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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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Author Sameer Kamat
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Publisher Harpercollins Publishers
Imprint Collins
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9789350290781
ISBN-10 9350290782
Language English
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Number of Pages 204 Pages
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Aakash Chhablani
06 Oct 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 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.

5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
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Ali
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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Zoya M
11 Nov 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 introspec...
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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 introspec...
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 must-read to help bust some common myths surrounding an MBA degree, and also to get you started on the right note.

2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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Adriel Frederick
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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Ashwin Dange
07 Jan 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.

Con's:
-> Some pa...
()

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.

Con's:
-> Some pa...
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.

Con's:
-> Some parts of the book could have been skipped as they did not add any necessary info.

In the end, to give up on the MBA and go out there on my own was in parts influenced by this book. I guess the book lived up to its title and helped me see Beyond the MBA Hype!

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.

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Suddhasree Ghosh
07 Sep 2014
Unwrapping MBA

Thankyou Sameer Kamat for coming up with this book. It certainly will turn up to be an asset for anybody who is stepping into the B-school juggle... An effective reality check and a must read guide to B-schools.. (View complete review)

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Tushar
01 Sep 2014
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Must read for those who want to pursue an international MBA

I just completed reading this book 'Beyond the MBA hype'. In a nutshell, this book tells you what you can expect during the application process, what you can expect from a B-School and how you can make the most out it.

It will help you answer the following:
1. To go for an MBA or not? Overview o...
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Paras Segal
31 Aug 2014
In a MBA Dilemma: Find an Excellent Read

Incredibly written bringing out the nuances about post admission/selection MBA life. Would highly recommend to people out there contemplating a MBA.

This is a quick and great read, you can finish this one really quickly and would just give you more logical reasoning either going for or moving ou...
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Gourav_Ditu
11 Aug 2014
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Awesome work

Very well crafted book.Hats off to Sameer Kamat.It is a really very helpful for people who want to pursue mba but are confused how to go about.Must read for them. (View complete review)

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Suman Sourav
29 Jul 2014
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An eye-opener to the average Indian applicant to "phoren" MBA

I read this book when I was still an undergrad. The books shall appeal to anyone who is doing their preliminary research for US/ European MBA degrees.

A lot many of us can totally connect with the protagonist of the story, a typical Indian MBA aficionado. The book reveals evocative details about...
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