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Idea: Doing away with Exams in MBA

Finally the mid terms finished. 3 days of hectic studying ( we try doing the same on other days also..) and finally it ended with after-exam celebrations. The idea of exams makes all fret. So while we were discussing about it, the discussion suddenly centered on do we really need exams.
Well, before I continue further, let me say that this is only in context of exams in MBA colleges. The whole idea of exam is to test a student’s competency but is the purpose solved? That’s a big question and many a times we think we know the answer. Why would an MBA student be required to mug up all theory, solve all mathematical problems which (as the thinking goes) he never has to do in real life. Won’t your secretary do that for you. Well then, how do we test the competency. One view is we should have project and presentations which test the knowledge of a student in real time and in practical terms. I personally like this idea a lot because on an individual basis this methodology inspires me to not only read on the subject, develop interest in it and present it to others which gives a sense of fulfillment. Real time implementation would not only help in learning better but also experiencing the real challenges that would never be there in solving text & exam problems.
Having said that, the other side argues that, if there are no exams how many times would you actually read through the text and gain knowledge. At least by this way, students forcefully read and get some knowledge. Bu aren’t we here (in MBA college) by will ?. Are we not here to learn, to gain something, to make a career ?. Will we not automatically care for ourselves and do the learning without the pressure of 3 day hectic exams. What’s the need of exams in which even if you have knowledge, but by a silly mistake you end up loosing marks, grades, CGPA which finally affects your career. Why? just because you mistakenly wrote 8 instead of 3 and got your answer wrong and hence penalized?? Bad marks only does the work of demotivating and that’s certainly not what somebody wants.
Other means of constructive evaluation which give real time learning and feedback are more better ways according to me. Having said that, different people would give different views and so the debate remains always open. I’m eager to hear your view 🙂

MBA Admission….an ART?

It might seem some funda or gyan article on how to crack CAT, well not exactly. As it happened while one of our esteemed professor was giving the lecture at IIM I, the topic of melting markets came up. The discussion diverted to how things are going to be difficult for MBA grads as the market is moving towards recession. And then he said,”You entered IIM I at a time when the world is facing their gravest problems..Tough times ahead. After all it’s an art to decide when to take admission into a MBA College“.

Although we had a laugh about it, but the thought striked me. Times are tough these days and considering the bad scenario, would it really happen that we would be struggling for jobs? Leave aside premier institutes like IIMz where companies will still come and students will get decent offers, but what about lower rung colleges. Hearing news like banks being declared bankrupt, financial institutions falling, just makes us wonder that there might be days when MBA grads are being bargained over by companies for lower & lower prices. But is the situation really that bad? Bad times invite for changes in the current processes. And maybe we have that opportunity to be part of the change. It’s times like these that define whose the one who will survive the long run. So I decided to be optimistic for there is quite some time before I enter the corporate world and things are bound to get improved, and even if it doesn’t, ultimately it’s a person’s capabilities and not the situations that define his success.