MBA or IIM?

Now that I have graduated from one of the India’s premier institute , IIM Indore.

I remember when I was about to join the college, there was a question in my mind, If I want to do an MBA or IIM?
Still after graduating, I ask the same question to myself, whether I completed my MBA or IIM?

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Does the word ‘IIM’ sounds louder than ‘MBA’ in Indian context?

Getting their children into IITs/IIMs is a dream for most of the North Indian Parents (the very same sharmajis and vermajis).
They have predefined a ‘safalta chakra‘, a success path which every born child must undergo.

Sometimes I feel, life is like ‘temple run’ game where we are running for success by crossing the various success stages defined by our society.
The typical stages are:
– Stage1 – IIT (diffuculty level 70%)
– Stage2 – IIM (diffuculty level 80%)
– Stage3 – IAS (diffuculty level 90%)
The moment we step into +2, we are asked (sometimes forced) to crack IIT JEE.
If we make into IIT, we rocked, else we have one more chance to prove ourselves which is to get into an IIM (the stage 2).
Again we work hard to crack CAT, one of the difficult exam to qualify(equally difficult to conduct as well after listening the lectures by Prof. Rohit Kapoor, the CAT convenor).
If we manage to crack the CAT and get admission into some IIMs, we crossed the second stage of success. (Take a pause and say Cheers!!)
Still the chakra is not completed. The final stage is IAS, cracking the civil service examination.

Anyway, like many others I too wanted to join IIM for the sake of getting into IIM but there is more than a tag we get from here.

  • It opens a door to be part of a vibrant community, a pool of great scholars and best gurus in the country which I will be cherishing throughout my life.
  • I learnt a few fundamentals (jargons) in areas such as marketing, finance, strategy, supply chain etc.
  • I learnt that I was in a large crowd of hugely competitive and gifted peers.
  • I learnt how to confuse others if can’t convince.(like a typical consultant)
  • I learnt to give the ‘Global gyan’ to everyone.:)

Above all, it did give me the “thappa” (stamp) of being an IIM alumnus.
At the end, what more does one need to be successful or happy in life?

Now, with this tag and whatever little knowledge I gained during my studies, I wish to contribute back to my country in whatever capacity I CAN and see it in the league of developed (both economically and morally) nation.

So, friends life goes on and I wish to cross the next stage of the ‘safalta chakra’.

Cheers!!

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