B-School Selection

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

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 the 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 placement 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 maybe 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 financial capital of the country as a well as the city where the most sought after Marketing recruiters such as HUL are headquartered.

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 23-November.

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 2018 XAT 2019 GMAT Jan ’16 – Dec ’18
Overall Qualifying Criteria 85 percentile 85 percentile 650
Sectional Qualifying Criteria 75 percentile 75 percentile 75 percentile

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 screenshot of how each component of the online application looks and then discuss the best way to go about filling it.


Academic Achievements

SPJIMR Academic Achievements

Academic achievements primarily relate to such achievements as standing 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
  • The 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 — the only person from your town/village/school/institution to achieve this, the number of participants etc.


Versatility

SPJIMR Versatility

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 to any other area of interest that does not correspond with certificates. Applicants from 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.

Most importantly, when it comes to extracurriculars (not to be confused with interests), please understand that it is not a case of what you have done but what you have accomplished. So participation in various events is just that participation, no points for that, did you win anything is the question.

Again this does not apply to interest such as theatre or plays. For example, I will cite theatre or dramatics as an area of interest and cite that I have played major parts in plays right from my early schooling to college and PG, the high-point being a performing XYZ play directed by ABC etc.

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

SPJIMR Overall Versatility


Responsibility Shouldered

SPJIMR Responsibility Shouldered

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 a 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 workplace

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

Specialisation

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 another specialization, choose Information Management (IM). In previous years, applicants whose profiles did not match with 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.

In many cases, you might not find your profile relevant to any other area apart from the one in which you have work-ex. In this case, choose any of the areas as a second preference citing special interest in this area.

Freshers should apply only to Marketing or Finance.

Operations and IM both attract recruiters who are looking at people with relevant work-ex. The batches of both streams usually have an average work-ex of at least 2 years.

If your job profile involves being part of the design, procurement, production, quality control, maintenance, or logistics — anything that is part of the entire process of manufacturing and delivering a product or service (not IT products or services) — you can apply to Operations.

Mechanical engineering freshers also do not stand a chance of getting an Operations shortlist since management roles in Operations cannot be given to a fresher, recruiters look for candidates with hard-core ops work-ex.

The same thing applies to CSE/IT freshers applying to IM. Post an IM  degree you will be handling business roles in IT and there is no way you can take these roles up without having been part of a software product/services projects.

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

The reverse holds true for Engineering freshers, Marketing first and Finance next.

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.

If you are mentioning Special Area Of Interest, you have to provide an explanation in 50 words.

Use this space to mention

  • why you like this specialization and how your skills or traits are aligned to the same and
  • the things you have done informally that demonstrate your special interest in this area.

You might have done a lot of things for which you have no certificates to show —

  • say organizing events in your college and firm or working unpaid for an event management for Marketing
  • following stock-markets or investing on your own keenly for finance
  • in both fields, you can mention the books that you have read to improve your knowledge of the same

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

Also, freshers — internships DO NOT COUNT as work experience, whether it is done before or after college; work-experience needs to be full-time, paid, work. Start-ups can be counted as work-experience provided you have registered the firm and have proof of the same. Work experience in the family business also needs to be supported by salary slips.


Will I get a call from S.P.Jain?

If you look at the comments thread for this post you will see that there is a deluge of queries.

It is understandable. Everyone would be jumping at the chance to get a call at 85 and they just want to know if they can get a call.

Here is a simple way to figure out if you will get a call.

First Milestone — Profile-Specialization Alignment

Please understand that profiles are not evaluated independently of the specialization you have applied to.

Most aspirants think that profile-based calls evaluate the quality of your academics, extracurriculars, and work-ex in isolation. Wrong.

The question is never — do you have a good profile.

It is always — do you have a good profile for Marketing, Finance, Operations or IM.

So if you are planning to apply to specializations without following the guidelines above then you are taking a risk and you can rest assured that in all likelihood you will not get a call.

Second Milestone — Academics

If you have more than one — X, XII or Graduation — less than 80 then a profile-based call is well-nigh ruled out.

Please understand that since they are giving out calls at 85 percentile, they will expect you to have the academic capability to handle a rigorous 2-year MBA program. The only way for them to check this is your past Acads.

You might have a 90 or 10 CGPA in your X, a 75 or 7.5 in your Grad, both of which are great, but if your XII marks are less than 80 due to your IIT attempt, then there is no way that with two 70s you can get a call unless you some insane spike in your work-ex or extracurriculars.

Third Milestone — Extracurriculars

Extracurriculars kick in only after you have cleared the other two milestones. Given India’s population, you know that there would be enough people who clear the first two. This is where a good extracurriculars or versatility comes into the picture.

A good extra-curricular profile can be one that has a major achievement in one area — state/national-level sports, concert-level musician/dancer or any other achievement that clearly puts you in the top percentiles in that area — and one more interest which can be minor.

Another kind of profile can be one that has a lot of width — sports, music, social work, leadership — average achievements in one or two areas and minor in others.

I have had the odd student — an engineer with good academics and a big brand work-ex — who got a call for Finance but have not seen a single case where they eventually cleared even the first Group Interview. They themselves felt that the peer group they were sitting with was in a different league as far their knowledge and profile-match for Finance went. The same students made it to IIM-B and other big schools but could not clear the first Group Interview of SPJIMR.

So before commenting and asking me whether your profile is good, please do a sanity check above.

If you clear all the milestones your profile will be competitive.

But does it guarantee a call, it depends on the quality of the other applications.

For Finance, for example, you will be competing with candidates with two 90s and an 80 and a big brand Commerce college plus a CA/CPT/IPCC plus big brand work-ex plus social work and other extracurriculars.


SPJIMR Current Batch Profile

SPJIMR puts out the summary profiles of all the candidates who are part of the current batch. We took an exhaustive look at it and this is what we found:

MARKETING: 25 percent freshers, mixed educational background

FINANCE: 25 percent freshers, only 1 engineer

OPERATIONS: Only 1 fresher (city-topper in graduation), average work-ex of 2.5 years, 50% mechanical engineers

IM: No Freshers, only 2 students with less than 24 months of work-ex, all candidates had IT/Tech work-ex


What if I  DO NOT want to apply to the specialization my profile is aligned to?

Well very often, especially for those with IT work-ex, the whole point of an MBA is to escape IT and rediscovering one’s real passion:

  • Marketing — owing to an extroverted personality that puts people at ease or above-average exceptional communication skills or something that tells you that you will be great at making ads
  • Operations —  Mechanical Engineers, usually
  • Finance  —  it is either straightforward – the money and glamour associated with Finance as projected through Wall Street and Wolf of Wall Street, a fascination with stock markets knowing a thing or two about it and maybe having invested your own or someone else’s buck or two, a fascination with stock markets knowing nothing about it or a reason that is still inscrutable like the nature of God

So whatever your reason, if you want to change your domain — do not apply to SPJIMR. Both recruitments and admissions are aligned to profiles.

Does this mean that your MBA dreams are sealed?

Not really.

All other b-schools give you more leeway in that you are not asked about your choice of specializations in the application and in the interviews but only your reasons for an MBA in general.


This has already been a super-long post. Hope I have covered most of the stuff needed to fill the form and give you a fair idea of whether you will get a call.

In the comments section, you will have seen that I have personally replied to individual requests for profile assessments. I would like you to post a comment only if you feel that you have a query that the post does not answer. I can easily make out if someone has only skimmed through the post and dumped their profile in the comments looking for a quick-fix 🙂

Do not take my comments about whether you will get a profile-based call or not as a referendum on the quality of your profile for MBA applications in general and become despondent!

SPJIMR is giving out a profile-based call at 85 percentile, which means that only outstanding profiles get a chance to have such a low percentile and get into a b-school.

Let us take a profile that I have seen get a call — 90, 90, 80, B.Com Final Year, Decent ECAs, Female. These profiles can be considered outstanding on paper in terms of academics and gender diversity and educational diversity but they still have to clear the 85 percentile cut-off.

A probable rejection from SPJIMR, as per me, does not mean that your profile won’t cut ice with other schools, even SPJIMR will give you a score-based call if you score above 96-97 percentile. So don’t take things too much to heart.

Another thing, I do not blog for a living, I am the Chief Learning Officer for IMS and do this out of my interest over and above my daily responsibilities. Why am telling you this? So that you don’t get jittery if you do not receive an immediate reply and post — Sir, please reply sir comments 🙂 You will usually get a reply anywhere within a minute to 36 hours depending on my schedule.

Also, only early bird’s get the worm, I usually stop comments to profile-evaluation queries posted one-week before the submission deadline since that’s when the last-minute madness begins 🙂

 

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625 Comments

  1. Akash says

    Hi Sir,

    I am Akash. Currently I have a work experience of 26 months in TCS after completing my B.Tech in ECE. The academic performance is as below-

    X- 9.6 CPGA (CBSE)
    XII- 81% (CBSE)
    Grad- 8.25 DGPA

    Barring these- I used to play football at club level (Still my hobby and other area of interest), captained the school in various competitions in the same sport. I also write articles for couple of sports websites.

    My question here is does the downward trajectory of marks from X to Grad pose as an hindrance for me getting a profile based call? Secondly, in case I do get one, will I fit enough in scheme of any other specialization except IM (currently I work in cloud development), especially Ops and Finance?

    Lastly, for candidates who are shortlisted for profile based calls- how much does the CAT score matter w.r.t SP Jain.

    It will also be helpful if you can add how I could ensure my profile creates more impact through the addition of other subtle details.

    Looking forward to hear from you.!

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    • Hi Akash,

      Your profile is decent overall for an IM specialization.

      Your academics dip only in XII and again pick up in grad which compensates.

      Ops and Finance are pretty tough-asks given that your profile does not fit the bill.

      Once you get a profile-based call you have to clear the interviews and your CAT percentile does not have a bearing.

      Your chances of cracking IM solely depend on the quality of applications they receive for the same.

      I am not sure what more can be added in terms of “subtle details” since the versatility is a bit thin apart from football, present it as well as you can.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  2. Vaidehi Tantiya says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows:

    ACADEMICS:
    Class X – CGPA 10 (95%) (CBSE)
    Class XII – 94.25% (CBSE)(Commerce)
    Graduation (Final Year) – BCOM(Hons)(St. Xavier’s College Kolkata),specialization in finance,aggregate percentage – 73%.
    Cleared CFA Level 1 & 2 in first attempt.
    Completed NCFM ; Financial Market’s: Beginner’s Module

    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    •Working Committee Member at Hindi Literary Society,2017-18: have organised various intra as well as inter college activities
    •Participated in Graduate Maverick School conducted by DELOITTE and received a Certificate of Achievement for the same, 2017
    •College Representative for VIVIDHA 2017, inter-college fest.
    •Campus Ambassador for INSIGNIA Internationals 2017 organised by college.
    •Arranged local sponsors for college fest, 2016
    •Awarded certificate of merit for securing 2nd position in class 11, 2015.
    •Represented school in the Academia Industry Inter fest, 2015
    •Received award for Recognition for volunteering and contributing to the local community, 2014 by Save The Children and Cini Asha.

    INTERESTS
    Reading books and paper crafts

    Sir, what are my chances of getting a profile based call based on the above. I intend to specialise in Finance.

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  3. Sohail says

    Thank you so much for the clarity!

    General Management is the thing which even i thing might fit me, but since SPJIMR does not offer GM i was wondering if you could tell me a way out to shape my profile for a call in marketing (it being my first preference)

    Thanks a lot!

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  4. Hello Sir

    This indeed is a very great post for SP profile based form filling. I referred it to my friends as well. 🙂
    I have one query to clarify. I work for a Finance based firm(merely it provides financial intelligence to its clients) as a Software Engineer. I got to know some aspects of finance, and economics while working on the data collection tools, definitely not much. Can I choose relevant work ex as an option for a major in Finance which is my second preference.

    Awaiting your reply.

    TIA
    Maneesha

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      • Subham Mandhana says

        Hello sir,
        My profile details are as follows:

        ACADEMICS:
        Class X – (95%) (Maharashtra Board)
        Class XII – 90.17% (Maharshtra)(Commerce)
        Graduation (Final Year) – BCOM– 62%
        CA First Attempt Pass out.
        Cleared CFA Level 1 in first attempt.

        CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
        •UG Scholarship from Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation
        •2nd in Vidharbha Talent Search Examination
        •Member of CSR team in previous Organization.
        .Have received 2 CEO awards in previous organization for leadership and implementation of GST

        Can I expect profile call from S.P Jain.

        Also what colleges should I fill in for Investment Banking

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  5. Soujanya Priya says

    Hi Sir,

    First of all, thanks a lot for such detailed and descriptive posts which guide us through this entire preparation and application process.

    My details are as follows –

    X – CGPA 9.8 (93.1%) – CBSE
    XII – 95% – AP State Board
    UG – B.Tech(ECE) from VNIT,Nagpur (CGPA 8.3)

    ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS –
    – Among top 1% students in AIEEE (B. Tech) by securing AIR 4150 out of 1.3 million applicants
    – Awarded KVPY scholarship by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India with AIR 732 in 2012
    – Awarded Scholar Blazer and Scholar Tie for consistent academic performance (top 1%) for 8 consecutive years in 2010
    – Among top 1209 projects in India selected for second round in Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge India Design Contest 2015
    – Secured 3rd position in National level IGSC Scholarship Exam in 2003
    – Achieved 1st class up to 5th level of exams conducted by Hindi Prachar Sabha with >4L applicants every year

    VERSATILITY(EXTRA CURRICULAR) –
    – Winner of Inter Section and Inter Department Throwball Tournament for 3 yrs
    – Bagged 1st position in Inter Section Girls Badminton Tournament (Doubles) in VNIT
    – Bagged 2nd position in Inter Department Dodgeball Tournament (Group event)
    – Basic education teaching volunteer to Shraddanand Ashram children under Prayaas,VNIT in 2012
    – Winner of Words worth- build words, Inter house competition in school for consecutive 3yrs from 2004-2006
    – Compère – Hosted extempore and other literary activities at school level

    RESPONSIBILITY SHOULDERED –
    1. Astronomy Club VNIT
    – Publicity Head(2012-2013): Implemented multiple tactics for club to be recognized among top 3 in its inaugural year
    – Event Manager(2013-2014): Led a team of 10 members & organised events with average participation of >500 students every event
    – Treasurer(2014-2015): Procured club instruments, besides event expenses, albeit minimal funding from college with profits from sweatshirt drive resulting in >3.5 lakh gross yield and handed over substantial portion for succeeding team

    2. Throwball Convenor, VNIT (2015)
    – Conducted over 15 competitions all-round the year & ensured fair play of games being unique selection for the role

    3. Event Manager, Pascal Trouble, AXIS, VNIT (2014)
    – Ensured 50% increase in participation of the event as part of Central India’s largest technical fest

    4. Student Mentor, VNIT (2013)
    – Taught weekly mathematics remedial classes for over 40 freshers and ensured pass% achievement for > 75% students

    WORK EXPERIENCE
    Working at Bharti Airtel Limited (From June 2016 – Present)

    Lead – Network Analytics (May 2018 – Present)
    Key Responsibilities –
    – Responsible for building Network and customer experience analytics use cases
    – Designing processes & platforms for streamlining network operations
    – Developing digital platforms for automation and ensuring end-to-end delivery of network digitization softwares/tools
    – Project lead for top network related projects

    Corporate Relationship Manager (Prior May 2018)
    Key Responsibilities –
    – Handling complete life cycle of over 50 corporate businesses (>20k connections) across all lines of business
    – Ensuring end-to-end service delivery meeting the requirements as per defined TAT being one point of contact
    – Providing improvised customer experience and thereby ensuring upselling and cross selling
    – Revenue enhancement by account reconciliation and improving payment collection efficiency
    Achievements & Milestones
    – Ensured >98% retention rate of churn threats during tough telecom competition
    – Accrued revenue of over ₹ 70 million in the last 6 months by recovering huge old debts
    – Exclusive employee in team of 20 to get promotion to Assistant Manager from Sr. Executive only within 1 yr of experience

    Could you please tell me the chances of me getting a profile based call?
    Do guide me on which of the above could be included/avoided.
    ( Also, I haven’t included internships & projects undertaken during B.Tech in the above list as they are more technical than managerial. Should I include such academic projects taken up out of curriculum?)

    Please suggest specialisation preferences I could opt for (in first & second order). I am interested more in General Management over Finance (as visible in my profile too)

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Hi Soujanya,

      You should apply to Marketing first and Operations next. Your profile is not aligned with Finance.

      Your academics are very good and extracurriculars have width, so given that you bring in gender diversity as well, you stand a strong chance of getting a call.

      Your achievements are fine, you can include most of them, do not include academic internships.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  6. Satyajeet says

    Sir , if I don’t get a call based on my 1st preference do I still have a probability to get a call on my 2nd preference? Do they consider both the preferences to shortlist candidates?

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  7. Vaidehi Tantiya says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows:

    ACADEMICS:
    Class X – CGPA 10 (95%) (CBSE)
    Class XII – 94.25% (CBSE)(Commerce)
    Graduation (Final Year) – BCOM(Hons)(St. Xavier’s College Kolkata),specialization in finance,aggregate percentage – 73%.
    Cleared CFA Level 1 & 2 in first attempt.
    Completed NCFM ; Financial Market’s: Beginner’s Module

    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    •Working Committee Member at Hindi Literary Society,2017-18: have organised various intra as well as inter college activities
    •Participated in Graduate Maverick School conducted by DELOITTE and received a Certificate of Achievement for the same, 2017
    •College Representative for VIVIDHA 2017, inter-college fest.
    •Campus Ambassador for INSIGNIA Internationals 2017 organised by college.
    •Arranged local sponsors for college fest, 2016
    •Awarded certificate of merit for securing 2nd position in class 11, 2015.
    •Represented school in the Academia Industry Inter fest, 2015
    •Received award for Recognition for volunteering and contributing to the local community, 2014 by Save The Children and Cini Asha.

    INTERESTS
    Reading books and paper crafts

    Sir, what are my chances of getting a profile based call? I intend to specialise in Finance.

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    • Hi Vaidehi,

      You have a great profile. Given that you have a CFA as well and bring in gender diversity, you should be able to get a call in all probability.

      All the best!

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  8. Abdul Wasey says

    89.8 in 10th
    75.4 in 12th
    62.5 in Graduation
    (Exceptionally bad Handwriting may be the cause)

    Published a Research paper on Virtual Reality in conference
    Head Coordinator of University’s Fashion Club for 2 yrs.
    General Secretery of University
    Organiser of one of the biggest fests in Delhi NCR with a standing of > 20000
    State level Cricket Player

    Joined HCL as Engineer, grabbed the opportunity and bagged the Role in Product Management and Presales ( Sales exceeding 1 Million USD)

    Work Ex 21 months

    Exceptional Performance in Last Appraisal at Hcl

    Closed deals on more than 10 clients in a year

    Worked at and helped in setting up a NGO for developement of Child Education

    Exceptionally well at Sales

    Exceptionally well at Client Requirement gathering and solution design ( Good at Algorithm design being a Computer Engg. though a rare coder)

    Designed the solution for Bank of Ireland Automation increasing their Productivity

    Would a profile based call be expected at this profile?
    Please help

    CAT 2018 : 90%+ (SURE OF THAT)

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    • Hi,

      Given the academics, I think a profile-based call is a tough ask. The low CAT percentile requirement for a profile-based call means that you need to compensate for that with good academics — this is just to ensure that you have the aptitude to do well in a 2-year MBA course, which is exceptionally rigorous.

      All the best!

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  9. Tejas Rane says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows:

    ACADEMICS:
    Class X – 84.55% (S.S.C)
    Class XII – 81.69% (H.S.C)
    Graduation – BCOM (M.L. Dhanukar College, Mumbai),specialization in accounts & finance,

    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    •Co-ordinated and managed college fest “Kurukshetra 2014”.
    •Arranged for local sponsorships and few
    brands like Power House Gym
    •Participated in inter college fest O2 in street play, 2013
    •Represented school in the interschool Science Exhibition 2011
    •Elected as the Head Boy of the school in 2012.

    Work Experience:
    Worked as Financial Analyst with Tata Constultancy services from May 2017 to May 2018.
    Job Description:
    Worked for client Bloomberg on 2 projects namely Earning Estimates and ANR
    •As a part of earning estimates the work was to analyse the reports recieved from brokers and analyse the key parameters required by investors from the point of investing.
    •ANR being the cruial project of the client the quality delivered was 99%. As a part of ANR gave recomendations on stocks as per the information received by brokers which would help the investor to decide whether to buy or sell a specific stock.

    Social Responsibility: Working with an NGO named OYE since May 2018.

    Sir please let me know how is my profile and are there chances of receiving call.

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    • You have a decent profile Finance, which I suppose you are applying to.

      As far as having all the basics for a Finance profile, you tick all the checkboxes. It will depend now on how competitive the rest of the profiles are.

      All the best!

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  10. Parul says

    Hi sir,
    I have 92% in my graduation but my 10 and 12 score is just 80%. I have done journalism and mass communication, have been doing activities like anchoring, radio jockey, professional shoots. Apart from that I’ve worked in different fields of integrated marketing communications like public relations, event management, content development and advertising marketing with organisations like Ogilvy, India Today, DDB Mudra group, etc. I have also been a part for various NGOs like CRY and ERIDE for almost two years.
    What is my chance of getting a profile based call for marketing?
    Awaiting your response

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    • Hi Parul,

      Apply to Marketing, since you have educational diversity and professional diversity. Your profile will be competitive.

      All the best!

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  11. Hello sir,
    This was a much needed post .. Thanks for it. 🙂

    My academics are 89 (ICSE)/72(HSC) in 10th/12th and 4.62/7 CGPA ( Mum university )
    Completed CA IPCC along with 9 months of experience at KPMG in Indirect Taxation ( 3 years articleship + 9 months )

    Academic achievement-
    Merit award winner for consistent academic performance in school;

    Versatility 1- Sports
    Awarded the Best Athlete for 4 years in school;
    Represented school at DSO and inter school-meets for events like 100m, 200m, long jump and lawn tennis;
    Part of college lawn tennis team and represented at district level;
    Proficient swimmer and have learnt basics of Krav maga and kung fu;

    Versatility 2-Trekking
    Completed Himalayan trekking expedition to Kedarkantha in the month of December 2017.
    I actively trek in the Sahyadris of Maharashtra and have done 16 treks.
    Managed group of 20 as the trek lead and handled unforseen situations during treks with patience.

    Versatality 3- Presentation
    Participated in Manshodhan, intra-college powerpoint presentation competition and secured 4th place

    Preference 1 – Marketing
    Reason -Tenure with KPMG provided me insights about my client handling capacities in tensed situation via my communication skills.
    Travelling solo to Himalayas and Sahyadris made me realise about my potential to effectively converse and get the things done.

    Preference 2 – Finance

    I understand from your post that graduating in a specific area and relevant work
    experience should be put as the first preference i.e finance for me. However I am keenly interested in marketing for the reasons as cited above. Should I go with 1- Marketing and 2- finance do vice versa? Though it wont make much of a difference, however getting in marketing will be like a hitting a sixer unlike finance which will be just a four.

    Thanks and regards 🙂

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    • Hi Adi,

      While hitting a sixer might seem like a much bigger achievement than a four, it depends on whether you get a chance to face a ball!

      Your profile is fully aligned to finance and having good communication skills and handling tense situations is required of any manager irrespective of whether he/she works in Finance or Marketing.

      So apply to Finance first and Marketing next, so that you get to face a ball.

      All the best!

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  12. Sruthi Iyer says

    Hello Sir
    Is it appropriate to add off campus selection in a core engineering company from a huge pool of applicants as an achievement?

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  13. Very Informative post sir.
    I have a few questions to ask if you have time to spare. I’d be grateful if you could give me your email id.

    Thank you.

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  14. Hello Sir
    I have
    9.8 CGPA In 10th (CBSE )
    88.40 (CBSE) in 12th
    8.79 ( BTECH IT fresher ) from IPU Delhi
    are my acads fine and can I expect a profile based call ? like if i look at acads exclusively

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    • Hi Aman,

      Your academics are competitive, whether you get a call or not depends on which specialization you are applying to and the extra-curricular of the other applicants to the same.

      All the best!

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  15. Malhar says

    Hi sir,

    I’m a 2016 B.tech from ICT, working since past 2.5 years in R&D. Should applying for an operation specialisation be a viable choice for me ?

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  16. Dharti says

    Hey sir
    I am currently pursing my BMS in marketing
    I would like to know my chances of getting a call from SPJIMR

    Academic records
    SSc 91.7 %
    HSC 87.38%
    BMS – CGPA 10/10 ( four sem)

    Additional certification
    1) Social media marketing
    Created and presented Social media Marketing campaign (unofficial) for lakme as part of cousre

    Academic Achievements
    1) Consistently one of the top 5 ranker in four semesters
    2) Research paper – an analysis of changing trends in Gift industry
    3) Designated as SYBMS representative in Student’s Council

    Versatility

    1) Social service

    a) Part of NSS for 2 years
    b) Part of social outreach unit of college which organizes few events relating to social issues.
    c) Head of BMS department for Greenathon – a project intiated by principal to make campus green
    d) Member of Leo club of bombay uptown
    e) Initiated an awareness campaign for swatchta app

    2) Drawing and Painting
    a) Intermediate (Agrade) and Elementary exam
    b) Know pencil shading, charcoal painting, Water colour painting
    c) Partcipated in competition organized rotract club of RJ college and few others as well
    d) Member of Creative department of one of the committee in my junior college
    e) Head of the creatives department of one of the committee in my junior college

    Few other co curricular activities
    a) Member of department which had resposibility of increasing partcipation for the college festival

    C) Dancing
    I love dancing a lot
    I have done a lot classes learnt various style of dance as well
    Partcipated in few competition as well

    D) Making of creative articles
    a) Sospesso – an Italian art of making artificial flowers.Making frames out of it
    b) Explosion box ( creative box includes a lot of phtos and saying about the person )
    c) Quilling art frames
    d) Out of waste artciles
    I have sold few of these items as well. I planning to open my own facebook page for the same.

    Can you please tell me that should include this in my versitality? The above creative one!

    E) Sports
    I am learnt basics of Squash, Table tennis. Just as fun during my vacation
    So should i include this in my versitality section
    F) Music
    I have learnt keyboard but not very good at it
    From sports and music what should i include or should not include any?

    Personal responsibility shouldered
    a) Initiated and Organized a swatchta app camapign in my college with help of Team NSS and under guidance of concerned faculty

    Academic responsibility
    a) Designated as mentor for alloted first years because of my academics and curricular activities

    I want to do my specialization in marketing.
    Please can you tell me if i fill the form in the similar manner will that be effective?

    Few suggestions will be appreciated
    Thankyou so much

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    • Hi,

      You have a pretty good profile.

      Include only the things where you feel you have either a strong interest or have done a substantial number of things; so you can go easy on the Sports and Music bit.

      Also, Personal responsibility refers to any familial responsibility you have taken up.

      Use the space given under each versatility section not to mention things as bullet points but paint a qualitative picture. For example, Dancing a very big passion of mine, I have learnt X, Y, Z dance forms and participated in X-level competitions as well. Call the creative articles as craftwork.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  17. Anmol Khandelwal says

    Hello sir,
    My academic details are as follows:
    X- 78%
    XII- 90.6%
    Grad. (B.com)- 69% from ‘others’ university
    Sir, since I don’t have pretty good academic records and other extra curricular activity, can I expect a call from SP Jain if I score 99.8-99.9%ile in CAT ? How can I decide which specialisation to pursue, however, I am intended to choose finance ?

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    • Hi Anmol,

      You can a get a call if you score above 99 percentile.

      Given your background, the only options open are Finance and Marketing since both IM and Ops are for engineers unless you have relevant work-ex in the areas.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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    • Hi Anika,

      Internships are not really considered important unless it resulted in something substantial. Either way, you can mention it in the academic achievement section if you think it is an achievement.

      All the best!

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  18. Hi Sir,

    Thank you for such an insightful post. This is really going to help.

    I just needed clarifications on 2 things:

    1. One of your previous comments that said academic internships do not count. So my articleship experience (required for giving the CA exam) will not be considered as work experience, right?

    2. I had assisted one of the partners of the firm I did my articleship with, in writing an article for one of the CA journals. The article mentions my name in the gratitude section. Where can I mention that in the form?

    Thanks in advance

    Priyanka

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    • HI Priyanka,

      You are right about your first question — articleship does not count as wrok-ex.

      You can mention the credit you received for the article in the academic achievements section.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  19. What are my chances of getting a profile based call? ( Marketing)

    Academics
    10th- 9.2 (87.4%)
    12th- 85% (Topper of the school)
    Bcom (Hons) – 71.8

    Certifications
    Digital Marketing by Google

    Extra Curriculars

    Rotaract Club
    1Year- Team Leader (Marketing)
    2 year – Marketing Director

    Enactus Ggdsd
    1 Year- General Body Member
    2 Year- Project Director (Lead a project for 1 year)
    3 year – Vice President
    • Took part in Enactus Nationals held in Mumbai
    2016+17+18
    • Got A grant of 80000 From Blue dart For our project

    TEDx
    Was in the Organising Committee of the Tedx team.

    Internships

    Amazedeal.in
    Corporate Marketing Intern
    3 Months
    Best Intern of the Month

    Ray-Ban
    Social media
    International ( Sun-burb)
    3 Months

    FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
    Research Associate
    2 months

    Additional Information
    Started an event Management Firm
    Did an event and i lead a team of 100 Members for 3 Months and raised around Rs120000.

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  20. Flash says

    10th – 86%
    12th – 92%
    Graduation – Bcom (A/C Specialization ) – 75%
    I want to do specialization in MARKETING.
    Can i expect the call?

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  21. Subham Mandhana says

    Hello sir,
    X-95%
    XII-90.17%
    B.Com Graduation Final Year – 62%
    CA First Attempt
    CFA Level 1 Cleared
    Awarded the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation Scholarship in Class XII
    2 Years of Work Experience with Vedanta Resources and Trafigura Global Services in FP&A,FR and Revenue Finance
    2 CEO Awards in Vedanta for Implementation of GST and leadership drive.
    Elevated to report Deputy CFO in Vedanta in first 8 months

    Can I expect Profile call from SP Jain?

    What colleges should I target for Investment banking?

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    • You should be able to get a call from SPJIMR for Finance. For i-Banking jobs on campus, A & C and to an extent B & L. Off campus, any old IIMs plus a CFA – L2.

      All the best!

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  22. CA Subham Mandhana says

    Hello sir,
    X-95%
    XII-90.17%
    B.Com Graduation Final Year – 62%
    CA First Attempt
    CFA Level 1 Cleared
    Awarded the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation Scholarship in Class XII
    2 Years of Work Experience with Vedanta Resources and Trafigura Global Services in FP&A,FR and Revenue Finance
    2 CEO Awards in Vedanta for Implementation of GST and leadership drive.
    Elevated to report Deputy CFO in Vedanta in first 8 months
    Can I expect Profile call from SP Jain?
    What colleges should I target for Investment banking?

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  23. Ankit says

    Hello sir,
    Below are my profile details:

    ACADEMICS:
    Records:
    SSC (CBSE): 87.83%
    HSC (CBSE): 75.67%
    B-Tech (RTU): 67.47% – ECE
    Achievements:
    • Secured 2nd position in a Robo Race Competition at Intercollege level event.
    • Published BOK’s at organization level.
    • Intern at CCL, a Miniratan Company (Government of India).
    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    • Organized Debate and Sports Competition (Annual) at school level.
    • Co-ordinated and managed college fest “PRAVAH” 2013/14.
    • Member of Photography Club at College level.
    • Arranged local sponsors for college fest, 2013.
    • Managed Social engagement activities multiple times at workplace.
    • School level Cricket Player.
    WORK EXPERIENCE:
    Work as Test Engineer with Infosys from August 15 till now. (More Than 3 years of work experience).
    • Working for a health care domain (Client: Carefirst).
    • Top Performer at Organization level.
    • Received Best Debutant award 2016 (within first 6 month), multiple RNR awards for excel performance.
    • Received Best Team Award 2017 (as a team).
    • Received direct appreciations(Client) from Program director, Program Manager etc.
    SOCIAL ACTIVITY:
    • Active Blood Donor from College level and still continuing.
    • Under Organizational CSR – MAMATHA, worked close with under privileged children – donated funds for their well fare.
    INTEREST:
    • Sports – Cricket (Intermediate level) and Football, Badminton, Volleyball (Basic level).
    • GYM
    • Cooking

    Please let me know if i stand out any chance for SP Jain, If yes then which area i need to apply for.
    Intended to finance, but open to all.

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    • Hi Ankit,

      Given your 3 years of work-ex with Infy, IM is the only specialization you can apply to. You can apply to any other specialization as a second preference but don’t really be hopeful of a call.

      As far as IM goes, a profile-based call is slightly doubtful because of low academics in XII and Grad. You have to get a CAT percentile above 96 and target a score-based call.

      All the best!

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  24. Ganesh says

    Hi Sir,
    I have done my BE in Computer Engineering and now i’m woking with JP Morgan ( 16 months experience), but in my college days i had done an internship (2 months experience) in Digital Marketing. So I wanted to ask you 2 things:
    1) As i’m interested in Marketing, should i keep it as my first preference?
    2) For Marketing, i should write about my internship in “Special Interest in this area” section or should i just tick the “relevant work experience” checkbox?

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    • Hi Ganesh,

      Your profile is aligned with IM so that should be your first preference.

      You can apply to Marketing citing special area of interest (there is no way you can “just tick” relevant work ex) and use the space to write about what your interest in Marketing and your internship.

      All the best!

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  25. Ganesh says

    Hi Sir,
    I have done my BE in Computer Engineering and now i’m woking with JP Morgan ( 16 months experience) as a Software Developer, but in my college days i had done an internship (2 months experience) in Digital Marketing. So I wanted to ask you 2 things:
    1) As i’m interested in Marketing, should i keep it as my first preference?
    2) For Marketing, i should write about my internship in “Special Interest in this area” section or should i just tick the “relevant work experience” checkbox?

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  26. ROZEE says

    What are my chances of getting a profile based call? ( Marketing)

    Academics
    10th- 9.2 (87.4%)
    12th- 85% (Topper of the school)
    Bcom (Hons) – 71.8

    Certifications
    Digital Marketing by Google

    Extra Curriculars

    Rotaract Club
    1Year- Team Leader (Marketing)
    2 year – Marketing Director

    Enactus Ggdsd
    1 Year- General Body Member
    2 Year- Project Director (Lead a project for 1 year)
    3 year – Vice President
    • Took part in Enactus Nationals held in Mumbai
    2016+17+18
    • Got A grant of 80000 From Blue dart For our project

    TEDx
    Was in the Organising Committee of the Tedx team.

    Internships

    Amazedeal.in
    Corporate Marketing Intern
    3 Months
    Best Intern of the Month

    Ray-Ban
    Social media
    International ( Sun-burb)
    3 Months

    FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
    Research Associate
    2 months

    Additional Information
    Started an event Management Firm
    Did an event and i lead a team of 100 Members for 3 Months and raised around Rs120000

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    • Hi,

      You have a pretty good profile, in terms of academics and alignment with Marketing. I think your chances of getting a call are pretty good if you manage to use the words given for description well.

      All the best!

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  27. Kalpna says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows :
    ACADEMICS
    10th-85% (Topper of the school BSEB)
    12th-66% (Bihar Board )
    B.Sc-58.15 % (Maths )

    Co-curricular Activities:
    School level Hockey Player
    Participated in Inter School Compitetion (Annual ) in sports

    Achievement:
    Secured !st rank in 100m race in Interschool competition.

    With no work experience, should i get a call for specilization in Finance or Marketing .?

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    • Hi Kalpana,

      I am afraid your profile is not strong enough for a profile-based call.

      You will have to score above 96 percentile and look at getting a score-based call.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  28. Nabila Rumane says

    Hello sir. Thank you for the informative post.
    Wanted to know what are my chances of getting a profile based call from SP Jain!

    My Academic records:
    SSC – 94%; HSC – 87.86%;
    BE, Chemical Engineering – 7.5/10 CGPA (2012-16)
    PG Diploma in Sustainable Environment Management (2017-18 (Part time))

    Work Experience:
    Consultant at KPMG in Risk Advisory – Sustainability Services for about 21 months
    My work primarily involved designing sustainability strategy for clients, linking financial and non-financial performance for disclosures in the public domain, sustainability advisory, content development for annual (integrated) reports and sustainability reports for top Indian companies, conducting assurances, etc. I was extensively involved in developing proposals and pitching clients for business.
    Additionally, I’ve done an internship in and Energy Management Consulting firm for 4 months.

    Certifications –
    1. Internal Auditors’ training on ISO 14001: 2015
    2. Internal Auditors’ training on OHSAS 18001: 2007
    3. GRI Certified Training Course based on the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

    Achievements –
    1. Secured first prize in carrom women singles in TSEC’s intra college sports fest Invictus’13.
    2. State topper of Mathematics in HSC (2012), scoring 98/100.
    3. State topper of Mathematics (149/150), Science & Technology (98/100) and Social Sciences (98/100) in SSC (2010).
    3. Qualified for semi-finals representing Thane district in a volleyball tournament at District level (2008).
    4. Cleared the Maharashtra scholarship exam scoring 62% in the year 2008.
    5. Awarded a title of Speed maths for outstanding performance in Speed maths Contest by Central Education Society in 2006-2007.

    Research Paper Publications –
    1. Published a paper on the topic ‘Oxygen Concentrator’ in the International Journal of Scientific Research and Modern Education
    2. Published a research paper on the topic ‘Improving the dissolved oxygen level in waste water using oxygen concentrator” in the Associated Asia Research foundation (AARF) Publication

    Extracurricular Activities –
    1. Public Relations officer in the Sports committee-TSEC, 2014-2015.
    2. Marketing officer in the Management Society-TSEC, 2013-2014.
    3. Event head of the throw ball tournament in TSEC’s annual sports fest Yudh’14.
    4. Represented TSEC in various inter-collegiate throw ball tournaments (2012-2016).
    5. Represented St. Xavier’s college in various inter-collegiate throw ball tournaments held at various colleges (2011 & 2012).
    6. Represented SBOA public school in various sports like Volleyball, Throw ball, Athletics, Long jump, Shot put (2006-2010).
    7. Part of the school’s March past team and secured 1st prize in the NMSA sports meets (2008 & 2009).
    8. Discipline captain of SBOA Public school (2008).

    Hobbies –
    Cooking (Special interest), travelling and sports

    Though my profile isn’t completely aligned to operations management, I’ve a fair idea of what are the key aspects in an orgainsation related to the same since I’ve been interacting with various manufacturing and service sector clients. I therefore wish to apply for Operations and Supply Chain Management.

    Request your inputs. Thank you!

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    • Nabila Rumane says

      Hello sir.
      Can’t see your reply on my comment. Request your inputs. Thanks.

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      • Hi Nabila,

        You have a great profile and should apply to Operations.

        I think the extracurriculars, work-ex and gender diversity should get you a call.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!

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    • Hi Nabila,

      You have a great profile and should apply to Operations.

      I think the extracurriculars, work-ex and gender diversity should get you a call.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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      • Nabila Rumane says

        Okay thank you. One more question. Should I put ‘relevant work ex’ as a reason to apply for operations? Although my job profile was remotely related to it? Or should it be special interest in the area?

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  29. Tony sir please whether i have a chance of getting profile based call.
    Xth – 10CGPA(CBSE)
    XIIth – 97.40%(RBSE)(science maths)(secured third rank in state,was second student in the history of rajasthan who scored 100% in pcm,and topper of district)
    graduation -80.22(BSC)(pcm)
    passed cpt and ca ipcc 1st group
    secured second rank in state level quiz
    awarded by inspire she scholarship and dhirubhai foundation ug scholarship
    secured 11000 rank in jee main among 11 lakh students.
    do i have a chance of getting profile based call and which specialisation should i fill in form.

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    • Hi,

      Since your marks are pretty good, you stand a decent chance. But the extra-curriculars are a bit underwhleming and hence I am not really certain that you will get a call despite your profile being competitive.

      I am surprised that after a CPT and IPCC you are still asking me which specialization to apply to!

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  30. Shubeksha Savarn says

    Sir, Can I check “relevant work-ex” as a reason for the preference if I have done internships in the field but not full-time work. I don’t have graduation in that area either.

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    • Hi Subesksha,

      You can’t, internships do not qualify as work-ex. It has to be full-time, paid work-ex.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  31. HI Sir,
    My profile is as below
    X-89.76%
    XII-77.33
    Graduation (B.COM) CGPA 7.45
    Work Experience – worked as Audit associate at KPMG Global services for an year .
    Co Curricular
    Was part of NCC at college and bagged first place in national quiz at National Integration camp NCC
    Was part of CSR at work place and participated in many activities for which I got a appreciation award from manager .
    I want to pursue PGDM in finance so is my profile suitable for SP profile based call.

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    • Hi,

      Your profile is decent for Finance but I am not sure if it will guarantee a call since Finance applicants usually have very strong profiles — CA, CFA etc.

      So chances are just about 50-50.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  32. Devansh Sharma says

    Hello Sir,
    I am working in a core technical, germany based machine manufacturing company as an Electrical Engineer since 4.5 years.

    My acads are :
    X : 86%
    XII : 79.25 %
    Grad : Btech EE (Hon.) CPI 8.6
    – Got 3750 AIR in GATE – In top 0.42 %.
    – Was the only candidate selected from the batch in the current company at college placements

    Extra Curriculars :
    – Founded the first college newspaper at engineering college
    – Worked as a member of editorial and marketing teams for the newspaper and successfully raised funds through advertisements for the free of cost newspaper

    I have extensive global work experience and have been to more than 15 countries on technical assignments. Although my job till now has been more on the technical side with limited experience of managing people and work on customer sites, I have deep interest in managing people and forming policies. My communication skills and compassive nature have always helped me creating strong bonds with new people in new countries.

    What would you suggest for my profile – possible to get a profile call ? If yes what branch should I opt for ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Hi Devansh,

      You have a pretty good work profile and you should apply to Operations as the first choice. The second choice is up to you, since I don’t think any of the other specialisations are relevant. It should either be Ops or General Management.

      Your profile is pretty competitive and the only place you might drop points are for your XII marks which are below 80.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  33. Chitresh Lalwani says

    Academics:-
    10th- 93%
    12th- 95%
    B.tech – 9.213 Cgpa

    Work Ex- 30 months
    SAP -Development Associate (21 months)
    Family Business – Manager (9 months)

    Academic Achievement-

    1-School Topper – 10th
    2- School Topper -12th
    3- Highest Marks Award in Computer Applications- Awarded by UP Technology Council

    Versatility

    1. Fitness and Nutrition- Sound knowledge and physical transformation
    2: Photography – Diverse Experience( portrait, landscape, wildlife, candid)
    3: Travel and Adventure – Diverse Experience. .Having done a lot of road trips and adventure activities has helped me in understanding human nature in a better way.
    4: Social Service – Been part of NSS and various social activities like tree plantation, lake cleanup and volunteered for NGOs as well. .Registered blood donor .
    5:Sports : I have been active in sports since childhood specially badminton. It has developed courage , discipline and concentration in me as well as it boosts my mind power and energy levels. I have participated in various school , college and workplace events for the same.

    Responsibility –

    Personal-
    I have successfully organized the annual party of our business and the silver jubilee celebration of my parents wherein I was responsible for deciding the venue, managing caterers, invitations, etc. I have also created detailed travel itineraries for friends, family, relatives since I have the knack for it.

    Professional –

    Please let me know what all to include in this,

    Certifications:-
    1: SAP Certified Development Associate – ABAP with SAP Netweaver 7.40.
    2: Completed the course “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University on Coursera.
    3: Completed the course “Photography : First Steps” by Lynda.com
    4: Completed a Certificate course in Mobile Application Development from Trainedge Centre , Lucknow.

    Please let me know what should be my preference for specialization.

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    • Hi Shitresh,

      Since you have worked on SAP, you can either look at Operations or IM with IM being closer to your profile and hence more likely to get you a call.

      You have a pretty good profile.

      The things under personal responsibility shouldered are pretty minor so I am not sure you should be including it. You can maybe mention that you are the go-to guy as far as planning & operations and go and then mention the events(make it a point to highlight the scale, number of attendees and stuff).

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  34. Ragini says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows:

    ACADEMICS:
    Class X – 10 CGPA (95%, CBSE)
    Class XII – Commerce, 91.25% (CBSE)
    Graduation – 80.30%, B.com (H) (Daulat Ram College, Delhi university)

    * Consistent Topper for 10 consecutive years in school. (1st to 10th)
    * selected in the Schoool Parliament for two consecutive years:
    House Captain (2011-2012)
    Head girl (2012-2013)

    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    *Worked as the “Cultural Secretary” 2014-15 of Commerce Department, Daulat Ram College.
    *Organised events and Annual Cultural festival 2015 as a union member.
    *Member of ZENITH- western dance society, Daulat Ram College (2013).
    *Participation in two Inter college Model United Conferences held at Daulat ram college, Delhi University.
    *Choreographed and performed Flash mob dance in the annual fest of Daulat Ram college.
    *Worked as an intern at “BAJAJ ALLIANZ” Insurance Company, in the December 2014.

    SPORTS:
    *Won gold and silver medal in Uttrakhand state sub-junior and junior Aquatic Championship respectively for the years 2007-2010.
    *Participation in sub junior and junior All India National Aquatic Championship for the years 2006 and 2007 respectively.
    *Bronze Medalist in 2006 Inter School East Zone Swimming meet for the CBSE affiliated schools.

    Work Experience:
    Worked as Advanced Associate with Ernst & Young from August 2016 to Feb 2018.
    Job Description:
    *Worked on audit procedures of major clients across the United States and analyzing company financial records for compliance with regulations, securities laws, and other
    financial regulations.
    *Review of SEC and local regulatory legal filings such as 10K, 10Q, 8-K before company filing to ensure proper representation of company financial data and other relevant information
    *Undertook several technical and non-technical trainings over the course of a year ;
    Emotional Intelligence at the workplace, Working in a team, Conflict Management, How to be
    an effective presenter.
    *Conducting Stock Count (Inventory Audit) as part of the physical verification process for EY India
    clients.

    Social Responsibility: Devoted member of “UMEED-A drop of hope” NGO and have actively participated in its events in the year 2014 and 2018.

    Sir, please let me know how is my profile and Can I apply Marketing as my first pref (because I am more inclined towards that domain) though my work ex and graduation area correspond to Finance. Please help me with this. Also I will do a digital marketing course certification after cat, Can I mention about it in the form itself right now?

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    • Hi Ragini,

      You have a great profile for Finance but if you are inclined towards Marketing then I can’t say much.

      It is weird that people with great Fin profiles want to do Marketing and those with nothing to do with Fin want Finance!

      You can apply to Marketing but don’t mention that you plan to do a course, only demonstratable interests or achievements will work.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  35. Mansi Pathak says

    Hello sir,
    My profile details are as follows:
    ACADEMICS:
    Class X – CGPA 9.8 (93.1%) (CBSE)
    Class XII – 87.8% (CBSE)(Science)
    Graduation (Final Year) – Btech(Computer science with specialisation in business analytics),aggregate percentage – 70.1%

    CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
    •Head of university’s fashion society
    •Worked in an NGO, focusing on child education and development.
    •Have worked in another NGO which had primary focus on spreading awareness regarding AIDS, eye donation and blood donation.
    •Awarded certificate for bagging first position in literary club event,wordathon, 2016.

    Sir, what are my chances of getting a profile based call?
    if not profile based then at what cat % can I expect a call.
    I intend to specialise in Finance, if not then marketing.

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    • Hi Mansi,

      Chances of a Finance call are not very high since you do not have any academic or professional background related to the same.

      You can get a call for Marketing.

      For a score-based call, you would need in excess of 96 percentile.

      All the best!

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  36. sarthak jalali says

    Hi sir,
    I have experience in IT in an automotive company.
    I was thinking about filling marketing as my first preference, but now I am having second thoughts. I was involved in marketing activities in college. My friends and I had initiated a startup and I was managing the marketing activities of that. Could you guide me with this please? Thanks!

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    • Hi Sarthak,

      It depends on how much work-ex you have. If you have less than 15 months then you can apply to Marketing and make a case for the same.

      If it is more than 18 months then applying to IM might be a safer bet.

      All the best!

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  37. Vijay says

    Hi,
    10th- 9 CGPA 85.% (CBSE)
    12th – 90%
    B.tech Mech 8.23 (SASTRA University)

    Got Deans list Merit award in my 2nd and 3rd year of B.tech ( Top 10% GPA based), Won a couple of inter-college Tech fests.

    Work Exp 26 Months (As on 31st Dec 2018)- L&T

    I work at Mechanical design division of L&T. Mostly concerned with Engineering Change Mangement process. I am interested to do Ops or Marketing but neither of them really matches with my work exp. How should I go about choosing a specialization?

    I along with another fresher built a new competence and this resulted in opening up of opportunities worth $250,000 for the company. For this reason, our story became one of the top 10 success stories of the company last year. We were awarded certificate of distinction as well for it. Should I put this in my application?

    Also, I got AIR 27000 in AIEEE 2012 though did not join Nits I got few of them. Should I also put them in my application?

    Lastly above what percentile can I expect a call from SP JAIN.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

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    • Hi Vijay,

      You should apply to Operations first (since your work-ex is aligned to the engineering department) and then Marketing.

      Mention your professional achievements as part of your description of your work-ex.

      Don’t put in your JEE AIR.

      For a score-based call you will need in excess of 96 percentile.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  38. Naman Jagga says

    What are my chances of getting a profile based call? ( Marketing)

    Academics
    10th- 6.8 (64.6%)
    12th- 89% (One of the Toppers of the school – Had my picture with 25 other students printed on a canvas out of school)
    Bcom (Hons) – 65.57

    Extra Curriculars
    1. Participated in Art Competition in 2010 – School Level
    2. Participated in Calligraphy Competition 2010 and 2011.
    3. Received 1st Position in One act play at Zonal Level in School. (Have Certificate)
    4. Member of Core team of Annual Cultural Festival of Dyal Singh College, DU. (Have Letter of Appreciation by college)
    5. Member of Music Society of Dyal Singh College, DU(Have Letter of Appreciation by college)
    6. Participated and won many Music competitions including 1st Prize at Band Competition at AIIMS Pulse Fest. (Have Certificate)
    7. Head Coordinator of Annual Cultural Fest of Dyal Singh College, DU (Have Letter of Appreciation by college)
    8. Arranged Sponsors in College for Fest
    9. Managed all Music related events at my college.
    10. Active Blood Donor from College level and still continuing.

    INTEREST:
    • Sports – Football, Cricket
    • GYM
    • Cooking

    CSR Activities:

    1. Was an active member of Laadli Foundation trust in 2016 for 5-6 months, I used to handle all their graphic, marketing and content requirements. (Have certificate and LOR)
    2. Was worked with them in an event in April 2018 for free health checkups and Sanitization awareness camp. (Have certificate)

    Internships during college time (Have certificates of all internships)

    Roomys – Campus Manager – 1 Month period
    Teachologist – Research Analyst – 8 months period – Was directly working under Director
    Microsoft Vfest – Marketing Intern – 3,4 Months period – Was chosen best intern in Delhi and visited Goa to manage Finale there.
    Krumbb – Marketing Intern – 1 month period
    Hindustan Unilever Limited – Marketing Intern – 1.5 months period
    QS – Marketing Internship (Managed 20 interns , 1st year students) – 3 months period
    IIM Ahmedabad – Contributor for Scholars for Change Campaign – 2/3 months
    Ray Ban – Campus Head (Managed 25+ interns) –4 week stint covered in 3 months.

    Freelance Work Exp:
    Worked with Amity University with one of their conferences at Amity Law School in 2018 and was responsible for their Content, Website, Designing needs.

    ¬¬¬
    Current work Experience:
    Joined an Indian Origin event company (Australian Incorporated which had 3 different types of Events properties in AU) in 2017 beginning after college, promoted after 4¬¬ months to Assistant manager as I had past experience in events industry. Was managing the whole team solely specifically Design dept, Content Dept, Operations, Sales etc. Managed to increase the profits by 2x and launched 1 new event brand in delhi and was head of one of the properties and sole decision maker of that Event property.
    Currently working for the same company as Brand Management Consultant at the same Event Company.

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    • Hi Naman,

      You have a great non-academic profile related to Marketing that makes your profile competitive.

      But your academics are not exceptional and hence I am not sure how strong your application will be.

      I am not ruling out a profile-based call, you might still get one.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  39. Akash Patil says

    Hello Sir,
    In academic achievements can I add he achievements during my work ex?

    I have 2nd prize in 1 National business case competition(National competition for your managers) organised by All India Management Association during my work ex.

    Also I have won the 2nd prize in Avartan 2018 organized by NITIE Mumbai,
    The competition was for presenting on-job projects

    Please let me know your feedback

    Thank you

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  40. I have no finance work experience/coursework but would still like to apply for the same

    GMAT Score – 750

    Profile =>
    10th => 94.5% (ICSE)
    12th => 91.7% (AP Board)
    College => 8.02 (Computer Science, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus)

    Work Experience =>
    18 Months (Software Engineer – PayPal, Chennai)

    Internships =>
    Schneider Electric (Web Development – 2 months)
    Kudankulum Nuclear Power Plant (2 months)
    Housing.com (Content Writer – 2 months)

    Extra Curriculars =>
    Photography => Head of Department of Photography in BITS Pilani
    Tennis => Won District Level Competitions

    Would it be wise to apply through GMAT?

    Also, is it possible for me to get finance?

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    • Hi Yash,

      You should apply through GMAT since 750 is a 98 percentile and that is enough to get a score-based call.

      Profile-based call for Finance is not ruled out since you have great acads but even so clearing the interview for an engineer with no Finance background is next to impossible from what I have seen over the years.

      All the best!

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  41. Mayank says

    I have a year drop after 12th Class. However, when filling the form of SP Jain, when I select a Yes for the Question: Do you have any Academic Break/ Year Drop? The options appear as First Year, Second Year, Third Year & Fourth Year.
    Does this imply I need to Select First Year?
    Thank you in advance.

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  42. Aditya Guru says

    sir please tell me,can i get profile based call from spjimr and also which specialisation should i fill in the form.
    my academics are
    Xth – 10 CGPA(CBSE)
    XIIth – 97.40%(rbse)
    graduation – 80.22%(BSc(PCM))
    cleared ca ipcc grp 1.
    got both inspire scholarship for higher education and dhirubhai foundation scholarship.
    achieved 11700 rank in jee main.
    scored 100% marks in physics,chemistry and mathematics in 12th class and i was the second student of my boards who scored the same.
    was district topper in 12th and 3rd ranker in state and got rewards from respected cm and governor for the same.
    i am fresher.
    pls give reply sir.

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    • Hi Aditya,

      You have a great academic profile that makes your application pretty competitive.

      You should apply to Finance and Marketing as 1st and 2nd preference since you have done your CA IPCC.

      Your chances are pretty good but then a lot depends on the rest of the applications.

      All the best!

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  43. Durgesh Naregalkar says

    Hi,
    10- 82.5%
    12- 70.62%
    Currently in last year of mechanical engineering from SVIT Gujarat,
    Current Score of graduation- 74.3%
    And I wish to opt for marketing and operational as my first and second preference respectively and have done some relevant certification course to back my choice.
    What are the chances of getting a profile based call

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  44. Manaswini says

    sir ,
    does elective in supply chain management count ?
    can i select specialised course in the area.

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  45. Hi Sir,
    I had a few points to ask you,
    1. Can I write about an award i had got in Office for the recognition of my work in Academic Achievements?
    2. Can Networking be added in Versatility?
    3. In the describe briefly section, can i write it in points format rather than para format?

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  46. Sir,
    My profile is as below
    X-89.76%
    XII-77.33
    Graduation (B.COM) CGPA 7.45
    Work Experience – worked as Audit associate at KPMG Global services for an year .
    Co Curricular
    Was part of NCC at college and bagged first place in national quiz at National Integration camp NCC
    Was part of CSR at work place and participated in many activities for which I got a appreciation award from manager .
    I want to pursue PGDM in finance should I apply for finance as relevant field graduation or special interest and also can I include about topper in the class before 10th and about quiz competition and sports in the form .. can you please help me out

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  47. Matilda says

    Hello Sir
    I have
    90.15% in SSC
    90.15% in HSC
    And a 68.18% in BCom
    I do not have much of extra curricular activities but I’ve done a marketing internship(non academic) for 2 months can I expect a profile based call ?

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    • Hi Matilda,

      Your academics are great but I am not sure if they will be enough to make the cut as far a profile-based shortlist go. For Marketing, especially, they look at extracurriculars.

      I am not ruling it out completely.

      All the best!

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      • Matilda says

        Thank you sir.
        Also if I opt for finance as my first preference would that increase my chances of getting a call ?
        And does the two month internship count as relevant work experience ?

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  48. Ankita says

    Hi sir,

    Profile:
    10th-87 ICSE (2010)
    12th- 83.4 CBSE (2012)
    Btech – 77.9 (information technology) BIT Sindri (2012-2016)

    Work Ex:
    25 months in Accenture (Application Developer)

    College:
    • top 3 students in my branch
    • Member at TRAINING AND PLACEMENT CELL.
    • TECHNICAL HEAD and PROGRAM COORDINATOR at ISTE .
    • Organized workshops and events in my college
    • Also won/ runner-up in some college events related to sports

    School:
    • WINNER of MEDHA TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION, 2012 (city level)
    • Some school level prizes won -for sports/ treasure hunt

    Questions:
    1)Is it possible to get a call with this profile?
    2)Is score based call possible? If yes, How much would be required and for what streams?
    3)I have done some social work but dont have any certificates for the same. What should I do?

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    • Hi Ankita,

      I suppose given your profile and work-ex you will be(and should be) applying to IM.

      Your profile is just above average and I am not sure whether it is good enough to guarantee a call. If I were you I wouldn’t count on it.

      Irrespective of streams they give out score-based calls at 96.5 percentile and above.

      You can include the social work bit under versatility and mention the details of what you have done — as part of an NGO called XYZ, I taught 50 students over a period 6 months, helping them increase their ABC.

      All the best!

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