If you have the courage and resilience to realise your dreams, hurdles and diversity can easily be overcome. A decade ago, Pavan Sharma’s first paycheck was a modest Rs 3,000. The son of a farmer, Sharma, aimed for something higher. Today, this IIM-Ahmedabad student bagged the highest annual salary package of Rs 75.2 lakh at his college’s PGPX domestic placements.
After completing his Chartered Accountancy (CA) course, Sharma, a native of Hyderabad, enrolled at IIM-Ahmedabad. This is the third highest maximum earning potential (MEP) in the last five years at the Ahmedabad PGPX domestic placements. It is also among the highest packages offered across B-schools campus placements this year. This is a bounce-back in the post-pandemic market.
“The Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) report on placements, out in July, confirmed that mine was the top package,” said Sharma, who completed his CA in 2014 and worked with advisory firm Grant Thornton from 2014 to 2021 before he got admission to IIM-A.
It’s not an easy task to get an edge over your peers when it comes to placements at top B-schools. There’s always a baseline where almost all candidates in the pool tick the right boxes. To ably judge all the candidates on an equal footing, the companies come up with real cases. “In my case, I was asked to find a solution to a real-life scenario. The process that you embark on gives the employers a peek into the way you think,” said Sharma.
An entrepreneurial mindset and a grasp of the digital ecosystem that result in the making of a true leader is what the companies look for, he added.