SPJIMR Chairperson Interview - Dr. Sajeev Abraham George calls for “value based growth”
Most of the management aspirants want to make their way to reputed B-school as it will not only help them to acquire the necessary knowledge but also aid them to get placed well. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) is one of India’s leading management institutes, which offers admission to the candidates on the basis of the applicant’s profile, academic record, entrance test scores (CAT/XAT/GMAT), relevance of work experience (if any) and performance in the two rounds of group interviews. According to Abraham George, the average salary increased to Rs.22.90 lakhs from Rs.22.24 lakhs in 2018. In an exclusive interaction with Careers360,Dr. Sajeev Abraham George talks about all the aspects of the institute such as the placements, salary offered, infrastructure etc.
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George says mission is to “Influence practice & promote value based growth”
Careers360: Tell us something about the institute; when it was set up, vision and mission
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: Founded in 1981, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) is one of India’s leading management institutes. SPJIMR works with the mission of Influencing Practice and Promoting Value Based Growth. The institute is noted for its distinctive approach to management education that includes its award winning pedagogic innovations, active engagement with businesses and unique non-classroom and experiential learning methodologies. Over the years, the Institute has acquired the reputation of meeting societal needs of under-managed sectors through a wide range of programs and initiatives. SPJIMR has been consistently ranked amongst the top-10 MBA institutes of the country. For the last three years, we are one among the only 5 Indian B-schools to be ranked in QS Global MBA Ranking.
Careers360: Tell us something about the admission process?
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: The purpose of the PGDM program of SPJIMR is to develop value based leaders who balance profit and social purpose.
Before signing up for the program, the candidate needs to choose an area of specialization.
The selection process assesses not only the intellectual capabilities but also the relevance of the work experience (if any) with the chosen specialization, extra-curricular activities and an attitude befitting the Institute’s mission of value-based leadership.
We have two rounds of interviews that are conducted in groups. In the first round we look at the overall profile of the candidate and the suitability to the chosen specialization. The second round mainly looks at the value fit with the institute. We have about 4 of our faculty members meeting each candidate in the admission process before one is offered admission to this institute.
SPJIMR has a selection process that is done in two phases. In the first phase applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles before declaration of the test scores. Shortlisted candidates are called for an early interview to the campus if they meet cut-off scores in at least one of the qualifying tests. In the second phase, candidates are shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their profiles as well as their test scores. Interviews for phase two are held in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore.
The final selection takes into account the applicant’s profile, academic record, entrance test scores (CAT/XAT/GMAT), relevance of work experience (if any) and performance in the two rounds of group interviews.
Careers360: What kind of infrastructure can students expect at the institute? Please elaborate?
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: The SPJIMR campus is spread over an expanse of 45 acres of Bhavan’s Campus at Andheri in the heart of Mumbai city. The campus is equipped with all the modern amenities characteristic of high quality educational institute. The campus has residential facilities, cafeterias, state of the art classrooms and learning centers including library, IT Centre, Auditoriums, amphitheaters and 24x7 high speed wireless internet connectivity. In the recent past we have upgraded our existing infrastructure as well as made some significant new additions, taking into account the growing requirements. Plans are further underway for further expansion and modernization of our infrastructural facilities.
Careers360: There is a lot of stress that is being made with regard to interaction with the industry as well as companies that recruit. What are the steps being taken by the institute in this direction?
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: True to its mission of influencing practice, SPJIMR exposes its students to industry practices in a way that sets it apart from other B-schools. In addition to guest lectures, field visits, live projects and internships, there are many other platforms created to work with industry to promote research and thought leadership. The annual SPJIMR Business Academia Conclave (SBAC) is one such imitative.
All the four specialization areas have Academic Advisory Councils consisting of leading practitioners who meet every year along with the faculty members to review the curriculum for currency and relevance.
Careers360: Internships are now mandatory as per AICTE guidelines. Does the institute help students with this? If yes how?
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: We have two mandatory internships. There is a social internship in which the students work for 4 weeks with an NGO in the rural India or in any other relevant geographies. We call this Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC) project. This helps to sensitize students to the needs of the social sector and they also get an opportunity to provide managerial inputs to the NGOs for better effectiveness and efficiency. The second is the corporate internship. When in most other institutes, the students do their corporate internship in summer at the end of the first year of the program, we are possibly the only leading institute that follow the autumns internship, where the students carry out the corporate internship project in the second year, after they complete most of their specialization courses. This, we believe helps our students to do a more meaningful project, in which they are able to better apply the theory that they learned into practice. Typically, more than 50 per cent of the batch take up PPO/PPI opportunities through their autumns internships with leading companies.
Careers360: Can you please share details if there is any collaboration with universities abroad?
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: Global Relevance and Social Sensitivity are two important aspects of the PGDM curriculum. In the second year of the program, all the students get an opportunity to pursue 3 weeks of advanced specialization courses at our partner schools as an International Immersion, which we call it as the Global Fast Track (GFT).
For the batch of 2019, the Finance and Marketing cohorts travelled to the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, New York, Information Management cohort to Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and the Operations & Supply Chain cohort to the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
In addition to GFT, the students have an opportunity to participate in the international exchange programmes that we have made arrangement with different universities abroad.
Careers360: Please share placement statistics with information on the average package, highest and lowest package, number of students placed and details of companies that have recruited.
Dr. Sajeev Abraham George: SPJIMR has been able to consistently achieve 100% placements with a continuous improvement in placement outcomes year on year. Following are some of the placement statistics for the year 2019.
The average salary increased to Rs.22.90 lakhs from Rs.22.24 lakhs in 2018.
74.9% of the batch received offers of INR 20 LPA or above.
More than 50% of batch took up PPO opportunities with leading companies.
Over 110 companies participated in the placement process.
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Questions related to SPJIMR, Mumbai
Can you tell me how much percentile required to get into SP Jain, NITIE Mumbai, and XLRI? Is there any chance of mine getting into an IIMs or any other goverment colleges if yes my academic records are X - 60.8% , XII - 63.6% And UG - 72.77% .
Basically to get admission in top IIM'S you will have to get at last 99 percentile or above, still there is no guarantee that you will achieve it.
Yop IIM's follows two different set of rules. One for Initial calling and otehr for Final Selection. For Initial calling they give 35%-40% weightage to your previous credentials and 60 to 65 to CAT score.
For Final calling they give 10% -20% only and remaining is given to GD, PI and CAT score.
For XLRI you will have to XAT. For SP Jain you need 90-92.
All the best!!
I am pursuing my BBA how much percentile i have to score in CAT to get top tier colleges like IIMs or FMS or sp jain? And i am from General category.
Percentile that you should score in CAT exam in order to get top business School depends upon your percentage in bachelor or academic record because for the final admission in the top business school your overall record will be seen so if your percentage in bachelor and your intermediate is good enough then you can consider your good chances of admission with 96 or more percentile, if you don't have good enough record in your academics then you will have to score more than 99 percentile to get into top business school.
Best of luck.
I am studying in Symbiosis Pune in DP grade (11th) Want to pursue under graduate training in mgt from sp jain .Please guide and advise
Hope you are doing well.Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP Test) is the gateway for Post Graduate Programmes of Symbiosis International (Deemed University).Since 2007, applicants trying to join MBA programs offered by foundations of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) need to take the normal, required Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. Applicants should enroll and pay for SNAP Test and establishments offering his/her decision of program by paying separate organization program shrewd enlistment charges. Every understudy envious of admission to SIBM,Pune must show up for Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test, which is a typical composed test for the admission to all Symbiosis postgraduate foundations. Safeguard the Admit Card of SNAP Test for additional determination procedure at SIBM, Pune.
In the SNAP Test, applicant is decided on General English, Current Affairs, Quantitative Aptitude and Analytical and Logical Reasoning. Whenever shortlisted, he/she ought to go to the GE-PIWAT process directed independently by every one of these establishment.
Hope the above information helps you.
Thank you so much and all the best for your future.
Hello, i have a cgpa of 8.2 in 10th, 68% in 12th and 57% in graduation along with 20 weeks of internsips during graduation and i am planning to take GMAT to try and score 700+ in it. Will i then be eligible for SP Jain PGDM programme?
According to your academic scores you need to have an excellent score in either XAT, GMAT or CAT. And to be eligible for admission you need to score at least 650+ in GMAT. And for GMAT, you should score at east 750-760 marks to compensate your previous records and get a call for PGDM further admission process.
And your selection depends on your performance and the deciding committee which cannot be predicted easily, but to be on safer side, score good. For further query ask us, All the best.
How much percentile should I need in 10th and 12th board exam and also in graduation to have admission in S.P jain college of management (spjimr) Plz sir tell me soon ...I am in 10th now and iam too worried of that how can I get admission in spjimr... Please sir tell me soon ...
sp jain is one of the most renowned college for MBA in India. it takes admission in two ways one profile based and other score based which considers even low academic score. for admissions in mba programs at sp jain i will recommend you to have at least 80-85+ score in academics and if not then score very good percentile in CAT or XAT.