The professors teach us to think like leaders and take decisions, says Amrita Acharya, PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad
With over 9 years of work experience in Information Technology industry, Amrita Acharya realized that along with technical knowhow, a professional also needs business concepts to develop a product. Amrita shifted base from Seattle, USA to pursue the PGPX programme at IIM Ahmedabad.
Amrita, who has done her Bachelor’s in Information Technology aims to learn about the core concepts of operations, leadership practices and strategic management. After completion of the programme, she aims to be in a position to conceptualize and lead the delivery of innovative technology products.
In this interview with Careers360, Amrita shares her experience of pursuing PGPX from IIM Ahmedabad, future plans and message for the aspirants.
Read the full interview below.
Careers360: When and how did you decide to pursue PGPX from IIM Ahmedabad?
Amrita: After having spent almost a decade in the Information Technology industry, I was confident that I was ready to make the shift from following products roadmaps to defining them. I wanted to utilize my passion and experience in software product development to predict and define new products. I realized that knowledge of technology alone is not enough to build a successful technology product. A successful product does demand knowledge of business concepts and practices. That is where an MBA plays an important role for me.
Careers360: Briefly share your erstwhile role prior to joining the programme.
Amrita: Prior to joining PGPX at IIM Ahmedabad, I was working as a technical consultant in Seattle, United States. I was part of a core team responsible for designing and building a unified travel distribution product to support the electronic travel distribution supply chain of a big travel and hospitality company.
Careers360: Which B-schools did you apply for and why did you select IIM Ahmedabad?
Amrita: I applied to Executive MBA programs at 2 schools – IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. I was admitted to both the programs, but chose to join IIM Ahmedabad. I chose IIM Ahmedabad for its academic excellence and brand name.
Careers360: Please share in detail the application and final selection procedure at your B-School.
Amrita: I applied for the programme during the second round of applications. I was shortlisted for interview and appeared for an interview over Skype. The interview lasted for around 30 minutes. Once the interview started, the interviewers gave me a brief idea about the format of the interview, which was very helpful. Interview started with an extempore; I was asked to talk on a topic followed by some discussion on the same topic. I think the interviewers were trying to gauge my overall personality and my reasons behind doing a MBA. They were also trying to see if I will be able to handle the academic rigor, demanded by the programme.
Careers360: The programme at your B-School is one of the most expensive programmes. How have you financed the course?
Amrita: Major part of the courses expenses have been financed through an education loan, which was easy to get. The institute provides information about various public and private banks which offer loans for the PGPX programme.
Careers360: How do you spend a typical day at the campus?
Amrita: A typical day starts with classes in the morning which extend till early afternoon. After a lunch break, I start preparing for quizzes which might be scheduled for the evening. Else, I prepare for the next day’s classes. All the participants are divided into smaller groups for group studies and assignments. In the evening, we meet in groups and discuss various case-studies. Also, we also regularly invite esteemed leaders from different industries to the campus for a talk and interaction with the programme participants.
Careers360: How did you adjust to the campus life after so many years?
Amrita: There were mixed feelings of apprehension and excitement about re-entering student life after a gap of more than 10 years. But I think the course is designed in such a way that you are on boarded gradually. The induction segment at the beginning of the programme aids in the transition. By the end of the first term, you get used to the rigour of the course.
Careers360: What are the non-academic activities you are involved in?
Amrita: There are industry level clubs and the club members meet every week to exchange industry specific knowledge and trends. There are various other activities that happen throughout the year, and are open to everyone on the campus.
Careers360: How much industrial and international exposure does your programme provide you?
Amrita: We are required to be part of an international immersion programme that consists of 2 weeks of academics at an international institution. Industrial visits are arranged offering a peek into industry operations. Industrial visits are also part of the international immersion programme.
Careers360: What are the differences in teaching method applied by guest lectures delivered by academicians and industry practitioners? Please share the best elements from both.
Amrita: Most of what we learn at IIMA is through real world cases and the professors are not really teaching you in the classical sense but pushing you to think like a leader and make decisions. Then the practitioners come in and complement that by sharing their own experiences.
Careers360: How much is the rigour at the 1 year full time Executive MBA programme in comparison to the 2 year regular MBA?
Amrita: The programme is quite rigorous and requires more than 5 hours of self/group study in addition to the class hours, which are usually 3-4 hours per day. It is no less than a regular MBA and covers more than 300 case studies.
Careers360: According to you, what is the best aspect of your programme and campus?
Amrita: The programme is more rigorous than I thought but there is an incredible energy around which fuels you. The campus is alive and bustling with students from various programmes, round the clock. The campus offers all basic facilities that one would need. My 3-year-old daughter stays with me on the campus and I rarely have to go out for anything.
Careers360: Does your programme offer placement? Are you willing to participate in the placement process or plan to join your previous organization?
Amrita: Yes, the programme offers placement opportunities to all its participants. I will definitely make use of this opportunity to find the desired role in an organization. The institute also encourages entrepreneurship and offers a placement holiday for aspiring entrepreneurs. I think this is a very unique opportunity that IIMA provides to the participants.
Careers360: What are your expectations from the programme? How would you like to implicate the learning after completing the programme?
Amrita: I believe this one year at IIMA, will equip me with the core concepts of business, its operational basics, the leadership practices and strategic management, all of which are essential in the making of a business leader. I am passionate about information technology and its impact across business domains. After completion of the programme, I would like be in a position to conceptualize and lead the delivery of innovative technology products.
Careers360: What is your advice to the aspirants of Executive MBA?
Amrita: It is very important to have clarity about why you want to do a MBA, especially after several years of professional experience. This will help you throughout the process, right from choosing the right MBA program to framing the application and eventually landing up with your dream job.
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is IIM Ahmedabad offer integrated program of management
Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that IIM Ahmedabad does not offer integrated program of management. Among all the IIMs, only IIM Indore offers integrated program in BBA + MBA. IPMAT is the entrance exam conducted by IIM Indore for getting admission into its integrated BBA+MBA program.
I hope this solved your query. Good luck for your future.
Sir Im an average student and i want to get admission in IIM Ahmedabad. But i dont have good enough marks in my 10th & 12th. I got 70% in 10th & 76% in 12th. So sir is it possible for me to get admission in IIMA even after getting good percentile for my CAT entrance test.
The admission into IIM Ahmedabad is itself a great victory and let me inform you that there is nothing like the involvement of previous exams, even the students of Engineering undergraduates go for MBA programs in various colleges. So coming to the point, I would like to suggest you that forgetting about your previous marks, which are not much bad, you must focus on the CAT examination because you can get Ahmedabad only if you are under 99 percentile student and yes it's quite difficult to achieve but if you try to work on the the portion of examination then obviously in one year or two you can crack CAT.
Also after cracking the CAT examination it's the interview part which makes sure that you will get admission in IIM Ahmedabad because the interview part is quite tough you need to be rebuilt your personality your speaking skills which are very much simpler important for any candidate who is appearing for the cat interview examination. I hope you understand what my concern is about. All the best!!!
can I take admission in iim Ahmedabad after veternary in Anand agriculture University
Yes you can go for MBA (Master of Business Administration) after doing your graduation in veterinary.
Duration of MBA : 2 years.
There are many exams which are held at national level,state level and university level for admission to MBA degree.For pursuing MBA at IIM (Indian Institute of Management) ,Ahmedabad you have to give Common Admission Test (CAT) exam which is a national level exam ,so prepare well.
You can visit this link for further information: https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.careers360.com/courses/mba-master-of-business-administration/amp?espv=1
All the best!!!
What should I fill in "year of passing" in 12th field in CAT form 2020 if I passed 12th in 2016 and appeared for Improvement in all subjects in 2017 ? Also I have improved my percentage so which marks should I enter? Please Help. Remember I passed all my subjects in 2016.
It is a tricky situation but the answer is simple. You passed the senior secondary exam in the year of 2016 so you should mention 2016 as the year of passing. You are saying that you secured more percentage in improvement, then you can mention the improved grades in the form. But at the time of interviews, you will have to carry both the marksheets . Only The one with the more percentage , shall be considered valid. Which is the improved one in your case.
And lastly, dont worry . This does not affect the admission criteria .As long as you have cracked the entrance exam and proved your caliber for the respective exam, you are pretty much good to go.
63/64/62 percentage in 10th/12th/graduation. category sc currently working as bank clerk in sbi total work experience to date is 26 months. what cat score is needed to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and Calcutta.
Sorry for that but your academics are pretty low. But belonging to a SC category might fetch you a chance to get a call from IIM A, B, C. All IIMs have different parameters and the weightage of these parameters also differs from college to college.
I will advise you to personally visit the official website of these college and look for the last year cut offs as well as their criteria of admission. Scoring above 97% percentile will be a pretty decent score and can help you to some extent in getting a call from either of the college.
All the very best.