Careers360 Live Chat: Q&A session with Dr.V. S. Pai - Director at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar


Dr. V. S. Pai - Director at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies(KIAMS), Harihar (Karnataka)takes queries from prospective management aspirants on different aspects of admissions and course of KIAMS Karnataka.Careers360 formulated all the Q&A from the live chat with the Asst Professor at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies(KIAMS), Harihar (Karnataka)

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Excerpts of the Careers360 Live Chat with Dr. V S Pai, Director, KIAMS Harihar


Amit: What is the Careers360 B-School ranking of your college? What are the other achievements of KIAMS?

 Dr. V S Pai: Following are our Rankings-

Recipients of the following awards-

  • Received National Education Award of  "B-School with Industry Related Curriculum in Market "  by ABP

  • Received Knowledge Management Leadership Award at Taj Dubai Asia Education Award 2015 ALA-Dubai

  • Received Knowledge Management Leadership Award 2016 at Malaysia by GpTGGTA-2015

Siddhi Mah: What are the total number of seats in each of the campus? What are the parameters you consider while selecting a candidate during the personal interview round?

 Dr. V S Pai: The total number of seats are 180 out of which 120 are allotted to Harihar and 60 seats are allotted to Pune. There are various parameters we consider such as Attitude, Confidence, Aptitude etc.


Dev: How many campuses do you have? And which one is better?

Dr. V S Pai: We have two campuses at Harihar (Karnataka) and Pune(Maharashtra). Both the campuses are equally good.


Akshay:  Do you transfer from one institute to another after one year?

Dr. V S Pai: Yes. You are required to spend one semester in two years (five months tenure) in alternate campus.


Aaaksh: Do you provide reservation or any scholarship?

Dr. V S Pai: We do offer scholarships to meritorious students Scholarship is awarded to meritorious students as follows:

  • Students from CAT/ XAT/CMAT/GMAT/MAT entrance exams having 95 percentile and above are eligible for a concession of Rs. 1,00,000/- in the total course fee.

  • Students from CAT/ XAT/CMAT/GMAT/MAT entrance exams having 90 up to 95 percentile and above are eligible for a concession of Rs. 60,000 in the total course fee.

The concession will be applied from the sixth instalment of the fees, and will be linked to academic and behavioural performance during the PGDM course. It will be disbursed as follows:

Those eligible for Rs. 1,00,000/- concession will receive a rebate in sixth Instalment provided the previous three semesters GPA/ CGPA is 3.50 or more, and there are no disciplinary issues till the instalment date.

Those eligible for Rs. 60,000 concession will receive a rebate in sixth instalment provided the previous three semesters GPA/ CGPA is 3.20 or more, and there are no disciplinary issues till the instalment date.


Anita: Do you provide hostel facility in your institution? If yes, are the hostel rooms on sharing basis or single occupancy?

Dr. V S Pai: Yes, we do have hostel facility. It is fully residential. Hostel rooms are on twin sharing.


Jorah: What is the fee structure of the programme? What are the additional charges?

 Dr. V S Pai: The entire fee structure for two years including Hostel and Boarding is 10.48 Lakhs.


Surbhi: I am interested to know about the admission process of your management college. What are the eligibility criteria? Which are the entrance examinations you consider for admission?

Dr. V S Pai: You would require- A Bachelor's degree (10+2+3 OR 10+2+4) in any discipline from a recognised university, with not less than 50 per cent overall aggregate marks. Students appearing for the final year examination may also apply. Admission test scores of one of the below tests would be required- CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, MAT. All eligible shortlisted candidates based on applicants profile will be called for admission process to be held at several centres across India as mentioned in the application form. Interviews over SKYPE could also be arranged on prior request. Selected students will be intimated by email/phone/mobile.


 # Criteria to Offer Admission

KIAMS does profile based selection where we consider their academic performance, competitive exam score and performance in the group discussion/ extempore & personal interview.

 Consistent Academic Performance (10th, 12th and Graduation Scores): 30 percent

 Competitive examination (CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/GMAT scores) : 25 percent

 Group Discussion/Extempore, Personal Interview: 45 percent

 Admission would be offered if the cumulative score is 70 percent and above


Mohit: What is the gender ratio in your college for MBA? From which of the regions maximum number of students get admission in KIAMS?

Dr. V S Pai: We do Pan India selection. Our student strength is distributed among 22 states. And the gender ratio is 60:40. Please check the ratings of the states pertaining to the numbers of students admitted.

1. Rajasthan 2. Andhra Pradesh/Telangana 3. West Bengal 4. Jharkhand 5. Uttar Pradesh 6.Madhya Pradesh.


Sandhya: How is your institute better than Galgotias Institute of Management?

Dr. V S Pai: We have no idea about Galgotias Institute of Management. But Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) was set up in 1991 by the Kirloskar Group at Harihar to put its illustrious leader Mr. S.L Kirloskar's thoughts to practice. Mr. S.L Kirloskar , the doyen of Indian industry was a visionary of a rare kind who possessed the drive and the determination to accomplish his vision.


The emergence and subsequent success of the Kirloskar Group companies in the firmament of the engineering industry in India was one of his visions realised. Recognising the need for fostering managerial and organisational excellence in the context of the liberalization of the Indian economy, KIAMS dedicated itself to the task of Management Development in the Kirloskar Group and for other companies.


In 1998, having made a mark in the area of executive education in the country, KIAMS ventured into training bright young minds in high quality management education to meet the managerial leadership needs of the country. This is offered as a two-year fully residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management Programme (PGDM) in Harihar.


Encouraged by the success of its alumni in industry KIAMS has started its second campus at Pune in 2010. Both the campuses are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.


Surbhi: What is the application fee for KIAMS Harihar and what is the procedure to pay it?

Dr. V S Pai: For paying the application fee, you can download the application form from our website. Send the filled-in application along with a demand draft for Rs.750 drawn in favour of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies payable at Harihar (Karnataka). Application fees of Rs.750 can also be paid online.


Mithun: Will you kindly throw some light on the credibility of NMAT? What are the advantages of one taking up NMAT by GMAC? What is the approximate percentile required for CAT?

Dr. V S Pai: We do not accept NMAT. We only accept one of these exams:- CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/MAT. KIAMS does profile based selection. If you score more than 50 percentile with good academic records you can expect to receive a call from our side.


Armaan: What was the placement rate of last year? Can you list some of the companies who participated in the placement programme? What are the average and median packages offered to candidates?

Dr. V S Pai: 98 percent. Corporate companies for the year 2016-17.

Alchemist, Antraweb Technologies, Aptech Ltd., Beroe Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., Bharti Airtel Ltd., Central Parking Services, CGI, Coffee Day Beverages, Envision Financial Systems, FSL Software Technologies Ltd., Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (AMUL), HDFC Asset Management Company Ltd., ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Ltd., ICICI Securities Ltd., Infiniti Research Info Edge (I) Ltd., Innovant Interiors iTriangle Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., LenDenClub, MarketsandMarkets, Reliance Retail Ltd., Sical Logistics Limited, SMERA Ratings, Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd., Tata AIG General Insurance Ltd., Xion Advertising Pvt Ltd.

  • Average Salary: 5.10 lakhs per annum

  • Median Salary: 5.00 lakhs per annum

George: Do you offer MBA programme along with PGDM? What is the highest package of PGDM Marketing?

Dr. V S Pai: No. It is PGDM only. The highest package from PGDM Marketing sector offered was Rs. 8.25 LPA.


Udit: Which months’ MAT score you accept for admission in KIAMS? What are the most popular specialisation in your college?

Dr. V S Pai: We accept MAT score pertaining to September, December and February. Marketing, Finance, HR, Operations are the popular specialisation at KIAMS.


Tanuja: How many companies offer international placement at your institute? Which company offers highest package? Which profile was offered the package?

Dr. V S Pai: There are no international placements. Amazon offered the highest package of 12.9 Lakhs. The profile was Operations.


Ranjana: Do any automobile company visit your campus? Which profile do they hire for and what package do they offer?

Dr. V S Pai: It is Ashok Leyland. They hired for Marketing profile: Market development in different areas.

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