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Beyond The Mba Hype : A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B-Schools (English)

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Author: Sameer Kamat
Language: English
Length: 186 pages
Publisher: Collins Business
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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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Book Details
Publisher Collins Business
ISBN-10 9350290782
Imprint Collins
Number of Pages 186 Pages
Publication Year 2013
Language English
ISBN-13 9789350290781
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 215.0 Grams
Height 8.46 inch
Width 0.51 inch
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Author Sameer Kamat
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Sumedh Inamdar

Mar 29, 2015

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Good overview

This book gives a good overview to someone who has just started thinking about MBA.

Of course don't expect some kind of huge new revelations, because at the end of day, everyone needs to make their own choices and prove them right or wrong!
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Kamalika Poddar

Mar 26, 2015

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Good book

Very nicely written and very insightful. Very helpful for those applying to foreign institutes, especially the US . Prepares you the journey ahead
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Pooja Sahu

Feb 28, 2015

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must read book for every mba aspirant.

i would start by mentioning the prompt service delivery by the flipkart.
the book takes the reader on an insightful journey to the mba world. it familiarises one to the brutal truth as well as a world full of opportunities.

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Vipin

Feb 18, 2015

Insightful

An eye opener book. Right from beginning Author meticulously touches common indian working professionals psyche towards MBA. Through two fictional characters author very lucidly explains different types and scenarios of people attempting for MBA.Book also stressed on various phases of MBA exam right… (View complete review)
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Ashis Mohanty

Feb 16, 2015

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A great De-motivator in your MBA journey

Do not follow everything that is mentioned in the book. The content of the book are the author's opinion. Studying abroad is always a good option if you are getting admitted to a good b-school. I read this book and I took nearly 2 weeks to recover from the depression that the book created inside me… (View complete review)

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Aakash Chhablani

Oct 6, 2011

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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 simple but Sameer
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Ashwin Dange

Jan 7, 2014

I looked Beyond the MBA HYPE!

Some background.
-> I was an MBA aspirant and gave the myriad number of exams from CAT to GMAT.
-> Rejected a top Indian college cos I got a great score on my GMAT.
-> Finally decided not to do an MBA and went ahead and started my own business (Sweet 'n' Swirl Ice Creams) ;)

The actual review:

Pro's:
-> A simple and fast read, to the point and informative.
-> In-expensive, costs as much as a coffee but definitely worth much more!
-> A go to guide before you plan on doing an MBA.
-> Basically a crash course on the why's and how's of the MBA world.

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Ali

Mar 11, 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.
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Zoya M

Nov 11, 2011

WYSIWYG

It is usually said that one should not judge a book by its cover. But with Sameer Kamat's "Beyond the MBA Hype", what you see is what you get: A simply written, no-nonsense guide to demystifying B-schools. And as promised, a time and money saver.
For people just starting the process of appying to schools, probably the most helpful feature (and I say "feature" beacuse the book is actually a tool to be used) is the content in Appendix-D. It really helps in understanding what schools to apply to,and, if you answer the questions truthfully, can even help with deep introspection.
Overall, a
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Adriel Frederick

Dec 17, 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 ide
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Jishnu Jagajeeve

May 16, 2012

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Good Insight

Its a good read for MBA aspirants. Most of us don't know what we are getting into, when applying for an MBA. This book paints a clear picture. A large part of this book is based on GMAT preparation. THe different MBA streams are explained in a simple yet informative manner.
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Pratyush

Mar 18, 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 a typic
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Jerry Jose

Mar 1, 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 each a
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Prashanta Chettri

Nov 29, 2011

Excellent Guide for prospective MBAs

This book is an excellent guide for anyone who is thinking about an International MBA. It is very insightful and more importantly honest about everything associated with an international MBA. Despite the fact that the author himself can be identified as a stakeholder in the MBA industry, he has refrained from presenting an over-optimistic view about what a international MBA means for an individual. Whether you are confused about when, how and why to apply to b-schools or about what you can expect post-MBA in terms of your career, this book should go a long way to guide you in the right directi
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Sayan Dev

Oct 30, 2011

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An Indispensable Tool in Your MBA Game-Plan

Earning am MBA from abroad - the entire journey is akin to a marathon. The whole process can easily seem to be overwhelming, daunting task - even more so, for an Indian MBA aspirant.
In this excellently written book, Sameer has provided us with invaluable insights into the entire process - starting from the all-important Why an MBA question, to selecting the right B-School fit for you, to offering glimpses inside the MBA curriculum and finally the various carrer options post-MBA.
His engaging style captures the multifarous nuances of an MBA aspirant/student so beautifully - his
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