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Beyond the MBA Hype : A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B-Schools (English)

Author: Sameer Kamat
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MBA is one of the most sought after courses in India and elsewhere. For those more ambitious and steeling themselves for exposure to the global education system however, the situation is slightly different and Indian applicants are slowly growing more aware of their own handicaps when enrolling elsewhere. The MBA application procedure is an extension of the education process and there are considerable differences between the system in India and abroad. The dynamics and the selection process of top business schools abroad are significantly different from how it is adjudged in India.

Beyond The MBA Hype: A Guide To Understanding And Surviving B-Schools is Kamat's bid to address the gap between the know-how and the realities that are present in the process of applying abroad. The book begins with a treatise exploring the reasons behind choosing MBA as a course. The next few chapters investigates and argues why one should choose a career in management and the opportunities available after completing the course. The author deals with application process where tips to improving the profile of an applicant are laid down along with ways to ace the GMAT and then discusses the skill-gap that is inherent in most students when applying to a prestigious program.

The added benefits that students accrue on account of extracurricular activities and internships are an important facet of the selection process that Kamat pays close attention to through the book. Deciphering the codes embedded within the MBA hype, the book practically equips students with all the technicalities and finer details that help in finding a place in a good Business School. The book also bears the whole truth about the MBA course where classroom involvement and skills are discussed along with the real benefits that students can hope to accrue on completion of their course.

In addition to targeting the wide world of MBA aspirants, Kamat also hopes to include students, corporate professionals and executives who wish to find an all-inclusive look into the world of Business, and the stereotypes and fallacies along with the realities that are all demystified by Kamat in this book. Beyond The MBA Hype: A Guide To Understanding And Surviving B-Schools was featured in The Times of India bestsellers list after being published.

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Authored By Sameer Kamat
Book Details
Publisher Collins Business
Imprint Collins
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9789350290781
ISBN-10 9350290782
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 204 Pages
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Height 215.0 inch
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06 Oct 2011
first to review
Hype Demystified!!!

Let me start by saying this - Sameer Kamat???s ???Beyond the MBA Hype: A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B-Schools??? can be rightly regarded as - ???A Comprehensive Solution??? for those who have a dream. Dream for a better career, Dream for a better lifestyle and ???most importantly ??? A Dream of pursuing an MBA. This book provides brings in realistic and descriptive process of the entire life cycle of a typical MBA Aspirant who believes that MBA is the key to success.

This book starts off from the very basic question ??? Why go for an MBA? The answer to this question is never simp...
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Let me start by saying this - Sameer Kamat???s ???Beyond the MBA Hype: A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B-Schools??? can be rightly regarded as - ???A Comprehensive Solution??? for those who have a dream. Dream for a better career, Dream for a better lifestyle and ???most importantly ??? A Dream of pursuing an MBA. This book provides brings in realistic and descriptive process of the entire life cycle of a typical MBA Aspirant who believes that MBA is the key to success.

This book starts off from the very basic question ??? Why go for an MBA? The answer to this question is never simp...
Let me start by saying this - Sameer Kamat???s ???Beyond the MBA Hype: A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B-Schools??? can be rightly regarded as - ???A Comprehensive Solution??? for those who have a dream. Dream for a better career, Dream for a better lifestyle and ???most importantly ??? A Dream of pursuing an MBA. This book provides brings in realistic and descriptive process of the entire life cycle of a typical MBA Aspirant who believes that MBA is the key to success.

This book starts off from the very basic question ??? Why go for an MBA? The answer to this question is never simple but Sameer demystifies the question by challenging the assumptions, common beliefs by providing the big and the entire picture. The entire application process is explained in simple layman terms making it easy for a candidate to understand the process. At the same time this book provides you with suggestions of improving your profile. This crucial step is not only helpful for MBA aspirants but also for general public to make themselves different from the league. Sameer makes strong points so that you are aware of the evaluation techniques and yardstick used by Universities throughout the world.

The book enters altogether in the next stage when the aspirant is able to secure himself as a student in B-school. The myths and the academic rigors of student life internationally have been discussed. Amazingly true real world issues with students have been cited related to the networking, internships, and career fairs. It gives you the insight of career change and again asks some basic questions and makes you realize that ultimately every action narrows down to just one thing ??? What???s your goal?

In the end Beyond the MBA Hype leaves the reader with a plan. A plan for realizing what???s best for him, a plan for pulling up the socks and a plan for taking important steps to achieve the feat.

If you are an MBA aspirant who is a true believer of the saying- ???A lot can happen over coffee???, spare your body with some less caffeine. Plan to invest that minimal amount of money in to this book because this book can surely be THE GAME CHANGER.

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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11 Mar 2012
Why MBA ? Answer the question with clarity and confidence

Here I am done with reading your book 'Beyond the MBA hype' a short, sweet and an interesting read :).

I knew about the book sometime back yet I didn't buy it for two reasons :

1.The after-effects of reading 'Managers not MBAs' by Mintzberg. Though the first part of his book was with convincing arguments, the second part does more of a promotion for his version of an MBA program. According to him, I am a wrong candidate, doing MBA at the wrong time and at the wrong place. So I thought I shouldn't read another book immediately that portrays badly the course I am pursuing.

2. I have a p...
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Here I am done with reading your book 'Beyond the MBA hype' a short, sweet and an interesting read :).

I knew about the book sometime back yet I didn't buy it for two reasons :

1.The after-effects of reading 'Managers not MBAs' by Mintzberg. Though the first part of his book was with convincing arguments, the second part does more of a promotion for his version of an MBA program. According to him, I am a wrong candidate, doing MBA at the wrong time and at the wrong place. So I thought I shouldn't read another book immediately that portrays badly the course I am pursuing.

2. I have a p...
Here I am done with reading your book 'Beyond the MBA hype' a short, sweet and an interesting read :).

I knew about the book sometime back yet I didn't buy it for two reasons :

1.The after-effects of reading 'Managers not MBAs' by Mintzberg. Though the first part of his book was with convincing arguments, the second part does more of a promotion for his version of an MBA program. According to him, I am a wrong candidate, doing MBA at the wrong time and at the wrong place. So I thought I shouldn't read another book immediately that portrays badly the course I am pursuing.

2. I have a perception(or assumption) based on interaction with Ivy league MBA folks that US/European MBA programs are great and the Indian MBA isn't worth discussion. Here comes a guy from Cambridge's Judge Business School with a book on 'Beyond MBA hype'. And I have been following your posts in Pagalguy and BeatTheGMAT forums, you're providing valuable advice to aspirant on Phoren MBA. So I felt here's another book bashing Indian MBA and singing hymns for Phoren MBA.

Yet, I thought, why dont I give a try. And ordered the book.

I was completely wrong in my assumptions. Your book was a refreshing read. Infact, surprised to find a mention of my B-School (NITIE, Mumbai) in your book.

I could definitely connect the book with my aspirations. The teaching methodologies employed, SIGs, committees, their pros and cons explained in you book are very true. And I see it everyday here in my B-School.

However, I felt the book could help better the aspirant community than the B-Schoolers. Had I read the book in 2007(the year I embarked upon MBA journey as a fresher), that would be one of the best read book for me at that time. I felt the chapters 6 through 11 had more relevance to me than the first 5.

To the contrary of majority of aspirants, I had very less expectations when I entered the B-School(getting into IT consulting or business advisory of EY,Del,Pwc or KPMG). But after getting in here and with an interesting internship opportunity in Marketing(Pricing) Strategy, I have raised my expectations to look beyond. It seems MBA could offer much beyond what I have imagined. There s a school of thought that say 'MBA is over-hyped' but in my case 'Its Not! MBA opens up a world of opportunities. Its upto us to be prepared to spot those'

Finally I didn't feel like reading a book. It was a like a lively discussion with you on various facets of MBA. I wish you write more books like these in future. Good Luck :)

2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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★★★★★
17 Dec 2011
A practical guide for any MBA aspirant

With a reference to Sachin on the very first page,Sameer instantly connects with his readers.He maintains this connect throughout the book by taking us through the journey of a fictional MBA aspirant 'Mitu' . Many an MBA aspirant will be able to relate to this as they would have been in similar situations.The book has a very 'Chetan Bhagat' feel to it in the way it handles the entire 'phoren MBA' process and reading the whole book is a rather enjoyable affair.

Key takeaways from the book include interesting perspectives to the reader about the entire MBA industry and some practical ideas...
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With a reference to Sachin on the very first page,Sameer instantly connects with his readers.He maintains this connect throughout the book by taking us through the journey of a fictional MBA aspirant 'Mitu' . Many an MBA aspirant will be able to relate to this as they would have been in similar situations.The book has a very 'Chetan Bhagat' feel to it in the way it handles the entire 'phoren MBA' process and reading the whole book is a rather enjoyable affair.

Key takeaways from the book include interesting perspectives to the reader about the entire MBA industry and some practical ideas...
With a reference to Sachin on the very first page,Sameer instantly connects with his readers.He maintains this connect throughout the book by taking us through the journey of a fictional MBA aspirant 'Mitu' . Many an MBA aspirant will be able to relate to this as they would have been in similar situations.The book has a very 'Chetan Bhagat' feel to it in the way it handles the entire 'phoren MBA' process and reading the whole book is a rather enjoyable affair.

Key takeaways from the book include interesting perspectives to the reader about the entire MBA industry and some practical ideas on how you might achieve what you need without the MBA degree.The introspective list of questions given in Appendix-D provides a framework not just to MBA aspirants but also to anyone who wishes to move from Point A to Point B in their life by taking a particular decision.

All in all a good book to read and an even better one to introspect on for any MBA aspirant.

2 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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01 Mar 2012
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MBA Myths clarified...

Firstly, a big thanks to Sameer for writing out such a wonderful book. I'll confess that I do not fancy reading books a lot & I haven't read a book completely in the last few years. But this book caught my interest from the very first chapter, due to the lively manner in which it kicks off.

Like most MBA aspirants even I had a lot of questions about schools, application process, job prospects etc. So went through many forums & blogs online, but most of them seem to talk about stuff either from the author's point of view or from a very general stand. So it doesn't help you much as e...
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Firstly, a big thanks to Sameer for writing out such a wonderful book. I'll confess that I do not fancy reading books a lot & I haven't read a book completely in the last few years. But this book caught my interest from the very first chapter, due to the lively manner in which it kicks off.

Like most MBA aspirants even I had a lot of questions about schools, application process, job prospects etc. So went through many forums & blogs online, but most of them seem to talk about stuff either from the author's point of view or from a very general stand. So it doesn't help you much as e...
Firstly, a big thanks to Sameer for writing out such a wonderful book. I'll confess that I do not fancy reading books a lot & I haven't read a book completely in the last few years. But this book caught my interest from the very first chapter, due to the lively manner in which it kicks off.

Like most MBA aspirants even I had a lot of questions about schools, application process, job prospects etc. So went through many forums & blogs online, but most of them seem to talk about stuff either from the author's point of view or from a very general stand. So it doesn't help you much as each applicant is considerably different & you cannot take a general approach on this.

But in this book, each stage of an MBA is analysed with multiple options. It starts from a guy deciding to go for an MBA. The book tells you what that guy did at each stage & what other options are available. So you can decide for yourself which way to take. The general approach might not always suit your needs. Most importantly it made me realize that an MBA is not a passport to a high paying job. It really depends on what you did before your MBA & how well you choose the right school and course.

I would totally recommend this book to any MBA aspirant. At the least, for 200 bucks its well worth the information you can get :-)

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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18 Mar 2012
What MBA 101 should be about

Me: Dude, did you read that book on MBA I gave you the other day?
Dude: Yeah, but I couldn't find any quantitative or verbal questions in it.

While the above dialogue is a work of fiction, most people would concur that "a book on MBA" has become synonymous for preparatory material for MBA entrance exams. Which is why 'Beyond the MBA Hype' by Sameer Kamat comes as a refreshing change.

The book covers all points in the value chain - the entrance preparation, the applications, the ??????MBA??????, the placements, and finally, the jobs. It gives you a bird??????s eye view of what...
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Me: Dude, did you read that book on MBA I gave you the other day?
Dude: Yeah, but I couldn't find any quantitative or verbal questions in it.

While the above dialogue is a work of fiction, most people would concur that "a book on MBA" has become synonymous for preparatory material for MBA entrance exams. Which is why 'Beyond the MBA Hype' by Sameer Kamat comes as a refreshing change.

The book covers all points in the value chain - the entrance preparation, the applications, the ??????MBA??????, the placements, and finally, the jobs. It gives you a bird??????s eye view of what...
Me: Dude, did you read that book on MBA I gave you the other day?
Dude: Yeah, but I couldn't find any quantitative or verbal questions in it.

While the above dialogue is a work of fiction, most people would concur that "a book on MBA" has become synonymous for preparatory material for MBA entrance exams. Which is why 'Beyond the MBA Hype' by Sameer Kamat comes as a refreshing change.

The book covers all points in the value chain - the entrance preparation, the applications, the ??????MBA??????, the placements, and finally, the jobs. It gives you a bird??????s eye view of what a typical MBA journey is like and leaves the decision, on whether to believe in the hype or not, up to you. (It does offer a roadmap in case you choose the former; what good would an "MBA book" be otherwise.)

But this book does have a specific audience. I agree with the other reviewers here who said that it would be more useful to aspirants just starting out. If you have already taken your first steps towards an MBA, more focused reading is required.

But hey, even if you have cleared the chequered flag, this book might just save you when your neighbour??????s second cousin first removed??????s best friend decides it??????s time to do an MBA. Just loan him your copy and save the gyaan-giving for your boss.

tl;dr - If you??????re an MBA aspirant, buy this book. If you aren??????t, gift it to one.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.

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