The IIM brand is one of the strongest brands in the corporate world, and students graduating from these institutes are usually the creme de la creme of India's talent pool. With the objective of expanding the scope of management education in India, the government set up seven more third generation IIMs post-2011, which came to be known as the 'baby IIMs'. Having been operational for five years, how do these institutes perform when it comes to placements? What kind of salaries have been offered to PGP students in the recent years? This article will attempt to answer these questions based on placements data available for the recent graduating PGP classes at these institutes.
Placements, Fees and Return on Investment At Baby IIMs
The monetary return of an MBA is the number one reason why aspirants want to pursue a career in management, and it is also bound to be one of the most influential factors in deciding whether you should join a newly established IIM - institutes that are currently playing catch-up with their more recognized counterparts. So what kind of placements do these newly established IIMs provide? How do salary figures at baby IIMs compare with private management institutes? How expensive is it to pursue a PGP program from one of the newest IIMs? What is the return on investment?
Note - IIM Jammu has not been included in this report because the latest placements and batch size data was not available for analysis.
Salary Figures For PGP Class of 2019, PGP Class of 2018
The table below encapsulates the salary figures at 6 of the 7 baby IIMs, for the graduating classes of 2019 and 2018.
Final Placements At Baby IIMs - Average CTC, Median CTC, Highest CTC Figures For 2019, 2018
|PGP Class of 2019||PGP Class of 2018|
|Business School||Average CTC
|IIM Bodh Gaya||10,90,000||10,60,000||16,00,000||10,57,142||9,00,000||24,00,000|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||12,61,000||12,00,000||22,00,000||12,07,000||11,70,000||Data Unavailable|
|*Highest International CTC Figures Included Due To Non-Availability of Highest Domestic CTC Data|
It can be observed that amongst all the baby IIMs that have been established in the same year and have similar batch sizes, IIMs Amritsar, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam have provided the highest median CTCs for the Class of 2019, and IIM Nagpur has provided the highest median CTC for the Class of 2018 as well.
Fees At Baby IIMs For PGP Class of 2022 - How Much Does It Cost To Study At Third Generation IIMs?
|Fees At Baby IIMs For PGP Class of 2022|
|Business School||Fees (INR)|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||10,60,000|
*The fees for IIM Sambalpur is for the PGP batch of 2018-2020 due to unavailability of latest data
When comparing the money invested in the two-year MBA program and the median CTC offered at the end of the course, none of the newest IIMs offer a positive return on investment. Only two out of the six newest IIMs offer placements that are at the break even point (IIMs Amritsar and Bodh Gaya). In terms of RoI, how do the third generation IIMs compare with private business schools in the same league? Here's a comparison with five renowned private management institutes:
- TAPMI Manipal charges nearly Rs. 17 lakhs for the full-time PGDM program, and offers an average salary just over Rs. 11 lakhs.
- FORE School of Management charges nearly Rs. 16 lakhs and offers an average salary of nearly Rs. 11 lakhs p.a.
- Goa Institute of Management charges nearly Rs. 17 lakhs for the full-time PGDM program and offers an average CTC of just over Rs. 11 lakhs p.a.
- SIBM Bengaluru charges just over Rs. 18 lakhs for the full-time MBA program, and offers an average salary of nearly Rs. 10 lakhs p.a.
- KJSIMSR Mumbai charges approximately Rs. 18 lakhs for the full-time MBA program, and offers an average salary of Rs. 10 lakhs p.a. (across all programs).
Compared to the aforementioned well-known private MBA institutes, the baby IIMs appear to provide a significantly better return on investment based on average CTC offered and fee charged.
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Placements At Baby IIMs vs Placements At New IIMs - How Much Better Are New IIMs Really?
IIMs Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Lucknow, Kozhikode and Shillong have been consistently observed to be the top IIMs of the country. These institutes have defined the IIM tag and continue to be the dream business schools for lakhs of MBA aspirants who sit to take the CAT exam each year. Now, newer IIMs established in 2010/2011 also feature in the priority list for MBA aspirants.
So how do these newer IIMs compare with baby IIMs when it comes to placements? The new IIMs are ranked better than the baby IIMs, but how much better are they really (if at all) when it comes to salaries offered at the end of the 2-year program? The table below comprises placements stats for the Class of 2019 juxtaposed to give a clear comparison between placements at new IIMs and baby IIMs.
|New IIMs vs Baby IIMs - Placements For The Class of 2019|
|PGP Class of 2019||PGP Class of 2019|
|Business School||Average CTC
|Business School||Average CTC
|IIM Kashipur||12,17,196||28,00,000||IIM Amritsar||12,20,103||21,00,000|
|IIM Raipur||14,53,503||24,06,000||IIM Bodh Gaya||10,90,000||16,00,000|
|IIM Ranchi||15,02,000||26,00,000||IIM Nagpur||12,41,587||20,00,000|
|IIM Rohtak||11,85,000||24,13,000||IIM Sambalpur||11,33,000||20,00,000|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||14,91,000||35,15,000||IIM Sirmaur||9,20,000||16,00,000|
It becomes clear that though the new IIMs are definitely better in terms of placements offered, the difference isn't as significant as between new IIMs and old IIMs, or baby IIMs and old IIMs. Remember that new IIMs also have batch sizes that are twice or thrice as large as that of baby IIMs, so competition for these placements is higher at the former.
Batch Size At Baby IIMs
Why is the batch size at a business school important? When it comes to placements, your peers are your competitors - everyone is vying for the same dream roles that you want, and as the batch size becomes greater, so does the competition for these roles. On the other hand, a larger batch size is also considered to be a positive, as the opportunity for networking and peer-to-peer learning is greater at institutes with a larger batch strength.
The table below encapsulates the batch size trends at baby IIMs for the PGP batches of 2020, 2019 and 2018.
|Batch Size At Baby IIMs - PGP Classes of 2020, 2019 & 2018|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||66||39||42|
Out of the six baby IIMs mentioned above, all but one institutes have increased their batch strength by over 50% from 2019 to 2020, and in the case of IIM Nagpur, the batch size has nearly doubled in size over a span of just one year. Between 2018 to 2019, only three of the six baby IIMs showed a significant growth in batch strength, while at two of the six IIMs, the batch size actually decreased.
In terms of batch size, how do the third generation IIMs compare with private business schools in the same league? Here's a comparison with five renowned private management institutes:
- TAPMI's Class of 2019 had a batch strength of 412 students.
- FORE School of Management's Class of 2019 had a batch strength of 282 students.
- Goa Institute of Management's Class of 2019 had a batch strength of 245 students.
- SIBM Bengaluru's Class of 2019 had a batch strength of 207 students.
Clearly, when it comes to batch strength, baby IIMs have a significant advantage compared to business schools in the same league in terms of competition for placements. Given the 50+% y-o-y increase in the batch strength, the batch sizes at these institutes are only going to increase significantly in the near future.
So, Are Baby IIMs Worth Joining?
Based on the aforementioned numbers and when compared with private MBA institutes in the same league, yes. However, just being an IIM does not put these institutes at par with the likes of top-30 management institutes of India - these institutes still have a long way to go in achieving that status in terms of placements. Regardless, these institutes are rapidly growing in terms of batch size, number of recruiters on campus, and y-o-y increase in salary figures for its PGP students. These institutes are also on their way to shifting to permanent campuses, though that achievement is still a few years away.
It must be noted that this is not a 360° analysis of whether you should join a baby IIM, and only looks at this question from a placements angle. Also to be considered is the quality of infrastructure, the quality of faculty on campus, peer group, and pedagogy.
Also read - New IIMs & Baby IIMs - A Comparative Guide
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