Students must shift focus from placements to understanding contemporary issues related to management, says Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava, HOD, SJMSoM, IIT Bombay
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In an interview with Careers360, Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava, Head of Department, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (IIT Bombay) shares his thoughts on MBA scenario and students’ thought process regarding the management education in India. He advises students to not just focus on the sole factor of placements, rather seek quality learning and understanding of the contemporary issues related to management.

Dr. Bhargava also shares that B-schools need to change the perception of people that they are to prepare future managers and not function only for profit. Further, he also shares details of SJMSoM regarding placements, intake, fee structure and admission criteria. 

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Careers360: The number of MBA applicants has almost remained stagnant for last 4‐5 years now. While a positive sentiment is reflected in markets and economy now, this year the number of applicants is heading to the worst as reflected in lowering number of applications for CAT. What could be the key reasons for this?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: B-schools have to make an effort to change the perception of the people that they are to prepare future managers and leaders, equipped with faculty and resources, and not for profit. Students will come as a vast market is looking at them and global players are making advantage from it.

 

Careers360: How has the value of management education in India changed in the last 3‐5 years? How do you foresee the MBA programme scenario in the coming 1‐3 years?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: Management Education of quality will always be in demand if the vision of the institute is imparting knowledge to face contemporary challenges. Management Education Leaders must realize it and accept that placement is an automatic or natural outcome of quality education and not deviate from it. I see a better prospect in coming years with Technology Applications in teaching pedagogies and involvement of students with live industry projects.

 

Careers360: What is the total intake in the flagship PG programme in Management in your institute?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: The fee is INR 8 lakh within Government of India rules without any change in fee structure in comparison to that of last year.

 

Careers360: How have been the placements at your institute for the 2013‐15 batch? Any sector/function specific trend that you noticed during the placement season this year?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: Companies that visited the campus ranged from sectors like, BFSI, Consulting and Analytics, Manufacturing, IT Consulting, FMCG and others. A total of 79 students received offers for various roles across domains and profile. Among the total students, 25 converted their PPO’s and PPI’s into final placements. Difficult to make any comment but consulting/services have got attention along with finance and IT.

 

Careers360: What will be your selection criteria for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18? Is there any institutional emphasis on gender and academic diversity to accommodate more female and non‐engineer students?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: Selection criteria for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016‐18 is given below:

 

For Domestic candidates: Applicant must possess one of the following qualifications:

1] A four-year Bachelor Degree or a Masters Degree in any discipline with first class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in aggregate (including all years/semesters) or minimum CPI of 6.5 (6 for

SC/ST) out of 10

2] CA/ICWA, with a first class Bachelors Degree in any discipline (60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in aggregate (including all years/semesters) or minimum CPI of 6.5 (6 for SC/ST) out of 10)

3] Those appearing for the final degree examination can also apply. The admission in such cases will be subject to their fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria as stated in (1) or (2) at the time of joining the course.

 

For International Candidates: For the purpose of application, an international applicant is one who holds a foreign passport, or has Indian passport but is studying/working abroad continuously for more than or equal to two years (as on 30 September of preceding year of joining the programme).

 

Eligibility:

1] A four-year Bachelor Degree or a Masters Degree in any discipline with first class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in aggregate (including all years/semesters) or minimum CPI of 6.5 (6 for

SC/ST) out of 10

2] CA/ICWA, with a first class Bachelors Degree in any discipline (60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in aggregate (including all years/semesters) or minimum CPI of 6.5 (6 for SC/ST) out of 10)

3] Those appearing for the final degree examination can also apply. The admission in such cases will be subject to their fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria as stated in (1) or (2) at the time of joining the course.

4] One who holds a foreign passport and does not have Indian passport, should have cleared TOEFL or IELTS.

 

Selection criteria are finalized every year after deliberation and discussion in faculty meeting which is usually different in weight-age of different parameters. On an institutional emphasis on gender and academic diversity to accommodate more female and non‐engineer students, we have assigned weight at the performance of School and +2 level with emphasis on extra‐curricular. On gender, we follow general rules of other programmes of IITB in line with MHRD, GOI.

 

Careers360: What is the USP of your 2‐year management programme which differentiates it from the others? How do you plan to enrich your 2‐year management programme in next 1‐2 year?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: IITB has a large number of students with industry experience and contributes significantly in the making the sessions live. Faculty of quality shares the theoretical perspective and students get enlightenment of actually what they have experienced. Some fresh students put innovative queries that automatically get an answer from their own peers with value addition of faculty perspective.

 

Our graduates, enriched with techno‐managerial expertise are driving the enterprises in all sectors inspiring a new generation to develop even more interest in our School. They never realize the time busy on organizing events/games/seminars/club activities and Gym in a green environment of IITB. IITB Shailesh J Mehta School of Management has its own distinct position today as a global business school fostering on Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The School has its standards and never thought of comparing with its sister institutes. We learn from each other and have mutual respect for each other as the esteemed institutes of higher learning.

 

On plan to enrich our 2‐year management programme review process will start next year as we have revised the structure only last year.

 

Careers360: Any message for the future students?

Dr. Shivganesh Bhargava: Do not rush for placement. It will follow you, if your focus is on quality learning and understanding the contemporary issues related to management.

 

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Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 12th Sep, 2019

SJMSOM Eligibility

CA/ICWA, with a first-class Bachelor's Degree in any discipline having secured 60% marks (55% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category) in aggregate (including all years/semesters) or a minimum CPI of 6.5 (6 in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category) out of 10.

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Vishwaksen Gouda Student Expert 6th Sep, 2019
Hello Aparna,
Yes ,one have to fill the application form to IIT Bombay .
We have to fill the form.there is a different application form fee for categories we can pay the amount through online and fill the application form
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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 27th Aug, 2019
Dear Tushar, the minimum eligibilty criteria to apply for SJMSOM is that you should have a minimum aggregate of 60% in your Graduation if you belong to General Category. It is 55% for Reserved Categories and PWD. With 73.1% and still going steady  in your Graduation, you make it to meeting the eligibility criteria. And now to shortlist you, for their admission programme, they have sectional weightage for CAT. It is as follows:
                     Overall       VARC         DILR      QA
NC-OBC            81             72               72         72
Now your CAT percentage is also calculated along with other criteria before shortlisting you for WAT and PI rounds. In 2018, it went as:
CAT Performance: 80%
12th: 5%
Graduation: 5%
Gender Diversity: 3%
Post Graduate/Professionals: 2%
Work experience: 5%
3% is for female candidates and 2% is for M.Tech,ME, MS, M.Arch, etc.
Your CAT score is calculated using the formula:
CAT score = (Candidates CAT scaled score/300) *80
Merit list preparation:
37.5% weightage will be given to your overall scaled score and that is calculated as:
CAT score = (Candidates CAT scaled score/300) *37.5
WAT carries 10% weightage and PI carried 37.5% weightage.
Your profile carries 15% and the breakdown is as follows:
Graduation: 5%
Work experience: 5%
Extra curricular activities: 5%
Your 12th marks are asseessed as follows:
Marks obtained (in %)              Formula used
<=65                                                       0
>65                                                  (x-65) *5/35
Your Graduation marks are assessed as follows:
Marks obtained (in %)          Formula used
<=65                                                  0                  
>65 and <=85                              (x-65) *5/20
>85                                                      5
In short, if you can manage 95%, you can get a seat here 


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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th Aug, 2019
Dear Devesh, the minimum eligibilty criteria to apply for SJMSOM is that you should have a minimum aggregate of 60% in your Graduation if you belong to General Category. It is 55% for Reserved Categories and PWD. With 60% in your Graduation, you make it to meeting the eligibility criteria. And now to shortlist you, for their admission programme, thy have sectional weightage for CAT. It is as follows:


                                         Overall         VARC      DILR     QA

General Category:             90               80            80        80
NC-OBC                               81               72            72        72
SC                                         60               53.33     53.33   53.33
ST:                                        60               53.33     53.33   53.33
PWD                                     60              53.33     53.33    53.33

Now your CAT percentage is also calculated along with other criteria before shortlisting you for WAT and PI rounds. In 2018, it went as:

CAT Performance: 80%  
12th: 5%
Graduation: 5%
Gender Diversity: 3%
Post Graduate/Professionals: 2%
Work experience: 5%

3% is for female candidates and 2% is for M.Tech,ME, MS, M.Arch, etc.

Your CAT score is calculated using the formula:

CAT score = (Candidates CAT scaled score/300) *80

Merit list preparation:

  • 37.5% weightage will be given to your overall scaled score and that is calculated as:
CAT score = (Candidates CAT scaled score/300) *37.5

  • WAT carries 10% weightage and PI carried 37.5% weightage.
  • Your profile carries 15% and the breakdown is as follows:

Graduation: 5%
Work experience: 5%
Extra curricular activities: 5%

For complete information amd how are your 12th and Graduation marks assessed, please visit their official page at:
http://www.som.iitb.ac.in/?p=1536


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10th 80% 12th 64% Engg 6.5 CGPA & I am in Final year now.What are my chances to get a call from SJMSOM and at what pecentile in CAT?

Snigdha Sharan Student Expert 5th Jul, 2019

Hi Saurabh,

You have decent chances of getting a call from Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. However, try to improve your final year CGPA as minimum eligibility criteria to get a call is 60% or 6.5 CGPA minimum. Moreover, your CAT percentile needs to be at least 98 percentile and above to expect a call from SJMSOM. Though they give 80% weightage to CAT percentile in selection process, they also give 5% weightage to class 12th percentage and 5% to graduation score. Remaining is for diversity and work experience which you don't have currently. So, try improving your graduation CGPA and get a really good CAT percentile to expect a call from SJMSOM.

Good Luck.

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