IMI Delhi Alumni Interview: “Aspirants must know why they are pursuing MBA,” says Pranav Kaushal 2016-18 Batch
Vikas Gaur, 28 Dec 2018, #IMI Delhi
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Master of Business Administration or popularly known as MBA is one of the most sought-after post-graduate programmes in the country but a huge number of aspirants who pursue MBA do not carry any vision behind pursuing the programme. Pranav Kaushal, an IMI Delhi alumnus from 2016-18 batch of MBA in BFSI, says that every aspirant must know very clearly from the start why s/he is pursuing MBA. It will help them plan their actions during or after the completion of the course. He further adds that a management degree teaches you time management and how to manage available resources effectively. Learn how the industry works, difference between academics and corporate work structure, and what a management degree adds to your life from Pranav who currently works at HCL as Senior Management Trainee. 

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Careers360: Tell us about your domain and your work profile. 

Pranav: As part of the CTO Office, I am responsible for the following actions:

  • Identifying global start-ups with a view for strategic investment/partnership

  • Extensive analysis of HCL's global competition using a new self-developed in-house framework, Creating new product and service propositions

  • Monetizing HCL’s start-up ecosystem - Identifying opportunities in new/existing customer engagements to leverage disruptive start-up solutions; worked closely with customers to communicate how they can leverage HCL’s external ecosystem 

  • Working with global technology start-ups for creating use-case, rolling out Proofs-of-Concept and positioning them with HCL customers

  • Identifying and building relationships with Venture Capitalists: Work with their portfolio companies for collaboration and/or strategic partnerships

  • Collaboration with leading academic institutions for research on next-generation technology.

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Careers360: Can you briefly tell us about your career path so far?

Pranav: I graduated in Mechanical Engineering and started my career as a line manager with Hero. Pursued my post-graduation at IMI in Banking and Financial services as my specialization with special expertise in the field of Strategic Business Development. During my 6+ months in HCL, being part of the CTO office has given me a huge advantage. I have been working directly with the CXO’s of HCL and CEO’s, CTO’s of various companies. Certainly got a jump start to a new inning.

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Careers360: Is industry work different from what you learn at B-School?

Pranav: The industry work is definitely different from what we study during college. The difference makers are the case study simulations done during the course. It gives you a realistic view of industry work. Thus focusing on them is of the uttermost importance.

Careers360: How do you think your MBA programme has added value to your life, both professional and personal?

Pranav: Resource management and Time management are the two key areas in which MBA has helped me evolve. On a personal level, I have gained much more knowledge in various domains and made friends for life.

Careers360: What was your initial thought process when you joined the MBA programme?

Pranav: This is just a perception and varies from person to person. As far as I am concerned, I was very clear about what I am doing and how I am going to do it. Thus, being a very practical and logical person it really didn’t intimidate me.

Careers360:  You must have spent memorable time at your B-School. Do you miss being a part of it? Share a few good memories.

Pranav: College life is always fun. Last night studies, college canteen, sitting the amphitheatre and playing cricket in that small area certainly made two years fly.

Careers360: Briefly take us through your life at the campus, the activities you used to do and your routine life.

Pranav: I am a very chilled out person and being in the hostel was certainly not new. 1st year was certainly tough as we had to travel around 4 km from the college campus, thus being late to class in almost every 9 am morning class. Tons of assignments, projects were the late night thing on almost every single day. Being on campus in the 2nd year certainly made a huge difference with hardly 5 mins away from the classrooms. Roaming in the campus, playing day and night was fun and actually made the stress go away. Sonu and Globe were lunch/dinner venue almost every alternate day.

Careers360: Apart from academics, what were the other activities you were involved in and how did it enrich your life?

Pranav: I am a sports lover. Playing cricket, table tennis, snooker were the main areas where I spent most of my time. Watching sports, reading science journals, and current affairs were areas of interest. This helped me keep both my mind and body enriched and perfectly healthy.

Careers360: You are a proud alumnus of this top B-School. What is the best part of IMI Delhi from a student's perspective?

Pranav: Beautiful atmosphere is one key area for a student. Being in Delhi, the campus is situated in such a dense forest cover, it gives a positive vibe and energy to the students. Highly qualified teachers with great industry experience bring a flavour of the outside world to the students which enrich them during the course. One can gain a huge amount of experience from each one of them.

Careers360: What is your suggestion/guidance for the MBA aspirants?

Pranav: An MBA aspirant needs to be clear from the very start why is he doing this. Keeping focused on the studies won’t take them through. Overall development of a student is very important to fit in a corporate world. Take keen interest and have active participation in classes especially during the case study simulations. 

As far as the placements are concerned, my advice would be to focus on the Job Profile rather than the company profile or the package as job satisfaction is much more important and would help in shaping your career path as you want.

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Can anyone provide me details about the student exchange program of IMI New Delhi??

Aarushi Makhija 14th Oct, 2019

We are moving from the culture of exclusivity to inclusivity, problems require solutions from a global perspective. IMI strictly adheres to its vision and mission of shaping global leaders through its international academic collaboration and student exchange programs. It is one of the seven B- schools in India to have received accreditation from the international accreditation agency, Association of MBAs (AMBA). AMBA is awarded to the best programs internationally and denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.

The student exchange program broadly helps in two ways, firstly it brings global business perspective and enhances the personality. The student exchange program propels students towards acceptance and understanding of different cultures. It provides the much-needed multifaceted approach to learning. In this fast-paced world awareness is a necessary trait, awareness not just about the surroundings but about the global issues. Secondly, the student exchange program at IMI enhances the exposure to global issues and increases adaptability of an individual. The only way to succeed in life is by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Landing into a foreign space and culture helps one move out of the comfort zone, it provides the strength to confront the challenges, ultimately leading to excellence. Language is the most common barrier one faces while dealing with people from different cultures. IMI through its student exchange program provides the opportunity to break such barriers by increasing the acceptance and understanding of different cultures. Besides cultural acceptance, the foremost important knowledge one acquires through the student exchange program at IMI is about the business at a global level and problem-solving approaches used by different people in different parts of the world. It prepares the students of IMI for global roles.

IMI has association with the world’s leading Business Schools like

  • NJCU School of Business (New Jersey)

  • Montpellier Business School (France)

  • IDRAC Business School (France)

  • KEDGE Business School (France)

  • Louvain School of Management (Belgium)

  • The Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • ICPE (Slovenia)

  • Sichuan University (China)

  • Suleman Dawood School of Business (Pakistan)

  • RANEPA (Russia)

  • Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the president of Republic of Belarus

  • Developpez Une Autre Vision Des Ressources Humaines

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)

  • JAMK University (Finland)

  • Frankfurt School of Finances and Management (Germany)

  • University of Guelph

The presence of huge network and global association had helped IMI, New Delhi to provide the best international exposure to its students in terms of global business knowledge.


how many fees for MBA of IMI kolkata?

Yash Dev Student Expert 8th Oct, 2019
Hello student as per source the fees of International Management Institutes is around 14 lakh Rs students get the final fees in their offer letter.
The Institute started functioning in the year 2011 with its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management Programme currently accredited by the National Board of Accreditation for a period of two years effective from July 2016

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

best college between kiit bbsr IMI Kolkata and isbm Pune for pgdm/mba finance

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019


All the colleges you have mentioned are at different level. If you want to do MBA then do it in some reputed college.

Go for IIM banglore which is a best option. there are other campus also. you can join as per your interest.

Here is the list:-

Select one college from the list and join here. You will have a bright career and real world knowledge.

You can go for the colleges in your question but MBA is highly valued when done from IIM mostly. This will increase scope and chances for you.

Hope it helps!


How is IMI kolkata? What is the cut off score to get into IMI Kolkata? Is it worth to join given that it ranks 47th In the list of NIRF for 2019?

Aayushi Batra 23rd Sep, 2019

Hi Mehul,

IMI Kolkata is considered a decent college and it is one of the colleges among the top 50 according to NIRF list 2019. The following factors can be considered and analysed upon in order to consider this college:


Recently this college has shown a trend for 100% placement of its batch. Maximum package attained was Rs. 20 lakhs and minimum was Rs. 5 lakhs. The average salary for the batch is Rs. 6-7 LPA. The job roles offered were diverse from marketing research to taxation. Even the internship has shown a a trend of 100%.


It is one the colleges having the best infrastructure. All the contemporary facilities are provided by the college. 24- hr Wi-Fi is available and you can even enjoy the good collection of books in their library.


The faculty is very skilled and among the renowned individuals of this industry too. They use distinctive methods of learning which a student might expect for a good b-school.

Selection procedure

Once you have appeared for the entrance exam and cleared the cut off for any of the three exams – CAT, XAT or GMAT, you will be called for WAT-PI round.

The cut off for CAT – 80%ile and XAT- 80%ile.

WAT : This test evaluates your normal writing skills which include spelling and grammar and articulation skills.

PI : This usually lasts for 15 minutes. The aim of this round to know and understand how the candidate is and what is his approach to leadership.

The final selection is based on the entrance exam score, academic profile, verbal ability percentile, WAT/PI score and work experience (if any).

Let me know in case of further issues.

Do reach out to me.

All the best!

Best Wishes

Aayushi Batra


How is IMI Kolkata in terms of profiles offered in placement?

Era Madaria 20th Sep, 2019

Hi Student

Placements : Recent traits are like Almost 100% of the students got placed. The highest package was 20 Lacs per annum and the lowest was 5 with that the average stands at 6-7 LPA. Job profile varies from MDP to sales based jobs to marketing research to tax consultant. Considering internship 100% internship is provided.

You can comment your further queries in the comment section below.

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