Getting into business school can be intimidating, challenging, and nerve-wracking. The process of applying to an MBA , the admissions process’ time, preparing for the multiple entrance rounds can be quite-consuming, stressful, and resource-intensive if you don’t have the right information on how to go about these.
We’re here to make this entire process smoother for you with our tips on how to apply for an MBA:
1. Get Started Early
Scrambling to put together a half-baked strategy for applying to good business schools at the last minute can cause much more stress than you can imagine. Not only that, it also adversely affects the quality of your application. To give yourself time to research to know the institutes you’re applying to better and make an informed decision, start your application process early.
2. Meet With Current or Former MBA Students
Meeting alumni or current MBA students is probably the best way to understand the actual pros and cons of the program. An added plus is that it also gives you the chance to network with your future colleagues.
3. Be Authentic in your Application and Interviews
Trying to be the perfect candidate in the eyes of the interviewer can often come across as dishonest or fraudulent which is far from the impression you want to create about yourself. People interviewing you will have enough experience to tell how genuine you are being, so choose telling your true story that showcases your personality and character rather than a fabricated version of yourself.
4. Don’t Apply To Too Many Institutes
Be sure that you are applying only to the schools that match your criteria and would help you achieve your desired academic and personal growth and development.
Some MBA entrance exams you can give are: CAT, XAT, SNAP & NMAT.
CAT (Common Admission Test) conducted by IIMs has an eligibility criteria of 50% in graduation for General and 45% for Reserved. It is an online exam which has 3 sections of 3 hours.
XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is taken by the Xavier School Of Management. You require a bachelor degree to apply.
It is a computer-based exam with a duration of three and half hours. The exam is divided into two parts.
NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test) conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) with a eligibility criteria of 50% marks in your bachelor degree.
This online exam is of a 2-hour duration.
SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude) Test is an entrance exam held all across India for admission to MBA at Symbiosis. It is conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admission to any of their 15 B-Schools. It will be conducted in December 2019.
SNAP exam 2019 is a computer based test that is conducted over 2 hours. There are 4 sections with a total of 130 questions in multiple choice format. Areas you will be tested on are: General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability; Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Current Affairs, Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Questions in all these sections are of two types: Normal and Special. Normal questions carry one mark each and special questions hold a weightage of two marks each.
Negative marking of 0.25 is deducted for every wrong answer. Maximize your score by attempting only what you’re very sure of.
Registration for SNAP begins on August 2019 and is open until November 2019. Visit snaptest.org to register.
SNAP is an average difficulty level test.
Most of your preparation for the Quantitative section can be completed in the 9th and 10th standard maths CBSE syllabus.
Working on grammar exercises and increasing vocabulary will help with the English section. Make sure to stay updated on important current events and happenings by tuning in to the news and reading the papers daily.
We hope this information helps you make an informed and detailed plan for applying to an MBA and you choose the management school best suited to you.