Life In A B-School : Two Years Elegantly Wasted

Everything about a business school is artificial. We like to portray ourselves as liberal people with progressive thoughts as we are supposed to be the so-called “cream of the nation”. But we don’t let go of our judgmental attitude and hypocrisy that we use to fool ourselves every day. We are worse than those middle aged aunties when it comes to gossips, we literally go gaga even if a guy merely hangs out with a girl.

The entire experience is filled with a sense of excess, the parties, the booze, the case studies and most importantly the CV points. People here would sell their ideas to companies just for a CV point. Nobody here is actually interested in building something on their own. The nonsensical Facebook posts about travel episodes or how happy they are because they had a drink in a popular bar in Delhi or had a great cheeseburger in a food joint in Bangalore somehow make people feel cool.

There is a fad among MBA grads to hit the gym and develop muscles just because everyone else is doing so or because they want to get laid. I have formed so many Whatsapp groups to manage assignments, to complete competitions or to hang out together that I have lost count, but nobody in those groups would help anybody else in times of emergency or for that matter nobody is willing to hear others’ life story or talk about theirs. The sad part is the “What’s up”-s and the “aur kya chal raha hai”-s dominate most of our conversations with others. To quote chemistry, we are like suspended ions in a solution; we can get along with everybody but cannot bond with anybody.

The word “friends” gets redefined here. The quote I find fit for the kind of friends we make during these two years is “The friend circle kept becoming bigger and bigger and so was the space between them”. We can’t be happy for others, it is all about who bangs whom or who gets the best job offer. You would expect people to be satisfied with life after getting through one of the most competitive examinations in the country but the reality is people are actually lost in an ocean of insecurities. People are delusional to think as having high grades or having a relationship or being able to sleep for only 4 hours a day makes them great in some way.

I don’t understand the thing about having a life of superficial happiness in order to maintain a reputation. One of our professors rightly summarised MBA life as “two years elegantly wasted”. We have stopped introspecting in our ambition to achieve greatness. I feel people here hoping to win the battles have lost the war of life, forever.


About the Author:

The author who chooses to remain anonymous is a smart, shy person who loves travelling and writing.



Purvi Chaudhary

Even after working hard to get inside one, finally some body had the guts to pen down and post not so pleasing but ‘real picture’ of B-school life, when everyone else will just pretend to be blesses to be part of one.

Utkarsh Dangayach

Agree with many of the points you have stated, but it is not restricted to MBA, hence I don’t believe that B-School life deserves the blame here. As a mature individual, we should be able to decide for ourselves what’s right or wrong for ourselves. So it’s our undoing if we feel that MBA life has been a waste; because we were provided with enough resources which we could leverage and make these 2 years meaningful.

Govind Haridas

Most of these things mentioned are not features of MBA life, but of Life in general. Cracking the CAT is so hard that most people (like the author) seem to think that if I’ve aced CAT, the rest of my life should be a cake walk. However this is clearly not so.

Many of the experiences mentioned here are highly personal in nature. The most critical thing to realize over here is that not everyone who collaborates with you, or has to work with you, or asks your whereabouts have to be your deepest and closest friends. I have made a few deep friendships in my time in an IIM but a majority of my relationships here are a professional one. That is how it is once you join an industry and I am not sure why is that such a negative.


Brilliant article! It is such an overrated concept!
Let’s sit in this company because seniors say so. Let’s participate in this competition because seniors say so. Let’s not “study in class” because heck who studies in a bschool. Let’s get drunk and make out with random people cos its cool.
People don’t understand it is such a big opportunity cost investing in a b school degree.