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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 01 Jan 2017 – 31 Dec 2019
Overall Qualifying Criteria 85 percentile 85 percentile 85 percentile
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.

What sort of profiles get calls

The whole idea of a profile-based call is to give calls out to exceptional profiles even if the CAT percentile is quite low.

From past data, it is very clear that they look at exceptional academic profiles first and then they look at other aspects of the profile. This is but understandable since the MBA is an academically rigorous course, so if they are letting you are a much lower level of CAT score, you need to have a much higher level of academic profiles. 

Think of it this way, they have a certain weight for X, XII, Grad, and CAT Score. If your X, II, Grad are so good that you will get very high marks for those, a lower CAT Score will suffice.

What is a good academic profile?

A 90/90/80 is par for a SPJIMR profile-based call. It is pretty tough to get a profile-based call with lower marks than these, unless you have some crazy national level achievements or a professional degree such as a CA or CFA that is very relevant for a Finance specialization.

A rejection for a profile-based call is not a rejection of your profile

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!

Also, do not take rejection from SPJIMR for a profile-based call as a rejection of your profile. SPJIMR will give you a score-based call, even after rejecting you for a profile-based call if you score above 96-97 percentile!

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.

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 🙂


  1. Shikhar Bajpai says

    Hey Sir,
    A great article again!!
    My profile is
    Grad.-74.48%(Final year appearing)
    Extra curricular
    Campus ambassador for United Nations
    Event Manager(RSMF foundation)
    Digital Marketer(Jio infocomm)
    Youth member(India redefined)
    C.A for FMS Delhi


    Scholarship granted (Coursera)
    Rank 2nd in Class XIIth(ISC BOARDS)(CITY LEVEL)

    I have applied for SPJIMR(PROFILE BASED)


    • Hi Shikhar,

      Profile is pretty strong and you have a chance, the only catch can be the X and Grad marks being below 90 and 80 as I wrote in the blog since CAT percentile requirement is low they place a very high premium on Acads.

      Do let me know through the same comment thread if you get a call.

      All the best!


      • Shikhar Bajpai says

        Ya sir sure I’ll let you know do i get the call for the same.


  2. Hi Sir,
    I just had a doubt! I work with the United Nations as an online volunteer and teach to students of schools located in rural places (of India) via skype so should I classify this as a national or international level. And I am applying for SPJIMR do you think I have a chance to get a profile-based call? My profile is
    10th- 82%
    12th- 74%
    Grad- 80% (BMS 2016-2019)
    I have learned mandarin lang and I have an international certificate as well for level -1.
    I was part of the Rotaract club for 3 years as general body member, Creative director, and governing council member for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year respectively.
    Currently working as a volunteer for the UN.
    Won a few prizes for debate and business tycoons.
    I’ve done a few online certification courses from Coursera.
    – Financial engineering and risk management (Columbia University)
    -Organizational analysis (Stanford).
    Received departmental awards for All-rounder, Best Class representative.


    • Hi Supriya,

      This will be national since you are working in India. Your Acads do not stand out and hence I am sure if you will get a profile-based call, the rest of your profile is above-average.

      All the best!


  3. Yuwan Sidharth I says

    Hi Sir,
    An excellent article yet again!!
    My profile is
    Xth-97.2% (TN Board)
    XIIth-94.4% (CBSE)
    Grad.-77.7 % (NIT Trichy) ( Graduated 2019)
    Currently working in Deloitte USI Consulting(Joined in Aug 2019)
    Extra curriculars:
    Have been part of my college’s cultural fest organising committee for 2 years.
    Won a city level quiz and cash prize of 10000 in 2004 ( I know this doesn’t count much)
    Hobbies :
    Huge football fanatic , Reading fictional books
    What is the required CAT %le for IIM BLACKIL and FMS ? And also the XAT %le required for XLRI Jamshedpur BM!
    I know you might have answered 1000’s of such question but it would help me a lot if I could get a reply.Thanks!


    • Since you have practically no work-ex, you will need to score above 99.5 to get calls from the old IIMs, if you had two years of work-ex then a percentile of 98.5 will have gotten you calls from B and L.

      All the best!


  4. Pratik says


    I am a Computer Engineer working as an Assistant Manager at State Bank of India for the past 2 years. What are the odds of me getting a Finance/Operations call considering Finance did not take in engineers the last time around


    • You have a chance of getting a call with your Banking experience, converting that into a call will depend on how well you do in the group interview alongside those with an education/degree relevant to finance.


  5. Manju says

    Hi Sir ,

    Regarding my profile
    10th – 9.4 CGPA
    B-tech- 85%

    I have completed a project during graduation from ISRO also had published a paper. I have also completed internship in British Physical Laboratories before joining an MNC and now I am working for the past 3 years. Please let me know my chance of getting a profile based call.


  6. Hi Sir,

    Thank you so much for writing this blog. I was wondering if I should fill in this form cause of a couple of doubts. Could you please help me?

    Here’s my profile:
    Xth ICSE: 91.29%
    XII HSC: 87.5%
    Graduation: Bachelors in Financial Markets: Average 74.70%

    Worked with Media.net (ad-tech company) as a Business Development Specialist for 1 year and 8months post graduation and I want to take up marketing.

    Extra curriculars:
    – Part of the Enactus in college for their social project development (i don’t have a certificate for this cause the organisation was all over the place in the year i joined them)
    – Was part of an Entrepreneurship Cell of my college where we organised B-plan competitions and also developed and maintained alumni relations
    – Also made it to the final round of the business plan competition held in my college
    – I’ve been training in dance for the past 2 years now (can I mention this?), certificates from my training program and teachers
    – Participated in intercollegiate events (fashion shows) with my team and won a couple of prizes there and won 2 of them there

    I don’t know if any of these extra curricular achievements count for something – hoping you could help me make a decision.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Yati,

      It depends on how you present it. For example, as I wrote in the post, you can mention dance and use the 50 words to write a short and effective description of the same.

      Overall your profile is decent enough to apply.

      All the best!


  7. Priscilla says

    Hi Sir,
    Came across your blog and indeed a great post.
    I need your help in analyzing in profile .

    My profile:

    10th marks (CBSE) 93.8/100
    12th marks (CBSE) 86.2/100
    B.Tech (Computer Science and Engineering) 8.94/10
    Work – ex ( Software Engineer)-36 months in Huawei technologies India pvt. Ltd.
    Onsite work experience – 8 months / travelled across 4 countries
    Senior Diploma from “Prayag sangeet samiti, Allahabad” in Vocal classical
    IMO, science Olympiad at School level
    Cancer aid society, helpage india at School level
    Automatic Innovation award at Company level for outstanding contribution in leading the team in the development of automation tools
    Excellent team award at Company level For displaying characteristics of good team work and achieving the goal as a team.
    Developed a live website to be used by students-“Internship counselling system” at College level
    Developed a live website to be of value in real life-“city without crime” at College level.

    Could you please tell my chances of getting a call in IM?
    Also can I get a call from marketing or finance if I put these as my first preference?

    Thanks in Advance.


      • Priscilla says

        Thank you sir for your feedback.

        I have one more doubt: Can my onsite work experience in different countries be put into versatility section stating as “Adept in global customer relations management .Proven record of good customer feedback in various projects across Asia, Africa and Europe .”


  8. Hello Sir,
    I wanted to ask about Non-profile based/ CAT or XAT score based calls. Do these calls also have to show relevant work ex etc. And also what is the approximate cut-off ti get a call from SPJIMR.


    • Hi Mohit,

      Whether it is a profile-based call or a score-based call since you will be applying for a particular specialization your profile still has to be relevant be it through education or work-ex.

      Profile-based calls, if you read the post, make it possible for people with good Academics to get through with a lower CAT score.

      As I wrote, for a score based call you will a percentile of around 97 on the CAT and 98 on the XAT.

      All the best!


  9. Manish says

    Hi Sir,

    My details are as follows:

    X – 85.5%
    XII – 86.6 %
    BE – 70.5%

    Work Ex – 22 months in TCS (till date).

    1. Basketball – regional level U19 (Ahmedabad)
    2. Letter of appreciation from Ministry of HRD – class X
    3. Certificate of enforcement from Cancer Patient’s Aid Society
    4. Working for a couple of NGOs.
    5. Selected for a course on Fusion-360 software from Autodesk among 60 students – graduation level
    6. Summer internship at Crompton Greaves – 30 days
    7. Awarded 2nd prize for final year project (among 120 students) at graduation level, organized under TEQIP-II.

    Do I stand a chance to get a call based on my profile from SP Jain?

    Preference : 1) IM 2)Marketing.


  10. Nivek says

    Hey Tony,
    My preference is mainly for Finance, I currently work in a fin-tech company but as a software engineer and I have less than one year of experience. My acads are 95,96, 81 for X, XII and BTech. I see that you said “relevant experience” when opting for finance and IM, but the experience is way less than 2 years for IM and my preference is more oriented towards finance as well, so can I give Finance as my first preference and marketing as second option, given that I had done some marketing for my college fest?
    Also, I would like to know whether the experience will be counted(in months) till the date of starting of classes ( assuming the job is terminated just before the classes start).


    • Hi Nivek,

      At this point, your profile is more suited to a general MBA which does not admit students into particular specializations, the way SP does, since your work-ex is way too low to be relevant for both Fin and IM since they consider work-ex at the time of application.

      You should apply to Market citing area of interest and listing the things you have done in terms of ECAs, they need not be related to Marketing, anything from dramatics to sports or singing or dancing will count.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • NIVEK says

        Hi sir,

        So if I were to give Finance as my first preference will it tamper with my chances of getting a call for the second preference that is marketing? As I genuinely want to get into the Fin specialization.


      • Rutuja Dange says

        My comments are going in held for moderation. Any specific reason?


      • Hi Rutuja,

        Your comment gets approved along with my reply. I had about 25 queries to answer starting from the oldest first, so aap kataar mein the 🙂

        All the best!


      • Yep, honestly, as much as you have an interest there are others with a relevant profile. You can apply to Finance but it will be an emotional decision.

        You might pull off the first call(super slim chance) but the group interview will be too tough an ask to clear. This is from seeing a profile of a lot of students over the years.


  11. Sir,
    Graduation (Mechanical engg)-84%

    Currently working in Reliance Industries Ltd (Manufacturing) since July 2018.

    Extra curricular:Mechanical Design Certificates,Internship in NGO, and NCFM investment analyst PRO certificate(Received on completion of 3 finance related courses).

    Hobbies and Interests:
    Cricket (No achievements), Debate (School level certificates) and Security markets.

    How good is the profile overall and where does it rate specifically in areas of FINANCE and OPERATIONS?


    • Hi Meet,

      Apply to operations as the first option with relevant work-ex and Fin as the second citing area of interest.

      Profile is pretty decent, XII marks above 90 would have made a call certain.

      All the best!


  12. Hi Sir,
    My profile details are as under:-

    Graduation (Mechanical Engg)-84%

    Work ex:- Currently working in Reliance Ind Ltd (Manufacturing) since July 2018

    Extra curriculars: NGO service,Mechanical Design software certificates, NCFM Investment analyst PRO certificate (achieved on completion of 3 finance related courses)

    Hobbies and Interest:- Cricket (No certificates), Debate (School level certificates), Chess (Participation in zonals) and Security Markets.

    How good is the profile overall and how does it rate specifically for SP Jain profile based calls in FINANCE and OPERATION?

    Thanking you in anticipation.


  13. Abhinay Singh says

    Hello Sir,
    My profile details are as under:-

    10th:- 88%
    12th:- 78%
    Grad:- 8.41/10 (Electrical Engineering)

    Work-Ex:- Credit Officer (Retail & SME (Corporate Finance)) since July’18
    — Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance (Manipal Higher Education) of 9 months with a significant focus on Corporate Finance & Forex.
    — Few Certifications:-
    1. Junior Associate of Indian Institute of Banking (JAIIB) -> Given in list of Certification of SPJIMR
    2. Mutual Fund Distributor by National Institute of Security Markets
    3. Anti-Money Laundering & Know Your Customer Certification

    — Gold Medalist of School in Xth
    — In the top 1.5% of National Aptitude Test conducted by NIIT. Received recognition letter duly signed by Indian Chess Ace V. Anand.
    — Few Elocution Certificates at school level.
    — Cricket Certificate at School & College Level.

    Primarily interested in Finance and then Marketing.

    Sir, do you think I stand chance for Profile -based call given my relevant experience and Diploma degree backed by few certifications?


    • Hi Abhinay,

      As far as relevance for Finance goes, your profile absolutely fits the bill. The question is the weightage they give to academics given that they give out calls without a CAT Score and eventually expect only an 85. I feel your XIIth might be a hindrance. You are in with a chance but I would not say it is a sure shot. Try to score above 96, I am sure you can do well in the interview given your profile.

      All the best!


  14. Deepak says

    Hi sir,
    10th – 10 cgpa
    12th – 87%
    grad – 81.25%(mechatronics engg)
    no work ex(was placed in Fiat motors and Infosys but not joined)

    extra curriculars: 2 international technical team participation in USA , Ngo service, won several state and district level debate competition, CBSE PSA (99 percentile), have a lot of online certificate courses from coursera ,nptel etc.

    any chances for profile based calls?


    • Hi Deepak,

      Since you have great Academics, you can apply to Operations first, citing relevant educational background, and Marketing next. There was one fresher in a recent Ops batch, and above-average ECAs, you should try your luck if you want Ops. If you want Marketing then apply to that as first preference citing area of interest.

      All the best!


  15. Sumit Kumar Choudhary says

    Hi Sir,
    My profile details are as under:-

    10th-CGPA 10 (CBSE)
    12th-90.2% (CBSE)
    Graduation (Electrical Engg)-CGPA 9.33

    Work ex:- 24 months of work experience working in Mu Sigma Inc. Have worked on data engineering projects, campaign effectiveness measurement projects for Fortune 500 companies. Currently working in conjunction with the Supply Chain Mangement team of one of the world’s largest pharma retail chain for the past 6 months

    Extra-curricular- Submitted papers in college, was captain of school and college cricket team, was part of fest organising committee in college, IMO and other olympiads at school

    My question is because I’ve worked in analytics and data engineering for past 2 years should I apply for IM as my first preference or can I give Operations as my first preference based on my experience in my current project in Supply Chain Management and my general inclination to pursue the same. Is my profile good enough for getting a profile-based call and choosing which domain between IM and Operations will boost my chances of getting a profile-based call?

    Thank you


    • Hi Sumit,

      You have a fantastic profile, right in the top-tier.

      Honestly, given your analytics work-ex you will be a good contender for Consulting and General Management roles at the IIMs.

      IM you will easily get into but the roles you will get after will not do justice to your profile. Apply to Operations, you can minor in Strategy and look at Ops Consulting. Given your profile, you should be in one of the old IIMs.

      All the best!


  16. NIVEK says

    Hi sir,

    X: 95
    XII: 96
    B.Tech: 81.6 from NITC
    Work Ex: 5 months as of November 2019 in Software Engineering in a Fin-Tech Company.
    Marketing head of an event as part of my college festival.

    Interested in giving Finance as first preference and marketing as the second. Is it possible to get the call? I am really interested in finance more than marketing even though as per your post I don’t have relevant work ex or CFA/CA or any other certification. Is it possible to get a call for finance since my company is fin-tech one and as I have a decent acad record?
    Also off-topic, does IIMK consider work ex in its final selection process?


  17. Greetings Sir,
    I also would like to request you to evaluate my chances for SP Jain profile-based call. However, the amount of stress you have given on Academics does not really boost my confidence. Nonetheless, would like to seek your opinion.

    X – 91.07%
    XII – 65.33%
    Grad (B.Sc) – 79.87%
    Post Grad (M.Sc) – 6.79 / 7.00

    Work Exp. – 37 months.
    Field – Sales and Marketing.
    Industry – Healthcare Services
    – Worked as the Senior Marketing Executive and Marketing Section Head for the company.
    – Key highlights:
    Within 14 months was responsible for revenue generation of 50 Lakh INR via own efforts and eventually after being designated as the marketing head spearheaded the sales force and operations team and oversaw the expansion of company’s 6 new centers in 4 Indian states representing INR more than 30 crore right from the site procurement to site commencement, operations and all the marketing and sales activity. (Proof from the company available).
    Others like the best employee award for the Financial Year and other minor achievements.
    – Currently as a Business Development Manager in a new organization looking after marketing and sales in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik region.

    Worked as the General Secretary for the Science Association of the college for one complete academic year.
    Stood second in the Graduation (college level).
    Few intercollegiate events – winner certificates during grad and post-grad for photography, poster presentation, etc.
    Also played cricket Inter-collegiate level conducted by the University of Mumbai (I did not bother then to get the certificate though have requested officially now to my college management to issue me one – awaiting the same).
    Besides, I have also done a few online certifications in digital marketing and as a hobby, I write poetry and read books and articles on astrobiology and sports.

    I also did my dissertation research project (Masters) from one of the premier cancer research institutes in the country and directly under the guidance of the Institute Director. (Since it was part of the dissertation I don’t think it will have any value for profile evaluation.)

    Request your opinion on my profile and a few key inputs in a line or two on how to orchestrate the profile.

    Thank You.

    AK B


    • Hi,

      You really have relevant work-ex for Marketing and am sure if you get a call you can make a strong case for yourself in the interview.

      The academics though, only for a SPJIMR profile-based call not in general, can be a roadblock.

      Get that CAT percentile above 96 and you are in with a real chance.

      All the best!


  18. Abhishek Raghav says

    Hello Sir,
    Sir this is profile , what are my chances for getting a profile based call for SP Jain.

    Class 10: 95%(cbse)
    Class 12: 88.8(cbse)
    Graduation:. 74%(JNTU)

    WORK EX: more than 16 months (still working )

    Achievements :

    1)Filed a patent with CII(Confederation of Indian Industries).
    2)Published a book ,”RAJNI”
    3)Published a research paper with an international journal
    4)Represented school in regional level CBSE science exhibition.

    Co-curricular Activities :

    1) Active member of a NGO “ANSWER” (orphanage) since 2016.
    2)Held position of importance during school time .
    3) Was the event manager in IMechE Student chapter .
    4)Active member of TCPC(Twin City poetry club).
    5)Participated in IMechE paper presentation.


    1)General course on intellectual property from WIPO(World Intellectual Property Organisation).


  19. Hello sir,
    My profile is :
    1. Xth: 93.x%
    2.XIIth : 91.x%
    3. Grad: 8.58 cgpa(~ 78.x%)
    Work ex: 2.5 in TCS
    however I want to apply for operations. Will that be a good idea?


    • Hi Tara,

      Great Academics that should get you a call but I am not sure for Operations since your work-ex in TCS, unless it is related to Operations, will be classified as IM.

      So IM first and Ops second is what I would suggest.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


  20. Hi sir,
    my profile details are as follows:
    10th – 96%
    graduation ( currently in the 4th year ): 82.1%
    pursuing B.tech from Institute of chemical Technology, ICT Mumbai
    i have secured rank in state list in scholarship examination conducted by Government of Maharashtra in both 4th standard as well as 7th standard
    i have been awarded certificate of distinction in Australian National Chemistry Quiz by Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    I have cracked JEE mains conducted by CBSE with 99.69 percentile
    I am in top 5% of batch in my graduation and i have been awarded for standing 2nd in the first year of B.Tech
    Extra Curriculars: i was Event head of competiton in college festival
    hobbies and interest: classical music, Tabla ( I am avid tabla player)
    I want to apply for finance and marketing. Is there any chance to get call for one of this specialization?


    • Hi,

      You have decent academics and co-curricular accomplishments that can tilt things in your favour. I suppose the XII marks are the way they are because of the JEE push.

      Even so, I would not suggest applying to Finance since there is no relevance, Marketing first and Finance next will be a safer bet.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


  21. manan vispute says

    hello sir,
    right now I am in 7th semester B.tech
    10th – 94.50%
    12th – 87.40%
    my current CPI- 7.42(69.21%)
    I am EDM DJ/Producer and have done several shows under banner of VH1 super sonic
    I have given piano grade one exam from and have passed with 100/100 from UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON
    Have released track on itly based record lable
    I am volunteer since 3 years in our cultural fest

    How good is the profile overall and should I apply for the S.P. jain or not?


    • Hi Manan,

      Quite an interesting profile.

      You should definitely apply to Marketing since your ECAs will be relevant for Marketing.

      If you get a call I am sure they will try to convince you to produce music and not pursue an MBA 🙂

      All the best!


  22. dharini ram says

    Hi Sir,
    Acad details as below
    X 95%
    XII 97.33%
    BE 9.01 CGPA
    Work Ex
    1. 2 Years working as Analyst for a Big 4 consulting firm
    Extra curricular :
    At College:
    1. NSS Executive Member
    2. Students Union Secretary for Women
    3. Core team member of Students Union
    4. Part of Organising Committee for various events
    At school
    1. Won National 6th at UNO Competition
    2. Won Gold medal in Olympiads
    3. Participated and won several elocution and Singing Competitions
    Achievements at workplace:
    1. Won Spot Award thrice in a span of 2 Years
    Achievements College
    1. Won Best Final Year Project Award
    2. Won Best All Rounder Award
    Achievements School:
    1. Won 5k worth Cash Prize for Xth Score

    Hobbies : Singing and Badmintion

    Please tell me the chances of getting through SPJIMR profile based . What should be my specialization preferences.

    Is it a one time application for Profile and CAT score call?

    Kindly give your thoughts.


    • Hi Dharini,

      You have a great profile, right in the top-tier.

      Honestly, given your Consulting work-ex you will be a good contender for Consulting and General Management roles at the IIMs.

      Apply to Operations, you can minor in Strategy and look at Ops Consulting. Given your profile, you should be in one of the old IIMs.

      It is a single application, if you do not get a profile-based call you will get a score-based call if you score above 96.

      Do let me know if you get a call.

      All the best!


  23. Abhinay Singh says

    Hello Sir,
    My profile details are as under:-

    10th:- 88%
    12th:- 78%
    Grad:- 8.41/10 (Electrical Engineering)

    Work-Ex:- Bank of Baroda – Credit Officer (Retail & SME (Corporate Finance)) since July’18
    — Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance (Manipal Higher Education) of 9 months with a significant focus on Corporate Finance & Forex.
    — Few Certifications:-
    1. Junior Associate of Indian Institute of Banking (JAIIB) -> Given in list of Certification of SPJIMR
    2. Mutual Fund Distributor by National Institute of Security Markets
    3. Anti-Money Laundering & Know Your Customer Certification

    — Gold Medalist of School in Xth
    — In the top 1.5% of National Aptitude Test conducted by NIIT. Received recognition letter duly signed by Indian Chess Ace V. Anand.
    — Few Elocution Certificates at school level.
    — Cricket Certificate at School & College Level.

    Primarily interested in Finance and then Marketing.

    Sir, do you think I stand a chance for Profile -based call given my relevant experience and Diploma degree backed by few certifications?


  24. Hi Sir,

    My details are as follows:

    10th – 92.14 %
    12th – 90 %
    Grad – 8.84 CGPA (77.45%) (Sardar Patel Institute of Technology)

    Internship at Reliance industries limited

    Software Engineer in J.P Morgan Chase & Co since July 2017.
    Subject Matter Expert of two automation technologies used in firm
    SPOC for automation related queries from ASIA region
    Part of international trainings conducted on automation

    Developed an application for NGO
    Have been part of college’s cultural fest’s organising committee for 2 years

    Do I stand a chance to get profile based call from SP Jain?


    • After the CAT scores are out, those who clear the 85-percentile requirement are called for interviews in the last week of Jan to first week of Feb.


  25. rutuja100 says

    Hi Sir,

    Great article.

    My profile isa s below:
    10th – 92.14%
    12th – 90%
    Grad – 8.84 CGPA (77.75%)

    Internship at Reliance
    Working as a software engineer at JP Morgan Chase & co. since July 2017.
    Subject matter expert of three automation technologies used in the firm.
    SPOC for automation related queries from ASIA region.
    Part of international trainings conducted in the firm on automation

    Have been part of college’s cultural and tech fest organising committee for 2 years
    Developed an application for NGO
    Have organised several coding events during college

    Do I stand any chance to get a call for IM based on my profile?


  26. Hi Sir,
    My profile details are:
    X- 78.43%
    XII- 90.08%
    Grad- 73%

    Work Ex:
    In Marketing with a startup in Gurgaon for 11 months. I was responsible for handling their social media marketing and other marketing related projects for their Dubai branch as well.

    Other achievements:
    1) Subject topper in Business Studies in XII.
    2) Among top 10 students out of 550 students in college and 3 times semester topper. [This really worries me a lot because although I was among the top 10 students in my batch..LU doesn’t provides more than 75-76% usually.]
    3) Had 3rd rank in school and 7th rank in my city in International Olympiad by SOF

    1) Designing & Visual Content Creator- Working as a freelancer and have clients from all over world. Worked with few startups on their branding and marketing strategy
    2) Dancing- Have participated at school as well as college level competitions
    3)Teaching- Worked for few NGOs in India as well as done 2 months volunteer internship in China as well. Tutoring few students currently and also worked for a school for 6 months part-time
    4) Event Management- Have worked as a coordinator, team leader and Organizing Committee Vice President- Marketing & Finance for different events in city.
    5) Food blogger & Instagram blogging: Have reviewed more than 120 restaurants and have 1.4k followers. Working on my instagram blog [Of course after CAT :P]
    6) Learning a new language: [I am not sure if I should put this or not. This is just something I have started from past 7 months and do not have any certifications yet.] I am learning french online and I plan to appear for Level A1 for French next year after all this MBA things are over.

    In responsibilities, I have written hosting international interns for 2 months and then financing my own 3 months trip to China and a kitchen remodeling project I took over at home.
    Professional: HR related responsibilities, coordination between dubai and india team and a complete project development project I was part of for 3 weeks.
    Preference: Marketing

    I am so sorry for this lengthy description.


    • Hi Sabi,

      You have a good profile that will rate high on versatility, the Xth marks might be the only hurdle but you do stand an outside chance to get a call for marketing.

      All the best!


      • Thank you sir for your reply. Sir, should I keep Language or Blogging as my Vth point for versatility?


  27. Anne M. says

    Hello Tony Sir,

    Could you please evaluate my profile, it is as follows:

    Academic Details:
    X (Maharashtra State Board) – 87.08%
    XII (Maharashtra State Board) – 88.67%
    Graduation B.E. in CS (University of Mumbai) – 8.53/10 (converts to 71.56%)

    Work Ex:
    more than 38 months (still working )
    I graduated in 2016 and have been working in TCS since Aug 2016 in the enterprise content management unit. I started as an Ops engineer and am now working as a developer and technical analyst. As I’m part of a project for a leading European Bank, I was deputed to the client’s location i.e. Brussels for 2.5 months last year.

    Academic Achievements:
    1. I was in the top 1% in class XII Board examination and was eligible for a scholarship for Higher Education in Basic and Natural Science Courses. (I am not sure if this is something I should put in my SPJIMR form)
    2. Won 2nd Prize in Project Poster Presentation Competition held at my college by the Computer Engineering Department.

    Certificates and Awards:
    – I have received the Best Team award as I was part of the team that successfully delivered a critical project in a very short time frame.
    – I have received the On the Spot award and the On the Spot Team Award on multiple occasions for my project related work and for being an active member of the committee that organizes fun team activities at the office.
    – I was selected for the ILP LIREL (Leading Change, Integrity, Respect for Individual, Excellence, Learning and Sharing) Honor Roll during my training by my fellow trainees and Leads, I received a certificate of appreciation for the same.

    – I was a part of the Organizing Committee for the intercollegiate cultural festival.
    – I was part of the Creative Team for our intra college cultural fest.
    – I was the joint Secretary of the Genesis Student council of my college (a council formed by 2nd year students to organize events for the first year students), but I don’t have a certificate for the same.
    – I have been the organizer at various events for 3 consecutive years.
    – Won 1st prize in the Street Play Competition held during our intra college fest.

    – I was the School Head Girl and received the Best Girl All Rounder Student Award for the academic year 2009-2010.
    – I have received the best council member award for the year 2008-2009.

    I have chosen Information Management and Marketing as my specialization.

    Also, considering the fact that my work ex is on the higher side, how good do you think SP Jain’s Global MBA program would be for me?


    • Hi Anne,

      You have a really good profile and it will fall into the top 1% of the applicant pool.

      For IM a minimum of two years of work-ex is a must so 38 months will not be on the higher side so do not worry about that and apply.

      In case you are considering a 1-year program then you should look at ISB only.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  28. sudhanshu dubey says

    sir is mim Masters In Management worth our time and money. and what is its scope in india or any other country


    • Hi Sudanshu,

      MiM programs in Europe are pretty good and I have my students complete programs from schools such as HEC and ESSEC.

      The challenge there though is that you have to become fluent in French eventually. While everything else works in English from the programs to the office work, the non-office conversation is primarily French.

      In terms of quality of education and career prospects MiM programs are pretty good. If you are willing to start investing into French right away, you can build a great career there.

      There will not be too much of a value in doing and MiM abroad and coming back here immediately since the knowledge of MiM programs among recuriters here is limited. You are better of gaining good work-ex there and coming back to India to take up senior roles.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  29. Hello Sir. I had a couple of questions.

    1.Can online certified courses be counted as “done relevant courses in the area” while choosing specializations?
    2.For the 50 words that we need to put in is it suggested that they should be point wise for better readability or paragraph wise is OK? Not sure if that’s even a relevant doubt but still.



    Hi Sir,

    Great article.

    My profile is as below:
    10th – 90.30%
    12th – 92.00%
    Grad – 7.89 CGPA (78.90%) in CIVIL ENGG. -2016 From NIT-JAIPUR

    1.Larson & Toubro ECC 7 months.
    2.State Bank Of India Deputy Manager (Retail & SME (Corporate Finance)) since Dec -2017 till date.
    —1-month Remote Marketing Internship from IIM Lucknow.
    — Few Certifications:-
    1.Junior Associate of Indian Institute of Banking (JAIIB) -> Given in list of Certification of SPJIMR
    2.Moody’s Certificate in Commercial Credit -CICC.
    3.Mutual Fund Distributor by National Institute of Security Markets.
    4.FILIP- Basics of Banking.

    — Few Drama, Debates, Elocution Certificates at the school level.
    — Painting and Sports Certificates at School.
    —Few Certificates for Cultural and Technical fests organized at the College level.

    Primarily interested in Finance and then Marketing.

    Sir, do you think I stand a chance for Profile -based call given my relevant experience?


    • Hi Nikhil,

      You do have a pretty good chance of getting a call for Finance given your work-ex and good acads. From there it just depends on how well you are able to hold your own in the group interview with people having a Fin educational background.

      All the best!


  31. Preksha Malhotra says

    Hi Sir,

    My profile is as below:
    10th- 10 CGPA (95%)
    12th- 95.2% (Commerce)
    Graduation- 8.24 CGPA (B.Com Hons. from Delhi University)

    – CBSE Top 0.1% Merit Certificate for excellence in class X
    – Awarded with scholarship worth Rs.44000 for 2015-16 for perfect CGPA ( awarded again for excellence in Class XI,90.2%)
    – School Topper, International rank 62, percentile 99.4 in the International Commerce Olympiad organised by Commerce Teachers’ Foundation
    -School Topper in the SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad
    -3rd position in the Intra Department Paper Presentation
    -3rd Position in the Inter school business model presentation competition
    -Participated in National Level Swimming Championship and also at various inter school level competitions(silver medal in the East Zone championship)
    – Treasurer of the Commerce Department of my College
    -Served as School Cultural Captain (2015-16) and as House Sports Captain (2014-15)
    -Awarded Scholar title by school for 3 consecutive years
    -Awarded the title of active fresher by the college

    -Worked with TaxSpanner.com for 6 weeks as a marketing and an Income Tax intern.

    Other Educational Qualification
    – Completed a 100hrs course on financial modelling offered by BSE (2018-19)

    Do I stand a chance to get a profile based call from SPJIMR?
    What should be my first preference, Marketing or Finance?


    • Hi Preksha,

      You have an awesome academic profile and pretty strong ECAs as well. You should get a call for Finance, apply to Finance citing relevant educational background and Marketing second preference citing area of interest.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!

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  32. prateek says

    Hi Sir,
    My Profile
    10th -91.2
    12th – 84.16
    Grad (CS) – 91.3
    Work-Ex – Samsung Research since July 2017
    Achievements – Filed an International patent,
    Won 2 SPOT awards in 2 years
    Finalist(Top 6 out of 150 teams) in an organization level hackathon.
    Can I get a profile based call with my profile for IM specicialization ?


    • Hi Prateek,

      You have an excellent academic profile and good work-ex, you stand a strong chance of getting a call for IM.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


      • Shikhar Bajpai says

        Hey Prateek,
        Did you got the mail stating that the invitation mail was sent due to a system error?


  33. Preksha Malhotra says

    Hi Sir,
    Thanks for a very informative article.

    My profile is as below:
    Xth- 10 CGPA (95%)
    XII- 95.2% (Commerce)
    Graduation- 8.24 CGPA (78.3%) (B.Com. Hons from Delhi University)

    -Awarded the CBSE Top 0.1% Merit Certificate for excellence in class X
    – Awarded a scholarship worth Rs. 44000 for academics excellence in Class X (Also awarded with the same for academic excellence in class XI, 90.2%)
    – School Topper, International rank 62 (percentile 99.4) in the International Commerce Olympiad conducted by Commerce Teachers’ Foundation
    – School Topper in the SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad
    – Qualified and participated in the National Swimming Championship (won silver medal at the Zonal level). Won various medals in the inter school competitions
    -Participated and won in inter school literary competitions (monologue, debate, etc.) and cultural competitions (drama, dance, etc)
    – Awarded scholar title for 3 consecutive years by school
    -Served as Treasurer of the Commerce Association of my College
    -3rd position in the intra deptt. Paper Presentation
    – Serves as school cultural captain (2015-16) and as house sports captain (2014-15)
    – 3rd prize at inter school business model presentation organised by Pearl academy
    -Awarded with the title of Active Fresher by College

    – Completed a 100 hrs course on Financial Modelling offered by BSE (2018-19)

    -Former marketing and Income Tax Intern with TaxSpanner.com (6 weeks)

    Do I stand any chance to get a profile based call from SPJIMR?
    Which specialisation should I apply for ?

    Thank you in advance! 🙂


  34. bhushan kharche says

    Hello Sir,

    My profile,

    10th – State Board – 92.77 %
    12th – State Board- 80 %
    Graduation – YCCE, Nagpur – 77.77 (Mechanical)

    Work Ex – TCS – 21 months (Operational Stability and Process Management).
    Basically IT, but related to process improvement. (Currently not working, left from 28th June)

    Co-Curriculars –
    1) Mechanical Designing Course (6 months during graduation)
    2) Papers Presented and Events Organized
    3) Two projects during graduation

    Extra Curriculars-
    1) 1st rank at college level in theme based video making competition.
    2) Have been a SPOC of CSR in TCS for 1.5 years. Organized CSR activities couple of times while being there.

    Professional Interest – Entrepreneurship (in Manufacturing) and Social Service thereby, after some years. And I find management education really important for this.
    Reason for management- Will help in getting relevant work experience and hence the expertise in the field. Also, will result in getting great network of like-minded people.

    Reason behind telling you all this is to make you thoroughly understand my profile not just for SP but for other B-Schools as well.
    I am preparing for CAT, but around 90%iles in mocks.

    Not sure about SP Profile based call, due to my Work Ex. But still want to pursue Operations from top 20 B-Schools only.

    Please help and suggest me in general and also order of preference for SP Profile based application.

    Couldn’t get your mail address to connect.

    If its okay and possible, please mail me with your suggestions on the above. Would like to connect through mail. Otherwise, its fine here as well.

    Thanks in Advance.


    • Hi Bhushan,

      You have a decent academic profile, it is not as bad as you think it is.

      Firstly, if you are scoring 90 in mocks then you will score around 95 on the actual test (I can’t go into the details of explaining why right here but the short answer is that SimCATs and other mocks are taken only by 15% of most serious aspirants among the whole test-taking population, on test day the entire rest of the non serious crowd will join in and hence both the numerator and denominator of the percentile formula will increase )

      The SPJIMR call for Ops will not be easy but apply citing relevant work-ex and describe your work-x from an Ops angle, apply to IM second.

      Honesty for Ops jobs there are only a few great schools — NITIE, IIT-B, and SPJIMR, so you should apply to all three apart from schools such as MDI, NMIMS and SIBM (as a back up).

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  35. Nishit says

    Hello Sir, thank you for such a lovely article though i have doubts about my profile :
    I want to apply for finance specialisaiton
    10th – 9 CGPA (85.5%) CBSE
    12th – 91.67% CBSE
    Graduation : Bachelor in Mangament Studies (finance elective) (82.29%) Completed in May 2019

    Extra curricular (both academic and sports)
    Certification in Mutual fund distribution exam by National Institute of Securities Market
    Certified Basic Course on Stock Markets from Bombay Stock Exchange
    Certification course of UCMAS (universal concept of mental arithmetic system)
    National Level Chess Player
    2 silver medals representing Mumbai University for Chess
    6th Position in Indore Commerce Olympiad in class 11th among 2000 participants (have the trophy)
    Won at atleast 20 events in inter collegiate event with respective certificates
    Best in Maths awardee in Class 12th

    Position of responsibility
    Vice president of The Investment Club of H R college, Mumbai
    Organised college festival for three years
    Events Head of the investment club

    What are my chance of securing the call and in what order should i present the achievements


    • Hi Nishit,

      Given your good academics, you have a very strong chance of getting call for Finance.

      You can list the achievements in the order you have put them down here.

      All the best!


  36. Kumar Shanu says

    Hello sir..!
    My academics details are:
    10th CBSE- 10 CGPA
    12th CBSE- 92.5%
    Graduation- BBA- 85% (Gold Medalist)

    Extra curricular
    – got selected in open mic competition organised by Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM. My poem was broadcasted by them.
    -I have Certification in Equity Derivatives Series 8 by NISM.

    Interest and hobbies
    -Writing poems
    -Investing( I virtually invest online in a portfolio)

    I have a deep interest in investments esp in stock market. I have done couple of internships in this field. One from Karvy Stock Broking Ltd. in Mutual funds. And other from Religare Securities Ltd in Stock market. Can I mention this anywhere in the application to show my interest in finance as I want to keep this in first preference? Can I get a call?


    • Hi Kumar,

      You have a great academic profile and thus stand a good chance to get a call for Finance, apply to the same citing relevant educational background BBA, as well as done specialised courses in this area. Mention the gold medal in the academic achievements area and in the description also mention the internships.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


      • Kumar Shanu says

        Thank u so much for the guidance sir.! Will let u know for sure,sir.


  37. Tanish Goyal says

    10th – 87.29
    12th – 90.00
    Graduation – 8.98 CGPA
    Work Experience – 11 months in marketing at Crompton Greaves and 4 months of ongoing experience in deloitte as business technology analyst
    Extra co- curricular –
    Awarded with certificate , medal and trophy for best performance in my former organization .
    Lead 4 member team during capstone project
    Awarded with certificate medal and trophy for outstanding performance in academics in 12th
    Secured 9.74, 9.45 cgpa in 1st and 5th semester of graduation


      • tanish Goyal says

        I have strong interest in finance owing to my strengths with numbers. Though I have no prior experience in finance. My preference is to get into top strategic consulting firms like Mbb or top investment banks like gs, jpmc, Morgan Stanley. I wanted to know how would you rate my profile for sp Jain profile based call, what are my chances for finance and strategic consultancy and which Specialization should I choose. Currently I have experience in B2B marketing, it consulting in abap and made a project on product manufacturing using Lean principles like vsm in crompton.


      • Hi Tanish,

        Given your academic profile, you stand a good chance to get a profile-based call for Finance but solely because of the marks. After that, it is up to how you fare in the group interview with those who are also good with numbers and have a relevant educational background and experience.

        My point is that since you want to look at Consulting and Fin and you have the academic profile to get a call from the firms you listed, do place too much importance on SPJIMR giving you a call or not, you stand to fare better in a regular from other premier schools.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


  38. Tashmeet Singh says

    Hello Sir ,

    I found your article quiet useful.

    Below is my profile mentioned

    XII- 86.66%
    Graduation(BSc Physics) from DU- 68%

    Currently I’m working in Accenture as Associate Software Engineer and my work is regarding requirement analyst.

    Achievements :
    1. National Level And State level Judo player in school
    2. Silver Medal at national level in fencing at college .
    3. Won Codergeek competition at College fest .
    4. Won Inter -University dance competition .

    Extracurricular Activities:
    1. Member at Lions Club .
    2.Active member of 2 NGO that work for Natural Disaster and Environment Issues.
    3. Actively Participated in NCC camps in school days .

    I would like to know what are the chances of me getting a Call?
    And what should be the First and Second preference for streams of MBA for which I should apply ?


    • Hi Tashmeet,

      It depends on which specialisation you want to apply to and how much work-ex you have. They do not select the profile in isolation.


      • Tashmeet Singh says

        Currently in Accenture I have work-ex of 21 months and i’m interested in IM and operations. So what are my chances of being selected for these domains ?


      • Hi Tashmeet,

        You have a chance of getting a call for IM, the only catch is that the grad marks are a bit on the lower, so I won’t bet on it. Ops for a second preference is fine but it is usually those with two years of hard-core manufacturing, plant operations, or design type of experience that get through.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


  39. Ankur M says

    Hello Sir,
    Really excellent post.
    My profile is
    X: 87%
    XII: 84%
    Grad: 8.69 CGPA (79.40%) (Instrumentation Technology Engineering)
    Work ex: 32 months in TCS (till june 2019)
    I was responsible for the design and development of the Software libraries and worked as the Module lead for my project.

    Extra Curricular Activities:
    Volunteer at Harshneel Sanstha and also an active volunteer at Art of living
    Have published 4 research papers in International journals
    Was awarded with ‘Amul Vidya Bhushan’ for standing 1st in College in 12th Board Exams
    Was awarded with INSPIRE scholarship by GoI for being in top 1% percentile across colleges in HSC Board Examinations
    Subject topper in English in both 10th and 12th in Board Exams
    Was Awarded with Institute scholarship by College for standing 1st overall and also in English Subject
    Secured 1st prize in Vocab and Quiz competition at college fest
    Participated in various workshops held at IITB and Bits Pilani
    Completed basic and advanced levels of ‘Keyboard’ learning
    Participated and secured prizes in Singing from school till college at various occasions
    Interested in Poetry and in composing poems, participated in National level Wing Word Poetry Competition 2018
    Interested in learning different languages, completed French language basic certification at Udemy
    Completed data science certification at Udemy
    Got certified as a PLC programmer by FAG controls

    1.Kindly let me know if my profile stands good enough to fetch the profile based call for Information Management
    2. Also, I am slightly more inclined towards Operations than IM, which one should I put as my first preference.
    3. Should I mention my certifications at Udemy and also wanted to know if leaving job hinder my chances of getting the call ?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Ankur,

      You have a good profile for IM and you should stand a very good chance get a call for IM.

      Apply to Ops as second preference since your profile won’t be competitive against core Ops resumes.

      You can mention your certifications since you have 32 months of work-ex the quitting should not be a problem.

      All the best!

      Liked by 1 person

  40. Rounak says

    Hi Sir
    Thanks for putting out this amazingly detailed article.
    I have a doubt which is whether the candidates are screened through AI or checked manually by people?


    • Hi Rounak,

      Glad you found the article useful and was pleasantly surprised to see your question 🙂

      The second-year students evaluate the profiles based on the criteria defined by the admissions committee. So wherever there is a subjective rating to be given, say rating your versatility on a scale of 5 they will be doing it, for academics it will be objective based on slabs, so many marks for 90+ and so on. This is the reason why the skill to effectively highlight the right thing using the 50 words is very important.

      All the best!


  41. Aashna Jain says

    Thankyou for the blog sir,
    My academic details are as follows
    10th- 9.6 cgpa (CBSE)
    12th-92.2% (CBSE)
    Graduation- 75% (final year going on)
    work ex- Na
    I have participated in
    British parliamentary debate – 3rd position national level
    1 st intra college
    debate competition- 1st prize (inter college)
    college cultural fest- elocution (1st prize for two successive years)
    Best Independent thinker of college-2018
    President of college DEBSOC
    participation in marketing and finance fest (intra college)
    7 Model United Nations Competitions with prices ranging from BEST DELEGATE TO SPECMEN
    Chaired Intra college Mun for 2 consecutive years

    I want apply for Profile based Mba (Marketing)
    can you please rate my chances of getting a call.
    Thanks in advance


    • Hi Aashna,

      You stand a very good chance to get a call for Marketing since you have great Acads and good ECAs as well.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


  42. Rakesh says

    Hello Sir,

    My profile is as below,
    10th – 91.83%
    12th – 93.7%
    Graduation- 9.44 CGPA(CS)

    – 2 Years Work Ex in IT.
    – Won Quarterly Award at Client place for dedication,commitment and clear focus shown to provide a joyful customer experience.
    – Organizing events for team members at Client place.

    Extra curricular,
    – Won first prize and second prize in Campus Cricket tournaments.
    – In top 10% of Department toppers.
    – Organizing member for on-campus CSI events.
    – Member of Campus Cricket team.

    – 5th Division(district) league Cricket player.
    – Worked for Orphanage feeding underprivileged children.
    – Regular donor at blood donation camps.

    Hobbies includes
    – Cricket and Cooking

    Chances of getting SPJIMR profile based call?

    My first preference will be IM, what should be second preference – Marketing or Ops?

    Please share your insights.



    • Hi Rakesh,

      You have an excellent profile and will most definitely get an IM call.

      The second preference can be either depending on what your area of interest is.

      Do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rakesh Pujari says

        Thank you for your insights Sir, will let you know if I get a call.

        Second preference is getting a bit dicey, can you let me know what nature of work does Ops and Marketing offer so that I can take a call on it.


      • Hi Rakesh,

        Operations will involve working on things that start from production and end in customer service, everything apart from Marketing — deciding what products should be manufactured and how they should be packaged, priced, promoted, and sold. Operations is all about maximising the bottomline of the firm, marketing about the topline.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


  43. Samit Saxena says

    Hello Sir,
    Thank you very much for writing this article. I personally feel I have a lot better insight about the shortlisting process now. Could you please share your thoughts on my current profile?

    10th: CGPA 9.4
    12th. 85.2% (PCMB)
    Graduation: 76%(Electronics and Communications) (Rank 5 in college)

    Applying for:
    IM (1st preference)
    Ops (2nd preference)

    I currently am working with Infosys. I have an experience of 34 months as a Systems Engineer.
    I just transitioned to Infosys Consulting as an Associate Consultant after having been selected on merit through a Pan Infosys Bridge Program.

    Job Description: Process management and automation support for a US based Telecom Client

    Achievement at Work:
    1. Ante Date Progression to an Offshore Team Lead
    2. Infosys Achievers’ Award for “The Best Team” under my Leadership.
    3. Infosys Achievers’ Award for the “Most Valuable Player”

    Academic Achievements :
    1.(College-level) Best Project for Social Relevance in college for “Wireless Animatronic Hand for Bomb diffusal”. Recommended for IISc, Bangalore Annual Exhibition Day.
    2.(National-Level) Selected a student inter at ISRO. Completed a project at ISRO on “CARTOSAT-2C”.
    3.(National- Level) Completed a Projected on “Automatic Test Equipment” for National Drone “Rustom-2” at Bharat Electronics (BEL).

    Versatility/Extracurricular Activities/Interests:
    1. Technical Quiz Winner at National Level Bike Designing Competition.
    2. All India Rank 7 for in Bike Modification in National Level Bike Designing Competition.
    3. Active Member and Donor at SOS Children’s Village
    4. State Level Achievements in Table Tennis, School level achievements in Football, Cricket and Volleyball
    5. Fitness Enthusiast and a keen interest in Sports Nutrition.
    6. Photography

    Professional Responsibility Shouldered;
    1. As the Offshore Team Lead, Achieved a marginal cost reduction of 120,000 USD by arresting unnecessary Cost Expenditure within a span year. Team Mangement related to special projects.

    Please do let me know if I can improve on any front to enhance my profile.

    Thank you very much, Sir,
    Samit Saxena


    • Hi Samit,

      You have a pretty good profile, with the quality work-ex being the major plus, and decent ECAs and versatility as well.

      Your academics are above average and thus you are in with a decent chance to get an IM call.

      At this stage more than the profile, you have to get the best percentile you can.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • Samit Saxena says

        Yes, this is very helpful.
        Thank you so much, Sir,
        Samit Saxena


      • Samit Saxena says

        Good Evening Sir,

        1. Since there is no separate provision/section to populate Achievements at Work(There are 4 awards in my case which I feel I must highlight), I was thinking to include them under “Describe Your Role Briefly *” (Work Ex section), at the expense of a shorter Job Description as we have only 50 words. Is it okay? I wanted to ask you if there is a better/alternate way of doing the same.

        2. Since I just transitioned into consulting, and I am undergoing training(Sept’19 to Dec’19) and with hands-on, for the same with Infosys. I have mentioned
        Company: Infosys Technologies
        Industry: Consulting
        Function: Training(Surprisingly this was there in the drop-down)
        Designation: Associate Consultant, as my current profile.

        Will this add value to the relevance of Work Ex for IM?

        This is apart from the experience of 33 months that I’ve had
        Company: Infosys Limited
        Industry: Telecom Service
        Function: Process Management
        Designation: Senior Systems Engineer.

        Thank you very much, Sir,
        Samit Saxena


      • Hi Samit,

        1. Use the space given for professional responsibilities shouldered to write about any one of the awards and mention the other awards in one sentence. Else mention that fact that you have won four awards as the last sentence of your description of work-ex.

        2. The function is not training, it will be in the function in which you are going to do consulting work in just like function earlier was process management. Since Consulting is higher up the value chain and you are going to be a consultant by the time you sit for the interview mention your current profile as a consultant.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


      • Samit Saxena says

        Thank you very much Sir. I really appreciate your help.
        I shall keep these things in mind while filling the form.

        Samit Saxena


  44. Pradnya says

    Hi Sir,
    Indeed a great post.Following are my profile details :

    10th-89.82% (SSC)
    12th-81.54% (HSC)
    B.Tech-69% (IT)

    Currently I am working in Accenture in SAP from Dec 2018.
    Extra Curricular at School level:
    1) Head Girl of School
    2)Was awarded best student award
    3) won many inter as well as intra school elocution competition

    At College Level
    1) Won regional and zonal level elocution competition of University’s annual Yuva fest
    2)Presented my college in prestigious Tejaswini contest of University
    3)Event Head of IEEE Council where organised fest,events, workshop,IVS
    4)Organised workshop on IOT single handedly earned around 30k from it
    5)Organized workshop on Magento technology where we made 35k
    6)Wrote online articles based on movie,series for Mymovierack website where I Increased the page traffic through the content.
    7)Actively participated in creativity and dance competition in college.

    I am inclined towards IM and finance.So what should be my preference while filling form?
    And how much %le should I get to get call from IIMs?( OBC Female Category)


    • Hi Pradnya,

      Your overall profile is okay, the academic profile might not be strong enough for a profile-based call.

      You should apply to IM first and Finance next, citing relevant work-ex and area of interest respectively.

      To get a call from the IIMs you should score a 95.5 or above percentile.

      All the best!


  45. Ayan Chakravarty says

    Hello Sir,

    Wonderful article! Really only one out there which was actually of help.
    Please do go through my profile.

    Here is my profile:

    10th : 94.5%(ICSE)
    12th: 95% (CBSE)
    Graduation : 8.46 CGPA( B.Tech (Metallurgical and Materials Science Engg. from NIT Jamshedpur)

    Work Experience:
    1. As of today 16 Months experience in TATA Metaliks( Iron & Steel Manufacturing Company)
    2. Current Designation: Assistant Manager, Operations
    3. Current Role: Working as a Full Time TASK FORCE with “RENOIR” Consultancy who are currently doing a project in our company.
    4. Previous Role: Data Analysis of Blast Furnace and Improvement Project coordinator
    Worked in various improvement projects and currently implementing Management Process and Systems along with Renoir

    Work Achievements:
    1. Selected as one of the 10 ‘Digital Champions'(out of 350 employees) for making the digital roadmap for the company and working towards digitization of the company. ( This was in partnership with Deloitte)
    2. Nominated by VP(Operations) as the ‘Renoir’ TASK Force from Operations for Management Process and Systems Implementations Project.

    1. Involved in a few CSR initiatives in the Company
    2. Initially as a GET did a project in CSR department for 2 weeks.

    Academic Achievements:
    1. 92.977 percentile in PROBLEM SOLVING ASSESSMENT(2012-2013) conducted by C.B.S.E
    2. School topper in both 10th and 12th Standard

    Extra Curricular:
    1. Member of the Cultural and Debating Society of College
    2. Core Team Member and Join Co-ordinator of Corporate Affairs team of Branch Fest in College
    3. Organised Branch techno-cultural fest in final year of college
    4. Won Various acting, debating competitions in National level College fest(can produce certificates)
    5. Won 2nd Prize in Western Singing Competition(National Level) in College
    6. Member of Society of Metallurgical Engineering Students(All India) SMES.

    1. Singing and Guitar Playing
    2. Performed in various concerts in College and school level

    My first Preference would be Marketing and second would be Operations.
    I can relate some of my work ex to some market research for a particular grade of material but other than that no relevant work ex in the preferences.

    Can I expect a call?



    • Hi Ayan,

      You have a great profile both in terms of academics and ECAs and should get a call.

      The catch is that it is skewed towards Operations.

      If you are really keen on Marketing then apply to it but do know that you are better off applying to Ops.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • Ayan Chakravarty says

        SIr for Operations you said that average work experience is around 3 years. Wouldn’t it be a bit tough for me to compete with them?


      • Average is close to 3 but 16 months is not too far off, they had the odd fresher as well, so I think you do stand a chance to get a call for sure. You have to make your case in the interview.


  46. Bhushan Ladniya says

    .Hi Sir,
    Thanks alot for so much information regarding the profile based calls from SP Jain.
    Can you please help me review my Profile as well, Specifically for SP and Generally for Old IIMs.
    My profile:
    B.E.-79.8%(Electronics and Telecommunications)

    I have been Departmental Topper in my college, and university topper in few subjects during my under-grad.
    I was the founder and head of the Entrepreneurship Cell(E-cell) of my college, As a part of it I with my team started two Short-term Start-ups, Which are now driven by my Juniors.
    Also, As a part of E-cell and individually, my team and I participated in various B-Plan Competitions.
    Which included B-Plan Competition and E-cell event by IIT-Pawai, I have also won a few I-CEO and B-Plan competitions in various other forums.
    Apart from this I have won a few Technical Paper Presentations and Strategy planning competitions.
    I have been the Marketing and PR head of the college Tech-fest and departmental Technical events for 2 years.
    I have been the Placement coordinator with my TPO of my college.
    I have Published a Paper on Photonics(Optical Router) in an IEEE Journal.
    I have done a Internship in Photonics for 6 moths with a Government aided Company.
    Also, I have done a part-time job for about 2 Years as an Executive Manager in a coaching class during my Under-Grad. where my role was of business development and strategy planning.
    I have a work-Experience of 1.5+ Years in Core Wifi Technology Driven Electronics Company, where my role is Quality assurance.
    I have represented my college at university level in Table tennis and Chess.

    Can you Kindly review my Profile from the lens of SP Jain.
    I want to apply for Marketing(1st Preference)(Special Interest and Part-time experience of about 2 years) and Operations(2nd Preference)(Special Interest)
    Also, if you could answer if I have a chance to get a Profile Based call.
    Moreover, if not Profile based call, what percentile would be required for a call.

    And, Lastly in General what percentile would be required for a call from BLACKI in general.

    Looking forward to your response sir.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Bhushan,

      Your profile is decent, academics are above average and ECAs are average, and there are decent chances of you getting a call. If XII and Grad were 90+ and 80+ it would have been a sureshot.

      You can apply to Marketing and Ops.

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

      For BLACKI, since you are a GEM and a fresher, above 99.5 percentile.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


      • Bhushan Ladniya says

        Hi Sir,
        Thanks for your response, That gave me some important insights.

        But, I want to mention that I am not a fresher(As you mentioned in your description and chances for call).
        I have a experience of 1.5 years in Core Wifi Technology Driven Company.And, I am currently working(2018 pass-out).
        Also, I have a Part-time Experience of about 2 years in Coaching Class as Executive Manager and Strategy Planner.

        In this light of this info, that I have shared again.
        Is there any change in my chance of getting the call from SP(profile based).And, Percentile required for BLACKI.

        Looking forward to your response.


      • You mentioned your work-ex as the last in a list of achievements, Work should always come after Grad Marks!

        Your work-ex does not seem related to Marketing, so you have to cite area of interest and use the space of 50 words to project your part-time experience’s relevance to Marketing.

        You can apply to Ops second citing relevant work-ex if it is so.

        Since you have 1.5 years of work-ex you can get calls from BLACKI at 98.75 and above.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!


      • Vinod Kumar says

        Hi Sir,
        Thanks for the detailed information on admission process of SPJain for profile based calls.
        Following are my profile details :

        10th-88.3% (SSC)
        12th-91.00% (HSC)
        B.Tech-67.48% (B.Tech)
        Gender :male
        Work Experience : 2 years( 1 year in Wipro and 1 year in capgemini)

        Co-curricular Activities:
        1. Awarded as the “BEST TEAM PLAYER ” in wipro in my training period.
        2. stood first in Andhra university technical symposium for making “BI-Ped robot”,It is a competition among 6 districts.

        Extra curricular activities:
        1. Served as a president for IETE student chapter and successfully handled couple of major events.
        2. Learning FRENCH , will try to get B1 certification at the time of interview.

        Kindly review my profile and share your thought on chances of getting a profile based call from SPJain and other top B schools.

        Awaiting for your response



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