Prof Amit Karna, Placement Chairperson, IIM-A, speaks to Careers360 on how a titan institute like IIM-A among the country's management instituions is taking a number of steps to enable to amke an informed career choice. The column by Prof Amit Karna will help you know how the instituions like IIM-A have changed their placement processes.

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Expert Column: We need to train students and enable them to make more informed choice, says Prof. Amit Karna, Placement Chairperson, IIM Ahmedabad

Read this column by the IIMA Placement Chairperson talking about the recruitment scenario in the B-Schools.

Being one of the premier institutes in the country, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) attracts best of the students and recruiters to its campus. This results in one of the most competitive job markets taking place with lot of pressure on both the sides. Given the rapid nature of decisions taken in such a market, and an overwhelming process of interviews and job offers, it is natural for young students to come into pressure that is driven by reputation of the company and salary offered by the recruiter. This, we believe, is ineffective for students as well as recruiters, as it leads to suboptimal choices on both sides, especially on part of young students.

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Launching pad for corporate world

Management institutes in India today work under tremendous pressure of providing a good launch pad to students for building their careers in the corporate world. The practices followed by majority of these institutes aim at providing 100% placements, at whatever cost. Such a short-term objective leads to compromises on the best-fit between the student aspirations and skill-sets and organisational expectations. Institutes will be better-off in the longer run, if they were to focus on more dimensions in addition to salary offered and reputation of the company, in order to serve all the stakeholders better. 

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At IIMA, we have constantly changed the placements process in order to facilitate a more career-fit-oriented decision-making on the student side of the job market. This has helped us provide a better-fit between the candidates and recruiters over the years. IIMA has some unique features in their placements process that I outline below.

Cluster-cohort system

IIMA has moved away from the conventional “day-system”, that is essentially salary-oriented, towards a unique “cluster-cohort system.” The system, adopted a few years ago, clubs companies from same sector offering similar profiles into a cohort, and several such cohorts, termed as cluster, are invited to visit campus for interview on the same day. We currently have three clusters, thereby removing the salary and reputation oriented categorization of firms into Day 0, Day 1 and so on. Recruiters visit campus to attract the best talent and compete with similar firms, and students make choices not only based on salaries offered, but on the sector and role offered by the recruiter.

Flexibility in sector selection

IIM Ahmedabad also provides the flexibility of making “dream” applications to firms of their choice in a subsequent cluster even after receiving an offer in one cluster. This enables students to explore more sectors and choices to build careers in a wider list of preferred sectors. Through such flexibility, recruiters also get a benefit to hire a future employee who had made a choice after looking at all possible options. This ensures that the organization where student joins has attracted a better fit.

No strings attached pre-placement offers

In final placements (for full-time jobs), we get a large number of pre-placement offers from recruiters who extend these offers to students who would have interned at their organization during the summer. At IIMA, we do not accept any conditions on this offer as that again puts students under the pressure to accept the offer without looking at more options. This is again unlikely to be helpful to the organizations where students will join. We allow the students to retain the offers and look at other options, so that they can make an informed choice. Students taking up jobs within such a process are a better-fit for recruiters and add lot more value in the long run.

 

Amit Karna

 

Variety of co-curricular activities

 

In addition to these unique features of IIMA’s placement system on the days of interview, IIMA also helps prepare the students through the programme in a continuous manner. In addition to a carefully designed rigorous curriculum of the programmes, IIMA offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities by student clubs, and various mentoring sessions and industry talks that prepare the students and make them ready to take on challenges in the real world. The placement related activities on campus are all geared towards reducing the stress levels on students and helping them make choices that result in recruiters attracting the talent that is best-fit for their organization.

 

Conclusion

 

We believe that providing an environment where students make placement related choices in a pressure-cooker situation is not conducive to recruiters finding the candidates that are a right fit for their organization. Therefore, management institutes will serve the cause of placements better by focusing on reducing the stress on students and enabling the students to make a more informed choice. This will not only serve the students better, but also enable a better fit for recruiters visiting campus to meet their employee requirements.

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,

Thanks.

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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work experience..how much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

Click at this link to know more about CAT - https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

Hope this was helpful

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requirements for iim ahmedabad

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

The eligibility criteria for IIM Ahmedabad is that a person must qualify CAT exam and which the candidates will be called for writing ability test (WAT) and personal interview (PI) rounds. Most of the IIM give more weightage to the CAT score . You must have secured 50% in general (40% for SC ST and PWD) in your bachelor degree

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I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

hi,

see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80

obc-75

sc-70

st-60

iim bangalore:

general- 85

obc-75

sc-70

st-65

for more details you may follow the below link,

https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-cutoff

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Is it possible for me to get into anyone of the IIMs if I have completed my bachelors degree from a tier 3 college with 85% & have 76% in 10th, 53% in 12th & no work experience?

Manisha Gupta Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

You have an average Academic record so you need to target a little higher percentile than the closing cut-off.

After CAT result, Every Institute including IIM prepares a merit list to call students for next round of interview and WSAT which is based on your aggregate score which comprises of many factors such as CAT marks,
10th 12th and graduation percentage, work experience etc. with different weightages for different IIMs.

If you are targeting to get top IIMs like IIM A, B, C then try to score more than 99 percentile and for new IIMs try to score 95 percentile in CAT Entrance Exam. Other than IIMs, To get into top private colleges like FMS, JBIMS Mumbai, S.P Jain etc. You should have more than 96-98 percentile other than this for other private colleges you can get with 90+ percentile in CAT Entrance Exam.

Good Luck!

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