How to ensure your selection in top B-Schools?

Opting to study management in a top B-school is the result of a deliberate and long term career planning. The decision to apply for PGDM or MBA courses requires extensive research about the top B-schools that produce strong industry leaders and managers.      

Firstly, the aspirants need to be sure about the field they want to specialise in. Thereafter it comes, the criteria to ensure the selection in a top-ranked B-school. Additionally, there are certain aspects that impact the short-listing process such as the institute’s recognition, infrastructure, placement record, fee structure and other amenities for the students.

Let’s take a closer look at the factors that can significantly ensure your selection in a top b-school:

Registration & Application

The first step towards ensuring your selection in a top B-school is getting the right information on their registration dates. The best b-schools, colleges or institutes usually begin their registration process from October and November and close it in January. Aspirants planning to take admission in their dream MBA or PGDM institute must keep following their updates about registration deadlines in order to be safe at securing their name in the application process.   

Appearing for MBA / PGDM entrance exam

Every MBA/ PGDM aspirant is required to appear for the entrance exam which can boost the chances of getting admission in a top B- school. Entrance tests such as CAT, GMAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA and NMAT are considered mandatory by MBA/ PGDM institutes. They play a crucial role in evaluating quantitative ability, logical reasoning, data interpretation and other analytical skills in students. Preparing well for these exams can result in bringing life-changing rewards by scoring high and entering in the best and top-ranked b-school.

Shortlisting process

After the announcement of entrance exam results, business schools release the cut-offs for the short-listing process. In order to ensure the selection process in top b-school, aspirants have to be familiar with the cut-offs released by each B-school they have sent their application in. Candidates with the desired percentile get through the admission process along with their academic record and work experience. Interestingly, every college or institute generate their own cut off list that gives a fair chance to the aspirants to pursue their management dreams.  

GD/PI preparation

GD/PI is an integral part of any selection process in top b-schools. It is done to evaluate the aspirants’ hidden leadership and problem-solving skills. These are crucial for any aspirant to succeed as a manager in the industry. GD i.e. group discussion round helps the college management in short-listing the candidates for personal interview on the basis of their team-building spirit and communication skills. The personal interview round focuses on understanding the zeal of the aspirant to grow in the management industry. It is focused on knowing the future goals and competencies of the shortlisted candidates.

Final weightage and merit documents

After going through all mandatory stages of the selection process, aspirants are required to ensure their admission on the basis of the final weightage given in personal interview, group discussion, entrance exam, academic performance, work experience, etc. Every college or institute make their own selection criteria and every aspirant is required to ensure their selection as per the criteria laid down by the respective b-school.

Top B-schools in India receive countless applications every year. Thus, every aspirant must prepare themselves to secure one seat out of a few to fulfil their dreams. Developing strong managerial and leadership skills help them in getting through the multi-layered selection process. They need to develop skills that could distinguish them from other candidates and can take them to the final stages of the selection process.

In order to ensure selection in top B-school, candidates should possess relevant knowledge about the domain, they want to specialise in. Once they obtain clarity, it starts reflecting in their thought process and personality that make them score high in entrance exams and crack GD/PI to get admission in their favourite B-school. Moreover, their passion and zeal towards aiming high in the management industry take them closer to their dream of becoming an industry leader. Thus, candidates need to possess mental soundness in every aspect they are faced with.