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Is it worth to go for regular MBA with 5 years work ex

Is it worth to go for regular MBA with 5 years work ex

ANUP BURNWAL, MBA Aspirant asked 6 months ago

I have taken CAT 2018 and scored 90 percentile without any preparation. I have a total of 4 years work ex in Oracle as IT Consultant. I am thinking to take cat exam again this year to get into a good IIM for regular 2 years MBA. Is it worth to go for regular MBA with 5 years work experience?

Note: Basically I want to move into a management position in the IT sector. As of now, I don’t have any intention to switch domain.
Thanking you,

2 Answers
Chirag Shukla, MBA Aspirant
answered 6 months ago

With your work experience, you may be shortlisted if you score 99+%ile. But not sure if you will actually be able to convert a business school, or if you will get desirable placements at the end of the 2-year course. You could definitely take the GMAT or GRE and try and get into ISB, which will be ideal for you (except the fees of course).
If you’re okay to forego a generalist MBA, then you can also look at Executive MBA at IIMs –
Do remember that India isn’t the only country that offers an MBA degree.
If you manage to get a good GMAT score, get your essays right, you have a good chance of getting into a good management institute in the US or the UK.
This link – – will give you an idea of the top business schools abroad that you can apply to with your work experience.

Sailesh Hota, XLRI Jamshedpur answered 6 months ago

It is worth it if you get into a top-tier B-School. And by top-tier I mean the top-10 schools. I myself have nearly 3 years of work-ex and I have classmates who had 4-5 years of work-ex although they were few in number. Unless you have a stellar record and have a terrific profile, you will face some difficulties in certain profiles like sales and marketing where freshers are preferred. You will although be a favourable candidate for Operations profile and during laterals. Personally I feel that you should try looking at ISB and IIM-A/B/C PGPX. Or else try to go abroad for placements.

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Hi Sailesh,

Thanks for your quick reply. Now I have 4 years work ex and 89 percentile score in cat 2018 but I didn’t take any such preparation. So I want to take one more try this year. But simultaneously I am worried about my work ex as it will become 5 years. In Oracle, I have worked in development as well as in database design, implementation and various application support projects as well. So is this profile will be helpful to secure a good decent job with 14-15 lpa ??

Please advise…

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