MBA Admissions – 2014

With the advent of blogs, chats and social media, and the over information flow by media houses and professionals on MBA admissions and each contradicting the other it is most imperative to get a transparent and unbiased text of what it is all about.

The  MBA Admissions department or council of any Business School has the primary responsibility of identifying  whether  an applicant will be able to seamlessly and effortlessly move on, in other words, whether or not he will be a desirable professional with the prospect of climbing the corporate ladder with the added education and professional knowledge provided by the institution and the skill and experience of the student.

Some of the key aspects of an MBA are mentioned as follows:

  • Strong Academic Record:  A strong academic record is a prerequisite for an MBA degree. The academic record of a candidate is the primary basis of screening as it provides the simplest and direct report of one’s knowledge base and understanding.
  • Intellectual Ability: Intellectual ability refers to one’s ability to understand, comprehend and apply the knowledge he has gathered to effective use in solving problems and situations. This is one of the most important characteristics an MBA aspirant must possess.
  • Good Test Scores: Approximately all MBA programs require the submission of a standardized test score result. Sometimes Institutions hold their own exams to test the abilities of the students. An applicant must perform well in these highly competitive exams and prove his/her mettle to the institution.

  • Quantitative Orientation: Even as institutions do not demand any advanced mathematics but basic quantitative ability and orientation is a must to handle the day-to-day studies and projects.
  • Analytical Mindset: It is very important that one must have an analytical mindset towards all that he encounters. He must be receptive to the problems and must try his level best to solve them using new and innovative solutions.
  • Leadership: Leadership cannot be taught but it is something that is inbuilt to a person. It is the unquantifiable proportional mix of charisma and vision with the ability to take on a responsibility and make sure it is executed perfectly.
  • Ambition, Motivation and Career Potential: The aspirant must have the strong desire within himself to achieve higher and more ambitious levels in life. This must be fired by his own zeal and self-motivation. Then only can he have a clear vision of this own career potential and the possible prospects.
  • Perseverance and Mental Toughness: Failure and Quitting are two words that cannot exist in the dictionary of an MBA. He has to strive work his way up and about. There will be several situations which may seem impossible to walk through but an MBA must fail and get back up again and walk the same path to success.
  • Team Player: Without a team, no work or effort will bear success. Thus an MBA must be a team player. Leading a team or to be led, either way, an MBA must stick to the basics of team ideals.
  • Recruitability:  Through the coursework and the other related projects, internships, and article-ships, one must gather and build a resume that would be worth looking at. Time must be used only to do things that would add positively to the resume and not otherwise as this not only gives the edge but also the knowledge which shoots up the recruitment possibility of a candidate.

Overall, it is no easy task to walk in the line of all the above points. It is and will be testing. But the final product is something that will make the candidate most acceptable to the corporate world. Thus an MBA is still one of the most preferred studies globally and as well as in India.

In Kolkata MBA scenario Bengal Institute of Business Studies (BIBS) has been providing this quality education with advanced placement opportunities and avenues. The curriculum and coursework as designed in absolute accordance with the constant changes in the business sphere. This an MBA from BIBS Kolkata is a complete and integrated degree with an outstanding value.

The competition for MBA admissions in Kolkata for 2017 is very stiff and is also diluted by the mushrooming growth of unrecognized institutes. Thus, students must carefully judge and decide on their applications.

Why Placements At BIBS?

BIBS as an institute strives to bring together minds that are innovative and represent a wide range of interests, experiences and backgrounds. Individuals who learn from each other continuously. Spread the knowledge. Question the functioning of the system and innovate to make them better.

Students of Bengal Institute of Business Studies are prepared to take the leash at any level, in any field and in any function. Our learning atmosphere and a team-oriented approach is in tandem with todays business world. The BIBS community is developed on the highest standards of knowledge and integrity. These factors together indicate the value of MBA placements at Bengal Institute of Business Studies.

BIBS students are form an exceptional group of men and women who are willing to take up a variety of challenges and opportunities around the globe and make sure that they positively impact the organization that they work in and the community at large.

Over the years there has not been any single type of BIBS student nor has there been a single sector where they join after completing their MBA. It is the diversity that defines our students and their placement record stands witness to their achievements.

The pie-chart above is a depiction of the sectors in which our students have ventured out. It is not just limited to spread over a large variety of works from education to pharmaceuticals and e-commerce.

Diversity in excellence is something that we aim for and our students achieve it through their merit and efforts. This sustained growth of their achievements have propelled the institute to greater heights making BIBS the preferred choice of industries and companies for recruitment.

Over the two years that the students at BIBS, the students get versed with a curriculum which is dynamic and which changes with the industry requirements. This keeps the knowledge fresh and updated and the inputs from the excellent faculty the students always sharp. This is the edge that is much sought by the corporates.

MBA today is not just another masters program, it not just a degree that adds to the collection. The expectation of a student from the MBA is ever increasing, today the student looks to an MBA to add a much needed edge in the business field, and the MBA at Bengal Institute of Business Studies is most appropriate. BIBS has been providing excellent MBA placements and beyond that arms the student with the knowledge to take on the industry head-on. BIBS is this the best choice of a Management institute in Kolkata, a choice that makes careers and builds organizations.

To know more about BIBS  for MBA Admissions 2017, please visit www.bibs.co.in

How important is On-The-Job-Learning?

MBA Study

Don’t run ahead, chances are you will have nothing to do once you reach. Go with the trend and be sharp.

On The Job Learning

Colleges and institutes teach well be it from books, handouts, lectures and trainings. But nothing can replace On-The-Job-Learning. It has been proved through studies that a student learns best if all the senses are involved engaged. Hence, learning through audio-visual means in schools and colleges and leaning in kinder gardens through action songs are encouraged. The reason being that when all the senses of a person are engaged in an activity, the understanding of that activity is saved in the brain not just as a knowledge or information but as a personal experience.

It may seem too trivial a matter to start this piece by talking about kinder garden action songs. But the concept is just the same even for a student in college when he is learning concepts that require actual hands-on experience to understand and master. It is just too simple and easy for a professor to lecture a class of 50 for 2 hours and it is even simpler for the 50 to note down lines from it. What is difficult for each of those 50 is to actually go up and talk on the same matter being taught for an hour. Why is that so? This is for the simple reason that the professor has adequate Hands-On experience of lecturing and not the students. What I am trying to highlight is that the students who are to go out in to the world with degrees of marketing or engineering or teaching cannot simply survive on the knowledge of theory assimilated through books and lectures.

An engineer who is going out to manage precise movements of machinery would need to get that knowledge by actually doing it himself! And a marketer will need to experience the market and the peoples demand and wants, and how to address them, this can be learnt only through experience in the market and not just books. A person who just completed his studies but knows nothing of the real world is as good as useless, where as one who has gotten several degrees but has zero experience of the world outside is tagged as Overqualified for most jobs. Hence it is essential in an environment such as today a student gathers adequate On-The-Job-Learning along with his theoretical knowledge base.

There is no specific mantra or formula for this combo of hands & books. One needs to visualize himself five years in the future and keeping in mind the changing requirements. But without the combo one is as good as a lab rat.

Bengal Institute of Business Studies (BIBS) encourages students to take up active internships during their period of study to make them industry ready. Providing the best MBA in Kolkata, BIBS provides education with a difference. Thus, admission to BIBS is not just for learning, but for education as a whole.

Interviews: The Ever-Changing Art of Selection

What’s the syllabus? Which book to refer? Which points to concentrate on? These may help you to score in the exam, but to score a home run interview will take a bit more than that. Since time immemorial, interviews have been a part of selection. Interviews are no science and follow no rules but, is an art that has been forever evolving, and its dynamics have bewildered those facing one. The efforts towards understanding this crucial activity, books on “how to face an interview” have never failed to generate craze.

It may seem that progress has been made in the preparation, but most fail to understand that the dynamics of the interview also changes every day. The interviewers have constantly updated themselves and changed the dynamics of this game. An interview is not anymore something to prepare for, instead something to prepare towards. General knowledge, current affairs, logic and snappy judgments is what is constitutes the core of any interview. These aspects cannot be learnt specifically but is a never ending process.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, there mere concept of selling ones self is something which doesnt come naturally. Viewing these exact actions from the side of the interviewer is equally challenging. Facing several candidates with similar or entirely different bios and having to select only one or few out of them all demands extreme scrutiny and tack. Hence, the only possible way out, i.e. to excel at an interview is to understand the tact and make choices accordingly. The dynamism is even more evident by the fact that there is no specific format for an interview. This dynamism is what keeps the interest alive the interest and enthusiasm of interviews. And the only secret to cracking them are to face more and more of them.

Which is better for study? Day or Night?

When pursuing a degree as professional and demanding as an MBA degree, a study routine needs to be meticulously planned and set in place. When you are trying to decide which is best for your study, day or night, take into consideration how you actually feel during these times. You do not want to be too tired at a time when you are supposed to be studying to get your MBA degree. Make a mental note to see how you feel studying during the day. Also, make note of how you respond to studying at night. Compare the differences between the two and see what the negatives and positives are. You also need to consider when you will be sleeping if you are studying at night. Getting an MBA degree takes much work and deserves devotion. Thus, MBA from the best college in Kolkata, neither is it impossibly difficult. Its a balance of both world that is required. BIBS in Kolkata will prepare you for the future in the exact industry requirement.

Reduce Stress by Pursuing Four-Way Wins

The pendulum is finally swinging back from the apogee of complete immersion in work as the business ideal. A great hue and cry now strains to contain our out-of-control overwork.  We know it reduces productivity, destroys civic engagement, and produces all manner of stress-related health problems.

The good news is that you can do something about it, for yourself and for your employees. You can be less stressed and more productive by spending less time on and less attention to work — while being more engaged with your family, your community, and the things you do for just you. You can take conscious, deliberate action to pursue four-ways wins: practical steps toward making things demonstrably better in all parts of your life — at work, at home, in your community, and in your private life.

For decades, I’ve been refining what is now a proven method for producing four-way wins that works because it’s customized for each person who takes up the challenge. But there is still a heaping helping of skepticism that greets me wherever in the world I go to talk about it. I can tell you that, while it’s not easy, it is possible, for I’ve seen success in just about every kind of setting, from retail to manufacturing to human services, and everything in between. If you’re like most harried business professionals, it’s more possible than you now think it might be. Ready to give it a try?

Diagnose. Start by taking a minute to explore your personal four-way view — what’s important to you, where you focus your attention (your most precious asset as a leader), and how things are going in each of the four domains of your life. (You can use this free assessment tool and guide for help in doing so.) Then begin generating ideas for experiments you can try to better align what matters to you with what you actually do. It’s likely that this will mean attending to a non-work aspect of your life you’ve been neglecting.

This might be initiating an exercise program for yourself, carving out protected evening time for your family, or devoting attention to a project for your community, to name a few simple examples. Most importantly, there must be a real benefit, even if indirect, for your work and career, too. An essential aspect of this approach is realizing that an experiment in one part of life affects the others. For instance, you might choose to diet to lose weight (for your own better health); then this has ripple effects in your home and community domains because you’re less grumpy and have more energy for your family and friends. And you increase your performance at work as a result of greater focus and stamina. Similarly, an experiment conducted with the aim of creating greater satisfaction with your family by turning off your smartphone in the evening has beneficial business impact; in taking a hiatus from work in the evening, you return refreshed and are more productive.

Dialogue. Talk to a few of the most important people in the different parts of your life about what you really need from each other. These conversations serve to build trust and strengthen your future together, while you refine and expand your initial ideas about experiments to make things better in all four parts of your life.

Discover. Design an experiment in which you are deliberately aiming to improve your performance and results in each of the four domains — not to trade them off or to balance one against the other, but to enhance all of them. If you’re stuck, think a bit harder: I have coached and taught thousands of people to do this, and I’ve never met anyone who couldn’t come up with one such experiment about which they were very excited.

Get Help. Share your idea with someone, not only to get their advice, but also to build in accountability pressure. Ask them to help you stay on track with your experiment by checking in with you for five minutes each week for the next month. Ideally this would be a person who believes they are going to benefit from this new action you’re going to take. Why, for instance, would your boss benefit from your exercising more?

Get Moving. When you take intentional action to do what matters for people who matter, then your stress goes down. You feel a greater sense of control, and you learn that you have more freedom than you thought you had. You see that you can exercise choice.

To overcome the guilt that often accompanies the desire for change, it’s crucial that your experiments are not selfish. They’re not about you — they’re about you and your most important stakeholders. You are producing benefits for others at home, at work, and in your community. So, if one of your experiments is to arrive at work a half-hour later or leave earlier to go to the gym, spend time with your children, or serve on a community project, and this experiment does not result in improved performance at work, then you adjust it so that it does produce some benefit for your work, too.

In decades of experience, I’ve seen all kinds of experiments not only sustain themselves but grow contagiously precisely because others are invested in what you’re doing and they want to see you succeed. There’s something in it for them. And, inspired by your example, they then initiate their own experiments designed to create four-way wins.

The worst that can happen is that you don’t achieve the result you’d hoped for. But, if you reflect on what did or did not work with your experiment in the laboratory of your life, you will gain what is even more valuable than the immediate result, that is, useful insight on what it takes to produce change that is truly sustainable — change that lasts because it’s good not just for you, but for your world.

–          This article was published in the Harvard Business Review.