Business management, under its various nomenclatures, remains one of the most popular career choices to take up post completion of school. It is such a field that attracts students from across the board. It has fewer entry barriers in comparison to say engineering or medical, has an image of being more career- friendly than humanities- based subjects, has a more lucrative career start in comparison to hospitality or media, and has more number of options than fashion design or law. Students from humanities, the sciences and of course those from commerce background are all keen to take up this subject area.
Let us take a look at some of the best options for students to take up these programmes immediately after class XII (not in any particular order):
1. Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies- Delhi
This is possibly the toughest college to reach in India. Students qualify via an entrance exam titled the DUJAT (Delhi University Joint Admission Test). The test has 4 major sections which are Verbal Ability (VA), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Logical Reasoning and the game- changer in General Knowledge (GK). The country’s best- known recruiters are known to visit this campus every year, picking some of the brightest talent in the country. Sukhdev is also known for its various clubs and societies, and the holistic education wrought in by the college.
2. Indian Institute of Management- Indore
Unlike most of the other college on our list, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, was originally established purely for post- graduation studies. But now for nearly a decade the college has diversified in to an Integrated Programme in Management (IPM). It is a five- year programme, without an exit option, covering both the graduation as well as post- grad studies. With the IIMs now being granted INI (Institute of National Importance) status, they can offer their own valid degrees even at the under- grad level. The course is particularly engaging due to its focus on holistic learning, liberal arts and its module on rural immersion.
3. Indian Institute of Management- Rohtak
Taking a cue from the older IIM in Indore, the IIM at Rohtak too decided to launch its own IPM, which got its first intake in the year 2019 itself. The college’s proximity to the national capital of New Delhi, and the business hubs of Gurugram and Noida, means that IIMR’s IPM may soon surpass even that of its fabled senior, at least in terms of industry and corporate exposure. Other IIMs too may join in now.
4. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)- Mumbai
The NMIMS is one of India’s oldest and foremost institutions when it comes to imparting of business management education. The MBA has long been famous from here, but now even at the UG level, NMIMS has carved a niche for itself. Its entrance exam does have some questions from higher math beyond the elementary math preferred at several other places. It is now a deemed university that can grant its own degree. There is also the option of an integrated programme here, but the difference being that the exit option exists.
5. Symbiosis University- Pune
Symbiosis too is one of India’s largest universities. It also has branches in other cities, notably in Noida and at Hyderabad. The entrance test (SET- Symbiosis Entrance Test) includes the four areas which are also there for DUJAT, though the level of math is elementary till class X level only. The test is also common for a few other subjects such as mass communication, economics, liberal arts and for computer applications.
6. Christ University- Bengaluru
Christ has long had a reputation for being top on discipline. This may even be a turn- off for some students, but for the vast majority, and their parents, this gives top brownie points to the college. Christ also possesses several innovative courses and combos of them, through triple majors. The college has now opened a new campus in Ghaziabad which is part of the NCR (National Capital Region), off New Delhi. The Christ entrance test is usually first- off the calendar, held back in April itself. The test and the subsequent interview are held on the same date, with results too being declared pretty soon.
7. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University- Delhi
Unlike DU, the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University is run by the state government. As a result, there is a quota for students who completed their schooling from schools within Delhi. This gives a great range of college options to aim for. JIMS (Jagan Institute of Management Studies), VIPS (Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies), the Maharaja Agrasen Institute and Maharaja Surajmal are considered the best colleges for BBA, within the ambit of this university.
8. Keshav Mahavidyalaya- Delhi
Keshav Mahavidyalaya is another college within DU, so it also takes scores from the DUJAT. It is one of the three colleges which offers the BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies) course. Beyond Sukhdev, it is among the best options post the DUJAT results get declared.
9. Deen Dayal Upadhyay College- Delhi
The Deen Dayal Upadhyay College is another college within DU, so it also takes scores from the DUJAT. It is one of the three colleges which offers the BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies) course. Beyond Sukhdev, it is among the best options post the DUJAT results get declared.
10. Nirma University- Ahmedabad
Nirma is another of the older universities in the country, especially when it comes to professional courses. Its location in the business hub of Ahmedabad in Gujarat is another top draw. Like the NMIMS, Nirma too has an integrated programme with an exit option.
The above listed are amongst the best options, though it is not an exhaustive list. If one digs deeper, there are other good options as well.