MBA Admissions: It’s All About the Right ‘Fit’!

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 02 Mar 2017

Your journey to becoming a successful management professional is not limited to entrance exam score or getting admission in a reputed institute.

MBA Admissions, B-Schools in India

Once the MAH CET 2017 results are announced, the road ahead gets tougher. Those of you who make it to the State Merit list will have to go through a counselling process to get into the B-Schools that accept MAH CET scores. This counselling, commonly known as Centralised Admission Process (CAP), is conducted by the Competent Authority of Maharashtra as per the regulation of AICTE.

While going through the counselling procedure is the final hurdle on your way to a business school, there are various aspects that will determine your success as a management professional when you pass out. Now, what exactly are those factors? How do admission committees of B-Schools ensure they have the right ‘fit’?

Dr. Vijay Page, Director General, MET Institute of Management says, “Undoubtedly this is a loaded question, since admission committees of private MBA institutions in Mumbai University have no control on admission process, which is based on MAH-CET written test results.  On the other hand, even after the allotment of seats by DTE, the students are given jumping/hoping chance from one institute to another on four occasions through CAP rounds. This accounts for almost 80-85% of the seats in the University.

Now, the PGDM and autonomous programmes account for about 15% of the MBA admissions.  Until this year, they have been authorised to admit students based on CAT, MAT, XAT accompanied by due weightage given to students’ performance in group discussions, personal interviews, work experience and academic excellence.

Such B-schools look for certain qualities in managers - leadership, positive attitudes, communication skills, etc. These are tested in the interaction with the candidate to assess the basic skills and aptitudes. We at MET, have a well-designed admission procedure consisting of a Written Test - weightage 50% and Group Discussion (15%), Personal Interview (15%), Work Experience (5%) and academic performance in 10th, 12th, graduation and post-graduation as well sports and extracurricular activities (15%). 

We are assisted in this process by our core faculty members as well as senior industry leaders and recruiters, who help us to size up the candidates. We also seek to reach out to the candidate to assess the breadth and width of his/her perceptions about the MBA programme, clarity of goals and his/her leanings towards the work life balance in the context of the CSR missions as a possible response to the societal challenges. We hope that the PGDM and autonomous programmes that reach out to the industry on the basis of their brand’s strengths are allowed to seek the right talent to meet the needs of industry.”

Dr. Subhransu S. Mohanty, Director at St. Francis Institute of Management & Research, Borivali (W), says, “We are committed to maintaining high quality in management course content as well as its delivery. We are also determined to improve ourselves continuously to stay ahead of competition and to deliver world-class education at a much affordable cost. We focus on realigning traditional academic values with the emerging social and environmental challenges, so that students are future-ready and can navigate well through cultural diversity, changing customer demands and disruptive technologies, in an era of globalisation.

Keeping these in mind, we have formed admission committees with academic and industry experts and we follow a multi-tier selection process, which is in addition to the minimum criteria prescribed by the regulatory authorities. We conduct tests to ensure writing capabilities, interview and group discussions to assess communication and leadership skills, and Cattell’s 16 PF test to assess a prospective student’s personality, strength and weaknesses, emotional stability/ maturity level and so on. Only short-listed students are interviewed in the presence of their parents, by the admission committee. Our emphasis in this process is not to disqualify them but to find out how appropriately we can groom them by identifying both their strengths and weaknesses.

For the part-time programme, a minimum of two years’ experience at a supervisory level is required. I have also seen an increase in the number of students leaving their jobs and opting for the full-time MBA programmes to improve their employment prospects or ultimately to start their own business after gaining some more years’ of knowledge and experience.”

Prof. R Subramanian, Chairman, Admissions at N.L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai says,” We have voluntarily relinquished Management Quota system therefore all students are selected purely on Merit. We follow the admission criteria laid down by DTE, Govt. of Maharashtra & AICTE for our 2 years full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management approved by AICTE & Ministry of HRD Govt. of India, and for 2 years full time MMS programme of the University of Mumbai, whereas for 3 years Part time Master’s Degree with specialisation in Marketing, Finance and Human Resource Management affiliated to the University of Mumbai, we follow the criteria laid down by University of Mumbai.

The institute website is regularly updated as and when required to communicate the guidelines for admission process issued by AICTE/DTE. We ensure that there is utmost transparency in the admission process and the procedure is well communicated to all the stakeholders through the institute’s prospectus & website.

Following is the eligibility criteria for the admission for our different programmes:

Full-Time PGDM: Candidate must have passed a three-year Bachelor’s degree examination with minimum of 50% in any faculty of Mumbai University or an examination recognized by Mumbai University as equivalent thereto.  Addition to this, the candidate should have given any of following MBA entrance exam CAT or CMAT or XAT or MAH-CET.

Full-Time MMS: Candidate should have passed minimum three year duration Bachelor’s Degree awarded by any of the Universities recognized by University Grants Commission or Association of Indian Universities in any discipline with at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent (at least 45% in case of candidates of backward class categories and Persons With Disability belonging to Maharashtra State only) or its equivalent. Obtained score in CET conducted by the Competent Authority (MAH-MBA/MMS-CET).

Part Time Management Course (MMM/MFM/MHRDM): The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India, or processes an equivalent qualification by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
The candidate must have minimum two years of work experience in the executive or managerial capacity in medium or large-scale organisation.

We have a well-structured admission committee to review the process and the student profile. The admission committee consists of Director, Senior Faculty Member & staff. We evaluate the performance of the student in the institute vis-à-vis the marks they obtain during admissions process. For the PGDM admission, the admission committee emphasises on work experience of students from companies, which are reviewed by the interview panel comprising of industry experts & senior academicians.

Our experience shows that the students with good academic performance do continue at the same level at the institute as well. We also find out the number of students with their background that we admit in the institute vis-à-vis their basic degree. Our finding is that the students with Engineering, BMS and B.Com students get selected in that order generally over the years. Over all, it has ensured quality students resulting in cohesive learning environment and placement.” 

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