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Know about IMI Kolkata from an alumnus: Interview with Ashutosh Sharma (2016-2018)

Know about IMI Kolkata from an alumnus: Interview with Ashutosh Sharma (2016-2018)

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Dec 18, 2023 02:05 PM IST | #IMI Kolkata

International Management Institute (IMI) Kolkata was India's first corporate-sponsored business school. As per the NIRF 2023 Rankings, IMI Kolkata has been placed 70th in the management category. IMI Kolkata offers postgraduate and doctoral level programmes like Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM) and EFPM. Careers360 brings you an interview with Ashutosh Sharma, working for Reliance Industries Limited in the textile division as an international marketer. He is an PGDM alumni International Management Institute Kolkata. In his interview to Careers360, Ashutosh shares his experience at IMI Kolkata. What was life like at the institute? How did he choose the PGDM programme IMI Kolkata? And other things about the college like placements, internships, facilities, clubs & societies and more. To know more about International Management Institute Kolkata from an alumni perspective go through the complete interview of Ashutosh Sharma.

Know about IMI Kolkata from an alumnus: Interview with Ashutosh Sharma (2016-2018)
Know about IMI Kolkata from an alumnus: Interview with Ashutosh Sharma (2016-2018)

Careers360: Tell us about your domain and your work profile. At the professional level, did you pursue the same field you were interested in or you switched?

Answer: I work with Reliance Industries Limited in the textile division as an international marketer. I work in B2B marketing where I deal with Fashion retailers across the UK to fulfill their commercial needs. I studied Marketing as my major and secured a job in the same field.

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

Answer: Reliance Industries Limited is the first organisation I have worked with and so far I have learnt all the nitty gritty of International marketing and tactics to get the job done. Working very close to the production unit allowed me to understand the working of a production plant has given me exposure to the front and back door of the business.

Careers360: Is the Industry work different from what you learnt at IMI-K College?

Answer: College tries to create a simulation of the work that we are going to do during the job but the reality is always different from what we study in college. We are better prepared for the job with classroom learning.

Careers360: How do you think your time in college has added value to your life, both professional and personal?

Answer: During my time in IMI Kolkata I had the opportunity to learn a lot of things but one thing that I learnt which changed my perspective was that I will always be learning and it’s a never ending process.

Careers360: What was your initial thought process when you joined IMI-K College?

Answer: My initial thought while joining IMI-K was to use the two years as a stepping stone for my entry to the corporate world. Thankfully this course acted a lot more than that for me.

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

Answer: These two years were a mix of learning and fun. I miss my time spent in the hostel which was my home for those two years. Classroom presentations which made helped to be corporate ready.

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

Answer: Life at campus involved a lot of classroom teaching which gave a mix of bookish and practical learning. In addition to the classes we had clubs and committees where I was actively involved in MarKreators-The Marketing club, Alcom- Alumni Committee and Bizzaffairs- Business Affairs club where I spent countless hours burning the midnight oil to plan activities/industrial visits and much more. Then came the hostel life where we used to enjoy with our friends (No Parties) ate and played. I miss playing badminton at 1 AM at night which we could only do at the campus.

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

Answer: I was actively involved in MarKreators-The Marketing club, Alcom- Alumni Committee and Bizzaffairs- Business Affairs club which helped me to learn how to handle a team of talented people and make them see a vision which was for the betterment of all the stakeholders. Finishing up projects within the given time period is something I learnt while I was given impossible deadlines and high expectations.

Careers360: How did you keep updated with the industrial requirements and what was the role of the institute in it?

Answer: Regular guest lectures from industrial experts, industrial visits and workshops by MarKreators were very helpful to give an insight as to what’s changing in the industry.

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

Answer: Student life at IMI-K has been enriching and fun at the same time and this institute has provided me with many opportunities and not just in terms of placement but many other spheres as well!

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

Answer: Come to college with an open mind to learn everything this college has to offer, two years will pass on in a jiffy as this campus has 2 decades worth of learning to offer.

Disclaimer: This content was distributed by International Management Institute Kolkata and has been published as part of Careers360’s marketing initiative.


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International management institute in kolkata offers courses on following disciplines,

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  • Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM), Doctoral Level Programme

PGDM programme is equivalent to MBA with equivalence granted by Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Government of India.

KINDLY mention which course admission details you want to know, then we may help you with necessary information.

IMI Kolkata is pretty average college. For IMI only the Delhi campus is good and the Bhubaneshwar campuse is a little decent. The PGDM program consists of courses like Marketing, Finance and Human resources management. The fees for the PGDM program in IMI Kolkata is 12.4 lakhs but the placements are not up to the mark. Companies like ICICI Prudential, HDFC Life insurance, Jaro Education, Ujjivan and some other startups visit the campus but the job roles offered are mostly for sales. For Human Resources Management most of the companies like TCS, Arohan Financial Services and others conduct pool campusing. The average compensation package offered there is 5-6 lakhs. So if you have limited options with you in terms of colleges or you want to pursue marketing management then this college won't be a bad option. But they do have good alumni base which can help you in future growth.

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Dear Priyanka, you will  have to score atleast an overall 60-70% in CAT for being shortlisted for further rounds of selection procedure. Your education background, marks scored in 10th and 12th, Graduation and work experience are considered and calculated for being shortlisted for WAT and PI. IMI Kolkota conducts WAT to evaluate written capabilities of prospective Candidates. WAT evaluates Articulation and Technical aspects of the applicant. After WAT, selected Candidates will attend 15 minutes of Personal Interview. For complete information about the selection process, please visit their official website at:

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