MBA Experience Interview: Rishabh Jha shares experience at IIFM Bhopal Campus
Ranjini Basu, 25 Jan 2019, #IIFM
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Rishabh Jha pursued his studies in earth and environmental sciences prior to joining Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. He chose Forestry Management as his PGD programme (PGDFM). A student from the batch of 2017-19 and an ardent lover of nature and photography, Rishabh states that IIFM, being a sectoral management institute, instils in its students the requisite skills and knowledge for identifying and addressing the intricacies arising from social, environmental and economic constraints.


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Rishabh, in this interview with Careers360, portrays a vivid picture of IIFM Bhopal campus life, ambiance, student engagement activities, social clubs, and other campus related details. He suggests his juniors to wisely utilise the opportunities rendered by Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal so that they can build their potential to make a difference. Rishabh has been placed at Kantar Public as Associate Research Manager.

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Careers360: What are the factors that led you to join IIFM Bhopal or pursue Forest Management as a specialisation?
Rishabh Jha: Contrary to the popular belief, IIFM does not restrict itself to forest management but goes much beyond –the academic curriculum at IIFM is an amalgam of courses from the spheres of general management, conservation & livelihood management, developmental management and environmental management. Having studied earth and environmental sciences from research perspective prior to coming to IIFM, a proclivity toward understanding the practices aiding in planning, community engagement, impact assessments along with relevant government and corporate activities was generated, and IIFM was the choice I made.

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Careers360: How is the campus life at IIFM? Is it all packed up in a routine or equally divided between fun and study? What is the best thing about your campus, something that differentiates it from the others?
Rishabh Jha: Life at IIFM campus is quite balanced with equal measures of fun and study; day-time is devoted for attending lectures while evenings are kept for leisure time activities. The campus accommodates no greater than 250 students who bring the campus alive with their sheer energy. IIFM has a number of student-managed clubs that actively utilise the evenings for organizing various events ranging from cultural nights to colloquiums to festive celebrations. Also, it’s heartening to see how caring the students here are towards animals – that rubs off on others as well.

There is an expanse of grassland, besides the lush greenery that the campus has to offer, that makes an ideal place to view and capture the sunrise in one’s camera or to simply hangout with friends. Its close proximity to the national park nearby has its own perks – birding enthusiasts can discover a range of birds in the campus itself!

Careers360: Along with the theories or studying inside the classroom, what are the practical aspects that are included in the PGDFM curriculum. Share some insights.
Rishabh Jha: Students are routinely encouraged to visit sites, as part of their assignments, to understand, assess and develop likely recommendations in response to real-life challenges in pertinent areas of conflicts.
Precisely, the flagship PGDFM programme has two field-trips, one each year, that also deliver the students the immersive experience of interacting with rural communities by letting the students stay among the community members for a brief time. 

Careers360: How is the industry-academia sync maintained at your institute? Are you taken to field visits etc.? Share your experience of the same.
Rishabh Jha: Not only does the institute collaborate with relevant organisations and bodies to organise field visits to keep us updated with current trends and needs, renowned and experienced personalities apropos to pertinent areas are invited to interact with us either in the form of colloquiums, classroom lectures or workshops. The growing alumni of IIFM also play a pivotal role in this regard.

Careers360: Tell us something about the campus of IIFM. How is the ambience or environment different from other B-schools?
Rishabh Jha: The natural environment here gives a very positive vibe. The campus is surrounded by water-bodies on three sides, is atop a hill, and is within the city’s perimeter. It is very rare to have this large area with such peculiar natural setting so close to the urban-scape. 
Students regularly organise competitions and drives focused at environmental awareness. Sustainable practices are not limited to books and lectures but are realised here, the students-managed mess uses a biogas generator utilizing food-wastes to meet its cooking fuel demands. Along with a number of clubs and cells that are managed by students, summer internships and placements too are managed entirely by students, helping us become better managers of tomorrow. 

Careers360: Tell us something about IIFM’s cultural fests, business/sports competitions. 
Rishabh Jha: Four major events are hosted at the campus every academic year:

  • Coalescence – a conclave that provides an opportunity to its participants to meet and interact with experts from social and environmental sectors through keynote addresses, panel discussions and competitions. 

  • Environmental Literacy Campaign – a campaign aimed at bringing stakeholders from different strata of the society to think, understand and act for a sustainable future
    Kalpataru – the annual gala event that hosts various activities - cultural, sports, literary, etc.

  • Reminiscence – an annual event organized by the alumni cell of IIFM. Alumni revisit and reunite with their former batchmates to cherish the good old times lived at the IIFM campus.

Careers360: What are the different committees or clubs at IIFM? Are you a part of any such club or committee?
Rishabh Jha: I have been part of Summer Internship Committee, Climate Change and Environment Core Competency Cell, Movie and Photography Club and Nature Club.

Following are the clubs, committees and cells at IIFM:

Adventure Club

Dramatics Club

Movies and Photography Club

Summer Internship Committee

Climate Change and Environment Core Competency Cell (C2EC3)

Nature Club

 Literary Club

Mess Committee

Placements Committee

Sports Club

Cultural Club

Alumni Network Committee

Communication Cell

Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or not attending the classes? What are some of the popular hangout spots of the IIFM students?
Rishabh Jha: I indulge in outdoor photography, watch movies or go out with friends. 

Besides the regular spots inside the campus, IIFM students hangout at diverse locations – from Indian Tea House in the old city area to DB Mall in MP Nagar to 10 No. market among others.

Careers360: Tell us something about the hostel life? What makes it special from other hostels?
Rishabh Jha: There are three hostels for male students and one for female students. The hostel life has brought us, from 27 states, at one location and has created this feeling of bonhomie that we share among us. Strolls to the grassland, all of us working nights to bring events to fruition, going on a nature trail inside our very campus happen to be few of many experiences that have made the hostel life at IIFM memorable.

Careers360: The placement process at your institute has been concluded. Which company and profile have you been placed?
Rishabh Jha: Yes. The final placement programme (2018) has been successfully conducted by IIFM Bhopal. I have been placed at Kantar Public as Associate Research Manager.

Careers360: What are your career plans after completing the programme? Which sector and function would you like to pursue? Do you have any dream company in mind?
Rishabh Jha: As of now I have been offered a position in Kantar Public, and I would want to keep my focus on  getting to know the role and responsibilities better, and build a credible expertise to better my career growth. 

Careers360: What is the placement process followed in your institute? How does IIFM prepare you for it?
Rishabh Jha: Students can apply to any of the companies that the placement committee brings to their notice. Should an organisation select a student, he/she is expected to accept the offer and withdraw from the placement process. If a student sits for more than one organisation at a time, the organisation that selects the student first would be the one that the student will have to go with. 
To begin with, IIFM prepares its students for the placement process by imparting domain relevant knowledge along with instilling in them leadership and managerial qualities by allowing them to manage committees, clubs and cells entirely on their own. The annual field trips, too, contribute significantly by enhancing the theoretical knowledge with on-ground applications. In addition, mock interviews and group discussions are organized for students to evaluate themselves. 

Careers360: The batch of 2019-21 will join soon. What would be your message for your juniors?
Rishabh Jha: They have come to an institute unlike any, and the next two years are going to be a rollercoaster ride for them. They are going to have this opportunity to tread on a career path that very few choose in the country, and if used wisely then by the end of the programme they will have the potential to make a difference. IIFM will make them connect with people, nature and environment.

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Which is better for future growth and opportunities, MBA from IIFM bhopal Or NIT trichy? Im a BBA graduate

Jesin J 8th May, 2019
Hello Kush. Your question is like,  Which is better, apples or oranges??  Both Iifm and NIT Trichy have been decent colleges for MBA grads over the years. Both the colleges have good faculties, and the career growth and development is almost same for both the colleges. The placement figures are also quite similar. So, it boils down to your individual perspective regarding the college. The cat cutoff for either colleges have been around 80-82.

There is nothing much to differentiate between the two, but there even better colleges available than these two colleges, which are better in terms of placement and other facilities.

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Ssim Mysore vs iifm roi and placement is mainly concern

Shashank Negi 30th Mar, 2019

Hi Shivansh,

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Mysore: According to the last year placement reports, the highest package offered was Rs 10 lakhs, the avereage package offered was Rs 4 lakhs and the minimum package offered was Rs 2.5 lakhs.

Recruiters: Deloitte, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, BYJU’s, OYO Rooms, HDFC Bank, ICICI Prudential, ITC, ICICI Securities, Kotak Life Insurance, Bajaj Allianz, Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance, ICICI Lombard etc.

Course, Fees Structure & Seats: The institute provides courses like PGDM General, PGDM Markrting, PGDM Triple Specialization and PGDM in Banking, Insurance, Finance and Allied Services. The total fees for the course is Rs 6.50 lakhs. The intake for PGDM General is 120 and for the rest of the courses it is 60.

IIFM, Bhopal: According to the latest placement reports, the highest pacakge offered is Rs 11.15 lakhs and the average package offered is Rs 6.97 lakhs.

Recruiters: IDFC, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Spandana Sphoorty, Samasta Microfinance, Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd., Svatantra Microfinance, BASIX Sub-KMPSRLM, Jeevika, Odisha Livelihood Mission, Pradan, CARE India, Swades Foundation and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Ernst and Young etc.

Course, Fees Structure & Seats: The institute provides specialization in Conservation and Livelihood, Environmental Management, Developmental Management. The total fees for the course is Rs 6.24 lakhs. The intake for the course is 120.

Therefore, according to the ROI and placement, IIFM, Bhopal is better.  


Which is a better college in Bangalore for PGDM in HRM - IIFM, ISBR, IBA or RIMS?

Vaishnavi Raghavan 8th Mar, 2019

Hello Mannat

Postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) in Human Resource Management (HRM) is a 2-year (in some, 1 or 1 and a half) course which equips the students with the knowledge and skills required for managing the human resource in a way that it contributes to the development of individuals and society. 

It is difficult to judge a college from a single course, so, this answer is written in a generic manner. Choosing the right college is difficult, more so when you're comparing four of the renowned B-schools of the country.

Since we're comparing B-schools, there are few things that are more important than anything and one should pay attention to since management institutions cost fortunes. Any B-school is only worth if it has great: placement cell, infrastructure, and faculty/curriculum; so let's only focus on these features.

  • RIMS

Ramaiah Institute Of Management Studies/Sciences, Affiliated to Gokula Educational Trust, is a private business school that was established in 1995.

Fees: 6.4L

Placements: Famous for its great placement cell, placement at Ramaiah is good considering that almost 100+ companies come for placement year on year. Many companies like Deloitte, Honeywell, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Aon Global, ACT Fibernet, etc, visit the institution, and packages can go from 3LPA to 7LPA on average. In 2018, the highest package was 16LPA, and in 2017, 9LPA.

Infrastructure: The school is equipped with decent classroom facilities, and as the institution has recently gotten remodeled, there are even more facilities provided now. Computer lab, 24/7 library, campus wifi, out-campus hostel, and AC classrooms. However, medical facilities and sports may not be up to the mark according to many reviews. Food outlets are available plenty inside the campus. Good parking facility.

Faculty: It has faculty members from varied industries and CEOs of prominent business organizations. Faculty members from IIMs is a common sight. There are good and experienced professors in each and every domain, but the best faculty are those from the finance domain. Industrial visit is done once every tenure.

Why this: Placements.

  • IIFM

Institute of Finance and International Management School is an autonomous private institution, established in 1995.

Fees: 12L

Placements: It has an average placement of 7LPA. Placement committee is good and seems to have the placement record of 60-70%. Placement isn't the highlight of the college. There are more start ups than big brands. Many of the students don't get placed but almost all get enrolled in various internship offers. Companies like Oracle, Nestle, Morgan Stanley, etc are some of the recruiters.

Faculty: All the faculties are highly experienced and accomplished in their respective fields; most of them Ph.D. holders. Very good place for networking. Great industrial connect. The learning environment is perfect. The faculties are interactive and helpful to students. Focuses on practical learning for case studies. The best domain is finance education.

Infrastructure: A little on the remote side of the city, hence transportation is uncomfortable for day scholars. However, closer to the IT hub so advantages for the course. The hostel is decent enough, but the mess is not up to mark. Decent classrooms and has all basic facilities.

Why this: Teaching

  • IBA

Indus Business Academy, formerly known as Indian Business Academy, is a business school that was established in 2001.

Fees: 7.51L

Placement: Top recruiters like Deloitte, Bata, HDFC, Mcnore, Lifestyle, etc, visit the school, but otherwise there are lots of startups as well. Placement cell is fine, overall, with the average package of 5.5LPA. The highest package offered for batch 16-18 was 7 Lacs and the lowest was 2.6 Lacs. The institution has seen a lot of industrial visits, so there's good exposure for students. Has met the placement record of 95%.

Faculty: Faculty is good and cooperative and have rich experience of academic as well as cooperate experience. For every 15 students, they have one mentor who holds meetings and talks regularly for interactive sessions. The case studies are used to clear out students how to implement theories when a situation arises. 24-hour security is there on the campus to make the students manage unexpected tasks during the night which is a common occurance. Busy classroom life and strict faculty members. The course curriculum is trimester based, wherein each subject has 11 sessions.

Infrastructure: The institution follows more of corporate spiritual theories to enlighten students. 3D, KMC, Rosegarden, Success steps, IBA Flag, and MBA philosophy are some of the majorly used concepts just to clear out how corporate life could be. The campus is surrounded by lush greenary which it is famous for. The infrastructure is decent in terms of classrooms, auditorium, amphitheater, etc. More than 13000+ books and ebooks are availiable in the library,availiable most times. The food is veg and quality is average. Wifi service is poor. Why this: Good learning atmosphere.

  • ISBR

Founded in 1990, ISBR Business School is autonomous management institute, first established under the aegis of Bangalore Education Trust.

Fees: 8L

Placements: 180+ companies on board for placements and internships, placement opportunities at ISBR are appreciative. The recruiters include Byju's, Jaro Education, Square Yards, etc. Getting placed into a company is assured, but depends heavily on skills. Highest package: 20LPA (2017)

Faculty: Great. All the faculty members are well-educated, experienced and have one-to-one contact with every student. Cleverly designed curriculum. Interactive and Efficient.

Infrastructure: Sufficient, well-maintained with auditoriums, library, and AC classrooms. Hence, just


When is the shortlist of Iifm PGDSM declared?

Vishakha Khandelwal 29th Mar, 2019

Hello Shweta,

The Shortlist for candidates selected for the interview rounds is already out. You can download the list by following the link below. All details of interview dates and venue are mentioned in it.

The final shortlist of selected candidates for admission in their 2019-21 program is expected to be out by late April or early May.

All the best!


What is the lowest percentile for an agri grad to fetch a call from IIFM?

Manisha Gupta Expert 25th Feb, 2019

IIFM takes the admission on the basis of CAT/XAT score, The Shortlisted candidates will be called for Written Aptitude Test (WAT) / Interview at Bhopal, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

In order to get a call from IIFM Bhopal you should have more than 80-85 percentile in CAT Entrance Exam. You can also refer the below given article for the admission related information.


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