So, 10th, 12th and grad marks not up to scratch? And you are wondering if that means the end of the road for your MBA dream? No!
Yes, the Top 4-IIMs (A, B, C, L) give some weightage to your past academic scores in their shortlisting criteria. Some other IIMs, such as IIM Shillong, and colleges such as the FMS also give importance to past academics. Generally, for these top few colleges the shortlisting criteria includes: Your CAT Score and Your past sins .. err .. academic performance.
But, here are a few things for you to take heart from:
One, so many excellent colleges (with average starting salaries comparable to or just a notch below the rich old killjoys mentioned above) are cool dudes who prefer to forgive and forget how badly you scored years ago in your 10th or 12th standard (when you didn’t even know what an MBA is, let alone that one day you will need to woo her). And for your ticket to a great career, any good B-School will be just fine.
This is me ranting: But for ****’s sake, why do these morons make you feel like a criminal for those innocent misses? Probably, just because they can. It has absolutely zilch to do with your ability to become the best manager, writer, speaker, or entrepreneur ever! Harsha Bhogle was rejected by IIM Calcutta once and he rubbed in it in his nice, gentlemanly way when he was invited for a session at IIM Calcutta a decade later.
These colleges would even otherwise need you to score a very high percentile to be shortlisted. Yes, even if you totally nailed it in your 10th, 12th and grad exams (and probably missed out on life during this golden, fleeting, adolescence age?) – you would still need a freakish 98-99%ile. Now, here’s the clincher – if you DO get that percentile, you would have enough other super colleges, who aren’t as fussy and will get along with you perfectly fine. Show me a 99%iler sitting at home, twiddling his thumbs, because of the above reason – and I will show you five, no make that 10, 98%ilers (with poor/average past academic show) who have made it to a great B-Schools.
Still don’t believe me? Watch a 1-minute (short!) video of Mayank Gupta who was worried just like you, but made it to several top B-Schools including IIM Lucknow.
If your dream career needs or follows an MBA – don’t sweat over your past academic scores. They can’t stop you from your realizing your dream.
The author of this post, Deekshant Sahrawat, is an IIT-Delhi and IIM-Calcutta Alumnus and Founder, Director at MBAGuru.