SIOM is the only institute in India that runs a full fledged course for Operations Management. It is a specialized MBA programme dedicated to operations management only. NITIE also offers a similar course that is PGD in Industrial Management which focuses on manufacturing as the core subject where as Operation Management covers manufacturing as a part of it, operations being the main focus. In terms of course structure, Operation remains the main subject and there are minor electives that we need to choose from in the third and fourth semester. Minor Electives are Marketing, Finance, IT and HR and the students can opt for any one from the same.
How do the minor electives help?
The minor elective subjects supplement the study of operations management. The study involves a brief overview of the minor subject in relation to the main area of study. So, if a student takes up marketing, then he studies how operation management is used in marketing as a tool to promote the product. If a student takes up IT as a minor elective than his study revolves around how the operation management tools and techniques are introduced and utilized on the IT sector.
How is the course different from a traditional MBA?
As far as I know, in a traditional MBA there is general proposition on all the subjects across the domain in the first and second semester and one picks up electives in the third semester. But in the Operations Management course the students study operations from Day 1 and the study is dedicated and focused towards the specialized subject. We do have other subjects like HR and Finance but Operations forms a major chunk of the curriculum for the next two years.
What are the kinds of profiles that are offered to operations management graduates?
The myth is that if a student is an operation management graduate he will be placed only in the manufacturing sector. But the reality is that operations management forms the backbone in all the industries, so one can get placed into diverse sectors like retail, consulting, financial institutions, construction, IT and hospitality to name a few. Students get profiles into planning and procurement, Project management, Inventory and Warehouse management, Supply Chain Development and Management, Logistics and quality management etc.
What are the certifications courses that students at SIOM take up?
SIOM promotes certificate course from APICS which is among the most respected certificate course. Experienced students are encouraged to take up the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Program while freshers take up the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Program. It is a very rigorous programme but turns out to be very fruitful and facilitates during placements too.
SIOM has partnered with the SAP University for the SAP certifications, hence the SAP certifications and the SIX SIGMA certifications are included within the course. Certifications from the APICS have to be separately paid for by the student.
What is the kind of advantage that you have over students who do an operations specialization from a normal B-school to a niche specialization at SIOM?
At SIOM we study operations from the core with subjects like supply chain management, logistics, planning and procurement etc tailor-made for the students who dedicatedly want to pursue Operations Management as a career. Our entire curriculum and other subjects like HR, Finance, and Marketing are in relation to and revolve around the core subject – Operations. The course is dynamic and is modulated on a regular basis in line with the industry requirements.
How is the GD PI structured at SIOM?
The students will be shortlisted for the GD PI based on the overall score obtained in SNAP. There are no sectional cut-offs for SIOM. Last year we had four levels, the first was the Group Discussion (GD) where in we were given a case study and asked to contemplate on that and draw an optimal solution. The GD was based on operations methodology and tested the critical thinking and analytical ability of the students.
The GD was followed by Personal Interview (PI) which had questions based on the student's profile. It included general questions like Why operations management?, Why SIOM?, academics and interests etc. Experienced candidates were asked questions on their professional background and experience.
The PI is followed by a written test, which is impromptu, where we are asked to write on a particular topic. I was asked to write about an incident in my life that affected me a lot or an achievement in which I had to take a very vital decision.
Based on the written test, the Director conducts an Interview.
Every student goes through all the four rounds in the GD-PI process and based on the scores, they are allotted the seats.
What is the kind of traits that the institute looks at a candidate?
A student must possess good logical and analytical skills. One must be able to critically think and reason out various possibilities. They should have an inquisitive mind set.
What was the last year cut off for SIOM? What is the total intake at SIOM?
The last year the cut-off was 85 marks. There will be no profile based calls across symbiosis this year. We have 120 seats for the entire programme plus 2 seats for Kashmir migrants. Around 1000 students are shortlisted for the GD-PI process which results to a 1:10 ratio for the admission.
What is the process of lateral placements at SIOM?
The criterion for lateral placement is 20 months of work experience but it totally depends on the requirements of the company.
What advice would you like to give the current SIOM aspirants?
The biggest hurdle to get into SIOM is that only engineers are eligible to apply. So most of the screening happens there itself.
I would advice students to concentrate and target for high SNAP score and Be focused.