My Journey To IIM Raipur – Vedant Anil Mundada

Because of the name, it has earned in a short span of time for itself, being true to the prestigious IIM brand and the rapid development of the state in which it is established i.e. Chhattisgarh.

My journey for the preparation of CAT (exam for the IIMs and other major institutes in the country) started very early, back in 2014. At that time, I was pursuing my engineering from Nagpur, Maharashtra.

In my childhood and teenage years, I always thought of becoming a doctor. I worked hard but maybe destiny had something else in store for me. I couldn’t make into any government colleges’ and couldn’t afford to join a private one. So, like most of the students, I took admission into engineering.

While in college, I almost resented my decision every day of joining it and then decided to write CAT in 2015.

I couldn’t convert an of good colleges and took a job in an IT company instead. After 2 years of job experience and a good score in CAT 2017, I got a call from the CAP (Common Admission Process) round of the New IIMs.

Cracked the interview and got a call from a couple of new IIMs including IIM Raipur.

Just like every other B – school aspirant at the time I began to research the best institute I should join on the various criteria such as location, faculty, public opinion, placement reports and the alumni. After a lot of research, I zeroed on to IIM Raipur.

IIM Raipur, although been established recently in 2010, in a state which was created in 2000 showed some phenomenal growth in the league of its competitors namely the “new IIMs” was the most unique achievement in my opinion. It has a good placement record, a vibrant campus, one of the best foreign exchange programmes, superior pedagogy and some of the best brains in the country.

Not only that, it is coming up with a new 200 – acre campus in the world’s first integrated city of Naya Raipur with all the modern facilities which even old, more established IIMs also do not have. Seriously, what more could I ask?


Although been established only a decade ago in 2007 (as Aditya Birla Financial Services), today it has become a major company in the world of finance in the country. Its products and services cover a range of financial services availed by people and other businesses.

Wanting to do my major in finance, I feel that the company will play a pivotal role in my career. I will be able to learn a lot of things and provide my expertise, from IIM Raipur and elsewhere, to help the company reach newer heights and conquer uncharted territories.

 VEDANT ANIL MUNDADA is a First year student at IIM Raipur.