Contrary to popular perception, you choosing a B-school is as real a process as a B-school choosing you. Since the top B-schools have a very low admission rate (number of applications vs. number of final admissions offered), aspirants often do not indulge in the process of making a wishlist of sorts, and shortlisting which colleges & courses would be a best fit for them, which ends up making it a one-way process where aspirants do nothing other than anxiously wait for a B-school offer letter.
Please find below some guidelines on how to choose a B-school.
- Assess your performance graph in mock tests and extrapolate your score on the test day. It is good strategy to apply only to B-schools which fall in that range of projected score rather than filling up each and every form that comes along.
- In a group of good B-schools, see which ones have the strongest alumni networks. Alumni network is a good litmus test of a B-school's distinction.
- Going through the faculty's credentials gives a very clear understanding of the institution's ability to attract and retain quality academic talent. This is quite an important factor as you will be mentored by the same people throughout your time in campus.
- Location is a factor which plays a larger role for lower ranked colleges than the top colleges. Colleges in and around business hubs and industrial towns offer a good chance of companies visiting their campus to participate in their placement process.