Being born and brought up in Indore, when I shifted to
Mumbai, I was a stranger to this city. It was when I secured the 1st
rank in my college in 2011 is when the entire college noticed me. That rank
made me realize that a person is known by his dedicated efforts and the results
that he achieves. That incident was a motivation for me to work hard in life
and never give up may what come. I continued to earn laurels in my college by
securing 100% marks in taxation in University exams in 2014 and by securing ranks
in college in semester 5 as well as semester 6.


Along with my, I also pursued professional
degree of Chartered Accountancy. I missed my rank in the Final CA exam by just 5
marks. Those 5 marks were a teaching for me to believe in my own caliber and set
high goals in life. That learning has always stayed with me.

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The article-ship under the CA curriculum has been a
period of immense learning. Having worked for multiple clients and in multiple
areas like tax, audit and accounts has taught me the practical application of
knowledge. Filing returns and handling scrutinies taught me the importance to
deliver the given task in time and to the best of my ability. It also gave me a
chance to directly deal with clients at times, teaching me the value of
inter-personal skills. Being fortunate enough to work directly under my
principal at article-ship also gave me glimpses of the management skills
required to run an organization.


Post completing my professional degree, I joined
Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP as an Assistant Manager in Indirect Tax
Consultancy. Joining such a huge organization expanded my perspective of
things. Working with an organization which operates at a global level gave me
the vision to think big. The size of the projects, the quantum of work to be
done and the deadlines made me realize that to achieve big and reach far, I
must work in a team and as a team. As rightly said by Steve Jobs, “Great things
in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”


Realizing the importance of team work, I realized that
a good team can work effectively only with a great leader and effective management.
I understood that it is important for me to have good management and leadership
skills. It taught me that management is an inevitable part of corporate success.


I believe that IIM B is the best institute to develop and
hone my managerial skill set, which believes in integrating classroom knowledge
with practical experience and imparting innovative education. The very logo
makes it clear that learning at IIM B will be enlightening and radiant. It is
an opportunity unimagined to learn from faculties so experienced and knowledgeable.
A classroom with a peer group so diverse shall lead to critical thinking and disruptive
ideas. The institute also has deep engagements with international networks under
programs like GNAM which shall provide me an international perspective as well.
Learning at IIM B shall prepare me to take up leadership roles in the increasingly
complex and dynamic business world. I am excited to be a part of this
prestigious institute and contribute my best to enhance its success further.


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