Indian MBA vs US MBA: Which is More Value For Money?

 

Indian MBA vs US MBAMost Indian MBA aspirants have this question in their mind – Should I do my MBA from an Indian business school or do I look for MBA programs abroad in the USA or Europe. This article helps you understand the pros and cons of an Indian MBA vs US MBA and decide which MBA degree will be better for you based on your long terms goal, and lastly which will provide a better ROI.

Foreign MBA

An MBA from a foreign university is very helpful in understanding business from an international perspective. This is very advantageous if you want to work abroad after your graduation. Also, most foreign b-schools tend to have a large diversity in their student class so you benefit from understanding different cultural viewpoints and perspectives. The foreign MBA colleges will also have better infrastructure and better professors. The post-degree pay package of an US or European MBA will be higher than an Indian MBA because of the currency difference.

However, a foreign MBA is also more expensive and it may take more time to recover the fees of the business degree, especially if you are opting for a US MBA. More importantly, the Indian market functions very differently than the US and European markets, hence the things you will learn in a foreign B-School will be less applicable to India. Hence, if you want to work in India after your MBA, a foreign MBA is less preferable.

Indian MBA

An Indian MBA will help you gain business related knowledge pertinent to the Indian market. An Indian MBA will be significantly cheaper and you will be able to pay back your student loan much faster. If you wish to work in India after your degree, this is preferred from both knowledge as well as economical perspectives.

Around 70% of the curriculum in an Indian MBA degree course will be common to its foreign counterparts, however the way the curriculum is delivered and the facilities to support learning will be below par (unless you are at one of the IIMs). The post-degree salary of an Indian MBA will be lower than an US MBA. Also, if you wish to work abroad, an Indian MBA will be disadvantageous since they would prefer students from their own B-Schools.

Other Factors in Choosing Location for your MBA degree

The ranking of the colleges you are targeting will also influence your decision. If you are looking at the top-ranked US colleges like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford or EU colleges like London Business School, INSEAD, then these are the best options and you will be considered as one of the best in the world. If you have to choose between a top 10 international b-school vs a top 10 Indian b-school, then a top 10 international school will be a better choice. If you have to choose between a top 10 Indian b-school like one of the IIMs vs a medium tier US / EU b-school, then an IIM will be a better option. If you wish to choose between an average Indian MBA degree and an average foreign MBA, then you need to make a choice based on the points above like MBA fees, preferred country of work and post-MBA salary.

Summary

In summary, you need to first list out your key criteria in terms of career plan, budget, country where you want to stay etc and prioritize them. Once you do that, deciding whether you should do an MBA in USA (abroad) or in India will be an easier task. You can take the MBA Location Preference Calculator Quiz below to determine whether an MBA abroad or an MBA in India is a better option for you.

You can also use our career counselling services from IIM alumni to help you succeed in this journey. You can purchase these from Career Counselling and MBA Admission Services.

Let us know your thoughts and your final decision in the choice of an Indian MBA vs US MBA in the comments section below. If you have questions, the please post your question in the Questions section.

You should read “Why should you do an MBA?” to evaluate what is the key factor driving your decision to do an MBA. You can continue reading at http://mbaclub.in or browse Indian MBA Rankings.

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Jagrat Maheshwari
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I want to know that indian mba is good than foreign mba for future

jai prakash
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sir,
what if i got into both, top mba colleges in india (not iim’s) and also in prety good U.S university and i wish to work in india only after my graduation. which one is more preferable ? please reply

admin
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If you wish to work in India after your graduation, then it is preferable to do your MBA from India as Indian colleges teach you business courses in a perspective relevant to the Indian market. This is a major factor since the markets in India and the US are very very different. This is provided that you are getting into a top India college (Tier 1 or Tier 2). Refer to the MBA Rankings in India for top Indian colleges.

Sai
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Why do want to work in India over a foreign country? I am an Indian and just wanted to tell you that you will contribute more to India with your investment of your saving in India rather than working in India. What say?

shegufta
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Hi Admin, I am an IT professional with more than 4 yrs of experience. I want to re-skill myself. My future plans are working in India for few years post MBA and then start something of my own. Could you suggest me whether I should go for a 1 year exec MBA program or a 2 years full time MBA program. What I have learnt from my friends who are currently studying in top/tier-1 Indian B-Schools is that having more experience in IT industry is disadvantageous and reduces your chances to be picked up/considered by top recruiters from other industries.… Read more »
admin
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Hi Shegufta, If you are looking to join an MBA course primarily to re-skill yourself, then I would recommend that you do a two year full time MBA course over an accelerated 1 year exec MBA. Your friends are correct. Recruiters usually prefer either freshers or those who already have relevant experience in that domain / industry. That said, there are enough examples of people successfully changing career tracks inspite of this limitation. Top tier colleges allow the opportunity to do projects and take part in relevant competitions so as to show recruiters your keen interest in a particular area.… Read more »
preethi
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I have done MBA in India in Andhra University (In HR & Marketing specialization) and will i have any chance of getting job in US . Can i do SAP in HRM module then is their any chance ??
Please let me know as soon as possible.

admin
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Hi Preethi,

Your best chances of getting a job in the USA are by joining a multi-national company in India, consistently performing well for 2-3 years and then requesting for a intra-company transfer to the US. It is usually easier for engineers to get US jobs as compared to non-tech profiles.

jatin
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Hii,

I like your thoughts. But in the end its been a huge problem for indian students they want to live in us but deep down inside they love to be around indians. I mean ghar to ghar hota h…

jatin
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Could you answer me one thing . does research experience( fellowship and work in lab.) count as a experience to get admission in US MBA ?

Thank you

admin
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Hi Jatin,

Research experience usually doesn’t count as valid work experience. It will help your chances if the research is in the field of business. If it is in the field of science or engineering, then it actually reduces your chances of an admission as you may have a tough time convincing US business schools about your career objectives.

kani
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hello sir,
my marks in 10th were 69% and 12th 59%, Graduation (BA) 57%. Gmat score- 780. Do i have a chance at any good B School in US?

admin
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US B-Schools usually give more importance to your work experience than academic scores. If you have strong and relevant work experience (in any business field), then you have a good shot at getting admission in a US School. Your high GMAT score of 780 will also tilt the balance in your favor.

nishant
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I recently completed my MBA in Marketing profile and want to switch my carrier to USA for my future growth.So ny buddy suggest me by what process i can get a job ..with a better opportunity..

admin
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Your success rate here depends a lot on the Tier of the college you graduated from. See Indian MBA Rankings. If you graduated from a top tier college – you can try to get into international marketing roles in MNCs and after a year or two switch to an international (US) location. If you graduated from a middle or lower Tier college, then you will need to join an Indian or US-based MNC and the bottom and work your way upwards for 3-5 years till you can ask for an international posting.

mathew
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hi Sir,

I am admitted in both mysore university and smc university for distance business course. which one is worldwide more valued. please reply

admin
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Mathew – please see the MBA Rankings to get an idea of which course is ranked higher.

Chaitanya
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I have done bachelors of commerce..want to do MBA in HR from Chicago ,US…so is there scope in India after returning to India after working there for 2 3 years?? Plzz reply..!

admin
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Yes, you will be able to return to India to a good job in a US-based or multi-national company after 2-3 years. However, you need to consider the fact that HR jobs in India do not pay well so monetarily that may not be a very good option.

Ashutosh
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Sir, what if i am pursuing mba from us and working their for 2 yrs then switching back to india, then what will be the probability for a good job?

admin
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The probability of getting a job in India after a US MBA and US work experience is very good given the number of US-based companies which are operating in India. The probability will also depend on the field in which you do MBA and the kind of work experience you have in the US. However, you may not be able to pay off your loan or recover the fees in a US MBA program by just working for a couple of years so you may need to work there for 3-4 years before coming back.

Raj
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I am a Marine Engineer aged 30, (sailing engineer with Class IV FG license), my job profile 4 months on and 4 months off duty, want to shift my career towards management for better settled future. I decided to pursue MBA from UK. I am not interested to do GMAT since i completed my college 10 years before and also busy in jobs now, in which the Universiy of Strathclyde is not demanding too. Requirement is only IELTS, will this be a good MBA to study? Weather i can get job there itself through job fairs? That too this is… Read more »
rohit choudhury
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sir if i do mba from us or uk in medium b schools.. how much opening salary job could i get in india

admin
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Hi Rohit. If you do your full-time MBA from a middle tier US B-School, you could get a starting salary of 15-20 lakhs per annum in India. For middle tier UK B-Schools, the starting salary would be between 10-12 lakhs per annum. US B-Schools have a much better reputation in India than UK B-Schools.

pratik ukirde
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Sir if i am getting admission in medium tier b-school in india or medium tier b-school in abroad and i would like to do a job abroad for 2-3 years but then want to do buisness in india then where should i do my MBA???

admin
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Hi Pratik – India has a very different way of doing business as compared to the western world. If you want to learn the way business is done in India and have no prior experience in India, then I would recommend doing an MBA from India and doing a job in India post that. This is assuming that you will start a new business. If you will be joining an existing family business, then you are better off getting a foreign MBA as you will be able to bring in new ideas to your existing business while still having your… Read more »
aniket
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Hello sir. I would like advice from you if you could help me. I am planning to do MBA from NMIMS Mumbai . I stay in Mumbai and it is in the top 15 colleges of India . but the problem is its fees is 18 lacks and it gives a packages of 12 to 14 lacks so roughly it will take 1 and a half years to repay the loan. Is it worth it sir?

admin
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Hi Aniket,
Congrats on getting admitted into NMIMS. The growth in MBA salaries is usually towards the later part of your career as you move in to more senior positions. That said, please do not look at an MBA only in terms of short-term financial ROI. Look at it as a long-term investment in yourself. If you work hard during and post your MBA, then your education, brand and network will definitely help you throughout your career and make the MBA well worth it for you.

shyam
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Hello Sir
I want to do MBA. In which country is it valuable – USA or Australia? After completion of my MBA there i want to do 2 years job there and get back to India. In which sector MBA is valuable in H.R or Finance or IT etc. After 2 years of experience abroad, coming back to India how much salary can i expect here. Please reply soon Sir.

admin
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MBA in the USA is more valuable as it is considered the best B-School education in the world. In India, the IT, Finance and Marketing sectors will fetch you more salaries. However, you will get a good salary in any field if you are really good at what you do. After just 2 years of experience abroad you will get probably 20% more salary than your peers here. Obviously it depends a lot from the school you do your MBA from. If you are a Harvard pass-out, then you can easily get 20+ lacs per annum. If you do it… Read more »
Nihar
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Hi,
I’m a graduate in Bachelor’s in Accounting & Finance. I have two years of work experience in Investment Banking. My academic credentials are average. I wanna pursue my MBA abroad. i wouldn’t mind working for a few years before i return but i will return back to India. Is it worth the investment or should i contemplate an indian MBA ?

Dhruba
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Hye sir, due to family problems i have dropped my graduation, and right now am helping my parents with their small buisness. But this year i want to persue corporate BBA + MBA, (3 years) from American Heritage university at Bangalore. I have to do this integrated course as i am already 27 years old. After getting the Master degree from this foreign university will i get job in india, and if so how much package around will i get. Am eagerly waiting for your reply sir!!

ankit khandelwal
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Hello sir,
I am working in Malaysia for Larsen & Toubro. In July 15 I will be completing my 2 years in service. My profile is international sales and I am solely responsible for sales in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait.
I m giving my GMAT in august 15, for 2016-18 MBA program. What will be my chances of getting us varsities if I get 700+ score. Also I will be giving CAT this year, after GMAT.
I wish to stay in abroad for another ten years, after which I will go back to India.

admin
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Hi Ankit – With 700+ score and a pre-MBA international sales experience you have a pretty good shot at getting admits from US B-Schools. If you want to stay abroad, then focus on the GMAT more and don’t give CAT since studying for CAT is also a full time effort.

srujiith
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Sir,
After my graduation (B.E), I started my own construction company (small business company), Does it counts for work experience for my MBA abroad(USA)?

rita
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Hi, I’m a graduate in B.E Electrical and Electronics and I have one year experience in IT industry i’m planning on doing my MBA by next year. I am totally confused whether i should take up CAT or GMAT. I want to get in to the best university in the world. If I am going abroad then after three to four years, I will come back to India. So is it better for me to do an MBA in India or abroad? If I do my MBA abroad and come back to India will I get a good job in… Read more »
Jenni
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I am a graduate from Delhi university and am pursuing B.A programme (materials management). Please suggest me in which field I should go for MBA… Does Materials Management has scope? Tell me the starting salary packages I can make after MBA.

admin
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You should do your MBA with a specialization in Operations. Yes, operations, SCM and materials management has scope in India – most large manufacturing companies hire MBAs in these fields.

Anjali Jain
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Hello Sir,I am planning to do CA and then I want to pursue MBA from USA or Australia. Will I require work experience and is it a better choice to do MBA from abroad? I want to stay abroad and do job for 3 years so what is the scope after returning to India?

admin
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Hi Anjali. It is better to get some experience before going in for your MBA (specially in the US). If you have 3 years of good experience abroad, then you shouldn’t have a problem finding a job in India.

Archie Agrawal
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Hi, I am a BE graduate in Computer Engg but now i wish to change my field and enter media industry. My options are doing an MBA in media and entertainment from whistling woods international in mumbai or MBA – Marketing from US. My parents prefer sending me to US for a better degree value. But i can work maximum of 1 year after which i am required to come back to india. will my mba from US be valued here in India and if i chose to do it from mumbai, my doors to general MBA valuing firms outside… Read more »
admin
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Hi Archie, Whether you do your MBA from US or India, the college you do it from matters a lot – for a multitude of reasons like the quality of education, power of your professional network and your brand value. If you do an MBA from the US from the top 50 B-schools, then it will be certainly be valued in India. However, 1 year of working abroad will not be enough for you to pay back your educational loan. If finance is not an issue, then you will not have a problem getting a job in India after a… Read more »
Yash
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Hi sir,
I am doing petroleum engg. After 2 years i complete my UG. In my future i want to do MBA from India. Is that better for me or not? I am a avg. student thats why I am asking except IIMs in India, which MBA college is better for me in my future.

admin
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You can apply for Tier 1 and Tier 2 colleges for your MBA if you are not aiming for the IIMs. You can get the list of such colleges here – Business School Rankings: Top MBA Colleges in India

Aditya
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Hi,

I had a question regarding the job placements in US once the MBA is completed. Do Indian students get jobs in US companies and also will they provide H1B visa for Indian students?

admin
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Yes, Indian students do get jobs and work visas in the US after completion of their education. However, unlike technology fields, the competition for getting jobs in MBA fields is higher and American companies do have a preference for citizens in business related jobs.

Shubh
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Hello Sir,

I will complete my computer science engineering next year.. next i want to do mba from a good b school from abroad and work for a year then come back to india and join my family buisness. I am little confused to go for which country to pursue my mba in the field of international management..Is mba of uk of 18 months is good.?

admin
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UK MBA’s are good, however, UK doesn’t give work permits to international students, so you might want to be careful about that. US MBAs are best. Singapore and Manila MBAs are the most cost-effective.

Shubh
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In UK, can I get a part time job specifically speaking in London. I want to do part time and 4-6 months full time. How is Australia and Canada for MBA and their tution fees?

admin
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Working while doing your MBA is not a good idea. The MBA courses are very extensive and you will not be able to take in the full value of your education if you work part time. Most countries have stringent laws about allowing students to work on a student visa and this is different for for different countries, so do your research before applying.
All the best!

IShubh
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Sir I want to do foreign trade/IB. Doing it from India is good? I want to takeover my family business only and if want to go for international business which country should I prefer?

admin
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Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is renowned for foreign trade. International trade courses are good in USA and European B-Schools.

Shubh
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Sir other than IIFT which are the top b-schools in india for Foreign Trade/IB. How is Narsee Monjee’s family business course…?

admin
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Narsee Monjee’s FMB course is decent. However, it doesn’t have the same level of brand recognition as IIFT.

Paritosh Verma
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Hi,

I have 3 years of IT work ex in Accenture (MNC). I am about to join KJ Somaiya Mumbai. Although I was wondering will waiting 1 more year for a Tier-1 B-school in India would be a better option?

Thanks

Sachin B
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Hi,

I have decided to do MBA in Finance domain in Karnataka and I have 3.5 years of IT experience. Am I taking the right decision by leaving the company and taking up 2 years full time course? Is it gonna help me? Does my IT experience count during placements during final semester?

Please provide your suggestions and your views.

Regards,
Sachin

admin
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Sachin, Whether the decision to do an MBA is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ depends on what goals you have in your career – e.g. if you want to become a world renowned software architect, then obviously your decision is wrong. I would recommend that you go through this article on what are the reasons people do an MBA to see which applies to you. You should also go through the wrong reasons to do an MBA to ensure that you are not making a decision not aligned with your career goals. Regarding placements, your IT experience will NOT count much (or… Read more »
Subbu
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Sir,
I’m very much interested in doing MBA abroad but one of my brothers living in US stated that MBA Has heavy competition for Indians after completion of Degree in getting a job. Also, for MBA education the visa period is Less. So, If we do not get a job after MBA in given time, then we cannot recover the expenses for the MBA. Is this true.

admin
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Yes, in the USA, it is tougher for Indian students to get a job after an MBA degree. This is because, unlike shortage of technical talent, there isn’t a huge supply shortage of MBA grads in USA. That said, if you are good, the probability of you getting a job post graduation is reasonably decent. Not many MBA grads come back to India due to their not getting a job in the USA.

shivani
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Hello sir.i m a bds student from india. Will doing mba in usa n working there for 2-3 years give a edge in getting jobs in india? In wich field should i opt for the mba. Is north dakota state university a good college for mba?

Siddharth Gunjal
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I am a BCom student and want to pursue mba in marketing in USA . Can you tell me the challenges that I will face while studying and after completing MBA.

shwetha
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Thank u

Amit
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Im almost done with B.Sc Biotechnology in Manipal University, i plan to do an MBA in the US after an M.Sc in Biotechnology. So can i get a job after that that would count as work experience ? If yes, what kind of job wold it be, if no, what do you suggest ? Should i do something else instead of M.Sc ? Thank you.

Ravindra Malviya
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Sir,

I want to start new business and have a family business i am working in. I will stay in India and work in India and develop my business, I also want to start export. Please advice me whether i should do my Mba from India or Australia. Please advice. Thanks in advance 🙂

Divyanand
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Will I get a better job in India after completing MBA in US and please tell me about the salary packages offered here!!

Saurav Chopra
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Hi
Can anyone tell me that Which has more weight-age?
1. MBA from IIMA, IIMB
or from
2. any University Abroad?

admin
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It all depends on where you want to work and live in the longer term. Outside India, very few have heard of IIMs (even IIMA) so if you want to live abroad, then you are better off doing an MBA from a good university abroad. If you want to live in India, then definitely go for the IIMs as they will get you the same mileage in terms of pedigree and education at half or one-third the cost.

Ujjwal ajwani
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Sir can you please suggest me a best course after bachelor of commerce but excluding CA and CS.

Karthikaa
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Hello sir,
Currently I am doing my BE degree in ECE. I am preferring to do MBA after my UG. Which is the best MBA specialisation for me to do? Should I prefer doing MBA in India or in foreign countries? I would like to land in a management position job.

Arjun
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Hello,
Arjun here, I am based in Bangalore as of now . Graduated B.E Automobile engineering in the year 2014. I worked as a junior product designer for six months and been working in a start up since 2 years now. I recently applied for PES IUP program and have got in. Please suggest me if its good for me to consider this integrated program? One year here and six months in Indiana? Given that I just have 2 years of experience in various stuff but not directly related to management!. Please help. Thanks in advance.

admin
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Hi Arjun,
2 years experience is ideal if you want to get into a full time 2 year course in a premier management institute from India. How much you learn depends on two things – your own motivation to learn and the quality of the MBA course and faculty. Given that you are at an early stage of your career, I would recommend that you try to hone your profile to get into one of the premier colleges, either in India or abroad as that will provide you with way more value in terms of both learning and money.
All the best!

AK
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I am IT professional, I am planning to do the one year MBA course on ‘luxury and brand management’, and I want to work in India?
Please let me know if this will give good salaries in India?

admin
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Hi AK. Yes, you can get good salaries in this field if you are among the top of the batch and get placed in companies owning premium / luxury brands. Bear in mind though, that this sector is competitive as the number of jobs is relatively low.

MOHIT AGARWAL
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Hi ,mohit here,– x/xii/cgpa—85/75/6.69, cat/xat/iift-94/96.9/98.5
Engineer – 2012, 1 yr honda experience as a get, ma in political science and 2 yr fake experience in same field-prepared for civils- cleared prelims twice
Selected in imt ghaziabad finance
What should I do give gmat/gre or join imt- avg package -9lh with my profile
Later on want to settle in india
I have heard that within 2 yr of job u would repay ur loan and save around 15 lh rs easily
I an get 720 score in gmat

admin
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akanksha
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Dear admin, I have been going through your responses to the questions and they are highly informative. Thank you for this. I would like to tell you that I graduated with an engineering degree in computer science and eventually joined the IT sector where I have been working for 3.5 years. Though I secured a 690 in GMAT in 2014, I only applied to two top colleges and didn’t get through. In 2015 I gave the CAT to improve my chances and secured 92.12. I want to start my own organization and what I value is having diverse experiences with… Read more »
admin
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Congrats on getting admits from all the above colleges – specially Krannert (Purdue). I am not sure what your question is. If you love to write and travel, then what has an MBA got to do with it? Clarifying your goals will help you reach your decision yourself. * If you want diverse experiences and a diverse peer group, then opt for the US schools. Indian B-Schools are full of engineers. * If money or quick ROI is not a huge factor, then go for the US schools. * If you want to business in India for the longer term,… Read more »
Ishani
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In the event of global economic crisis, It is advisable to pursue management study in India than abroad. We have many world class universities and colleges offering MBA course and are making future leaders. Instead of spending half of the earning in your child’s MBA in abroad, experts advice of taking a good opportunity back here in India where there are assurance of getting a good job. Jain University in Bangalore offers MBA course in single specialisation and also for working professionals giving in-depth knowledge of management studies. The college offers unique course structure that keeps it at par with… Read more »
mahesh
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Sir can you please suggest few good tier I and tier II colleges in India that have student exchange programme?

Devendra singh
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Hi ,

I am pursuing MBA from Indraprastha University Delhi .I am very confuse to choose the specialization .
And below my academics info –

10th from CBSE
12th from CBSE (English and Economics) Arts stream.
BA from Delhi University (Regular).

What should I choose in the specialization international business /Marketing/dual specialization (Marketing and finance.)

Please suggest me …

Rishabh Singh
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Hi I have completed my MBA from Mumbai University and wanted to go abroad and settle over there, but i am confused a bit about getting job over there. I am planning to do my 2nd MBA from USA, is there any problem of doing my 2nd MBA from USA because i guess doing my MBA from there will help me get over there and i can settle over there. I have a 1 year exp in the field of Finance and will do my MBA in finance itself over there.

arpita srivastava
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I have work experience as a bank po for 3 years, and there is a gap of 3 years after btech from a poor college, btech % is 68,10-78 %, 12- 62%, can I get an mba from top b school in us like stanford?

Deepak Harsha
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hi sir,
I have just completed my B.Tech in MECHANICAL Engineering.I am willing to do MBA in foreign country.I even want to work in the same country after completion of my study.Which country do you think would satisfy my criteria?
please justify.

shanu
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my profile is B tech 11 years operation experience Manufacturing sector. salary INR 16lakhs. age 33. Indian male. I want to know whether doing part time /online executive post graduate certificate course from IIM /IIFT/XLRI ( being offered through Hughes platform) will help me. in long term, i m looking to settle in govt jobs. .in short term, I m looking for job change in another company with hike in salary ( 19-22 lakhs salary expected) Pl suggest best course in lieu of bad market conditions india. pl note i m intelligent enough to get admission in any of these… Read more »
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