MDI Gurgaon Alumnus Abhishek Singh shares his B-school Experiences
After successful series of Topper interview, Life at campus, Internship experiences and other B-school features, Careers360 presents ‘B-school Alumni Experiences’, where alumni of Top B-schools will be sharing their campus life, academic, professional and other experiences while pursuing their MBA.
With this special series, you will be able to have insights about the B-schools life, academic routines and activities from the view point of an Alumnus. You will be able to experience how the precious days were spent on a campus and what knowledge was acquired from the perspective of an ex-student.
Abhishek Singh, pursued his PGPM in 2012 from MDI Gurgaon and is currently working as a Consultant in Tata Consultancy Services. A proud alumnus, Abhishek discusses about his initial thought process for pursuing an MBA with a specialization in Finance. He explains how his focus shifted from IT to finance once he started his programme.
Read his B-school experience to know more about his career and life@ MDI
Careers360: Can you please briefly tell us about your career path so far?
Abhishek: After doing B.Tech from HBTI Kanpur, I worked for 3 years, in communication technology company, working solely on communication software. After that I did my MBA from MDI Gurgaon, post which I joined TCS.
Careers360: Tell us about your domain and your work profile? At professional level, did you pursue the same field you were interested in while pursuing your MBA or you switched your domain?
Abhishek: I am a consultant in BFSI domain, in my engagement with Banking MNCs, my aim is to provide them the recommendations that makes them more competitive, customer focused and deliver most cost effective solutions.
I was always interested in Information Systems, that was due to my prior work experience, but from perspective of gaining domain knowledge, I took courses from both Marketing and Finance, and it helps me in my current job as a business consultant in BFSI domain.The Finance sector attracted me with its competition level, economic study and the customer focused approched. The more I learnt about it, the more I got influenced, and that is why I pursued my specialization in Finance domain.
Careers360: Is industry work different from what you learn at B-schools?
Abhishek: I did my specialization in Finance, and the domain in which I work is BFSI, so all the knowledge that I needed before I could start a career in BFSI, I gained through the MBA studies at MDI Gurgaon.
Careers360: From your experience, please share how did your internship experience help you at your first job?
Abhishek: I did my internship in HCL Infosystems, there I was required to work on a strategy to reduce cost of customer acquisition for their B2C (Laptop, Tablets) business, I also worked on the brand positioning of their e-commerce website. Essentially that was akin to consulting role, similar to what I am doing now. In my internship I had learned that it is good to devise strategy, but it is important that these are executed within the time frame and resource. Yes, the experience a person gains in their internship somehow helps in selecting the career path.
Careers360: What was your initial thought process when you joined your MBA programme?
Abhishek: When I joined, I knew that like all full time academic engagement, I will have to spend quite a time with books. But I had no idea of the kind of academic rigor I would require to undergo from the very first week. Even the extracurricular engagements like students clubs and committees, were important and were to be attended, but I found that was not to be at the cost of studies. To sum it, I personally found that the amount of hard work just increases from what you have expected. What you think before entering into a B-school, is totally different, fresh, fun and a new experience.
Careers360: How do you think your MBA programme has added value to your life?
Abhishek: I aimed doing an MBA to understand the wider aspects of businesses which I was not familiar with like: finance, supply chain, new product innovation etc. In 2 years, I gained an understanding of these areas and about how the economy and the different industries work. So in a way, what we study in our courses, had at least theoretically prepared me for these challenges.
Being specific, I wanted to change my domain, and MBA helped me to that. My current role required an understanding of banking and finance, and I learned this only at this b-school; before my MBA I was into designing and developing telecom software.
On personal front, I made many good friends and I still look forward to professional suggestion to some of the Professors who taught me.
Careers360: You must have spent memorable time at your B-school. Do you miss being a part of it? Please share a few good memories?
Abhishek: Yes, I do miss the students inside me and the fun part, but you have to move on, all good things come to an end. But the college life has taught me alot. My personal memorable moment is when I was awarded the degree on our convocation, my parents were visiting my college for the first time, and it was a proud moment for the entire family. I think many students would cherish that.
Other than that, the small hostel parties we used to have after the end of every term exam, taking a break between group work and eating at the small eateries, the early morning hot ‘ sattu ke parathas’, are a few fond memories.
Careers360: Briefly take us through your life at the campus, both academic and non-academic life?
Abhishek: In the first year, we are taught courses from areas like marketing, finance, HR, operations etc. In first year, my focus was more on the academics. My Summer Internship at HCL Infosystem was enriching in a way I could strategize and implement my idea.
In second year, I had taken such a mix of elective courses, so that I can afford to give time to extracurricular and participation in intra B-School competitions along with my sudies. In the second year I was Student Secretary of Corporate Communications committee, that gave me lot of exposure and opportunity to work in a team to complete complex task in time bound manner. I also worked on few live projects for companies based in Gurgaon.
Careers360: You are a proud alumni of this top B-school. What is the best part of this B-School from a student perspective?
Abhishek: I think the highly qualified professors and the international accreditations has contributed to developing ‘one of the most rigorous pedagogy system’ at MDI. Some students may feel the pinch of it for the two years, but its rewards are what we realize when we appear in our final placements, and into our corporate jobs.
Today we are seeing so much of industry convergence, new products and services are hitting the market, to prepare the students to not be completely surprised with these challenges, the Professors keep the curriculum updated with industry feedback. I remember one of our Finance professors, other than teaching and assessing us rigorously on the theories on a Banking course, used the latest Economic Times articles in the related field for short discussion every day. Similarly in our Information System courses, we had discussed how Big Data and Cloud have potential to change the businesses.
The practical exposure along with the theory is the best part for a student, and ofcourse the fun a student have in the campus!
Careers360: Any suggestion/guidance for your future MBA aspirants ?
Abhishek: I would suggest them to not take their MBA course as a financial instrument with high RoI and make all their decision based on that. Linking everything to placements can take away the joy from what you can gain in the classroom and from your peers. Learning and exposure should be the prime goal of a student.
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I am expecting 96-98 percentile in CAT 2020 based on my mocks. I have 89.8% in 10th and 71% in 12th and 68% in M.Tech Integrated Biotechnology (No work ex). Are these scores realistic to convert new IIMs and other colleges like MDI, SP JAIN, IIT etc?
Congratulations for your mock tests score.
The cut-off for top institutions depends upon your background, if you are an Engineer, you are required to score 99 percentile for top 10 colleges of India for MBA which includes IIM A, IIM B , IIM C etc. And if you are from non engineering background then 97-98 percentile also may works for you (general category).
As your 10th and 12th score is also good, you have great Chance of getting Interview calls from old IIMs and definitely from new IIMs too, also Colleges like IMT Ghaziabad, MDI gurgaon will definitely gives you an interview call if you apply for them with 98 percentile.
As currently you are scoring 96-98 percentile, try more hard and don't panic in exam, you may score more than 99 in actual exam.
I hope this information would be helpful for you.
All the best for your bright career ahead.
CAN I GET INTO MDI GURGAON WITH 96 PERCENTILE IN CAT. I HAVE 94.5 % IN ICSE, 95.25 %IN ISC, 7.8 SGPA FROM ST XAVIERS KOLKATA AND 0 WORK EXPERIENCE?
You have a descent profile though the graduation score is a little concern but overall your academics are up to the mark.
At 96 percentile, you stand a very good chance of getting admission to MDI Gurgaon. Generally, one gets a call from MDI at 95 percentile however for the final convert , 96-97 percentile is observed as the score.
All the best.
With 10th percentage 93.1, 12th percentage 90.4, btech cgpa 6.62, what chances do i have of getting a call into top iims, fms, mdi with a CAT score.of over 99 percentile?
Considering your Academic profile and CAT score for predicting selection in top IIMs is not sufficient. The selection depends on given factors:
- CAT scores
- Work Experience
- Gender Diversity
- WAT and Interview
- Academic Scores
- Overall profile
And being a General Engineers Male candidate, you must score above 99.6+ percentile for increasing chances of selection in top IIMs and FMS. With good performance in Interview and considerable work experience chances increases automatically.
For further doubts, ask us.
Does MDI murshidabad accept MAT score. Please tell me about its placements
MDI, Murshidabad is one of the top emerging B-School offering Post Graduate Programme in Management with specialization in Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Finance and Human Resource.
Admission to MDI, Murshidabad is done via CAT,candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their details in application form and CAT scores, followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview a one of the centres.
Foreign / OCI/ PIO/ Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their valid GMAT scores.
In the year 2019, highest package has been 12 lakhs per annum, average package was 9.03 laks per annum. Prominent recruiter has been ICICI Bank, SBI Life Insurance, Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Class Edge,Oyo, The Linde Group,Ken Research,Capital Via Global Research Limited (Investment Advisor),Ipsos etc.
For more details, you may visit the official website at https://www.mdim.ac.in/placement
what is the CAT cutoff for NMP 1 year in MDI gurgaon?
First of all, let's just look at the eligibility criteria for the NMP program:
1. 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in 10th and 12th.
2. 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in UG from a recognized University.
3. Minimum of 5 years post qualification work experience.
The cut-off for MDI goes till around 94-94 percentile for last year (2019) and for 2018 it was around 90 for the general category students. MDI also consider the GD and PI score for calculation and evaluation. Here, is the link for other details: