Winning a Gold Medal is one of the highest achievements you can take away from your MBA life. All students strive to achieve this during their course, but have you ever thought about winning two Gold Medals? This is exactly what Kartik Kohli, from IIM Indore, achieved. He won a Gold Medal for his scholastic performance by coming out as IR 3 in the college and also won a Gold Medal for his All Round Performance. He worked on a startup, acted in short films, led huge teams in his co-curricular activities, and also worked on his research. In his own words, his "MBA journey was a fantastic roller coaster". Find out more about his story, his preparation for IIM Indore, His experience during MBA, and his advice to the incoming batch.
Q1. Please tell us about your educational and professional background, and what drew you to pursue an MBA.
I'm a fresher. I did both my undergraduate and post-graduate from IIM Indore, as part of the Integrated Programme in Management.
As a young student, I was always fascinated with organizations - how they were made, how they worked, how they produced goods & services. In the end, organizations were just like people. People who owned them, people who worked for them, and people who they worked for. And thus, for me, it was like studying the anatomy and behaviour of a different species. My passion to learn about them more, pushed me to take up MBA.
Q2. Please tell us about your journey from preparing for CAT to finally joining IIM Indore.
Q3. When you entered IIM Indore, did you expect to win the award? What did you expect from the program?
Q4. Given that only the crème de la crème of India makes it to IIM Indore, could you give us an idea of the degree of competitiveness at IIM Indore?
Q5. Please tell us about your Summer Internship Experience. How will that experience help you in the future in your career?
Q6. What did you do differently and how did you study differently that helped you get the IR 3 rank?
Q7. How does an MBA student balance studies and extra-curricular activities at b-school? Is it possible to balance the two, or must one be sacrificed for another? How did you bring about a balance?
MBA students turn into superhumans when needed. They can do a thousand different things all in a single day. Even after spending the whole night preparing for a dance performance, an MBA student can wake up for a 9 am exam and still ace it. They do this through willpower and time management. Obviously, some days the hours are too few to fit in everything, but we as MBA students learn to prioritize. It is 100% possible to balance the two, and I know numerous people who did it during their time at IIM Indore without even blinking twice.
For me, the balance came through the acknowledgment of priorities and then following through on them. I kept a balance between the things I wanted to do and the things I had to do. Though I did sleep through a few exams and classes over the years, I treated them as exceptions or even something that college life is all about. *winks*
Q8. What were your, your family's and your friends' reactions when you won the award? How did you celebrate?
Q9. Regarding b-school life and academics, what are three crucial pieces of advice you would like to share with the incoming class of 2023?