Overview of MBA ADMISSIONS
There are many factors that play a crucial role in the admission process for an MBA programme. The basis on which students make a choice in their selection of the desired programmes, application to these universities, required documentation, interviews etc. are elements of the admission process and each element if presented correctly, most likely strengthens one’s chances of admission into such programmes. Let us explore these factors one by one.
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An MBA aspirant should set aside certain criteria for shortlisting as couple of options of desirable MBA programmes. Location, course duration, living conditions, fee structure, curriculum, institute reputation, placement probability, faculty, etc. can be important criteria considered for shortlisting a programme as an option.
MBA applications must consist of some important attributes like MBA essays, letter of recommendation, academic transcripts, admission test score reports, work history in the form of a CV, copies of completion of courses, diplomas, degrees after secondary school, 10th and 12th grade score sheets (O level, A level score sheets), etc. This section will explore one by one each attribute involved in making the perfect MBA application.
MBA essays are the rather most crucial part of one’s application. Your essay may make or break your chances of getting accepted into a programme. Essays should be a reflection of one’s personal nature, the admissions council must get an idea on one’s personality, achievements, career prospective and other unique aspects of oneself. It must be persuasive, ambitious and convincing to the reader and for this, maintaining the structure of the essay, its grammar and language are important. The number of essays depends on the requirement of the B-school, but mostly they require interested applicants to write around 2-3 essays.
Institutes require that applicants send in all records of academic score sheets after secondary school, preferably in a semester-wise breakdown of scores. Some institutes also require the 10th grade and 12th grade transcripts to be attached. Documents should be neatly arranged in chronological order and numbered. Check university’s requirements for the number of copies or any requirement of attestation or stamps on the copies of transcripts. If transcripts are not in English, then a close translation of the sheets must be attached alongside in the file. Academic history is not normally considered as an important or ethical attribute in the admission of a student however, many institutes do consider it as a measure of how academically strong the student is and therefore would offer some insight on how well the student may fare under the programme.
Some of the world’s conventional admission tests are GMAT, GRE, CAT (India) and these are used as a measure of the success rate of a student in an MBA programme. Such tests evaluate the logical, analytical, problem solving, reasoning skills, etc. of a student. Institutes in certain countries require that applicants appear for an English Language proficiency test like TOEFL, IELTS to determine whether or not the applicant can be able to settle comfortably in the conventional medium of English. The scores may be valid from 1 year (CAT scores) to 5 years (GRE, GMAT scores). Depending upon the institute’s requirements, one has to sit for the required admission test and submit a test score report along with the application.
A record of one’s work history and duration in the form of a CV/resume would be desirable. If one is presently employed in a company, then a letter of approval from the employee must be attached along with the application.
Letters of recommendation help strengthen the application for admission. Seek out letters from superiors under whom you’ve worked with who can impress upon your best skills with evidence. Check the specifications for number of letters and other required legal documents.
The interview process is one of the most crucial points of the admission procedure. This is the part where the admissions council proceed with the candidate’s personality and presentation inference. Interviews are only granted to selected students who are going to undergo further shortlisting. It is important that interviewees take care of their presentation in appearance, speech and any other important aspect in order to look desirable for admission into the required programme.
Sometimes before the individual interview process takes place, a group discussion is held from the pool of applicants who have qualified from an entrance exam or any form of a first round of selection. This will enable the admissions council to judge one’s abilities as a group member, group leader etc.
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