After gaining almost a decade of work experience, Ayon Ray, a technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers realized that fundamental understanding on how corporate houses run is key to professional growth. That is when he decided to pursue PGPX from IIM Ahmedabad.
A computer engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Ayon expects a thorough exposure in different industries and imply the learning to the organization he will join next. In this interview with Careers360, he shares his experience of pursuing the programme, pedagogy, rigour and future plans.
Read the full interview below.
Careers360: Briefly share the role you were playing in your erstwhile organization prior to joining PGPX at IIM Ahmedabad.
Ayon: I was part of a team providing advisory service for Media & Entertainment, Insurance, Financial Service and Government and Public sector domain and was engaged in IT project management, Product Management, Business Process Automation, Business Development, Pre Sales and Enterprise Architecture.
Careers360: Why did you choose to pursue Executive MBA?
Ayon: While pursuing my job and meeting new challenges every day, I realized that a more thorough and fundamental understanding of how a society and the corporate houses run is extremely important to grow as a professional. The basic pillars of management education will strengthen my profile, help me articulate my achievements better and make me much more effective in my future roles. Doing MBA was the most structured/methodical approach for me to fill my professional gaps quickly.
Careers360: Which B-schools did you apply for and why did you select IIM Ahmedabad?
Ayon: I had applied for the programmes offered by IIM A and ISB. I preferred IIM A because of the better brand value, learning experience and better suited batch profile.
Careers360: Please share your application and selection process experience.
Ayon: I had to submit my application along with my GMAT score, resume and purpose of pursing MBA education. Once my application got shortlisted, I had to appear for an interview. Cracking the interview was the last step towards getting selected for the program.
Careers360: How have you financed the course?
Ayon: I have availed educational loan more than 90% of the total course fee.
Careers360: How do you spend a typical day at the IIM Ahmedabad campus?
Ayon: The day starts at 8.00 AM typically. Sometimes we get time to have a light breakfast before we rush to the class. The class starts at 8.45 and typically continues till 1.15 PM. After lunch, we need to do all the homework and self-preparation required for the next day. From evening, we get into group studies to prepare for group assignments and presentations. Group study continues till 3.00 AM to 4.00 AM on an average. Along with this routine, we need to attend different seminars, speaker series events, class tests and other educational activities almost every day.
Careers360: How did you adjust to the student life after almost a decade of being a working executive?
Ayon: Initially it was very challenging and difficult as well. Over the time, I got used to it. You feel motivated and energized by looking at your peers going through the same struggle yet keep pushing forward.
Careers360: Apart from academics, what are the activities you are involved in?
Ayon: I am involved in different club activities (IT Club, Finance Club and Consulting Club) within the campus.
Careers360: How much industrial and international exposure do you get through the programme?
Ayon: The programme provides extremely insightful industrial exposure as most of the faculties are attached to different industries out here. The case based learning process helps us to experience classical and contemporary problems faced by different industries in today’s business world.
The problems discussed here and the learning methodology followed is very much international and relevant in nature. Moreover, we have two weeks of mandatory international exchange program with pioneer B-schools across the globe.
Careers360: In comparison to the 2 year regular MBA, how much is the rigour at the PGPX?
Ayon: As this is a full time one year course and it covers mostly all part of a necessary 2-year MBA programme, the rigour is relatively higher than that of a 2 year programme.
Careers360: What according to you is the best aspect of your programme and campus?
Ayon: Highly qualified faculty, modern way of teaching and diverse pool of batch mates are some of the best aspects of the campus and the programme.
Careers360: Are you willing to participate in the placement process or plan to join your previous organization?
Ayon: Yes. So far I want to explore other options through the placement process, though I am happy to join my previous organization as well.
Careers360: What are your expectations from the programme? How would you like to implicate the learning after completing the programme?
Ayon: My expectations from the programme are:
1. More exposure to different industries with their complex business problems and the structured way to approach them.
2. Understanding the social and economic ecosystem from a holistic and scientific perspective.
Careers360: What is your advice to the aspirants of Executive MBA?
Ayon: Be clear about your aspirations and interests in life.Choose the B-School and programme carefully, which will be best fit with your objective and personality and will help you the most to excel and attain the highest level of learning.
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
The ideal profile for getting a call from holy trinity ABC is 90+ in 10th and 12th and 85+ in graduation and 1.5 years of work experience. After this profile
will fetch you a call from one of ABC and
will definitely get you a call from ABC and FMS also.
However, generally students having graduation from BCOM/ECONOMICS fields can get a call at 75% also as the IIMs give preference for candidates having non engineer background.
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According to the official criteria given by the IIMs, the minimum graduation percentage required is 50% for General category and 45% for reserved category. So, strictly on the basis of that, you'll be eligible. However,satisfying the eligibility criteria is not a sure-shot assurance for admission. IIM A,B,C especially have a very high standard when it comes to taking admissions. So, try to keep your percentile above 97 and good luck.
Dear Rahul, IIM Ahmedabad has quite a few scholarships as a plan of financial aid to deserving Candidates. They are need based Scholarships, SC/ST Scholarships. Exit Scholarships, Scholarships offered by the Government of India, by the Alumni, etc. IIM Amedabad also will help you with the required documents for educational loan from any nationalised bank. For complete information on financial assistance and various scholarships, please visit their official website at:
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