MBA Careers

An excellent compilation on the management entrance process followed at the Top B-schools in the country. Truly PATH-BREAKING. To prepare for CAT, XAT, MAT, SNAP FMS, IIFT, NMAT, JMET & all others ,

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“Success is not an accident, but a planned process” PT now with the unique TDpro engine! To deliver consistently high levels of quality in everything we do, our people have distilled years of wisdom and understanding into a unique TDPro engine. What is this TDPro engine? It stands for Technology Driven Process engine. It is the whole structure of PT – the systematic documentation and implementation of every single process we follow in all that we do. Be it course design, course delivery, centre infrastructure, faculty selection, faculty training, website content updation, students resources management, HR operations, marketing seminars, materials management, IPR control and management, or centre administration — TDpro engine is geared to add value to all of them. Worldwide, companies use the Six-sigma quality system to generate and maintain stringent standards. In India, companies like Infosys and Wipro benchmark themselves against the PCMM levels. Starting January 2007, at PT, we will now benchmark ourselves against the TDPro engine’s high standards in everything we do. This does not mean that we are perfect, but it surely means that we are serious about getting there using modern management tools of strict operations management, with a human face. What does this really mean to a student? This simply means that a student and his/her parents can be sure that the commitments and course delivery at all PT centres will be almost identical in their high quality, as the faculty and staff have undergone standardized training and are using standard processes, systems and materials. This implies that as an institute, we are completely transparent (everything is documented on paper), maintain uniform standards, and are serious about students’ success. We are sure that not many institutes will measure upto this standard of transparency, standardisation and process orientation. This is our way of saying “Students’ success is the only reason for our existence!” Move with confidence - Get the TDpro engine advantage!

Students success... Kar Ke Dikhayenge! Success is a state of mind. We become what we dream to become, we achieve what we hope to achieve, and we create what we envision in our minds first. Unfortunately, if we are not cautious, we will often be constrained by the devils of our own creation. We imagine weaknesses that are debilitating, paralyzing and often totally devastating for our morale. And worst of all, we allow them to take over our self-confidence. Thus we start thinking like losers, and eventually become losers. So, it stands to reason that to achieve success, we must train our minds to think like winners. We must consciously tell ourselves that we are capable and we will do it. “What one man does, another can do too,” must be drilled in our consciousness. And to practically do this on a day-to-day basis, PT offers a magic mantra to one and all: KAR KE DIKHAYENGE! Kar ke dikhayenge is a Hindi phrase, which literally translated, means 'we will do it for sure.' Chant this, sing this, think of it, tell this to yourself, shout it aloud, read it… whichever way you look at it, Kar ke dikhayenge will propel you to new levels of conscious churning. It will force you to break the chains that tether you. It will force you to move forward… to succeed, to live happily, to achieve what you have always wanted to achieve. Kar Ke Dikhayenge!
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Kar Ke Dikhayenge!

Kar Ke Dikhayenge!
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Pinnacle - The MBA entrance course
Make it happen
Dear student, My friend is that very ordinary, everyday kind of guy you are never likely to see in a Nike advertisement. He got into long-distance running in college. He was always at the receiving end of pranks and jokes and someone teased him that he wouldn't last half a lap around the college ground. He quietly replied that he would do 10 rounds. “Chal, kar ke dikha!” To everyone's amazement, he did and survived. That was the beginning of the marathon man in our midst. So I asked him after a recent marathon, how he managed to do it time after time. Didn't he feel like giving it up after a couple of gruelling kilometres? Why not follow many others and go home after a few minutes of jogging-deteriorating-into-walking? “Basically, I challenge myself. When I am running I am constantly telling myself that yes, I can do this next kilometre and it goes on. That's all. Anyone can do it.” Like all great winners he made it sound so simple. You are at the start of your own marathon. Far away, after many gruelling days, lies your finishing line – your MBA qualification. So what do you plan to do? Be happy with the marathon T-shirt and give up after a couple of kilometers? Or are you too determined to kar ke dikhayenge? That's our mantra at PT – kar ke dikhayenge. We must confess that motto was inspired by some of our brilliant students. Like the four who topped CAT in 2006! And so too, members from the illustrious list of hundreds whom we had the pride and pleasure to help last the distance and breast the tape with honour. We are now happy to have the opportunity to help you win your own marathon. Here at PT, we like to think of ourselves as enablers. After years of analysis and experience you may want to believe that we understand what it takes. Perhaps! But at PT we run a different kind of marathon. We add another kilometre every now and then and keep pushing the finishing line. There is always a better way, we believe. And that conviction is what has kept us the best in the field for so many years. We also give you the advantage of our TDpro Engine – technology-driven process engine. TDpro Engine ensures that every single process – course design, course delivery, centre infrastructure, faculty selection, faculty training, website content updating, students resources management, HR operations, marketing seminars, materials management, IPR control and management, centre administration, etc. – is scientifically documented and controlled to give you – the user – the best advantage. The marathon you are set for requires discipline and perseverance. It is as demanding as it is rewarding. Your determination and hard work can change the course of your life. We at PT will be happy to provide you the right launching pad. Yes, we will help you make it happen! Hum kar ke dikhayenge! On your marks, get set, go … and keep going! We are with you.

From the Founder Chairman

Sandeep Manudhane, Founder Chairman PT Education
The information contained in this document is compiled and presented in an accurate format, true to our knowledge and beliefs. Changes in test patterns, strucutres, fees, etc. happen from time to time. Students are advised to check the relevant facts from the concerned institution before taking any action on any aspect of their preparation, whatsoever. Errors, if any, in this document may please be reported at pinnacle@ptindia.com .

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Specialisations Available
MBA is not a "one size fits all" option. Depending on your ability and aptitude you can pick a specilisation that is right for you. Take a look at some of the specialisations
1. 3. 5. 7. 9. 11. Finance Human resources management Production management Advertising and public relations International business Entrepreneurship 2. 4. 6. 8. 10. Marketing Systems Operations management Materials management Telecom management

Finance
This is a career for people with good quantitative skills, who would like to engage in planning, resource management and policy formulation.

"Number crunching" is how most people would describe a career in finance. It is all about how best to manage money. MBAs in this discipline face competition from chartered accountants (CAs), but learn a lot more than what a conventional CA programme offers. Thus, in the medium term, an equally bright MBA would have an advantage over his CA colleague, especially because of the overall organisational aspects covered in the MBA course. There are several options to further specialise in this discipline: 1. Consumer banking 3. Institutional banking 5. Development banking 7. Corporate finance 2. 4. 6. 8. Investment banking Merchant banking Non-banking finance Treasury management

Banking is the life of an economy. After the opening up of the economy, the banking function has become even more important than ever before. Banks have direct access to the savings of individuals and channelise these savings into the mainstream of the economy. Post-liberalisation, the environment in which the banks operate has undergone a sea change. Banks, especially public sector banks, have woken up to the fact that unless they act fast and become market savvy, they may lose out to foreign banks, which have international expertise, and to private Indian banks which are doing extremely well on the customer service front. This is the main reason why public sector banks have become aggressive in areas like credit cards, e-banking etc.

These developments make banking a very interesting field. The nature of work in a bank is such that it offers openings not only to people with traditional finance-oriented skills like an MBA or a CA, but also to those who are technologists, environmental engineers and agriculturists. Consumer banking, investment banking and institutional banking are usually undertaken by the same organisation. These cover individual accounts, the management of securities (and other investments including foreign exchange dealings) and lending to corporate clients. A host of Indian and foreign banks are engaged in all these activities. Most banks also have merchant banking subsidiaries or divisions. These focus on public issues of capital by organisations. While Indian banks are currently rated as the best in merchant banking, foreign banks excel in consumer, investment and institutional banking. Development banking falls under the purview of specialised institutions set up for this purpose, like ICICI, IDBI, IFCI etc. The mandate is to help the economy grow by aiding industrial growth. The focus here is very different from traditional banking and the field is extremely challenging. Even these institutions have been registering their presence on premier campuses during the placement season. Non-banking finance is available from two types of institutions. There are private banks or small privately-run specialised companies including those involved in leasing and hire purchase. Then there are specialised public sector institutions concentrating on shipping finance, housing finance, venture capital etc.

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Specialisations Available

Specialisations Available
Marketing
Marketing is a discipline that is quite popular with management graduates. People with good communication skills and leadership qualities, and those raring to go places generally find it extremely interesting. A career in marketing has a lot to offer in terms of responsibility, challenge, innovation and growth. Marketing in its broadest sense is getting people and products together. This discipline offers opportunities to specialise in: 1. Sales and distribution 3. Advertising and public relations 5. Media planning 2. Product management 4. Market research 6. Brand management

Specialisations Available

The opportunities in sales and product management are many. However most organisations prefer their trainees to get sales experience before joining product management. Advertising and market research are service sector activities. These are usually handled by specialised consultancies. In India, we have several small advertising agencies. These may not be the best place to start a career if one desires global exposure. There are also several large agencies, often with foreign collaborations (in fact, most Indian advertising majors are witnessing tie-ups or mergers, willingly or unwillingly). Most large and professional market research agencies are divisions or subsidiaries of advertising agencies. Media planning includes activities like media buying. Specialised courses on media planning are available at a few institutions.

Philip Kotler defines a brand as a name, term, sign, symbol or design or a combination of these, intended to identify the goods or services of one seller or group of sellers and to differentiate them from those of competitors. Branding essentially gives a personality to a product. A brand conveys the attributes, benefits, values, culture and the personality of the products or services offered. Brand management has acquired such importance as a part of the marketing function that it is being offered as a specialised course in some institutes. The courses cover details like the theoretical role of pricing in brand management, product innovation and development, packaging and product portfolio management, role of promotional tools such as advertising, PR etc. Finally, there is also the role of distribution and the physical availability of the product.

Human Resources Management
If you can manage your people well, they in turn, will take good care of your organisation.

Human resources has become the most important specialisation in management in recent years. This is probably the fastest growing specialisation in India today. There are three important fields of study in this area. 1. Human resources development (HRD) 2. Personnel relations 3. Industrial relations

An HRD executive handles activities like performance appraisal, employee counselling, employee training and employee motivation. These activities are directed towards the development of the people in the organisation. A personnel executive’s focus is different. He is involved in normal day-to-day activities like recruitment, job definition, salary management and employee welfare. Industrial relations focuses on labour management. With the increasing labour activism, often with the backing of political parties, organisations need specialists to handle union related activities. Normally, students who have a law background are preferred for this functional area.

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Specialisations Available
Systems
For those who have a flair for both management and computers, the best career option is an MBA in systems. Over the past one decade, the IT Industry, popularly referred to as "infotech" or "software", has astonished people most in terms of growth. Yes, there has been a major shakeout over the past few months, but experts predict a revival. Computers are already becoming a part and parcel of all human endeavours and a career in computers holds unmatched promise, potential and limitless scope for innovation. India and Indians are right in front of the global software industry. With the introduction of reforms in 1991, the entire infotech market has witnessed a quantum leap in profit-growth. This has led to the creation of plenty of job opportunities for individuals with IT skills. Generally most organisations seek graduates who have a flair for both management and computers. For MBAs who specialise in systems, there are four broad career options. They can opt for organisations that are involved in: 1. Computer manufacturing and selling 2. Systems consultancy 3. Systems management 4. E-Commerce

A very common question often asked is " What is the difference between a computer guy and a systems guy? " The key difference is in the type of skills needed. While a systems specialist will work on understanding a problem and then resolving it, the focus of the computer specialist is narrower and more technical. The computer specialist will know about software and hardware of certain types. However, the MBA student, in the course of his programme, will have learnt about all the functions of an organisation, in addition to software and hardware. Hence, a systems MBA, unlike a computer engineer, is equipped to design systems for many types of organisations. One doesn’t need prior experience in computers or engineering to specialise in systems. However, in smaller institutes, this might be desirable for placement. A major boom in the next five years is expected in the field of Internet-related electronic commerce. In fact, most of the IT majors are concentrating on this area as it promises one of the highest growth rates because of the fact that India still has one of the lowest per capita PC penetration. Once the boom starts, experts predict it would be mind boggling. In fact, several enterprising young people have already started companies that are dabbling in e-commerce.

Production

This specialisation is generally preferred by engineers and it is the right choice for those with an inclination for production or shopfloor management.

Manufacturing is one of the most important economic activities. Many techniques and theories have been developed by management schools which focus on issues relevant to the area. The opportunities in this field are in: 1. Productivity improvement 2. Quality control 3. Inventory control 4. Production planning

The focus of the production specialist is not on engineering problems, but on the managerial implications of engineering problems. The specific skills required are behavioural, technical and statistical. MBAs with this background stand a bright chance with several consultancy firms, in addition to manufacturing organisations.

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Specialisations Available

Specialisations Available
Operations
An operations person basically deals with the various internal and external movements and flows within an organisation that affect its efficiency. These flows could be processes, relationships, vendor development, ancillary management etc. This is a new stream that has come to the fore in recent years and is fast gaining popularity. People who specialise in operations are basically inter-disciplinary in nature. The responsibilities are huge and so are the returns. The market has welcomed this specialisation with open arms.

Advertising
People with a creative bend of mind are fit for this career.

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The very word "advertising" conjures up an image of a highly creative career where you can actually generate ideas and see them taking shape. Advertising has grown leaps and bounds in importance for any organisation. Earlier the perception was that advertising means marketing or just one part of marketing. In the days of yore, the direct interface with the customer was through marketing. When the marketing arm of the organisation had to sell a product, they had to communicate to the customer the four Ps of the product viz. product, price, performance and place of availability. This communication was executed through advertising. Today, advertising is an important part of not only marketing but the overall business strategy. In the current scenario, the entire organisation has to focus on the customer and to communicate with her. The level to which advertising has made inroads into business strategy is borne out by the fact that many products are developed keeping advertising in mind. This naturally presents a very large canvas for an advertising professional. Advertising is broadly divided into four areas: 1. Client servicing 2. Media 3. Account planning 4. Copywriting.

One can enter advertising either through campus placements or through direct application to advertising agencies. Details of various advertising agencies can be had from advertisement bodies, newspaper offices or magazines like A&M. A fresh MBA is usually taken in as a management trainee. Since they have a business orientation, MBAs are generally put into client servicing and media initially. Later on, depending on the individual's creative inclination, he can also move into account planning and copywriting. Advertising companies welcome MBAs in these fields as it helps them carry out creative work in a professional manner. Today, new areas are emerging within advertising. For example, event management involves organisation and marketing of events. Image management helps to project a particular image of an individual or an organisation. Internet marketing has also brought about a lot of changes in advertising as the needs of the Web are different. Here, MBAs find instant favour as they can put their business inputs to good use. Many agencies in India prefer people with specialisation in advertising. The best place for a qualification in advertising is the Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA). Also, there are a lot of other courses that are offered by various institutions, like MASSCOM and MAPRM.

Materials Management
Materials management covers all functions required for managing the raw materials right from the time they leave the premises of the suppliers, till such time the materials get converted into finished products. A career in materials management is becoming more challenging with each passing day. New philosophies such as JIT, Kaizen and Kanban have had a tremendous impact on the profession. Technological advances engendered by the quality revolution and by the Internet have influenced the profession heavily, making it more dynamic than ever.

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Specialisations Available
International Business
This specialisation has seen an unprecedented boom after the Indian government embraced globalisation. The best place offering this course in India is IIFT. A career in international business holds a lot of potential. Several people had once opined that the East Asian meltdown and the global recession would spell doom for international business. However, with exportoriented economies bouncing back with renewed vigour, there are now more opportunities in international business than ever before.

Telecom Management

Entrepreneurship

The joy of creation knows no bounds, especially if it is wealth creation. Today we are seeing a different pedigree of B-School graduates. These people are now moving away from seeking wealth in the form of salaries and are moving towards wealth creation by setting up new ventures. Also the change in the environment has made it relatively easier today. Finance is easily available in the form of venture funding. People are willing to take chances by joining start-up companies. With the advent of better technology, it has never been easier to convert ideas into reality. So, if you dream to be a part of the elite global club of daredevil individuals like Konosuka Matsushita, Akio Morita, Raymond Kroc and Warren Buffet, take the plunge into entrepreneurship.

Attention!
Please note that the eligibility criteria for CAT 2006 onwards was a minimum of 50% marks in graduation. Students in the final year of graduation were also eligible to appear for CAT. But such students were reuqired to show that they had obtained a minimum of 50% marks in exams for which the results have been declared till now. The official notification for CAT 2007 is expected in July second week. Note : The eligibility criteria for this year or coming year(s) may change. You are requested to check the CAT bulletin when it is released.

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Specialisations Available

India is among the few countries, which have realised the contribution of telecom and IT to economic growth. Further, the country is now shifting its focus from the traditional manufacturing industries to emerging knowledge-based industries. The technological convergence (being the basic reason of digitisation) has brought the two industries together. This convergence is happening not only in the technological but also in the regulatory environment. There is a great demand for professionals in telecom management and opportunities abound all over the world.

The Golden Future
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League Specialised Institutes

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It's a big world out there with hundreds and hundreds of B-schools, all vying for the top slot. But clearly, the best of them shine brighter than the rest. Here is a sampling.

The top MIs in India*
Ivy League
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore, Lucknow, Kolkata and Kozhikode) Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (IIFT) Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi (FMS) S.P.Jain institute of Management Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR) National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai (NITIE) Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS)

Topnotch

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI) Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar (XIM) The Schools of Management of the Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT) (Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Madras, Kanpur, Roorkee, Guwahati) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM) Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NMIMS)

Excellent
T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal (TAPMI) Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Research Development, Pune (SCMHRD) Institute of Management and Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT) Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (NIM) International Management Institute, Delhi (IMI) KJ Somaiya institute of Management Studies, Mumbai ( KJSom) University Business School, Chandigarh (UBS)

Worth Considering
ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India) Business Schools, at 14 locations in India (IBS) Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon (ITM) Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Delhi (BIMTECH) Amity Business School, Delhi (ABS) Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai EMPI Business School, New Delhi Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar (KIAMS) SDM Institute of Management Development, Mysore (SDM-IMD)

Specialised Institutes
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal (IIFM) Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) Xavier Institute of Social Sciences, Ranchi (XISS) National Institute of Fashion Technology, at seven locations (NIFT) Master of Finance and Control, Delhi (MFC) Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) IIM A - Agri Business Management (ABM) IIM C - Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management (PGDCM) Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) S.P.Jain Family Managed Business Programme, Mumbai Entrepreneurship Development Institute Of India, Ahmedabad (EDI)

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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
What are allied institutes?
The institutes which accept the scores of All India level MBA entrance examination(s) like CAT, XAT, JMET, MAT, ATMA, SNAP for their admission process are known as Allied institutes. The institutes can accept either only one of the aforesaid scores or they can accept multiple scores. Following are the details of the various B-schools allied with different examinations.

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

CAT-Allied Institutes
Alliance Business Academy Amrita Institute of Management Aravali Institute of Mgmt. Birla Institute of Technology Bharathidasan Institute of Management College of Agribusiness D.C. School of Management Department of Business Administration Empi Business School Empi Institute of Advertising, Comm & Mgmt Fore School of Management Globsyn Business School Hindustan Institute of Management & Computer Studies IIFM Bhopal IMT Ghaziabad IMT Nagpur Indian Institute of E-Business Management Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode Indian Institute of Management, Indore Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata Indian Institute of Management Training (IIMT) Pune Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad, Jharkhand Institute For Financial Mgmt. & Research, Chennai Institute of Business Administration & Training Institute of Engineering & Management, Kolkata Institute of Finance & International Management Institute of Management Development & Research, Pune Institute of Management Studies, Dehradun Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad Institute of Marketing & Management, New Delhi Institute of Public Enterprises International Institute For Special Education, Lucknow International Management Institute International School of Business, Kolkata Ishan Institute of Management & Technology Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow K.J. Somaiya Institute of Mgmt. Studies & Research
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Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Mgmt. Studies Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Mgmt., New Delhi Management Development Institute, Gurgaon Management Education Centre Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad N.L. Dalmia Institute of Mgmt. Studies & Research NITIE, Mumbai National Institute of Bank Management, Pune National Institute of Mgmt. Calcutta (NIMC), Kolkata National Insurance Academy, Pune New Delhi Institute of Mgmt. (NDIM), New Delhi NIILM Centre For Management Studies, New Delhi Pailan College of Management & Technology S.P. Jain Institute of Mgmt. & Research, Mumbai School of Management Sciences, Varanasi SDM Institute of Mgmt. Development, Mysore T.A. Pai Mgmt. Institute, Manipal Thakur Institute of Management Studies & Research United Institute of Mgmt., Allahabad Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research

XAT-Allied Institutes
Academy of Management Studies AICMS Business School Alliance Business Academy Bhavan's Royal Institute of Management Department of Management Studies EMPI Business School Goa Institute of Management Indian Business Academy Indian Institute of Management Training Indian Institute of Plantation Management Indian Institute of Science & Management Institute for Technology & Management Institute of Finance & International Management Institute of Management & Information Science International School of Business & Media Ishan Institute of Management & Technology Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies Loyola Institute of Business Administration Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad M.P. Birla Institute of Management Mahaveer Academy of Technology & Sciences Management Education & Research Institute Mount Carmel Institute of Management Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research School of Communication & Management Studies SP Jain, Mumbai St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration Symbiosis Institute of Business Management
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
Xavier Institute of Management Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Xavier Institute of Social Service Xavier Labour Relations Institute

JMET-Allied Institutes

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

IISc Bangalore IIT Mumbai IIT Delhi IIT Guwahati IIT Kanpur IIT Kharagpur IIT Chennai IIT Roorkee ITM, Navi Mumbai

MAT-Allied Institutes
Academy for Professional Excellence, Kolkata Academy for Studies on Tourism & Research, Tirupati Academy of Business Administration, Balasore Academy of Management studies, Dehradun Acharya Institute of Management & Sciences, Bangalore Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur AIMA – Centre for Management Education (PGDITM), Multi-location AIMA – Centre for Management Education (PGDM), Multi-location Alcozin Institute of Management & Information Technology, Noida Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore Ambedkar Institute of Management Studies, Visakhapatnam Amity Business School, Noida Amrapali Institute, Haldwani Annex College of Management Studies, Kolkata Apeejay Institute of Management & Information Technology, New Delhi Apeejay School of Marketing, New Delhi Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi Asia Pacific Institute of Management, Jaipur Asian Workers Development Institute, Rourkela Bengal College of Engineering & Technology, Durgapur Bengal Institute of Technology & Management, Kolkata Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida BLS Institute of Management, Ghaziabad BLS University, Ghaziabad CBM College, Coimbatore Centre for Management Development, Modinagar Centre for Management Research & Development, Pune Christ College Institute of Management, Bangalore CMCE Academy, Bokaro Dayananda Sagar Business School, Bangalore
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
Delhi School of e-Learning, New Delhi Delhi School of Professional Studies & Research, Delhi Dhruva College of Management, Hyderabad DPC Institute of Management, New Delhi Dr. BC Roy Engineering College, Durgapur Eastern Institute of Management, Kolkata EIILM University, Kolkata EMPI Institutions, New Delhi Fatima College (for women), Madurai Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi Global Institute of Management, Cuttack Global Institute of Management Technology, New Delhi Graduate School of Business & Administration, Greater Noida Guru Nanak Institute of Management, New Delhi Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Gyan Vihar, Jaipur Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata IBAT School of Management, Bhubaneswar IILM, New Delhi IILM Academy of Higher Learning, Greater Noida IILM Institute for Higher Education, Gurgaon IIMT College, Meerut Indian Institute of e-Business Management, Pune Indian Institute of Finance, New Delhi Indian Institute of Management Training, Pune Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur Indian Institute of Science & Management, Ranchi Indo-American School of Business, Visakhapatnam Institute of Agri Business Management – Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner Institute of Business Administration & Management, New Delhi Institute of Business Management & Research, Pune Institute of Business Management & Technology, Bangalore Institute of Clinical Research (India), New Delhi Institute of Finance & International Management, Bangalore Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur Institute of Management & Information Science, Bhubaneswar Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar Institute of Management Education, Ghaziabad Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad Institute of Marketing & Management, New Delhi Institute of Productivity & Management, Meerut Institute of Productivity & Management, Ghaziabad Institute of Productivity & Management, Lucknow Institute of Productivity & Management, Kanpur Institute of Professional Excellence & Management, Ghaziabad Institute of Professional Studies & Research, Cuttack Institute of Rural Management, Jodhpur Institute of Technology & Science, Ghaziabad INTECH Institute of Business Management, Bangalore Integrated Academy of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad International Institute for Special Education, Lucknow
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
International Institute of Management Sciences, Kolkata International Management Centre, New Delhi International University for Human Transformation, Raipur IPS Academy, Indore Ishan Institute of Management & Technology, New Delhi Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Delhi Jagannath International Management School, New Delhi Jai Bharath Arts & Science College, Perumbavoor Jaipuria Institute of Management, Ghaziabad Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi Janhit Institute of Education & Information, Greater Noida JK Institute of Technology & Management, Navi Mumbai Kavikulguru Institute of Technology & Science, Ramtek Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management & Technology, Bareilly Landmark Foundation, Dehradun Lloyd Institute of Management & Technology, Greater Noida L.N. Mishra College of Business Management, Muzaffarpur Lourdes Matha College of Science & Technology, Trivandrum Maharishi Arvind Institute of Science & Management, Jaipur Maharishi Institute of Management, Noida Management Education & Research Institute, New Delhi Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Tiruvallur Master School of Management, Meerut MATS School of Business & Information Technology, Bangalore Mody Institute of Technology & Science (For women), Lakshmangarh MP Birla Institute of Management , Bangalore MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, Bangalore MSN Institute of Management & Technology, Kollam National Institute of Advertising, New Delhi National Institute of Human Resources Development, Chennai Nehru College of Engineering & Research Centre, Thrissur Nehru College of Management, Coimbatore New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi NIA Business School, New Delhi NICE Management College, Meerut NIILM University, New Delhi NIILM University, Bangalore NIILM University, Mumbai NIILM University, Raipur Nimbus Academy of Management, Dehradun NIMT, Ghaziabad Ohio-Manipal School of Business, Bangalore Omkar Ananda Institute of Management & Technology, Rishikesh PESIT, Bangalore PKR School of Management Studies (For women), Gobichetti-palayam Pondicherry University, Pondicherry Prathap Institute of Management Sciences, Cochin Rai University, Multilocation Rajagiri School of Management, Cochin Rajdhani College of Engineering & Management, Bhubaneswar Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar Regional Institute of Management & Computer Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
RL Institute of Management Studies, Madurai Rourkela Institute of Management Studies, Rourkela Royal School of Management & Technology, Bhubaneswar Sairam College, Bhubaneswar School of Communication & Management Studies, Cochin SCMS School of Technology & Management, Cochin Shiva Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Technology, Dehradun Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Sikkim Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad Skyline Business School, New Delhi SN Sinha Institute of Business Management, Ranchi Som-Lalit Institute of Management Studies, Ahmedabad Sona School of Management, Salem Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science & Technology, Kochi Sri Sringeri Sharada Institute of Management, New Delhi Suryadatta Institute of Management & Information Research, Pune T. John College, Bangalore Tecnia Institute, Delhi Tecnia School of Business, Delhi Tezpur University, Tezpur The Delhi School of Communication, New Delhi The NIS Academy, New Delhi The NIS Academy, Kolkata The University of Burdwan, Burdwan Time Business School, Tirupati Vaishali Institute of Business & Rural Management, Muzaffarpur Westfort Higher Education Trust, Thrissur Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi

ATMA-Allied Institutes
Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore Agriculture College Campus, Pune Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore Apex Institute of Management, Pune Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi Assam Institute of Management, Guwahati Audyogik Shikshan Mandal's Institute of Business Mgmt & Research, Pune B.P.H.E. Society's Institute of Management Studies, Ahmednagar Bansal MBA College, Bhopal Bansilal Ramnath Agarwal Charitable Trust's Vishwakarma Inst of Mgmt, Pune Chh. Shahu Central Institute of Business Education & Research (SIBER), Kolhapur Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA), Pune Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation's Centre for Management Research & Dev. (CMRD), Pune Global Business School, Nagpur IILM Institute for Higher Education, Gurgaon Indian Business Academy, Bangalore Indian Institute of Cost and Management Studies & Research (IndSearch), Pune Indian Institute of Management Training (IIMT), Pune Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur
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Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League
Indian Institute of Science & Management, Ranchi Indira Group of Institutes, Pune Indo American School of Business, Visakhapatnam Institute of Business Management & Technology, Bangalore Institute of Finance and International Management, Bangalore Institute of International Business & Research , Pune Institute of Management & Development, New Delhi Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad Institute of Marketing & Management, New Delhi Institute of Rural Management, Jodhpur Integrated Academy of Management & Technology (INMANTEC), Ghaziabad International Institute of Foreign Trade & Research, Indore Jagan Institute of Management Studies , New Delhi Lloyd Institute of Management & Technology, Noida Magnus School of Business, Hyderabad Maharishi Arvind Institute of Science & Management, Jaipur Maharishi Centre for Educational Excellence, Bhopal Maharishi Karve Sree Shikshan Samstha's Smt. Hiraben Nanavati Institute of Management & Research for women, Pune MATS School of Business & Information Technology, Bangalore National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli NIILM University, New Delhi Ohio-Manipal School of Business, Bangalore Prathap Institute of Management Sciences, Cochin Prestige Institute of Management & Research, Indore S.P. Manadali's Naralkar Institute of Career Dev. & Research, Pune School of Communication & Management Studies, Cochin SCMS School of Technology & Management, Cochin Shiva Institute of Management Studies , Ghaziabad Singhad Institute of Management, Pune SSN College of Engineering, Chennai St. Joseph's College of Business, Bangalore Suryadutta Institute of Management & Information Research (SIMIR), Pune Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research (SICSR), Pune University Institute of Management, Jabalpur V.P. Institute of Management Studies & Research, Sangli Xavier Institute of Development Action & Studies (XIDAS), Jabalpur

Best B-Schools ... The Ivy League

Note : The notifications of various institutes and the test dates are released from time to time. This is generally after July. The same can be viewed at the SRC (Student Resources Centre) on www.ptindia.com

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Institutes and Tests
Eligibility, Application Procedure, Selection Procedure B-Schools ... In a capsule Aptitude Test Basics Syllabus for MBA Entrance Tests

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Sneh Daheriya, IIM-B, C

Institutes and Tests

Eligibility, Application Procedure and Selection Procedure

Eligibility, Application Procedure and Selection Procedure

Eligibility
Most B-schools ask for a bachelor's degree or equivalent with minimum 50 percent marks (45 percent for SC/ST candidates) in any faculty. Students appearing in the final year of graduation may also apply. Students must always check the exact criteria of eligibility before applying. For the Fellow Programme, the objective of which is to develop understanding teachers and researchers, the applicant must have at least a second class master’s degree in any field. Candidates with a first class bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology and work experience of at least 2 years, are also eligible.

In all cases, candidates appearing for their degree examination in the current academic year, are eligible to appear for the entrance test.

Application Procedure
You can apply to the institutes after their advertisements appear. Most major institutes release advertisements for applications in the national dailies from July onwards. Generally the first advertisement seen in the newspapers is for CAT (Common Admission Test). Here at PT, copies of all the advertisements released are put on the website. Once you have the advertisement, apply immediately. All institutes have a last date for issuing and accepting forms. For most of the institutes, forms are available in various banks (CAT forms, for example, are being sold at specified branches of State Bank of India). Thus, in most of the cases, you can get the admission form-cum-prospectus in your city itself. But at times, a few institutes require that a separate Demand Draft be sent along with self-addressed envelopes. Under both these cases, it is advised that the students get or apply for the forms on the very first day from which the forms are available. Delay may result in disappointment. It is quite possible that there would be a single entrance exam for all the colleges this year onwards.

Here is a step-wise approach towards the application procedure:
1. As soon as the advertisements of the management institutes start appearing in the national dailies, we, at PT, will compile these advertisements and put them on the website. Apply to the different colleges as per the advertisements and procure the relevant forms. Get these forms photocopied and fill these copies. Then get them checked by us. Only after we (at the office) approve it, should you fill the actual form. Apply to as many colleges as possible. Remember, you are strongly advised to keep your options open till the end. Do not eliminate your options without serious thought. Do not be over-confident either. Even the selection of a good student is not 100% certain. Hence, don’t take unnecessary risk. Later on, you may have to repent. At any step, if you have any questions about the process, contact us as soon as possible. Plan your finances properly right from the start. Keep photocopies of all DDs etc. that you send to these institutes. Keep a check on the last dates of filling up of forms etc. Appear for different tests.

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10. Keep PT informed of your performance in these tests so we can suggest something concrete regarding the personality assessment stage. 11. Appear for personality assessment tests. 12. Stay in touch constantly to ensure best and focussed guidance.

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Selection

Selection to the B-Schools in India is generally a two-stage procedure. At times, a few other institutes may also include some other stages. In most of the cases, the two stages are (A) Written Test, followed by (B) Personality Assessment Test.

Ultimately, the institutes have to ascertain that they get the best from amongst those who have applied. Given the large number of applicants, the institutes eliminate students at each stage to arrive at the final list of candidates. After the test, a call letter is sent to those candidates who have the highest scores (results are also available on the Internet). A student who clears the first round, the written test, will receive a call for personality assessment test. Once through the second stage, the students receive the final offer for admission to the institute.

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Eligibility, Application Procedure and Selection Procedure

Eligibility, Application Procedure and Selection Procedure

B-Schools ... in a capsule
Which are the top B-schools to join
Definitely, there are a lot of rankings available but then there are differences in each of these rankings and one must accept the same with a pinch of salt. Here is the list of Top B-Schools for your reference.

RANKING
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NAME OF BUSINESS SCHOOL
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore Management Development Institute, Gurgaon Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai Institute of Rural Management, Anand S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar Fore School of Management, New Delhi ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Bombay Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi University Business School, Chandigarh T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal Goa Institute of Management, Goa Lal Bahadur Shastri Inst of Management, New Delhi Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur ICFAI Business School, Mumbai Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli Wellingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai ICFAI Business School Gurgaon NIILM Centre For Management Studies, New Delhi K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Institute of Management Studies, Indore Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi EMPI Business School, New Delhi Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Rai Business School, New Delhi Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar Institute For Technology & Management, Mumbai Jagan Institute of Management Studies, New Delhi Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata Institute For Financial Management & Research, Chennai Indian Institute of Modern Management (IIMM), Pune Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore Master School of Management, Meerut Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade, Visakapatman Prestige Institute of Management & Research, Indore Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow

WEBSITE
www.iimahd.ernet.in www.iimb.ernet.in www.mdi.ac.in www.iimcal.ac.in www.xlri.ac.in www.iift.edu www.nitie.com www.irma.ac.in www.spjimr.org www.ximb.ac.in www.fsm.ac.in www.ibsindia.org www.som.iitb.ac.in www.iitdmba.org www.ubschandigarh.org www.tapmi.org www.iifm.ac.in www.gim.ac.in www.ilbsim.edu www.nim.ac.in www.som.iitkgp.ernet.in ibsindia.org www.bim.edu www.welingkar.org www.ibsindia.org www.niilm.com www.simsr.somaiya.edu www.ims.dauniv.ac.in www.fiibindia.com www.empiindia.com www.iitk.ac.in/ime www.rbs.raiuniversity.edu www.rcmindia.org www.itm.edu www.jimsindia.org www.iiswbm.edu www.ifmr.com www.iimmpune.com www.bitmesra.ac.in www.siescoms.edu www.alliancebschool.org www.mastersindia.com www.liba.edu www.xime.org www.gift-india.org www.pimindore.com www.jiml.ac.in
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Xavier Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Secunderabad Graduate School of Business & Administration (GSBA), Greater Noida MATS School of Business, Bangalore PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore Rourkela Institute of Management Studies, Rourkela Institute of Public Enterpise, Hyderabad Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad SDM Institute For Management Development, Mysore Rajagiri School of Management, Cochin Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur Department of Management Sciences, Pune University, Pune Amrita Institute of Management, Coimbatore Dhruva College of Management, Hyderabad Integrated Academy of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad N.L.Dalmia Institute of Management Studies Mumbai School of Management Studies, University of Hyd, Hyderabad BIS Institute of Management, Ghaziabad Department of Business Management, Osmania University, Hyderabad Indian Institute of Business Management, Patna Wigan & Leigh College, Mumbai Apeejay School of Marketing, New Delhi Institute of Finance & International Management, Bangalore National Institute of Management Calcutta Eastern Institute For Integerated Learning & Management, Kolkata Christ College Inst of Management, Bangalore Alagappa Institute of Management, Karaikudi Sri Sringeri Sharada Institute of Management, New Delhi Department of Management Studies, Jammu Department of Business Management, Hisar School of Management Studies, Pondicherry Department of Business Administration, Guwahati Institute of Productivity & Management, Ghaziabad Gian Jyoti Inst. of Mgmt & Technology, Mohali Institute of Technology & Management, Chennai Indian Business Academy, Bangalore Indian Institute of Science & Management, Ranchi National Inst of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Co-Op.Mgmt, Pune Ambedkar Institute of Management Studies, Visakhapatnam Maharaja Agrasen Inst. of Mgmt. & Technology, Jagadhri Eastern Institute of Management, Kolkata St. Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM), Visakhapatnam Tilak Raj Chadha Instt of Mgmt & Technology, Yamuna Nagar A.V.College of Arts & Science, Hyderabad KLS Institute of Management Education & Research, Belgaum Institute for Technology & Management, Bangalore United Institute of Management, Allahabad Mumbai Educational Trust's Institute of Management, Mumbai Invertis Institute of Management Studies, Bareilly Institute of Management Studies, Noida

www.xaviervjim.org www.gsbaindia.com www.mats.ac.in www.psgim.ac.in www.rims-edu.com www.ipe-hyd.org www.ims-ghazibad.ac.in www.sdmimd.net www.rajagiri.edu www.iihmr.org www.ndimdelhi.org www.iirm.ac.in www.dms.unipune.ernet.in www.amrita.edu/aim www.dhruvacollege.net www.inmantec.edu www.nidalmiamgmt.org www.uohyd.ernet.in www.blsim.com ou_mba.ac.in www.info.uni.net www.wiganindia.org www.apj.edu www.ifimblr.com www.nimcal.ac.in eiilmuniversity.ac.in www.christcollege.edu na www.srisim.org www.jammuvarsity.org www.gju.ernet.in www.pondiuni.org www.gumba.ac.in www.ipm.edu www.gjimt.com www.itm.edu www.ibainternational.org www.iism.org www.nitt.edu www.vamnicom.org www.aimsindia.info www.maimt.com www.eimcal.net www.sjcba.ac.in www.iiamindia.org www.timtyamunanagar.com na www.klsimer.edu www.itm.edu www.unitedcollege.com www.met4u.com www.invertis.org www.imsnoida.com

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B-Schools ... in a capsule

B-Schools ... in a capsule
Top 10 Institutes by Business Today B-school survey (JULY, 2006)
1. 2. 3. 4. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Symbiosis, Pune Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow XLRI, Jamshedpur JBIMS, Mumbai Indian Institute of Management, Indore Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi

B-Schools ... in a capsule

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Aptitude Test Basics
An aptitude test is basically a test of your intelligence, common sense, IQ and your ability to apply your understanding judiciously in a limited time situation. Thus, it is not a test of your knowledge, but how well you understand and interpret that knowledge. Basically, the skills that are tested are quantitative and linguistic. You cannot cram up things and write the answers verbatim in an aptitude test. It may so happen that a university topper may not score well at all in an aptitude test whereas an aptitude test topper may not be a university topper. Please understand the difference very carefully.

Selection Procedure
Selection to the B-schools in India is generally a two-stage procedure. • • Stage I: Written test Stage II: Personality assessment

The entrance tests for all B-Schools are generally between November and March. The most prestigious and, ostensibly, the most challenging of these tests is the CAT (Common Admission Test) of the IIMs. CAT is the mother of all MBA entrance tests in India. Over the past 10 years, CAT has been increasingly accepted as the benchmark test by several institutes. At present, CAT is the entrance test for: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. The six IIMs MICA, Ahmedabad T.A.Pai Management Institute, Manipal Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi NIRMA Institute of Management (NIRMA), Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Calcutta Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR), Pune S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai University Business School, Punjab University, Chandigarh NITIE, Mumbai, Department of Management Studies, Goa University, Goa Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal Faculty of Management Studies, BHU, Varanasi Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar, Karnataka Institute of Technology and Management, Mumbai Amrita Institute of Management, Coimbatore Fore School of Management, Delhi Entrepreneurship and Management Process International (EMPI) Business School, Delhi Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad Institute of Technology and Sciences, Ghaziabad

Please note that this is not a complete list. Other prestigious colleges conduct their seperate tests. A few of the tests conducted last year were JMET for admission to IITs, IBSAT for ICFAI Business School, XAT for XLRI, XIM-B etc., FMS, NMAT for NMIMS, SNAT for Symbiosis group of institutes, IIFT, IRMA etc. IMPORTANT : These days, there is a trend towards centralised testing for management institutes. For example, CAT is becoming the test for more and more colleges. Similarly, for all the colleges in M.P., MCMJET (MP and Chhatisgarh Management Joint Entrance Test) is conducted. For colleges in UP, UPMCAT is conducted. RMAT is the exam for the colleges in Rajasthan. For most of the colleges in Maharashtra, CET (Common Entrance Test) is held.
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Aptitude Test Basics

The institutes ensure that they get the best from those who apply. Given the large number of applicants, the institutes eliminate students at each stage to arrive at the final list of candidates. After the written test, a call letter is sent to those candidates who achieve the desired cut-off scores. Final selection depends on the total points a student scores on the basis of parameters like (a) Past academic record, (b) Written test scores (c) Personality assessment score (d) Extra-curricular background, and (e) Work experience. The selection procedure may vary from institute to institute.

Aptitude Test Basics
From the above discussion, we can conclude that: (a) (b) (c) It makes great sense to prepare for CAT as it covers many good colleges. Your preparation has to be based on the test you plan to take – however, CAT must be the first thing on your mind to prepare effectively. If you prepare for CAT, which is the stiffest ordeal, you prepare for most or all of the other tests automatically.

Aptitude Test Basics
These are not technical tests. They do not test your knowledge. Rather, these test your intelligence, common sense, IQ and your ability to apply your knowledge judiciously in a limited-time situation. Aptitude tests assess your quantitative, reasoning and linguistic skills. Most of the tests follow similar patterns. Although unique elements do exist in specific tests, the overall flavour remains the same.

Aptitude Test Basics

Test Areas
Reading comprehension: This consists of different types of passages and questions based on them. The passages are usually extracted from standard newspapers, magazines and general literature.

Verbal ability and English usage: This tests your understanding of the English language. Typical questions comprise synonym-antonym relations, sentence sequencing, sentence correction, fill-in-the-blanks, verbal analogies, verbal reasoning etc. Quantitative aptitude: This covers topics up to X standard mathematics. The objective questions stress more on the student's reasoning ability than computational skills. Data interpretation: This tests your skills in understanding data presented in different forms. These are several sets of questions having bar graphs, tables, charts, line graphs, etc. and you are expected to deduce the required information from these. Logical reasoning: This tests your ability to logically analyse a question or situation and reach a conclusion.

General awareness: This assesses the level of your general awareness. As a future manager, you must be aware of the environment around you. Apart from securing the qualifying cut-off score in each of these sections, you are also required to secure more than the aggregate cut-off score to qualify for the next round of the selection procedure. The time-tested All-India Test Series of PT will prepare you for any and every test pattern that may come your way. Advanced OMR scanning methods will ensure that your practice remains relevant.

Facts to remember
There may or may not be negative marking in the test. You will know about it only after the institutes officially start selling their prospectus. The test duration can be 2 hours, 2.5 hours or 3 hours. Again, the exact duration will be known from the prospectus. The MBA entrance test has only one written test paper. There may or may not be different sections in this test paper.

Standard Patterns of Test
Different sections with time limits for each section. Ex. XAT, NMIMS etc. Different sections with no section-wise fixed time limits. Ex. CAT, IIFT, IMT, etc. Mixed questions, no sections. Ex. FMS, MFC etc.
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Patterns and Structures
Patterns and structures of various national level tests conducted across the country

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Patterns and Structures
More about the entrance tests
The entrance tests for all the B-schools are generally conducted between November and March. CAT is normally conducted in the month of November. Immediately after this, a series of institutes start with their tests in the month of December, January and February. Almost all these entrance tests (also known as written tests) are objective-type tests and judge the student on his aptitude. These tests are all fixed time-limit tests, with a pre-defined bonus and a negative marking. The following are the key areas on which a student is normally tested. Reading comprehension (RC) English usage (EU - inclusive of usage, vocabulary, grammar etc.) Mathematical aptitude (MA) Data interpretation (DI) Data sufficiency (DS) Logical reasoning (LR) General knowledge (GK)

Patterns and Structures

A few entrance tests may also have the following additional test areas Essay writing Subjective type answers Higher maths

Latest test patterns
In the following tables you’ll find the details of the various B-school entrance tests conducted recently.

CAT 2006
Section No. Test Area No. of Questions Marks alloted per question

I

Data Interpretation/Logical Reasoning

25

4 marks

II

Mathematical Aptitude

25

4 marks

III

English Usage + Reading Comprehension + Para Jumbles + Critical Reasoning

25

4 marks

Total Questions : 75 Total Time Allotted : 2 hours 30 minut es Negative Marking : 25% Number of options : Five Maximum marks per section : 100

Detailed analysis of each of these tests is available at www.ptindia.com.
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XAT 2007
Section No. A Test Area Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation No. of Questions 49

B

Logical Reasoning and Decision Making

40

Total Questions : 130 Essay Topic : Economic Growth without environmental damage - a mirage or a reality Total Time Allowed : 120 minutes for objective type questions + 20 minutes for Subjective type question. Negative Marking : 33% negat ive marking for first 5 questions that one gets wrong in every section and there after 50% for the rest of the questions going wrong. Thus, while taking the test, students had to concentrate more on accuracy. Number of options : Four

FMS 2007
Sect ion No. I II III IV V Number of Questions : 175 Total Time Allowed : 2 hours Total Number : 700 Marking Scheme : 4 marks for each correct answer and - 1 for each incorrect answer Test Area English Usage Reading Comprehension Analytical & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation Number of Questions 21 36 59 49 10 Marks Alloted 84 144 236 196 40 Dificulty Level Moderate Moderate Easy Easy Easy

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C

Verbal and Logical Ability

41

Patterns and Structures
IIFT 2006
Section No.
I II III IV

Test Area
Reasoning General Knowledge Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Quant itative Aptitude

No. of questions
40 40 45 20 40 185

Marks for each Question
0.75 0.25 0.33 0.75 0.75

Total Marks
30 10 15 15 30 100

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V Total

Note: More than one options were correct for the questions.

JMET 2006

Sect ion No. I II III IV Total Quest ions : 150 Total Time Allowed : 120 Minutes

Test Area Verbal Communication Logical Reasoning Quantit ative Aptit ude Dat a Interpretat ion

No. of Questions 40 40 40 30

Marking Scheme : 1 mark for each correct and - 0.25 mark for each incorrect answer

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SNAP 2006
Section No. I II III IV Test Area General English (RC, VA and EU) Quantitative Ability General Awareness Analytical and Logical Reasoning Number of Questions 40 50 40 35 Marks Alloted 40 50 40 70 Dificulty Level Moderate Easy Moderate Easy

Total Number of Quest ions : 165 Total Time Allowed : 120 Minutes Total Marks : 200 Negative Marking : 25% Number of Options : Four

IRMA 2006

Section No.

Test Area

Number of questions

1 2 3 4

English Comprehension Quantitative Ability (QA and DI) Analytical Reasoning (AR and VL) Issues of Social Concern

40 50 50 60

Detailed analysis of each of these tests is available at www.ptindia.com.
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NMAT 2006 (For NMIMS, Mumbai)
Topic/Area Language Skills Numerical Skills Data Analysis and Sufficiency Int elegence and Logical Reasoning Indian and Global Environment Total Questions : 200 Total Time Allowed : 150 Minutes Marking Scheme : 1 mark for each correct answer and -0.33 mark for each incorrect answer.
Number of options : Four

Number Of Questions 40 40 40 40 40

Level of toughness Moderat e Moderate to T ough Moderat e Moderat e Easy

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CET (Maharastra) 2007
Topic/Area No of quest ions English Language VA + EU Reading Comprehension Data Int erpret ation Data Sufficiency Reasoning Verbal + Logical Visual Quantitative Aptitude 65 30 30 Tough Moderate 41 9 20 5 Moderate Moderate Tough Moderate Difficult y Level

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IBSAT 2006
Time Alloted for the Sect ion

Section No.

Topic Area

Number of Quest ions

Remarks Most of the questions easy and from Arithmetic. Some questions were on Higher Maths Topics. Questions from DI and DS were also included in this section Questions w ere easy to moderate level of difficulty Apart from t he ten StatementAsert ion-Assumption questions, rest questions w ere easy. Three passages among the four passages asked were easy. --

I

Quantitative Aptitude

85

75 Min.

II

Verbal Ability

70

35 Min.

III

Logical Reasoning

45

45 Min.

IV

Reading Comprehension Total

25

25 Min.

225

180 Min.

MAT September 2006
Test/Area Language Comprehension Mathematical Aptitude Intelligence and Critical Reasoning Data Analysis and Sufficiency Indian and Global Environment Total Number of Questions : 200 Total Time Allowed : 150 minutes Marking Scheme : One mark for each correct answer, negative marking was not quantified Number of options : Four Number Of Questions 40 40 40 40 40

Detailed analysis of each of these tests is available at www.ptindia.com.
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Skills tested at these entrance tests
A very sharp focus in life If you have decided on MBA, there should be no other thing on your mind. Forget UPSC, or Government Jobs or any other Masters' Degree. The FOCUS is quintessential. An excellent command over English MBA entrance tests are conducted in English (of course!) and English as a subject also forms an integral part of the tests. So, your command over English has to be as good as possible. You need to have a masterly command over Vocabulary, Comprehension, Grammar, and Usage of the language. And trust us, that is not as difficult as it may sound to some of you. It can surely be done. Superb reading skills Superb reading skills and good comprehension are vital to success and if you don't have them, you are surely in for some rough times ahead. Wake up ! There is still time to improve. You must aim at a reading speed of 300 – 350 words per minute (WPM) with at least 80% accurate comprehension. Reasonably good quantitative and logical skills One question that is very commonly raised is : What should be the safest score in the Maths and allied sections? The answer is not simple. It depends on the level of toughness of the paper. BUT one thing is certain; If you dread maths, it can be your nemesis. This is especially true for non-maths background people. You must have reasonably good maths also. Good General Knowledge Although in several tests, GK is not a separate section, still it is important to develop a strong command over GK. This is so because in the GDs and Interviews, GK plays a very vital role. GK can be developed over 6 to 7 months by regularly reading English newspapers and magazines. Excellent communication skills After a person gets a call letter from any of the institutes on the basis of his performance in the written test, one has to appear for group discussions and personal interviews. To compete with the best participants from all across India, you must have excellent communication skills and loads of confidence in your abilities. And lastly.... A dogged, tenacious and an unending spirit to go on and on ...

Patterns and Structures

Also it is very important for you to do an analysis of yourself by asking yourself the following questions:
Vocabulary Can I use good words? How vast is my vocabulary? How good is my colloquial English? Can I pronounce words properly? Have I ever done any course earlier? Have I studied any book pertaining to vocabulary earlier? Grammar Do I know basic definitions? Do I understand parts of speech? Can I construct sentences properly? Can I understand the tricky part of grammar? Have I ever read grammar carefully? Do I have friends who can point out my mistakes? Spoken English / Communication Can I speak in English confidently? Can I stand on the stage & face a crowd confidently? How many hours per day do I speak in English? Do I have friends who are good at communication? In my college, do I have a good atmosphere of communication? General Knowledge Have I ever (in my life so far) tried to develop GK seriously? What reading habits do I have? What discussions do I have with my friends regularly? How many hours can I devote per day to develop my General Knowledge? Reading Habits So far in my life, have I ever developed reading skills? Do I hate reading as I find it dreadfully boring? Do I have friends who read a lot? Can I spend money regularly on a national English daily? Can I buy a standard magazine regularly? Can I devote 3-5 hours daily to read, read & read? Will I like to spend money on books, magazines, novels etc.? Quantitative Skills Can I solve basic arithmetic question fast? Do I remember tables? Can I understand graphs etc.? Am I dead scared of mathematics or Am I generally comfortable with it?

After this analysis, we believe, you must have got an idea as to what needs to be done.

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Sample aptitude test - For student’s reference

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Sample Aptitude Test
This sample aptitude test will give you some idea about the actual test you may encounter. The total time allowed for the test is 20 minutes. Each question is an objective type question with multiple options out of which only one is the correct answer.
DIRECTIONS for Q.1 to Q.4: Each question has a pair of words followed by several options. Choose the pair which best expresses the relationship similar to that expressed by the CAPITALISED question pair. 1. BEAM : SUPPORT :: (1) (3) 2. skin : pigment concrete : block (2) (4) adjective : describe skeleton : size

MONARCHY : GOVERNMENT :: (1) (3) anarchy : chorus fruit : vegetable (2) (4) building : school sonata : music

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3.

ARTICLE : NEWSPAPER :: (1) (3) journal : ledger potato : field (2) (4) account : diary scene : play

4.

ORCHESTRA : STAGE :: (1) (3) skaters : rink troupe : podium (2) (4) acting company : screen choir : rostrum

DIRECTIONS for Q.5 to Q.10: Select the option which fills maximum number of blanks. 5. (A) He’s been ..... in the leg by a sniper’s bullet. (B) He’s already ..... two sixes. (C) Rural areas have been worst ..... by the earthquake. (D) Follow the footpath and you’ll .... the road. (1) (3) make break (2) (4) take hit

6.

(A) He wondered whether they ..... send a deposit. (B) If she wants anything, she ..... only ask. (C) I ..... hardly tell you that you’re crazy. (D) ..... you have paid so much ? (1) (3) dear want (2) (4) capital need

7.

(A) She lectured without .... . (B) He sat taking ..... of everything that was said. (C) An exchange of ..... between governments. (D) A new edition of ‘Hamlet’ with copious .... . (1) (3) note marry (2) (4) notes wad

8.

(A) A large ..... of books have been stolen from the library. (B) One of our ..... is the president. (C) The subject of a sentence and its verb must agree in .... . (D) She pretends to be friendly but I’ve got her .....; she just likes to know everything. (1) (3) digit number (2) (4) count skill
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9. (A) Those trousers are dirty; you’d better wear your ..... pair. (B) You’ll have time to visit ..... places than those on the itinerary. (C) She has no close friends ..... than him. (D) I’ve never known him behave ..... than selfishly. (1) (3) timbre merry (2) (4) other earth

10. (A) The ..... of the problem is lack of trust. (B) Money is often said to be the ..... of all evil. (C) A country where democracy has never really taken .... . (D) ..... the cuttings in peat. (1) (3) twig root (2) (4) branch shape

DIRECTIONS for Q.No.11 to Q.15: Select the most effective word from the five given below each of the following sentences to complete the sentence meaningfully. 11. What we call weather is largely a consequence of the ..... of sun, air and ocean. (1) (3) inter-relationship forces (2) (4) interaction effects

12. The purpose of temporary classrooms is to help school systems ..... with rapidly shifting population densities. (1) (3) match cope (2) (4) adjust vary

13. A great deal of human behaviour is motivated by attraction or antagonism towards the pace of life ..... on the individual by the society or group within which he is embedded. (1) (3) followed engendered (2) (4) evolved enforced

14. While some people thrive on the new, rapid pace of life, others are fiercely ..... by it and go to extreme lengths to "get off the merry-go-round" as they put it. (1) (3) abhorred driven (2) (4) repelled detested

15. A programmed decision is one that is routine, ..... and easy to make. (1) (3) unique redundant (2) (4) singular repetitive

16. 5 men or 6 women can do a job in 20 days. If 10 men and 12 women work together, in how many days will the job be done? (1) (3) 5 days 10 days (2) (4) 8 days 15 days

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17. Five years ago, the father's age was exactly twice his son's. Five years hence, the son's age will be three-fifth that of his father's. What are their ages today ? (1) (3) 30, 50 years 20, 40 years (2) (4) 35, 55 years 25, 45 years

18. A tank can be filled completely by 12 buckets of water, each bucket having capacity of 8.5 litres. How many buckets of capacity 6 litres each will be needed to fill the same tank ? (1) (3) 15 20 (2) (4) 17 10

19. By offering a 10% discount, the net profit per unit gets reduced from Rs.50 to Rs.35. What is the cost price per unit ? (1) (3) Rs.350 Rs.250 (2) (4) Rs.300 Rs.100

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20. The length of a rectangle is twice its breadth. If the perimeter of the rectangle is 180 metres, what is its area ? (1) (3) 600 sq.mtrs. 180 sq.mtrs. (2) (4) 900 sq.mtrs. 1800 sq.mtrs.

21. A boat takes 4 hours to go upstream but comes downstream in 3 hours only. If the speed of the current in 2 kmph, what is the speed of the boat ? (1) (3) 8 kmph 12 kmph (2) (4) 10 kmph 14 kmph

22. A student got 30 marks in an exam and failed. If he had secured an additional 1/5th of the total marks, he would have achieved the passing percentage of 40%. What was the maximum number of marks in the exam ? (1) (3) 100 200 (2) (4) 150 75

23. A sum of Rs. 1500 is to be divided between Vijay, Ajay and Sujay such that Ajay gets three times Vijay's share and Sujay's share is double of that of Ajay's. How much does Sujay get ? (1) (3) Rs.900 Rs.300 (2) (4) Rs.150 Cannot be determined

24. A nine feet by four and half feet balcony is to be paved with 9 inches square tiles. How many tiles will be required? (1) (3) 24 56 (2) (4) 48 72

25. Vinay started business with Rs. 12,000. Four months later, Vivek joined him with Rs.20,000. What was the total yearly profit if Vinay's share was Rs.3,600 ? (1) (3) Rs.5400 Rs.6400 (2) (4) Rs.8000 Rs.7600

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DIRECTIONS for Q.26 to Q.30: Refer to the graph given below and answer the questions that follow.

No. of units
1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0

A

B

C

D

E

Manufactured

Rejected

26. The percentage rate of rejection is lowest in the case of (1) (3) A D (2) (4) C E

27. If the rejected units are removed from the total manufactured quantity, what is the total of acceptable number of units of all products taken together? (1) (3) 2950 3150 (2) (4) 3050 3200

28. Approximately, what is the overall rate of rejection in respect of all products taken together? (1) (3) 10% 30% (2) (4) 20% 40%

29. If the product with the highest rate of rejection is removed, what would be the approximate overall rate of rejection in respect of the remaining products taken together? (1) (3) 10% 20% (2) (4) 15% 25%

30. By what percentage is the rate of rejection of product "A" more compared to that of product "E"? (1) (3) 100 25 (2) (4) 50 12.5

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Solutions to Sample Aptitude Test Objective key to Sample Aptitude Test
1.(2) 11.(2) 21.(4) 2.(4) 12.(3) 22.(2) 3.(4) 13.(4) 23.(1) 4.(1) 14.(2) 24.(4) 5.(4) 15.(4) 25.(4) 6.(4) 16.(1) 26.(4) 7.(2) 17.(4) 27.(2) 8.(3) 18.(2) 28.(3) 9.(2) 10.(3) 19.(4) 20.(4) 29.(4) 30.(1)

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Analysis of Sample Aptitude Test
You must have seen that any aptitude test is a game of how quickly and how smartly you apply the ‘tricks-of-the-trade’, generally referred to as “TEST-SMARTS.” Your regular methods of solving questions just won't work! You must have also realised that only with expert guidance can you master the concepts required to crack the test. In fact, the student feedback that we get every year corroborates the fact that the techniques that we promote and propound are unmatched and students really have benefited a lot in the past from our expertise. For solving quantitative sections, if you follow a conventional approach, the chances are that you will not be able to crack it the way it is required for an MBA entrance test. Shortcuts and tricks are needed all along the way. At PT we give you expert training and all these problems are taken care of by hundreds of short-cut techniques, time-saving techniques, test-smarts, and so on, so essential for success at an MBA entrance test. Our track record at MBA entrance proves beyond doubt that the training, skills etc. imparted by PT are the best you can find anywhere in India. For taking a test of this kind, you must: have sufficient mastery over the concepts of English and Maths, generally referred to as verbal ability and quantitative aptitude respectively. exercise a lot of common sense and use short-cut techniques wherever you can. understand that it is essential to use your discretion in selecting the right kind of questions in the right order with a cool head to give your very best. At PT we teach a lot of such "clinching" techniques everyday. In the long run, these techniques alone can make the final difference in your performance.

Only regular classroom training can make you a master of the basic concepts and the strategy required to crack such tests in a limited-time situation.

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( T h e

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The Personality Development Toolkit offered by PT “POWERPACK FINAL” helps you excel in the personality testing areas of various national level B-schools across the country.

Getting a call letter is not end of the road, Converting the call is the real achievement.

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MBA ENTRANCE 2007-08
In your journey to one of the premier B-schools of India, you cross major milestones, i.e. written tests like CAT, XAT, SCMHRD, FMS, IIFT etc. After this, what is most critical is your level of preparation for the next and deciding milestone--group discussions (GD) and personal interviews (PI) conducted by various B-schools. The Mega Event at PT – Powerpack Final, aims at providing the finishing touches to your MBA entrance endeavour. It will train you in the following areas. We hope that you will actively take part in it and make your dreams come true. We wish you happy preparation time and the best of luck! Welcome to Powerpack Final! S.No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 PARTICULARS GDs Case studies Group tasks Role plays Personal interview GK sessions Personal counselling Seminar presentation Interactive video sessions Institute-specific interviews after calls Special interview

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Here we have compiled brief guidelines and tips for you to prepare for GDs and PIs. We hope you will find these inputs useful and informative. This handout is only indicative in nature, and not exhaustive. For professional training, counselling and further inputs, you may contact any of our PT centres all over India.

A GUIDE TO GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Mention GD and as typical student begins to think: What if I am not able to express myself properly? What is expected of me in a GD? What if I land up in a very strong group and I do not get a chance to speak? What if I do not know anything about the GD topic? Basically, GD is an elimination exercise. This means that they are going to select positive personalities and reject "negative" personalities. To crack your GD, all you have to do is project a "positive" personality. The most important element of a positive personality is LEADERSHIP quality. In a GD, the main attributes of a leader are: 1. Talks sense, comes out with original and innovative ideas. 2. A good speaker and a good listener. 3. Is convincing and can back up his arguments with factual evidence. 4. Is not a policeman or a moderator, but gives direction to the GD. The key to success in a GD is a) Knowledge and b) Practice. Anyone preparing for a GD must have a wide knowledge of GK and current affairs. The only way you can improve those is by reading as much as possible.

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DOs AND DON’Ts in a GD
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Do not express an opinion or take a stand which you cannot back up with factual evidence. Never change your stand or viewpoint in a GD. Do not panic on hearing the GD topic. Be calm and think clearly about the topic. Never ask anyone else to speak. Do not impose yourself as a leader. That is, do not step into the shoes of a GD moderator. Maintain constant eye contact with everyone in the group and a positive body language. Do not point your finger towards any o ne. Do not be melodramatic or "filmy" to gather attention. Be sensible and sober. Do not make fun of or mock any participant in any way. Do not mumble. Speak loud and clear. Do not lose your temper. Do not start shouting.

10. Do not look at the examiner at all. You need not prove your point to the examiner. Never object to or question the examiner. 11. Do not excessively praise any participant. Restrict your praises to "point well taken", "good point", etc. 13. Do not waste the time of the group by constantly repeating the same thing.

14. Show that you are carefully listening to everyone. Do not start looking at the ceiling or outside the room, as if you are thinking deeply.

15. If you are asked to summarise the GD in the end, then only summarise, do not give any conclusion or enforce your view point.

A GUIDE TO PERSONAL INTERVIEWS

Personal interviews (PI) of various management institutes are normally held immediately after the GDs. These interviews are conducted by a panel of 2 to 6 interviewers. Some institutes also have a Group Interview, implying that 3 to 4 candidates may be interviewed simultaneously by a panel.

In contrast to a GD, PI is more personal in nature. Focus shifts from leadership quality to academic knowledge, personal behaviour and individual presentation.

Broadly one may be quizzed on four basic areas during an interview.
Academic Knowledge

You must have expert knowledge of the subject in which you majored during graduation. You are expected to know much more than what you may have been actually taught during graduation. For a chemical engineer, if a question on chemistry is asked, then "I don’t know" or "We were not taught that" are fatal answers. Extracurricular Activities

One must be able to present his strong interest in at least one or two extracurricular activities. People with a sporting background have a clear advantage here. Pure bookworms with no hobbies or extra curricular activities may not be welcome. An important point to note is that if you mention any extracurricular activity then you should have a vast and deep knowledge of that subject. Personal Attributes This is probably the most difficult part to handle in an interview, but the easiest to prepare for. Questions like "Introduce yourself", "Why management?", "Will you bribe a bureaucrat to get a tender passed for your company?", "What are your career goals?" and "Where would you be 10 years down the line?" are very general questions but need proper preparation, because at times unthinkingly, the candidate may fall into a trap. Current Affairs Of course, last but not the least, one has to be extremely good with current affairs. You should not only know about a news item, but also be to understand and analyse it.

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12. Do not be informal. This means do not start using slangs like "yaar".

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Some General Interview Tips Be smart and formally dressed. Sit straight and maintain a positive body language. Keep constant eye contact with all the panel members. Be honest. Do not bluff if you do not know the answer. Carry a folder of your certificates and other important documents. Please do not keep this folder on your lap during the interview. Keep it on the floor, or take your panel’s permission to keep it on the table in front of you. Be polite. Do not start arguing about your point of view. Give precise, to the point and specific answers. Do not make general statements. Back up your answers with facts and examples. Have a good background knowledge about the institute for which the interview is being conducted.

INSTITUTE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Besides the general GD and PI requirements, various institutes have their own unique needs. Here are some examples:

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IRMA, Anand
A rural angle is added with specific questions like: Tell us something about gram swaraj and panchayati raj in India. You are a very young and dynamic individual with an excellent academic record. Any MNC would recruit you. Why do you want to go for rural management? Are you sure about what you are doing? Tell us something about the White Revolution. What is Operation Flood? Has it achieved the desired objective?

TISS, Mumbai
TISS offers Masters in Social Work, Hospital Administration, Criminology and PM & IR. Expect a lot of questions on human rights, social work, factories act, personnel management, NGOs and their work, Gandhian philosophy etc.

IIFM, Bhopal
IIFM, Bhopal offers Masters in Forest Management. Expect questions on ecology, environmental issues, forest cover and environmental laws. Students with a biology background are asked indepth questions on biology.

IIM, Kolkata
IIM, Kolkata is generally known for its focus on finance. Hence a lot of questions on finance, accountancy, financial management, FOREX, stock markets, banking, WTO, GATT and financial institutions are usually asked.

SPJIMR, Mumbai
Normally a group Interview is conducted at SP Jain which is not seen or observed at any other Management Institute.

NITIE, Mumbai
NITIE provides management programme for engineers who do not wish to leave their area of core competence, but still want to be in management. Hence the interview questions pertain to academics.

SCMHRD, Pune
Human Resources, efficacy of life, business ethics, morals and values play an important role at SCMHRD. Candidate must be able to present himself as a people-oriented person.

IIFT, Delhi and SIFT, Pune
Interviews at IIFT are considered to be extremely tough because of their bias towards engineers and people with work experience. Questions asked are from all fields with specific focus on foreign trade.

MFC, Delhi
Like IIM Bangalore, most of the questions asked are technical in nature and pertain to finance, accounts, taxation, banking, etc. The focus is on practical aspects of finance.

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MICA, Ahmedabad
Here the focus is on advertising, corporate communications, brands, etc. The candidate must have a creative bend of mind and indepth understanding of marketing and communications.

POWER PACK FINAL, PT’s ultimate GD-PI Toolkit, is an intensive training programme for MBA aspirants appearing for GDs and PIs of various management institutes of India.

Main features of POWERPACK FINAL
1. A series of 5 GK lectures of minimum two hours each. The GK Lectures will cover topics like economics, politics, management etc. and will provide students a comprehensive overview of the latest happenings on each of the topics.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Group discussions. Personal interviews. Extra institute-specific customised interviews for students who have received call letters. Daily walk-in personal counselling sessions. Daily extra practice GD sessions for which students can just walk-in. Unique library facility. Practice for role plays, case studies and extempore speeches.

10. Continuous support till April 2007.

Don’t take any chances, join POWERPACK FINAL ... realise your dream!

Student Resources Centre
(SRC at www.ptindia.com)
All PT students must register with the Student Resource Centre (SRC).
Fantastic support material on GK, Language and Quant. areas, Test analysis, institute information, Motivational doses, Success stories – get it all. YOUR FRIENDLY WEB SUPPORT! To register, log on to www.ptindia.com

All India Free Prac-CAT
The first All India Free Prac-CAT will be conducted at all PT Centres on Sunday, July 08, 2007. Registered PT students, and Non-PT students can also join.

Life Transforming Sessions (LTS)
A great series of 3 GK Primer sessions and 5 GK Atlas sessions – multimedia enabled – will be provided to all Pinnacle students (GK Primer before Sept. 2007 and GK Atlas after CAT 2007) registering for the classroom courses targeting CAT 2007.

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Audio-visual sessions on actual interviews of ex-PT students who made it to the IIMs, simulated GDs, role plays etc.

Something about PT Education

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About TDpdo and Kar Ke Dikhayenge!

“Success is not an accident, but a planned process” PT now with the unique TDpro engine! To deliver consistently high levels of quality in everything we do, our people have distilled years of wisdom and understanding into a unique TDPro engine. What is this TDPro engine? It stands for Technology Driven Process engine. It is the whole structure of PT – the systematic documentation and implementation of every single process we follow in all that we do. Be it course design, course delivery, centre infrastructure, faculty selection, faculty training, website content updation, students resources management, HR operations, marketing seminars, materials management, IPR control and management, or centre administration — TDpro engine is geared to add value to all of them. Worldwide, companies use the Six-sigma quality system to generate and maintain stringent standards. In India, companies like Infosys and Wipro benchmark themselves against the PCMM levels. Starting January 2007, at PT, we will now benchmark ourselves against the TDPro engine’s high standards in everything we do. This does not mean that we are perfect, but it surely means that we are serious about getting there using modern management tools of strict operations management, with a human face.

About GELS

What does this really mean to a student? This simply means that a student and his/her parents can be sure that the commitments and course delivery at all PT centres will be almost identical in their high quality, as the faculty and staff have undergone standardized training and are using standard processes, systems and materials. This implies that as an institute, we are completely transparent (everything is documented on paper), maintain uniform standards, and are serious about students’ success. We are sure that not many institutes will measure upto this standard of transparency, standardisation and process orientation. This is our way of saying “Students’ success is the only reason for our existence!” Move with confidence - Get the TDpro engine advantage!

Students success... Kar Ke Dikhayenge! Success is a state of mind. We become what we dream to become, we achieve what we hope to achieve, and we create what we envision in our minds first. Unfortunately, if we are not cautious, we will often be constrained by the devils of our own creation. We imagine weaknesses that are debilitating, paralyzing and often totally devastating for our morale. And worst of all, we allow them to take over our self-confidence. Thus we start thinking like losers, and eventually become losers. So, it stands to reason that to achieve success, we must train our minds to think like winners. We must consciously tell ourselves that we are capable and we will do it. “What one man does, another can do too,” must be drilled in our consciousness. And to practically do this on a day-to-day basis, PT offers a magic mantra to one and all: KAR KE DIKHAYENGE! Kar ke dikhayenge is a Hindi phrase, which literally translated, means 'we will do it for sure.' Chant this, sing this, think of it, tell this to yourself, shout it aloud, read it… whichever way you look at it, Kar ke dikhayenge will propel you to new levels of conscious churning. It will force you to break the chains that tether you. It will force you to move forward… to succeed, to live happily, to achieve what you have always wanted to achieve. Kar Ke Dikhayenge!
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Courses offered by PT

Courses offered by PT

CAT 2007/2008 and other national level MBA Entrance Exams
(Combination of Pinnacle Vital & Regular Courses)

CAT 2007 and other national level MBA Entrance Exams

Complete brushing up of Latest and updated study material Regular Evaluation Tests (ETs) 24x7x365 - Online DCS via TDpro engine’s Gyan Dhara Personal counselling sessions (PCS) Actual OMR evaluation Web-enabled scorecards PowerPack Vital (PPV) Aptitude building sessions (ABS) PrepTalk

Latest and updated study material 45+ Regular Comprehensive Tests and 24x7x365 - Online DCS via TDpro engine’s Gyan Dhara Personal counselling & series of AdPro sessions (PCS & AdPro) Actual OMR evaluation and All India Rankings Web-enabled scorecards PowerPack Primer (PPP) PowerPack Final (PPF) Series of lectures under GK Primer Series of lectures under GK Atlas PrepTalk Regular support at www.ptsrc.com

+

And all facilities provided in the

Pinnacle Regular Course

Thus, Pinnacle Total = Vital + Regular

Other courses on offer

Pinnacle State

Pinnacle State Test Series

Pinnacle Prac-CAT Series

Pinnacle Powerpack Final

Targeting
CET, MPMET, GCET, RMAT, TANCET, PGCET, MAT, ATMA and other state-level MBA Entrance Exams
Latest and updated study material 15+ Mock evaluation tests DCS, PCS & AdPro sessions Actual OMR evaluation Web-enabled scorecards PrepTalk

Targeting
CET, MPMET, GCET, RMAT, TANCET, PGCET, MAT, ATMA and other state-level MBA Entrance Exams
10+ Tests targeting MAT and state-specific entrance test Regular DCS PCS & AdPro sessions Actual OMR evaluation Web-enabled scorecards

Targeting
CAT and other national level MBA Entrance Exams Benchmark yourself against the best brains
25+ PracCATs targeting CAT and other national level MBA entrance exams Online DCS - Gyan Dhara PCS & AdPro sessions Actual OMR evaluation Web-enabled scorecards

Targeting
CAT and other national level MBA Entrance Exams The comprehensive GD-PI toolkit
Institute specific training Mock GDs, PIs etc. Personal Counselling Sessions GK Atlas SureShot Batch AdPro Sessions

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We are the best

Why we are the best
We say with full confidence and commitment that the seriousness, dedication, systematic approach and punctuality that you will find in the teaching processes at PT are unparalleled. Ask your seniors for feedback and check this out! They will tell you that no one cares for students as much as PT does. Your success is our focus, everything else is secondary. Our theme this year is kar ke dikhayenge! You can do it; you will do it. It applies to us too. We are sure you can do it; we will help you ensure that you do it. Let us take a look at the unique PT PLUSES, things that make us very different from the rest.

Our approach
The efficiency of any institute's teaching standards is determined by one thing – its approach. PT values its students and their success. We realise that the success of our students is the only reason for our existence. And since this is our driving force, we lay strong emphasis on certain cardinal principles.

We are the best

We are a teaching organisation and focus on good teaching above everything else. Our teachers are professionally trained and ingrained with the right attitude. We work, teach and study in an environment of trust, discipline and hard work. We strive to fulfil the needs of our students to the best of our capabilities. We set high standards and expect the same from our students, too. We inform and educate our students about the need for strong self-discipline and self-motivation to achieve their goals.

Dedicated Faculty
PT's teachers are dedicated, trained teaching professionals interested only in YOUR success. All the faculty members are selected carefully and undergo rigorous training at PT headquarters at Indore, before they work with you to shape your career. They are trained to inculcate a positive attitude in you even as they spot and sharpen your skills. What you learn at PT will last you a lifetime – that is our guarantee.

TDpro engine
Technology is all-pervasive today. It has the power to enhance the efficiency of all that we do. And that is the power we tap through our TDpro engine – Technology Driven process engine. It applies to the whole structure of PT. It is about systematic documentation and implementation of every single process we follow in all that we do. Be it course design, course delivery, centre infrastructure, faculty selection, faculty training, website content updating, students resources management, HR operations, marketing seminars, materials management, IPR control and management, or centre administration – TDpro engine is geared to add value to all that we do. This is our new benchmark. You may wonder why this should concern you as a student. Thanks to TDpro engine, now you can be doubly sure that the commitments and course delivery at all PT Centres will be identical in terms of style and substance as the faculty and staff have undergone standardised training and are using standard processes, systems and materials. This implies that as an institute, we are completely transparent (everything is documented), maintain uniform standards and are serious about your success.

Personal Counselling Sessions (PCS)
These are one-to-one mentoring, goal setting, stress management and score maximisation sessions for all students. This is a unique plus that only PT offers. Your mentor will help you fine-tune your performance, identify and leverage your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses. The PCS help you plan your preparation scientifically and to reduce stress. Imagine … fierce competition in class and personalised training! That is like getting the best of both worlds!

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Why we are the best
TDPro Engine's Gyaan Dhara - a first in India!
Your learning needs always exist, and our SOLID QUALITY support does too. Now PT offers all its students - Doubts Clearing Session on a 24×7×365 basis - for all questions in the entire courseware. 24 carat quality, repeated as many times as you want it, when you want it, where you want it. Log on to the SRC and view your streaming audio-video pre-recorded solution is there for you! Of course, faculty members are available as per defined slots at your PT Centre for your help.

Doubts-Clearing Sessions (DCS)
There are regular sessions for you to clear your doubts and to freely interact with all members of the faculty. This makes sure that every student gets individual attention when he or she needs it the most. The DCS along with the PCS make the whole PT experience very unique for every individual.

Ad-Pro Counselling
The Admission Process (Ad-Pro) Counselling Service is an initiative by PT to provide students the right guidance to gaining entry into the institute of their choice. The highlight is the series of three Ad-Pro seminars that are conducted at all PT centres using the latest multimedia tools. These are conducted in the months of August, Sept, and November. In addition to these, you’ll also get personalised Ad-Pro sessions with faculty members to help you make a well-informed choice.

Regular All-India Rankings (AIR)

PT provides you a Comprehensive Test Ranking Scheme, which evaluates you on an all-India basis through PT's network across different centres in India. Thus, your performance is constantly assessed against the best of your competitors. We provide OMR evaluation for all tests conducted in the class so that your test experience and the test outcome are as realistic as possible.

General Knowledge Sessions

General Knowledge (GK) is the problem area for many. How and where to start? What all to read? PT understands your anxiety. And we have the perfect solution. A series of lectures designed by the best brains in the industry and delivered to perfection by great speakers using the latest multimedia tools, our GK PRIMER and ATLAS cater to that specific need. These are integrated with the written test preparation itself. Our students tell us that PT's GK training has a lasting effect and provides benefits which stay long even after they have entered their dream career.

Personality Enhancement Training

Once again, anyone can claim to train you for group discussions (GD) and personal interviews (PI). But the sheer rigour and seriousness with which we do it is an industry standard. Regular personality enhancement classes are an integral part of the classroom course. This is an unparalleled edge a PT student has over others.

PowerPack
PowerPack is PT's personality enhancement toolkit. It is classified as: PowerPack Vital (part of Pinnacle Vital Range of Courses) PowerPack State (part of Pinnacle State Range of Courses) PowerPack Primer (part of Pinnacle Regular Range of Courses) PowerPack Final (conducted in the months of January, February and March) Once again, this is another training that will benefit you right through your career.

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Why we are the best
PowerPack Final
The last word in GD-PI training, PT's PowerPack Final (PPF) is all that you need to master the art of GDs and PIs. There are exhaustive GD practice sessions, case studies, group tasks etc. Industry experts will conduct your mock interviews and then give you valuable feedback. There are loads of GK inputs and the best personal feedback at frequent intervals. You get focused institute-specific training with both macro- and micro-level inputs. This is made possible by our 14 years of experience and continuous R&D. Top call-getters can look forward to a unique centralised training experience - the SureShot batch. In short, PPF ensures that you convert each and every call that you get.

SRC (SRC at www.ptsrc.com)
All PT students register with the Student Resource Centre (SRC) with their unique user name and password (obtained after filling the online registration form). SRC offers fantastic support material on GK, Language and Quant areas, Test analysis, institute information, Motivational doses, Success stories etc. Your friendly web support!

Easy Availability of Prospectuses and Admission Forms
Prospectuses of various B-schools are available at the PT centres, to facilitate easy purchase by students. So you do not have to waste time sending applications and demand drafts.

Unique Library facility
PT provides you access to a basic library. You get books, periodicals and the right environment and encouragement to develop skills in reading comprehension, general knowledge and personality areas. The PT library stocks fiction as well as non-fiction from various genres.

PrepTalk
PrepTalk is PT's useful monthly magazine and this is provided as a part of the regular classroom material. An excellent compilation of articles and quizzes pertaining to various subjects, PrepTalk will help you develop your GK and gain the right perspective about world events.

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The Pinnacle course has several variants designed to serve various needs. You can choose the one that suits you the best. What's more, with almost every variant, we offer you the latest test patterns, OMR evaluation, Web downloadable score cards, Student Resources Centre, test analysis, PT's monthly magazine PrepTalk and all the unique PT pluses. You also get doubtsclearing and Ad-Pro counselling sessions with the PT faculty members.

Pinnacle Classroom Courses -Training at its best
Interested in taking a really serious shot at the best tests? Join PT's unique classroom courses.

Pinnacle Total

Jewels in the crown

If you have a very serious, long-term approach to clearing the national-level MBA entrance tests, then this is the best course for you. The course is a combination of Pinnacle Vital and Pinnacle Regular courses. The Vital module provides the basic foundation through classroom sessions, tests simulating actual exams and basic techniques of personality enhancement. The Regular course provides the final touch to your preparations through an intensive classroom module, personality enhancement training and cutting-edge testing.

Pinnacle Regular
This is one of the most rigorous courses that help you prepare for all MBA entrance tests. You attend classes on a regular basis and appear for tests, with All-India rankings for most of them. You also attend the PowerPack Primer classes on a regular basis. The course module is structured in three phases. The first one prepares you for the written test and also provides an orientation towards personality enhancement. The second phase, the Test Series phase, helps you develop the speed for the national level tests. The last phase, PowerPack Final (PPF), provides you the necessary punch needed to clear the personality assessment stage at various institutes. The last phase also includes PT's renowned GK Atlas series. The course is also available in the weekend range. Classes and tests will be conducted during the weekends only. Personality enhancement training is available as a part of the complete course. So take your pick: • Pinnacle Regular • Pinnacle Weekend • Pinnacle Weekend Sprint

PowerPack Final (PPF)
You have put in your best efforts to crack the written test. Can you afford to lose the battle now? PT's PowerPack Final (PPF) is the ultimate personality enhancement toolkit. It prepares you to give your best shot. The complete course provides you with ample theory and practice sessions for enhancing your personality. These sessions coupled with PT's GK Atlas series can give you that much-needed extra edge over your competition.

Pinnacle State Range of courses
This is the most suitable course to prepare for various state-level MBA entrance tests, like CET, MPMET, RMAT, GCET, TANCET, PGCET etc. This course also caters to the syllabi of tests like ATMA and MAT. You attend classes on a regular basis, appear for simulated tests and get rankings for the same. You also attend the PowerPack State classes on a regular basis. PPF is an integral part of this course. We offer courses specific to particular state management entrance test preparation with Classroom Sessions and Test Series designed to suit the requirement.

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Pinnacle Postal – PT at your doorstep
If you are unable to attend the classroom sessions, enrol for the best alternative -- PT's postal course. Exhaustive and well researched study material, a series of 45+ mock tests on various exam patterns including CAT, XAT, FMS etc. will surely give you the advantage you need to outplay the competition. The entire study material is divided into modules. Students have the option of collecting the material from the PT centre or receiving it at a specified address. You can also write PT's Prac-CAT series at the PT centre of your choice. So make your choice now: Pinnacle Total postal course - Fee Rs.5400/- + ST as applicable Pinnacle Regular postal course - Fee Rs. 3900/- + ST as applicable (Fees to be paid via Demand Draft in favour of "PT Education & Training Services Ltd." payable at Indore.) The entire study material will be divided in parts. Students have an option of collecting the study material from the PT centre or receiving it at the address marked on the application form.

Pinnacle Prac-CAT Series – Test your mettle

If you want to compete with the best in the country, enroll for the best test series – PT's Prac-CAT Series. A series of 25 PracCATs prepare you to face the actual CAT and other national level MBA entrance tests like FMS, XAT, IIFT etc. These will surely give you the cutting edge needed to go far beyond the competition.

What's more, we offer you the latest test patterns, all India rankings, OMR evaluation, web downloadable score cards, test analysis, access to Student Resources Centre and online DCS – Gyaan Dhara. You can also avail doubts clearing and Ad-Pro counselling services at your registered PT centre with prior appointment. The tests will be conducted at a PT centre or any other Test Centre as specified. Students will have to carry their ID cards for taking the tests at the PT centres.

Pinnacle State Test Series (for CET/RMAT/MPMET/PGCET/GCET/MAT/TANCET etc.)
PT's State Test Series gives you the cutting edge needed to surpass the competition.

What's more, we offer you the latest test patterns, Regular rankings, OMR evaluation, Web downlodable score cards, test analysis, access to Student Resources Centre and online DCS – Gyaan Dhara. You also avail doubts clearing and Ad-Pro counselling services at your registered PT centre with prior appointment. The tests will be conducted at the PT centre or any other Test Centre as specified. Students will have to carry their ID cards for taking the tests at the PT centres.

All the best!
In case you are still left with any specific query, please send your emails you pinnacle@ptindia.com

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