IIM Shillong – PGP Junior vs. PGP Senior


IIM Shillong, which is a student driven campus welcomes it new admissions from day 1 ranging from room allocation, bell boy services to registration. That’s not the complete story, what happens during late night sessions (which we call as FOOTSTEPS) for first week has its own divergence from the behaviour of seniors during day time. Although students claim that footsteps is necessary to make juniors ready for the environment they will be staying in for the next 2 years, it has its own share of extreme activities because of which people felt violated and some of them even left campus in less than 48 hours of joining the campus.

A week-long “Sustainability” program is what makes IIM Shillong so unique across its peers and this program makes the informal introduction of all faculties with the students. A daylong trek in the beautiful Khasi hills to end sustainability program will be a striking memory for all students.

Term 1 is one of the hectic and jam-packed terms on the campus. With inductions to clubs and committees, extracurriculars like sports trails, cultural committee events etc. so many in place, it’s highly next to impossible for a candidate to be part of more than 50% of the activities managing in line with academics. Maybe this is the kind of rigour and pressure what seniors intended to put us through during footsteps. With daily assignments, pre-reads, post reads, individual projects, group projects, surveys, live projects, corporate competitions etc list are never-ending.

Term 2 is relatively at ease or maybe that’s a perception which got created after the severe rigour of term 1. Summer placements interview process will be on and everyone wants to end up in their dream roles at branded companies. Winter break is much-needed break after two months of heavy work.

Term 3 is all about extracurriculars and maybe a pinch of academics. Preparations for upcoming juniors, taking over senior roles in clubs and committees and treats of mentor group, club, committee, regional, sports etc so many treats on and on for a whole month of March. Farewell for seniors and then we are taking over their position on campus and leaving campus for Summer Internship.


The first task after coming back to campus is to plan the activities for upcoming batch and how to teach them rigour we have gone through. It’s like taking the revenge of our seniors on our juniors and in simple words just passing the tradition on for upcoming batches. Intense planning goes on backstage ranging from how to irritate juniors and bombard them with deadlines and corner them to an uncomfortable situation hoping that they will overcome it without giving up. Sometimes it goes out of hands because of which we get unpleasant experiences which raises concerns on this traditional practice. Anyways after a week-long torture (rigour) and knowledge transfer sessions, orientations finally footsteps come to an end.

Term 4 is completely at opposite end when compared to life during Term 1. Electives classes which happen all over the place giving seniors an ample amount of time to explore other activities on campus or to go home. Meanwhile results for PPO’s start coming one by one and its time for celebrations again. Immediately after term 4, placement season starts for seniors and its like the most important thing what majority of students are here for.

Term 5 and 6 are something which hasn’t been experienced at on this campus and I hope it will be of good experience.

Company I would like to be part of in Aditya Birla Group

I would like to build my career in Financial sector. Hence, I would like to be part of Aditya Birla Capital and in future 5-8 years down the line I would like to see my self-managing a fund of my own under the huge umbrella of Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. To reach that respectable position, I would like to start my career at Aditya Birla Group with the role of buy side analyst and then gradually climb up the ladder by gaining experience to handle a fund at one of the best fund houses in India.


Dharma Teja Reddy

PGP 2nd Year

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong