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FIRST YEAR AT JOKA - LIVE CHAT WITH A CURRENT IIM CALCUTTA STUDENT

What's the life like at IIM Calcutta? What should or shouldn't you do in your first year? This and some general tips for the 1st year at IIM Calcutta to be given by current IIM Calcutta student. Join now!

CONDUCTED BY:
Malvika Prasad
May 22
06:00 PM

May 22
07:00 PM
  • Profile Picture Mohammed Shahil

    Exactly at 6 pm?

    05:46 PM

  • Profile Picture Aashish Jhunjhunwala

    6 pm it is

    05:59 PM

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    Hi. Are there sports coaches in IIm c to train students?

    06:00 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Hello everyone, 
    My name is Malvika Prasad
    I am a second year student at IIM Calcutta. I'll be answering any queries you may have.

    06:00 PM

  • Profile Picture Sai Krishna Sky

    About hostel life

    06:01 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Hi himanshu,
    Yes, we do have coaches who come in for a number of sports. 

    06:01 PM

  • Profile Picture Sai Krishna Sky

    Washing machines laundry so that we will plan accordingly 

    06:01 PM

  • Profile Picture Mohammed Shahil

    Are all the rooms single ones?

    06:01 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    All rooms are single occupancy

    06:02 PM

  • Profile Picture Tapas kumar Swain

    Is the schedule really tight or we will get enough free time for extra curriculars?? 

    06:02 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad


    Hi Sai,
    Yes, we do have washing machines in all hostels. In addition to that, laundry service is available if you wish to avail it.

    06:03 PM

  • Profile Picture Sandeep Kumar

    Do you get enough time to enjoy sports in 1st term?

    06:03 PM

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    For qualifying mathematics would there be  classes for clarifications?

    06:03 PM

  • Profile Picture Yogesh Khadke

    How difficult is the QM01 test? Do students fail to qualify in it? 

    06:03 PM

  • Profile Picture Sai Krishna Sky

    Thank you Malavika

    06:03 PM

  • Profile Picture Harika Garimella

    Is availing mess a compulsory? 

    06:04 PM

  • Profile Picture Pearl Edibam

    Hi Malvika, is the LKV Hostel allotted to female students? 

    06:04 PM

  • Profile Picture Rituraj .

    Do we have guest house in college

    06:04 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Tapas and Sandeep,
    You will have sufficient time for Sports and extra-currics post first term.
    The
    first few months will be quite hectic

    06:05 PM

  • Profile Picture Suryakant Sharma

    Is the hostel allotment random or first come first serve basis? 

    06:06 PM

  • Profile Picture dhwani1993

    Hiiii Malvika.. what is the process for getting into any club?

    06:06 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Do we get a chance to participate in live projects during the first year?

    06:07 PM

  • Profile Picture Surbhi Babbar

    What are the various clubs in IIM C?

    06:07 PM

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    Is the hostel allotment pre-decided?

    06:07 PM

  • Profile Picture Sandeep Kumar

    thanks malvika

    06:07 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankur Parmar

    what are the important thing people should prepare before starting college will help them in hectic first term schedule

    06:08 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Regarding the QM exam, we may have a session for clarification. 
    Ideally
    , going through the PDFs shared by Anusha and Amit, will be sufficient.
    You
    get 3 attempts to clear the exam. If you fail to qualify the first time, you will have to attend mandatory classes for QM.

    06:08 PM

  • Profile Picture dhwani1993

    Do we have most of the assignments to be done in group or individually?

    06:08 PM

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    Let Malvika answer already asked questions first :D

    06:09 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    The hostel allotment is random. You will get to know what your rooms are once you reach campus. They will have already been allotted to you.

    06:09 PM

  • Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Hey Surbhi and Dhwani,
    We have 22 clubs and SIGs active on campus. You will most definitely be able to find a club to your liking.  You'll get to know more details about them once you're on campus

    06:11 PM

  • Profile Picture Harika Garimella

    Is availing mess a compulsory? 

    06:04 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    No, availing mess is not compulsory.

    06:12 PM

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    Are mess charges on pro rata basis?

    06:13 PM

  • Profile Picture Pearl Edibam

    Hi Malvika, is the LKV Hostel allotted to female students? 

    06:04 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes. We have two hostels to which female students are allotted. The lake view hostel and the Ramanujan Hostel. Both are co-ed

    06:13 PM

  • Profile Picture Rudraa Nayak

    Which hostel is nearest to lecture halls?

    06:13 PM

  • Profile Picture Rituraj .

    Do we have guest house in college

    06:04 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes, We have two- tata hall and MDC

    06:14 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Do we get a chance to participate in live projects during the first year?

    06:07 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes. A number of live projects are shared with the students. You'll learn more once you reach campus.

    06:15 PM

  • Profile Picture Aritra Bera

    What is the class timing?

    06:16 PM

  • Profile Picture Aashish Jhunjhunwala

    Can you please share more details about the various scholarships in IIM Calcutta?

    06:16 PM

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    Any tips for studying in this time?

    06:17 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankur Parmar

    what are the important thing people should prepare before starting college will help them in hectic first term schedule

    06:08 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Try and finish your prep for QM before reaching campus. You'll end up saving a lot of valuable time this way. In addition to that, if you wish to, go through accounting finance. It is not a necessity, but will definitely help if you have a basic idea.

    06:17 PM

  • Profile Picture dhwani1993

    Do we have most of the assignments to be done in group or individually?

    06:08 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    It's a mix of both.

    06:18 PM

  • Profile Picture Sanjana Sripada

    Is accommodation available for parents on campus?

    06:18 PM

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    How groups are assigned?

    06:18 PM

  • Profile Picture Sai Krishna Sky

    Hi Malvika any particular excel course preferres..

    06:19 PM

  • Profile Picture Pratham Pramod

    What happens between during our first week in college? 

    06:20 PM

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    Are mess charges on pro rata basis?

    06:13 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    It's not fixed for a month, but is based on the actuals.

    06:20 PM

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    Are we allowed extra electrical items?? Kettle or induction? #momsworry

    06:20 PM

  • Profile Picture Rudraa Nayak

    Which hostel is nearest to lecture halls?

    06:13 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    The ramanjun Hostel is nearest to the academic block

    06:21 PM

  • Profile Picture Aritra Bera

    What is the class timing?

    06:16 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    For first year, the classes are usually from 8:30 - 4, depending on your timetable. Extra/makeup classes may be held during other times as well.

    06:22 PM

  • Profile Picture Anshul Yadav

    Till what time we can reach the college at night

    06:23 PM

  • Profile Picture Aashish Jhunjhunwala

    Can you please share more details about the various scholarships in IIM Calcutta?

    06:16 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    A number of merit and need based scholarships are there. Please reach out to Anusha/Amit for more details.

    06:24 PM

  • Profile Picture arjunp024

    Do we need to buy a bicycle for commuting within the campus? 

    06:24 PM

  • Profile Picture Sanjana Sripada

    Is accommodation available for parents on campus?

    06:18 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes. we have the facility to book either of the two guest houses on campus.

    06:25 PM

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    How groups are assigned?

    06:18 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Mostly randomly by the professors. In some courses, you may be allowed to make your own groups.

    06:26 PM

  • Profile Picture Sai Krishna Sky

    Hi Malvika any particular excel course preferres..

    06:19 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    As such, there is no requirement, but basic knowledge always goes a long way

    06:27 PM

  • Profile Picture Nidhi Malkan

    Hi Guys
    This is Nidhi from InsideIIM.
    We are organising a workshop for students from top b-schools (Class of 2020) on 25th May 2018 in Mumbai. Companies like HUL, ABGLP, etc will be coming for the session. To register, please send your offer letter and your resume on ayana@insideiim.com and fill this form - https://bit.ly/2G2H1he
    We had a similar session in Bangalore. You can check it out here - https://bit.ly/2IB3VCs

    It's a free event. Lunch will be served and you get a lot of freebies, some prizes, and certificates as well!

    06:28 PM

  • Profile Picture Pratham Pramod

    What happens between during our first week in college? 

    06:20 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Orientation and induction sessions are planned for your first week

    06:28 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Do we have saturdays off? 

    06:28 PM

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    Are we allowed extra electrical items?? Kettle or induction? #momsworry

    06:20 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Moms will always worry. You can have kettles, irons in your rooms

    06:29 PM

  • Profile Picture Anshul Yadav

    Till what time we can reach the college at night

    06:23 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    There is no time restraint

    06:29 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    please elaborate on the projects which are received by INCA. What are the activities and scope of INCA?

    06:29 PM

  • Profile Picture Mohammed Shahil

    Hi nidhi. I attended your event in banglore. Needed to convey to you that the powerbank i won as an early bird prize isnt working since day 1. Kindly resolve this issue ??

    06:30 PM

  • Profile Picture arjunp024

    Do we need to buy a bicycle for commuting within the campus? 

    06:24 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    A number of students do use one, but it is not a necessity. You'll be just fine walking around

    06:30 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Do we have saturdays off? 

    06:28 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Usually yes. However, extra classes/other activities may be planned for the weekends

    06:31 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Is there pollution or dust issue within the campus? #Seriousquestion

    06:32 PM

  • Profile Picture shrutisneha2007

    Can we install a cooler in our room? Any extra charges for that?

    06:33 PM

  • Profile Picture Praveen Kumar

    by what time are the summer placements over ?

    06:35 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    please elaborate on the projects which are received by INCA. What are the activities and scope of INCA?

    06:29 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    INCA's scope includes, but is not limited to Guest Lectures, Live Projects, HULT Prize, Clothes & Food Drives, Blood Donation Program, Social Day, Social Business Idea Competitions etc

    06:35 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Is there pollution or dust issue within the campus? #Seriousquestion

    06:32 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    No. We pride ourselves on our green and clean campus.

    06:36 PM

  • Profile Picture shrutisneha2007

    Can we install a cooler in our room? Any extra charges for that?

    06:33 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Considering the humidity, a cooler will do you no good. Additionally, it is not allowed. You can have a table/pedestal fan if you wish to purchase one

    06:37 PM

  • Profile Picture Praveen Kumar

    by what time are the summer placements over ?

    06:35 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    The schedule is not yet out. It will be updated on the website in due course

    06:38 PM

  • Profile Picture Aditya Meena

    Is there WiFi in the hostels? If not, can we connect a WiFi access point to the LAN ports? 

    06:38 PM

  • Profile Picture shrutisneha2007

    You said studying a little finance beforehand will help. Any resources for the same?

    06:41 PM

  • Profile Picture Rajiv Reddy

    Is attendance taken in classes? How strict are the profs about it?

    06:41 PM

  • Profile Picture Aditya Meena

    Is there WiFi in the hostels? If not, can we connect a WiFi access point to the LAN ports? 

    06:38 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes, the campus is WiFi enabled. In addition to that, LAN Ports are available in all hostel rooms

    06:41 PM

  • Profile Picture Sachet Jain

    ~~> MS Office for Mac. Is it easily available on campus? 

    06:43 PM

  • Profile Picture shrutisneha2007

    You said studying a little finance beforehand will help. Any resources for the same?

    06:41 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Class 11th and 12th Accounting finance is what i was referring to. Any commerce student should be able to guide you. Again, it will help you, but is definitely not a necessity

    06:43 PM

  • Profile Picture Sanjana Sripada

    Is there a schedule for the registration process?

    06:43 PM

  • Profile Picture Rajiv Reddy

    Is attendance taken in classes? How strict are the profs about it?

    06:41 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Yes. Attendance is taken in each class. A minimum of 75% attendance is required in each course.

    06:44 PM

  • Profile Picture Sachet Jain

    ~~> MS Office for Mac. Is it easily available on campus? 

    06:43 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    No, you will have to make your own arrangements for the same.

    06:44 PM

  • Profile Picture Tapas kumar Swain

    What happens in management games??? 

    06:45 PM

  • Profile Picture Sanjana Sripada

    Is there a schedule for the registration process?

    06:43 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    I am not aware of the schedule. We received it once we reached campus. Apart from that, anything that is important will be shared by Anusha and Amit

    06:46 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankit Doshi

    For all those on this chat who wish to prepare early for summer placements, please check out our Courses on this platform konversations.com - we have courses to crack specific summer internship roles - Marketing, Finance, Operations and HR. We also have other courses that will help you - Brand Management, Fundamentals of Finance, Ultimate Interview Prep etc. You can get unlimited access to all courses for 1 year if you buy Konversations Unlimited. Check out the various options here : https://konversations.com/courses/offers?src=chat

    06:46 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Are vga ports/converters necessary ?

    06:46 PM

  • Profile Picture Pritam Subba

    Can we leave campus during the weekends if there arw no activities planned?

    06:47 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankit Doshi

    All courses by Old IIMs/XLRI Alums only. 

    06:47 PM

  • Profile Picture Tapas kumar Swain

    What happens in management games??? 

    06:45 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Management games are an interesting learning experience. It's a business simulation.

    06:47 PM

  • Profile Picture Aashish Jhunjhunwala

    Any dress code for attending classes?

    06:47 PM

  • Profile Picture sushmitha246

    What’s our daily routine like till we get placed for summers? 

    06:48 PM

  • Profile Picture Utkarsh Thakur

    Are vga ports/converters necessary ?

    06:46 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    No. Till date, I have never had to use one.

    06:48 PM

  • Profile Picture Pritam Subba

    Can we leave campus during the weekends if there arw no activities planned?

    06:47 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    You can leave the campus whenever you want to, considering their are no planned activities. However, it is highly recommended that you stay on campus for the initial weeks, till you get a hang of things

    06:49 PM

  • Profile Picture Aashish Jhunjhunwala

    Any dress code for attending classes?

    06:47 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    There is no dress code. However, you are advised to dress smartly

    06:50 PM

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    Any other suggestions from your side which you feel one should know or should have asked?

    06:51 PM

  • Profile Picture Riddhi Doshi

    Will one set of complete business formals do or an additional set is required?

    06:51 PM

  • Profile Picture Mohammed Shahil

    Hi nidhi. I attended your event in banglore. Needed to convey to you that the powerbank i won as an early bird prize isnt working since day 1. Kindly resolve this issue ??

    06:30 PM

    Profile Picture System Administrator

    Hi Mohammaed, Have you charged the power bank before using it? You need to fully charge it first. We haven't received such a complaint from anywhere else. Also, the number of the service centre is on the warranty card along with the power bank in the white box.

    06:51 PM

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    Is anything planned for 16th and 17th as the formal classes are said to begin on 18th ? 

    06:51 PM

  • Profile Picture sushmitha246

    What’s our daily routine like till we get placed for summers? 

    06:48 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    You'll have classes and a lot of other activities. It will be a little hectic, but trust me, it's an experience you'll look back on

    06:52 PM

  • Profile Picture Riddhi Doshi

    Will one set of complete business formals do or an additional set is required?

    06:51 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Just make sure you have a formal blazer and at least 2-3 pairs of formals

    06:53 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankit Gupta

    Are we provided MS Office 365 by institute? IIM-B gives official keys for the same.

    06:53 PM

  • Profile Picture Sneha P

    Is anything planned for 16th and 17th as the formal classes are said to begin on 18th ? 

    06:51 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    There may be some orientation and induction activities. The final schedule will be shared with you once you are campus

    06:54 PM

  • Profile Picture Ankit Gupta

    Are we provided MS Office 365 by institute? IIM-B gives official keys for the same.

    06:53 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    no

    06:54 PM

  • Profile Picture Riddhi Doshi

    Are mosquitoes a genuine nuisance considering the fact that the campus has seven lakes in it?

    06:55 PM

  • Profile Picture Riddhi Doshi

    Are mosquitoes a genuine nuisance considering the fact that the campus has seven lakes in it?

    06:55 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    My suggestion is to use Odomos liberally. Frequent fumigation of the entire campus is carried out as a preventive measure

    06:57 PM

  • Profile Picture indira94

    I have an SBI account with home branch in Hyderabad. Is it compulsory to get the home branch shifted to Joka?

    06:59 PM

  • Profile Picture System Administrator

    Students in and around Mumbai. There is a special event - Konversations Cafe at Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall in Lower Parel for those with confirmed admits from top schools in India. We did an event in Bangalore on 18th May already with HUL, Shell and Aditya Birla Group Leadership Programs. We will be doing the same in Mumbai on 25th May. You can check out last year's video of the same event here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgf_fB107ss&amp=&amp=&amp=&t=1s Register for the event here : https://docs.google.com/a/insideiim.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7jqPhKyQqok5O6msKVXCaSuCyG49wlWPNYMWVfrd3dtBAuw/viewform

    06:59 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Will I be able to sleep after 1 in night for the first 2 term given that so many activities will be going on during the same.

    06:59 PM

  • Profile Picture indira94

    I have an SBI account with home branch in Hyderabad. Is it compulsory to get the home branch shifted to Joka?

    06:59 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    As far as I know, it isn't. If any such requirement is there, it will be communicated to you.

    07:00 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Will I be able to sleep after 1 in night for the first 2 term given that so many activities will be going on during the same.

    06:59 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Ummm. Lets just say you'll learn how to manage time, and sleep whenever the opportunity arises.

    07:01 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Can you please share some materials for the stats course which we are going to do in Term 1? Or , if you can suggest some concepts which should be considered beforehand.

    07:04 PM

  • Profile Picture Manish Anand

    Can you please share some materials for the stats course which we are going to do in Term 1? Or , if you can suggest some concepts which should be considered beforehand.

    07:04 PM

    Profile Picture Malvika Prasad

    Don't worry about it too much. You did clear CAT after all, you'll be able to manage when the time comes

    07:07 PM

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