S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research opens admissions for 2014-16 PGDM

CoolAvenues Newswire | September 20,2013 06:57 pm IST

S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) has launched the admission process for its two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) for 2014-16 with effect from 15 September 2013. The application window will remain open from 15 September 2013 to 18 November 2013.

Ranked among the top 10 programmes in India, SPJIMR’s PGDM is a two year full time residential programme equivalent to an MBA. QS Global 200 B-School has ranked the PGDM programme 16th in the Asia Pacific region.


Social Sensitivity & Global Relevance
The globally acclaimed programme is known for its sharp focus in delivering social sensitivity and global relevance through innovative pedagogy, active international exposure and a series of related initiatives. Students have the opportunity to undertake specialised courses in leading international institutions like Purdue, Cornell, MSU, Maryland, Olin and others.


Combined with a high level of industry integration, SPJIMR’s PGDM programme has been recognised for building value-based leaders who can work in diverse conditions, roll up their sleeves when required and deliver with sensitivity to the demands of various sections of society.


SPJIMR’s PGDM programme offers four specialisations –Information Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance.


To be eligible, an applicant has to have a Bachelors degree or equivalent (10+2+3) from a recognised university. Students in the final year of graduation can also apply. SPJIMR accepts CAT 2013, XAT 2014 and GMAT scores (test taken between 2011-2013) as well. A total of 36 seats above the sanctioned intake are available for PIOs and foreign nationals.


Choice of Specialisation at the Time of Application
SPJIMR’s PGDM programme asks applicants to select their specialisation at the application stage itself. A choice at this stage helps
• Achieve segmentation at the time of admission based on differentiated need of the recruiting organisations
• Participants develop a clear and sharp focus early on in the programme
• Broaden the spectrum of recruiters as participants graduate
• Avoid overcrowding in one specialisation and mitigates the risk of periodic downturns across sectors



Strong Focus on Values
The selection process of SPJIMR assesses not only intellectual readiness in terms of academics but also emotional readiness, work experience, extra-curricular activities and aptitude for and befitting the Institute’s mission of value-based leadership.


A Differentiated Approach to Admissions
As a result of this approach, the admissions process shortlists applicants on the basis of their profiles (subject to a minimum qualifying test score, which is set at 85 percentile in case of CAT/XAT or a GMAT score of 650). The admission approach thus emphasises the interview process where applicants come face-to-face with the interviewing team from SPJIMR. The Institute calls in as many as 3,000 plus aspirants for interviews. The Institute seeks to interview as many applicants as possible and may call in more this year.


Eventually, the final merit list is based on a composite score which takes into account the applicant’s academic record, entrance test scores, relevance of work experience for the chosen specialisation and performance in two rounds of group interviews.


Profile based Shortlists & Early Interviews
Applicants are shortlisted based on their profiles. The profiles are scored and the applicants are sorted into two groups corresponding to two phases of interviews.


FIRST PHASE SHORTLISTS FOR JANUARY 2014 INTERVIEWS: Applicants placed in the first phase of this shortlist are called for an early interview based on their profile where the following factors are considered:

• Consistency of academic record
• Versatility
• Achievements
• Relevance of work experience for the specialisation
• Adversities faced, if any


Shortlists at this early stage provide an opportunity to the applicant to go through the interview process early. This is convenient for applicants because it avoids overlapping with other interview calls during the admissions season. For the Institute, it affords the opportunity to stagger interviews and ensure that the interview process remains robust even though numbers being interviewed is large.


SECOND PHASE SHORTLISTS FOR FEBRUARY 2014 INTERVIEWS: This phase is held after the availability of entrance test scores. Applicants in this phase are called for interviews based on their profiles as given above along with their performance in the entrance tests. This interview call is thus a combination of profile and performance in the entrance tests.


Two Choices in Specialisation at the Application Stage
The programme offers four specialisations –Information Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance.

This year, the PGDM programme allows aspirants to opt for two specialisations at the application stage itself.


Naming two options at the application stage itself means that aspirants who are not shortlisted for the first option will be considered for the second option. The outcome of the first option will have no bearing on the process for considering the applicant for the second option.


This benefits applicants because sometime there is a mismatch between the applicant’s preference and the profile desired for that specialisation. Sometimes, aspirants rush into applying for a specialisation on perceptions of the self or of the market that may not hold out. So a second option may help aspirants get a second chance, as it were, under a different specialisation. Also, the Institute will not lose out on a potential good student.



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