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Can I get a good MBA college (IIM) without work experience?

Jan 17, 2017 11:09 IST
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    Work experience adds a lot to your profile when you apply to any B school, but is work experience compulsory for seeking admission in IIMs. This question is a cause of worry for many bright aspirants who are without work experience. Hence, MBA Section of jagranjosh.com has come up with an answer to clear the doubts of hopeful aspirants who have scored high percentile in CAT 2016. As per the latest selection criteria of IIMs, there is no specific weightage allotted to the ‘Work Ex’ part in the IIM selection process.

    For those who already possess a considerable work experience and are aiming to pursue MBA from IIMs, their next questions must be: “Does work experience matter at all before pursuing MBA Degree?

    Yes! Definitely! It provides you an edge over your other colleagues.

    It represents how professional you are and this is something you actually want to do and some another choice for you. It shows your polished capability as a graduate having industry exposure too.

    You can see the weightage provided to the ‘Work Ex.’ by top IIMs as under:

    1. For IIM Ahmedabad, Weightage give to work experience is ZERO for shortlisting as well as selection

    2. For IIM Calcutta ,Weightage given is ZERO

    3. For IIM Lucknow, it is 2/100

    4. For IIM Banglore, maximum is 5/100

    How important is work experience during MBA

    The statistics for top 3 IIMs is more than enough to show that selection process is not at all about work experience, but your overall performance in academics and CAT entrance exam. This is more about how well you justify your answer for ‘why MBA?’ Students generally consider work experience as non-mandatory and   a general and casual questions but it is not. This questions check you for your

    • Communication skills
    • Your attitude
    • How professional you are
    • How you lead your life
    • AND it gives an opportunity to a candidate to drive his or her interview accordingly

    As per the selection criteria of various IIMs, a candidate’s overall profile including candidates 10th, 12th and graduation marks are taken into consideration. They also check the academic background apart from CAT score. GDPIs and Essay Writing (WAT) also hold a lot of weightage in final selection.

    Meet the CAT 2016 Top Scorers and know their Success Mantra

    One should be confident and able to justify his profile in from of the panel during PI session. This is most important requirement along with a good CAT score and academic background that gives you an edge over many other candidates.

    Just having a good profile and good scores throughout your academic and by good (70% above) will help you get into IIMs, if you possess an exceptionally good CAT score. But make sure to work hard and improve your skills because at the end during your placements you will be competing with the Bests of the Bests. And you don’t want to be one of the last few who become headache for any placement teams.

    Therefore, performing exceptionally well after getting into the college and giving your best at D day of placement is more important than having working experience or being a fresher.


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