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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/GMAT results are out you need to meet the criteria given in the table below.

Qualifying Criteria CAT 2020 GMAT 01 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2020
Overall Qualifying Criteria 85 percentile                  85 percentile
Sectional Qualifying Criteria 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.

Profile Alignment + Exceptional Academic Profile (90,90,80) +  ECAs + CAT
Percentile of 85 = Profile-Based Call

Profile Alignment + Decent Academic Profile + CAT Percentile of 96-97 = Score-based Call

When you apply you are applying to have a shot at both calls.

Both calls are given out after the CAT score is out. So you qualify for either one or the other.

Each of the parameters above is mutually exclusive.

You need to score points on each count.

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. This profile alignment applies to both score-based and profile based calls.

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

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 Academic profile.

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.

Most institutes now rate the profiles quantitatively so that there is not subjectivity involved — points for crossing particular slabs.

If X Marks have 10 points, then they are divided into slabs

  • 90 and above – 10 points
  • 85-90 – 8 points
  • 80-85 – 7 points

The above slabs are just representative.

So it is not that they are thinking — Oh, this candidate has grad marks below 80 but he has great work-ex let us walk into the sunset and debate his candidature.

You score or drop points based on the slabs and if you drop three points then it is tough to make it up elsewhere there are always enough people who tick the top-tier of all slabs and checkboxes.

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.

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

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.

I would like you to post a comment only if you feel that you have a query that the post does not answer and please do not post a query without mentioning which specialisation you want to apply to.

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 and would not bother to reply, you might as well read the post again and improve your RC skills  🙂


  1. Shreshtha Sinha says

    Hi Sir, Thank you for your post , it really helped me clearing some doubts. Regarding my profile i have 85% in 10th , 60% in 12th and 6.94 CGPA (61% ) in B. E (Electronics). I have work experience of 2.8 yrs as a Project Manager in Ugam Solutions , with work achievements in terms of various letter of appreciations from Romania and from team. I do not have much extra curricular activities experience except of being co-ordinator in various programs during my college time. I do not have any gap years. Is there a chance for me to get a profile based call or score based call from SP Jain ?


    • Hi Shreshtha,

      From the post, it will be clear that with your academic profile will not be enough to secure a profile-based call.

      You can get a score-based call if you cross 96 percentile.

      All the best!


  2. Riya says

    Hello Sir,
    Thanks for such a comprehensive post for SPJIMR !
    Profile: B.Com Hons. undergraduate
    Academic Excellence award in school for 11 years + Business Studies subject topper in XII

    I have following queries in form filling:
    1. Though my graduation is finance oriented, I wish to put marketing as first choice because of interest. I have done two certificate courses on marketing. Plus, I have my own blog on marketing topics. Besides, I have taken electives related to marketing(like advertising, e-marketing) in different years of college. So, should I tick “graduation in selected area” box too?

    2. I have served as secretary of different college societies in different years of college, so can it be included under “Professional responsibility”?

    3. I have won 4-5 inter and intra-college events(case study, quiz, best manager). How can I incorporate them in the form?

    4. Can internship roles be used in versatility? I have done one internship as Finance Intern and another as Management Intern.

    One last usual question: In your view, how are the chances of mine for getting a profile-based call?

    Looking forward to your guidance.



    • Hi Riya,

      1. If your degree is a generic one — a BBA that does not mention specialisations or is not called by the name BBA-Finance, then you can select graduation in the selected area, else you cannot you have to choose an area of interest.

      2. Yes, it can be put under Professional Resp.

      3. If you do not have any academic achievements include them there, otherwise, these seem to fall into the co-curricular achievements, which they do not seem to want.

      4. Nope, versatility and internships have nothing to do with each other.

      Your profile will be fairly competitive, given your good academic profile.

      All the best!


  3. Tehran says

    Just a quick question.
    What does a work ex in pharma consulting align with…IT or Marketing


    • Hi Tehran,

      If by Pharma Consulting you mean ZS Associates and Pharma Sales Consulting then you can definitely position that experience for Marketing.

      If it is not Consulting per see does not align with either IM or Marketing. If you want to look at Consult jobs post-MBA then SP might not be the best bet.

      All the best!


      • Tehran says

        Hi Sir,

        I meant ZS. I use some marketing and segmentation concepts in my work, so can I check the “Have relevant work ex in Marketing box” on the specialization page. I am looking for a strategy consulting role post MBA. Is Finance a good second choice after marketing. I have some certifications in both Fin and Marketing from Coursera.



      • Yeah, you can check that box.

        You can apply to Finance but that will just be a formality since work-ex and education background are not related to Fin.

        All the best!


  4. sindu says

    sir, I am a chemical engineering graduate with IT experience. Can I opt for operations and marketing as I am not interested in IT. I have good acads and ECAs.


    • Hi Sindu,

      Operations, absolutely no chance of getting a call, even if you get the first call, the final call is ruled out for those without at least 18 months of Ops experience. You can take a shot at Marketing first and IM next (IM MBA jobs are not a bad option at all, you will mostly be placed abroad better work-life balance)

      All the best!


  5. Ambuj Tiwari says

    Hello sir,
    profile: Btech mechanical 🙂
    A very detailed post and it helped a lot. Just wanted to clear one thing, how shall I showcase my professional achievements (the awards and certificates I received for the projects I undertook).


  6. Arnab Chowdhury says

    Hello sir,
    Thank you so much sir for your guidance. I am over with my hotel management and awaiting for my final year results .Here we are taught completely about the operations of a five-star hotel and are given a brief idea of each and every department (EG HR,ENGINEERING,SECURITY and a detailed idea about the CORE OPERATIONS of our departments which includes reservations,housekeeping, restaurant and other things related to tourism).I have also done an internship with Taj Hotels(duration-4months) for the practical exposure.So how can i align all these things with these profiles above?looking for your guidance sir.
    once again thank you for all the necessary blogs you created.


    • Hi Arnab,

      Given that you have no work-ex it is tough to get a call from both Ops and IM since even students with the relevant education background do not get calls without work-ex.

      Finance is ruled out since it needs relevant education background.

      The only option left is Marketing if you are interested.

      I think you will be better off applying to a General Management program instead of SPJIMR.

      All the best!


  7. Anshuman Choudhary says

    Hello sir, what a fantastic conclusion to the post. Apart from being such open towards all the perspectives, there is always a little mix of humour/sarcasm that brings me back to however long blogs you write.

    Thank you as always sir.


    • Hi Anshuman,

      Given that I have to interact with students across the entire spectrum of percentiles so some humour and sarcasm always come in handy.

      All the best!


  8. Sangeeth says

    The post is really helpful. Small query:
    Academic details:
    9.4/88.5/8.35 – B-tech in mechanical.

    1. No certified extra curricular(s) as such.

    2. Work ex in IT company. But, my work comprises of mechanical design along with a small part of it related to operations.

    Will there be any chance to get a profile-based call?

    Looking for your guidance sir.



    • Hi Sangeeth,

      You can apply to Ops citing relevant work-ex.

      Your profile is decent and there are chances, though not sureshot to get a call, definitely worth applying.

      All the best!


  9. Varun Ravishankar says

    Hello Sir,

    Thank you very much for the detailed post.
    Profile: Mechanical Engineer

    I have 2.5 years work ex as a design engineer with an Automation solutions company of TATA. I have a published journal as part of my final year project in College. Also as part of roles and responsibilities I have organised technical symposiums in college, been part of a racing team (and won trophies) and handled large value projects independently (above 30 crores) at work place. Do these help in showing leadership qualities? have represented my School in Cricket and Volleyball in National competitions (though haven’t won any trophies), have volunteer experience with the CSR initiative of my company.

    Looking for you guidance sir.


    • Hi Varun,

      You have an awesome academic and job profile for Ops, the PoRs are decent.

      Your chances of getting a call are very high. Do let me know if you get a call.

      All the best!


  10. Vidushee says

    Hi Sir,

    Thank you so much for such a detailed post.
    Profile: 95/93.6/90.4, B.Tech ECE, Manipal Institute of Technology, 2018. Currently working as an Automotive Software Engineer with Bosch (2 years work ex).

    Could you please review whether the following points would suffice as an applicant for the Marketing Specialization? (since, my relevant work ex is engineering based)
    1. Been the Cultural Secretary of College and organized the biggest cultural fest of Manipal in the same capacity. Dealt with big sponsors like Maruti and JIO for the funding.
    Held numerous positions of responsibility throughout college and school life.
    2. Opted for subjects like Advertising as part of college curriculum.
    3. Classically trained singer (Graduate in Indian Classical music) and won the state level music contest as well. Have been a consistent performer throughout school and college and even now, in my company.
    4. Organized quite a number of events around music and dance, even till date.
    5. I have been to Japan for a technical internship but that doesn’t count as work experience right? In that case, where else could I mention it since I feel it really does add value to my profile?

    I’m not sure of what else to mention here showing my interest in Marketing.


    1. If not Marketing, what other specialization do you recommend based on my profile?
    2. If you recommend IM, could you let me know what other specialization I can apply for along with it?
    3. What is the likelihood of my profile getting shortlisted?

    Looking forward to your guidance.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Vidushee,

      You have a superb profile.

      You should apply to Ops since you work-ex will fall into Ops since it is part of the Automotive Industry.

      If you like Ops and want to work in the manufacturing sector and even e-Commerce then apply to Ops.

      Otherwise, you can apply to Marketing first, your ECAs are really aligned to Marketing and Ops next.

      Your chances of getting a call form both are equal and very high.

      All the best!


      • Vidushee says

        Thank you so much, Sir.
        Will definitely take all the points that you mentioned above into consideration before applying. Need to research a bit more on the Ops side.

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  11. Sir please take a look at my academic profile
    10th- 88.67&
    12th- 88.67%
    Undergrad- 66.67%
    As far as the extra-curricular are concerned, I have won awards in a wide range of activities including Leadership, Modelling, Cinematography, Social service, Debates, Chess and even Sports
    What are my chances of getting a profile based call?


  12. Hi,
    I am currently working in L&T as design Engineer and aspire to pursue MBA.
    I have total work ex of 13 months as of now, and i am Lean Six Sigma certified by L&T CoE.
    Also i have 2 research papers (in IEEE and another in Springer-Nature)
    I was also General Secretary at Club in my college days.
    I have 1st position certificate of university level for Drama, and i am a certified classical musician – Harmonium
    My percentage for 10-93%, 12- 87% and Grad – 8.4CGPA
    (Also I am Blogger – theastutemind.com ) But i rarely write

    What are my chances for SPJIMR ?
    Will I receive a Call for 2021-23 ?


    • Hi,

      Assuming you are applying to Operations, there are chances, though not very high that you will get a profile-based call.

      The competition for Ops is usually intense, with great profiles having 2-3 years of work-ex, so the final admit will depend on how well you do in the interviews if you get a call.

      All the best!


  13. Ayushi Singh says

    I’m a B.Com Honors graduate from Dyal Singh College, Delhi University.
    Acads 10th – 80%, 12th – 75.2%, Undergrad- 60%
    I’m interested in marketing profile, I don’t have any work experience. I have a certification related to marketing and two internships in hand. I like photography, I also run an Instagram blog for it. I’m good at anchoring and public speaking but haven’t organised any event or been on stage. Apart from this, I don’t have any positions of responsibility in my college or school.

    Do I have any chance of getting into SP Jain.


    • Hi Ayushi,

      Chances for a profile-based call are pretty slim.

      Apply to SPJIMR if you feel you can cross 96 percentile and get a score-based call.

      All the best!


  14. Hi Sir,
    My Academic-10th-94%,12th-80%,Grads-7.94 CGPA
    Work Ex-27 months in TCS
    Academic achievement-1st place in national level symposium,2 IEEE papers, two projects, top 10 in idea storm conducted by TCS.
    Extra curricular achievement-Badminton-2 times silver medal in district level meet,3rd in south Tamil Nadu,2 silver medals in inter college
    TEDx-Conducted TEDx events for 3 consecutive years. In 2017 it was listed in top 10 TEDx events
    Photography-2nd place in environmental photography, having a portfolio box for my photographs, Creative Instagramer, Directed and worked as a camera man for short films, worked as a freelance photographer
    Events-Conducted Onam celebration in office, have performed in about 5 talk shows, I wont leave if an opportunity comes to talk on stage. Love to speak about life’s philosophy.Have worked for various CSR activities also.
    I am looking to apply for Information management
    What are my chances of getting a profile based call?


      • Thank you Sir. One more doubt !
        I am planning to apply after analyzing my performance of the last few mocks percentile at the end of October . Will this be a wise decision or should I apply ignoring those percentile.
        Thanks in advance


      • Hi Ram,
        You can figure your CAT percentile based on your Mock Percentiles.

        CAT Percentile = Mock Percentile + (100-Mock Percentile)/2

        You can apply in October but provided you do not missed on the deadlines of good colleges.

        All the best!


  15. Aastha Bansal says

    Hello sir,
    Do these top brand colleges like SPJIMR and IIMs give preference to graduation and work experience from BIG BRANDS. I have decent profile but no big brand name in my profile. If I get a call will these colleges give preference to people coming from big brand colleges and big brand companies?
    10th- 10 CGPA
    12th- 95.2%
    Graduation-63% (local college)
    Professional degree- CA
    Work experience- 1.5 years in Bikaji Foods international Limited.


    • Hi Aastha,

      Since the process is under RTI everything is quantitative, they give marks for everything and give calls accordingly.

      There is no provision in the process for the brand of the firm and brand of the college and no marks are separately awarded to these two parameters.

      Indirectly the quality of your experience irrespective of the brand gets tested in the interview.

      These two parameters play a role in the placement process at b-schools where resumes with big brand names on them get better and more shortlists.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  16. Shalini says

    Hello Sir,
    Thanks for such a comprehensive post for SPJIMR !
    Profile: B.Com graduate , 11 months Work-ex , profile finance .
    scores : 9.4 CGPA (Xth), 89.2 (XIIth) , 65.3 (graduation,pune university )
    extra : House captain and Academic Excellence for 2015-16, Inter College Debates at Symbiosis . Rotract and 4-5 other district level awards in public speaking . Head of various clubs in college .
    Youtube and Instagram Vlog on pop-intellectual topics (330k+)

    4-5 Internships in marketing , NGOs and content creation .

    CAT score from previous attempt 80+ (2019) , Will attempt this year too.

    which colleges will consider my profile ?
    Can I get some help from IMS counselors for building a profile.
    Hoping for a reply .


  17. Bipasha Roy says

    Hello sir,
    While filing the form, if I have done dissertation on a certain topic of finance, and during my internship I researched on a topic which is entirely based on primary data shall i include all these in my form? will it show any kind of alinement towards the specialization I will opt.


  18. Avichal Agrawal says

    Hi Sir,

    I have done my B.Tech in Computer Engineering and the marks for 10th, 12th and Graduation are 93.4% , 86.46% and 74.9% respectively. I am currently working for a Switzerland based investment bank as a business analyst for over 2 years and have also cleared CFA Level 1. In the versatility aspect, I have played Lawn Tennis at district and state level along with other PORs in college/place of work. Two questions :
    1. Do you think the Acads are decent to not be a roadblock for a profile based call?
    2. What would your recommendation be on the order of specializations I should opt for?



    • Hi Avichal,

      The CFA should make up for the Acads. You should apply to Fin first since both the CFA and work-ex are aligned.

      The second preference should be Marketing or Ops but that would just be a formality since profile is aligned to Fin.

      Chances are pretty good, do let me know through the comments if you get a call.

      All the best!


  19. Hi Sir. Thanks for this very informative post. I had a question around choosing specialization. I have 2+ years of experience in Deloitte in the IT consulting domain. However, I have a very keen interest in marketing(primary) and operations. Last year also I applied for marketing and even received a call, but could not crack the 1st round of Group Interview. I know SPJIMR does not prefer candidates who want to switch domains. But is it possible to build my profile on marketing side within the 3 months I have till the interview process by doing some certification courses, and hence mention about those in the form(still have 1.5 months to fill the form)? If so, could you please suggest any of them? That would be very helpful..


  20. vakul0412 says

    Hi Sir. Thanks for this very informative post. I had a question around choosing specialization. I have 2+ years of experience in Deloitte in the IT consulting domain. However, I have a very keen interest in marketing(primary) and operations. Last year also I applied for marketing and even received a call(score-based), but could not crack the 1st round of Group Interview. I know SPJIMR does not prefer candidates who want to switch domains. But is it possible to build my profile on marketing side within the 3 months I have till the interview process by doing some certification courses, and hence mention about those in the form(still have 1.5 months to fill the form)? If so, could you please suggest any of them? That would be very helpful..

    One more question Sir. Could you let me know where is the below profile lacking in terms of getting a profile based call and how can it be improved? Did not get it last year with 1 yr of work ex.

    X(ICSE): 93.14%
    XII(ISC): 93.6%
    B.Tech (Chemical engineering from NIT Jaipur): 80.5%
    Extra curriculars(primary): Organized fest in college, been finance secretary of cultural society. Marketed for college fest, brought sponsorships, visited other colleges for publicity, managed fest and event finances. Won college team event comprising of 650 participants. Play Badminton(been in college team). 1 month internship in NGO

    Thank you..


    • Hi Vakul,

      Honestly, it will be tough to completely modify a profile in three months to make it competitive for SPJIMR Marketing.

      You can do Marketing certification programs offered by schools such as Wharton on Coursera but remember that your profile will get evaluated against others and not in isolation.

      Your academic profile will get you a call again but honestly, your best bet is IM, that is the way the SPJIMR process works.

      All the best!


  21. Shubham Borse says

    Hi Sir,
    I am a Mechanical Engineer having 3+ years of experience in Investment Banking Operations (Currently Working with UBS).
    My query here is why applying shall i chose my 1 preference as Operation or Finance.

    Thank you.


    • Hi Shubham,

      It will count as Finance not Ops, the latter is related to hardcore design and manufacturing experience.

      Apply to SP Fin and at some point look at a CFA if you are interested in building a career Finance.

      All the best!


  22. Arjun Tamiri says

    Hi Tony Sir,

    Many Thanks and kudos to you for always being a step ahead in guiding aspirants like us in every aspect. This post for SP Jain is truly an eye opener and would request you to provide your thoughts on my below profile

    Academics : X – 92.5 , XII – 97.8 , Grad (B.Tech – Mechanical) – 82.46
    Achievements : University NSS – Cadet, Received ‘Gold Medal – Pratibha Award’ from – Govt of Andhra Pradesh for academic excellence in Under Graduation (University 2nd Topper). Also School & College Topper (X, XII), EAMCET Rank #1750
    Work Ex : IT – Software Consultant just entered 5 Years of work Ex (slightly worried being on higher side). Currently working in Big 4 Firm – Ernst & Young

    I turned towards MBA – aspiring to become a Consultant if not at least settle with Marketing/SCM. And your post truly reflected the ground reality that I had no other go except for IM for SP Jain.

    My big query (in fact worry) was being on higher side of Work Ex (5 yrs) how badly it would beat my chances in shortlisting of profile (not only for SP Jain but for IIM’s and Top B-schools as well).?? I was aware of Executive MBA’s but worried of placement opportunities that B-schools provide on par with PGP – programmes.

    So fighting this year with my luck and cannot give attempt next year as my exp accumulates and it worsens my chances for PGP – programmes. So your comments on my profile and which top B-schools can I look for .?? Also any improvements do you suggest to my profile to better my chances.?

    Many Thanks,


    • Hi Arjun,

      You more or less hit the nail on the head.

      Apply for SPJIMR IM, the chances of a shortlist both here and the other schools are not determined by the quantum of work-ex, they will give you all if you meet the desired percentile since the whole process is purely quantitative with marks allotted at different slabs for work-ex.

      The key will be the interview during which you have to convince them why a 2-year program suits you better.

      Else as you said, next year apply to 1-year programs, do apply to ISB as well, which the best for Consulting.

      All the best!


  23. Muskan Shrivastava says

    Hello sir,
    Very helpful post! The only concern for me is that I’m transitioning from BSc Biomedical Sciences (NMIMS, Mumbai) to an MBA (preferably Marketing), therefore have quite an uncommon background.
    Academic Profile:
    9.2- Graduation (Pre-final Year)
    87- XII Science
    95- X
    Co-curriculars: National Level 10m Air Rifle Shooter
    Leadership positions: Vice-President Rotaract Club of NMIMS, Sub-Head Social Service, Sports Vice-Captain
    Extra-curricular: 2 TV Commercials (Acting)
    My only concern is that will my academic background be a hinderance for me?
    Thank you sir!


    • Hi Muskan,

      It will be a hindrance for you in SPJIMR Finance, Ops, and IM.

      You can apply to Marketing since you have a good academic profile as well as versatility.

      You should not have a problem in any of the other colleges.

      All the best!


  24. Angshuman says

    Hi sir,

    Thank you for such an enlightening post!!
    My profile is 95/92.6/87.2 Mechanical engineer with 27 months of experience.
    I left my job in October 2019 to prepare for the exams.

    Do I have a chance to get a call?
    Also though I am a mechanical engineer, I wish to pursue Marketing, second option being Operations. What should be the preferences filled


  25. Hi sir,

    Thank you for such an enlightening post!!
    My profile is 95/92.6/87.2 Mechanical engineer with 27 months of experience.
    I left my job in October 2019 to prepare for the exams.

    Do I have a chance to get a call?
    Also though I am a mechanical engineer, I wish to pursue Marketing, second option being Operations. What should be the preferences filled


    • Hi Anshuman,

      If your work-ex is aligned with Ops then apply to Ops first.

      If you have great ECAs and PoRs apply to Marketing.

      Chances of a first call are good due to your Academics.

      All the best!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Thanks a lot sir.

        I have workex in Aerospace Industry.
        ECA include Visharad (Bachelors) in Music, National winner in Essay contest, Volunteering member in Company group for a year.
        Also, how will the resignation affect the conversion?


      • Resignation does not really affect the conversion as long as you are able to justify why taking the break was the best thing you could do to achieve your professional goals.

        All the best!


  26. Umang Chaurasia says

    Hi sir,

    Thanks for the insightful blog. Just wanted to get an idea for my chances:
    Class X- 83%
    Class XII- 88%
    Graduation (B.com Hons.), Hansraj College (2018)- 62%
    Currently working with EY and have work ex of 2 years.
    Was president of my department in college-
    Initiated a social entrepreneurship project.
    Initiated a national level commerce based cometition.
    Raised sponsorship more than 5lacs
    Was part of Enactus Hansraj
    Did internship SAIL and Munjal Showa Private Limited
    Published a research paper.

    Looking forward for marketing and finance.


    • Hi Umang,

      Given that your background is aligned to Finance, the prospects of a Fin call are higher than those for a Marketing call.

      Your profile is competitive but not a sureshot for a call given the grad marks.

      All the best!


  27. Rahul Singh says

    Hi Sir,
    Really very helpful post ,Highly appreciated for the information!
    I would request u to provide some inputs on my profile as well!
    Academic Profile:
    75%- Graduation B.E in CS
    84%- XII Science
    88%- X
    2.5 yrs of work ex in a Product based IT company
    also had done an internship for 2 months in an IT firm for 2 months as a college student
    Co-curriculars: Highest scorer from school in State level Maths Talent Competition,
    Second place in State level Science Talent Competition
    Extra-curricular: Won 1st prize in College Project Competition, Participated in Robotics Asia Competition, was the vice-captain and managed the team of 25 people, Smart India Hackathon finalist, member of Computer Society India- and organized technical workshops , Organized various sports events in the college as part of the organizing commitee, certified 1st grade harmonium player,Organized cultural events in the Company as well


    • Hi Rahul,

      Your profile will be competitive for IM, so apply to IM first and Ops next(more of a formality)

      It will boil down to the competition with the academic profile of other applicants to IM.

      All the best!


  28. Rahul Singh says

    I am looking for Operations /IM based on the profile. What are the chances for getting a profile based call?

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Harsha says

    Sir, I have 91/92/82 as my academic record. As an engineer and a fresher I see my only chance would be to apply for Marketing. I plan to have a career in Marketing Consulting, would you recommend me to apply for SP JAIN?


  30. Thank you sir for providing this valuable information. If you could share your view of me getting a call would be great. Please find below my profile:
    X (CBSE) -> 10 CGPA (95%)
    XII (CBSE) -> 90.8%
    Grad (B.Tech from MIT, Manipal) -> 94.5% (graduated in July 2020)
    Although I have pursued B.tech in ECE I have minor specialization in Business Management.
    Could you please review whether the following points would suffice as an applicant for the Finance Specialization?


    Department rank 6 out of 246 students.
    Academic Excellence Award – 2nd Position for year 2017-2018.
    District Skating Championship 2004 – Secured 3rd position.


    Ernst & Young – Worked under the guidance of Associate Partner in Performance Advisory. Created a hypothesis for a major live project. Did some first cut analysis, primary researches and secondary researches for some minor projects. Major project included tasks relating to supply chain.

    Bharat Electronics Limited – Helped design a radio transmission device.


    Was member of organizers team.
    Coursera Campus Ambassador:Responsible for managing all the 190 students allotted by Cousera.
    I have a blog: Engineer’s Theory.

    Fundraiser: Lead a sub-campaign, helping them raise money.
    Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Nation Wide Campaign) –Was an active participant at that time.
    World Cleanup Day (AIESEC Global Event) – Volunteered and cleaned more than 5 streets.


    I have 2 publications under by belt with a SIBM professor both in econometrics and finance related fields.

    *Certified Courses*
    I have 3 certified courses in Finance completed from coursera.

    I also have substantial knowledge of important programming languages needed for data analysis.

    I had opted for German language as of the subject in my college course and I know very basic German.

    What is the likelihood of my profile getting shortlisted?

    Looking forward to your guidance.
    Thank you,
    Anish Agarwal


    • Hi Anish,

      Your profile is definitely competitive for Finance and you will get a profile-based call, so do apply.

      The second stage will be tough though will competition from all those with relevant educational backgrounds and professional degrees.

      All the best!


  31. Dhruv Kataria says

    Hi Sir, ‘
    Thank you for the valuable insights regarding the SP Jain form and profile-based calls and for curating this article. It surely shed light on the types of profiles that are expected to get a call. I had a couple of doubts, that I wished to clarify and get opinions on regarding the form filling.

    My Academic Background: Personally, I would say my academic background won’t make the cut for a profile based call. I studied IGCSE in 10th with 77%, GCE AS & A Levels with 61.75%, currently pursuing my BBA (Specialisation in Marketing) with 63.63% and on course to end the year with 75-80% in April 2021.

    I am currently banking on my co-curricular activities and achievements heavily. I was ‘The student of the Year’ in my school back in 2011.
    The Head Boy (The highest position in the student body) in 2015.
    In my graduation, I have represented my college is numerous college-level and national level festivals including Mood Indigo and independent festivals such as Thespo (a youth theatre festival). These were for the theatre and dramatics team of my college and have gathered accolades in the same.
    I have won an award in a photography contest.
    I have written numerous ad films and short films for college and national level competitions.
    I had the opportunity to be a part of the organizing committee of the national level college festival of our college for 2 years.
    Currently, I am the Head of Department/Director for the Editorial team of my college magazine and am heading a team and curating a magazine with over 2k views.
    I have completed courses on R (programming language for business analytics), Search Engine Optimisation, Google AdWords, and Fundamentals of Digital Marketing.
    I have co-authored research papers on Consumer Behaviour, Media placements, Competition Analysis, and Predicting Customer Loyalty on the base of Business Analytics.
    I have also gathered many achievements in School Level sports competitions (Basketball) and writing competitions. Also, hold certificates of participation in numerous fields such as dance, yoga, martial arts, olympiads.

    I am looking for a marketing specialization, and even though a profile-based call seems far fetched, I was hoping to get guidance from you regarding the same. Also if you could guide me as to what achievement falls under academic, co-curricular, and responsibility shouldered.

    Thank you once again, sir. Eagerly waiting for your response,
    Dhruv Kataria.


    • Hi Dhruv,

      The chances of getting a profile-based call for Marketing are not very high but you can take a shot, you lose nothing.

      Academic ranks and prizes are academic.

      All papers, presentations and stuff are co-curricular.

      Things such as Head Boy, Organizing teams are PoRs.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!


  32. Shubhashish Gargari says

    Hi sir…. Please suggest me if i can get a profile based call from SPJIMR?
    My profile details are:- 89.3% in class 10th , 89.4% in class 12th and 70%in Graduation ( BSC physics hons.) i am working for 3 months now in GOVT sector in Department of Post.
    I am a national level scholarship holder named “INSPIRE SCHOLARSHIP”. I have done internship under JAGADISH BOSE NATIONAL SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH and have got certificate as STUDENT SCIENTIST. Our team stood 1st in that internship.
    i have taken part in various start up contests programmed by IIMs and got certificates feom IIM ROHTAK and IIM LUCKNOW. I am recently writing a book and i will publish it soon. i want to be an entrepreneur and i have applied for THIEL FELLOWSHIP. but they turned down my application.
    So is it a good profile for applying SPJAIN profile based call?


    • Hi Shubhashish,

      If you read the post correctly, you will have noticed that the select specifically for a specialization.

      The only specialization that your profile is relevant to is Marketing.

      Your profile is competitive but not exactly sureshot.

      All the best!


  33. Rucha says

    Hi sir
    Profile- 94/71/73, 3 year work-ex in Supply chain department in manufacturing
    can you please suggest whether to apply for Operation specialization


  34. hi sir
    Profile 94/71/73, 3 years of work ex in supply chain in manufacturing industry
    please suggest if any chances to get call for Operations specialization


  35. Dip Nilim Das says

    Hi Sir
    That piece of writing was really helpful and informative.
    I am a fresher from IIT Gandhinagar – Mechanical Engineering

    Profile – 94/94.4/90.6

    I want to apply for operations management as the specialization. However, you mentioned that only one fresher got through Operations. I also have done relevant courses and an internship in marketing in my undergrad. What do you think about my profile? Should I put Operations as my first preference and Marketing as the second or the other way round?

    If I put Operations as my second choice, will it raise the eyebrows of the person reviewing my application as I have my graduation in mechanical engineering which has operations as a subject in it?

    Thank You


    • Hi Dip,

      As I wrote in the post, the most important thing for Ops is work-ex. You will still get an Ops call because of your Acads, and then it depends on how well you do in the interview.

      The same more or less applies for Marketing (the panel will not have an issue with educational background, since very few candidates have the relevant background for Marketing).

      So, apply on the basis of what you really want to do, because that conviction will get tested in-depth in the second stage.

      All the best!


  36. TINISH GUPTA says

    Thank you sir for this really insightful post.
    Can you please share your views on my profile(Specifically for Finance) mentioned below:

    X (CBSE): 10 CGPA (95%)
    XII (CBSE): 92%
    Grad(B.Tech. From IIT-Delhi): 7.05 CGPA (70.5%)

    1) FRM L1 cleared(Sitting for FRM L2 and CFA L1 in December)
    2) NCFM Certifications:
    1. Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management Module 91.75% (2017)
    2. Equity Derivatives: A Beginner’s Module 80% (2017)
    3) MOOC: Financial Markets by Yale 95% (2017)

    WORK EX:
    Designation: Market Analyst/Trader(US Commodities)
    Company: FUTURES FIRST info. Services
    Total Work EX.: 2 years as of Jul 2020

    1)JEE Advanced: AIR 1649, JEE MAINS: 99.93 percentile
    2)KVPY: Cleared both levels with an AIR of 285
    3)International Mathematics Olympiad(by S.O.F): Cleared both the levels securing International rank 145 and Gold medal i.e. 1st rank in school
    4)NSTSE: Secured an AIR of 135

    1)Dance: President, V-Defyn Dance Academy(Dance society of IIT Delhi)
    We as a team bagged more than 9 million views on YouTube and clinched about 25 podium finishes at various National Level Dance Competitions in 16-17
    2)Event Organization:
    Infrastructure Coordinator of Rendezvous, 2nd Largest college cultural festival in Asia. Spearheaded a 20 member team to manage all real time infrastructure and inventory requirements of the fest. Formulated an extensive scheduling for about 100 events spanning over 4 days to facilitate management across 20 venues and Optimized branding space and resource allocation for sponsors by coordinating with marketing team and vendors
    3) Dramatics: Participated and won inter-hostel competition

    Co-authored 2 publications in different International Journals.
    a) ‘New Streaming Algorithm for Clustering’, IRJET Impact Factor – 7.529 (Machine Learning)
    b) ‘Return on Equity Analysis Using DuPont Model ‘, IJAR Impact Factor – 6.118(FINANCE)

    What is the likelihood of my profile getting shortlisted for “Finance”?
    Also, what should I fill as my second preference

    Looking forward to your reply
    Thank you,
    Tinish Gupta


  37. TINISH GUPTA says

    Thank you sir for such insightful post
    Can you please share your view on my profile(specifically for finance) mentioned below:

    X (CBSE): 10 CGPA (95%)
    XII (CBSE): 92%
    Grad (B.Tech from IIT-Delhi): 7.05 CGPA(70.5%)

    1)FRM L1 Cleared(Appearing for CFA L1 and FRM L2 in December/January)
    2)NCFM Certifications(National Stock exchange Academy):
    1.Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management Module 91.75% (2017)
    2.Equity Derivatives: A Beginner’s Module 80% (2017)
    3)MOOC: Financial Markets by Yale 95% (2017)

    WORK EX:
    Designation: Market Analyst/Trader(US Commodities)
    Company: Future First info. Services
    Total Work Ex.: 2 Years as of Jul 2020

    1)JEE Advanced and Mains: Secured an AIR of 1649 in JEE Advanced and 99.93 percentile in JEE-Mains
    2)Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship Award: Selected for KVPY fellowship award and securing an AIR of 285
    3)INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD(by S.O.F.): Cleared both the levels securing International rank 145 and Gold medal i.e. 1st rank in school
    4)NSTSC: Secured an AIR of 135

    1)Dance: President, V-Defyn Dance Academy(Dance Society of IIT-Delhi)
    We as a team bagged more than 9 million views on YouTube and clinched about 25 podium finishes at various National Level Dance Competitions in 16-173)
    2)Event Organization: Infrastructure Coordinator of Rendezvous, 2nd Largest college cultural festival in Asia.
    Spearheaded a 20 member team to manage all real time infrastructure and inventory requirements of the fest. Formulated an extensive scheduling for about 100 events spanning over 4 days to facilitate management across 20 venues and Optimized branding space and resource allocation for sponsors by coordinating with marketing team and vendors
    3)Dramatics: Participated and won Inter Hostel Mime Competition.

    Co-authored 2 publications in different International Journals.
    1)’New Streaming Algorithm for Clustering’, IRJET Impact Factor – 7.529 (Machine Learning)
    2) ‘Return on Equity Analysis Using DuPont Model ‘, IJAR Impact Factor – 6.118(Finance)

    Q1) What is the likelihood of my profile getting shortlisted for Finance (Not having a relevant educational background)?
    Q2) Can I mention Publications in Versatility Section?
    Q3) And what should be my second preference

    Looking forward to your Reply.
    Thanks and regards,
    Tinish Gupta


    • Hi Tinish,

      You have an awesome academic profile and will get a FIN call in all probability since you have done FRM L1, have relevant work-ex, and have good ECAs.

      The publications fall into co-curricular and not versatility section, I would suggest leaving them out.

      The only second preference open to you is Marketing but that is just a formality.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!


  38. Yuti Talati says

    89.5% in 10th, 85% in 12th. 75% in BBA marketing. National Level Netball Association certificate. What are the chances to get into SPJ?


      • Yuti Talati says

        Then which colleges should I apply for marketing where chances would be high?


      • All other colleges do not have a profile-based selection, neither do you need to apply to a specialisation before hand, they have percentile-based selection for general management programs.

        You should apply to colleges based on the percentile you are expecting.


  39. Pratibha Hans says

    Hi Sir
    Can you please tell how work experience in family business should be mentioned in the application form and what documents would be need to prove it at the later stage ?


    • Hi Pratibha,

      Work-experience should be to fill in as you would fill-in regular work-ex, name of firm, role, salary.

      For proof, you would need offer letter, salary slips, and experience letter.

      All the best!


  40. Rishabh Mundada says

    Thanks for such a comprehensive and insightful post Sir! It has cleared most of my my doubts.

    My only concern is regarding Internships. As you mentioned in the post, internships do not count as Work-Ex. But what if I have a couple of internships where I’ve worked for about 5-6 months in Big-Brands in Finance and its one of the strongest points of my profile.
    My question is, how should I mention it, given there is no separate field for internships in the form. Is there any way I can mention it? or even after putting them in the form it won’t make a difference?

    Thank You
    Rishabh Mundada


  41. Shrey says

    Hi Sir,

    Thank you for the comprehensive post ! Really helpful !

    I have acads of 94(ICSE)/90(ISC)/8.2 CGPA BE in Electronics & Telecommunications from DJ Sanghvi College (equivalent to 73% – under Mumbai University) with 2 years of work experience at Deloitte in Risk Advisory till July 2020 (primarily IT related profile but fortunate enough to work on business cycle advisory & financial related domains during a major portion of my tenure); working at a mid-range firm as a Finance Analyst for the since August 2020. I have completed several courses (approx duration of a month each) in investment banking & the securities market from Bombay Stock Exchange Institute and have only 2 internships during college and 12th grade related to finance/securities market. Extra curricular – Partaken in all college cultural activities especially dramatics and won street play competitions; Model United Nations (including the Harvard MUN in Hyderabad but I did it in 12th grade); Table Tennis at district and state level (no competitions after 2nd year of college though); 7 grades of Trinity College London Communication Skills and 1 grade of dramatics (National topper because of a perfect score in grade 5 of Trinity)

    Social Work – Organized an annual event for 3 years to raise funds and donate to charity; 3 years National Service Scheme Chairperson of my college; Angel Express Foundation volunteer and teaching students during the pandemic since May 2020.

    I wanted to know if there are any strong chances of a securing a profile based call from SP Jain for Finance considering I do not have any extensive Finance related academics or work experience, should I think about pursuing some other specialty instead? I have always wanted to study Finance and I plan to give the CFA exam in 2021. Further is this a decent enough profile for the IIMs and other colleges ? Please could you help me Sir would be really grateful. Thank you!


    • Hi Shrey,

      You should get a first call given your Acads and work-ex, do apply (I have had students with similar and slightly less competitive profiles get Fin calls)

      You will face competition in the second stage when you compete with CAs and CFAs in the Group Interview.

      All the best!


      • Shrey says

        Thank you so much for your response Sir! Much appreciated!
        Is it better to try to apply to a profile like IM where I have higher chance of conversion rather than apply for Finance where I might not convert or should I stick to what my interest lies in and not pursue another stream? Further is this a decent enough profile for the IIMs and the other top colleges too (not factoring in the CAT percentile for now)? Thank you !


      • Hi Shrey,

        Your profile is not aligned to Finance you will not get a final call, so there is no point trying, applying to IM is better.

        This does not mean that you do not have a shot at Finance in other schools, you do. But if you are serious about a career shift to Finance, you should look at a CFA, else you will find it tough.

        Your academic profile is competitive for the other colleges as well.

        All the best!


  42. Palak Modi says

    Hello Tony Sir,
    First of all I would like to thank you for such a wonderful post.
    I understood what you are trying to convey through this blog but the only hindrance are my acads.
    I am a final year student pursuing Bachelors in Management Studies in Marketing .My acads are 92/87/(GRAD 79 till the fourth 4rth sem).

    CCA: Student council member, State level handball winner, Table Tennis winner in college

    ECA:NGO experience for 6 months till date. I have done 3 Internships in the Marketing domain. One in an edtech platform ,one in consulting firm, one in consumer electronics. I was a volunteer in the Rotaract club and many other clubs in my college, brought the highest sponsor in college fest.

    I am really focused towards taking Marketing as my specialization .Can you let me know my chances for a profile based call.


    • Hi Palak,

      Your profile is definitely competitive for Marketing and you stand a decent chance to get a call, so do apply.

      All the best!


  43. Rishabh Mundada says

    Thanks for such a comprehensive and insightful post Sir! It has cleared most of my my doubts.

    My only concern is regarding Internships. As you mentioned in the post, internships do not count as Work-Ex. But what if I have a couple of internships where I’ve worked for about 5-6 months in Big-Brands in Finance and its one of the strongest points of my profile.
    My question is, how should I mention them, given there is no separate field for internships in the form. Is there any way I can quote them? or even after putting them in the form it won’t make a difference?

    Thank You
    Rishabh Mundada


    • Hi Rishabh,

      No matter how long the internship it is still that an internship.

      You can mention it under work-experience a designation as an intern only if it is after your graduation.

      If it was during your graduation then you should mention it under professional responsibilities (as a workaround)

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!


  44. Abheet Shaju says

    Hello Tony Sir,
    Thank you for such a wonderful post.
    Acads: 95 / 92 / 9.55
    Graduation : BE in IT

    I have a deep interest in IM but is it worth applying as a fresher for a profile based call. I have taken up courses in my college relevant to IM such as Management of Information Systems as well.
    Apart from this I have also help multiple positions of responsibilities such as being the Vice-Chairperson of a college committee and thus organized a myriad of inter and intra-college events.
    I have also worked as a Marketing Executive for the very same committee.

    Being from IT, the interest in the domains remains but not in coding but in the management side.
    Is there a chance for getting a score-based call for IM if I have a stellar CAT score but without any work-ex?

    Also which other specialization do I apply for if not IM?


    • Hi Abheet,

      Given your marks you will get a first call but converting the Group Interview will not be easy — you have to play out of your skin among all the work-ex candidates and impress the panel.

      Apply to IM first and Marketing next.

      All the best!


  45. rahul says

    Hello sir,
    My credentials are as follows-
    Fresher 92/87/73(Till 6th sem)
    B.Tech Electronics
    I am utterly interested in operations and have done some online certification courses in Supply chain management. I have been performing in a music band and have been the coordinator of the college music club.
    Please let me know if I stand a chance. Thanks in advance.


    • Hi Rahul,

      From the post, it should be clear that there is almost no chance of you getting a call for Ops since your profile has nothing related to Ops.

      As a fresher from a non-Commerce background, your best bet is Marketing.

      All the best!


  46. Prasoon Kumar says

    Hello Sir!!
    First of all let me thank you for such helpful & informative blogs which you write related to MBA exams & it really helps in getting an insight of what is to be done. I’ll just succinctly mention my journey so far:

    a) 10th/12th/UG: 87.4/ 91.2/ 87.4
    b) UG: B.Tech-Mechanical from VIT Vellore (2017 pass out)
    c) Total work ex: 3 yrs & 3 months till date
    Work ex. details: 1) Working as Territory service manager in Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. since Feb’18. The job profile includes monitoring business of authorized service workshops, providing workshops technical guidance in critical diagnostic issues, technical training of manpower & ensuring that workshop operations are conducted as per standards.

    2) Worked as GET in HAFELE India Pvt. Ltd. under Sales-Distributions vertical for 7 months. Switched the job as i wasn’t interested in sales profile.

    CCAs: a) VP-Public Relations in Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)-VIT Chapter
    b) Founded team at VIT for human powered vehicles & took part in HPVC-ASME 2016.
    c) Started a channel on YouTube dedicated for engg. courses
    d) Had been a debator at school level & won several awards for competitions conducted at school level.
    Chosen specialization for SPJ: Operations & SCM (Also have certification courses on Ops. Management from IIMB-Edx platform & Primavera P6 Software)

    I feel that my CCAs do not have any solid achievement to show. Please provide your valuable insights on the chances of a profile based call. Also, i wanted to know that in ‘Responsibilties’ column of SPJ form, can i mention any responsibility undertaken at college level in ‘personal’ section.
    Thank You.


    • Hi Prasoon,

      You have a really good profile and the chances of you getting a call for Ops are really high given the academic profile and work-ex.

      ECAs are not really a major factor for Ops, they count more for Marketing.

      You can the PoRs in college in the professional responsibility section.

      All the best!


  47. Sumit Krishn says

    Hi Sir,
    First of all, your sessions on IMS are awesome. And the second half of the blog is scary for me, and I’m sure for many others.

    I’ve not skimmed through the blog 🙂 but still I will feel assured with your insights on my chances of selection on profile based calls for SPJIMR.
    Please find below my profile:

    X (CBSE) : 10 CGPA (95%)
    XII (CBSE) : 78% (Top5 subjects 84.4%, sadly won’t be considered)
    Grad (B.Tech Mechanical and Automation) : 79.5% (graduated in 2018)

    Operations (1st Pref) and IM (2nd Pref) specializations

    25 months experience in Crew Scheduling and Logisitcs in Operations Control Centre in IndiGo Airlines.
    4 months as Management Trainee in Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. (Garment Export)


    Paper published in the International Journal FLAME.
    Scholarship for excellent performance in English proficiency competition among 20 schools
    256th Rank in India in International Cyber Olympiad
    96.8, 98.5 and 99.6 percentile in Language, Quantitative Analysis and Logical Ability in the Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) exam conducted across the nation by CBSE.


    Participation in State Level Archery competition (Jharkhand) organized by Jharkhand State Archery Association.
    Secured 1st Runner Up position representing college Cricket team.


    4 certified courses in Automation Anywhere (A2019), an Robotic Process Automation tool. Provided by Automation Anywhere University.
    Various certificates on courses like stress management, business communication, change management, leadership, etc. Provided by IndiGo Airlines.


    Basics of French (studied over 4 years of B.Tech).

    1. Should I select “Graduation in related area” for B.Tech Mechanical and Automation.
    2. I received a promotion within 17 months of joining. 2 over-achiever appraisal. Also other awards like innovation, grooming, etc.(without certificates, only goodies and note of appreciation). Can these be incorporated in my profile/form ?
    3. Is social service experience a must in the form ? I only have a certificate for collecting donation for Bihar Floods in 2008.
    4. Your suggestions to improve my profile. Anything I can do before submitting the form or prepare for my interview.

    Thanks for all the help. Looking forward to your guidance.


    • Hi Sumit,

      You can select relevant work-ex as the reason for applying to Ops, IM will just be a formality.

      You can incorporate these in description of work-ex and the space to list three professional achievements.

      It is not a must but SPJIMR does have a social-service bent — the summer internships are rural immersion programs.

      Your profile is competitive for Ops but not a sureshot.

      Nothing that can be done now to improve your profile in the short time before the interview, the best you can do is cross 96 percentile on the CAT.


  48. Akriti Jain says

    Hello sir,

    I wanted to confirm one thing-
    I have work ex of 2 years. The firm that I was working for the first 1 year was “oppo mobiles” on paper, but we were actually working on a startup by them called “realme mobiles”. Realme was not established as a separate entity and hence we had to be employed on the payroll of Oppo. 2nd year onwards, we officially shifted to the payroll of Realme. But now I have 2 offer letters and on papers it looks like I have 2 work ex of diff firms but it is essentially the same company. How do I go about this while filling the form? Shall I mention the 2 experiences separately or just club them into one experience under “Realme”. Very confused sir, seeking your guidance!!


    • Hi Akriti,

      It is not a big deal Akriti, mention the two experiences separately and take the two offer letters along since that is what it is officially — working for two firms is not a crime!

      All the best!


  49. Aman Bajaj says

    Highlights of my profile:
    Xth- 91%
    XIIth- 95%
    B.COM, SRCC- 77%
    Chartered Accountant (First Attempt), CS (Executive AIR- 19), CFA Level1 and Level 2 cleared.
    Work ex- 3 Months- Credit Analyst

    I was Head of Marketing and PR Dept in SRCC. Apart from that part of various society.
    I worry about my versatility and ECA. I am looking for Finance specialization.
    Kindly suggest.


    • Hi Aman,

      You have a great profile fo Finance and are almost certain to get a Fin call, since Versatility and ECAs are bonuses that matter more for Marketing than Fin.

      All the best!


  50. Chetan Sonawane says

    Hello Sir,

    I just wanted to ask that- Does Six Sigma Green Belt count as professional certificate under others category or important certificate only?

    PS: I have done certification from KPMG


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