The programme allows us to connect the dots and come up with solutions: Ishan Channa, IIM Ahmedabad PGPX 2017 student
In this Executive MBA student interview with Ishan Channa of IIM Ahmedabad PGPX 2017 shares that the biggest take away from the programme is that it enables him to connect the dots and come up with unique solutions. He aims to switch his career to corporate finance made him join the 1 year programme at the apex institute.
Prior to joining the programme, Ishan was working for his own venture. He also has experience as Commercial Manager in companies like ITC and Kellogg’s. He also shares his experience of pursuing the programme which follows a busy and rigorous schedule, yet he finds them fulfilling owing to the diverse peer interaction, exposure and pedagogy.
Read the full interview below.
Careers360: Why did you decide to pursue Executive MBA?
Ishan: Having acquired experience in the Commercial and Accounting domain at some of the top corporate houses I wanted to move to a role in corporate finance keeping my long term career goals in mind. As organisations have evolved, involvement in formulating and implementing strategy has become a key role of the modern finance function which requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of a business. An MBA programme will help me build a foundation on which I can enhance my skills and begin a journey to transform from an accounting professional to a complete business manager.
Careers360: What was your role in your erstwhile organization?
Ishan: Before joining PGPX, I was working for a venture that I had co-founded with a college friend of mine. The firm provides finance related and CFO services to start-ups and new businesses. I have also worked as Factory Commercial Manager for companies such ITC and Kellogg’s in the past.
Careers360: Which other B-schools did you apply for and why did you select IIM Ahmedabad?
Ishan: I had applied to IIM–A, IIM–B and ISB. IIM-A was my first choice at the outset given the history of the institute, also considering my experience I felt that it would be the best option for me.
Careers360: Please share your application and final selection procedure at IIM Ahmedabad in detail.
Ishan: The initial application consisted of the applicants’ CV i.e. academic and work experience details. The application together with GMAT scores was used for shortlisting candidates. Shortlisted candidates had to write essays which together with the interview (panel) were used for offering the admission.
Careers360: How have you financed the programme?
Ishan: I have taken a loan to finance the programme. The PGPX is the only MBA programme in India for which a loan of Rs. 30 lakh is available without any collateral.
Careers360: What is a typical day in your life as an IIM A PGPX student?
Ishan: The schedule is extremely rigorous. We begin our day with classes at 8.45 am. After the classes end at about 1.10 pm we meet and plan out the rest of the day with our Syndicate (groups that we work in) mates. This is followed by self-study before we meet up to discuss cases for the next day. We invariably work with our syndicates till the early hours in the morning (2-3 amâ¦sometimes even later).
Careers360: How much industrial and international exposure do you get from the programme?
Ishan: Industry interaction is a regular feature; specifically we have the Speaker Series, Connexions and other events. Apart from these specific PGPX events there are a number of IIM-A events that facilitate industry interaction and also interaction with participants from other programmes at IIM-A. As a part of the programme all students go through an International Immersion Programme which is a 2 week visit to a foreign university where students have an opportunity to learn about the business environment of another country.
Careers360: What different is the teaching methodology of industry practioners’ guest lectures delivered and academicians?
Ishan: All sessions are highly interactive. The lectures are discussion centric and help students understand diverse points of view to arrive at a decision and are based on the case pedagogy.
Careers360: How rigourous is the Executive MBA programme in comparison to the 2 year regular MBA?
Ishan: The programme is extremely rigorous given that there is only a year. It is not a one year MBA, rather a 2 year MBA packed into one year.
Careers360: What is the best aspect of your programme and campus?
Ishan: The faculty and the peer learning are probably the two best aspects of this programme. The campus is vibrant and always alive, whether you go to grab a cup of coffee at 2.00 in the morning or play a game of tennis at 6.00. As one of our professors put it “There is something in the air of this campus that adds to the learning. This can only be experienced when you come and stay here.”
Careers360: Are you willing to participate in the placement process or plan to join your previous organization?
Ishan: Yes, I do intend to participate in the placement process.
Careers360: How would you like to implicate the learning after completing the programme?
Ishan: The programme is a get ready for top management programme and helps develop leadership skills. The rigour of classroom discussion, interaction with peers and the large number of business cases that are discussed help develop a broader and structured thinking to solve business problems in an uncertain and dynamic environment. I believe that this learning that enables you to connect the dots and come up with unique solutions is the biggest take away from the programme. Apart from this the interactions with your peer group help you learn the skill of convincing people, putting across a point of view backed by logical reasoning and altering your own point of view which are critical attributes of a successful business manager.
Careers360: What is your advice to the aspirants of this programme?
Ishan: It is critical that aspirants are clear about their reasons for pursuing an MBA and what they expect to gain out of it. Also I would tell all participants to evaluate their choices carefully keeping their objectives in mind.
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can I get admission in iim Ahmedabad after bsc agriculture in ananad agriculture University, Gujarat
Yes you can apply for CAT and get admission in IIM Ahmedabad. IIM Ahmedabad is the top Institute for MBA and it's cutoff is very high every year.
Since you are from bsc which is a non engineering background, extra points are given by the Institute for maintaining academic diversity. This is an advantage for you.
For more information on criteria for CAT and IIMs you can visit the following link:
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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.
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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.