B-School Director Interview: Institute undergoing transformational changes, says Dr C N Narayana, KIAMS Director
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Dr C N Narayana, Director of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, in an interview with Careers360 talks about the various initiatives that are taken by the institute to keep its curriculum in sync with changing times, the new programmes that are being launched and how they turned challenges into opportunities.


Read the excerpts of the interview of Dr C N Narayana, KIAMS Director.


Careers360: What have been the achievements of your B-School in the academic year 2015-16?

Dr Narayana: In the past two years, KIAMS underwent transformational changes. The year 2015 -16 undoubtedly saw remarkable improvement in the intake quality and the placement record was better owing to improvement in average salary. KIAMS was accorded recognition by various agencies and the institute won awards for industry connectedness and academic excellence. The institute was ranked fourth by NHRDN-People Matters Ranking.


Careers360: What has been the application trend at your institute in the past two-three years?

Dr Narayana: There has been an increase of 140 per cent in applications as compared to last two years.


Careers360: What is the admission criteria for KIAMS?

Dr Narayana: KIAMS accepts the scores of CAT, XAT, CMAT and MAT. This year onwards we will be accepting the GMAT score as well.

KIAMS does profile based shortlisting which means that academic records from 10th board to graduation are taken into account apart from the percentile secured by the candidate in the entrance exams. We have a combination of Extempore or GD with PI to complete the process. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the performance of the candidate in each of these stages.


Careers360: What are the steps that you plan to take to enhance the curriculum and pedagogy of the two year management programme of your institute?

Dr Narayana: Aiming to upgrade the quality of the curriculum, an Academic Advisory Council has been formed. The council consists of eminent educationists and professionals who fine tune the curriculum periodically. The objective is to ensure that our students meet the demand of the industry. We continue to improve the quality of the curriculum through Board of Examiners (BOE). In order to ensure that our students get an increased first hand training, we have increased our Summer Internship Process (SIP) through Business Immersion (BI). Students will now have an opportunity to intern for four months. We are mulling to invite professors from abroad so that our students get a global perspective.


Careers360: Are there any new programmes which have been introduced in your institute?

Dr Narayana: We have introduced specialised courses in Marketing Analytics & Applied Marketing Research. Both the courses are in accordance with the emerging trends in Analytics and meet the requirements of the industry.


Careers360: What is the total number of credits in your flagship PG programme? How many credits are assigned for non-academic activities?

Dr Narayana: We have total 129 credits in the PGDM which includes field activity of BI. At KIAMS, apart from four semester of contact sessions, the students undertake Business Immersion, a 4 month internship. This internship is of 24 credits and it is jointly evaluated by faculty and company guide. Students have to submit weekly tracker, monthly reports and the final report followed by a presentation and viva. Students have the option to take additional elective courses for completion of the programme.


Careers360: How has been the placement trend in your school for the year 2016. Kindly share the data for the same.

Dr Narayana: The academic year 2016 saw 99 per cent placement with higher average salary vis-à-vis previous years. More than 80 companies participated in the final placement process. Participating firms were from diverse sectors such as E-commerce, Consulting, Analytics, Manufacturing, IT, Telecom, Market Research, Beverages, Banking, Financial Services, Retail, Real Estate, Sports and others. Our SIP is 100 per cent for the current batch. 


KIAMS Placement Statistics 2016

Number of participating students


Number of participating companies


Number of first time recruiters


Number of offers


Average salary

Rs. 5,35,000 lakh per annum

Highest salary

Rs. 14,00,000 lakh per annum

Lowest salary

Rs. 3,60,000 Lakh per annum

Highest recruiting sector

Financial, Telecom, IT

Highest recruiting domain/profile/function


Company making highest offer


Top recruiting companies

Amazon, Developer Group, Oracle Financial, Deloitte, Coffee Day Beverages, Exponential, HDFC Bank, HDFC Asset Management, HFFC, Headout, Bridgestone, Nielsen

Careers360: Do you have an incubation cell or entrepreneurship cell at KIAMS?  

Dr Narayana: We have ‘EMERGE’ at KIAMS which is an entrepreneurship cell. This cell conducts various activities related to branding, marketing, and fairs. They are able to run a small business profitably. They are guided by faculty members. ‘KARABOR’ is one such event which is student driven activity to learn such skills. Apart from this, we are now talking to couple of organisations from Karnataka to establish an incubation cell at Pune campus, the results of which will be visible in the next two years.


Careers360: What steps should be taken to increase transparency in CAT exam with an aim to restore faith of students?

Dr Narayana: Releasing the answer key post CAT examination result declaration is a good option. However, this will increase the applications for revaluation and administrative workload of the IIMs. Currently, this is the only option to bring transparency in the system.


Careers360:  What are the key challenges that you have faced and how did you turn them into opportunities?

Dr Narayana: The key challenges faced by management education today are- mushrooming B-schools, capacity utilisation, regulatory control, student quality, qualified faculty and the academic freedom if it is a private B-school, infrastructure funding and placements. I faced all these challenges and turned them into opportunities by adopting the approach of connecting, collaborating, co-creating with an aim to bring a change in the way we look at Management Education as a value proposition for all the stakeholders.


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How is the recruitment process

Abhinav Jha 8th May, 2019

Hello Aseema,

Kirloskar institute of advance management, harihar has two campuses and harihar campus is the older one. It has a good placement record but ROI is not up to the mark. The college gives admission on the basis of MAT, CAT CMAT score and graduation percentage should be 60 or more.

Admission will be given on the basis of entrance score, graduation marks and GD/PI performance. 

I wish you all the best.


Which college is better for mba(marketing) either kirloskar,harihar or IBA, banglore

Ayush Jain 18th Apr, 2019

Hi Gautam,

As per my Personal Experience I would suggest that you that you should go for IBA bangalore or Pune. Though Bangalore is an IT  hub but there are more opportunity for MBA graduates in Pune.Kirloskar college which that is situated in Harihar (332kms from Bengaluru) & Pune ,but it is 60 kms away from Pune.The College doesnt't have proper faculties, management & Infrastruture and the college se connectivity issue also.In IBA you will get more practical experience that will help you in your placements.In Kirloskar last year highest pkge was 14 lacs that is pretty much high from IBA but 14 lacs was just CTC actual pkge was only 7-8 lacs ( major was from marketing only). So comparing both the colleges I would suggest you to go for IBA Bengaluru.


Wch 1 is best for MBA,ISBM pune,MILE lexicon pune,IMI kolkata and bhubaneshwar, TAXILA business school jaipur,KIRLOSKAR harihar, IPE hyd.

Mahek Golchha 12th Jan, 2019

These are not the best colleges for Finance in India.These are just moderate colleges. But in relative terms

1. IMI Kolkata

2 IMI bhubneshwar



5 Kirloskar

6 Taxila

Which campus is better in Kirloskar. I mean harihar or pune, which is better?

Sonali Upadhyay 15th Feb, 2019


Vasudha Sriperambuduru

Let me lay down the comparison between Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Harihar and Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Pune.


  • As per your further education interest, the college offers a full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Masters in Business Administration. 

  • The course fees is a total of 7.50 lacs INR for two years. The course has a total of 120 seats.

  • The highest package for MBA is of 15 lacs and the average package is of 5.63 lacs.

          The highest package for PGDM is of.              14 lacs, the average package is of.                5.35 lacs and the lowest package is.              of 3.60 lacs.

  • The facilities of the institution include boys and girls hostel, gym, cafeteria, library, auditorium, medical/hospital, swimming pool and other amenities.  


  • As per your further education interest, the college offers a full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Masters in Business Administration.

  • The course fees is a total of 9.50 lacs INR for two years. The course has a total of 60 seats.

  • The highest package is of 13.8 lacs and the average package is of 5.63 lacs.

  • The facilities of the institution include boys and girls hostel, gym, cafeteria, library, auditorium, medical/hospital, swimming pool and other amenities.  

The entrance exams necessary to give for the admission are as follows – 

  • CAT – Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level management entrance examination conducted by Indian Institute of Management. The exam lasts for hours. The exam for this year has been conducted.

  • CMAT – Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is a national level post graduate management entrance examination pertaining to all management programs. The exam for this year has been conducted.

  • XAT – Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level management entrance test conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur. XAT 2020 will be conducted on January 20, 2020. The registration will start on 20 August, 2019 and go on till 30 November, 2019.

  • MAT – Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is conducted by AIIMS four times a year, for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. It is conducted in the month of February, May, September, and December. The offline exam will be conducted on 17th Feb, 2019 and online exam will be conducted on 23th Feb, 2019. 

  • ATMA – The AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA) is a national level entrance examination conducted five times a year by the Association of Indian Management of School (AIMS). The duration of the exam is three hours. The exam will be conducted on 17th Feb, 2019.

  • GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an examination conducted for all those people who want to study MBA/PGDM abroad. The exam duration is 3 hours 30 minutes. 

  • MAHA CET – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test is conducted by DTE to take admissions in colleges in Maharashtra. The exam is conducted once a year in three different languages (English, Hindi, Marathi) for two hours.

  • All the entrance exams are eligible only for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 

Considering all these factors, you can decide which branch you want to get admitted. 

I hope I answered your queries, if there is anything you want to know, feel free to comment.

Good Luck!



Is kirloskar harihar campus is best or pune campus is best?

Manisha Gupta Expert 17th Oct, 2018

Both campus of Kirloskar are decent in term of placement, Faculty & Industry Exposure etc. As per the analyzing report of Careers360 Kirloskar Harihar & Kirloskar Pune both have AAA rating. The Placements for the 2018 at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Harihar & Pune were conducted between October 2017 and May 2018. Over 100 companies participated in the final placement process this year.

The companies visited for the campus placement Amazon, HDFC Bank, ITC Limited, Honeywell, Marico etc. You can check the complete placement report with the given below link.


You can also check the genuine reviews of the colleges with the given below links.




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