How to fill the S.P.Jain profile-based form

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B-School Selection / Form-Filling Process

S.P Jain (SPJIMR in full or SP as it is usually referred to) is one of the most underrated business schools in the country. One of highlights of the S.P.Jain admissions process is that applicants have to choose their specialization at the time of application. While this might be tough for freshers who do not have enough information and self-awareness to choose a specialization, it is a boon for applicants with work experience.

 

Specialization Matters
The biggest advantage of such a process is during placements. The placements team will ensure that for each specialization there are enough recruiters coming on board during the placements. For example, for a person with 3-4 years of work experience in the operations sector, S.P.Jain will be a much better option than may be even the IIMs since there will be recruiters coming down specifically to hire people with such a profile. At an IIM the placements committee does not have the responsibility to specifically find 60 niche operations jobs.

The college also enjoys having a huge locational-advantage with Mumbai being the the financial capital of the country as a well as the city where the most sought after Marketing recruiters such as HUL are head-quartered.

 

Profile-based Calls & Score-Based Calls
S.P.Jain also has two different routes through which it gives out calls after you fill in the application form, the deadline for the same is 7-December.

Profile-based Call: The first is an interview call based purely on your profile — your profile should be in line with the specialization you apply for and what recruiters hiring for that specialization look for. This shortlist is out even without a test score. Once the CAT/XAT/GMAT results are out you need to meet the criteria given in the table below

 

Qualifying criteria CAT 2015 XAT 2016 GMAT (Tests taken between 1st January
2013 and 30th December 2015)
Overall Qualifying Score 85 percentile 85 percentile 650
Sectional Qualifying Score 70 percentile 70 percentile N.A.

 

Score-based Call: This shortlist is released after the CAT scores are out and based purely on your CAT scores.

This goes on to show that if you get a profile-based call, you will need a lower percentile to get an interview call than if you get a score-based call.

 

How To Fill The S.P.Jain Application Form
A great profile needs to rank highly on the following parameters:

  •  Academic track record
  • Co-curricular & extra-curricular track record
  • Profile-specialization match

So a lot depends on making a good application that reflects each of these. We will look at a screen shot of how each component of the online application looks and then discuss the best way to go about filling it.

 

Academic Achievements

SPJIMR Application Form 1

Academic achievements primarily relate to such achievements as being in the top performers in your class at various levels, X, XII, Graduation Year or in an exam such as the NTSC or JEE or Math Olympiad.

How does one go about filling this part?

Make a list of all academic achievements. Rank order them not in chronological order but in terms of

  • Level of achievement or position you secured
  • Level of competition or perceived toughness – NTSC, Olympiads, AIEEE, JEE
  • Scale of the achievement – school, city, state, district national

In case you do not have 3 academic achievements then list co-curricular achievements such as paper-presentations, journal publications or anything that is related to your academics.

Describe in less than 50 words: Try to be as brief as possible if the achievement is something that can be easily understood. Use the remaining space to describe how this is something that you have been consistently good at. For example, you have only one top 1-5 in terms of academic achievement but you have always been driven to do well academically. Add that part in the description — throughout your education you have stood in the top 10% (do not write 10%, calculate your position) of your class etc.

Add anything that puts your achievement into perspective — only person from your town/village/school/institution to achieve this, number of participants etc.

 

Versatility

S.P.Jain Form 2

For the versatility section please make a list of all your areas of interest that fall out of the curricular and co-curricular category.

Do not approach it from the perspective of what evaluators might find attractive but rather look at the level of interest/achievement you have in that area. For example if dancing is your biggest passion/interest then rank it first. Do not rush to rank social-service activities first.

If you have certificates and achievements great, but even if you do not you can still go ahead and fill up three areas as long as you have a strong interest and have done more than your peers.

For example, if reading is a major passion, you will not have any certificates to show for the same! But use the description space to present how much you like reading — favourite genres, favourite authors, reading since age so and so, read so many books a month etc. Any genre is fine as long as it has some international/intellectual significance. For example, fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, all are fine. Just ensure that you do not cite Chetan Bhagat :-).

The same applies for any other area of interest that does not correspond with certificates. Applicants from this this part of the world (TN & AP), please do not write watching movies since everyone does it. If you watch world cinema or any specific genre of movies a lot, are knowledgeable and can hold a conversation about the same then you can go ahead and mention movies.

Since this deals with versatility ensure that you choose three different areas. If you have participated in CSR activities at your workplace or volunteered for NGOs please include that as well.

Overall Versatility Rating: Rate yourself based on the diversity of things you have participated in and the level of interest across areas.

 

Adversity faced in Life

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Firstly, this need not be compulsorily filled. Please understand that the bulk of the evaluation will revolve around

 

  • Academic track record
  • Co-curricular & extra-curricular track record
  • Work experience
  • Profile-specialization match

 

So having or not having an adversity does not make a huge difference. To put it differently, not having an adversity will not disqualify you. If you have faced a major adversity in life then it might add to your application.

What qualifies as family adversity?
Any sort of difficulty that put your family under stress. It can be financial stress, it can be the loss or absence of a parent, it can be the illness of a family member. Anything that made life tough for you and your family.

What falls under personal adversity?
This deals specifically any hardship or tough situation that you alone have had to get through. It can be illness during a major academic stage, having to deal with failure of any sort, any major change that caused a lot of adjustment issues (new city, unfamiliar environment etc.). Basically any situation where you had to fight and push yourself.

In both the descriptions please include how you/your family overcame, dealt with or managed the adverse situation.

 

Responsibility Shouldered

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The two sections, personal and professional are clearly demarcated.

In the personal section, include any activity where you took or were given the responsibility. They can be

  • on-going or long-duration responsibilities such as helping you brother/sister in his/her education or guiding him/her throughout, taking up some household responsibility owing to family situation (working parents),or
  • specific short-duration responsibilities such as arranging the wedding of a sibling or family member etc or having to help out your parent in a specific task etc.

In the professional section include responsibilities that you undertook that were not part of your KRAs or job description. They can be can be

  • handling responsibilities higher than your designation due to the absence of manpower
  • special projects/initiatives that you undertook or were given to you
  • organizing events at your work place

In both cases use the description to put in perspective

  • the scale/importance of responsibility,
  • the role you played and
  • the quality of the outcome

 

Programme Details

SPJIMR_ProgrammeDetails

This is possibly one of the most important aspects of applying to S.P.Jain — choosing the right specialization.

How does one go about this? The first question is whether you are applying with work experience or applying as a fresher.

Work-experience candidates should apply to the area in with the reason “relevant work-experience”. This has to be the first preference. If you are applying with IT work-experience, unless you can really connect the nature of your work with an another specialization, choose Information Management (IM). In previous years, applicants whose profiles did not match the specialization they applied to have been reassigned to a different specialization! DO NOT make your first preference based on “special interest in this area”, make that your second preference.

Freshers can choose specializations  based on “graduated in related area”. Non-engineering freshers such as Commerce, Economics or BBA graduates can apply to Finance. You can choose a second area as Marketing or Operations based on “done specialized courses in this area” or “special interest in this area”.

Engineering freshers can apply to any specialization based on “done specialized courses in this area” or “special interest in this area”. Please note that for Finance you will be competing with people who have “graduated in related area” such as the backgrounds mentioned above and CA. So do not mention it as your first preference unless you are really serious about it and are sure that despite your profile not being relevant you will get a shortlist through a stellar CAT score. A safer option is to apply to Marketing (since recruiters in this sector look for freshers) based on  “special interest in this area” and Operations/Finance as a second preference under “done specialized courses in this area” or “special interest in this area”, whichever is relevant.

The last part of the form is the work-experience details, the filling up of which should be pretty straightforward.

This has already been a super-long post. Hope I have covered most of the stuff needed to fill the form.

Feel free to post any queries you might have in the comments section.

 

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131 Comments

  1. Sabya Sachi Das says

    Hello Sir,

    I am confused about the area of specialization that I should opt for. I am an electronics and telecommunication engineer from Army Institute of Technology (selected on the basis of AIEEE rank 23000 out of 10 lakh candidates). I am working as a Senior Embedded Software Test Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation. My job responsibilties include Analyzing and Understanding the product specifications (Like- washer/oven), designing test cases, writing test scripts, test execution through automation and manually, conducting regular team meetings etc.

    My current work experience is not completely IT. It is partially electronics based and partially IT based. As I am working at Whirlpool (Home appliance industry), can I mention my first choice as Operations??

    I am not sure whether I can say that my current experience is in Operations or in Information management.

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  2. Apoorv Lall says

    Sir,

    I am a 2015 mechanical engg graduate and I am currently working with Maruti Suzuki India limited as a Service Manager. I am interested in Operations as well as marketing. Please guide if my work experience can be counted as relevant ? what all boxes should i tick ?

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    • Hi Apporv,

      For operation they look for those with at least 2 years of experience in areas such as product dev, supply chain management, shop floor etc.

      So I feel your chances of get a call for Operations are slim. So apply to Marketing as the first preference, relevant work experience, with Operations second, area of interest.

      All the best!

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  3. Vivian says

    Hello Sir,

    Thanks for detailed post. It was really helpful.

    I need some help in profile selection. I am working from past 3 years in Data analytics firm. My designation is Decision Scientist. Although, it might somewhat be related to IM but, from last 12-18months, my role has been more towards management:- My role involves managing a team, project planning, client interaction, ensuring smoother delivery, pitch in for new projects (get more business), create course structure for training new folks etc.

    I personally have interest in operations management. Could you please let me know with above work ex – What are my chances if applied for Operations at SP Jain? Also, can I call ‘Operations’ profile as ‘related to Work experience?

    Apart from above work ex, I was active in event management too – > Was one of the core (marketing team & treasurer) members in organising college fests & few clubs. Will it add any value to my operations profile? Any leads on this would be really helpful

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  4. richa says

    hello sir, i have mailed you my details of the spj form..can you pls go through it and give me your valuable input on the same. thank you.

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  5. yash gadhia says

    hello sir,
    can u please guide me in the programme details sections.??
    i am a mechanical engineer , passed out in May 2016 with no work ex.
    can i opt for marketing as my first preference and operations as second..??
    what should be the reaason for operations as my preference ?

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    • Hi Yash,

      You can opt for marketing as your first preference since work experience is not mandatory; for operations you can cite area of interest as a reason.

      All the best!

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      • yash gadhia says

        Sir can u help me write down the “Special interest in this field” for operations mangement..?
        Operations research was a part of my curriculum in mechanical engineering.
        Thank you.

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  6. Shaily says

    Hi Sir,

    I topped 2 subjects in my school in 12th Std and secured 2nd position in 10th Std. But I don’t have certificates or any other evidences. Should I mention these under academic achievements or not?

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  7. Pranay says

    Hi Sir,
    I have graduated in 2015 as an Electronics Engg. & have 1.5 yrs of exp in Telecom IT company. I have thought of IM as 1st & either of Finance or Marketing as 2nd preference.I want IM more than finance or marketing.
    I havn’t done any finance certification course, but have an interest in it.I have done marketing work in college’s fest for 3 years.This is the reason I did mentione Marketing as 2nd preference.

    Should I go as I have planned?What are the chances of getting a call?

    And does the form opens for us later to fill in the CAT & XAT score after they are out(meaning are we to left them blank at this stage)?

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    • Hi Pranay,

      The specialisation choices you have made are correct. The chances depend a lot of how your academic profile fares with respect to the other applicants; profile-based calls are usually given out to those with stellar academics.

      The form will later open up for further edit.

      All the best!

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      • Pranay says

        Thnx Sir.I have one more doubt.
        In my case, I have graduated in Electronics Engg. & have work exp in Telecom IT.Therefore, should I tick mark the field “Graduation in the related area” for IM specialisation?

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  8. Bhaveek Ostwal says

    Dear Sir,
    I have emailed you my details of the spj form..can you please skim through it and give me your valuable input on the same.
    Thank you.

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