MBA in India after B.E. / B Tec
This is a popular option for many graduates who’ve already started disliking the engineering stream they choose
(or were pushed into by parents, academic grades and their past-life sins).
M.Tech isn’t an option as it’ll just push them deeper into the hole they were trying to get out of.
That’s when an MBA in India seems like a good way to erase the past follies and start off life afresh.
There are flipsides to this decision too. For starters, MBA placements aren’t too different from the potluck model you experienced during engineering placements.
A bunch of companies come to campus with consulting, finance, marketing and whatever other roles they have to offer (not necessarily the ones you wanted).
Fresh engineering graduates who flock to Indian b-schools without being really sure of what they want to do after the MBA, are just postponing their woes.
Read this post about life after MBA from IIM, IIT, other Indian Institutes.
This line of thinking has given rise to another phenomenon – a second MBA. Another opportunity to wash away their (this time, it’s present life) sins and start life afresh.
Not all think that way. So it won’t be right to pain all B.E. and B.Tech students with the same brush. If you are among those who’ve got clarity about what you want from the management degree, then an MBA from India straight after engineering could be a good option – specially if you can crack the MBA entrance exam (CAT) and get into the best MBA programs in India (like IIM A/B/C and several others).
Typically, engineers move to business for several reasons. The MBA is sought by engineers because it is viewed as an easy (and faster) way to get into management, as the program is typically much easier than engineering curriculum. Typically it takes a professional 26 years to move up into the executive ranks of an organization. Therefore, we are all seeking a much faster route to greater success. The MBA is often seen as a way to change career fields, not just positions. Why? Business knowledge applies to all industries, whereas specific technical knowledge can keep you tied down to a specific industry.
The important distinction between the engineer and the MBA is that as an MBA you'll most likely have to learn to deal with people issues, not technical ones. This requires a different skill set.
MBA course details
In the initial period, the course syllabus covers the following core subjects:
Accounting, Economics, Corporate finance, Strategy/Frameworks, Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Marketing, Information Technology Once the basic foundation has been laid, you’ll have the option of specialising in any area that you want. This can be done by choosing several electives. Get up to speed by learning some important concepts covered in the MBA program. Read this article on MBA syllabus.
The MBA subjects list will look very similar, with finance, marketing, operations management, economics, human resource management and strategy forming the core subjects. These core subjects are covered in the first year (in a 2-year MBA). This is by design, as these MBA subjects allow students to create a good foundation of business topics.
Syllabus and Topics
Teaching techniques and methodology for MBA students
Apart from the regular lecture based teaching that most students are already familiar with, MBA pedagogies also employ new methodologies to ensure that the learning is maximised. Two popular techniques are the Case study method and Group assignments.
Case study method
For learning business and becoming a successful manager, theory itself is not sufficient. Different business situations need to be simulated and presented to the students so that they workaround and find the best possible practical solution for a given set of circumstances.
The case studies may contain useful data as well as data which may not be of much use. So the students learn to collect all the relevant information, organise it, analyse it from the perspective of the person in the case study and then arrive at a decision.
Here it is not just the final answer which is important but also the thinking, deriving and learning process which is emphasised upon so that the students get trained to deal with various real-life corporate-situations.
Here’s an article that explains how the MBA case study method works.
Group work is another way in which students can enrich their learning experience. Groups should preferably be formed among students with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Each group would ideally comprise of 4-5 students.
The interaction among the group members gives them a chance to understand other’s point of view and way of thinking. Each member should make it a point to actively be involved in the discussions and while presenting the final outcome.
The success of the group work depends on the full-fledged co-operation and participation of each team member. The essence of teamwork is thus stressed upon through this exercise.
What is MS ? What do you study in MS ?
MS as it says, it is “Master of Science”, your focus is primarily on the advanced topics on a particular subject. MS emphasis is more technical in nature. You will study more advanced topics in the area of focus. Just to compare, it is like doing M.Sc or M.A back in home country .
The emphasis is more on advanced topics in that particular area. Lets say you pick MS in Computer Sciences, you study classic courses like Advanced Database Management Systems, Advanced Operation systems, Research Methods, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Advanced programming languages…sorry if you are not a computer science major and you did not get it. Overall, what I was saying is, you study the technical aspects of a subject to another level and more deep.
To get into MS program, it is ideal to have same background in Bachelors. For instance, lets say you have B.Tech in Computer Sciences, then it is ideal to take MS in Computer Sciences or if you have BA or B.Com with focus on Economics or Finance, then you can do MS in Accounting or Finance. If you are from different background, then you would have to do lot of foundation classes to change the major.
While admissions to many other courses are complicated and at times, confusing, the admission process for Masters of Engineering (ME) or Masters of Technology (M.Tech) is quite straightforward.
Though the advantage in other courses is the Centralised Admission Process - many colleges of a particular university come together for admissions, M.Tech has a college wise admission procedure i.e. applying to each and every college individually.
Although, there are several colleges which conduct their own exam (separate entrance test) for admissions to M.Tech courses, if you're looking for a seat in most of the reputed M.Tech college across the country, your GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score is of utmost importance.
However, that's not all you'll need. Because some institutions, alongwith the GATE scores, prefer to conduct an interview session with the applicant! So, if your scores are weak, interview session is a good area to comeback.
General Flow of M.Tech Admission Process:
Documents Required during the Admissions: