The IIMs located in different parts of the country are more or less at par with each other. Saying one is better than the other is not a good thing to so. The same applies for IIM Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad. Placement is a major criterion when it comes to selecting B-schools in India. If we consider on this aspect, both these IIMs are of equal weightage. However, one can find differences in the culture and structure of the courses at these two educational institutions.
Balance between study and life
IIM Ahmedabad is one of the most academically rigorous educational institutes in India. This does not mean that the academics at IIM Bangalore are less rigorous. Both are at equal level if you compare the vastness of their syllabus. The major difference that arises between the two business schools is in the effort that a student needs to put in their studies. At IIM Ahmedabad, the entire syllabus is taught with the help of a cased based pedagogy structure. In the case of IIM Bangalore, it is a mixture of case studies, lectures and seminars. This means that a student at IIM Ahmedabad have to study for three to four hours before attending a class. And if you take into account the projects and the different assignments, the student hardly has time for extra-curricular activities. IIM Ahmedabad has a great social life but you often have to sacrifice that due to the heavy study pressure.
These happen relatively less at IIM Bangalore. You can get those extra three to four hours to do whatever you like every day. And this gives a balance to the life of the students.
Foreign exchange program
There is a student exchange program that is for three months duration. The IIMs has a great list of b-schools as partners and this is a great opportunity for the students. IIM Bangalore score well than IIM Ahmedabad when it comes to partner b-schools.
IIM Bangalore: Yale School Of Management, Melbourne Business School, Booth School Of Business, Stern School of Business, Johnson Cornell, Fuqua School of Business, London Business School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, McGill University, Australian School of Business, University of NSW, QUT, Queen’s School Of Business.
IIM Ahmedabad: McGill University, Australian Graduate School of Management, UCLA Anderson School Of Management, Melbourne Business School, Booth School Of Business, Stern School Of Business, Columbia Business School.
The entry to the business school depends on your CGPA. So having more choices is a big benefit for the students. As is evident from the list, IIM Bangalore has more choices than IIM Ahmedabad.
IIM Ahmedabad focuses on case-study based structure in their course. IIM Bangalore meanwhile has lectures, case studies and seminars style of teaching. The case based study style is a reason why many students opt for IIM Ahmedabad. There are certain subjects in which case study is better and there are subjects where lectures are better. A mixed approach is always better to impart education to the students.
Choice of Electives
IIM Bangalore offers the students to pick three electives in their first year. The benefit is that you will have done three courses in this field in which you will be continuing the internship. The second year at IIM Bangalore is also completely elective based whereas IIM Ahmedabad has compulsory courses even in their second year.
Branding and Networking
IIM Ahmedabad will score better in this area. The brand value of this school is higher than any other b-school. The alumni of IIM Ahmedabad are active and organised. However, this depends on how often you will be using this alumni network. So if you are not much into using the alumni network, you can think twice about it.
Sporting Culture and Infrastructure
Sports are an important part of IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. However, you must know that IIM Bangalore takes sports more seriously than IIM Ahmedabad. The Sports Center at IIM Bangalore is proof of the b-school’s dedication to sports. The best way to build team building skills is by playing sports. Hence, if you love sports, then IIM Bangalore is a good place to apply.
Comparing the two IIMs is a difficult job. However, we have pointed out some salient features for you to understand the two schools better. It depends on your needs and temperament as to which b-school will suit you the best.
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