The challenge is to create niche while upholding IIM traditions and standards: Prof Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur
Updated on Nov 18, 2015 - 4:04 p.m. IST by Ashish Jha
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The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur is the 13th addition to the prestigious league of IIMs established in the year 2011. In an interview with Careers360, the IIM Kashipur Director, Prof Gautam Sinha shares his vision of creating a niche for the Kashipur students. He further talks about the challenges that occur while matching up with the standards of IIMs.

Prof. Gautam Sinha also elaborates on the IIM Kashipur mission which is to drive academic excellence using innovative teaching methods, promotion of world-class research and enhancement of productivity through the practice of sustainable leadership.

Interview Excerpts:

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?

Prof. Gautam Sinha: The management scenario has undergone significant changes in the last decade, especially after the great recession. It is understood that our world is becoming increasingly uncertain and to survive in this uncertain world managers need to have the dynamic decision-making ability. India has started on the path to become a global force to reckon with, and today’s Indian manager also needs to transform into the global manager. What the world of business needs today is a group of visionary leaders who can take the giant leap to make this transition happen.

The face of management research in India is currently undergoing a rapid change. A greater emphasis on leadership, innovation, and organizational change is being placed on the business schools’ curricula. A significant shift has also taken place as the leading B-schools have brought cross-cultural interaction into their classrooms. Another shift will be coming to management in general is regarding how to unlock the huge potential in India’s rural sector. So far, this sector has been a sleeping giant, and with the coming wave in industrialization, urbanization, and capitalization of agriculture, we should see a booming rural economy in India. Today’s managers will need a thorough understanding of how to navigate through this scene. We will also see the humane face of management more and more often. In the age of rapid information dissemination, we will see the rise of the socially conscious manager, whose target will be to maximize the socially optimal profit level for a firm.  

Careers360: The number of MBA applicants has remained stagnant and it has fluctuated around 2 lakh for the last 4-5 years now (reflected in CAT application number). What could be the key reason for this?

Prof. Gautam Sinha: It is true that the number of MBA applicants has not increased significantly during the past few admission cycles. However, this year it has again reached a six year high at 2.18 lakh candidates. Even though it is lower than the 2008 figure of 2.76 lakh candidates, it is not too bad either considering that the global economy has recovered from the great recession. Several studies have found that people go back to school during the time of economic downturns. So we may not see the high number of CAT applicants in the near future, and that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. What we want is a set of quality candidates signing up for management education, with clear understanding of how this training can enhance their decision-making prowess.  


Careers360: What is the total intake in the flagship PG programme in Management in your institute? Please also mention annual fee (excluding hostel charges) for the same. Is there a change in the fee structure as compared to the last session?

Prof. Gautam Sinha: We will admit 210 students to the 2016-18 PGP batch. The total annual fee for the PGP course is Rs. 4, 13,700, plus hostel rent Rs. 1, 08,000 totaling Rs. 5, 21,700, excluding the food charges. 

Careers360: How have been the placements at your institute for 2015 batch? Any sector/function specific trend that you noticed during the placement season this year? 

Prof. Gautam Sinha: We had 126 students in the 2015 graduating batch. Out of this, 111 students were placed to campus recruitment drive, and 4 students were placed off-campus. In total, 56 recruiters participated in the process, and 115 offers were made. Maximum Domestic CTC offered was Rs. 16,50,000, Maximum International CTC offered was Rs 43,31,248 equivalent, Average Domestic CTC offered was Rs. 10,81,185, Average International CTC offered was Rs. 28,70,000.

Majority of the placements happened in the FMCG/Consumer Goods sector followed by Services & IT sector. Sales & Marketing emerged as the most sought after area. The profiles offered were Territory Sales, B2B, Brand Management, Market Research, Rural Marketing and Marketing Analytics amongst many others. The next most sought after was the domain of IT & Consulting.

Careers360: What will be the selection criteria for PGP academic session 2016? Is there any institutional emphasis on gender and academic diversity to accommodate more female and non-engineer students?

Prof. Gautam Sinha: We select candidates based on their CAT scores, Written Aptitude Test, and Personal Interview scores, as well as previous credentials. Various diversity elements are incorporated into the ranking formula to ensure that we get the optimal mix of diversity in the student body. Female candidates are also encouraged to join the programme through various incentive schemes. Incidentally, the CAT coordinator for this year, IIM Ahmedabad, has also implemented specific steps to increase the number of non-engineer students among the top percentiles of CAT applicants.

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

Prof. Gautam Sinha: We emphasize the ‘learning by doing’ philosophy in our classrooms. Students learn through a plethora of simulations, live projects, and industry interactions. Our goal is to create well-rounded leaders who will not only enhance the potential of a firm, but also will bring and sustain disruptive changes in an industry. In this endeavor, we are also placing higher importance on developing entrepreneurial abilities in our students. We are making sure that all the courses get woven together through the common theme of entrepreneurship.  At the same time, we are also ensuring that the students get the right amount of understanding of management concepts. This strategy should transform a student into a leader capable of taking and implementing prudent and visionary decisions through critical thinking and innovation.  

Careers360: Any message to B-School aspirants?

Prof. Gautam Sinha: Your world is and going to become very different from ours. We hear about entrepreneurs, in India, who create a company and retire at 30, become VPs and CEOs before 30. Your IIM credentials would allow you to put your foot in the door. Whether the door opens, depends on whether you can convince the prospective employer about what you to bring to the table, with a promise to deliver. If you can convince the person that you have both the potential and the intent to deliver what the employer needs- you are in. Once in, you have to deliver what you promised, and more.

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Hi iam having dyslexia, and government hospital certificate for learning disability, can I get pwd (person with disabilities) quota in iim for mba

Harshita Gupta 18th Jan, 2020

IIM has given the criteria for PwD under the " Rights of person with Disabilities Act 2006" and according to it, a person must not have disabilities less than 40% , which means disability should be 40% affective.
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And few others. So according to the last point mentioned above, you are eligible and might get admission in pwd category if you meet the requirements of scores and cut-off and if you fulfill the criteria.

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Got 95% in 10th, 77.5% IN 12th, 7.72 CGPA(till 6th sem) , ****CAT 2019 Percentile : 82.26 ****[ VARC : 88.25 , DILR : 75.76 , QA: 72.56 ] can I expect call from IIMs (even baby IIMs) and if not what good college should I opt for MBA/PGDP for Academic Year 2020-22 ?

Manisha Gupta Expert 6th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As a General category with 82.26 percentile, There are very less chance to get a call from any IIMs as for Baby IIMs you also require at least 90 percentile. The other colleges you can have the chance to get a call from

XIME Bangalore

MANAGE Hyderabad

Goa Institute of Management

LIBA Chennai

IFMR Chennai

University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh etc.

But as you know that CAT marks are not the only parameter involved in the selection procedure. After CAT exam every college in which you apply prepares a merit list to call students for next round of interview based on your aggregate score which comprises of many parameters such as CAT marks, 10th, 12th and graduation percentage, work experience etc. whose weight age varies for all different colleges. After the round of interview again a merit list is prepared which includes marks of your interview, GD and WSAT which along with CAT marks generally have the highest weightage.

You can also use CAT Pathfinder tool to know your further admission chances.

Good Luck!


Do the new and baby IIMs provide dual specialization? What is the criteria? Please explain.

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 31st Dec, 2019


They provide dual degree program to some selected students. For IIM calcutta:- the process is selection through CAT/GMAT score. Then going through other screening tests. If you qualify then  you will get an admission. The process will be same for all the IIMs but may be the cutoff mark will vary with respect to campus location.

New IIMs are worth joining as said by the students who joined and they had a good experience there and they adventured many new things. Fee structure and hostel facilities are also good.

For more details you can check the dual degree program in IIM webpage. For IIM calcutta :-

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I am an average student (male) with a score of 81% in 10th, 76% in 12th and 62% in my engineering. With 1 year internship and 1 year industrial experience (core mechanical), is there any chance of getting an IIM call (new or baby IIMs) with a score of around 85-90 percentile in CAT? (category-obc)?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 23rd Dec, 2019

Your past academics are just above average but you have an advantage of internship and job experience but still getting in IIM ABC  will be difficult because apart from good percentile must also need to have a good academics and if you want to get in new or baby IIMs still you need to get a percentile above 95 at least.Competieon is tough these days so you need raise some marks in order to get into a good B School.

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Hi,i have 92,90,80 percentages in X,XII,UG respectively.can i have possibility of getting iim kashipur and iam from obc category.

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019

Hey there

Your academic marks are good and thus you'll have better chances of getting call from IIM Kashipur but getting admissions into iims not only depends on academic marks but it depends largely on your cat cat percentile and also the interview. So if you'll get good percentile in cat you'll surely get into iim Kashipur.

Good luck

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