Rishabh Baldi graduated in 2013 from IIM Ahmedabad. After working for a year and half in a start up, he resigned from his job to travel. He is a newbie blogger and writes mainly on life in a B-school and his travel plans. He is socially active on Facebook and Quora.
When you are vulnerable under pressure
This is not a joke but a serious advice. The pressure in the first year is intense and some people are unable to handle it. It is mental torture for many. And that, I feel, is IIM A's funda. If you can bear the stress of the first year, then you are ready to bear any stress in corporate and personal life. But what if you cannot? I will cite an example from personal experience.
I think that money is the main reason that drives people to the institute. Firstly, the amount is not as exorbitant as you had imagined it to be. Average placement figures are in range of 14-16 LPA. AVERAGE. If you take the average of bottom 50% students in IIM A, the average would come to around 10-12 LPA.
So, if you are none of the above, and a normal person with a degree from a not so well-known institute, you have automatically put yourselves in the category of bottom 30-35% people which means that the probability of you getting an average placement of 10-12 LPA is almost 100%. Of course there are exceptions but then well, they are exceptions.
Graduating from IIM Ahmedabad will hinder your pace in becoming an entrepreneur. Why do I say that?
Ok. I hate to say this about the institute from which I graduated, but this is what I feel. To an extent, I would call the practice at IIM A (first year) to be sadism. Not physical, but mental. Everyone will tell you that the best feeling is graduating from the first year. It has to be. Because the first year is tyrannical. How will you feel when someone has strangled you for long and releases suddenly? Or you are drowning in water and someone saves you? Or you are released from a prison? You will feel extremely good and relieved. But, do you want to experience that again? Ask any IIM A grad if they want to experience first year again? If they say yes, then they have a good tolerance to sadism.
When all you want is peace in life
That is one thing, I believe, IIM A won't give you and it will ensure that you don't get it for the next 5-7 years in your life. As an IIM A grad, you are expected to work for 11-12 hours..
Don't just blindly get into IIM A. Collect as much information as you can from people who have been there. Preferably from someone whom you know well. Preferably from someone who is similar to you. If you are a non-IITian and you are taking views from an IITian, it won't be helpful. They will have a different outlook.
It is very difficult to look at IIM A from an objective point of view because it has been instilled into our minds from a very early age that it is the best and a sure-shot way to success in life.
This is not a rant and I don't regret going to IIM A but this is mainly because I got selected by chance and I had almost zero expectations from the institute.
Source: This original appeared on Quora and has been published here with the permission of the author.