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 highlights of the S.P.Jain admissions process is that applicants have to choose their specialization at the time of application. While this might be tough for freshers who do not have enough information and self-awareness to choose a specialization, it is a boon for applicants with work experience.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Academic Achievements

SPJIMR Application Form 1

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

How does one go about filling this part?

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

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

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

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

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

 

Versatility

S.P.Jain Form 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Adversity faced in Life

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Responsibility Shouldered

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The two sections, personal and professional are clearly demarcated.

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

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

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

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

In both cases use the description to put in perspective

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

 

Programme Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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131 Response Comments

  • Gaurab Mandal  November 27, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Hi Sir,
    I filled up my SPJAIN Form. Could you share your email address with me so that you can go through my profile and suggest whether its good enough for a profile based call ? TIA.

    Reply
    • Abhishek  December 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Tony!
      Could you please go through my filled form that I have sent to your mentioned email ID?
      Would be great to have it reviewed by you.
      Thanks.

      Reply
      • Tony Xavier  December 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

        Just got power back after two days for two hours will try to clear as many mails as I can!

        Reply
      • shruti  December 5, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        please tell how to send the form.

        Reply
  • Parth  December 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I am a mechanical engineer having 55 months of work experience in Research & Development division of a major Automobile Company.
    Unlike many others, I am dead confused in what to apply for specialization.

    My interest is in Marketing & Finance. However, i have no relevant work ex/certification in the area.

    I had a subject of Product & Operations management in my engineering syllabus.

    What would you recommend for my specialization branches in the SPJIMR application?

    Thanks
    Parth W

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I would say operations first and marketing next. Finance will not match your profile. You might have too much work-ex for marketing they look at relative freshers or those with core marketing experience.

      Reply
      • Parth  December 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        Thanks a lot sir!

        Reply
      • Amol  December 2, 2015 at 1:14 am

        I am a student who will be appearing for CA Final examination in May 2016. I want to choose Finance as my first preference. I have graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce. What reason should I enter for finance?

        Reply
        • Tony Xavier  December 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm

          In your case it would be relevant educational background. There is a checkbox for that right. All commerce, Eco or CA aspirants can use that box.

          Reply
  • Monu Agarwal  December 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I am 2015 passed Electrical Engineer.I don’t have any experience. I am not sure about my choice of stream.
    I want to know the career aspect of Information Management?
    Can you please tell me what would be a safe choice for me?
    Also Sir what should i fill in the special interest section?

    Thanks and Regards.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      IM is usually for those with IT work experience. You will get business and tech roles within IT. As a fresher only marketing and finance are suitable. But finance requires atleast some relevant educational background. So applying to marketing if you are interested is the best option and next finance. Operations too is usually for those with work ex.

      Reply
      • Monu Agarwal  December 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Sir i filled up my SPJAIN form. I have already mailed you the response. Please review this preference choice answer and help me with better answer.

        Reply
  • Prateek Gupta  December 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Sir

    I graduated in 2014 as a mechanical engineer and have been working with a KPO, The Smart Cube as a business analyst.

    My work requires me to prepare power point presentations related to client requirements and the nature of work is basically research and analysis.
    For ex, a market study for an industry, supplier identifications, developing should-cost models for a certain product

    So which specialisation should i go for?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Marketing and Finance. Either can be first you can modify your work experience to either stream depending upon which one you like. For finance focus on budgeting and costing aspects for marketing on the market research aspects.

      Reply
  • Priyanka  December 2, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Sir, I am a Computer Engineer with work ex of 2.5 years in a Telecom IT firm. I want to apply for Finance/Operations specialization and I dont have any work-ex.

    Last yr I applied for Finance as my first preference and Operations as second.But couldnot make it then.

    Please help me with this.
    P.S Dont want to go for Information Management.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 4, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Priyanka, Unfortunately SP is pretty picking about background being in sync with specialization. So I would say applying to same won’t make any difference since I have seen the same with many applicants in the past. Apply to IM as a back up since it will land you business roles with IT/Technology, second preference can be ops. I hope you are applying to NITIE and IITs as well.

      Reply
  • Neha Sonakul  December 3, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I am EnTC Engineer and have 1year exp in It Sector with CTS.
    I am confused in which specialization I should apply
    Could you please advice me…

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      IM has to be your first choice and otp for any other specialisation citing area of interest. Marketing is the safest second preference bet for your profile.

      Reply
  • Gaurav  December 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hi sir, I have already filled the SPjain form. I am desperatly interested to know my chances of getting selected in a profile based call. May i send you my profile(data) that i have sent to them!
    Please help me analyzing my profile.

    Reply
  • The Count  December 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hello Sir,
    Can the responsibility section be left blank?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 5, 2015 at 11:38 am

      If you have filled atleast one adversity then leave responsibility blank if you are a fresher. If you have work ex then atleast some responsibility shouldered should be put in.

      Reply
  • Prerna Rathi  December 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hello Sir,
    I am a BCom (Hons) graduate with a specialization in Finance, CFA level 2 candidate with a work experience of 38 months in Research and financial services in Private Equity domain.
    Could you please guide me as to what preference should I go in form.

    Thanks
    Prerna Rathi

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Obviously Finance, second preference operations or marketing whatever you choose. Your profile is good, you should get a call.

      Reply
  • Abhishek  December 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hi,

    You mentioned AIEEE as an academic achievement. How do I really put this? “Secured 6k rank in AIEEE out of xyz people?

    Reply
      • Abhishek  December 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

        Thanks!

        Reply
  • Harshad  December 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Hello,

    I am working as a Business Analyst with Amadeus, a travel technology provider.
    I am an engineer in electronics and communication, however, I was not keen in the core electronics job and always wanted to have an analytics (non-technical) job.

    I wish to pursue an MBA to widen the opportunities, as I am not sure whether I would like a career in finance or consultancy or finance or continue in the IT sector.

    Due to this dilemma, I was not very keep in filling for IM as my first preference as I don’t want limit my options.
    I am thinking of having finance as my first preference (I have some interest).

    Could you please help me if this is the right way to proceed and also help me with my second preference?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      The thing is that for you will be competing with people with the relevant education or work ex, so Finance will be tough to get through but still worth a shot if you can show your interest through having read books following markets etc. Marketing can be a good second options since analytics is a big part of marketing.

      Reply
      • Harshad  December 6, 2015 at 12:11 am

        Thanks for the prompt reply.
        Yes, I have done few online courses on finance.
        Also, it is wise to write that my sibling is in the same industry and that keeps me motivated?

        Reply
        • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

          That should suffice to take a shot. Link your work experience as well.

          Reply
  • Gaurav  December 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Sir, I’m a Civil Engineering graduate with 2 years experience in an IT firm. I’m expecting around 97/98 %ile in CAT 2015.

    Even though I have experience in IT, I want to put Marketing as my first choice and second Finance/Operations.

    What would you advice?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Hi Gaurav, you can apply but chances are slim for Marketing. But since you want out of IT, apply as you have planned.

      Reply
  • Neel  December 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I have 2 international publications. Should I put it in “Academic achievement” or “Versatility”?
    I have decent Academic Achievements but nothing to show in Versatility except reading habit.
    Also, I am in the process of filing a patent through my company (Do not have patent number). Can I mention it? If yes, where?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      It should typically be in academic achievements but since you are saying there isn’t much in versatility put it there. Put the patent in professional responsibility shouldered-say that you have always gone beyond the call of duty and this has been resulted in the possibility of a patent.

      Reply
  • Anuj  December 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Sir I wanted to know one thing. I don’t have any academic achievements to showcase. Is it safe to leave this section entirely blank. I am applying for Operations as I have relevant work experience of over 2 years in this field.

    Additionally, can I leave the personal (not family) adversity section blank as I cannot think of anything worth mentioning in this section.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      You can leave the adversity blank but may be you can put in that you were in top 1,2,10 whatever percentile at various education levels. It need not be a rank or a distinction. Don’t leave it fully blank.

      Reply
      • Anuj  December 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        Sir even if I mention that I was in top 10, I do not have any proof for that. So will it create any problem for me?

        Reply
        • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 4:29 pm

          That should not be an issue. Put in whatever achievements you have.

          Reply
          • Anuj  December 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm

            Thank you so much sir for your advice.

  • Arun Mohan R  December 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Hi sir, I have worked as a design engineer for 3 years and currently works as an operations executive in a Management Trust (Kerala Management Association-from Oct 2015). Hence giving Operations as relevant work exp is ok, ryt? Moreover most of my cocurricular activities in not in terms of awards, rather its recognition in terms of positions(in Rotaract Movement). How should i project it?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Ops is fine. Just write the name of the positions followed by organization held and elaborate in the description.

      Reply
      • Arun Mohan R  December 6, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        Thank you sir!

        Reply
  • Anshul  December 7, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Hi Sir

    I am not expecting good enough score in CAT’15 to apply to SP. But I still want to fill the form hoping that my application gets shortlisted based on profile.

    Could you suggest what specialisations should i enter and in what order?

    Here are my relevant details:
    1. 2014 B.Tech grad from DU.
    2. Worked with IT consulting firm for 10 months and now working with an Ecommerce firm in Product management division.

    My interest areas are marketin,operations and IM, in that order.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 7:28 am

      You can opt for marketing? Use relevant work ex as reason as the first preference and link it to your work ex in ecommerce,

      Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Between IM and Ops, IM is more likely, so apply to that.

      Reply
  • Sameera Sepuri  December 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Sir,
    Under the Academic Achievements Section I don’t have any achievement except getting a merit Card in 9th for getting an aggregate over 85%. Since you asked us to mention paper presentations under this section, I have won three prizes for PPTs ( First, Second, Second). So my doubt here is that do I mention all the three paper presentations as my achievements or do I Mention the 9th class merit card and the other two important PPT prizes instead ?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Hi, It’s best if the academic achievements start at standard X, unless they related to NTSE or Olympiads and stuff. So I would suggest leave it that way. You can also include things such as being in the top 5, 10 ranks in your school/college/dept.

      Reply
      • Sameera Sepuri  December 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

        Also Sir if even after a lot of Introspection there is no Family Adversity that I can think of should I let that field be ?

        Reply
        • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

          Well see if there is a situation that concerned you but affected the family as a whole. Else leave it blank it is fine.

          Reply
  • Bharat Kumar  December 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I am working as a Network Engineer with Aricent and have a total work ex of 36 months with the same company. Done CCNA,CCIE.
    Should I go for IM? Does it have same after MBA opportunities as in other core domains.

    ++ Also, I have 3 top performer awards in work , should I mention these under academic achievements. I don’t find any other place to put these in.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      IM, given your experience will give you good opportunities in IT Consulting and Business Development. The only other area you can apply to is Operations if you can link your work experience. Marketing and Finance are ruled out. So IM 1 and Ops 2. Put your work achievements under professional responsibility.

      Reply
      • Bharat Kumar  December 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Thanks.

        Reply
  • Bhaveek Ostwal  December 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Sir, I’ve emailed my form to you. Could you please go through it and advise if any changes are required?

    Reply
  • Vikas  December 7, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Sir,

    I have done my engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications and after that started working with an eLearning company (22 months experience) as a Content Author (developing/reviewing content especially Maths related). What should be my order of preference?

    I am actually interested in Consulting, as I believe I have good logical and analytical skills.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Since consulting is not a specialization you have to look at applying to Fin and Mark since Ops and IM are anyways not related. Between the two you have to choose depending on your interest. Fin you can link to your Quant aptitude and Marketing to your product development experience.

      Reply
      • Vikas  December 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        So, would I mark related work experience for both the fields or would need to describe my special interest for both?

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        • Tony Xavier  December 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

          What is the order of interest?

          Reply
  • Gagan  December 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Hi sir, in academic achievements, if i have won 2 scholarships at the school level in 12th for scoring highest marks in 2 subjects (and hence have 2 different certificates), can i mention them as 2 different achievements or should i mention them as one?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      If you don’t have any other achievements then make them 2 separate ones, else write state-level scholarships in title and rest in description.

      Reply
  • Arushi Mittal  December 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I have B.tech in CSE and working as Application Developer in IBM for the last 1.5 years.
    I come from business family background.
    I want to opt for finance and marketing stream.
    Also I want to know that we have to fill only XAT ID in SP Jain form for now?
    And I dont have anything to mention in versitality except my painting hobby. What can I fill in that section?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 7, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Versatility – any organizing roles, any clubs or NGO-related work, even dancing if the interest level is high.
      XAT ID if you have it then enter.
      You have to write a good enough reason for Finance and Marketing may be link to saying you want to go back to your family business.

      Reply
      • Arushi  December 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Thanks,
        Can I send you my form for review?
        It will be of great help.
        Just let me know how to send the form to your email id

        Reply
  • Rohit  December 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hi,
    i would like to know that about the choice of preferences.
    i work in a IT sector in Banking and Financial Sector and dealing with Banking Policies and Rules.So what do i put as first preference.
    My interest is towards Finance

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Well finance would not be that easy since your work ex will be considered closer to IT than Fin, unless you have stellar academics (90,90,80). If you want to play it safe then apply to IM under relevant work ex and Fin under special interest and describe how your work revolved around Finance.

      Reply
  • Rinkesh Binani  December 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Hello Sir.

    I am a Final year B.com(Honours) student with specialisation in Accounting and Finance. I have cleared CA Intermediate level. I have also cleared two papers in Actuarial Science(Financial Mathematics and Finance & Finance Reporting). I am only interested in Finance. So I have left the 2nd preference blank. Is it ok to do so?
    Also, I cant think of any family adversity or responsibility in professional context. Can I leave it blank?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Yeah you can leave them blanks it’s not an issue. Your profile as well won’t be relevant to other specializations.

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      • Rinkesh Binani  December 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        Okay. Thank you Sir!

        Reply
  • Sasank  December 8, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Hello Sir,

    Please suggest how can I choose choice of preferences.

    I work in IT services ( Dev ), I have done a certification in HR and OB, as I find it interesting. I want to apply to SPJIMR. Please suggest how can I choose my preferences.

    PLease shed some light on Information information management and suggest whether my certification in HR in Info mngment would help or not ??

    Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      With your back you should apply to IM, which post MBA will give you roles in IT Consulting or IT Business Dev. You certification shud definitely help. Your second preference, if you want to, can be any of the other three but it will be a long shot to get shortlisted for you second pref.

      Reply
  • partha biswas  December 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

    sir i am very much confused as i am electronics and communication engineer and have work ex of 20months as home loan manager in icici bank ltd.My interest is IM 1st and marketing 2nd.
    and also have a doubt what to filled in academic achievements as i was average mediocre student through out 10 12 and grad.so little bit confused wat to mention there in this academics field.

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  • partha biswas  December 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    sir i am very much confused as i am electronics and communication engineer and have work ex of 20months as home loan manager in icici bank ltd.My interest is IM 1st and marketing 2nd.
    and also have a doubt what to filled in academic achievements as i was average mediocre student.so little bit confused wat to mention there in this academics field as has nothing much to mention in this field.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Well we can’t do much if the acads are not great. While IM is your desired field you will be competing with those with IT work experience. Sales & Marketing might be your best bet, use relevant work ex option and for IM mention special interest in taking up business development roles in technology firms.

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  • partha biswas  December 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    sir i am an electronics and communication engineer and have work experience of 20 months in ICICI Bank as Home Loan manager.bit confuse to select specialisation as IM is my 1st preference and marketing is 2nd.
    And also i was average mediocore student throughout 10 12 and grad.have no such academic achievement.so little bit confused what to be filled in this academic achievement details.

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  • Anand Kishore  December 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Hi sir,
    I have work ex of about 4.5 years(including internship) in the merchant navy.l’m confused as to which specialisation to opt for.
    Also I was in the top 10 rankers in my batch during college, though i may not have certificates to show for it.
    Thanks
    Anand

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  • Saiteja  December 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Hi sir,

    I have work of ex of 21 months. 12 months in TCS and 9 months as a tutor. I also have 2 state level prizes for power point presentation. I applied for preferred courses as Finance and Operations. I mailed my application to you to know my chances. Please help.

    Thanks and Regards,
    P.R.H.N.Saiteja

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hi,

      I wasn’t able to open the .xps file; please send me a word doc or pdf.

      Reply
      • Saiteja  December 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

        Hi Sir, Sorry for that. The PDF file is sent again to your mail. Thanks in advance.

        Reply
  • Sahil  January 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Can you provide the same analysis for Profile based selected candidates??

    Reply
  • Satyan  January 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Can you provide some pointers to fill the profile form for students selected through profile call .

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  January 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Put up a post on it the day before yesterday, just check.

      Reply
  • Pallavi  June 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Sir,

    Do I need to keep a proof ready for being in the top 5 in my school and university in Academics.

    Thanks,
    Pallavi

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  June 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      If you can get the proof then you should, not by the time of application but by the time of the interview. It should not be required unless it is a university rank.

      Reply
  • Prateek  June 26, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Tony,

    I regularly read all your posts and this one again boosted some confidence in me.
    I have one query,I am planning to take GMAT just as a backup. Could you please just evaluate my profile for SP Jain and ISB?
    Here I go:
    Gold medal at national level in Karate.
    Various other medals at various levels like state,national,district in both Karate and Kickboxing.
    Playback singing award at school level,chief organizer of music department at college.
    Organized workshops like android and many more extracurricular activities.
    Around 2.5 years work ex in Cognizant.
    An active volunteer in Cognizant’s NGO called outreach(which work for social issues).
    Learning some courses on coursera website and recently attended a big digital marketing conference where in speakers were like head of marketing of bookmyshow and MTV.
    Going to attend many more conferences like use of analytics in supply-chain firms.
    My acads:10th-88%, 12th-84%,Graduation-71%.
    Considering all do u think that I should go for GMAT and chances of converting for MBA in IM are good? Please suggest

    Reply
  • Prakash Jain  October 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Hello, Tony. Sent you a mail regarding profile clarification for SPJIMR. Do revert, thanks!

    Reply
  • mrityunjay  October 16, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    what is the cat registration no they are asking. as cat has only issued user id as if now

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  October 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      You will get the CATSR # when you get the Admit Card, which will be available from 24-Oct onwards.

      Reply
  • kunal  November 12, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Hi sir,

    Please bear with me for this is a very basic question regarding filling up of the Sp Jain Form .In the academic fields for Under Graduation ,it is specifically asking CGPA for each semester.I had a backlog in one semester therefore I dont have CGPA for that particualr semester.However ,I cleared it in the next semester and got my CGPA(cumulative of that semester and previous semester).So what should i fill in that field where i had a backlog,should i leave it blank or enter CGPA i acquired after clearing the backlog?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  November 17, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Kunal,

      Enter the CGPA after clearing the backlog, it should not be a problem.

      All the best!

      Reply
  • R Anu  November 17, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hello Sir,
    I am a student of BSc Maths, Statistics and Computer Science appearing for my final exam in April 2017 and appearing for CAT ’16.
    I have been a topper in CBSE in 10th and also in the 1st year of my graduation. My percentage in 12th (Sciences was 90+). Don’t hold any NTSE /olympiad certificate.
    0 work ex
    Good creative writing skills
    Hold a UGC diploma in Finance for Managers
    Interested primarily in Finance/ operations (Since, statistics)/Marketing (Special Interest) What are my chances? What should be my first and second preference?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  November 17, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Anu,

      Your academic profile is pretty solid to say the last and since you are fresher from a Math background you will be suitable for both Marketing and Finance with a greater tilt towards finance.

      So since you have a higher interest in Finance go with Finance as the first preference and Marketing as second preference.

      All the best!

      Reply
      • R Anu  November 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

        Thankyou so much Sir!
        How about my chances in operations?

        Reply
        • Tony Xavier  December 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

          Operations batches at S.P.Jain usually have people with 2 plus years of work ex in the core sector, so your chances as a fresher are very slim.

          Reply
          • Anu  December 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

            Hello Sir,
            If we have multiple achievements in a certain area, example: Oration, then in the description box, do we describe all those laurels achieved or describe our passion for it? Since the word limit is 50, doing both is really tough! Which thing to give preference to?
            Also, I had been a participant of Indian National Science Congress in the childrens’ Science exhibition segment. Should I include it in my co-curriculars or in Academic achievements? Thanks in advance!

          • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

            Hi Anu,

            Club all the ones in the same area under a single head. Summarise saying that you have won more than A awards at different levels the highest being Y.

            That can be part of co-curriculars.

            All the best!

  • Anshul  November 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I have X(89.6) , XII (86.0) (both CBSE) and B-Tech Graduation (77.7) 2014 pass out from MAIT, IP University Delhi. Currently working in IT (2.5 Work Ex). My Job involves Product Development , Handling Client Issues . Please suggest me which provide should I go for. I decided for Marketing and Finance as 1st and 2nd respectively. But I read in your comments that for IT, IM is a good choice. If I select Finance as second preference instead of IM, Would it mean taking a risk ? Given than I have good interest for Finance.

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hi Anshul, Unfortunately more than interest it is relevance if profile that matters to recruiters and hence to SP. I would say IM first and MARK second since you have handled clients; I would rule out FIN. All the best!

      Reply
  • Tejas Rane  November 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I am BE (mechanical) ,graduated this year.
    10th-92.91% 12th-83.33% CGPA-8.57/10
    I have no work-ex and i haven’t really been a part of extra-curricular activities except for a few technical workshops during my engineering days.Academic achievements which i can highlight are that i was the top scorer in mathematics in 10th board exam and in the final semester of engineering i finished 2nd in my department with 9.52 cgpa. Thats all.I love reading and playing football..I have been doing that for a long time now.But i dont have a certificate in football.
    What chance do i have?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Hi Tejas, Since you do not have much work-ex you will have to apply to Mark or Fin, the former calls for good extra-currics and the latter good marks throughout and relevant education. So honestly, chances not too great. Better gain some work ex, improve your profile and apply later.

      Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

      But just to take a shot you can apply to either Mark or Fin and see.

      Reply
  • Siddhi  November 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I have 2.5yrs work ex from L&T Marine as Sales and Marketing Engineer. Distinction and above grade throughout. My last education is B.E electrical engg from Agnels,Vashi. Various prizes in sports, arts, college projects etc.
    Indeed i am looking for Marketing as my specialization. Can you please help me with my form.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  • Vivek  November 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I have done my engineering in IT from KJ Somiaya, Mumbai and now i am working with Infosys from past 2.5 years.

    My Academics :
    10th (88.61)
    12th (94.5)
    Graduation (61.5)

    Also i am a founder of Startup community and have been organizing various events fro startups.

    Could you please help me in selecting the specialization, my personal interest is Finance and Operations.

    Also could you please let me now where should i mention the details about the startup community.

    Reply
    • Vivek Asawa  December 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Hello Sir,

      I have done my engineering in IT from KJ Somiaya, Mumbai and now i am working with Infosys from past 2.5 years.

      My Academics :
      10th (88.61)
      12th (94.5)
      Graduation (61.5)

      Also i am a founder of Startup community and have been organizing various events fro startups.

      Could you please help me in selecting the specialization, my personal interest is Finance and Operations.

      Also could you please let me now where should i mention the details about the startup community.

      Reply
  • Sonakshi Khurana  November 25, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Hi Sir,

    I have relevant work experience in Sales, would that make me eligible for Marketing specialization?
    Thanks in Advance

    Reply
  • Abhinav Ahuja  November 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Hi Sir,
    I am Masters in Environmental Engineering from NIT Jaipur. As of now, I am having 28 months of experience as an Assistant Manager in Engineering Division of Smart City Project. Mainly my work includes designing of utilities like Water and Sewage Treatment Plants, preparation of reports, tender documents etc. Some of the work also includes execution and overall management of these above-said projects.

    So what should be my preferences?

    Regards,

    Abhinav Ahuja

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Hi Abhinav, You shud be applying to Ops, your profile stands a good chance. All the best.

      Reply
  • Pratik  November 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am a BCom graduate & my acads are 81.53% , 80% n 75 % in 10th 12th n Graduation.
    I have 4 years of work experience in Broking Industry in settlement operations department in a good company.I have faced few adversity such as losing my parents at an early age of 14 & 18 & few others. What are my chances of getting a profile based call ? My area of specialization would be Finance first n Operations 2nd. I am not interested in Marketing. Please advice.

    Reply
  • Sanket Shah  November 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Hi,

    I have given GMAT but have just graduated. Will SP select me based on my GMAT score even though I am more of a fresher?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Hi Sanket , That depends on what specialization you are applying to. If you are applying to Mark or Fin, work experience is not required and freshers are also considered. But if you are applying to Ops or IM, then you will not be shortlisted as they require at least two years of work experience. All the best.

      Reply
  • Savio Poulose  November 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Sir,

    I will be going ahead and registering for the SP Jain Profile based selections.
    Could you please review my profile, snippet of which is as below.

    10 std-82%
    12 std-83%
    B.E in Electronics and Telecommunications (63% aggregate in 4 years sans KT :D)

    I have 3 years work ex with L&T Infotech.
    I was working as a Dot net developer and later as a developer for an Insurance tool “DuckCreek”. I have good experience in engaging with our clients for requirements, monthly status, technical discussions.I have also mentored my juniors and helped them take up responsibilities and work independently.

    I am interested in Marketing as a specialization, I believe that I can leverage my communication skills and client interaction experience so far in the field of Marketing since Marketing as a whole also involved understanding your clients and putting your thoughts forward to them.
    I have gone through your blogs and you have rightly stated that one should go for IT as a specialization if a candidate has IT work exp.
    Was wondering if I could with your suggestions could better put forth Marketing as my first choice followed by IT.

    Your suggestions would be immensely valuable to me.
    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Warm Regards,
    Savio Poulose

    Reply
  • Shipra Jain  November 28, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Hi Sir, I am an IT graduate and currently working in Infosys. Since I am working in HSBC bank project, I have quite some idea about banking domain. Rest, I have no other specailization or done no other course.
    Also, if that matters, I scored quite low in Economics (78/100) in XII.
    Can you please guide on what would be the 2 most appropriate preferences?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

      I would say IM first and Finance next unless you want to take a risk and pitch your work experience for a Fin profile.

      For IM your profile is very relevant. For Fin, you will be taking a risk. So dafe best IM-1 Fin-2, if you hate It then Fin-1, IM-2

      Reply
  • Archit Garg  November 28, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Hello Sir

    10th-85
    12th-81
    Top 10 percentile in International Maths Olympiad Class 10th
    Top 1 percentile in NIIT Maths olympiad
    Working In IT company as Project Management and Operations analyst for last 9 months
    Data research and analyst in IT-6month experience

    Reply
  • Harshit  December 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Sir

    I graduated in 2014 as a mechanical engineer and have been working with Oil and Gas Major Reliance Industries Limited, as a mechanical construction engineer in its CBM gas field project.

    My work requires me to execute and supervise piping and mechanical construction activities according to the codes, specifications and drawings as per the project requirements. As part of a client company like RIL, I am supposed to work in close coordination with the contractor company to ensure timely delivery of the projects with strict adherence to Quality and HSE requirements.
    The nature of work is working on field, studying drawings and 3d models of gas plant, monitoring and supervision of various testing for the piping facilities, erection and construction work of equipments,etc.

    So which specialization should i go for?

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Hi Harshit,

      Ops without a doubt you stand a good chance!

      All the best!

      Reply
  • Sabya Sachi Das  December 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hello Sir,

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

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

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

    Reply
  • Apoorv Lall  December 7, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Sir,

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

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Apporv,

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

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

      All the best!

      Reply
  • Vivian  December 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hello Sir,

    Thanks for detailed post. It was really helpful.

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

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

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

    Reply
  • richa  December 9, 2016 at 2:22 am

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

    Reply
  • yash gadhia  December 9, 2016 at 9:46 am

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

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Yash,

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

      All the best!

      Reply
      • yash gadhia  December 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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

        Reply
  • Shaily  December 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Sir,

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

    Reply
  • Pranay  December 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Tony Xavier  December 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Pranay,

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

      The form will later open up for further edit.

      All the best!

      Reply
      • Pranay  December 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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

        Reply
  • Bhaveek Ostwal  December 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

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

    Reply

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