Samavesh 2016 – FIIB’s Signature Fest

Fortune Institute of International Business hosts its signature Cultural fest every year wherein students from several B-schools, institutes and colleges across Delhi participate in over 20 competitive activities to showcase their talent.

FIIB’s contemporary Management program ensures practical learning with correct exposure. Samavesh provides a platform for the management graduates to plan and organize a large-scale event and put their management knowledge to practice. Samavesh 2016 concluded on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at the college campus in Delhi, where numerous ingenious events, cutting edge contests and fun-packed activities were planned to explore innovative ideas for a clean, green and sustainable future.  The day-long fest saw splendid, talent-laden, powerful performances from students across Delhi-NCR, for competitions and various categories such as Ad-Mad, Nukkad Natak, Graffiti, dance and singing and many interesting games with the theme of keeping the ‘Green Rush’ running.

Samavesh saw intense participation from both graduate and undergraduate college students from Delhi-NCR. Over a hundred participants joined us for Samavesh from JMC, Hansraj, Sri Venketeswara College, Zakir Husain, Lal Bahadur Shastri College, Jamia Hamdard, Faculty of Management Studies, Amity University, Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House and others.

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Nail the Group Discussions

Group discussions have become an integral part of the campus hiring process. Group discussion makes mass elimination of candidates easy for the recruiters. Reading voraciously on every subject will help you gain information on every topic and help you get place better. This will keep you ready for any topic for a discussion in GD your knowledge is your most important weapon in a discussion. Read on for top tips excel at your next group discussion.


Begin the discussion:

Many students believe that beginning a group discussion will let them gain an advantage over the others in the team. The advantage is only greater if you know about the topic extensively, if not, it will only put you in a disadvantageous situation. Speaking just for the sake of speaking is noise.

Being Polite and Pleasant:

Make sure you are audible, making sure you aren’t yelling at the top of your voice. This is a discussion, not a political rally. You may or may not agree with the others, abstain from arguing and getting off topic.

Confidence is the key:

Maintain your confidence as you speak. Establishing eye contact with other members of the group will indicate your thorough knowledge about the subject. Being attentive to the ideas you put forward in front the panel, as you may get limited time to impress the panel.

Body language:

Your body language should not indicate dominance or low self-confidence. The panel will understand your interest in the discussion through your gestures.

Team player:

As this is a group activity being a team player is very important. Management education is all about working in teams so it is important that the panel is impressed.

The FIIB career management cell  dedicatedly prepares the students for group discussions to make them placement ready. Know more about the FIIB PGDM program here.


Are extra curricular activities really extra?

You might have shied away from those group activities or games’ period during school days and rather wanted to flip pages of an important book in the school library, if only this strategy could help any longer with your management education. These days a Business or Management School’s admission team is in fact looking for candidate who are passionate and driven by some pursuit which keeps them at their toes for strive for success and excellence.

Involvement in some extra-curricular activities may not be the absolute criteria for admission to a B-school however, it definitely adds value to your profile. As participating in sports or cultural activities or pursuing a hobby brings out the active and creative sides of an individual’s personality. For example coordinating an event during college’s cultural fest could be an enriching experience to learn the art of teamwork, persuading different parties, bringing people together and keeping them inspired to work towards a common goal.

“Anticipation is powerful force” people who love to plan travel, events, and programs are often good office work management too. A hobby may not be particularly helpful in improving someone’s chances employability and placement, however gaining such experience reflect in better presentation and confidence during a personal interview and group discussion rounds where the candidate can talk about all the learning he/she gathered during such interventions and participation.

Various B-schools have their student clubs and committees that run multiple interesting programs where students can learn the skill of management amidst fun and enthusiasm. FIIB too runs various Student Clubs and Committees from an HR club, Marketing club, Dramatics club to a sports committee. The entire year, FIIB runs various conclaves, conferences, seminars and festivals to give a tangible platform to its students to learn the skill of management outside the classroom too. Participating in the events of these students run clubs boost the confidence of students over two years and helps them build solid industry connections too.


Success Stories – Saloni Joshi (Batch 2015-2017)


I owe my placement with Mcube Financial LLC to my sincere efforts towards my course and subjects taught to me by my mentors and FIIB faculty. It definitely feels great to be selected in MCUBE Financials LLC, though it was not really my dream company, however, the profile offered to me was the one I was looking for as a finance major student. Everyone asks me about my success mantra and strategy to crack the interview, but I just believed in making absolutely sincere efforts and gathering the right guidance and apply it at the right place.

My journey with FIIB has been one of the most memorable and fruitful journey till date. The way assignments are designed, course is divided into tri-semester system at FIIB, it actually helped me cope up with deadlines eventually training us in preparing for an upcoming life of working with a corporate. FIIB taught me how to link small pieces of information and make a big picture out of it. Knowledge specific to domain and other basics helped me sail through personal interviews and group discussions.

 Having been placed now I believe my personal attributes towards this achievement would be my dedication, expression, power to brainstorm and communication skills that helped me excel. And all these were taught to me by Dr. Asheesh Pandey and Dr. Abhijit Roy. I was tested on during all my rounds be it cash-flows or DSCR. We made a lot of memories at the campus, however, some moments are engraved in my heart like presenting my idea in the Marketing Conclave during my first year at the college. It actually boosts your confidence as an individual. Rest all memories are connected to my section they all collectively are the reason for my growth as an individual in the last two years.


Attending an HR Conference in FICCI, New Delhi

“A student is an unfinished product!” and it the right education and training that can help a student reach perfection. I recently attended an HR conference at FICCI, New Delhi along with our faculty members and other students. Apart from interacting with the top leaders of the industry and HR professionals we learnt a great deal of things by attending the conference about talent acquisition, workforce management, employee engagement, and the challenges of hiring the large unskilled but eager to learn population. Moreover, what I learnt as a management student is, along with regular studies, we need to work on our networking and industry connections as well.

The speakers shared interesting and eye opening examples of the challenges of present day hiring drives. For example, Wipro recently interviewed 1.5 lakh candidates to hire only 15000.

We gained a few insights like:

  • Out of 3300 Engineering colleges of India only 17% students are employable
  • 75% Schools have less than 200 students and there is a vacancy for 77,000 professors in the Engineering Colleges
  • 2% of GDP spent on Education sector now increasing to 3%
  • 35-40% Jobs will cease to exist by 2030

We learned that the employability of a student does not depend on degrees rather on the skill set. Industries should open gates for all students to make them more employable and generate the required skill set. For example; there is a shortage of employable people in all European Countries, learning European Languages will also help. Learning how to learn is very important. It is an undeniable fact that Corporate and Students cannot live without each other for a mutual growth and exposure to talent and nourishment, hence the Corporate and Government should collaborate to make necessary changes in the Education system to promote students’ interaction with the industry.

The speakers also touched upon the challenge of attrition and job change trends as most of the people quit jobs owing to the fact that their Job Description and work responsibilities didn’t match.

And the organizations can really improve their Employee Engagement through 3 C’s-

  • Comfortability
  • Competency
  • Commitment

We had an enriching experience attending the conference, hence I suggest that all students interested in HR practices must attend and participate in such conferences and events.

-Student entry by Shiva Verma , First Year (2016- 2018)


Guest Lecture – Campus Hiring Made easy!

Mr. Sudhir Kataria from DayZeros, addressed the FIIB students during a  guest lecture at the campus. Mr. Kataria began the session by laying a strong foundation by guiding the students on how to interact with the corporates. Fetching a job in one’s dream company can always be challenging, however, it is important to present yourself well on your resume as well as during the interviews. Mr. Kataria engaged the students by asking them about their views, visions, and goals. He explained that during his interaction with students and professionals he noticed a casual approach towards the career development at the point where they were just at the gateway to contribute to the economic growth of the country. Mr. Kataria changed his approach mid-way and rather gave the students to a chance to speak about what they wanted to be and achieve, by creating a platform for video resumes! Students clearly understood that the primary purpose of his venture was to overcome one’s weakness and progress. Today is the age of visual content more than written one, so speaking out through a video resume will only be helpful. This will help in reaching the right campus. All in all the session was fruitful for all the students.

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Why I chose to major in Finance?

The MBA degree is an opportunity for my career advancement, I was always focused on adding specific business skills to my career graph so that it will add great firepower to my resume while appearing to management level positions. Finance is a field where the earning potential is immense. Being fascinated by the study of investments I have always been inclined towards choosing finance as a major for my post graduate diploma in management. Finance touches on areas of assets, liabilities, degrees of uncertainty and risk. Finance can also be defined as the science of money management.


Student’s perusing a PGDM course in finance gain a narrow focus that allows you to explore amongst the dense job opportunities. It also gives an access to top-notch internship opportunities while we are still in B-school, and command better positions and higher salaries as well. A PGDM in Finance offers benefits to working professionals in a huge variety of Industries.

With the PGDM Finance program from FIIB my objective is to secure a job in the private sector. Corporate finance is an interest area that I wish to explore through the live project and corporate internship programs. This PGDM in finance will me with an embellished career. These skills will lay a foundation for an opportunity to earn higher salaries and qualify for more advanced positions.

Raghvendra tomar

– Raghvendra Tomar

First year, PGDM (2016-2018)



Corporate Internship Program Success!

Corporate Internship programs  or CIP opportunities enable you to use what you’ve learned during your Post graduate diploma in Management, expand your knowledge and benefit from the valuable on-the-job experience. This is a great way to explore career choices available and gain more clarity on the placement and target companies. Internship programs help students understand how the industry works by improving their problem-solving skills.

At FIIB, students undergo 3 months of corporate internship. The experienced faculty of FIIB works year round to regularly collaborate with the industry to develop courses, workshops, live projects, and guest lectures. Last year about 90% of the students chose to pursue the internship in the big 4’s. Some of the companies where students went to were: IDBI Federal, Kotak, Tech Mahindra, Tata Motors, EY, Genpact, Bharti Airtel, Shriram fortune, Indian Oil, Quikr etc.

The success of the corporate internship program reflects on to the placement results of FIIB. The career management center has been consistent with a 100 % placement record with hosting more than 150 companies last year. Some of the popular names  who rolled out full-time offers are Deloitte, Redington, GSK-GlaxoSmithKline, S&P Capital IQ, Grofers, Hankyu Hanshin Express, Kurl On, Oxylane-Decathlon, Hippo Innovation Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Xl Dynamics, Colgate-Palmolive, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd, Berger Paints India Limited, CSC, Printland.In, Stellar Search and Selection Pvt. Ltd, SMC Group, Lloyd Ventures, Daffodil Software, Evalueserve, Moody’s Shared Services India, Dish TV India Limited, HIL Limited, Maersk line, Godrej & Boyce etc. We are pleased to note the FIIB program keeps growing from strength to. From time and again companies give graduates due credit to the FIIB program as they are among the top performers at work too.



Aptitute & Intelligence

Measuring aptitude


What makes someone good at a particular task with or without training can be termed as aptitude. These skills, or abilities can be innate or acquired over the years. A child whose first language was not English, yet she picked it up over the years and uses it equally well just as her first language, can prove that the child had an aptitude for learning languages fast. Aptitude can be further simplified by dividing it in various abilities which include readiness to learn or a positive orientation towards a particular skill. These abilities are either innate, hidden, never explored, or can be acquired with age. For example, people who appreciate music, particularly singing, may not be good singers, to begin with. However, they learn and pick up that skill over time. Factors such as interest, exposure, and motivation contribute a lot to building an individual’s aptitude. Training could be another powerful factor. Students preparing for competitive exams may not clear or score well at the very first attempt, however with coaching and feedback they improve over time. However, someone not good at mathematics may never understand the concepts of calculation even with coaching and training. The term aptitude is often used as a negative term as well when it is used to describe a person’s intelligence. Not possessing an aptitude for subjects such as mathematics or chemistry is often termed as ‘not being intelligent’. Students pursuing subjects such as humanities or language are often considered as ‘not-so-bright’ by the society. It boils down to the marketability of an individual’s skills. People are normally drawn to subjects and things that can fetch them a good and stable job. We see many cases around us where students are not good at a particular stream of subjects, yet they keep at it with the objective of finally getting a good job for most of the aptitude tests conducted by the universities or companies normally looks for the clichéd skill set.

Memory, age, and environment also contribute to aptitude building. Reading is one interest that some people pick up quite late at life, especially reading a religious text, which could be due to a changing spiritual inclination. On a lighter note, the example of aged people struggling with the fast changing technology could be funny. An old lady who earlier couldn’t learn to switch on the television properly can now use mobile phone applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook easily. There is an undeniable pleasure involved in skills that we pick up accidently or out of sheer interest. Whereas some may never learn to calculate or solve a puzzle in their entire life.

Is there anyone reliable test that can measure the intelligence of a person?

The invention of Intelligence measuring tests is yet another way to separate or filter one type of people from the bigger lot. We first need to understand the idea or objective behind such tests. People are born with different abilities and capabilities and those who identify and acknowledge them early in life, usually benefit from it. The conventional IQ tests which eventually became a household name were definitely a revolutionary idea to showcase what a human mind is capable of, however, later the very test became the symbol of limiting the other abilities of people who couldn’t count, memorize or recollect a certain piece of information. However, we can’t ignore the fact that such tests made it easier for people to in-cash on their abilities and get jobs, recognition, and fame due to their abilities. Such intelligence measuring tests also make selection and distinction easy. A farmer may not be able to calculate, read or recite text but he knows about the science of harvesting and use smart strategies to grow a better harvest. Though his intelligence is limited to a particular skill yet he is, intelligent.

With the changing times, educational institutes and employers are also adopting the trend of conducting Psychometric Tests to also check whether a person scores well on emotional and behavioral aspects as well. Helping people to come out of conflict, having impeccable convincing power, running a successful sales campaign can also be an example of acute intelligence. Though intelligence measuring tests these days include measuring memory, reasoning, attention, and planning as well as information on the test takers’ background and lifestyle. It all still boils down to the fact that these tests only determine the marketability of skills.

Language related tests such as IELTS and TOEFL make it easier for universities or countries to assess whether the test taker could survive in a foreign (English speaking) land, or could understand the medium of teaching in a particular university. Here, other intelligence abilities of an individual such as the singing of gardening will not help. Hence, such intelligence measuring tests are unavoidable needs of our times.


From BBA to MBA: 1st Year into the PGDM program

Shubham Gupta

There may be different opinions on whether doing and MBA will help career growth or not. For the longest period of time, this decision confused me too. Upon completion of my BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) in 2016, I researched thoroughly before finalizing what course I should opt for.  Intense research and guidance from alumni of my college, here I am in the first year of PGDM program at FIIB.

3 years of graduation study has helped me understand that practical knowledge is extremely important. An MBA can help you become a part of a great network of professionals and companies. This helps you to constantly challenge yourself with the newest problem-solving skills to acquire excellence. During this first year of my postgraduate diploma in management, I have trained myself to look for the logic behind every topic that I study. The corporate internships, live projects, guest lectures, exposure to the industry through student clubs has helped me implement all the textbook learning to real-life industry situations. In just a year, after starting my MBA program, I have noticed clarity towards my goals and clear understanding of my area of interest.

FIIB has a team of well experienced and highly qualified faculty who mentor us towards our goal of becoming placement ready. I have noticed I’m getting a lot better at eloquence and public speaking. Multiple presentations and student club activities have enabled me with team handling skills which will help me in the placement group discussions too! The decision of opting in for an MBA after my BBA has been a great one. I am constantly improving my skills to be industry ready.  The FIIB, PGDM program has all the elements to achieve my aim of getting placement ready.

– Student entry by Shubham Gupta

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