Frequently Asked Questions

 General FAQs

The K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management was established in the year 1981 as a part of Somaiya Vidyavihar with the objective of providing state of the art education in management and allied areas.

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management is popularly referred to as SIMSR by its students, faculty, alumni and staff.

The Somaiya Vidyavihar is nestled in a 50-acre campus and is the most grandeur private educational complex in Mumbai and continuously rated high by various agencies and corporate sector.

KJ SIMSR is awarded as the ‘Super League 2 B-School’ by Business Standard in 2015, 2016, 2017. Ranked 22nd in Times B-School Survey 2017 and 10th Private B-School by Education World 2017, it is also a member of AACSB and actively participating towards getting its accreditation from AACSB. It has received ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 29990:2010 certification by Bureau Veritas.

The MBA, MBA-IB, MBA-RM and MBA-FS programmes have been granted equivalence to Master’s Degree by AIU (Association of Indian Universities). These programmes have also been accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA).  The Institute is in the process of applying for AIU accreditation for its MBA Comm. and Executive programmes. Also, it is the first private institute to have been granted an autonomous status for its MMS program.

Being situated in the financial capital of India i.e. Mumbai, provide huge opportunity and exposure to students for the growth of their carrier.

Recently management has set up Bloomberg Finance Lab with multiple Bloomberg terminals, offering students extremely focused and high end knowledge programs with a high degree of practical learning and on-the-job applicability.

Most of the faculty members have rich corporate exposure while most of them are either Ph.D. holders or are pursuing one thus helping in shaping your knowledge.

Pedagogy: The pedagogy comprises case studies, projects, assignments, presentations, guest lectures, role plays, field visits, field projects, and interactive classroom lectures. Students are expected to spend considerable time in self-study and come prepared for the classes.

Student-Driven Committees: SIMSR is a student-driven college wherein students work in tandem with faculty members and staff to carry out various functions which cater to aspirants, current students, and prestigious alumni. All committees give you an opportunity to take up leadership roles which further help in networking as well as building your interpersonal skills which help you grow as a person. 

Students get an opportunity to learn Spanish and Mandarin languages used frequently in the corporate world.

  • A+++ by Chronicle in 2017
  • Ranked 15th by Careers 360 in 2017
  • Ranked 6th by Competition success review in 2017 -18
  • Ranked 10th by in 2017-18
  • Ranked 25th by business Today and 22nd by Times b-school in 2017-18
  • Ranked 24th by in 2017-18
  • Ranked 28th by The Week and 30th by Outlook Survey in 2017-18.
  • Ranked 19th among the top Executive MBA Institute in India by
  • Ranked 17th amongst all business schools in India by Business World
  • Rated AAA institute by MBA by Choice
  • Ranked 18th in terms of ROI by The Hindu Business Line.
  • Ranked 27th in the Business School Rankings of 2016 by MBA Club

Infrastructure facilities are as follows:

  • Institute is spread across two spacious, well-furnished buildings covering an area of 150,000 sq. feet. It consist ofAC Classrooms, Multiple Seminar Halls, Conference Rooms, Student Discussion Rooms, Wi-Fi enabled Campus
  • Institute provide separate hostels for girls and boys, namely, MAITREYI and SANDIPANI respectively. Hostel is well equipped with facilities like internet, Laundromat, student mess, activity room and well equipped gym.
  • In terms of medical facilities, highly trained and experienced doctors are available on campus. There is a well-equipped medical room in a hostel and regular medical checkups of student are to done to assure they are mentally and physically fit.
  • Somaiya Sports Academy is an integral part of the Somaiya Vidyavihar trust and has the international standard infrastructure for sports like Athletics (all disciplines), Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Squash, Football, Volleyball, Roller Skating, Cricket, and a fully equipped gymnasium. Students of the campus have access to all the facilities, and also have exposure to coaching in various sports. We cater to individuals who aspire to compete at a high level and provide world-class coaching for the same with internationally certified coaches in all sports.
  • The computer centre is one of the best equipped IT centres geared to aid the learning process. Software package like SPSS, SAP-ERP, Rational Rose, AMOS ( for structural equation modelling), and simulation games help in conducting data analysis for business and marketing research activities, analysis of case studies, preparation of summer training projects and concurrent projects.
  • The fully computerized library has more than 91000 books as on September 2017, CD’s and video films.
  • Housed in an area of 7,000 sq. feet, the library offers access to online data bases like EBSCO, PROQUEST, Euromonitor, Warc, CMIE PROWESS, ACE-Equity, NPTEL, CapLine, IEEE, J-Gate, Sage Research Methods, NAV India Software, EMIS World. The Institute subscribes to 150 Indian and international periodicals.
  • Institute also subscribes to Harvard Business School publications. SIMSR uses cases, readings, lessons and articles from HBSP.

Infrastructure facilities are as follows:

  • The Institute facilitates various sports and socio-cultural events that are planned, organised and executed by the students and provides great learning experience
  • The Social Cell "Enactus", Entrepreneurship cell "E-Cell", Innovation and entrepreneurship cell – PathFinder, immersion into NGO's management provide opportunities to develop managerial skills of students. Other than these there are various student driven committees like Placement Committee, Public Relations, Admissions Committee, Alumni Committee, Interface, Women's Development Cell, Humanist, Acumen, Force, Quantinum, Finstreet, The Gita Club, Students Activity Forum, Consultancy, Guest Lecture, Cii Yi, SIMSR Talkies, Sports Committee.
  • Students are motivated to undertake inter-disciplinary projects and research
  • Industry-academia interaction, guest sessions and industrial visits help them get real time information about the corporate world
  • The Institute offers a bouquet of electives to choose from
  • Students are encouraged to take part in Experiential Learning Initiatives
  • Foreign languages French and Spanish are offered in the curriculum.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in Experiential Learning Initiatives-ANKUR
  • Foreign languages French, Mandarin and Spanish are offered in the curriculum.
  • Recently management has set up Bloomberg Finance Lab with multiple Bloomberg terminals, offering students extremely focused and high end knowledge programs with a high degree of practical learning and on-the-job applicability.

Yes. Based on the values of the Somaiya Trust, the campus is totally vegetarian/non-smoking/non- alcoholic.

  • Keeping in view the food and personal habits, the NRI/PIO/FN students can stay outside the campus. If required, the Institute can assist these students to get appropriate paying guest accommodation. However, all students are encouraged to stay on campus to take full advantage of facilities offered on campus and to facilitate group learning and project work.

SIMSR maintains a healthy Faculty-Student ratio of 1:13; the Institute has 77 core faculty members, 52 of them with Ph.Ds. 28 at various stages of completing Ph.D. More than half of the faculty have rich industry experience.

SIMSR conducts several Management and Technical Programmes:

  • Ph.D. (Affiliated to University of Mumbai and SNDT Women’s University)


  • 15 Months : MBA – EXECUTIVE


  • 3 Years: MMM, MFM, MHRDM, MIM (Autonomous : Affiliated to University of Mumbai)


  • 2 Years: MCA (Autonomous :Affiliated to Somaiya Vidyavihar University) [All the programmes are approved by AICTE]
  • For all courses the medium of instruction is English.
  • For those students requiring help in English language the Institute conducts booster (extra) classes in English language.

Yes, after admission, all the students have to undergo medical test - however it is not part of selection process.

Students are recommended to have their own laptop. It is not provided by SIMSR.

There are limited scholarships available for economically backward students.

SIMSR do not provide any kind of bank loan assistance but it does provide all necessary documentation required by the Bank for processing of educational loan.

 Programme FAQs

National Student: MBA

MBA Programme has 240 approved seats plus 15 supernumerary quotas for FN/PIO/ CIWGC. The seats for NRI students are included within the quota of 120 seats. It is two years full-time Programme under Somaiya Vidyavihar University

MBA has specialization in the following areas.

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Human Resources

It is a compulsory residential programme.

In the first year the courses offered to students are common irrespective of the specialization the student wants to take. In the second year the student chooses the specialization field of his or her choice and interest only in case of MBA programme.

Yes, placement assistance is provided to the students. A full-fledged External Relations Department helps in the placement of the students. Also, there exists a Placement Committee of students for driving the placement process. SIMSR’s placement record has been excellent since its inception and student find placements in top organizations.

Yes. At the end of First year students will have to undergo live internship project also called as summer project for 2 months. The External Relation Department facilitates the process. The credit is awarded to all the students who successfully complete the internship.

 Programme FAQs

National Student:MBA IB

Master of Business Administration (International Business) is a general management course with particular emphasis on International Business which endeavours to make the students competent and versatile in specialized areas like Multinational Management, International Commodity Markets, Export-Import Policies, Intellectual Property Rights, Business in Emerging Markets, Country & Sectorial Strategies along with a compulsory Foreign Language.

The focus is on creating a global mind-set and developing functional competencies necessary for operating in the changing International environment to develop cross-cultural sensitivity and foreign language capability.

Two years full-time Programme under Somaiya Vidyavihar University has the objective of developing versatile Master of Business Administration for higher managerial responsibilities in various industrial and commercial sectors. Students acquire competence in all the functional areas of Management and gain in depth domain knowledge in their chosen area of specialization. The two year full-time residential MBA-IB programme approved by Somaiya Vidyavihar Unversity has the objective of developing versatile Master of Business Administration with a global mind-set for senior responsibilities in organizations and industrial/business houses and in companies with substantial international operations. In addition to developing competence in the various functional areas of Management they gain in depth expertise and domain knowledge in the various facets of International Business.

The admission procedure is common for all the courses at SIMSR. So a student has to fill only one form.

The courses in MBA IB course are concerned with the creation of the international business perspective and mindset. The emphasis is basically on exposing students to international business. The curriculum includes courses as Global Perspectives in Management, International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Market Research, International Business Strategy Models, International Finance (including FEMA), International Marketing, International Relations & Diplomacy, International Trade Finance, Multinational Management, International Commodity Markets, Export-Import Policies, Intellectual Property Rights, Business in Emerging Markets, Country & Sectoral Strategies along with a compulsory Foreign Language. The courses chosen for this program are a sophisticated blend of foundation core courses, critical courses in functional areas and advanced level courses within the field of International Business. Each trimester consists of 7-8 full credit courses each with a mix of core and specialization courses.

There are no specializations offered in MBA IB as it is a specialized course.

 Programme FAQs

National Student: MBA FS

MBA(FS) programme is aimed at providing students the knowledge about various aspects of Indian financial system like Micro and Macro-economic structure, investment markets, products and services. It covers all the functional areas in finance like Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, etc. It also introduces students to areas like financial modeling, fixed income instruments, commodity markets, etc.

India has a diversified financial sector undergoing rapid expansion, both in terms of existing financial services firms and new entities entering the market. Consequently, there is increased demand for professionals specialized to work in this industry. The FS programme was introduced considering this demand. It provides knowledge about the field of finance right from the first year. It is a two year intensive programme focussed on producing highly skilled professionals who are able to work in core financial services profiles. The MBA core finance programme is designed to develop leadership skills in students with specialization in Finance only in the second year. It is aimed at producing management graduates with competency in chosen specialization rather than core finance professionals.

There are guest lectures of noted people from Finance industry arranged by committees. There is a Bloomberg terminal in college in case a student doing any research requires data. Also, Finstreet is the committee focused on finance industry which keeps you up to date about latest knowledge around the world.

Financial Statement Analysis, Spreadsheet for Data Analysis, Cost and Management Accounting, Fixed Income Securities, Indian Economy, Services in Financial Markets, Behavioral Finance, Insurance Management, Marketing of Financial Services, Commodity Markets, Wealth Management, Financial Modeling, Financial Regulation.

 Programme FAQs

National Student: MBA COMM

MBA(COMM) program focuses on the concepts are used by marketers and communicators to create impactful communication. It is based on the premise that to communicate effectively to a particular target audience a set of communications tools and techniques can be used-eg: TV, Magazines, Radio, Outdoor, and posters for a brand of toilet soap. The overall impact is more than the sum of the parts, therefore creating synergy in communication. Integrated Marketing Communications is used to create clarity, consistency and impact for communication.

Yes,MBA(IMC) is a specialization in marketing which focuses on developing corporate communication strategies, directing internal and external communication strategies, creating brand presence, brand building.. The programme endeavours to enable the participants to design, develop, execute and assess the impact of 360 degrees Marketing Communications campaigns to launch, build, maintain and rejuvenate brands.

Celebrity and sports marketing, event management, strategic brand management, media planning and media analytics are some of the distinct courses s along with organisational behaviour, marketing management and business perspective etc which are similar to other MBA –courses.

The roles you might be have the opportunity to work for involves Manager – Communication, Corporate manager ,Communication manager ,Media communication manager, Business development manager, Manager – corporate affairs

 Programme FAQs

National Student: MBA RM

India has a diversified retail sector undergoing rapid expansion, both in terms of existing retailers and new entities entering the market. Consequently, there is increased demand for professionals specialized to work in this industry. The RM programme was introduced considering this demand. This programme helps students to understand and face challenges in retail industry by offering specialized courses right from the first year. Biggest B-school Retail event in India is organized by students of MBA RM programme of SIMSR which also provides great learning opportunities.

Retail management course focuses on molding students into professionals specialized in retail industry and not general marketers. It provides specialized knowledge to students in areas like sourcing and merchandizing, shopper experience, visual merchandizing, property management and franchising, category management, retail finance, retail analytics, B2B retailing, E-Retailing, mall management, store operations, rural retailing, etc. MBA Marketing is about producing managers specialized in marketing with ethics and good governance and social skills.

Legal and ethical aspects of Retail Business, Retail Management and Strategy, Retail Finance and Analytics, Strategic Management are some of the major courses of the course. Apart from these, there are a wide range of electives available as well, such as- B2B and Industrial Retailing, Visual Merchandising, Sourcing and Merchandising Management, Customer Relationship Management.

Yes. The Retail Lab is mainly for RM students which offer live project opportunity in this domain as well.

Yes. Industrial visits are conducted to give better understanding of retail industry to students understand the retail industry better.

 Programme FAQs

International Student: FN / PIOs / NRIs / CIWGC

Yes. The Institute can admit students for MBA Programme under supernumerary quota of 15%. Thus, there are 18 seats over and above 120 seats of MBA programme. These applicants can apply through GMAT Scores of three years validity till 31st December 2019.These applicants will have to fill up a separate form. The applicants – if short listed- will have to appear for Written Case Analysis and In-depth Personal Interview. The admission to the programme under this category will be offered according to the merit position generated separately for applicants under these categories. The fee for these candidates is higher than the normal programme fee. For the applicants under Children of Working Professionals in Gulf Countries, the programme fees will be same as the domestic applicant.

The applicants under Foreign Nationals / PIOs categories are welcome to apply for MBA-IB, MBA-RM, MBA-FS , MBA-IMC , MBA-HCM and MBA-Executive. There are no additional seats allocated to them for these Programmes. They would be competing within the normal intake of 60. The fees for such selected candidates will be same as programme fee

Yes. The Placement Cell will make all efforts for getting the NRI/PIO/FN Students placed.

The holidays and vacation will be based on the Institute’s calendar of holidays.

Yes. The Summer Project title and synopsis has to be approved by the allocated faculty guide and then the NRI/PIO/FN student can do the project anywhere outside India.

The annual fee for CIWGC category amounts to INR 6,57,500 inclusive of a refundable caution deposit of INR 10,000 but the annual fee for NRI/PIO/FN category amounts to INR 18,34,500 inclusive of a refundable caution deposit of INR 10,000

 Programme FAQs

National Student: MBA SM

MBA-Sports Management is a specialized programme in the area of sports and sports-related management. The programme envisages the use of managerial skills and techniques to succeed in the area of sports-related management in companies, clubs, in the areas of large formatted games, for example IPL, managing club teams such as Mumbai Indians, etc. It also involves allied businesses in which the student can find career opportunities. It could be in the area of digital marketing, sports-related entities, in the sponsorship & licensing of sports properties, managing communication for brands that have got specific linkages in sports such as Nike, Adidas, and also involved in the area of retailing of sports goods, services, Apps, etc. The curriculum is focused on imbibing skills in all managerial functions such as marketing, finance, operations, HR, etc. to manage sports properties and entities profitably.

Sports Management programme includes courses that are in the area of business management, branding, marketing, media management, technology & analytics, leadership, strategy, and other related special topics in sports to equip the students to plan, manage, execute and monitor various sports-related programmes. So, as to make the entity succeed as a viable and profitable venture.Most of these specialized courses are unique and specific to the MBA Sports Management focused at building managerial talent in sports and sports-related industry and are not included of other MBA programmes.

The areas in which you will have the opportunity to work could be Managing Sports Brands and Properties, Sports Products Retailing, Sports Medicine and Nutrition, Sports Media Management, Sports Journalism, Managing Health and Fitness Chains like Gold’s Gym, Anytime Fitness, Health and Fitness Apps like HealthifyMe, managing Gaming Platforms such as Dream 11, Sports Leagues like IPL, PKL, ISL, Sports, and leisure clubs- Golf. Job opportunities across Digital Marketing, Analytics, Retail Sales, Business Development, Event Management, Sports Specialists, Sports Media, Sponsorship and Licencing Sports Property, etc. The sports management field is a globally growing area. Global sports market valued at $488.5 billion in 2018, grew at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% since 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% to nearly $614.1 billion by 2022 North America, the largest market for the sports industry, accounting for 30.5% of the global market followed by Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and other regions. Going forward, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East will be the fastest-growing regions in this market, (CAGRs of 9.04% and 6.2% respectively) The MBA Sports Management also includes E-sports, sports analytics for decision making, specific technologies for specific sports which are front-end and future-ready subjects in the area of sports management.

One of the main requirements of the MBA-Sports Management programme is the passionate involvement of the student either physically and /or attitudinally in one or the other sport. This will ensure that the career progression of the student would be easily facilitated. Since it has been seen that the career progression in the area of Sports Management professionals has always been driven significantly by passion which propels the students into gaining success in the area of Sports Management.

Since the MBA in Sports Management is a highly specialized programme, the pedagogy uses a well-balanced delivery of internal faculty and industry specialists who team together to deliver the courses in the classroom. This is a vital ingredient for the success of the programme as the area of Sports Management is highly specialized and proven industry practitioners are the best way to deliver specific courses that have been crafted in this programme. Master classes are the ones that are planned to be taken by experts and specialists in specific areas of sports and sports-related management.

Sports Research and sports consultancies are the main motivation for research projects undertaken by the faculty. The faculty inducts the best student researchers for such real-life industry research and consultancy projects and works very closely with the professionals in sports and sports related industries. This is a great hands-on, practical learning for the students and faculty alike.

 Programme FAQs

International Student: MBA HCM

MBA-HCM is a two year full time AICTE approved Programme with specialization in healthcare management. The programme prepares managers who are keenly interested in working in healthcare sector. It looks at healthcare sector in a holistic manner such as Hospital Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Consulting, Healthcare IT, Medical Devices, Wellness and Fitness, Medical Insurance, etc.

There is a need for specialized programme in healthcare management programme. Firstly, healthcare industry today is rising in scale as well as in scope. Rising per capita incomes, changing life styles, changing technologies, innovative medical solutions, all are contributing to the growth. Healthcare sector is amongst the fastest growing sector in India and worldwide, because of which there is a high demand of managerial skills in this sector. This high growth is expected to be there for next two-three decades. Due to this there is a need of managers who can specifically work in healthcare sector for its development. The industry needs the skilled manpower having a comprehensive understanding of all the aspects of healthcare sectors such as domain knowledge, technology, social aspects along with having managerial skill sets. At present there is a huge gap of such skilled manpower in the industry. MBA HCM programme intends to bridge this gap. Healthcare sector is much more complex as compared to non-healthcare sector in terms of role or regulations, technology integration and managing customer / patient relationship. It is important to understand each of this aspect clearly along with its interrelationship amongst each other for making optimal managerial decisions. This makes it absolutely necessary for managers to have a detailed and in-depth understanding of how healthcare works. Thus a management programme having a very strong focus on all the aspects of business such as marketing, human resource management, finances, operations and business development in healthcare sector is necessary.

Healthcare is a wide sector and have variety of industry domains included in it. The companies working in healthcare sector can belong to an industry/domain related to medical devices (Siemens, GE, J&J etc.), pharmaceuticals (Cipla, Pfizer, Glaxosmith etc.), healthcare consulting (E&Y, KPMG, Deloitte, McKinzee, PWC etc.), healthcare IT (Accenture, Infosys, TCS etc.), health insurance (ICICI Lombard, Bajaj Allianz etc.), hospitals (Fortis, Apollo, Columbia Asia etc.), diagnostic companies (SRL Diagnostics, Metropolis), Wellness & Fitness (Tawalkar Gyms, VLCC) and public health (UNICEF, Government etc.). Management in all these domains requires a basic but detailed understanding of core healthcare aspects which when clubbed with management principles is highly useful in making business related decisions.

Along with core courses of MBA which are covered in MBA(HCM), it also covers specialised courses related to healthcare programme are additionally covered.

Although any graduate can undertake this programme, it is more suitable for students having completed graduation in healthcare related programme such as pharmacy, biotech, dentistry, physiotherapy, along with computer science/IT background, etc. Healthcare background includes all medical and allied health discipline. However, we do have students from other background such as B.A., B.Sc., non-IT Engineering, B.Com etc.

Besides all management courses of finance, marketing, operations, human resources and organizational behaviour, HCM also covers courses like epidemiology, pharmaceutical industry, hospital Administration, public health programmes, etc

Yes, all programme all KJ SIMSR is approved by AICTE

Admission announcement is made and you can apply online through our website. You will have to take any one entrance exam out of CAT, XAT, CMAT or GMAT. If shortlisted, you may be called for a process which includes GD and Interview at any one centre across the country.

 Admission Related FAQs

MBA (All Courses):

Yes. The changes may occur subject to any changes in the guidelines by regulatory authorities. If and when changes are made, they will be notified on the website. The Institute reserves all the rights to make the mandatory changes.

The other parameters and their respective weightage are:


 Qualifying Exam(CMAT/GMAT/CAT/XAT)  35%
 Group Discussion  17%
 Personal Interview  25%
 Work Experience  5%
 Past Academic Record  10%
 Outstanding Achievements  8%
 Total  100%

Stage 1 includes appearing for either of the qualifying examination (CAT 2019/CMAT 2020/ XAT 2020/GMAT) and then apply to the Institute by filling up online form.

Yes. However, the Application Form fees will remain same at Rs. 2850/- + (Applicable Transaction Charges).

Only the short listed candidates while filling the candidate profile form can give their preference of programme. The selection/wait listing for a programme during the counseling session will be guided by this data. Even if you are applying for one programme, it is important to mention preference as 1 in the column provided in the candidate profile form.

The payment can be made either through Debit Card/Credit Card or Demand Draft(DD). The guided walk through is available while filling the Application Form.

In case the payment is made through Debit Card/Credit Card the payer gets a message of successful payment. The successful generation of Unique Form Number implies the receipt of the application.While in case the payment is made through Demand Draft the institute will acknowledge receiving the same.

On receipt of DD, the institute will acknowledge receiving the same.

No, the documents need not be sent. However you need to upload them while filling the form.

Stage 2 is the internal (back office) process that short list the candidates for stage 3. The Applicants short listed for stage 3 will be informed accordingly.

 Hostel Related FAQs

There are separate hostels for Girls & Boys, both providing triple sharing rooms, which are Non-AC.

  • Student activity room.
  • Paid Laundry Service.
  • Gymnasium.
  • Table Tennis room.
  • Night mess which serves snacks from 11 pm - 3 am.
  • 24*7 Medical room.
  • Common lounge area on each floor of both hostels.
  • Mess serving 4 meals a day.

No, as somaiya campus is strictly vegetarian and non-alcoholic, keeping in line with the values of the Somaiya Vidyavihar Trust.

Wifi facility is available throughout the campus. Also, there are LAN ports available in each room.

The housekeeping staff cleans each room on an alternate day basis.

Yes, hot water facility is available in hostels 24/7.

A regular mess facility is available which includes four meals:

  • Breakfast.
  • Lunch.
  • Evening Snacks.
  • Dinner.

Every month feasts are also organised in the mess.