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Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain – SBI PO

This is the second article in the series that looks at options for those who have not been able to make it to their target MBA institutes and are trying to figure out the way forward.
Some students are looking at options other than MBA, some have started working for CAT’14 and some are planning to compromise and join MBA institutes that follow the principle that even trespassers will be admitted.

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The Third Not So Ordinary B-School – AIMS, Bangalore

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Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences (AIMS) is a business school in Bangalore offering PGDM (60seats) & MBA (240seats) programmes. Both the programs are of 2 years duration. MBA with dual specialization is affiliated to Bangalore University. The PGDM is offered by AIMA & approved by AICTE.
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The Next Not So Ordinary B-School is UPES

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Apologies for the delay in publishing the next “not so ordinary” college; it’s all in the spirit of a robust audit. So here it is: the next “not so ordinary” college is University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, popularly known as UPES.
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The First Not So Ordinary B-School is IFMR, Chennai

The Institute of Financial Management and Research offers a 2 year full-time ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Management’ program recognized by AICTE. This Chennai based institute has a fee structure of Rs. 10 lacs (the fee covers tuition, laptop, books & materials, examination fee, IT charges & institute’s formal wear) for the entire 2 years. The living expenses need to be borne by the student over and above the fee, charges for the hostel if opted for are Rs.9000/month. IFMR considers CAT 2013 / XAT 2014 / CMAT – Sept 2013 and GMAT GRE scores (taken in the last five years) Continue Reading


The League of Not So Ordinary B Schools

The results of almost all top B schools are now out. The schools to reckon with have declared their lists of “The Chosen One”.  In my last article Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain – SSC CGL I had discussed an alternate option and had also mentioned that not more than 200 B Schools are worth joining. Continue Reading



To set the record straight, the title only suggests that attempting the CET is like riding a horse – 200 questions in 150 minutes. It is like no other test. Though CET questions may be of much lower difficulty level than CAT, it is still a major challenge for even the best – doing well in CET requires one to be extremely alert and agile.

The Basics

The DTE, Maharashtra has mentioned that CET ‘14 is going to be online and its pattern is to be on the lines of the previous CET.

200 questions spread across Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning jumbled up together without any defined sections. So, you may find one question on Profit & Loss, followed by an RC passage and then a question on Syllogisms. Please read on!

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Ajab CAT Ki Gajab Kahani – Dobara

Consider this.  This year, you could get an IIM call without attempting any question of English or RC. You could get a call with zero attempts in CAT 2013 from some IIMs. Sounds incredible? The details are even worse if you go by what Prometric is doling out to students in the guise of information and clarifications. Ajab CAT ki Gajab kahaani continues….. Please read on! Continue Reading

Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain – SSC CGLE

This is the best of times, this is the worst of times.

This is that time of the year when results of all the major MBA entrance exams (CAT, XAT, NMAT and SNAP) have been declared. Those of you who have secured good scores in one or more of these exams and have been short listed for the next stage have started their PDP classes and are working hard to do well in the Personality Assessment process.
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Cutoffs of XAT allied institutes

In my previous blog, we had given the likely cutoffs of b-schools in terms of marks. Now, as all of you would have got your XAT score card, we are giving the likely percentile cutoffs for some of the top b-schools.

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Cutoffs of CAT allied institutes

By now all of you must have checked your CAT results. Isn’t life rather funny sometimes? Before the CAT results came out, you were worried about how your exam had gone and what your scores would be. Now that you know your scores and percentiles, you are worried about which b-schools you are likely to get calls from and which b-schools you should apply to. Life seems to keep throwing up fresh concerns all the time.

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