Meet the EPGP Class of 2023: Abhishek Pandey, IIM Bangalore


Creative, attentive, organized, compassionate, problem solver, expressive storyteller, curious, explorer, learner and passionate singer.

Hometown: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Fun fact about yourself: I have been a numismatist since the age of 7. I have a collection of coins and banknotes from over 100 countries and I have one of the oldest Indian 1 rupee coins from 1912.

Other than that, I love writing reviews and adding images to Google Maps. Currently, I have 7 million views on Google Maps, and I am one of the top 5% reviewers on Google Maps as a Level 8 Local Guide.

Undergraduate School and Major: BE Automotive Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology

Most recent employer and job title: Manager at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. ltd.

Apart from your classmates, What was the key element of IIM Bangalore’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school, and why was it so important to you? There were several reasons why IIM Bangalore was my top choice to pursue an MBA, but what topped the list was the faculty.

I am taught by industry experts and advisers, authors of the books that are referenced by several other business schools around the world, economists who are in panel discussions alongside cabinet ministers on news every day, and a former faculty member or alumnus of Harvard, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, NYU, Cornell, Warrington, University of Texas, Yale, Michigan, ISB, and other IIMs. IIM-Bangalore’s faculty profile is one of the richest in the world. This in itself is the greatest solace for MBA aspirants who seek the best learning in their sprint at IIM Bangalore.

Even if someone is not taught by most teachers, all teachers are extremely welcoming for talks, discussions, advice and projects.

What was your favorite class or extracurricular activity at IIM Bangalore? What was the most important lesson you learned from it? Professor Chetan Subramanian’s Macroeconomics has been my favorite course so far and one of the most practical courses taught at IIM Bangalore. Professor Chetan’s enthusiastic pedagogy, energetic delivery and engaging discussion made this course a motivation to get up early every Monday for class.

The model on aggregate demand and aggregate supply, linked to the country’s unemployment and recession and inflation was one of the most intuitive concepts discussed in class. After her course, each new commercial started to make a lot more sense and understanding.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: He was leading the new product development team of Honda’s first BS6 compliant scooter in India in 2019. I was also Honda’s youngest technical manager and exhibitor at the International Auto Expo 2016.

Describe your greatest achievement as an MBA student so far: Be part of Vedanta’s strategy and research team in the overall project and contribute to India’s first upcoming semiconductor and display manufacturing ecosystem. This is India’s first step towards becoming independent in semiconductor and display manufacturing and becoming a global leader in consumer electronics manufacturing over the next decade.

What is your class’s favorite place outside of school? Why are you meeting there? Bangalore never fails to surprise its inhabitants. I found this serene lake near the outskirts of Bangalore on the Kolar highway while looking for a puncture mechanic in 2015. This nameless lake has become my hideout ever since. If you can’t find me anywhere at school, hostel, or home, I’m most likely sitting on the hood of my car staring at the hills behind this lake.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? Three things: Saturation, Learning, Exploration.

Saturation: In terms of the monotony of the work in manufacturing, while it was exciting to be part of the new model team of the world’s biggest 2-wheeled giant, it was missing doing something new and impactful that made me happy. excited.

Learning: I have this constant need to learn something new. The moment it stopped and I started to restrict myself in just one aspect of the business, I had to take a break, rethink, broaden my horizons and prepare for more challenging projects in the future. coming.

Exploring: Passions change, dreams change and skills change. It’s something I’ve always believed in and I’m always finding ways to explore my next passion, my next dream, and my next skill for chasing dreams. IIM Bangalore’s MBA adds a lot of values ​​and skills to its students and makes them capable of exploring new opportunities in life during and throughout the post-MBA life.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into IIM Bangalore? Plan, do, check and act: the famous PDCA cycle also works wonders in personal life.

“Plan” your career well in advance and that does not mean knowing exactly what you want to do but knowing WHY you really want to pursue an MBA from IIM Bangalore. Once this is complete, start ‘doing’ your preparation and work hard on the application – especially the SOP and CV. “Check” every line of your CV and SOP and act on mistakes honestly. The more real you are, the more confident you will be in your applications and interviews, increasing your chances of conversion to selection.



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