To B-School or Not to B-School

Students are opting to get some work experience under their belt before they apply to MBA programmes

Published: Aug 12, 2010

mg_32312_business_school_280x210.jpgThere used to be a time when students used to rush toward B-schools immediately after their under graduation. But, for the second year in a row, students are opting to get some work experience under their belt before they apply to MBA programmes.

Last year, figures from MBA portal showed that students over the age of 25 — more than three years of experience — accounted for 8 percent to 15 percent of the total students in India’s top 25 B-schools (carried in our June 19, 2009 edition). This year Coolavenues tells us that the numbers have gone up to 12 percent to 25 percent.

Either people are still wary of the slowdown and are opting to make money while they can or they have realised the value that work experience adds before you go in for further studies.

(Compiled by Abhishek Raghunath)

(This story appears in the 13 August, 2010 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Vikash kumar singh

    I think that the reason behind students first geting experience and then planning to do MBA is the preference of MBA colleges to take experienced candidates. It also enhances their chances of geting a good placement. So if so much is on offer when they are experienced then whats the need to rush to MBA colleges .

    on Aug 12, 2010
  • Abhirama Krishna

    Management Education is an essential part of the day to day life of everyone and hence both segments viz the experienced professionals as well as graduates can benefit from this. Ultimately the one who is able to apply the learnings to a situation wins.

    on Aug 12, 2010
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