Equating CET, CMAT scores will be tough: Dr Stephen D'silva Director JBIMS

 | May 07,2012 10:18 am IST

JBIMS is one of the top b-schools in India. Often termed as CEO factory, the institute has an excellent alumni base.

Dr Stephen Dsilva, director, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai talks to CoolAvenues about concerns on how the admission process will equate CMAT and Mah-CET scores.


1.What does JBIMS look for in a candidate?

Admission to JBIMS is through the CAP rounds. However, we expect the students joining the Institute to have determination and a penchant for learning. Hardwork and the willingness to learn and grow is what define every Bajajite.


2.What important factors does JB consider for admissions? How much important a factor is work ex?

The factors considered for admission are the same as those set by the DTE for the Maharashtra CET and other exams like CMAT and CAT. Work-ex is also considered as per the weightage defined for CET.


3.What sets JB apart from other b-schools? How is it different from other b-schools in churning out leaders?

The process begins at the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (Mah-CET) entrance test itself, where if one lakh appear for the test, then say, the top 120 of them opt for JBIMS. As per statistics, the top 80 to 100 of the test-takers also do not apply to any other place. As a result, our students belong to the creamy layer.


These students are nurtured with the help of our faculty who are our renowned alumni and leading corporates. Our teaching methodology involves case studies and also analysis of occurrences in the corporate world, and their repercussions and consequences, and the ways to tackle these challenges for the best future actions. Besides, we have a mentoring setup in place, where each junior student has a mentor in the form of a senior batch-mate and an alumnus who holds a senior position in some organization.


In addition to the course curriculum, we lay a strong emphasis on extra-curricular initiatives. The events held year round like our annual B-school festival Prayaag, our annual business convention Strategym give students various opportunities to showcase their talent as well as gain more knowledge.

Being located in the heart of the financial capital of the country gives us an advantage of inviting prominent industry stalwarts to interact with the batch. Industry exposure through such guest lectures and participation in Corporate events also help churn out the leaders at JBIMS.

I strongly believe that the rich pool of high calibre students, groomed but distinguished faculty and relevant industry interaction, are equipped to become responsible and effective managers. These students with their glorious academic past and multi talented personalities possess the potential to bring value to the industry.

4.CET 2012 was one of the toughest ever. Should we expect the cut-off for JB to come down? If yes, how much?

Considering that this years Mah-CET was not the easiest, based on the feedback of the test-takers, the cut-off score might come down to below 130 but the percentile will remain the same, which is around 99.8. However, our concern is how the two tests, that is, the Mah-CET and the CMAT, will be equated because while the former was tough, the latter was comparatively easier. As you may know, we are accepting CMAT scores this year in addition to the CAT and Mah-CET.


5.How often do you revamp the JBIMS curriculum? Any changes this year?

In 2009 and 2010, we underwent a change in curriculum as per the University of Mumbai guidelines. Also, the option to modify the curriculum, albeit in an informal already way exists. Our faculty strives to bring in new dimensions to the existing curriculum. To cite an example, we have introduced new sectors like infrastructure development and housing in our syllabus, as we thought it was relevant. We have had people from corporate India such as Anil Agarwal, founder and chairman, Vedanta Group, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, Atul Khosla, Partner, Head of India, Oliver Wyman deliver guest lectures. 

As far as curriculum changes are concerned, the University of Mumbai might bring in minor changes in the curriculum in a year or two. In my opinion, the curriculum must focus on making students more employable. It should be attuned to the major stakeholder in this, which is, the companies. Other than that, our students also take up off-campus projects throughout the year besides the regular summer internships which form part of the curriculum itself.
The faculty at JBIMS ensures their teaching is aligned to the current business environment. Through their experience and expertise, they bring the best-in-class education for the students.

6.Any infrastructure restructuring in the pipeline for JBIMS?

Infrastructure improvement is carried on as an ongoing process in relevant areas. In addition to Wi-Fi facility for students in the campus, we have also upgraded our intellectual infrastructure by subscribing to databases such as CMIE, which create industry-relevant data, which is used for research and analytical purposes by students. Our library budget is Rs 25 lakh per annum which is spent on books, journals and databases. Our library now boasts of more than 40000 books.


7.How does JBIMS ensure inculcating social responsibility in its students?

JBIMS ensures that while the students learn how to become successful Managers, they do not forget their responsibility towards the society. The Institute conducts various events to inculcate social responsibility:


Strategym is the Annual Business Convention of JBIMS. It is an amalgamation of innovation and ideas of the youth with the expertise of the corporate. Strategym11 was inaugurated by Mr. Gagan Banga, CEO of Indiabulls Financial Services. A total of 7 papers were presented by the students that emphasized on Poverty Alleviation and Equitable Justice the theme for this year. The teams presented research papers in varied fields that offered pragmatic solutions to tackle various socio-economic issues. The teams were judged by experts and eminent panellists from the relevant fields who gave their recommendations and suggestions, to help students further develop their proposals.

The following are the winners at Strategym'11:
1. First Prize: Revamping Doordarshan
2. First Runner-up: Affordable Housing
3. Second Runner-up: Insurance - A way to social security
Other papers included: Revival of Primary Healthcare Centres in Mumbai, BSNL Dials a Turnaround, Enterprising Indian Agriculture, Turnaround of BEST.