takes place here, adds value to the student’s development and helps them learn more and more about the corporate world.

Few of our clubs are: -

Social Responsibility Club

Marketing Club

Finance Club

Sports Club

Cultural Club

Analytics Club

They are much important for the overall growth of students and improving their expertise and managerial abilities to work in all kinds of environments.

Q12. Is there any in-house magazine or journal for the latest events or happenings at the institute?

A) yes, we do have few inhouse magazines and journals, some of which are :-

  • The Mind-Movers which is an e-paper.

  • Volume of Business Times which gives us access to the daily news updates.

  • The IBS Kolkata Magazine “Konnects” is a platform where we showcase the diverse talents and perspectives of our student community.

  • Marketonics and other newsletters of the other Clubs, too.

Q13. What are the popular hangouts at the institute? What, according to you, are the most-visited places nearby?

A) There are many hangout places nearby such as cafes like Raise The Bar, Club Barrocks, food joints like: - Rang de Basanti Dhaba, Burger King, Dominos and Idligo. Other than that, roadside fruit stalls, fast food stalls and more.

Most visited place according to me is the small tea stall right outside our campus, it is the only place where all the students are seen spending time along with the teachers, enjoying over a cup of tea and local biscuits

Q14. How do you spend your leisure time at the campus?

A) I usually spend my leisure time in the campus by playing Table Tennis in the Games Room with my friends.

Q15. Do you have any Facebook page of your campus where the students express their views jokes or ideas, or maybe even a blog where they write about their experience of life at campus?

A) Yes; we do have a social media page, which is handled by the members of our Student Council and the Digital Ambassadors. Here all the quiz questions, jokes, facts and event history are posted.

Q16. What type of companies come for campus recruitment and what percentage of students get placed every year? How is the recruitment process here?

A) Companies like Deloitte, PwC, E&Y, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Property Pistol and few more top companies come to our campus for recruitment. Almost 99% of students get placed every year in our campus. And the recruitment process is very organized and the students are always well informed & trained about it, in order to have us well prepared for the interview process.


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Questions related to IBS Kolkata

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In order to make an informed decision about which college to choose for your final joining, you must analyze various parameters of a B-School to decide the one which matches with your final goals. At the end of your MBA, your goal could be entrepreneurship, higher education, job opportunities, greater exposure, increased market value or something very different.  Basis the end result, please choose the college wisely.

For higher education, you should choose a college with good faculty and academic exposure, for career opportunities - choose a college with good placement records, for exposure and networking - choose a one with greater alumni base and so on.

Below I am mentioning few details pertaining to both the colleges basis which you can make your final choice:

IBS Kolkata:

  • College: The college was established in 1995. They offer 2year full time program to help students evolve as future leaders.
  • Entrance Exam: IBSAT followed by GD/PI
  • Placements:
    • Top recruiters include HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IMRB International, Indusind Bank, Hinduja Leyland Finance, etc. among many others.
    • Average salary: INR 6LPA
    • Highest salary INR 8LPA and above
  • Rankings:
    • 11th among Top New Generation B-Schools
    • 108 th rank by Business Today
    • 2nd among Zone wise – Digital Mailers

For more info refer:

BIBS Kolkata

  • College:
    • The college is among the top colleges for MBA in Kolkata. They offer MBA program in with specialisations in Digital Marketing, Business Management, Financial Management and Banking.
    • There are also courses for Industry Integrated Business Management, Executive Management.
  • Placements:
    • Average Salary: INR 4.65 LPA
    • Highest Salary : INR 13.6 LPA
    • Top recruiters include ICICI Bank, Coca-Cola, Asian Paints, Dabur, Britannia, Mother Dairy among many others.

Now that you know the key differences between the two colleges, choose the best one basis your future aspirations. IBS is a brand that has campuses in 6 different cities. Also the top colleges of IBS are highly valued in the industry and considered among the top 30 colleges for MBA. Due to this, IBS gives you the opportunity to leverage the strong alumni network across all campuses. That will be a better option when you want the network or to change jobs in future.

Hello Aspirant!
IBS is a good brand indeed. But that is Hyderabad Campus. IBS Kolkata offers PGPM degree approved by AIU, which is equivalent to MBA. It is UGC and AICTE recognized, ranked 2nd in West Bengal. But the Kolkata campus is comparatively smaller in size with a few facilities, having a placement record of 99%, with the average CTC being 5.82 and no international placements in 2019. The highest (national) package offered was 10 LPA and a total of 84 recruiters participated for on campus placements.

For more information about IBS Kolkata, you can visit -

I hope this answer will help you.


For Praxis it is Rs. 7.2 LPA average for the batch, Highest was Rs. 10.50 LPA, this is for 40 students of the batch.

on the other hand IBS has 5.82 Lakhs per annum average with higesht being 10 lakhs per annum, a total of 84 recruiters participated for on campus placements nearly 99percent of the batch was placed.

You can also visit the following link for more information -

You can reach out to us for more help with entrance tests/admissions procedures/mocks or any other help.

Hope it helps.


Hi Silli,

If you want to join IBS then go for IBS Hyderabad or for IBS Mumbai.As the IBS kolkata is not that good.If you see in terms of ROI(Returns On Investment) then I will suggest you to go for IBS Mumbai as the fee structure of IBS Mumbai is same as IBS Kolkata but the placement is good at IBS Mumbai.If you want to go for IBS Kolkata then go for Marketing only.

Hope this will help,please feel free to ask if you have any further queries.

Thank You.

Hello aspirant,

Hope you are doing well.

Set in the vibrant and intellectual ‘City of Joy’, ICFAI Business School (IBS) Kolkata is one of the branches of the IBS group. The college offers a certificate program in Management, which is equivalent to an MBA degree. Admission to the program is through the IBSAT exam. The minimum cut off required in the IBSAT exam is 66 marks for the Kolkata branch.

It is private institute affiliated with ICFAI group.

It is not affiliated with any university.

Good luck

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