Frequently Asked Questions

ACADEMICS


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune has been ranked as 3rd amongst the Top Leading B-Schools of Super Excellence in India. SIMS has been ranked as 3rd in the State of Maharashtra amongst private institutes in India. It has been ranked 11th for placement, USP, Social Responsibility, Networking & Industry Interface in India (Both Government & Private)and has been ranked 11th for Faculty, Publication, Research, Consultancy, MDP & other programmes in India (Both Government & Private) {As per CSR BHRD 2018 Survey}.

Entrepreneurship culture is of key importance to SIMS. To keep this culture alive SIMS opened an Incubation center in 2010 which acts as a platform for students with entrepreneurial zeal to realize their dreams. At SIMS we believe a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and Incubation Centre acts as the first stepping stone. It has initiated ‘IDENTIFY ORAL CARE’.

Official leaves are only provided when you participate in inter-institute events, competitions, events of reputation.

You have to maintain 90% in all semesters to appear for the placement process and 75% for appearing in the exams as per SIU rules.

We offer Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations as major. Finance, Marketing, International Business, Information System, Operations, as minor.

The students can select their specializations by the end of the first semester. But marks obtained also play a part in the specialization selection process.

There are common subjects in 1st semester. At the end of the 1st semester, you are supposed to choose your specializations. There is a limit in the number of seats for the students. However, a minimum of 20 students is required to start a specialization.

There has been a good mix of freshers and work ex-students.

It entirely depends on your field of interest, personality, and experience in the relevant field.

Yes, we provide exchange programs. There are summer schools and collaborations with many foreign universities.
For more detailed information visit SIMS website or visit https://www.sims.edu/collaborations.

Yes, it is common for all specializations.

The curriculum is decided by SIMS in consultation with SIU and keeps updating as per the industry needs and requirements.

One of the features that sets SIMS apart is its orientation period. The orientation acts like a Launchpad for their foray into the corporate world. It is tough, hectic and prepares them for a rigorous life in the corporate world. The orientation also builds batch unity and friendship that last for a lifetime, making it an unforgettable experience.

Yes, you can apply to SIMS if you meet the eligibility criteria. SIU has a list of universities whose correspondence course degree is accepted for MBA admissions. Kindly mail your mark sheet or degree certificate to The Admission Department - admission@sims.edu

SIMS uses flip-classroom, group activity, role plays, individual assignments, class PPT, research articles, Case studies as a major methodology of teaching. The regular conduct of guest talks, seminars, market simulation, Quizzes, market surveys, latest happenings discussion along academic syllabus coverage are an integral part of academics.

Seat Structure: -
80% seats for dependents (Children/Ward) of defense personnel (as per merit)
10% seats are in the open category to civilian candidates /sponsored or recommended by the Industry (as per merit)
10% seats for dependents of Defence personnel killed in action (war, counter-insurgency or warlike operation), disabled in action (war, Counter Insurgency or warlike operation), with more than 50% disability, next to kin of service personnel who have died while in service, death being attributable to military service. (as per merit). Serving Officers from defence can apply for Two years full time MBA programme while on study leave.


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

GE-PIWAT PROCESS


GEPIWAT stands for Group Exercise, Personal Interaction and Writing Ability Test. It is a process in which potential candidates are invited for further assessment after being shortlisted based on SNAP exam results. It has three sub-processes, namely:
● GROUP EXERCISE – Candidates are divided into groups and each group is given a particular exercise like story formation or discussion.
● WAT – Writing Ability Test evaluates the candidate’s writing skills. They could be shown a picture or a video or an abstract or a situational question, wherein based on their understanding they will have to write or give a solution of the same.
● PERSONAL INTERACTION – Candidates are interviewed by the Panel based on their resume, academic qualifications, interests and knowledge about current events.

You will receive an e-mail and SMS if you are shortlisted. You can also log in to snap portal and check.

You are required to make a folder which contains all the required documents in the appropriate order so that it is easy for us to handle the entire process.

Comfortable Formals for both boys and girls. (Western and Indian for girls) It is advised that the candidate should wear comfortable formals as the process will go on for about 4-5 hours.

You will be given an option to select your desired slot as per your preference. Additionally, please do let us know about the details of your exam beforehand so that prior arrangements can be made and you do not miss out on the GE-PIWAT process.

This year GE-PIWAT will be conducted online. Shortlisted candidates will be intimated through email and messages. There will be three links for each individual round. The platform is yet to be decided by the university. If you have any queries than feel free to contact on the mail id and phone number given in the chat box.

February 14th to 21st, 2021 (Monday to Sunday)
You will be informed about the dates. Keep visiting sims.edu or email admissions@sims.edu, gepiwat2021@sims.edu
or call 020-25593250,227,201.

SNAP 2021 results will be declared on 22nd January 2021.

The list will be out on 3rd and 4th Feb 2021. And the admit card for GEPIWAT will be available on SIMS website from 9th Feb 2021. It is all tentative and subject to change. Make sure you fill the GE-PIWAT form properly if you are shortlisted. Most of the candidates do not read the instructions properly. So be extremely careful while filling the form and uploading the required documents.

● Laptop/Desktop Requirements:
o Processor Minimum i3 8 generation.
o RAM minimum 4 GB or above.
o LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet
o Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n.
o Inbuilt Camera and Speaker.
o Battery backup minimum 2.5 hours or above.
o Operating System WINDOWS 8 & above
● Bandwidth Requirement:
o 800kbps/1.0 Mbps (up/down) for high quality video
● Software Requirement:
o Version of zoom to be downloaded 5.4 and above

March 2nd, 2021 (Tuesday) – March 6th, 2021 (Saturday). It is a tentative date, subject to change.

You can upload all the documents in the ‘Admissions’ tab on the SIMS website for our verification.
Please note, the upload option will only be visible to students who have registered for the GE-PIWAT process.

Please write an email to gepiwat2021@sims.edu or call 020-25593250/201/9763527195 immediately.

Please write an email to gepiwat2021@sims.edu or call 020-25593250/201/9763527195 immediately.

There will be two sessions. The process may start at 9:30 a.m. for the morning session and for the afternoon session at 2:00 p.m. Candidates are given the choice to book the slot as per their convenience. Keep visiting sims.edu or email admissions@sims.edu, gepiwat2021@sims.edu or call 02025593250,227,201 for any queries.

The duration of the entire GE-PIWAT process for a candidate can vary from 4 hours to 5 hours. It used to be completed in a single day during the previous years. This year however, WAT may be conducted on a different day and GE-PI on a different day since the process is online.

The list of all the documents to be submitted have been mentioned on the sims.edu website under the ‘Admissions’ tab.

The submission of documents will be done online and candidates will be reached out during personal interview for further information. Also keep visiting website for regular updates.

It is 50% for both GE-PIWAT and SNAP exam. Further bifurcation for GEPIWAT is:
● 30%- P.I. (Personal Interaction)
● 10%- GE (Group Exercise)
● 10%- WAT (Writing Ability Test)
So, even if you have just cleared the cut off, there is still a chance to clear the final merit list as GE-PIWAT process also carries 50% weightage.

There are no particular books for preparation of GEPIWAT. Just keep yourself updated with the recent news, read newspapers and be thorough with your CV.
● For Group Exercise: Candidates are evaluated on how efficiently they can work in a group.
● For WAT: Work on your writing skills and articulation. Enhance your vocabulary.

It is not mandatory to have work-ex. It does not any provide added advantage. Your selection entirely depends on your skills and knowledge.

● Go through your Resume, know yourself. Do not contradict your Resume
● Be original and spontaneous. Get clear with what you want and how can you achieve that.
● Tell the panel about yourself, your interests, achievements.
● Be confident while answering. Make a difference.

There is a fierce competition in the open category and seats are less so it depends entirely on your performance in the process, i.e., SNAP Test and the GE-PIWAT process.

Every candidate has to attend a separate process for all the institutes. Make sure you apply to each college separately. So, if you want to apply for SIMS the last date of application is 21th Jan, 2021.

● Have a good, stable internet connection for proper connectivity.
● Sit in noise free, well lit room.
● Be formally dressed.
● Check your camera and microphone to ensure that they are in proper working conditions.
● Keep your documents handy.
● A detailed mail regarding guidelines for GEPIWAT will be sent to all the shortlisted candidates so don’t worry about it.

No, both the GE-PIWAT evaluation panel and verification panel work independently, so it will not impact your GE-PIWAT evaluation. It is filled for either alterations in stated facts on the application form or for the pending documents. If you are able to produce the pending documents within the stipulated time, it will not have any impact, if not than your candidature might not be considered for the subsequent process. But if you fail to submit the documents on time, your candidature will be cancelled.

You can write a mail regarding your dissatisfaction to The Director, SIMS – director@sims.edu and keeping the faculty Dr. Suruchi Pandey in CC - suruchi.p@sims.edu stating the part of the process that you were not satisfied with and the reason for your dissatisfaction along with your GE-PIWAT details.

You will be randomly allocated a slot and will not be able to change the slot allocated.

In this case, you will be allowed to go through the entire GE-PIWAT process. Based on the documents provided by you, your category will be updated and your candidature will be considered in that specific category (if you satisfy the eligibility requirements applicable for that category) for any subsequent process.


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

GE-PIWAT HANDBOOK


PLACEMENTS


The average CTC offered to the batch of 2019-21 till date is 9.7 lakhs. The highest CTC is 18 lakhs. The process is ongoing and has started only 15 days back where almost 45% students have been placed making a total of 130 students.

SIMS has an extremely good record of placement. The final recruitment process at SIMS starts from October-November. Companies from every sector have arrived and offered placement opportunities to the students. The major recruiters are from BFSI,FMCG, IT, Consulting and Manufacturing sector. For more detailed information you can visit https://www.sims.edu/placements .

SIMS has the best ROI on fees to CTC ratio, which is almost 100-150 percent. As the fees for MBA programme is heavily subsidized, it is the most sought-after course.

It depends on the profile which the companies are offering while recruiting.

Yes, they do matter as companies may use that as a criterion for shortlisting. It depends on the company policy.

The summer internships are for 8-10 weeks and the students are selected by the companies as per their requirements.

50% students of the 2019-21 batch got placed from the campus for summer internships with an average stipend of 40k and highest stipend of 75k. 18 students were offered PPOs.


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

FEES


MBA Batch 2020-2022

Instalments for MBA - Open Defence (Indian Students)
Instalments for MBA (Indian students)1st Year (Amount in ₹)2nd Year (Amount in ₹)
1st Instalment2nd Instalment3rd Instalment4th Instalment
Academic Fees₹ 2,25,000.00₹ 2,25,000.00₹ 2,25,000.00₹ 2,25,000.00
Institute Deposit (Refundable) ₹ 20,000.00 ---
Hostel Deposit (Refundable)₹ 15,000.00---
Hostel Fees ₹ 31,200.00₹ 31,200.00******
Mess Fees ₹ 32,250.00 ₹ 32,250.00 ** **
Instalments ₹ 3,23,450.00₹ 2,88,450.00
Instalments pay by date At the time of Admission 25-Nov-2020 25-Jul-2021 25-Nov-2021
** Hostel and Mess Fees for the subsequent year would be communicated before commencement of the next academic year.

MBA Batch 2020-2022

Instalments for MBA - Open (Formerly Industry Sponsored) (Indian Students)
Instalments for MBA (Indian students)1st Year (Amount in ₹)2nd Year (Amount in ₹)
1st Instalment2nd Instalment3rd Instalment4th Instalment
Academic Fees ₹ 3,42,500.00 ₹ 3,42,500.00 ₹ 3,42,500.00 ₹ 3,42,500.00
Institute Deposit (Refundable) ₹ 20,000.00 ---
Hostel Deposit (Refundable)₹ 15,000.00---
Hostel Fees₹ 31,200.00₹ 31,200.00** **
Mess Fees₹ 32,250.00₹ 32,250.00****
Instalments₹ 4,40,950.00₹ 4,05,950.00
Instalments pay by date At the time of Admission 25-Nov-2020 25-Jul-2021 25-Nov-2021
** Hostel and Mess Fees for the subsequent year would be communicated before commencement of the next academic year

MBA Batch 2020-2022

Instalments for MBA - Study Leave Officer (Indian Students)
Instalments for MBA (Indian students)1st Year (Amount in ₹)2nd Year (Amount in ₹)
1st Instalment2nd Instalment3rd Instalment4th Instalment
Academic Fees ₹ 1,04,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00
Institute Deposit (Refundable) ₹ 20,000.00 - - -
Instalments ₹ 1,24,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00 ₹ 1,04,000.00
Instalments pay by date At the time of Admission 25-Nov-2020 25-Jul-2021 25-Nov-2021

The mode of payment of the fees will be through NEFT or RTGS.

SIMS directly don't provide any loan assistance but education loan provider visit the SIMS frequently and provide the low interest rate to SIMS full time students. Ex: HDFC Credila, Canara Bank, Axis Bank and Avanse etc.

After paying the fees, 7th March 2021, 5:00 pm


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

ELIGIBILITY


The cut off for this year is not to be disclosed. Last year, it was 50 percentile for the defence open category, and for the open category, you can expect a cut-off between 80-85 percentiles. Although one cannot rely on these numbers as the cut-offs depend on numerous factors such as the difficulty level of the paper, number of applications, etc.

No, admission to SIMS is purely based on merit.

This year SNAP was held on 20th December, 2020 and on the 6th and 9th of January, 2021. The results were disclosed on 22 January and the admission process of the selected candidates goes on till March.

You are eligible to apply for admission in SIMS if you have the minimum required marks in 10th, 12th as per the board you appeared in and scored 50% in graduation. For admission, your SNAP score has 50% weightage and the rest 50% weightage is given to the GEPIWAT process. So, to get selected, just prepare well for SNAP and GEPIWAT.

It will be displayed on the following website –
www.sims.edu
www.snaptest.org

In that case, you are supposed to contact our administration department. But all the backlogs should be cleared before the commencing of the

Intake: -
Defence open – 240
Defence special – 30
Civilian Candidates – 30

For applying to SIMS, you first need to register online with SNAP on www.snaptest.org to get a SNAP ID, there you can apply for SIMS.
The prospectus is available on https://sims.edu/mba-program/

Yes. If applying to SIMS, you have to fill up an application form for SIMS.

Yes, you can apply to SNAP and SIMS.

Yes, you have to fulfill the eligibility criteria of passing with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade in graduation. However, final eligibility will be confirmed only after verification of the eligibility form and documents.

Defence Personnel, their Dependents, and Civilian Candidates.

Yes you can get admission but you will have to provide annexure- A

The list will be out on 3rd and 4th Feb 2021. And the admit card for GEPIWAT will be available on the SIMS website from 9th Feb 2021. It is all tentative and subject to change. Make sure you fill the GE-PIWAT form properly if you are shortlisted. Most of the candidates do not read the instructions properly. So be extremely careful while filling the form and uploading the required documents.

The list of all the documents to be submitted has been mentioned on the sims.edu website under the ‘Admissions’ tab.

Yes, you can apply to SIMS Pune under the International Students category and since you have done your graduation in India, you will have to appear for SNAP Test to be eligible. For information about international students, please refer to the following link:
http://www.sibm.edu/welcome/mba_internationalstudents


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

INFRASTRUCTURE


Yes, SIMS provides a residential MBA program, even to the students staying in Pune. So, staying in a hostel is compulsory for everyone or as per the latest covid 19 protocols.

Yes, in the classrooms as well as the hostels.

You are only allowed to get your two-wheelers to the campus. (Please carry the documents along).

Yes, a full-time mess facility is available at the institute. An institute canteen is also there which functions the entire day. The food is hyfienically made keeping in mind the Covid-19 protocols.

No, you are not allowed to carry the mess food inside your hostel.

  • Weekdays - 10.30pm
  • Weekends -11.30pm

Only allowed to take night outs in the weekend, provided you have a local guardian present in the city.

Fill up the night out form and get it signed by the campus administrator. Also, an email needs to be sent from the parents to the campus administrator and submit the signed documents to the hostel warden.

You are only allowed to take night outs on the weekend, provided you have a local guardian present in the city. You are supposed to apply for leave on the left portal, which is first looked at by the Admin Department, then the Class In-charge, the Placement Cell, and finally the Director, who approves the leave, only then is the leave approved. For leave also, a mail with a scanned copy of the signed written permission letter is required from the parents.

Yes, we do provide.

Timings would change, but hot water is provided both in the morning and night.

We provide 2, 3 and 4 sharing rooms.

Yes, we have a guest house wherein you have to book the rooms beforehand for parents.

The Alumni can be contacted through the Alumni Cell.

No, the canteen inside the campus close by 10:30 PM.

All the necessary precautions, as per the directives of the authorities, are being taken to make the campus safer for students. For further information you can visit sims.edu.


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba

ADMISSION


There is no number for the merit lists but this depends upon the availability of seats after the admissions are done from the first merit list.

Seat Structure:
● 80% seats for dependents (Children/Ward) of defence personnel (as per merit)
● 10% seats are in the open category to civilian candidates /sponsored or recommended by the Industry (as per merit)
● 10% seats for dependents of Defence personnel killed in action (war, counter-insurgency or warlike operation), disabled in action (war, Counter Insurgency or warlike operation), with more than 50% disability, next to kin of service personnel who have died while in service, death being attributable to military service. (as per merit)

It is 50% for both GE-PIWAT and SNAP exam. Further bifurcation for GEPIWAT is:
● 30%- P.I. (Personal Interaction)
● 10%- GE (Group Exercise)
● 10%- WAT (Writing Ability Test)
So, even if you have just cleared the cut-off, there is still a chance to clear the final merit list as the GE-PIWAT process also carries 50% weightage.

The committee looks into your academic knowledge, soft skills, personality, achievements in any fields like academics, sports, etc. and if you have ANY work ex then questions might be asked related to it.

The Office of Admissions looks forward to helping you and answer your queries. You may write to us at admissions@sims.edu, or call us at 020-25593250, 227, 201 (7 days, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm).


For further query check the following link-https://www.sims.edu/admission_mba