Many fresh graduates feel that IIMs and other top B-Schools don’t prefer students with no work experience. But Indian B-Schools are more liberal in admitting freshers when compared to their counterparts abroad. In any IIM, nearly 20~30% of students don’t have any work experience. So, if someone with no work experience has good academics and decent CAT percentile then he/she will definitely be called for second stage of admission.
A glimpse into the student profiles at IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) , IIM Bangalore (IIMB) and IIM Calcutta (IIMC) is as under:
From above student profiles, it is apparent that IIMC has highest intake of fresh graduates at 33% whereas IIMB has least intake at 20%. Nevertheless, the intake is considered to be best when compared with global counterparts. In fact, pre-MBA work experience is not always considered by companies if a student wants to move to a different sector than from his pre-MBA working sector. Take for example if someone has work experience of 3 years in Information Technology then the same will not be considered fully when he/she opts for Finance sector. It happened many times that a candidate was assigned the same job role of Management Trainee, Analyst etc which a fresher might get on campus.There are some sectors which prefer students with no work experience so that they can train and groom them properly according to their needs.The odds of making it to IIMs are more or less equal for freshers as well as work experience guys, as was evident from the distribution of students avove.
So my request for all the fresh graduates or students in final year is not to worry whether a B-School will consider your candidature or not but instead focus on scoring well and clearing all cut-offs in entrance examination.