Webinar sheds light on the importance of taking part in mock tests and co-curricular activities
The Bhawanipur Education Society (BESC) on July 9 hosted the webinar ‘Make it to the B-Schools’ for students planning to get into the business schools in India.
The panel consisted of three former BESC students who shared tips with the webinar participants on how to prepare for MBA entrance exams and interviews.
They were Mayank Bharatiya, who is pursuing Chartered Accountancy at IIM Calcutta and has cleared the exam for the Integrated Professional Competency Course (IPCC); Sreeja Ray, a second-year student of Marketing and Strategy at XLRI Jamshedpur; and Muskan Kedia, a student at the Management and Development Institute, Gurgaon.
The session was chaired by Prof Dilip Shah, dean of Student Affairs at The Bhawanipur Education Society.
Describing how students can identify their key strengths and weaknesses, Muskan’s advice was to sit for a mock test without taking any preparations. “It will give you a baseline. Manage your time for study, practice and mock tests in keeping with that baseline,” she said.
Sreeja stressed the importance of interacting with a diverse group of people as it helps undergraduate students sharpen their communication and situational skills.
“It takes four to six months to prepare for management entrance tests. Pick every topic one by one and go through them. Study hard and sit for mock tests regularly,” said Sreeja.
Mayank gave an idea of the level of academic performance needed to get through to B-schools. “Graduation scores matter a lot. Scoring more than 75% would be an advantage for those aiming to get into the top B-schools,” he said.
However, good marks alone are not enough. “A history of active involvement in co-curricular activities is also important,” Mayank added.
Kirti Sharma, a first-year English literature student at BESC and one of the coordinators of the webinar, found the session informative. “Learning from a person who is already there and has done something is really helpful for students who want to get into premier management institutions,” she said.