Did you know? The number of students who appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT) is reduced from 2,41,000 in 2010-12 to 1,95,000 in 2014-2016. However, a reverse trend has been experienced, where seats available across all the IIMs per 1,000 candidates has increased from 11 to 17.1 for the similar period. Further analysis reveals that the total numbers of seats available at in all the IIMs have increased from 2,650 in 2010-‘12 to 3,335 in 2014-’16.
The information given above also indicates about the increased opportunity available to MBA-aspirants. However, this opportunity comes with a problem – the barrier of preparing yourself. This should happen in such a manner so that you can successfully achieve a percentile cut-off that lets you bag a seat in any of the IIMs. Delving deep into this muddle gives you an insight that there is an overall and sectional cutoff declared by IIMs every year. Additionally, every IIM has its own cutoff percentiles.
Now, the bigger question one has to cogitate is ‘How to get into your dream B-School?’ And, the answer to this lies in the soon-to-be published book by the same title. Authored by an IIM-B passout, this book is a guide that will handhold you so that you easily tread the path to get into your dream B-school.
This book contains 19 easily practicable rules that will help aspirants in their preparation and make them aware about the common pitfalls. It segregates the answering process into easily comprehensible and logical steps. To get an insight about this book, here is a series of 9 snippets.
Here is Series 1:
Fix Your Goals: Hit the Bull’s Eye
Before you commence your journey of preparation, in the endeavor to get into the B-school you wish to, you should fix your goals. I would request you to mention the names of the three B-schools (in India) where you would love to do your MBA (or PGDM) from. Read below only after you have scribbled these down.
If you have written anything other than IIMs A, B and C (in whatever order) on the previous page, then we have a problem and you are:
- Either unaware of the value of Brand in education
- Or, unaware of the Brand of these 3 institutes over any other MBA Institute in India
- Or, aspiring to study in an institute, whose name will be linked with your name for the rest of your life, for a wrong reason
- Or, wish to specialize in a field which you think is better in some other institute (e.g. HR in XLRI or Operations in NITIE), or you are targeting ISB since you have a lot of work experience. In this case, you may be right and so can be your choice, since it is for the right reason. However, it is completely up to you to ensure the choice you make is an informed one.
The wrong reason might be the desire to stay close to a loved one, or someone who is not keeping well or needs you by his/her side (for whatever reason).
It might also be the exorbitant fees that these institutes charge, which you think your parents or you, cannot afford. If this is the reason, then probably there is an invention which happened many years ago, which you are unaware of: banks, who provide loans. In addition, almost every good MBA college in the country has a robust fee waiver program for the genuinely needy. So, if this was the wrong reason, you can relax, go back and change your preferences on the previous page.
If you wish to do your MBA in India, these are the three colleges you should target, unless, of course, you aren’t eligible for one or all of these because of their stringent admission norms (which change almost every year and are some seemingly bizarre combination of minimum work experience, minimum marks in different stages of your education career etc). In that case, you may cherry-pick any other B-school you want to, as long as you are doing it for the right reasons.
I think you got the point I am trying to drive home here:Whichever school(s) you aspire for, do the belief that it is the best one you are eligible (ELIGIBLE, and not CAPABLE. This book will take care of your capability) to get into.
I have always believed in aiming for the stars, but not because of the clichéd ‘if you fail, you will still have the moon’. On the contrary, I have a conflicting philosophy. I don’t like this stance since it has the notion of inevitability of failure at its core. It’s like saying to oneself before a race, “I should target to be the first so that even if I come third, I will be elated.”
I believe in aiming for the stars because the first step to succeed is to dream. And if you dream big, you can become so, too. On the other hand, if you never dream big, you will never be able to be so.
Now that I have convinced you to dream about studying in the best school you are eligible to get into, let me jump to the second step of attaining success. It is, as Holmes would say, elementary – working towards converting your dreams into reality.
I once read somewhere, 97% of all people don’t have any vision. And among those who do, 97% don’t work towards it. In essence, only 0.09% (3% of 3%) will strive towards achieving success.
Now that you are among the 3% of those who have a vision (the dream of getting into and studying at your dream B-school), it’s time you start working towards achieving it. Vision needs to be followed by action. Without action, vision is day dreaming.