IMI Kolkata GDPI ExperiencesAnisha Mukhija
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IMI Kolkata is one of the three Chapters of IMI, India’s first corporate-sponsored business school. IMID – 39 years, IMIK – 2011, we will be admitting our 10th batch of students. IMI Kolkata is promoted by the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group that has diversified businesses in power, retail, IT-enabled services, FMCG, media and entertainment, etc.
Objective – promote significant opportunities for students to learn, grow, and most importantly, develop multiple skills across various disciplines of management. Especially so in the current pandemic times – VUCA world – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. This year. Be innovative.
Technical skillsets + Develop capabilities like problem-solving skills in complex situations, design thinking (Out-of-the-box), critical soft skills, judgement, persuasion, emotional intelligence, communication.
Develop Managers with a mind-set of social responsibility.
Rankings & Accreditation
It is AICTE approved and the PGDM Programme has accreditation from NBA since 2016. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has accorded the Programme equivalent to MBA.
IMI Kolkata has been ranked 52nd among Business Schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), 2020.
Outlook-ICARE Ranking India’s Best B-Schools 2021:
- 4th – Pvt B-Schools East Zone
- 8th – Pvt Standalone Institutions
- 18th – Pvt MBA Institutions in India
Akansha Khaitan (PGDM, 2020-22)
My selection process was online due to the outbreak of the pandemic. So, instead of a group discussion, I had a Written Ability Test (WAT) followed by a Personal Interview.
Despite the absence of a conventional group discussion, my experience was nothing short of amazing. For the selection process, I first had to give a psychometric test which was followed by WAT. For the WAT I had to write an article within limited time. My Personal Interview was particularly intriguing. It was conducted by Professor Baidyanath Biswas. I was asked about my core subject, that is, Economics. I was challenged to think beyond theoretical ideas and was asked to give practical applications. There were hygiene questions about my strengths and weaknesses and where I displayed these attributes. I was also asked about the reason why I chose to do MBA and my expectations from the course. These compelled me to introspect and increased my self-awareness.
Being a fresher, I did not have this kind of an experience prior to this. My experience was unparalleled and helped me make the decision about my career choice.
Aditi Ashwani Shukla (PGDM, 2020-22)
International Management Institute, Kolkata was the first step towards my journey of corporate life. I was thrilled to receive the call letter from the institute, but owing to the pandemic, my selection process was online. The procedure was divided into three parts. First, I had to take a psychometric test which was conducted to assess one’s personality without any unconscious bias. Then, I had a Written Ability Test (WAT) where I had to write an article about ‘The Cauvery Water Disputes’ within the time frame of 30 minutes. This segment was a perfect replacement of Group Discussion. Not only did it test my knowledge on current affairs, but also gauged my perspective about the topic and tested my written communication skills. The last round was the personal interview which was conducted by Dr. Mohua Banerjee, the director of IMI Kolkata. She was warm and welcoming which instantly made me feel confident and at ease. It was a structured interview, comprising a wide array of questions such as my background, area of interest, knowledge on current economic conditions and few abstract questions. It was an ennobling experience to interact with Mohua ma’am, who is the true embodiment of inspiration. Overall, I was content with the procedure and pleased to know that I was selected. I think the entire admission process is a valuable learning curve, which brings out self-awareness and polishes interpersonal skills. I know I have made a wise decision to pursue my PGDM from IMI Kolkata which will help me build a strong foundation and take me to the pinnacle of success.
Prantik Majumdar (PGDM, 2020-22)
International Management Institute, Kolkata was on my radar for a long time and I was fortunate to receive the interview call letter before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. I was physically present at the campus and was guided effortlessly by the admissions team and faculty on campus to my designated hall. After a brief introduction by the Director, Dr. Mohua Banerjee, about IMI Kolkata and its many advantages, the WAT-PI-Extempore session was initiated. Notably, a Psychometric Evaluation was a critical component of evaluation instead of a run-of-the-mill GD, and a 2-page questionnaire had to be filled. Then, the WAT round took place in which we had to write an essay. The topic was randomly assigned to us via lottery and we had 30 minutes to finish.
Then we were ushered in batches to a waiting area a led to our interview rooms. My PI was taken my Dr. Rachana Chattopadhyay, a very warm-hearted personality who eased me into the structured interview by asking me a few general questions about myself and seamlessly transitioning to the profile-based questions. I was quizzed about my hobbies and interests, and I further steered the interview towards the same direction. Then, an extempore round was conducted in which I had to give an impromptu speech about “Cashless India”. I was given a minute to prepare and a minute to speak. I left the interview smiling and was confident of myself, for walking in the right direction.
And I would like to end with a few tips for anyone appearing for interviews:
- Keep your smile on, and be polite
- Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” – The experienced faculty are adept at detecting hollow
statements, so stay honest
- Steer the interview towards your strengths and interests
Having had no prior experience in interviews, and being a fresher, the experience was surely one to remember.
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