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School pass outs or college graduates aspire to take up the Masters of Business Administration course considering the promising career it offers. However, from a distance, they often find it tough to evaluate reasons for which they should take up the MBA, from where to pursue, in which paper to specialize and so on.

Hence, to simplify here is stating all basic information about MBA program that every learner should know.

History of the MBA

The first mention of MBA course dates back to the 1900s and was first conducted in the first graduate school of management, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. The course was then called Master of Commercial Science Degree and was later renamed to Master of Business Administration. The next college to introduce MBA was Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1908, when they registered 80 students for their first batch of MBA course.

Origin of the MBA in India

The Faculty of Management Studies of University of Delhi prepared the first MBA syllabus for any Indian college in the year 1968.

Importance of the MBA

As mentioned earlier MBAs have a promising future as their salary structure from the very initial stage of their career is far high than usual Masters Students. Reaching management positions become easy with an MBA degree in your resume. Studies reveal 70% MBAs serve as managers and board directors in their respective organizations. With an MBA, student’s scope of networking enhances. It starts from their immediate professors, lecturers and teachers moving on to potential employers, business associates, colleagues moving on to business partners and collaborators at the final stage. As a professional course, MBA leaves scope for a student to not only gain knowledge but also get familiar with the industry standards in terms of communication and moves. This again depends on the college/institute you pick to pursue MBA exam.

Read: Networking in MBA: Types & why you should do it?

MBA – the course

MBA is a professional course offered to graduates by B-schools, colleges and institutes through correspondence, full time, part time or long distance course. The usual duration of a typical course including internships and semesters is two years.

Primarily, an MBA degree allows one to specialize in the following papers:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Economics
  • Business Administration

New MBA specializations:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • E-commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Media science
  • Hospitality

There are different kinds of MBA that an aspirant can take up, here is the list:

  • Full time MBA

    In a span of two years, students can qualify the MBA degree by attending regular classes, clearing semesters, doing presentations, performing internships and so on. If calculated in terms of class hours, then for regular MBA students it sums to around 600 hours. The depth of syllabus and strength of curriculum is maximum when it comes to full-time MBA of two-year duration.

  • One Year MBA or Accelerated MBA

    Here is the entire MBA syllabus is made compact and students are taken all over it very fast. For some, they can keep pace with this fast learning; for some, the base remains a challenge. However, if there is pressure to build a successful career in a shorter span of time, these One Year MBA programs are good choice.

  • Part Time MBA

    Also, referred to as Executive MBA – this is pursued by professionals while they are working in the industry. Though balancing studies and work is a challenge here, yet the direct learning from industry and its corresponding understanding from professors – make this an interesting phenomenon. Classes are usually conducted post office hours, as per the convenience of the students.

  • Evening (second shift) MBA

    This is exactly like regular MBA course of two years with the only difference that classes are conducted in the second half. So, students who remain occupied in the first half of the day can opt for this definitely ensuring that they have enough energy to remain awake and attentive during evening class hours.

  • Modular MBA

    This is a crash course of MBA where the syllabus is reduced to two-three major blocks and is completed y experts in very less time. Though the demand for this kind of MBA course is at a steep, it really leaves a big gap in the learning process for students. Yet, if you are in a hurry to add the MBA degree in your resume, this is your cup of tea.

  • Executive MBA (EMBA)

    Originated in 1981, this MBA required work experience and is meant for professionals. Some colleges in facts state a minimum of 5-years or 10-years work experience in order to pursue this. The syllabus of EMBA is framed in a way, that you cannot understand it until you have an understanding about industry proceedings.

Eligibility for MBA aspirants

The first primary criteria are to clear the college graduation with good or qualifying marks. Next, to this, students need to clear and have a good score in common entrance exams like the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For top B-schools even set work experience as a criterion for MBA admission. However, the set of eligibility criteria differs from college to college or B-schools that you need to check prior admission process.

MBA Syllabus

If your MBA course is split into 4 semesters than here is the probable syllabus that you can expect. However, the syllabus of MBA exam varies between colleges, universities and so on.

Important considerations to choose the right MBA program for yourself

  1. Which MBA course you want to pursue?

    The answer depends entirely on your present academic status and work experience (if any). Also how much time you are ready to spare for your MBA course is another determinant for you to decide your MBA course.

  2. Where to pursue MBA course?

    This is an important question that you should discuss with elders and experts to take the right decision. As the number of MBA providers are simply mushrooming, it’s important to pick a good one so that your MBA course really benefits your career in future.

  3. Why to pursue MBA?

    Do not take up an MBA course as a current trend or following your friend/cousin’s footsteps. Clear yourself with three genuine reasons why you want to pursue the MBA course and how it is beneficial for your career. This needs vivid research and insights from professionals to guide you.

  4. How to pursue MBA exam?

    Whether you want to be at home, attend college classes coaching and prepare. Or, stay out of college in a strict hostel life and do an MBA. Or opt for a distance or crash course of MBA is entirely your call. This decision is directly related to the time you intend to spend on your MBA course.

  5. When to pursue MBA?

    Right after college, with some work experience or while working – among these three when you are ready to opt for an MBA course if only your decision that can’t be influenced by anybody else.

Pre-requisites for overseas MBA

If you are in plan to pursue MBA outside India, then the eligibility criteria and documents required vary a lot. So students who want to do an MBA course abroad must have the following ready before they start to apply:

  1. Work Experience
  2. TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT/GRE score
  3. Recommendation letters
  4. Academic record
  5. Minimum graduation qualification
  6. Essays

Pre-requisites for Indian Institute of Management (IIM) MBA

In India, pursuing a MBA from the IIMs is considered the best call to action. The first step to apply in IIMs for MBA course is to clear the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) for which you have learn its three sections namely, a) Quantitative b) Logical Data interpretation and c) Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension.

Clearing MAT for MBA admission

Some colleges and universities consider the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) score for MBA admission. MAT exam is held four times in India – January, February, May and September. It has 4 sections namely – Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning and Indian and Global Environment.

Study Tips for MBA students

  • Career Experimentation

    Taking up the MBA course is not the end of your career. You still have time to think over and make a change. So simply consider the course as a syllabus to finish and continue with it only if you want to. In between our MBA studies if you find it boring or not your cup of tea you can always make a move.

  • Make use of MBA time

    While most of your MBA days will be spent attending classes, doing presentations or learning new as a whole; keep time in hand to do more than this. Using your MBA identity card try to attend conferences, business meets and so on. This will help you get a flavor of the industry proceedings than only sticking to MBA classroom.

  • Time Management in MBA days

    Depending on the MBA course you choose, you have 1 or 2 complete years in hand to explore. Make sanguine use of the time you get than simply sleeping or spending time with friends after class hours. Note, right after MBA you will have a full time job to handle and it might not be possible for you to get the exploring opportunity.

  • Stick to yourself

    Many a times, especially Indian students take up the MBA course in peer pressure or family pressure. Do not take up the MBA course until you are convinced that this renders you genuine benefits. Research enough and if you find your career in future would require the MBA stamp then only go for it.

  • Three P’s

    Please note these three P’s that are very important for you to successfully do your MBA course. The three P’s are Patience, Performance and Persistence.

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