[2012] Which B-Schools should you apply to?

Hi All With the season 2012 getting closer to the months which are going to be full of applications for different exams, coveted B-Schools and lot of ups and downs, we are back with the thread which has been amongst the most helpful threads f…

Hi All

With the season 2012 getting closer to the months which are going to be full of applications for different exams, coveted B-Schools and lot of ups and downs, we are back with the thread which has been amongst the most helpful threads for the aspirants.

Here, we help each other to take informed decisions about the B-Schools we wish to apply. It is very important to know how/when/why to apply to B-Schools because many a times candidates have a bad day on the exam day and he cant apply to schools after the results are out and later realize that he missed applying to institutes which were in his range.

Link to last year's thread : http://pagalguy.com/forums/cat-and-related-bschools/2011-which-b-schools-should-you-apply-to-t-70653/p-2873014

Here, goes my 2 cents on this :

While applying for any b-school , just don't make its placement as criteria. However, this does not mean that you apply in any b-school.

ROI is a matter of concern . But , ROI does not refer to immediate placements which we get from campus. ROI refers to the value addition in long term , which a college provides you. 4-5 years down the line , there are people working at same profiles despite graduating from differently ranked b-schools which provided them different packages.


Those worried about Acads while applying:

  1. Do not bother much about acads at this stage since acads is past and cannot be changed. What you can do now is focus on preparation and score as high as possible to strengthen your chances of getting the call.
  2. Acads can be a constraint to get calls from 3-4 B-Schools but a high score will ensure that you get calls from all other B-Schools. So, do not let constraint of 3-4 B-Schools bother you so much that your chances get spoiled for other B-Schools as well. 😃


Worried about Specialization?


There are many people who are not clear about the specialization . It is always better if we do introspection before deciding to apply for a b-school. There are few b-schools which provide excellent opportunities in finance , others in marketing and likewise... So, we can select a b-school in alignment with the specialization we intend to make our career in.

One thing more which i have noticed. People select even specializations on the basis of packages they will get from college . It is not the right way. Read books , articles , consult seniors to get idea about specializations and try to find area which attracts you . You can enjoy your job only when you love what you are doing and not when you are forced to love something. And once , you start loving your job, career growth and money comes automatically .


Few major pointers on the factors which play a crucial role in deciding where all to apply


1. How desperate or keen am I to do an MBA in this particular academic season?
2. Have I set goals and target colleges for myself?
3. Will I settle for a certain college eventhough I might want to go some place better?
4. How many colleges should I be ideally applying for and what have I allocated as budgetary expenditure for the application process?
5. Why do I really want to do an MBA?
6. What are my expectations from the B-School to which I am applying ?

I would like to clarify that this thread doesn't encourage comparison of B-Schools.Moreover B schoolers and Alumni are requested to be unbiased in their feedback of B schools.Placement figures are something that doesnt fall under discussions of this thread,however B schoolers and Alumni can give a small overview of the overall placement scene in the college.


Also, if any B-Schooler is found to be indirectly/directly promoting his/her B-School, the concerned post shall be deleted as soon as possible.

However, if you are still wondering Why MBA afterall , then do check out this thread 😃 http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/why-mba-25025178/835856


All the best to all, let the discussions begin :thumbsup:

Cheers,

Varun


Was waiting for this thread to come.

The season 2012 has already started with NMAT notification coming. IIFT, CAT, XAT will soon follow.

Post any kind of query that you are having and we will be happy to help.

The most important thing that one should keep in mind before applying to a B-School or rather doing MBA :-
B-Schools are the place for self improvement and not an agency to provide you 7-figure salary. So don't keep placement as the only factor while chosing a B-School. Top B-Schools help students develop themselves. They facilitate students in becoming worthy of a good high-paying job. It is on students to use the oppurtunity.

this is my first attempt at entrance tests....

i am in 3rd year and do not wish to drop a year...

regarding prep: my aimcat scores are below average, started going to TIME regularly since last month only and started studing seriuosly form since a few days...

weakest: quant section
strongest : language

already considering both NMAT and IIFT...

how many colleges and which one should i go for....

Well IIFT notification is out:)

IIFT Notification out. Details available at http://cc.iift.ac.in/docs/iift/Admissions_2013/index.asp

Good initiative this year too @[316381:visionIIM-ACL]. I will also be joining in on this thread with my inputs.

@[370697:avinashkrjha]

I am solely looking for a good job profile....

Will be taking all exams this year....

I have 82% in Xth, 69% in XIIth and 69% in Grads(SMU) ... which top colleges will i b eligible for? I have passed last yr (Oct 2011) ... and no work ex as such

@[316381:visionIIM-ACL] Sir, Could you please tell me which B-schools are known for marketing in order of rankings (approx will do).


Thanks a lot. :)
@Infocurean said: @visionIIM-ACL Sir, Could you please tell me which B-schools are known for marketing in order of rankings (approx will do). Thanks a lot.
Well, will not prefer to get into giving rankings from my end as it is subjective but the colleges best known for marketing are as follows:

IIM-A, FMS, IIM-C, S.P.JAIN Mumbai , IIM-L , IIM-B , IIM-K, MDI, SIBM, SCMHRD, IIM-Indore, XLRI , NMIMS followed by others.

@Samb89 said:
I have 82% in Xth, 69% in XIIth and 69% in Grads(SMU) ... which top colleges will i b eligible for? I have passed last yr (Oct 2011) ... and no work ex as such
Buddy

You shall be eligible for almost all colleges except the ones like IIM-B, SPJain etc. that give high weightage to acads.

So, need not worry much as i have mentioned in introductory post as well and prepare well.

Cheers and All the best!
@mbajamesbond said: @avinashkrjhaI am solely looking for a good job profile....Will be taking all exams this year....

All the best for that. Apply to as many Top B Schools as possible. Stay tuned to this thread for the details.

Check Cut off Scores for Season 2012 at : http://www.pagalguy.com/forums/cat-and-related-bschools/2012-which-b-schools-should-you-apply-t-83927/p-3594168/r-3607915

Posting the Cut off Scores of 2011 season here. That should help in some way in deciding about the colleges. But don't keep the previous years cut off as the only criterion. Because cut offs keep varying also.

Here it goes :

1. IIM Ahemdabad 98%ile Sectionals 94+
2. IIM Joka 99.5+ Sectionals 94+
3. IIM Lucknow/Indore/Kozhikhode/Banglore/Shillong --> Not fixed. Various rounds of shortlisting with different weightage to marks, cat score, etc etc..
4. IIM Ranchi 99.6+
5. IIM Raipur/Rohtak 98+
6. SPJAIN 85 (PROFILE BASED CALL)
7. MDI 95.31%ile Sectional 70+
8. NITIE 98+
9. IMT GZB 94+
10. IIT Kgp 95+
11. TAPMI All applicants were called.
12. KJSOMAIYA PGDM - 90.29 IB - 80.17 No sectionals
13. IMI PGDM - 92 HR - 85 Sectionals 50 each
14. NIRMA 80%ile, Sectional 50 each
15. IIT Madras 96+ Sectional 80+
16. FORE PGDM 87+ IB 81+
17. MIB/MHROD 93+
18. LBSIM 83.21
19. IFMR 86+
20. BIM T 90
21. MFC 90+
22. NIT T 90+
23. UBS 88+

24. FMS-BHU 82.51

XAT colleges

1. XLRI BM-92 PMIR-91
2. XIMB 92+ Sectionals 60
3. GIM 77.15
4. IFMR 86+
5. LIBA 75 Sectionals 55 VA 64 QA 41 LR
6. XIME 75+

SNAP Colleges

1. SIBM 118
2. SCMHRD 113
3. SIIB 107
4. SIBM(B) 106

IIFT 35+ marks
NMAT 210 marks


@avinashkrjha said: All the best for that. Apply to as many Top B Schools as possible. Stay tuned to this thread for the details.
Definitely sir , will be shooting all my queries here........

Thanks for coming back to this thread....
@avinashkrjha said: Posting the Cut off Scores of 2011 season here. Will come up with cut off scores of 2012 season also very soon. That should help in some way in deciding about the colleges. But don't keep the previous years cut off as the only criterion. Because cut offs keep varying also.Here it goes :1. IIM Ahemdabad 98%ile Sectionals 94+2. IIM Joka 99.5+ Sectionals 94+3. IIM Lucknow/Indore/Kozhikhode/Banglore/Shillong --> Not fixed. Various rounds of shortlisting with different weightage to marks, cat score, etc etc..4. IIM Ranchi 99.6+5. IIM Raipur/Rohtak 98+6. SPJAIN 85 (PROFILE BASED CALL)7. MDI 95.31%ile Sectional 70+8. NITIE 98+9. IMT GZB 94+10. IIT Kgp 95+11. TAPMI All applicants were called.12. KJSOMAIYA PGDM - 90.29 IB - 80.17 No sectionals13. IMI PGDM - 92 HR - 85 Sectionals 50 each14. NIRMA 80%ile, Sectional 50 each15. IIT Madras 96+ Sectional 80+16. FORE PGDM 87+ IB 81+17. MIB/MHROD 93+18. LBSIM 83.2119. IFMR 86+20. BIM T 9021. MFC 90+22. NIT T 90+23. UBS 88+XAT colleges1. XLRI BM-92 PMIR-912. XIMB 92+ Sectionals 603. GIM 77+ Profile based calls4. IFMR 86+5. LIBA 75 Sectionals 55 VA 64 QA 41 LR6. XIME 75+SNAP Colleges1. SIBM 1182. SCMHRD 1133. SIIB 107


what does PROFILE BASED CALL mean for SP Jain institutes?
@notimetowaste said:


SPJAIN releases 2 lists. One is profile based call for which cut off is 85 and then you need to have something differential in your profile to be shortlisted. e.g, If you have represented your nation or your state in some activities. Another list is purely on the basis of cut off which is generally 95+. Hope this clears the confusion.

My acads are as follows :

Xth- 86.6 %
XIIth- 81.6%
grads- 76.6%

No Work-ex accountable for CAT'12 😞

Could you tell me which colls I cant apply to? Does NMIMS/SPJAIN consider past acads or give preference to work-ex ppl?

@notimetowaste said: My acads are as follows :Xth- 86.6 %XIIth- 81.6%grads- 76.6%No Work-ex accountable for CAT'12 Could you tell me which colls I cant apply to? Does NMIMS/SPJAIN consider past acads or give preference to work-ex ppl?

You can apply to almost every B-School in INDIA. For final conversion, every college gives different weights to different factors like marks, work-ex, etc. So you need to check that.

NMIMS gives around 65 or 70% weightage to NMAT Score and rest to other factors (GD/PI/Acads/Workex).

but with no work -ex where does this type of profile stand, assuming a good/decent score in respective entrance?

@avinashkrjha said: You can apply to almost every B-School in INDIA. For final conversion, every college gives different weights to different factors like marks, work-ex, etc. So you need to check that.NMIMS gives around 65 or 70% weightage to NMAT Score and rest to other factors (GD/PI/Acads/Workex).
my profile is
10-88%
+2-92%
b.tech-80%
joined an IT company recently a month back
and i am scoring around (85-92) 90percentile in aimcats . which b-schools shld i apply ???????