What is an MBA?

An MBA is a prestigious business degree that equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in leadership roles and drive organizational success

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MBA Specializations

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most popular postgraduate programs in the world. A Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) is bound to open avenues to a host of opportunities and provide a necessary push to your career. Interestingly, choosing a specialization in MBA not only ensures a competitive edge amongst your peers but also reaps manifold benefits for your career. From Finance, Marketing, HR, Operations, and Entrepreneurship to new age specializations like Digital Marketing, Business Analytics, etc are some of the popular MBA specializations.

Shortlisting Process

  • Step 1 | Entrance Exam

    Most of the colleges giving MBA admissions in India require a candidate to score well in their entrance examination. Some prominent examinations include CAT, XAT, NMAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. Most of the entrance examinations have English, Math, and Logical Reasoning in common with basic concepts being tested across the three subjects. A candidate who clears the cut-off in the entrance examinations is further invited to the GD-PI/WAT of a particular college.

  • Step 2 | Group Discussion (GD)/ WAT

    Through GD, a candidate is assessed on his/her knowledge, communication skills, listening skills, and clarity of thought amongst other things. The topics include business, economics, social issues, or anything abstract to which the candidate can add his/her own creative interpretations. Some Business Schools also use writing ability tests to examine if the candidate is able to express his/her views in an organized manner.

  • Step 3 | Personal Interview (PI)

    The last stage of the selection is the Personal Interview round. Typically, a candidate faces a group of 4–8 interviewers. The primary objective of the Personal Interview round is to assess everything about the candidate including leadership skills, communication skills, confidence, and managerial skills. Amongst other things, the interviewers are also trying to understand how well a student can manage his/her b-school education.

  • Step 4 | Individual Merit List

    After the completion of the GD and PI rounds, institutes prepare an individual merit list based on the candidates' overall performance.

    The merit list is prepared by considering various factors, including the entrance test scores, performance in GD and PI, past academic records, work experience, diversity factors, and any specific criteria set by the institute. Weightage given to each factor may vary from institute to institute.

    The candidates are then ranked based on their cumulative scores, and admissions are offered to the top-ranked candidates until the available seats are filled.

Popular MBA Entrances

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College Fees (In Lakhs) Entrances Accepted Flagship Courses Average Package(LPA)
Top 10 Colleges
IIM Ahmedabad 26 CAT PGP 28
IIM Bangalore 24 CAT PGP 33
IIM Calcutta 28 CAT PGP 34
ISB (Hyderabad & Mohali) 36 GRE, GMAT PGP 34
FMS Delhi 5 CAT MBA 32
XLRI Jamshedpur 24 XAT PGDM (BM) 31
IIM Lucknow 20 CAT PGP 31
IIM Kozhikode 23 CAT PGP 31
AAA+ Colleges
IIM Indore 24 CAT PGP 25
MDI Gurgaon 22 CAT, GMAT PGDM 24
IIT Bombay 10 CAT MBA 26
IIM Shillong 18 CAT PGP 23
TISS Mumbai 2.07 TISSNET MA, MHA 25
IIT Delhi 10 CAT MBA 22
SIBM Pune 26 SNAP MBA and PGDM (part time) 24
AAA Colleges
IIT Kharagpur 12 CAT MBA 20
MICA Ahmedabad 21 CAT PGDM 19
IIM Udaipur 18 CAT MBA 18
IIM Ranchi 16 CAT PGP 17
XIM Bhubaneshwar 22 CAT MBA 18
IIM Trichy 20 CAT PGPM 18

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  • IIFM was founded.
  • Pratham Test Prep was started.
  • QPundits, event Management Company, was launched.
  • Gold@18 was launched. Gold @ 18 is a skill based Programme for entry level professionals in the Financial Service Industry.
  • International Finance Olympiad (IFO) was launched.
  • Our First Inorganic Growth- Firefish was introduced, which conducts All India Olympiads.
  • PRATHAM becomes the largest UG Test Prep organization in Delhi-NCR.
  • LET'S CAT is introduced.

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    Final Selections in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRRC)
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CAT stands for the Common Admission Test. It is a national-level entrance exam conducted in India for admission into various postgraduate management programs, including MBA, at prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top business schools.
Apart from CAT, some other popular management entrances in India include:
  • SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) - Conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admission to MBA programs in various Symbiosis Institutes.
  • XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) - Conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admission to several management programs in XAMI member institutes.
  • TISSNET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test) - Conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences for admission to various management and social sciences programs.
  • NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) - Conducted by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies for admission to MBA programs offered by NMIMS and other associated institutions.
  • The eligibility criteria may vary slightly for each entrance exam. Generally, candidates must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum percentage or CGPA as specified by the respective conducting authorities.
    The exam pattern may differ for each entrance exam, but typically, it includes sections on Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and General Awareness (GA). The number of questions, marking scheme, and exam duration can also vary.
    Preparation strategies may vary for each exam, but common approaches include enrolling in coaching classes, self-study using preparation books and online resources, taking mock tests, and analyzing previous years' question papers.
    Yes, many management entrances, including CAT, have sectional cutoffs. It means candidates must score a minimum qualifying mark in each section to be considered for the further selection process.
    To register for the CAT, candidates need to follow these steps:
    Visit the official website of the CAT exam.

    1. Click on the "Registration" or "Apply" button.
    2. Fill out the online application form with personal, educational, and work experience details.
    3. Upload the required documents (e.g. passport-size photo, signature, degree certificates, etc.).
    4. Pay the application fee.
    5. Submit the form and take a printout for future reference.

    Note: The registration process for CAT may vary from year to year and it's advisable to regularly check the official website for updates.
    The selection process typically involves a Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Some institutes may also consider past academic records, work experience, and diversity factors.
    Work experience and academic background are considered during the admission process, but they may not be mandatory for all institutes. Some B-schools may prefer candidates with work experience, while others might focus on academic excellence and diversity.
    Yes, international students are eligible to apply for these exams if they meet the respective eligibility criteria. However, specific institutes may have additional requirements for international applicants.
    Yes, some management institutes offer scholarships and financial assistance based on merit, diversity, and economic background. Candidates can inquire about scholarship opportunities during the admission process.
    Top-ranked B-schools in India that accept CAT and other entrance exam scores include the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), XLRI Jamshedpur, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), among others.
    To prepare for quantitative aptitude questions from the basics, you can follow these steps:

    1. Start with the basics: Brush up on arithmetic concepts such as time and work, time speed and distance, average, percentage, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, and ratios.
    2. Practice regularly: Solve as many practice questions as possible, and make sure to track your progress.
    3. Use online resources: Utilize online resources such as video tutorials, mock tests and practice papers to improve your skills.
    4. Learn through visual aids: Use diagrams, graphs, and charts to understand concepts better.
    5. Practice mental math: Improve your mental calculation skills by solving arithmetic problems in your head.
    6. Focus on your weaknesses: Identify areas where you need improvement, and make sure to practice more in those areas.
    7. Take regular breaks: Make sure to take regular breaks and avoid overburdening yourself with too much study material.

    Note: Remember to start with the basics, practice regularly and stay focused to improve your quantitative aptitude skills.
    To prepare for the verbal aptitude section of the CAT, you can follow these steps:

    1. Read extensively: Read a variety of English literature, including books, newspapers, and magazines, to improve your vocabulary and comprehension skills.
    2. Learn new words: Make a habit of learning new words and their meanings regularly.
    3. Practice grammar: Brush up on basic grammar concepts such as sentence structure, tenses, and parts of speech.
    4. Take online mock tests: Practice solving verbal aptitude questions by taking online mock tests.
    5. Focus on reading comprehension: Improve your reading comprehension skills by regularly reading passages and answering questions based on them.
    6. Analyse your mistakes: Make sure to analyse your mistakes and understand where you went wrong.
    7. Practice verbal reasoning: Practice solving verbal reasoning questions to improve your critical thinking skills.

    Note: Remember to read extensively, practice regularly and focus on your weaknesses to improve your verbal aptitude skills.
    To prepare for the critical reasoning in the verbal aptitude section, especially reading comprehensions, you can follow these steps:

    1. Read comprehensively: Read a variety of materials, including books, newspapers, and magazines, to improve your reading speed and comprehension skills.
    2. Practice solving questions: Regularly practice solving critical reasoning questions based on reading comprehension.
    3. Identify patterns: Identify common patterns in the way questions are framed, and understand how to approach them.
    4. Improve your vocabulary: Make sure to improve your vocabulary by learning new words regularly.
    5. Focus on inference and deduction: Practice solving questions that test your inference and deduction skills.
    6. Take online mock tests: Take online mock tests to practice solving critical reasoning questions in a timed environment.
    7. Analyse your mistakes: Make sure to analyse your mistakes and understand where you went wrong.

    Note: Remember to practice regularly, focus on your weaknesses and make use of online resources to improve your critical reasoning skills in the verbal aptitude section.

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