Five reasons to do MBA

MBA for financial Independence:

We hear about the Rs. 1 crore plus salary packages that students from the IIMs get every year. Even beyond those, one can expect a package of 10-20 lakhs post an MBA from one of the top-25 B-schools in India. And mind you, these numbers are for a fresh out of B-school graduate. With a few years of work-experience the salary levels would only go higher. So, for even an average engineering graduate, MBA offers at least a 3 fold jump over his pre-MBA salary levels.

MBA for growth in Career:

MBA for growth in Career

Those of us who have worked for a few years will agree that to grow beyond a certain level in your job, you need an additional degree. Also, even as a fresh graduate you can reasonably expect a saving of 2-3 years in reaching the project manager level of profiles.

MBA for greater Job options:

The sheer diversity of jobs, the extent of responsibility and ownership that you get as an MBA in your job make it worth your while. You get to choose from a range of specialisations such as Marketing, Advertising, Finance, Strategy, Consulting etc. The challenges that you have as an MBA are much higher and so are the rewards for success.

MBA for Job Security:

If you recall the slew of recessions that have hit our country over the past 10 years and how vulnerable every job becomes, it’d help to also remember that your job as an MBA is one of the safest ones as the senior resources are relatively difficult to hire and fire.

MBA for Social respect, Networking and Credibility:

If you want to become an entrepreneur you will need experience in the sector of preference, and financial backing besides others. Your ability to get seed capital for starting a new business improves tremendously if you have done an MBA from one of the top B-schools in the country. You also get to interact with the best minds in the country where you can brainstorm your ideas and get a better handle on things.

Ask yourself, who’d you like to be – one-in-a-hundred graduates working for a company or the one who is overseeing their performance. Let is be said that an MBA definitely provides better recognition, opportunities to network and c

MBA Myth buster

Myth                    Reality
Only students with good academics can go for MBAThe minimum criteria for IIMs is 50% in your graduation
Very high percentile is required for admissions in good B-school80+ percentile is good enough to get in the top B-schools
The fee is very highThe students who get admission in a good B-school easily get the education loan
I need to prepare for 2 years for CAT6 months preparation is good enough to get through


Difference between PGPM and MBA (also called PGDM*)

When an Institute is an autonomous body (meaning it is not affiliated to any University) and conducts management courses then such Institutes cannot offer MBA degree. Instead, they award a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) or a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA). Only Universities (Foreign or Indian) can grant MBA degrees. The IIMs, XLRI etc offer only a diploma!

However, students are advised to bear in mind that the value of the management course pursued by them does not depend on whether it is a ‘degree’ or a ‘diploma’; rather it depends on the ‘reputation and standing’ of the institute that is offering the degree or diploma. When companies recruit management graduates, they certainly don’t worry about the title of the course offered at the particular institute. They look at the intrinsic worth and the reputation of the institute, quality of the course offered, and, of course, the calibre of the students.

*The Programme is called PGPM (Post Graduate Programme in Management) and the degree offered is PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)

Choosing MBA Specialisation(s)

As per the syllabi, most management institutes offer General Management courses. In this kind of a course, a student learns the basics of all functional areas, viz. Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Systems, and Operations, during the first year, and during the second year (or, say final year) there is an option of choosing subjects depending on one’s interest area.

It should be noted that in most cases, the student need not decide on the functional area he/she is interested in at the time of seeking admission. The key benefits of this system as as follows:

  • At the time of seeking admission into a b-school, most students do not have the requisite clarity on various specialisation as to be be able to take an informed decision. Having studied the courses for an year and having gained experience into a field through the summer internship, the student can then take a better informed decision.
  • In the long term, an MBA professional is more likely to grow into a generalist requiring an understanding of more than one aspects of a business. The ‘General Managemet’ programme gives the candidate an option to choose the mix of courses that suits his interest. For e.g. One may wish to pick 15 credits in Finance, 10 in Marketing, 5 in Systems and IT and another 5 in Human Resource Management. This way he is better prepared to get into a sector of his preference post MBA.

However, there are exceptions to this as few management institutes admit students with the specialisation clearly specified by the candidate before the beginning of the programme like SPJIMR, Mumbai. A lot of institutes also offer dual specialisation programmes.

Advantages of Sectoral MBA over General MBA

Also, there are a few management institutes that offer specialised courses in certain functional areas/fields. Here are some of the better-known institutes in this category:

  1. Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) 
  2. MICA, Ahmedabad 
  3. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi 
  4. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

These institutes do not offer a general MBA like the other institutes. Rather, they offer a specialisation in a particular functional area. However, quite a few graduates from these institutes also get absorbed in regular MBA jobs.

To get a clearer perspective into the kind of companies that visit a campus and the specilalisations opted by the students, you should go to the websites of a few of these colleges and go through their placement reports.

What is Summer Internship / Winter Internship in MBA?

Almost all management institutes have a two-month summer internship programme after the first year. During this internship, typically of two-month duration, they are given a project by the organisation, which they are expected to complete during this period.

The following are the key aspects of a Summer Internship programme at the B-schools in India:

  1. The internships follow a similar structure for company allocation/selection as during the final placements. This way the students get a good idea of what to expect during their final placements.
  2. Implementation of the projects offered by the companies gives a student first-hand perspective into the functioning of a corporate organization. An internship is an opportunity to experience a sector/vertical of preference. This way the student knows if he would like to pursue a career in that sector/vertical. Thereby saving a lot of effort during the second year of MBA.
  3. A student returns from an internship knowing well how to put the concepts he learnt/learns at the b-school are to be applied to use. This helps build a more practical perspective during the second year of MBA.
  4. It is an added benefit that at the end of the internship, a student has the chance of getting a Pre Placement Offer (PPO) or a Pre Placement Interview (PPI) offer from the company and thereby secure a job right after the first year of his MBA.