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In the Financial Times Ranking 2016, Indian School of Business (with campuses at Hyderabad and Mohali) stands at the 29th place among all the B-schools in the world, further emphasizing the fact that we already know- ISB is the place to go if you are looking for a management career in India. A lot has been talked about on and off internet about ISB. The fact that it is just 15 years old and has apparently different eligibility criteria when compared to other Indian B-Schools, further creates confusion and adds to myths and misinformation. This post is intended to debunk those myths, answer some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and help you to take an informed decision while applying to ISB.

Experiential learning is basically learning by “doing” and “feeling” the experience at hand. As an HR professional, I got to observe and understand the needs of people today closely, both at a professional and personal level. I realized that the “connect” aspects is maybe missing somewhere. While many people today crave different experiences, they may not be sure what to do/make of it once the experience is offered. That is the gap that jungLEADz bridges, when it comes to nature escapes! I design nature-based games on the concepts of the renowned Kolb’s learning model. The target group is people who have not been much in the jungle, but are curious to explore the adventure! The whole experience is made fun and engaging, what I call a Learnacation- A fun adventure vacation with some amazing learning thrown in! This helps bridge the knowledge gap, while engaging our travelers during the wildlife excursion. The underlying premise for these experiential learning games is LEAD- Learn, Experience, Appreciate, and Discover.

The first few months at FMS were very hectic since we had to attend regular classes, classes conducted by domain-wise societies and mandatory assignments which have very steep deadlines. I think I was barely able to sleep for 3 hours a day during that stressful period. Today, I am grateful to our content societies and FMS for this exercise since I have seen a marked difference in my discipline, concentration and my ability to adapt to any difficult situation. The FMS process makes everyone a tough person, ready to face the “big, bad world outside”. I am grateful to FMS for giving me the opportunity to intern at one of India’s largest telecom firms. One of our professors said, “FMS fulfills the maximum number of dreams per square inch area”. This is what we witness at FMS, every day.

The key to getting a good percentile in CAT or any other competitive exam quant for that matter is to solve the question in the quickest way possible. Using shortcuts is one such method of getting the question done and dusted easily. Today, we will talk about using the answer options to your advantage. This may be a method familiar to many aspirants. However, for the benefit of everyone, let‟s have a look at the technique.Take this question from CAT 2006:

Now, current affairs. Reading the Hindu or Indian Express should do. National and international news are of primary importance. Focus on important places and persons in news. Also take a look at new government schemes, international treaties and international summits. Don’t waste your time reading more than one newspaper. Preferably, instead of cutting and pasting important newspaper articles, just make micro notes that you can refer to for last minute prep. All this may seem a little daunting. But it is essential because in most cases the coaching class material is insufficient. Once you begin doing it, you’ll realize that it isn’t that bad. For all you know, you might even enjoy it. Also, considering that TISS as an institution emphasizes on social awareness, this will definitely help you in the long run. This was my strategy for preparing for the TISSNET and helped me get through; I hope it helps the aspirants this time.

Two years ago, I was doing my internship at Faculty of Dental Sciences in King George's Medical University. The exact moment when I decided to be a part of this ambitious course can be traced back to that dark period, when I realized that the healthcare industry was in dire need of embracing the essentials of management. What better place to learn that and much more, from School of Health System and Studies at TISS, which laid down the basics of managerial sciences in healthcare industry starting in 1980 itself. By 1993, certificate programs gave way to post-graduation degree programmes.

Every year as the dates to the management exams start approaching, the anxiety levels among the aspirants too start shooting upwards at the same rate. Dealing with all the chaos, the additional uncertainty of whether one will be able to make it to his/her dream college or atleast to one of the colleges in the carefully crafted bucket list is also an overwhelming experience in itself. For most, there is also the dilemma of deciding the right specialisation; whether to choose from the traditional streams of Marketing, Finance and Human Resources or from the more emerging fields of Supply Chain or even Sports management.

Nonetheless, TISS is not just about studying and tough love. One always finds time to bond with some wonderful souls in here. You will make real good friends to support you no matter what, a mentor to guide you through the difficult days and a brand-new ‘You’ with reinforced confidence and some polished ideas under that thinking hat of yours. Being here will make you pick up on some amusing hobbies. With Goa, by far the most famous and such next door-sy respite from the heady life here, it is difficult not to fall in love with some hidden gems like Ganapatiphule, Silvassa, Panchgani, Kamset, Tarkarli and Kashid for vivid travel lovers. Must I say, I picked up on travelling?

Disruptive innovation is indeed very important these days. We need to understand what exactly disruptive innovation is. Let me take you back to my research paper. Content digitization is also a disruption, because hard book to e-book is, basically, a disruption. Disruption will happen, whether you like it or not, so if you are doing it, it is good for you, otherwise someone else will eventually take the plunge. The economy today in a knowledge economy, a digital economy where information is a product, it is no more a tool. This actually was adapted by a company like IBM, they had gone almost bankrupt, when they came up with providing solutions. Companies today, no longer sell products, they offer solutions. Had they not gone for it, it is difficult to imagine how they could have survived.

Putting up an exemplary performance, this year saw a 36% increase in average stipend, setting a new benchmark. With the highest stipend emerging as INR 2.47 lac and an average stipend of INR 1.1 lac for the 2016-18 MBA batch, SCMHRD fortified its reputation as a premier B-school.