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About Me...

I'm an ex-Capt. (NDA-IMA)...left the army because of an accident (lost right shoulder and of course, the rest of it) hold of life...became a leftie...started driving and writing with left...took CAT & GMAT...joined and left ISB after 20 golden days...joined IIM Ahmedabad from there...PGP 2007 - 2009...currently in Hyderabad... Well, Life is iffy !!

So, I'll make it easy...

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Quotes I live by...

  • Stretch out your limits once a while...lest you lose your elasticity... (recent offhand thought)
  • It's better to burn out, than fade away (Neil Young)
  • This too shall pass...
  • Shit happens...Life Goes on... (adapted from Forrest Gump)
  • Don't be sad, it's glad, it happened !!
  • He Knows not his own strength, who hath not met adversity - Ben Johnson
  • Do whteva you want...Don't get caught !! (NDA)
  • Rules are like rulers...some can be bent, others can be broken :)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Wht should I join IIM'A or ISB

@Everybody, I’ve added a couple of points in this post (as on 14 May 08) according to the present situation since many people still visit this link…ATB to all of you…

> I’m in a lovely dilemma for the past few days, something for which I worked my fingers to the bone. Already paid 1.5 lakh for confirming the seat at the ISB. Got the interview of IIM’A on 22Mar…GD n PI are no big deal, If I decide to
> Thinking of the upsides and downsides of both gives me headache!! Though I have weighed my options, I feel both are at par…
Here r a few pointers:


-Better reputation in d cntry vis-à-vis ISB
-2 yrs will give enough time 2 make the foundation strong
(especially with my Army background)-Summer placements....will give me a taste of C world before the placement process
-Will come with 4yrs of exp (approx)
-Will have the army experience, NDA background behind me
-Cheaper than ISB by Rs 10lakh/-[Update-This point might not be very valid now (as of 2011) since the difference has come down to ~ Rs 6 lakh]
-Better alumni footprint in d cntry
-Placement almost …no need to say anything on that :)

-A good, thoroughly studious environment vis-à-vis 5 star culture of ISB [thtz the way I want to live life :) ]
-Loose out on one year of job where the additional Rs 10lakh [Update-Now ~Rs 6 lakh] can highly b taken care of
-Peer level quality in terms of experience & work profile is comparatively a tad lower than that at ISB for obvious reasons [Update-This has also changed over the years and A has a considerable strength of people with Work Ex]

ISB+ve:- Peer level of highest quality, ppl with diverse profiles, work ex etc.
- Spiffing Faculty... prof coming from Wharton, etc.
- 5 star style...right on with my funda of "Live life while u're still alive"
- One year gets saved, especially after putting in a bit of service
- Good repute in n outside India, combined
- Good average package vis-à-vis IIM’A

- Not bound by Government regulations....
- Think on d personal front after an year.... :)
-ve:- Chances of getting a better profile in IIM A....I’ll b one of d crowd at ISB, with ppl havin exp in d corporate world, foreign assignments et al
- Companies might not know d use of luring someone with my profile coz they’ve nt seen my work out of d army…Nt the case at IIM’A coz I'll go for the summer placements b4 the actual one...
- Can manage finances for IIM easily…Rs 5lakh/- [Update- Now ~ Rs 12 lakh] for ISB [Might not be very relevant now]
- Too short a period for ppl like me who r neophytes as far as corporate world is concerned…2yrs at IIM A may make more sense in this case....

Disclaimer: Both the programmes are different per se and cannot actually be compared. These points have been considered according to my priorities in life and as per my requirements, and have no bearing on the status of the respective institutions...Love 'em both!! Also the decision parameters and way of looking at this would be different for every individual. FYI pls!


AGRINEER said...

sir me beldcat from Pg here just cheked out ur to hear ur love stry..and sir as u have mentioned me@orkut kindly give profile link this is the home page link which take me to my home page so kindly check out and give the profile link..sir keep on writing ..and u r one of few guys who inspire the nation....rock on...keep the good work gng..

arguswolverine said...

Hello Rajat,
I got an admit to ISB class of 2008.
Hope to meet you there when the course starts.
All the very best with whatever decision you make,

Anonymous said...

Congratulations !
please do not abbreviated lingo very difficult to follow the continuity

Anonymous said...

How did you manage to get 740,
please give some suggestions,do's
and don'ts

Anonymous said...

Read some of your posts after reading the initial ones, I understand why you use shorthand,
don't know what to say kindly accept my apologies if it is ok,don't know what else to say
Best wishes in all your endeavors!

Anonymous said...

I saw a link for your GMAT notes,
got access with your password but still unable to download your notes, please help, thanks

Rajat said...


Buddy, mail me whatever you want to know about,

And the link is working, I just checked it...

krishh said...

hello Rajat Sir..
I am Capt Kashyap>>>M/103 NDA presently in the maratha regiment.I am in congo on UN msn right now.
My Bro is in IIM and thats how i got to ur page... I think u are from F/102 as u seem familiar to me.
After reading ur tale of grit and perseverance and the success u achieved despite adversities, i am heart wrenched. Its fabulous.

U have proved once again that NDA refines us to such an extent and produces true warriors of the soil like you.

I would like to keep in touch with you. My email ID is

Sir, please accept my heartfelt congratulations on ur achievement and regards to the lady too.

With warm regards and lots of best wishes

Capt Kashyap
UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratique republic of Congo(MONUC)
tele- 00243 815307828

god Of DeViLs said...

Hi Rajat., was browsing the pguy forum.. happen to just check your blog..,Just cant take away my eye from reading it.Put all my work aside and still reading.. :), YOu are amazing and truly inspirational in all aspects..,its gr8 to see and hear about you.., Keep going and wish to hear more success stories from you .. your quotes are worth to remember all throught life to really move on in this competitive world.. pls do keep posting ..


Rajat said...

@ Kashyap, thnx buddy..chk ur inbox....NDA was the key to everything, yes :)

@ GodofDevils,

Thanx a lot buddy...I guess itz just the take one has on his to live it...
ATB for everything...

Susanta said...

Great reading your blog. I'll be in touch here. Keep reaching big heights.