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Jayein toh jayein kahaan 2015: Which Institute?

A student seeking my advice on which institute to join said “sir, if I were your nephew then after considering all factors which out of these three institute would you recommend?”

There is always a dilemma when it comes to choosing institutes because wrong choice of institute could very easily lead to poor career growth or waste of money or both and unfortunately most of the B school rankings have different ranks for the same institute. Also most rankings do not consider students point of view and have a low weight for their most important criteria – placements. Continue Reading

5 Mantras to master the Interview

Now that all results of all MBA entrances have been declared, the focus has now shifted to preparation for the Personality Assessment stage. The admission test eliminates around 95% of the candidates and this makes many candidates with interview calls complacent. The reality is that in the Personality Assessment stage, while the number of students you will be competing against is fewer, the quality of competition is higher. Each student who is short listed by the institute deserves to be in the final list, but only those who are well prepared will finally make it. This stage is difficult because its focus is on those aspects that have been ignored by most of us as they were never part of our school and college exams.

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The Third Not So Ordinary B-School is IFMR, Sricity, 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 located in Sricity has a fee structure of Rs. 12 lacs (The fee covers Tuition, a laptop, books & materials, library membership, examination fee, IT charges and institute’s formal wear costs). Living expenses are extra. Boarding & lodging charges at the hostel are Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum.
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MBA Personalised Entrance Results

Know where you are! Thats the best place to start preparing!

One of the greatest strengths of anyone who has achieved some thing consistently and in a sustainable way is his or her accurate self-assessment. The person could be a Roger Federer or Sachin Tendulkar or Uday Kotak or even Neha Manglik, our student who is a CAT-14 100 %iler. She also is AIR #1 in XAT.
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The Next Not So Ordinary B-School is IIFM

As part of the BSchool’s that are not ordinary we are happy to induct a B-School that students often have queries about  – The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal.
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Thinking of an orbit change in your career? Happy to help

Dear Student,

I am pleased to connect with you on the subject of your career. I am sure you are doing exceedingly well in your job. At the same time, I am also alive to and aware of your pre-occupation with the question -
What next?
How do I change the orbit of my career?
What will turbo-charge my career and help accelerate my ascent?

Having personally mentored and coached many a thousand, I feel it an important part of my duty to initiate this dialogue.  It has helped many.  If it helps you too, I will be most delighted.

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XAT solutions feedback

This is for the first time in the history of management entrance examinations that a test taking body has come out with the answerkey along with the solutions of the questions asked in their test, and that too in time.

Though this is a standard practice for some other recruitment bodies (SSC, UPPSC etc.), no management institute has ever bothered about it. In fact, XAT has shown some light to bodies like CAT group and SNAP.

The students have been given the option of getting back to XAT if they are not satisfied with the answers. Please read on for our take on the question paper. The body clearly states that students can send out an email to on or before 16th January 2015 for any question paper / answer key queries.  Many of us at CL appeared for XAT & we have made it a point to write to them. We encourage you to write to XAT too. To download the sample student response, click here

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TISS 2015 – Last Minute Bites

As you gear up to take the TISS-NET this Saturday, it will be useful for you to know the category wise cutoffs at which the candidates were shortlisted for the interview of M.A. (HRM)  program in the last two editions of TISS-NET.

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Category-wise Cutoffs of MBA institutes

Since the CAT and XAT results were declared, the two questions that have been filling my mailbox are:

  1. From which colleges can I get an interview call?
  2. Are there colleges that I can still apply to based on my CAT/XAT score?

While I tried answering these questions individually, I soon realised that since the questions are common, it will be easier for me to post an article giving the required information, hence this post giving the estimated cutoffs of various MBA institutes. The application deadline of the institutes and the link to their admission website is also given to help those of you who would like to apply to these institutes.

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IIFT Interview Form Filling 2015

IIFT Call Getters: A Guide to the Interview form.

Those who have cleared the first round of IIFT are now left with another ardent task.  A mammoth form awaits them.   And here I am with my list of suggestions which you can keep in mind while filling the form.

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