Tennis player, stand-up comedian, scientist: Diverse Bunch at IIM

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani had once said he is lucky to have not studied in the IIM. Nevertheless, the prestigious management institutes continue to attract students in droves, now even from diverse backgrounds.

The Current Batch

There is an interesting bunch of profiles including:

— a model

— a filmmaker

— few fashion designers

Moreover, in PGP-FABM programme, 45% are non-engineers and 50% women.

Among the PGP graduate programme, non-engineering student component rose from 20% in 2016-18 batch to now 32%.

Diversity At Its Best!

Gurdatar Ryait, a Ludhiana-based stand-up comedian who believes an MBA degree will help him sell his art well. 

On the other hand Rashmi Teltumbde of IIM-A is a tennis player who has represented the country in three junior Grand Slams. After bagging her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in the US, she went on to work as a business development executive.

In IIM-R’s PG batch, of the 400-plus students, there are around 20 outliers of which one has even been a sailor and another a politician.


The premium associated with IIM graduates cannot be denied. Like many professionals, these freshers believe a degree in MBA will augment their knowledge base and promote them to the management level.

Most candidates take up MBA to reach the top management level or learn dynamics of a business, however, some join it to learn the reason for their failures. For instance Shreyas Joshi, along with three friends, started an online food venture — But within a year, they incurred losses. And thus Shreyas joined IIM.


80% of IIM Bangalore’s current batch has work experience. Even professionals who are well-settled in their career are taking up post graduate programmes. The classes are held during the weekend and help students to either get an exciting industry or elevated position in an organisation.

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