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.


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


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 🙂



  1. Gokul says

    Hi sir,
    My profile details are as follows
    CLASS X :9.6 (CBSE)
    CLASS XII: 87.60%(CBSE)
    7.41 /10 (MGU)

    -Receipient of Swami Chinmaya Merit Scholarship for outstanding academic performance.
    -Among top 1% students in problem solving assessment (conducted by cbse) at school level.
    -Developed a library management application for college library and a parking based application which was accepted by district corporation, also available in google play store with good reviews.
    -Completed sans online cyber security course.

    -Completed social service as part of national digital literacy mission.
    -Represented school and college football &cricket teams at various levels.Also part of the athletics team.
    -participated in techno-managerial symposium hosted by govt.mec,in association with IEEE student branch.
    -Led and organised a 2 day fun events named Lets pedal& SpartanX for the college tech fest in 2016&2018 respectively which had more than 500 participants.
    -Elected as the House captian of the school in 2013.

    I graduated in the year 2018& has no work experience.
    Please suggest what specialization preference I could opt for if i have a chance of receiving a call.


    • Hi,

      Your profile is pretty competitive but not necessarily one that will be guaranteed a call.

      Since you are a fresher you should apply to Marketing and Finance in that order.

      All the best!


  2. VIRAJ GOPANI says

    Sir, one question so far as Professional Achievements in SP Jain form. There is no space for mentioning Professional Achievements at my workplace. Can I mention them under Academic Achievement or any other field you might suggest?


      • VIRAJ GOPANI says

        Okay sir. But the word limit is very less (50 words). My word limit is exceeding even though i have written my functional roles only.

        Sir, please find my profile below for applying to SP Jain [Specialisation – Finance]

        Educational Details:
        Chartered Accountant with 60.25% at Final Level and 70.29% at IPCC Level (Got distinction certificate from ICAI] – All the levels at first attempt.
        B.com – 68.66%
        12th – 85.33% (3rd Rank in final examination conducted by School)
        10th – 72.86%

        Work Experience:
        Finance Executive at Ramdev Food Products Pvt. Ltd. – 25 month
        Role: Treasury Management & Negotiating Derivative deals, Direct & Indirect Tax Compliance and Advisory including Assessment & Appellate Proceedings, Preparation and finalization of financial statement, Co-heading Internal Audit team etc.

        Certification or Programs:
        Industrial Training at Ramdev Food Products Pvt. (1 year)
        Participated in Certificate Course on Start Your Business [3 days]

        3rd in Table Tennis Tournament in 2013
        Reading Religious Books and participated in activities of self development and devotional activity in an NGO for 10+ years (no certificate)
        Undertook various seminars on GST at workplace and local business association (having momento)
        Travelling – International trips to many countries and national trips

        Is it possible to get a profile based call?

        I have got 70.29% in IPCC Exam (mentioned above), can I mention in Academic Achievement that I was just short of 7 marks in getting Top 50 All India Ranks.


  3. Sir please tell me, if I can get a profile based call from spjimr and also which specialisation should i fill in the form.

    My academics are:

    Xth – 95.20% (Karnataka board) (School topper)
    XIIth – 95.67%(Karnataka board)
    Graduation – 8.43 CGPA (Mechanical engineer from NIE)

    I’ve sound knowledge of stocks and markets.
    Also trading in stocks and shares from past two years.


    • Presented a technical paper at an international conference (GTMES – 2018).

    • Published an international technical paper.

    • Student Co-ordinator and host of cogNIEscience 2017, a national level paper
    presentation competition.

    • Two years CORE member of ONYX, E-Cell, NIE which won best E-Cell in India award for 4

    • Scored 100% marks in physics,chemistry and mathematics in 12th class.
    (District topper)

    • Secured 1475 rank in CET (out of 1.6 Lakh students)
    (in top 1% students)

    • Recipient of Foundation for Excellence and MHRD Scholarships for 3 years for excellence in education.

    • Best out-going student award in school.

    • Topper in Physics in Pre-University by Physics lectures forum, Karnataka.

    • National level winner award for best E-cell in India.

    • Represented NIE in international E-summit held in IIT-B in 2016.

    • Been trained at BCAT workshop in collaboration with EICHER Motors.

    • I even had a start-up which I could run only for a year and a half.
    (Couldn’t continue as it was clashing with my acads)
    **Should I mention my start-up thing?

    • Associated with an NGO, ‘Humane touch’ for the past two years.

    I am a fresher.
    I intend to specialise in Finance, if not then marketing.


    • Hi,

      You have a pretty good profile and stand a decent chance to get the first call.

      The only drawback is that you don’t have the relevant educational or professional background for Finance.

      Use the description of special interest to elaborate on your interests in stocks and trading.

      All the best!


  4. Shubhneet Khera says

    10th- 91.2 % (CBSE)
    Graduation-Bcom H.(83.4%)
    Work-ex-11 months work ex in KPMG Global Services in Audit field

    Looking at the acads, what are the chances of getting a profile based call?
    Also, which field should i apply to in order to have major chance of getting a profile based call.


    • Hi Shubhneet,

      I am sorry but I get really surprised when people like you with great Acads, big brand work-ex and a profile so directly aligned to Finance asking which specialization they should apply to (you are not the first one to do so).

      You obviously do not stand a chance for Ops and IM. Marketing can be the second option.

      You have a pretty decent chance given your good acads and work-ex. It just depends on how many people with profiles such as yours apply.

      All the best!


      • Shubhneet Khera says

        I have certificate of CPT (foundation) but then i didnt go for CA.
        I have been an active member of a social organisation (Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation) which organises blood camps, tree plantation etc. I have been part of these events.

        Also, I have limited stuff to show in my ECAs.
        In my college, I volunteered in 2-3 events and participated in my college and other colleges as well but don’t have any certificates. In 3rd year i was the lead member of an event organised by Finance society in the college. Apart from that I have completed an English Speaking course from British Council.

        Although I believe that i have good acads but my extra curriculars fell short, no?
        Is it good to add irrelevant stuff like some quiz winner in school or school topper or district topper which I am? I got Letter of appreciation from Ministry of HRD for the good performance in 12th.
        Also, i have top 0.1% certificate provided by CBSE for Music as i scored 100 in that subject.
        So, is it good to add stuff like these? Are they going to help me anyway?

        I am filling SP jain form (infact any form) for the first time so i am unaware about the system.
        Please help me with all the points i have mentioned.

        Thanks so much:)


      • Hi Shubhneet,

        If you have a CPT then you should mention it.

        As far as the quality of your ECAs goes, you should present them in the best possible light and leave it at that.

        Whether you are filling a form for the first time you should be able to figure out whether it makes sense to put something in your profile.

        The problem seems to be that you seem to put everything on the same level — quiz winner, school topper and district topper.

        Firstly, achievements start having greater value when they move from INTRA (inside one’s school or college) category to INTER category (district, state, national). For example, an achievement at an INTRA Level will have value only if it is at X or above (quiz winner in VIII does not carry any value). Does this mean that no achievement below X should be mentioned, no, if you came first in a district/state/national level you can mention it.

        Participation in events is not an achievement and if it means having fewer things to write so be it.

        If you were part of formal organizing committees then mention it as a position of responsibility.

        Make things as specific as possible — what does the good performance in XII, for which you got an HRD certificate, mean? You topped or were among the top X in your district or secured more than AB percentage? Evaluators are no going to remember your XII marks, the system will automatically assign points for the same based on the criteria defined, say 10 points for 95% and above. The achievements space is where they can get a more rounded idea of your profile.

        Quantify the number of people/colleges participating in your college’s Finance event so that evaluators can get a fair idea of the scale.

        And some things have no place being a part of the application.

        For example, why on earth will you even mention “completed English speaking course from British council”. You are not applying for a lower-level government job where a bulk of the applicants are from a vernacular background and your having done this course will stand out in good light. Even if you are from a vernacular background and needed to do this course for self-improvement it is not an achievement. I am sorry if I am being harsh but I strongly believe that someone applying to a management degree from a premier b-school should possess this basic judgment.

        This is a skill that you will need at every stage of your life since your resume is what will always get you a shortlist and no course can teach you this it needs you to sit and think and evaluate.

        Hope you take this in the right spirit since sometimes a teacher needs to be a bad cop to get the message across.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


  5. prateek1205 says

    Hello Sir
    My profile is-
    X-10 CGPA
    I have a work ex of 18 months in Ernst and Young as a Risk Analyst which is a Consulting role in IT Audit.
    Can you please suggest me which specializations should i apply for?


    • Hi Prateek,

      You can apply to Finance with citing relevant work-ex.

      The second preference can be IM if you are interested. Ops and Marketing will be tough asks.

      All the best!


      • prateek1205 says

        Hi Sir,
        Since you mentioned in the post that for Finance we will be competing with CFA holders, would it be better if i put IM as first preference and Finance as Second since IT Audit is also closely related to IM and i have relevant graduation in IM?
        Also , Sir can we add the achievements at Workplace(like Extra miller awards) in the Versitality section ?


  6. Umangini jain says

    My profile is as below
    X – 70%
    XII – 68%
    Graduation – B.tech(Computer Science Engineering)
    Currently in last year of my Graduation from Rajasthan Technical University
    current score of graduation – 73.8%
    No such work experience

    Academics :
    1.Cambridge English level 1 certificate
    2.Cranes software certificate in – C programming and data structure
    3. R programming online certificate from data camp
    4.Currently pursuing IBM(ICE course) certificate( It has taught us fundamentals of Big Data &
    Analysis. That Includes Data mining, Data Cleaning, Data Representation, Social Media Analysis,
    Web Analysis And Basics Of Hadoop. )
    5.worked on the project – pipeline visual analysis – This project consist of a dashboard where user
    can upload a damage picture of pipes and by using Watson visual recognition, Oil, Gas and
    water pipelines images are classified into 6 categories: normal burst, corrosion, damaged coating,
    joint failure and leak. For each image, a percent match with each category is displayed. These
    data driven insights are further used to make informed decision whether the pipeline needs
    immediate attention or not.
    6. participated in smart India Hackathon – PROJECT – mapping of crime against women and
    prediction of crime(2017)

    Extra Co-Curricular Activities :
    1. Participated in 4 SGFI(Softball Games Federation India) National Softball tournament(2011-
    2. participated 6 times in state softball tournament (won silver medal and bronze medal in
    state softball tournament)
    3. participated 6 times in district softball tournament (won 6 times gold medal in district tournament)
    4. Best sports women of the year award(2014-2015) at school level.
    5. Best sports personality award at school level.
    6.National level gold medalist in cricket tournament.
    7. Event organizer in cultural fest and smart India Hackathon, Techno India NJR institute of
    technology college(2017, 2018)
    8. Won the best active volunteer award(2018)
    9. working for an NGO to motivate poor people to send their children for primary and secondary

    Sir, please let me know how is my profile and Can I apply Marketing as my first preference (because I am more inclined towards that domain) and Information Management as my second preference. What are the chances of getting a call?

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    • Hi,

      While you have a great profile in terms of extracurriculars, your academic profile is not competitive at all. So I am afraid that your chances of a call for Marketing and IM are pretty bleak.

      All the best!


  7. Ishita says

    Hi Sir,
    Thankyou for the article.
    Below is my profile –
    10th – 91.4%
    12th – 78.5%
    BE, IT – 67%

    Role – KPMG IT Audit and Advisory, Risk Consultant – As part of the Information Security projects, I was responsible for conducting the IT and Business process walkthroughs with client, to understand their services, drafting the controls to audit the ERP systems, documenting, identifying observations, carrying out risk assessment and providing recommendations for ineffective controls, and preparing the audit reports.

    Academic Achievements –
    1. KPMG Kudos Award
    2. KPMG Super Team Award
    3. Selected for 6 month KPMG UK Program

    Responsibility shouldered
    Personal –
    Head, Publicity Team – Managed 100+ volunteers to publicise the event in 50+ national colleges. Handled cash collection and data-entry of 2300+ registrations for 12 events.
    Head, Business-Plan Event – Formulated 30 problem statements, decided the judging criteria, and shortlisted final 10 entries out of 62.

    Versatility –
    a. Dance – contestant of ‘Boogie Woogie’, choreographed dances and anchored college cultural events, and wedding dance nights for 3 of my cousins.
    b. Drama – reached the finals of Firodiya Karandak (the biggest inter-college drama competition of Pune) and won the 1st prize for UV lights event.
    c. Internship with TFI in Recruitment team and Volunteer of NGO in college
    d. Travel planner and blogger
    e. Sports – Winner of table-tennis and Kho-Kho in sports tournament in school.
    Part of school badminton team to play at district-level tournament

    I want to opt for Marketing specialization.
    Request you to please suggest if i should select ‘relevant work experience’ or ‘Special interest’ for the same.
    Also, should I select IM specialization as 2nd option, although I am not really interested, but have done graduation in IT.
    What are the chances of profile based call?


    • Hi Ishita,

      You have a very good extra-curricular profile aligned to Marketing, but am not sure it will compensate for relatively below-par academics.

      You can apply for Marketing but there is no way you can cite relevant work-ex, I am sure you should be able to figure that much out. You should cite special interest and mention why you will be a fit for marketing in the description.

      IM is the only second preference open to you.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  8. Michelle says

    Hi sir
    Can being the only person receiving an award and cash prize from Dad’s office for securing the highest percentage among others be an academic achievement?


    • Hi Michelle,

      Some details at least — is it your Dad’s own firm or is it a firm your Dad is working in — if it is the former then do not mention, if it is the latter then mention that you were awarded a cash prize by XYZ firm for securing ABC.

      Also highest where — X, XII or Grad? If it is none of these then don’t mention.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  9. Sukanya says

    I had the pleasure of attending few of your sessions at IMS. Thanks for the post.
    My profile as follows. Please guide me on the possibility of getting a call and the specializations I could go for.
    X- CGPA 10/10 (95%), CBSE
    XII- 98%, TN State Board
    College- BE CSE with CGPA 8.3/10, Anna Unviersity

    Work Ex:
    24 months as of November with Deloitte (IT Consulting) – data migration, cloud computing- worked primarily in the domain of finance.

    • School first in CBSE Class 10 exams
    • Highest score (school level) – Physics, in class 12 and 4th in the school wrt overall marks
    • Consistently in the top 1% of the class wrt academic performance throughout school and received proficiency prizes for the same
    • Cleared till level 3 of KVS Maths Olympiad in school
    • One out of 4 students in college to be awarded GHCI Student Scholarship (2015) by Anita Borg Institute for women in Computer Science
    • Published a research paper titled “Enhancing Computational Performance Using CPU-GPU Integration” in the International Journal for Computer Applications (2015)

    • Strong passion for the English language- love reading it and teaching it.
    • Reading since a young age and covered multiple genres/ authors
    • Keen interest in learning new languages.
    • Part of school’s online newspaper team and writing articles for office newsletters.
    • Worked with an NGO for teaching English to children for almost a year.
    • Part of an initiative at college to teach the underprivileged kids
    • Part of a 4 member team at work that designed the curriculum/activities for counselling young adults as part of a CSR initiative this year
    • Learnt Carnatic music for 6 years

    • Organized and hosted the biggest technical event in college, attracting over 1000 participants
    • Took up more responsibility than my role demanded to ensure that client deliverables were met in time- received appreciation for the same
    • Organize/ help with cultural events, CSR initiatives etc at work
    • Heading a team of 30 professionals for a CSR event
    • Helped running a small family business

    Preference 1: IM
    Preference 2: Marketing/ Operations
    Apologies for the long comment!


    • Hi Sukanya,

      You have a really good profile that should get you a call for IM.

      You choose any area depending upon your interest as a second preference.

      You must be a student about 3 years ago to have attended by sessions in Chennai!

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  10. Supriya Tewari says

    My profile is :
    10th – 80.57 (ICSE)
    12th – 89.80
    Graduation – 8.33( B.Tech in Information Technology )

    1. Represented my district 5 times in Basketball State Level tournament.
    2. Secured 1st position in Mahakumbh Khel, At district level twice in Basketball
    3. Received Proficiency in Physics, in 12th Board from School.
    4. Was in top 10 in class 12th and top 10 during graduation in a class of 120
    5. working in an IT firm for past 15 months.
    6. Have completed a course on Marketing Mix on course – era.
    7. completed basic level French Training.
    8. Completed four months internship in Infosys on JAVA .

    I have an inclination towards Marketing, what should be my first preference?
    And what are the chances of getting a score based call?


    • Hi Supriya,

      You have a good profile in terms of sports.

      Since your work-ex in IT is only 15 months, you can apply to Marketing first and IM next.

      Overall I am not sure if there is enough to guarantee a profile-based call.

      For score-based call you need to score above 96.5 percentile.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  11. Brij Raiyani says

    My profile is as below:
    10th – 91%(in top 3 of school)
    12th – 79.69%(in top 5% of students)
    Grad – 7.99(Btech in Computers Engineering)
    Working in an IT firm since a year.

    Extra Curricular:
    1. Represented my district in State Football Championship in 2011.
    2. Secured 1st position twice in Khel Mahakumbh at district level in Football.
    3. Was among top 3 of my school in 10th Boards.
    4. Was in top 10 of the district in International Maths Olympiad.
    5. Completed a marathon race organized by INS Valsura in Jamnagar.
    6. Represented my school in District level school cricket tournament.
    7. Completed 1 month internship at TCS Gandhinagar during my graduation.
    8. Completed 4 month internship at Infosys Mysore and was among top 10 in a batch of 1500 interns.
    9. Completed basic level of French language.
    10. Completed a course on Marketing Mix and Fundamentals from Coursera.

    Inclined towards Marketing and Operations , what should be the 1st preference? what are the chances of getting a call?


    • Hi,

      You have a good extracurricular profile.

      Operations is ruled out since your profile is not aligned with it.

      You can apply to Marketing first and IM as second preference.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • Brij Raiyani says

        What are the chances of getting a profile based and score based call ?

        Thanks in Advance 🙂


      • Score-based call at a percentile of 96.5 and above.

        For profile-based, all I can say is that your profile is competitive, it’s definitely not a sure-shot call.


  12. Shubham Gupta says

    X – 93.2 % ICSE
    XII – 84.3 % (MHT Board)
    Grad – 72.1% Comp Sci Engg
    I have 17 month work exp in a leading data analytics firm.

    While I have relevant work exp and background in IM, I am not interested in the same. I would like to go for mktg/finance, but the main reason is interest and I don’t have relevant exp/background to back it up. Any recommendations on how best to proceed for mktg/fin specialization vs IM Specialization?

    Thank you and much appreciated


    • Hi Shubham,

      The only case you can make for Marketing or Finance is if the clients you were working for and the end goal of the analytics you were providing is linked to Marketing or Finance.

      Else applying to either of these will be of no use.

      You can apply to either of these as first preference and IM as the second.

      Else looking at other colleges might be a better option since they offer a general management degree and don’t slot candidates into groups.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  13. Good evening sir! Thanks for that helpful post!
    I wanted to know if I stand a chance if I were to apply for a Profile Based Call!
    X- 9.8 CGPA (CBSE)
    XII – 84.8% (ICSE)
    BCom – 80.78% (Chose Marketing as electives in final year)

    Extra Curriculars-
    1. Blogging since February 2017, have about 10K+ views on my blog.
    2. Learnt singing for over 9 years; Completed a Certificate Course in Carnatic Vocal with Distinction
    Won a Gold Medal in Carnatic Vocal
    Sang in various programmes and events over the years since the age of about 10
    Have a Soundcloud Account with about 3000 plays
    Was a part of the school band in Class 11 and 12
    Was awarded the title of ‘Pitch Perfect’ by my school in Class 12
    3. Attended a Business Familiarisation Programme in Class 11
    4. Completed CA-CPT in 2015 (I’m not sure about mentioning this as I want to opt for Marketing as my first preference and this would only obviously work for a Finance specialisation and I’ve since then left pursuing CA)
    5. Won multiple public speaking competitions in school, until Class 10. Participated in lots of interschool and a few state-level competitions

    Do I stand a chance? Should I apply for a profile based call?
    If yes, can you please tell me which ones I should highlight under the Versitality section?

    Thank you, sir!


    • Hi,

      You have a good academic and extracurricular profile.

      You should start with singing followed by public speaking and blogging under the versatility section.

      You can apply to Marketing as first preference citing area of interest.

      You can apply to finance as second preference citing relevant education background, CA-CPT, if you want to have a shot at Finance.

      Else apply to some other area citing interest.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  14. Chinmay Deo says

    Hi sir,
    this is my profile,
    Class X:- 9.0 CGPA
    Class XII:- 81%
    B.E. (Mech):- 75%
    Currently i have been working in Honda Cars, from past 28 months.
    What are my chances for getting a call for operations mgmt.?


    • Hi Chinmay,

      On the basis of the marks and work-ex, you have a really strong profile for Ops since you have been working in the auto industry.

      If you extracurriculars pass muster, you should be able to get a call.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  15. mayuri chaudhary says

    Hello Sir,
    My profile is as below
    X – 98.73%
    XII – 86.83%
    Graduation – B.tech(Electronics and telecommunications Engineering)
    score of graduation – 71.33%
    Work Exp : 2.2 years as on 1st Nov 2018 in Accenture

    Academics and co-curricular activities:
    – worked on projects in Accenture with the use of technologies :
    -Informatica (version 9 and 11)
    -Unix and Shell Scripting
    -Oracle SQL Developer
    – Worked on Analysis of data and Performance tuning, implemented methods of data cleaning

    – Won Trailblazer Award in Accenture 2017
    – Won best performer award in Accenture 2018
    – Worked in NGO to teach orphans
    – State level Taekwondo Player
    – Won National best Women’s team for ROBOCON in 2015
    – Football player ( ZEST championship winner Held by COEP in 2014)

    Please let me know how is my profile and which specialization should I prefer along with the preferences


    • Hi Mayuri,

      The academics and co-curricular activities you have listed are work-related and hence have no bearing to what they are asking.

      You have good extracurriculars, especially the sports bit.

      I don’t know what the confusion is regarding specialization if you have read the post. IM has to be the first preference, the second one effectively becomes irrelevant in your case since your profile is not aligned to any of the others, so you can choose any one citing area of interest.

      All the best!


  16. bellingCAT says

    Is there any chance of getting a profile based call with low acads for an IIT grad?
    My profile 10th 9 CGPA
    12th CBSE 88%
    B.Tech 5.9 (Old IIT)
    General Male candidate, No work ex.
    JEE rank under 3k


      • Ankita Gupta says

        Hi Sir,
        If suppose we are not eligible for profile based call due to poor academics then is it important to fill the profile with utmost care ? as if we get a score above 96% , they are going to call us irrespective of profile right? like i am not having a good extracurricular profile so not able to think what to fill in form


      • Hi Ankita,

        You have to do whatever you do with utmost care.

        You can fill in only what you have done and present it in the best possible way.

        And don’t tell me you do not have time for that now since CAT is close, by now your CAT Prep should have been done and dusted.

        All the best!


  17. Shefali Garg says

    Hello Sir
    My profile is-
    X- 10 CGPA
    XII (Non-med with Economics) – 91.6%
    BTech (IT)- 72.77%
    I have a work ex of 18 months in Ernst and Young as a Risk Analyst which is a Consulting role in IT Audit.
    Can you please suggest me which specializations should i apply for along with the order of preference?


    • Hi Shefali,

      Since it is an IT Audit role with E & Y you can apply to IM as first preference followed by Operations.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  18. Shefali Garg says

    Hello Sir
    My profile is-
    X- 10 CGPA
    XII (Non-med with Economics) – 91.6%
    BTech (IT)- 81.83%
    I have a work ex of 18 months in Ernst and Young as a Risk Analyst which is a Consulting role in IT Audit.
    Can you please suggest me which specializations should I apply for along with the order of preference?


  19. hardee desai says

    Hello sir
    X- 87%
    XII- 87%
    GRADUATION -4.7 CGPA on scale of 7
    I graduated this year from NM college . i have completed digital marketing course with certification in Goggle adwords and mobile marketing . will I get a call ?


    • Hi Hardee,

      Your profile is just about okay, nothing that stands out and guarantees you a call for Marketing.

      All the best!


  20. Aisha says

    Hi Sir,

    My Prof is –
    10th – 90%
    12th – 88%
    Grad B.E – 7.8 (CGPA)
    Work Ex – 1.9 yrs in IT (Currently working)
    Role: Developer
    Driving learning of digital technologies among team members and also published newsletters.

    Extra Curricular:
    -Represented school, college and company in various volleyball tournaments and won a few.
    -Prefect at School.
    -Office bearer in my department at college and organized symposiums.
    -Took part in several social service activities during college as part of NSS.
    -Volunteered for an education based NGO and conducted events for kids and fundraising events and was awarded for the same.

    What are my chances for getting a call for IM?
    And my second preference is Ops.


  21. Rucha says


    This is my profile and I want to apply for IM as a first preference and Marketing as the second.
    Is there a chance to get shortlisted based on my profile ? I have quite a few extra curricular and academic achievements, and the only hindrance is my low CGPA in graduation. Can strong extra curriculars make up for bad Btech grades ?

    10th: 96.9 %
    12th: 87%
    Btech (ECE) : 6.78/10 CGPA

    Work Ex: 27 months as of 14/11/2018 in Accenture, as a Development Analyst.
    Worked on Artificial Intelligence, Automation (the most recent technlogies in the IT business)

    Academic Achievements:

    English language topper of the Maharashtra state board in 2012 (94/100)
    3rd topper in 10th std from school.
    Gold Medalist in English Olympiad.
    Consistently in the top 1% of the batch in school.
    Worked on a project based on FPGA which was presented as a paper in Boston University.
    Awarded the best employee for 3 quarters straight at my workplace.
    Emerged as the winner of National level Automation contest at my workplace.


    Strong affinity towards languages, and passion for teaching.
    Cleared level 1 German language certification.
    Worked as the Chief editor of my College magazine for the Hindi Section.
    Part of the Literary team of the college and participated in many inter collegiate debates and literary festivals.
    Worked for an NGO for 2 years where I was involved in teaching Maths Science and English to underprivileged kids.
    Consistenly involved in GPTW activities at my workplace.
    Consistently involved in CSR actvities at workplace.
    Passed 4 levels of Hindustani Classical Music as a vocalist, and passionate about singing.
    Worked as a volunteer in the induction programs of Accenture, in the ethics and compliance team.

    Roles of Responsibility:

    Secretary of the Students council of my College, and organised the cultural fest of the college as a part of the same.
    Worked as the Convener for 2 years for a biannual 7-day national level workshop on aptitude development, with 1000 students from all over India participating in the same
    Secretary of the Branch Society of the college, organised many workshops and industrial visits as a part of the responsibility
    Worked as the head of the National Volunteering program at Accenture for an year.

    Helped my father in expanding his business and strategizing a five year plan during a crisis.


    • Hi Rucha,

      You have a good profile and since you are applying to IM, you do stand a chance with the following caveat.

      If they have an internal policy of minimum academic cut-offs for profile-based calls, which they will not reveal since it will reduce the number of applications they receive, then I am afraid you will not make the cut.

      If not you do stand a chance.

      All the best!


  22. jnmhrt1 says

    Hello sir,
    My academics is as follows:-
    X- 10 (CGPA) Topper
    XII- 96.2 (CBSE) District Topper
    Grad- MNNIT Allahabad -8.7 (CPI) Top 8
    Currently in Reliance Industries Limited,Vadodara as Manager (having 18 months of work ex)
    Job Role- Central Technical Services, Engineer
    Preference 1- Ops
    Preference 2- Marketing
    Could you please suggest ?


    • Hello sir,
      My academics is as follows:-
      X- 10 (CGPA) Topper
      XII- 96.2 (CBSE) District Topper
      Grad- MNNIT Allahabad -8.7 (CPI) Top 8
      Currently in Reliance Industries Limited as Manager (having 18 months of work ex)
      Job Role- Central Technical Services, Engineer
      Preference 1- Ops
      Preference 2- Marketing
      Could you please suggest suitability as per my profile ?


      • In terms of preferences, your choices are aligned.

        You stand a chance to get a call given your high academics and gender diversity. Only catch can be extracurrics.

        All the best!


    • Hello sir,
      My academics is as follows:-
      X- 10 (CGPA) Topper
      XII- 96.2 (CBSE) District Topper
      Grad- MNNIT Allahabad -8.7 (CPI) Top 8
      Currently in Reliance Industries Limited as Manager (having 18 months of work ex)
      Job Role- Central Technical Services, Engineer
      Preference 1- Ops
      Preference 2- Marketing
      Could you please suggest ?


  23. Sharmad Prabhu Verlekar says

    My profile is-
    X- 94.33% (1st in school and among top 10 in my state)
    XII – 71%
    B.E (Mechanical) – 77.13%( Among top 10% in College and also in University)
    28 months experience in Petrochemical and chemical refinery engineering consultancy as a Design Engineer.
    Extracurricular activities:
    1) Have obtained Sangeet Visharad (equivalent to bachelors) in Vocals and Madhyama Purna(equivalent to Diploma) in Harmonium, both in Indian Classical music genre.
    2) Won many awards in the field of music at state level and also national level.
    4) Have performed in many concerts.
    5) Throwball player (Represented at national level and also 2 times runners up at State level)
    6) State level Volleyball player.
    What are my chances for getting a profile based call for operations mgmt.?


    • Hi Sharmad,

      Your work-ex is perfectly aligned to Ops and you have a great spike in classical music.

      The only catch might be the below-par XII marks, otherwise, you stand a good chance of getting a call.

      Make sure you present everything in the best possible format.

      All the best!


  24. Aditi says

    Hello Sir,
    Thank you for your post.

    My acad scores are as follows:
    SSC : 92.91%
    HSC : 86.17%
    B.E – Chemical Engineering : 8.4 cgpa from MU.

    Work-ex: 2 years (as of Sept’18) as a Process Engineer at Jacobs Engineering.

    Co-curricular activities:
    I have won a few scholarships in school for academic performance & I have a paper publication in college.
    Not much in extra curricular achievements.
    I had been learning an instrument in Hindustani classical for 5 years (but since a few years it is discontinued) and have given 2 exams with good scores and 2 performances. I have volunteered in organizing for a few events in college & within my office. I was in charge of PR for IEI student committee in my college and I have an completed a minor training in Entrepreneurship development programme by MSME ,in college.

    I wish to apply for primarily, Supply Chain & Operations citing it as a special interest and secondly, for Marketing citing it as special interest too.

    Please assess my profile and evaluate it for the mentioned specializations. If it does not align then please provide your suggestions for the same.


    • Hi Aditi,

      You can apply to Ops and Marketing but citing relevant work-ex since Operations straddles everything from design to delivery of a product.

      Marketing you can apply citing special area of interest.

      Overall you have a strong profile, you should get a call in all probability.

      All the best!


  25. Uttiya Koley says

    Hello Sir
    X- 91%
    B.E CGPA- 8.72 out of 10 in Power Engineering from Jadavpur University .
    Was Zonal X topper and within Top 2 in Graduation.
    Working in Power Sector for 2.3 years in Operation field.
    What is chance my chance? Should I opt for profile based call? What should be my chosen specialization field?


    • Hi,

      You should apply, choosing Ops and the first preference and Marketing as the next. P

      Take some time out and make a good application.

      All the best!


  26. Hi,

    My profile as follows. Acads:

    X- 81%, CBSE
    XII- 85.4, CBSE
    College- B.Tech Mechanical & Automation CGPA 8.5/10, Amity University Rajasthan.
    Work Ex:
    30 months as of November with TCS (IT Consulting) –

    • 85+ score in ITIL certification exam.
    • Well versed with Agile Methodology.
    • Highest score (school level) – Physics, in class 12 and 4th in the school wrt overall marks
    • Second highesh in chemistry among four school in Nausena Baugh.
    • .Second highesh in Physics among four school in Nausena Baugh.
    • Third highesh in chemistry among four school in Nausena Baugh.
    • Third rank in Mechanical branch in college awarded with appreciation

    • Was part of NCC during school days. Have certificate ‘A’.
    • Worked with an NGO-Prayaas.
    • Certificate for participation at Cyber-security workshop at college level.
    • Certificate of participation at SixthSense Botz workshop on Image processing and colour processing
    • Basic understanding of Spanish Language. Foreign language was a part of 4 year college curriculum
    • Volunteered at Hyderbad Triathon 2017.
    • Participated in Four 10k marathon. Was among top 10 in two of these.
    • Runner up at project level in TCS in Tug of war.
    • Participated Blood donation camp in TCS.
    • Certificate of appreciation from TCS towards TCS fit4life commitment and efforts.

    Role Deployment Manager
    • Taking the ownership from deployment perspective and leading a release till it is deployed to Production.
    • Engaging all concerned teams, clearly communicating to everyone, what they are responsible for and what was expected of them and also ensure higher participation which results in lesser issues and higher performance.
    • Obtaining scope/requirements for a release from release/delivery managers
    • Providing guidance to ASG’s and review deployment artefacts such as Questionnaires, Change Requests to ensure they are done as per the agreed process and also see that the deadlines are met without compromising on quality
    • Keeping track of issues/ risks by maintaining an issue tracker as part of deployment tracker , keeping the business stakeholders informed, analysing the risks involved and monitoring until closure
    • Ensure all the Deployment plans/roll back plans are properly tested before GO LIVE.
    • Strive for completion of LIVE Deployment within the stipulated window and ensure appropriate and regular updates are sent to all stake holders. Keep track of all deployment issues ,analyse the business risks ,engaging right person for issue resolution and strive for quick resolution
    • Document all issues during Planning/Execution phases and publish a Post Implementation Report and implement the learnings in future releases.

    • Responsibility:
    • Organized and coordinated Robotrsyt workshop by IIT, the biggest technical event in college, attracting over 200 participants.
    • Group lead during NCC camping.

    Preference 1: IM
    Preference 2: Marketing/ Operations


    • Hi Shyaari,

      I think you have a pretty good chance of getting a call for IM.

      For the second preference, just choose whatever interests you more since the profile mismatch is there for both.

      All the best!


  27. Hi Sir

    10th – 84%
    12th – 68%
    Engineering – 62%

    Workplace responsibilities
    Switched job from IT to marketing because of sheer interest and passion for marketing
    1. Got promoted after the 1st year
    2. Have been instrumental in setting up the digital marketing infrastructure for 3 clients
    3. Represented the company at NASSCOM product conclave 2018
    4. Handling 2 projects independently
    5. Coordinates sessions on Time management at work
    6. Coordinator of fitness programmes at work

    Extra-curricular activities
    1. As part of Kerala floods, along with 2 of my friends, started a helpline center at Bangalore. Managed around 275 volunteers.
    2. Co-founder of NGO – Oppamund Bangalore
    2. School team football captain(2011)
    2. College football team captain and university player
    3. Sales head of national level Tech fest
    4. Volunteered for numerous event
    5. Have organized 3 blood donation drives and intra-college events.
    6. Have won several prizes for percussion in district level

    MOOC completed
    1. Google analytics
    2. Google AdWords
    3. Marketing analytics

    1st preference – Marketing
    2nd – Operations

    I know my academics is on the lower side, please let me know if I can expect a profile based call.

    Thanks in advance


    • Hi,

      Honestly, quite tough given the academics.

      The only outside shot you might have is because of your work-ex, so do apply.

      All the best!


  28. shrusti says

    Please guide me on the possibility of getting a call and the specializations I could go for.
    X- 94.36%
    XII- 83%
    Grad- BE-EXTC, CGPA: 7.20(agg)/10

    Work Ex:
    Being a fresher, just 5 months with Mahindra (IT and Telecom).

    Academics and Extra curricular:
    1. Maths and Sanskrit topper at school in class 10th board exams.
    2. Participated in various intra and inter school competitions such as dancing, drawing, elocution, quizzes etc.
    3.Headed the IEEE Student Council at the college and IEEE representative of the College at the IEEE BSSN in the final year.
    4. Managed the publicity and creative teams as the Publicity and the Creative Head during engineering.
    5. Helped in marketing for sponsorship during fests.
    6. Organised and headed many workshops and inter collegiate national level college fests with a footfall of over a 500 to 1000.
    7. Volunteered in various social service activities in college and work.
    8. Trained Bharatnatyam dancer (9 years).

    I am not very keen in IT field, also what should be my preferences of specializations.


    • Hi Shrusti,

      Since you are fresher you should apply to Marketing and Finance.

      You have an okayish profile but am not sure if it is good enough to fetch you a call.

      All the best!


  29. Just a Stranger says

    Hello sir,
    I’ve got –

    10 CGPA IN X
    90% IN XII
    7.65/10 IN BE(CSE) (my grades progressively improve after an abysmal first year, if that counts)

    I am a foreign passport holder, and thus I am applying via International Application (if that makes a difference)

    I am a fresher who passed out this year.
    I wish to apply for Finance & Marketing (in that order)

    I’ve done-
    For Finance and Econ
    CFA L1 (June 2018)
    A course on Global Financial Instruments by Rice University (August 2018)
    A course on Fundamentals of Economics by Stanford University( July 2018)
    Been a part of Finance team to organize tech fest in UG.

    For Marketing-
    I’ve done-
    A course on Introduction to Marketing by Wharton (September 2018)
    Been a part of Marketing team to organize the cultural fest in college.

    I don’t have eye-catching extra-curriculars-
    Travelled around the world (from Alaska to Adelaide)
    Play and watch tennis. Follow every Federer match and know every statistic there is to know.
    Read loads of books ( Biography is my favorite genre)

    Do I have a decent shot at the profile based call?

    Thanks for taking your time to help us all, sir 🙂


    • Just a Stranger says

      I also have a job offer in hand as Financial Advisor for TVS Wealth, albeit I don’t know how it could help me in filling the form for specialization.


    • Hi,

      You have a great profile due to the CFA, which will make up for the grad academics which are not above average.

      I think you extracurriculars that are different as well as deep.

      Use the 50-word space to make a good case for yourself. For example, put a number on how many places you have traveled to from Alaska to Adelaide.

      For tennis mention how long and what level you are playing and the bit about Federer.

      The same goes for books — mention the number of books you end up reading per year and biographies being your favorite genre.

      I think you have a good shot at getting a call.

      If I were part of the committee I would have called you just because the extracurricular interests are few but in-depth and to check if whatever you claim is true 🙂

      All the best!


  30. Aftab says

    Hi Sir!
    My profile is as follows. Please guide me on the possibility of getting a call and the specializations I could go for.

    X- CGPA 9.8 /10 (93.10), CBSE
    XII- 80.40 %, CBSE
    College- 7.2/10 ( 72%) B Tech – Mechanical Engineering, Amity University
    GMAT – 680
    TOEFL 103

    Work Ex:
    Left my Job in December 2017 to Prepare for higher studies

    Amazon India – 15 Months – Aug 2016 – Dec 2017 Transaction Risk Minning Investigator ( Business / Data Analytics Role )

    Havells India – 3 Months – June 2016- Aug 2016 – Graduate Engineer – Supply Chain Analytics

    ( Left the Job as got a good offer from my dream company – Amazon India , In my Dream Role – Data Science / Analytics – Sir should I mention this 3 months Job Experience? As ppl say leaving job in the 3 months reflect negative

    • Scholar Student – Awarded with Scholar Badge CBSE Class 10 exams
    • Highest score (school level) – Web Technologies , in class 12
    • Hold Professional certification in Risk Management & Lean Management from British Standard Institute (BSI)
    • Entrepreneurship Development Program from NEISBUD
    • Did a Project with New Holland Limited as Part of my B.Tech curriculum implementing lean manufacturing and leaning 60.73% of change over time
    • Made a Solar powered refrigerator and got company sponsorship for the project from Jackson’s India Limited ( Leading solar panel manufacturer )
    • Pursuing R, Python , Java certifications to shift into Data Sciences after a brief experience with Amazon India

    • Represented the country Peru in INMUN 2010, which
    is India’s largest International MUN having delegation
    from countries like Sri Lanka , Malaysia , China etc .
    • House Prefect (2008 – 2009), Class Representative
    (2009 – 2010), Scholar Student (2010 – 2011)
    • Secretary (2011-2012) of Interact club that work under the
    guidance of Delhi rotary club to organize blood donation
    camps, fund raising and social service events for the
    underprivileged and natural disaster victims.
    • 5 Years of NGO WORK & membership with Interact club ( 2007- 2012)
    • Trained in Classical Tabla , Guitar and Key Board
    • Professional Website developer , Started earning revenue from website development in 9th Grade
    • Member of Schools CODE CLUB – Represented schools in various inter school
    • Avid Lawn Tennis Player

    • Organized Amity Youth Fest, One of India’s biggest Cultural
    Fest, as Head Coordinator (AYF2015 , AYF2014 ) and
    Coordinator (AYF2013)
    • Awarded with: Mr. Perfectionist and Bulls Eye Award – Amazon India R&R
    • Working on a friends startup part time along with my preparation since December 2017 , ( Sir will this be counted as work experience ? The company is a registered startup with startup India , has Its own website , a brilliant idea . I am working as a Regional business head , I do draw some salary (Salary slip & Experience letter on the company letter head , I was one of the cofounding member as well ) but I am afraid mentioning this as my work exp can cause concern in my GDPI as I am not a investor in the firm and the company belongs to a good friend, also I have not been devoting time, focusing on preparing for CAT . Dont want to show it as a filler for my gap ,

    Your expert advice on the following :
    1) Should I Skip My experience with Havells ?
    2) Should I Mention about the startup , dont want to ruin my chances with PI
    3) Will my gap year be negative ?

    Preference 1: IM
    Preference 2: Operations or should I go for marketing or finance .. ( Though I am not much interested in Operations but my Job profile both so far has been in Operational setup )
    Apologies for the long comment!


    • Hi Aftab,

      You have a good profile.

      Mention the work-ex with Havell’s since it will how that you do not have a gap. Working only for 3 months can be handled since it is definitely arguable that a job with Amazon is something that one cannot refuse.

      Apply to Ops since your experience is not aligned with Finance, unless you can link your work-ex in some way or cite some strong evidence of interest.

      Gap year will attract questions and you will have to defend it saying why it was the best course of action and what all you have done besides prepping for the CAT.

      All the best!


  31. Saumya says

    hello sir,
    My profile is as below:
    X: 8.8/10
    XII: 79% overall(83% for best 5)
    grad: 8.5/10(B.tech in Information Technology from a private college)
    Academics achievement:
    Done projects in IOT in my college and stood 2nd runners up for the same.
    CCNA certification
    Cambridge English certification.
    among top 5 rank holders in our class.
    Extra curricular:
    oganised college fest
    participated in many song competitions in school level and won many of them.
    Performed Nukaad in different colleges and won many of the competiotions.
    My preferences are finance and marketing(area of interest). Can I expect a profile based call?
    Also, can i choose IM as my preference?
    thanks in advance!


    • Hi Saumya,

      Your profile is okay, but I am not sure if it is strong enough for a call.

      Applying to IM without work-ex might be futile.

      All the best!


  32. VIRAJ GOPANI says

    Sir, please find my profile below for applying to SP Jain [Specialisation – Finance]

    Educational Details:
    Chartered Accountant with 60.25% at Final Level and 70.29% at IPCC Level (Got distinction certificate from ICAI] – All the levels at first attempt.
    B.com – 68.66%
    12th – 85.33% (3rd Rank in final examination conducted by School)
    10th – 72.86%

    Work Experience:
    Finance Executive at Ramdev Food Products Pvt. Ltd. – 25 month
    Role: Treasury Management & Negotiating Derivative deals, Direct & Indirect Tax Compliance and Advisory including Assessment & Appellate Proceedings, Preparation and finalization of financial statement, Co-heading Internal Audit team etc.

    Certification or Programs:
    Industrial Training at Ramdev Food Products Pvt. (1 year)
    Participated in Certificate Course on Start Your Business [3 days]

    3rd in Table Tennis Tournament in 2013
    Reading Religious Books and participated in activities of self development and devotional activity in an NGO for 10+ years (no certificate)
    Undertook various seminars on GST at workplace and local business association (having momento)
    Travelling – International trips to many countries and national trips

    Is it possible to get a profile based call?

    I have got 70.29% in IPCC Exam (mentioned above), can I mention in Academic Achievement that I was just short of 7 marks in getting Top 50 All India Ranks.


    • Hi Viraj,

      You have a good academic profile and work-ex, the only issues are your X and XII marks, which I feel can be compensated for by your CA.

      So overall a competitive profile that might get you a call.

      Please ensure you don’t mention reading religious books as part of extracurricular achievements (since it is not relevant to an MBA degree and one cant classify them as extracurricular since they are more of a spiritual/religious and hence of a personal nature), mention only the NGO part.

      Just mention the IPCC rank you got instead of mentioning just short of top fifty.

      All the best!


      • VIRAJ GOPANI says

        Thank you sir for your suggestions.

        Also thanks for a very great post.

        Sir, only one thing to ask-

        In IPCC, our institute gives rank for Top 50 only? So if I mention only my marks and % they will not get idea that ‘I was just short of 7 marks’ in Top 50 which may be equivalent to 99.5%ile. So i thought to mention to bring in this effect?

        Now considering the above case, what do you suggest?


  33. What are my chances of getting a call?

    10th-91.33%(Stood 3rd in school)

    *Was graded BEST in Quest Inter School Quiz
    *Participated in All India GK & IQ Test
    *Participated in ASSET online examinations(only have particpation certificate)
    *Stood 6th in class in International Olympiad of English language
    *participated in National Cyber Olympiad and awarded certificate for distinctive participation
    *Stood 2nd In school in International English Olympiad
    *Was in top 29% in region in International Assessments for Indian Schools(UNSW GLOBAL)
    *Stood 2nd in an event organised by department
    *PArticipated in various department level events and various technical and non-technical events of college events(a long list. How to mention it in form? please suggest)
    *Attended LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE(2nd International Astrobiology Conference)
    *Participated in Inter-College Essay Writing and Quiz Competition
    *volunteered for green the red campaign
    *certification in CCC(course on computer concept)

    Which preferences should I fill? my interest is in finance though


    • Hi Jaya,

      As a fresher, your options are only Marketing and Finance, as is clearly mentioned in the post.

      Since relevant background is mandatory for Fin, you will be better off applying to Mark first and Fin next.

      All the best!


    • Participation is not really an achievement so limit the events to non-technical events since it will be relevant to a Marketing profile.


  34. Gourang Kalra says

    Thank you for a great post.
    am a GEM fresher with 87/89/71 percentages resp. no interest or knowledge in finance, so am left with marketing only, do I have chances of getting selected in spjain, if I get 95-97 percentile?
    PS: I have done a 15-months marketing internship in college.


  35. Nikhil says

    Hello Sir,

    My academic scores are:
    10th- 90.60%
    Graduation: 86.60%.

    I am working in TCS as a system engineer with work associated in Quality and management. I am also Green Belt Certified and is applying for Black Belt in process improvement. I want to apply for IM and Operations.

    Do i have a chance considering poor academics in 12th.

    Please help.
    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Nikhil Madaan


    • Hi Nikhil,

      Chances of getting a call are slim since overall the profile does not stand out in any particular way, which is what they look for when giving out profile-based calls.

      All the best!


  36. Hello Sir,
    My profile is as follows, please take a look and suggest me what should be my preference in selecting course.
    X – 10 cgpa(among top 10 in my school)
    XII- 91%( Among top 10 in my school, secured highest score in maths in my district (95 marks))
    Graduation- 53% (hansraj College, Delhi university) , Bsc physical sciences
    work-ex- 0
    extra co-curriculars-
    1.won cricket tournaments at school, district, inter district level.
    2. was 3rd in my district in 4th international maths olympiad 2011
    3.won english speech competitions at school, district, inter-district level.
    4. won prizes in athletic events like shot-put and discuss throw at school and district level.
    5. organised various formal and informal events at school level.
    6.was a member of editorial team of school magazine and interviewed former cm of U.P.
    7.published a report on the history of my city after conducting surveys at various landmarks of my city.
    8. was a member of umeed ngo.
    9.was selected as brand ambassador for ola from my college .
    10.was a member of enactus society of my college.
    Sir, i am interested in consulting profile and marketing profile. please suggest me what should be my course preference and and should i apply or not. and what are the chances if i apply for score based call.
    please help sir


    • Hi Yash,

      Given that you are a fresher you should apply to only Marketing and Finance.

      Chances of a profile-based call 50-50.

      For a score-based call, you should get a percentile of 96 and above.

      All the best!


  37. ribhav khattar says

    hi sir,
    BTech cse-70.1%
    workex : verbal instructor at Time Pvt Ltd 8 months, thereafter contractual employee.
    academic achievements: 1)class 12 boards, class topper, subject (mathematics) topper of the school.
    2)published a research paper in the International Journal of Business Management and Economics Research
    3)Japanese language certification, basic level.
    extracurricular: 1)represented the school in badminton and table tennis at north zonal level.
    2)Haryana open state badminton participation.
    PS: I’m inclined towards finance, and have read informally about the same, however, I lack the relevant work ex. if you could help me with specialization, it would be of great help.


    • Hi Ribhav,

      Your only options are Finance and Marketing citing area of interest.

      Finance will be almost impossible, maybe an outside shot at Marketing.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • ribhav khattar says

        Thanks, sir, IM would not be an option due to lack of experience? would it be of any benefit to have worked in the education industry? or would it be as par with freshers?
        and should I choose marketing first followed by finance?

        thanks in anticipation.


      • Recruiters for IM look for people to take up business development or product management roles. For both they prefer people who have been part of software projects or product development.

        So education work-ex is not relevant for the roles they are looking at.

        Since Finance applicants will have a background aligned to it along with CFA or CA or work-ex, your application will not be competitive enough, making Marketing a better option.


  38. Ashish Panda says

    Hi Tony Sir,
    Kindly review my profile.
    I have applied for Operations(Mechanical Background) and second preference to IM(IT Work Ex)

    12th: 93%
    Grad: 8.6 CGPA Mechanical B Tech

    Work Ex: Infosys 1.6 years At Jan next year with
    Role: Application Analyst for a Fortune-50 Client with specialization in Health Insurance Domain

    Won quizes and awarded cash prizes at university level
    Felicitated by SBI for outstanding performance in 12th at State Level
    Awarded at current organization for Outstanding Performance

    Part of NGO for providing education to underprivileged children.
    Badminton Player at college level.

    Hostel Secretary.
    Class Reperesntative.
    School Prefect.
    Volunteered College Fests


    • Hi Ashish,

      You have great academics, decent achievements & PORs.

      But please understand that you will not get an Ops call without an Ops work-ex jus because you are a Mech Engg.

      Ops batches at SP have people with hard-core manufacturing, engineering, power sector etc. Recruiters then hire students from the batch for senior ops and SCM roles in their manufacturing or logistics set-ups.

      So you are much better off applying to IM first and Ops next if you want a call from SPJIMR.

      All the best!


  39. Swapnil Patil says

    My academics are
    10th – 96.55%
    12th – 88.50%
    B.tech in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering Pune – CGPA 8.03

    My extracarricular
    State rank 24 in MTSE exam
    Made it till interview round of NTSE
    Part of team Taalninad which is a Guiness Book of World record event.
    Stood 2nd runner up in national level elocution competition
    in college, i was a overall secretary of national level sports event called ZEST.

    Job Profile
    Executive Sales in Siemens Ltd. for past 16 months

    What are chances in getting a call for marketing?


    • Hi Swapnil,

      Pretty decent shot for a Marketing shortlist.

      MTSE and NTSE are co-curricular achievements and hence should be part of acads.

      Focus on highlighting music and PoRs in ECAs.

      All the best!


  40. Pranay Kumar Goud Depally says

    Hello sir,
    My academic performances are as below,
    10th – 9.8GPA
    12th – 96.2%
    Graduation- 94.39% B.Com 2018
    Work experience – No

    Academic Achievements:
    1. Telangana State 3rd ranker in intermediate in CEC
    2. Town topper in SSC
    3. College 1st ranker in B Com stream
    4. Published my research paper in IOSR journal.

    Extra Circular Achievements:
    1.Played 60th SGF Telangana state level cricket tournament and backed 1st prize
    2. Won 1st prize in Inter School level chess tournament.

    Academic responsibility :
    Headed the Logistics department of commerce club of our college.

    My preference is FINANCE.
    Second Preference: MARKETING because this specialisation would boost my start up.

    Sir please do reply. Is preference correct? Can I get a Profile based call?


    • Hi Pranav,

      Your preferences are correct.

      Finance is very competitive in terms of the profiles applying, so I am not sure if a call is that easy.

      Marketing is heavily biased towards people with heavy ECAs.

      Your academics might result in you getting a call but I wouldn’t bet on that.

      All the best!


  41. Archana Singh says

    Hello sir,
    My academics is as follows:-
    X- 10 (CGPA) Topper
    XII- 96.2 (CBSE) District Topper
    Grad- MNNIT Allahabad -8.7 (CPI) Top 8
    Currently in Reliance Industries Limited as Manager (having 18 months of work ex)
    Job Role- Central Technical Services, Engineer
    Preference 1- Ops
    Preference 2- Marketing
    Could you please suggest ?


  42. Utkarsh Mehrotra says

    Hi sir,
    My profile –
    10th- CGPA 10 (CBSE)
    12th- 82.6%
    Graduation- BTech (CSE) (73%)
    Work-ex-17 months work ex in Software development at Infosys Ltd.
    I have a lot in extra curricular from school to corporate level. I represented school in inter Army Public School Quiz competition and stood runner up. I was Joint Sec. in University’s student body. Won the elocution competition organised by GAIL (India) Ltd. I have been doing event management from university and still doing it in my office. I am art of club which organise evnets in Infosys campus.

    Which specialization should I apply for?
    Looking at the Acads and extra-curriculars, what are the chances of getting a profile based call?


    • Utkarsh Mehrotra says

      Also, during my engineering I have studied 5 electives which were finance related subjects. And as you can see, my extra curricular are inclined towards event management.


    • Hi Utkarsh,

      I hope you read the post and if you did it will be clear that you have to apply to IM.

      Your second preference will essentially be a purely perfunctory exercise, to choose something since you have two preferences, so choose whatever you have an interest in.

      You have good academics, if you are able to present your extracurriculars well, you stand a good chance of getting a call.

      All the best!


  43. Hitesh Kumar says

    Class 10– 7 Cgpa equivalent to 66.5%
    Class 12(Commerce)–76.4%
    I have a gap year after Class 10 as in Class 11 I performed very bad because in peer pressure I took science and got failed and then took commerce)
    Prference 1: Finance. I have a FLIP Certification in Finance and Banking Fundamentals
    Also I have special interest. I have studied Accounting at both school and college
    Preference 2: Marketing

    Academic Achievements:
    1. I have been awarded with First Class Division in Bachelors in Computer Applications

    1. I have done my Finance and Banking Fundamentals(India) certification from FLIP
    2. I love travelling within India and exploring cultures of different states in India
    3. I love doing Yoga and have been doing since I was in Class 1

    Is there any chance for me to get even score based call? Also do mention what reason I can mention for interest in marketing as my knowledge in marketing is onlt limited to what I studied Marketing in one of the subject in Class 12. I have not done any internships.


  44. Sir ,
    10 9.2 cgpa
    12 78.9%
    Btech 74.9%
    Are my acads too bad?
    I have 12 month experience in an ECP and 5 month in manufacturing. Do I stand a chance for operations?


    • Hi,

      Your academics are average, I won’t call them bad. If you read my post I mentioned that having two 70s effectively rules out a profile-based call.

      Your work-ex is relevant to Operations so do apply, a score-based call t a 96.5 or above is what you should aim for.

      All the best!


  45. Anmol Talwar says

    Hi Sir,
    Please do have a look at my profile.
    10th – CBSE – 88.4
    12th – A.P. Board – 96.03
    Graduation(B.Tech – Electronics & Communication) – Manipal Institute of Technology – 78.2
    GMAT – 710 (Q50 V37 IR6 AWA5)

    Professional Qualification – Certified Associate in Project Management(CAPM – PMI) – Above Target Score

    Professional Experience –
    1. Polaris Financial Technology(IT) 2.5 years – Product Developer – Apart from product development, I was responsible for Project Integration Management focusing on Monitoring and Closing phases. Handling Chores of Project lead for last 1 year.
    2. Naticon Research Labs(Pharma) 9 months – Sales and Brand Development – Took this job for the sole purpose of enhancing my skill set as a future Product Manager to advance my PR and Negotiation skills as well as customer knowledge.

    1. Assistant Area Director(G4) Toastmasters
    2. Blog Writing on current affairs
    3. Digitally Marketing the Blog using Google Ads ( Certification – Google AdWords search Advertising)
    4. Social Service since college 3rd year.
    5. Sports – Swimming and TT – Competitive and highly interested in these.
    6. 2 Coursera courses – Intro to Marketing & Phycology at Work.

    My 1st Preference is IM (I want to be a Product Manager – preferably e-commerce) and 2nd is Operations.

    Please let me know the chances of my profile getting shortlisted for SPJIMR PGDM.
    Thanks in advance.


  46. Gaurav Kilania says

    Class 10-88.8
    Class 12- 83
    Graduation-60.63 (Mumbai University)
    Passed out in July 2018(no work ex)
    Have held a few positions of responsibility(Organiser,Event heads but not many)
    I have done a short course on digital marketing
    Should i apply to Sp jain for marketing for score based call?
    Expecting above 95-96 percentile


    • Hi Gaurav,

      If you score above 96 you should be able to get a score-based call. The graduation percentage is a bit low, but a high CAT score should compensate.

      All the best!


  47. Kundan Pitroda says

    Sir,my profile is 90.33%/91.2%/77.57(engg.(pursuing)). I have a few international certificates in extracurricular activites but I have no significant certificates for academic activities. What are my chances for SPJAIN?


  48. Kunal Kapoor says

    Sir, I am a G.E.M and a fresher. I want to pursue a career in finance. I neither have any certificates in finance nor any internship experience. I actually developed an interest for finance after observing one of my friends invest in the markets when I was in my second year. Seeing that I have started reading about it and have decided to pursue a career is the same. How should I go about answering the-“Why MBA in finance?” question in the SPjain form. Please help me!


  49. Kunal Kapoor says

    Sir, I am a G.E.M and a fresher. I want to pursue a career in finance. I neither have any certificates in finance nor any internship experience. I actually developed an interest for finance after observing one of my friends invest in the markets when I was in my second year. Seeing that I have started reading about it and have decided to pursue a career is the same. How should I go about answering the-“Why MBA in finance?” question in the SPjain form. Please help me!

    My profile details are:

    10th ICSE: 90.4%
    12% CBSE: 91%
    Engg.: 8.81/10 CGPA

    1: Gold medal at national karate championships 2017,2016
    2: Silver medal at 4th international kudo champioships 2013
    3:3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo awarded by Kukkiwon(Seoul,South Korea)
    4:1 degree black belt in Karate awarded by Honbu Dojo(Japan)
    5. Part of college Judo team and participated in University games(Pune)

    academic achievements:
    1. topper in FE (college level)


  50. dibyabose says

    89.14% class 10(West Bengal Board)
    79.6% class 12 (West Bengal Board)
    84% B.E( Jadavpur University)
    Academic achievement
    top 10 in my discipline in college
    Internship from ITC Munger (PSPD Division)
    Extracurricular Achievement
    Represented India In U-14 Asian chess championship,prize winner at U-25 National chess championship,Prize winner at senior state chess championship
    Placement Coordinator in my department
    Coordinator E-Cell
    Karate upper orange belt
    Sir I want put finance to be my 1st choice and marketing 2nd,is it okay?
    Do I have a chance to get a call? Please reply sir,if you are free


    • Hi,

      Chances for Finance are pretty slim since there is no profile relevance, you can still try though without expecting much.

      Overall the main stand out in your profile is the Chess championship that might get you a look-in.

      All the best!


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