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K J Somaiya Institute of Management - Interview with Dr. Monica Khanna, Director

K J Somaiya Institute of Management - Interview with Dr. Monica Khanna, Director

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Jan 06, 2021 12:42 PM IST | #KJSIM

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai, is the constituent B-school of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. Ranked 56 in the NIRF Indian Rankings 2020 for Management,K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management is one of the popular and preferred colleges in the country for MBA programmes. Careers360 talked to Dr. Monica Khanna, Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Management, to know about the admission process of the institute, the legacy it holds, its mission, courses offered, and more. Read the full interview with Dr. Monica Khanna below.
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Careers360 - Tell us about K J Somaiya Institute of Management, its mission and legacy.
Dr. Monica Khanna - The institute opened in 1981 with numerous PGDM courses on offer. Earlier known as K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, the institute gained the private university status in 2019. Over the years, the varsity has started sector specific programmes to help in employment opportunities for the students. As part of the re-branding exercise, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies is now known as K J Somaiya Institute of Management.

Careers360 - Tell us about the programmes and specializations that are being offered by the institute.
Dr. Monica Khanna - It started with one MMS programme in 1983 and then in 1993, we started a PGDM programme. In 2007, the institute offered its first ever management programmes like MBA in International Business and MBA in Retail Management.

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Later, due to a successful journey of the management courses and market research done by the institute, the institute introduced a two-year MBA programme in Financial Services and a 15 month full time Executive MBA programme which needs at least 5 yr of work experience. In 2012, the institute, yet again, introduced a two-year MBA programme in Integrated Marketing Communication. The institute has introduced various MBA multidisciplinary programmes till now including courses like MBA in Healthcare Management and a two-year MBA Programme in Human Resources and MBA in sports management. Over the years, the institute has evolved in providing courses which enable students to be ready for employment in the management world. For any students interested in sports or are looking for a future in sports will find delight in various sports facilities provided by the institute. The sectors like sports and health care need highly qualified managers which the institute helps students to gain that level of experience and perfection.

Careers360 -Tell us about the admission process and cutoff.
Dr. Monica Khanna - To get the admission in K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management candidates must go through the entrance examinations such as CAT, XAT and GMAT. The CAT cutoffkeeps on changing every year since we believe in shortlisting candidates on the basis of the profile of the candidates for its health care and sports programmes.

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Careers360 - How strongly does the institution encourage diversity in the campus?
Dr. Monica Khanna - The institute has, till now, welcomed all the students from all over India warmly. Students hailing from North-East, Eastern and Western areas apply for the programmes. The institution is a place where all states are represented and the diverse educational qualifications and backgrounds are encouraged. Almost 35 - 40% of students are girls. Students from arts, commerce, pharmacy, BDS qualified candidates also test their luck in the MBA programmes making the discussion in the classroom diverse and multidimensional.

Careers360 - Throw some light on the placement procedure and the top recruiters visiting the campus every year for recruiting students.
Dr. Monica Khanna - The placement record at K J Somaiya Institute of Managementhas been remarkable till now. In 2019, almost 97% students were placed by the top recruiters in the country. The average salary goes up to 10 lakhs while the highest salary has gone up to 27-28 lakhs. Top companies such as Amazon, Dell, JP Morgan Chase & Co., SBI, TATA have till now visited the campus to recruit some of our best students.

Careers360 - Is there any hostel facility available in the institute campus?
Dr. Monica Khanna - Yes, the institute also has great hostel facilities with arrangements with OYO rooms outside campus. There are 1000 bed hostel rooms with 700 rooms for boys and 300 for girls.

Careers360 - Do you provide the Internships as well?
Dr. Monica Khanna - Yes, many students have bagged summer virtual internships and pre-placement offers. In 2020, due to the pandemic, many students have been offered live projects floated to them on the basis of signups. These internships are carefully monitored by faculty mentors. Every year, almost 98% of students get internships. The institute has also introduced a new initiative called Ankur ELI (Exponential Learning Initiative) where the students get the chance to teach conversational engineering and Maths to the children who are at the bottom of the pyramid in the Gujarati medium school located on the campus. The students get a chance to also file a report notifying what they experienced.

Careers360 - What kind of students do you think should choose your institution?
Dr. Monica Khanna - Students who are looking at holistic education and exposure are welcome to apply for the MBA programmesat K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management which gives an opportunity to work in different sectors. The institute also gives opportunitiesto all the budding entrepreneurs who need to learn the tactics of the management and business world.

Do not go by the CTC or salary; instead look at the opportunities given by the society today. India is rich in problems and every problem is an opportunity for growth. Do not have a narrow vision; instead look at the opportunities. India needs professional trained managers and MBA is a one stop solution for training students and making them employable graduates. There is no end to MBA because the course has a big relevance to society nowadays.


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K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai (SIMSR) has closed its PGDM 2020 admission process. Now the GD/PI process is continuing for final selection. The college has closed its PGDM 2020 admission on February 6, 2020. The institute has started its GD/PI process for final selection. The classes for new batch will commence in July 2020. Keep visiting the official website for more details.

Hope this helps!

Hello Aspirant,

No, SET is not for MBA.
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2020 is a university level entrance test conducted for offering admission to candidates in undergraduate programs offered by Symbiosis University.You can get admission in Bachelor's level courses through SET and MBA is Postgraduate course.

I hope this helps
KJ Somaiya requires a minimum of 85 percentile for both CAT and XAT. There's no different cutoff for different categories so anyone who wants to apply for the college has to score a minimum of 85 percentile. But you can definitely apply for Welingkar Mumbai and Bangalore campuses as the shortlisting for PGDM HCM is completely profile based. The fees for Welingkar is nearly 11 lakhs and the average compensation package offered for Human Resources is 6-7 lakhs. The last date to apply for Welingkar is 14th February 2020. But you have a decent score so you should check some other good colleges also like
  • XIME Bangalore (fees = 10 lakhs)
  • XISS Ranchi (8 lakhs)
  • Praxis Kolkata (4.4 lakhs)
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon (11.76 lakhs)
  • IMT Hyderabad (12 lakhs)
  • NL Dalmia Mumbai (9.3 lakhs)
  • SIES Mumbai (7.9 lakhs)
  • NDIM New Delhi (9.3 lakhs)

All of them are decent colleges in terms of both academics and placements and you can easily get an average compensation package of around 6-7 lakhs.

And if you want to pursue Human Resource Management and build a good career in that then XISS would be a great option which will provide you great returns on investment. The average compensation package offered for HR is nearly 9-10 lakhs.

Good Luck
You have a pretty decent XAT percentile but KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research requires a minimum of 85 percentile in both CAT and XAT exams. The Institute considers only the overall percentile. So it may be a little difficult for you to get a call. But you can still get some very good colleges with your XAT scores like
  • IIFM Bhopal
  • XIME Bangalore
  • IFMR Chennai
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research
  • Christ University Bangalore
  • Great Lakes Gurgaon and others.

These colleges will also offer you good placement opportunities and good academics and you must try to attend as many interview processes as possible to get enough options to choose from.

Good Luck

Hello Shaikh

The expected cutoff for K.J. somaiya college is 1124-1454,

Below this it will be difficult to get admission in this study hard as the cutoff is really high.

Best of luck.

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