Balancing Opportunities and Sacrifices

Why MBA? This question has a unique answer for anyone pursuing an MBA. The fact that they decide to answer this question truthfully or not is an entirely different discourse. The idea of getting an MBA first came to us at a specific time and place, and with time, a sequence of ifs and buts led us to the day we decided to sign up for the two years of rigorous post-graduation study. Some of us were adamant regarding our decision, while others were mentally fidgety about the same.

I was fidgety. From considering an M.Phil. in Psychology to a Ph.D. in Economics, I ended up opting for MBA. A few thoughts sporadically hovered in my mind. There would be no financial independence for two years, no home of my own to live in, very little or no experimental cooking, small cupboards, no projects to lead, limited options for where to go out to party, and no control over my schedule (our office had flexible hours), no time for fashion experiments, fewer opportunities for painting and content creation, and the list goes on.

Before the dreadful COVID-19, we had dreaded work life without a holiday. I remember needing to visit the ophthalmologist but had to keep on postponing it till a year. COVID-19 taught me two things- patience and how to handle 20-liter water cans by myself. Fast forward to two years and slogging my senses off, a life of recognition, reward, and the responsibility of leading made my work-life exciting. Ironically, boredom kicked in. And this boredom gradually transitioned to the want for a change. Fast forward to the last two months before my MBA, my daily life was jam-packed with a lot of work, training, and fun-filled parties. With parties, I let go of myself. I felt free. It was joyous.

I had no idea if the feeling of both extreme excitement and devastation had a word, but that’s what I felt once I resigned from my job after confirming my admission to college. The college started with no control over my life, several tasks, and academic classes of things Greek to me. All of us were drifting in the ocean of the starting of an MBA life. But you know what? I enjoyed the shift. I could not retain any of the points mentioned in the preceding paragraph except content writing which is what I am doing right now, at this moment, drafting this very blog. Yeah, I know that you know about the latter.

So, what is the point of all of the above? The conclusion is that no matter what opportunity cost you have and what you have left behind, you are not only opening the doors to a higher career slope but also a treasure of memories filled with experience and learning for your future self.

Shambhavi Devi

Shambhavi Devi is an IIM Kashipur first-year MBA (Analytics) student. She is an active member of the institute’s Media and Public Relations Committee. She used to be a consultant. During her free time, she can be found painting and sketching at random. She enjoys writing poetry and reading on occasion. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Unlikely Winner

“Are you going to present your half-page CV to corporates?” These words sent a chill down my spine and woke me up from a dreamy slumber of getting into an IIM. Though brutal, it was honest. My CV was half-page with a major part of it filled with some random certifications done through some websites, whose answers can be found easily on Google Baba.

Getting into an IIM was a dream of mine which came true with IIM Kashipur offering an admission offer. I thought life will get easier from here, after all, I had an IIM tag on my LinkedIn profile. How wrong I was!! The game was just getting started. Not only was the pressure of studies, projects, and quizzes on top of my head but also, I realized I had nothing to write on my CV except the marks and an internship, while few students were making their resumes two pages long.

Among several long, monotonous, and repetitive zoom meetings and preparation sessions, I got to know about case competitions held by corporates and other B-schools. Some companies used case studies to recruit students for their organizations. In the beginning, I wasn’t excited about them because why do anything extra when you already have so much mandatory to do. So, there went the first few case competitions, with making effort only because Placement Committee sent a mail. So, I along with my team members submitted a few presentations which didn’t get selected in any further rounds.

Gradually, I realized that since these competitions required minimum eligibilities to appear and everyone started from scratch to find the solution for the case, this might be the place for a person like me who does not want to be let down by my past and is ready to do anything in my present to achieve my dream.

A big change came when our submission got selected in the Welspun Disruptor Case competition. Our idea was among the top 100 selected among 10,000+ registered teams. Apathy changed to enthusiasm. Lethargy to action and indifference to interest. I along with my team members, worked hard to present our idea simply to make sure that evaluators can better understand the idea. Again, to our surprise, we cleared the semi-finals and reached Finals with 20 odd teams. During this time, my team cleared another Case competition named “Steel-a-thon”, among the top 40 teams from 5000 odd registered. This was a surprise. To be a fresher and still be able to present ideas along with Work-ex peeps, who already had an idea of how the industry works and its intricacies, was a boost to my confidence.

During all the case competitions, I realized that case competitions are less about frameworks or some jargon to be presented, but more about common sense. Thinking about it, people have been doing business for thousands of years. They didn’t have Porter’s five forces or Swot analysis. They used their common sense and did what made the most sense at that time. Common sense about how to research, interview, write and present. The same can be applied to MBA studies. Beneath all the frameworks, is common sense presented as a mumble jumble of corporate jargon. After this, I was better able to understand the curriculum cases, how to approach them, research about them, and present them. Case competitions are a wonderful opportunity to present your ideas and vision directly to the senior executives of a company. It is likely that they are facing the same problem themselves and have a certain inkling about how the organization is going to tackle that. What we must do is use our common sense and think about how we can do the same. There is no single correct answer, but every answer has assumptions, which must match those mentioned in the case.

To common sense.

 Thank you.

PS. – My CV got filled.

Nikhil Jain

Nikhil Jain is a second-year student at IIM Kashipur (Batch – 2021 -2023). He is a B.Com graduate from GGDSD college, Chandigarh. He is an active member of The Finance Club of the institute. He has keen interest in sports, reading and writing. He is a firm believer in hardwork and aims to achieve excellence through it. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

The sense of belonging: A requisite in MBA

“In this room full of people, do I belong here?”

These are not just random thoughts of a typical girl. It is something each student who does MBA confronts one day or the other. Nothing and no one can answer this though. The sense of belonging cannot be generated. It is felt. This experience is what differentiates a person struggling to fit in and a person who is naturally comfortable. And MBA as a course makes sure to teach us that even in difficult times, the show must go on.

When I first decided to go for an MBA, my ambitions made the way forward somewhat blurred. I could not see the challenges, waiting for me in eagerness. But as I put my first step into the campus, finally it hit me that I am doing this. The classes have been going on online till now, and it was easier to be productive in the comfort of home and family. But now came the real experience of an MBA being a course in which there is no vacation.

As a student of management, I was required to manage my classes, case competitions, live projects, Position of Responsibility, and at the same time friends, events, sports, and fun of MBA life. But was that going to be that easy? It seemed like an uphill battle to me. It started great. I was able to give my full potential to the work which was delegated to me. When my work was appreciated, the sense of satisfaction I got was another level.

But things do not go easy all the time. There came situations when I was exhausted mentally. I wanted to work but could not. Hours were spent procrastinating and overthinking everything. Each decision that led me to this place was questioned. Is this degree even worth it? Will I ever be able to reach that level I see myself one day? Such questions filled up my mind. And I could not get any answer anywhere.

There is a saying that when things go as wrong as they can, there is only scope for improvement. It became evident in my life too. Things started to become streamlined as time passed by.

This started when I looked at the things according to the priority. Being a human not everyone can do everything with full potential every time. But prioritization helps in keeping track and maintaining the flow of work. Secondly, apart from prioritization, not having attachments to the work I am doing helps a lot in keeping a sane mind in this chaos. We all work hard at the projects we are delegated but not every time there is a positive response or appreciation given to you. This might be disheartening at times but is a necessary part of the process we are bound to go through as an MBA graduate. To look at all this as a learning phase keeps me motivated to move forward remembering past lessons and avoiding already made mistakes.

There have been some chapters that closed after I came here and some new ones which opened. Similarly, there are many more chapters waiting to be opened. Hence having patience is a must to see through this journey I started. Sometimes things do not work out the way we think they would, but it is okay. At last, not only the destination but the journey and the experiences we have makes all the difference in the quality of life we lived.

Aarti Singhal

Aarti is a first-year MBA student at IIM Kashipur from Batch 2021-2023. She is a B.Sc. Hons in Mathematics from the Delhi University. She is an active member of the Media and Public Relations Committee of the institute. She has keen interest in dancing as well as reading and content writing. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.


“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Gautama Siddhartha Buddha

Emotional well-being is a crucial component of human life. It affects one’s perception of life, relationships, and health. Being emotionally healthy, will helps an individual manage different aspects of their lives and cope with a variety of emotions without losing control. When faced with hardship and stressful events, emotional wellbeing will guide their ability to develop positive emotions, moods, thoughts, and feelings, as well as help them adapt to new emotions. This will assist an individual in building stronger bonds with people around them. One of the pillars of emotional well-being is resilience, and it helps people recover from difficult events in the job, furthermore, having a stable state of emotional well-being also helps with the development and growth of an individual. Being resilient will help shape the way one would respond to and manage the stress of changing surroundings.

Emotional wellbeing is a quintessential aspect when considered within the paradigms of an individual’s growth, understanding, empathy, humor, and compassion. One must always prioritize emotional wellbeing, on doing so an individual can keep a healthy mindset, which allows them to be open to feedback, both good and bad, discuss difficult situations with anyone, have conversations and build strong bonds with others.

Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It allows them to cope with life’s challenges and prepares them to bounce back from setbacks. When we consider emotional well-being from an essential perspective of a corporate scenario, we cannot overlook the unavoidable pressure that one feels in the initial phase of their career. Having a stable mindset is not just helpful to the individual as a human resource but also to the company which employs them. Investing in the well-being of an employee can lead to increased resilience, better employee engagement, and overall growth in the performance and productivity of the individual.

Benefits of emotional wellbeing for a management professional:

Emotional wellbeing enhances interpersonal relationships and creativity. A good relationship built on a healthy mindset goes a long way toward productivity and growth, we all understand that happy people are more approachable, more likely to get along with other employees, and have a positive outlook towards any problem thrown at them. Emotional well-being is an important tool in the defense against the cumulative effects of stress. A positive approach helps an individual recover from stressful events much faster as compared to someone emotionally unwell. In addition, research also shows that emotional well-being may have a direct effect on other aspects, for example, some studies have shown individuals with positive emotions are correlated with more effective immune system functioning which in turn could help reduce absenteeism and sick days.

Finally, emotional well-being leads to greater job satisfaction. It helps in lesser burnout of individuals and fewer intentions to leave the job. People who are emotionally well tend to emit fewer negative emotions. The effect of emotional wellbeing on job satisfaction is thus essential for the growth of the individual and any institution which they serve or intend to serve.

We’re all more mindful of emotional wellbeing right now, following a few years in which the nature of human subsistence and co-habitation, in the social milieu has been majorly challenged. Several people have experienced the shock of a sudden vacuum of human interaction and the incorporation of an isolated, sedentary lifestyle. Taking care of your emotional well-being has never been as important as it is now, however, emotional well-being is always a wise investment

Dipti Sarkar

Dipti is currently pursuing MBA from prestigious IIM Kashipur. She is honest, hard-working, patient, reliable, and disciplined. She likes working in a team, being open to ideas, and always enjoys good company. Her hobbies include swimming, gardening, and learning and is passionate about the things she does. She wants to influence people by inspiring them.

How I kicked out FOMO using Live Projects

Learn to see, Learn to Hear, Learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you become an expert “ – Willam Oslar

As soon as you enter an IIM you see yourself surrounded by 300+ with diverse experience in all imaginable disciplines. Your colleagues could be commerce graduates, CAs or CFAs, or industry veterans with extensive expertise in a particular domain. You may find yourself surrounded by folks who have settled on their specialty and career path. While taking on this new endeavor amid all this craziness, it’s easy to be confused and overwhelmed.

MBA life begins on the first day of the induction program, with a flurry of activity all around us and a persistent “Fear of Missing Out.” For someone new to a demanding schedule, it is natural to be stunned by the pace of life at IIM. But you need not worry, because no matter what you do, “Bunny life mai Kuch Na Kuch reh jaata hai”. So just take a deep breath and try to grab an activity that would help you hit the ground running in your MBA life. To help you with the FOMO we encourage the students to pursue a Live project.

A live project is similar to a mini-internship that you can complete in addition to your studies. It provides you with hands-on experience with real-world management issues and challenges. Depending on the deliverables, projects can last anywhere from 15 days to two months or even longer and you need to devote only 2-3 hrs a day to the project depending on the work.

Aside from enhancing your overall profile, live projects allow you to apply what you’ve learned in class to real-life issues, such as time management.

Eligibility for Live Project:

  • If you are a fresher and want to explore different domains like Marketing, IT & Analytics, Strategy & Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Operations & Supply Chain
  • If you are a student having worked in one of the domain but want to explore opportunities in different domains available
  • If you are a student having work experience in one domain and want to gain further expertise in the same domain by working with different firms on diverse projects

So basically Live Projects are for all!

Speaking from personal experience, I have always been motivated to apply in Live projects related to the Supply Chain & Analytics domain because it piques my interest.

What I learned from the live project:-

1. Recommending without first putting it into practice is futile: Live projects not only broaden your knowledge base in your field of study, but they also teach you how to practically approach any topic and overcome diverse hurdles.

2. Given that you learn and improvise, few organizations allow you to celebrate failure.

3. Listen to and learn from others (everyone in the team) – Consider different perspectives.

4. Last but not least, competitions will benefit from experience gained via live projects

Benefits I received through Live Project:-

  • Networking:- Working with different organizations for a short period will help you earn one of the most important skills of an MBA i.e Networking
  • Domain knowledge:- A student throughout an MBA can take multiple Live projects in different domains to get an idea about the job opportunities in that domain thus to get an idea is that sector for him/her considering the career perspectives
  • Internship Opportunities: If you perform exceedingly well in your live project, you will be given a Summer Internship opportunity from the organization itself. That’s cool, right!
  • Stipend:- Last but not least, most Live Projects are paid opportunities, so the stipend earned can be used for parties, Late night Nescafe coffee & Maggie’s cravings, and so on.

Thus Doing LPs is a good way to enhance your knowledge and support your Pocket !!!

Once you join IIM Kashipur, from the first month itself you will be provided ample opportunities to participate in Live projects across various domains which will in turn help you alleviate your stress level and counter FOMO. I hope this information will help you to understand the importance of Live projects and encourage you to take multiple live projects throughout your course

Hoping some of you guys to see soon at our Lush Green Campus of IIM Kashipur !

Ciao !!!

Kaustubh Deshmukh

Kaustubh Deshmukh is currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Kashipur. Prior to this he worked as a lead process engineer in an Agrochemical MNC for 34 Months. He’s an avid trekker and loves listing to podcasts in his free time. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

IIM: A Place which never sleeps

Once upon a time, there lived a king who wanted to show his supremacy in his kingdom. To do so, one day he declared that from now on the day would be considered as night and night would be considered as day. People were supposed to work at night and sleep all day.

It seems like a funny story to hear but comes close to reality when you are doing MBA from an IIM. This place never sleeps. On the campus of an IIM, you will never find a time when there is silence all over. Be it the classroom or the hostel, library or the sports ground, people seem to be enthusiastic everywhere at any hour of the day. In one place or the other, students are seen to be lively and passionate about the life they are living.

When I first came to campus, I heard this as being the norm here. But I could not relate to it as much. Being a person who keeps her sleep on the top of the priority list, I could never imagine facing this in reality. A girl habitual of sleeping for a minimum of 8 hours a day could not get comfortable with even the thought of surviving on 3-4 hours of sleep. But isn’t this how life unfolds itself?

Keeping up with the classes, projects, committee work, case competitions and numerous other responsibilities, I gradually started to blend into this culture. The deadlines were said to be sacrosanct and the limited number of hours could never fulfill that. Submitting the projects by the end of the day and getting to Nescafe after that for the coffee became a ritual which we followed every night. I believe as I was walking further in this journey, MBA started to grow on me and I became more and more suited to the ways here.

If in any case I had a day off from the requisites, and I slept for more than 5 hours, it seemed like I missed out on so many important things. We called it having FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and wanted not to miss out on anything from this ‘once in a lifetime experience’ which we are having doing MBA. Everyone has their eyes on the goal of living and enjoying each moment and learning the best from this process.

In this course of management, the first thing I learned was to manage my own life and prioritize what to do and when. The process itself requires us to be proactive at all times of the day. I learnt not only to manage my sleeping schedule but also how to manage my emotions regarding this lifestyle.

There were times when I struggled to keep up with this kind of positive approach towards everything. And I could not fulfill my obligations and was disappointed with myself. But as the course of MBA is, it does not give the time to cry, and things move very quickly here. Day by day, bit by bit I became accustomed, and things flew seamlessly.

This journey not only taught me to be at my maximum potential but to give my best to everything. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and inspired me to become better with each passing day. Not sleeping did not seem a big deal when I got the satisfaction of getting a good job done. It traveled me to that salvation when these basic things did not matter much. In an IIM, the famous lines of poet Robert Frost become more evident,

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep,

 and miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep.

About the Author

Aarti Singhal

Aarti is a first-year MBA student at IIM Kashipur from Batch 2021-2023. She is a B.Sc. Hons in Mathematics from the Delhi University. She is an active member of the Media and Public Relations Committee of the institute. She has keen interest in dancing as well as reading and content writing. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

A Home Away From Home

The decision for opting for a management career was something I had to take after a lot of thought processes churned with my family as it was a great deal of decision making when you come from a family where business is the primal source of future for everyone around you. I was sure and firm of my decision and that self-belief made me even more concrete when I decided and stamped my parents’ decision to join IIM Kashipur. Entering the new phase of my life with different assumptions altogether had no connection with reality. Knowing my peers through WhatsApp and other social media paved the way for the interactions that started happening on Google Meets. Those late-night conversations hold more gossip and stories than any of those groups who can’t stop their chit-chats regardless of the context.

I was sure of one thing that an MBA is not an easy life decision, but what hit me the most was the rigorous induction for 12 days, having more than 30 PPTs, team formations, WhatsApp groups, mail follow-ups, midnight meets, and a day ending with more despair than fewer hopes. The things got even tougher because of COVID times and everything being shifted online and being a 90s kid, it was more of a shocker to me than a real and unexpected surprise. But in the end what makes you perform outright? Your survival and fighting spirit. I would lie if I say that the scrupulous and tiring induction hasn’t definitely made me question my decision for an MBA, but by the end, those 12 days also firmed my decision even more to join an MBA. The journey of MBA is all about management and the techniques which are used for the purpose of solving critical situations in life. This was turned into reality when we faced numerous presentations in a day allocated with other group members whom we barely knew. Those struggles gave us amazing memories when we cribbed about our situations while performing the tasks together. The classes started and we could learn from the best of the professors available and this garnered a sense of responsibility and utmost sincerity to match my level and intellect with what is expected from a student at IIM Kashipur. Life at IIM Kashipur is no less than a busy day in a metro city, where a delay of just one second can end up missing our train to our destination. Similarly, the deadlines are sacrosanct here and the hustle is to match the quality content with the given timeline. One thing which makes this institution an exception is a student-run campus. Having more than 40 clubs and committees, be it an efficiently run mess serving hot and tasty meals or to cater to all the requirements of the students staying in hostels, the student bodies across the campus make the place a worth living, growing, and worth remembering one and also the experience that one gain working for them is commendable. It not only allows you to learn but also polishes your personality and aids in your entire growth.

When multiple projects and assignments are running overtime and we are already burned out to our capacity, this is where we have to look out for a different approach to the problems as we see that others are in similar positions and that, at the end of the day, everyone is coping to overcome the situations. The sense of belonging here motivates us to tackle any scenario and provides us with the energy to match the mood and personality required at IIM Kashipur is indescribable. The only way to see life at IIM Kashipur is through the eyes of a student who is turning fantasies into reality.

Ayushi Kulthia

Ayushi is currently pursuing MBA from IIM Kashipur from Batch 2021-2023. She is a Finance and Accounting student with 2 years of experience in Content Development and Research. She is also actively engaged in the Media and Public Relations Committee as well as Team Insite and Club Spectrum of the college. She is a drama enthusiast and loves exploring life by making memories as she is a part of various social service clubs as well. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Action-packed year at IIM Kashipur

All the images I had formed in my mind as an MBA candidate were about to become a reality. And then came an exciting moment in which formal e-introductions with seniors and peers began to circulate on the official WhatsApp and Facebook groups. My eagerness to share the learning experience with my friends increased as I became more acquainted with the outstanding profiles of many of my colleagues.

The journey here started with a 10-day long induction program. Being a fresher, this was my first experience of the world of case studies, presentations, and hours-long virtual meetings. Now when I am into my third term, and I look back to those hectic induction days I realize that the reason behind those long days was to prepare us for the actual challenge that we were going to encounter throughout our MBA journey.

The first term of business school is usually the hardest, as we become accustomed to lengthy and intense lecture sessions and deadline-bound projects. Students are also exposed to a critical component of B-school pedagogy, the case study, in which we learn not only about firm evolution strategies but also about managerial issues. When we looked at the world through the lens of management metrics, subjects like economics, marketing, and accounting began to fill our heads, and our vision of the world began to alter. The surprise quizzes necessitate prior preparation for each lesson. A manager is supposed to talk a lot, and the system of class participation marks reflects this. Group projects aid in the crystallization of specific concepts, such as Porter’s “five forces analysis” or the BCG matrix in the real world. The addition of lectures by famous people and domain experts is the icing on the cake.

Student-run bodies in various fields such as marketing, consulting, operations, and investments provide numerous possibilities to conduct and participate in various events that encourage us to apply what we study. Then there are cultural bodies, such as those for singing, dancing, and theatre, which play an important role in adding a parallel track to the academic work.

Aayush Aggarwal

Aayush is pursuing his MBA at IIM Kashipur, one of the most prestigious B-Schools in the country. He earned a bachelor of management studies with a major in finance from Ramanujan College, Delhi University. He is a motivated management student who is eager to work in a fast-paced, difficult workplace and continue to give impact to the organization he represents and serves. Aayush is a diligent, conscientious individual with excellent analytical skills who loves Finance. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways from MBA

It’s been 6 months in IIM Kashipur now and a lot of things have changed. The journey which was looking tough and hectic in the initial days is now a habit. There is a common saying, “Wine improves with age, the older it gets, the better it tastes” which is exactly implied in my journey here in IIM. As time went by on campus, I gradually got a hang of it, and of course, a lot of things have been changed a positive change!

My 5 key takeaways from the IIM Kashipur journey till now:

  1. Honouring Deadlines: “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ― Diana Scharf 

One of the sacrosanct rules at IIMs is “Punctuality”. If you’re going to a project presentation or placement process, login/arrive early. Don’t miss deadlines, not even by a single second. If you have a deadline approaching, make sure you have enough time on hand to avoid being unable to submit due to sluggish internet. Sometimes it would feel too hectic but this is how I refined my time management skills which will later help me incorporate handling multiple projects and reports within deadlines. 

2. Leadership and Teamwork: IIM Kashipur is a student-run campus where from academic to non-academic things, there is a student body. Being part of such a student-driven ecosystem helps you to mold yourself into a team player and ability to take initiative.

3. Being Easy to work with: Being easy to work with is such an underrated skill but very crucial when you work in a team. While working on group projects, I acquired this quality by sharing information openly and promptly and keeping team members updated as the project progressed. Active listening and accountability during group projects helped me to improve my productivity through teamwork.

4. Turning knowledge into practice through Live Project: Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”  –  Anton Chekhov. IIM Kashipur strongly believes in ‘Learning by Doing’ via frequent industry interactions and live projects. MBA is not a normal bookish degree were reading things a day before the exam will help. Management is all about what you read and see around every day. That’s why implementing what you learn in business problems is important. IIM Kashipur provides this business problem-solving exposure through live projects. I have done two live projects till now, one with TDG Partners where I learned how to launch a new product, and one with, a financial courses platform where I learned to implement referral marketing strategies for growth strategy.

5. Quality peers: In IIMs you learn more from your peers than regular books and classroom teaching. I gain a lot of knowledge through sharing my views with others and participating in events where I may learn from my peers. I met people from different backgrounds and studies with different points of view who helped me in every aspect of my life here at IIM. So today if I need help, I just need to call someone out of 350 batchmates and my problem will get resolved. This quality group of peers is also important when you participate in corporate case competitions in groups.

Finally “IIM in the North” – IIM Kashipur is somewhere I’d like to spend as much time as possible and witness the breezing lush green campus with advanced infrastructure. I want to learn everything I can from the many different experiences here to be a better, more mature person who can balance his personal and professional lives.

About the author

Aditya Kodte

Aditya is currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Kashipur. An inquisitive person, always looking for an opportunity to learn something new. He believes in a strong work ethic, hard work, and perseverance to achieve his goals and objectives. Before joining IIM Kashipur, he has 2 years of experience in the IT and General Insurances industry. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

CAP Preparation Journey

Coming from a business background, I have always been enthralled with the idea of working in a corporate environment. So, after my graduation in finance, I thought of joining an organization as a Content Development Writer. The work environment taught me a sense of responsibility and also felt a lot about the work ethics and work culture. After 2 years of working, I decided to join an MBA college so as to broaden my aspects of learning and make a remarkable impact on my journey. 

Giving CAT amidst working and also the COVID-19 situation was a task in itself.  Having contracted the virus a couple of weeks back was a challenge as the tough study schedule was heckling my routine. Still, after months of hard work and perseverance, my CAT exam went pretty well. I focused on my office after the D-Day, which was on 29th November 2020. After a month, I saw a post that the CAT results are out. I opened the results and saw that it was pretty decent, but not up to my expectations. I was a bit despondent and thought of waiting for the shortlists of the colleges, which were of course IIM. This is why I did not give any other entrance exam other than CAT. 

After a couple of weeks, I saw a mail in my mailbox, stating my selection for the CAP interviews. I was filled with complacent feelings of excitement and started preparing for my PI from that day. I started strategizing my routine and optimizing it to gain full proficiency from my busy schedule. I used to work in the daytime and thereafter prepared for my CAP interview during the night after I completed my shift hours. The hectic schedule and the constant juggle between my office deliverables and my preparation journey taught me a sense of time management and this gave me an idea to handle stress under pressurized situations which were standing in front of me.

My interview for CAP was scheduled for 27th February and that was the ultimate day for the decision of my entry into IIM. The main area of focus was keeping myself updated with the recent elections which were going to happen in West Bengal. This was because I hailed from Kolkata and I had to keep track of each and everything going on in my state. Adding to the list of things that needed urgent preparation was the new budget that was released in February. 

I prepared for my PI questions through self-check and wrote all the answers with the help of the PI Kits available and also verifying them with my mentor. I gave 2 mock PIs before the actual interview date. I used to memorize the answers, record them, listen to them, and find flaws whenever and wherever it was found. I used to record videos of me verbally phrasing my answers for the generic questions which were asked in the interviews.

The primary thing to ace the interview is being confident of what one is speaking. I learned that the major factor which often leads to the success of the interviews were knowing the content that you are speaking and this is how you will let the interviewer know that you are knowledgeable. Confidence merged with hard work and dedication and preparation indeed bore the results of my way into the Indian Institute of Management Kashipur. Writing my experience is a way of nostalgia of all the weeks and months of constancy and devotedness to make myself a human being, who is successful enough to contribute to society and achieve my dreams. 

About the author

Ayushi Kulthia

Ayushi is currently pursuing MBA from IIM Kashipur from Batch 2021-2023. She is a Finance and Accounting student with 2 years of experience in Content Development and Research. She is also actively engaged in the Media and Public Relations Committee as well as Team Insite and Club Spectrum of the college. She is a drama enthusiast and loves exploring life by making memories as she is a part of various social service clubs as well. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.