Though we’ve written extensively about one year MBA programs in India, it’s been more of individual success stories of folks who’ve got into these colleges. We also published one on the best one year MBA in USA.
However, we didn’t have a single motherhood post on the Indian one year MBA programs, collating all the marquee names to consider.
So, if you’ve just joined the party and wondering if a shorter duration MBA will help you, read on.
Just when you thought that your MBA dreams died long ago along with that decent-but-not-good-enough CAT score, the desi management education Gods decided to open up another avenue – 1 year MBA.
Unlike the 2 year MBA in USA, these Indian MBA courses allow you to complete the degree in half the time. Pretty much like the European MBA courses, minus the Yash Chopra scenery and the exorbitant costs of attending an international MBA.
Read this related post – How much does an MBA Cost in India, USA, Europe.
The 1 year MBA in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad & other cities cater to candidates who are quite different compared to the fresh-faced crowd that makes up the CAT pool.
These 1 year MBA applicants (armed with GMAT scores instead of CAT) are generally 3-10 years older, more experienced, wiser (?)…but as eager as the freshers for a career change or vertical growth.
Let’s get the terminology straight before moving on. We’ve been saying this for years, but seems like there’s still a lot of work to be done in clarifying this.
A regular full-time one year MBA in India is NOT the same as an Executive MBA in India. It’s not a part-time MBA. And definitely not a distance MBA.
On behalf of the frustrated alumni of such programs, please do not refer to them as one year Executive MBA in India or a 1 year full-time Executive MBA in India or any other creative but completely off-the-mark title.
Read these earlier posts to get the basics right:
Though many Indian colleges offer shorter 1 year MBA courses, we’ll list out a few that get discussed more than the others. For reference, we’ll use the Financial Times 2014 Global MBA Ranking, as it ensures that all desi programs are equally, er, disadvantaged. [FT announced its 2015 Global MBA Rankings after this post was published]
Ranked at 30 in the Global FT Ranking, IIM Ahmedabad’s PGPX is the top ranking 1 year MBA in India. Here’s an earlier post on it.
Close on the heels of IIMA in the same rankings comes the Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad / Mohali). Here are a few posts that’ll give you an insight of how to crack into ISB.
With a ranking of 68, the 1 year MBA in Bangalore comes up several notches lower vis-a-vis the top 2. Jefferey shares more on it.
IM Bangalore IIMB EPGP 1 year MBA – Executive Post Graduate Programme
Apart from these top ranking 1 year Indian MBA courses, there are others you could check out too. These aren’t ranked by any global publication yet.
In most rankings around the 2 year MBA in India, you’d have IIMC tagged along with IIMA and IIMB. But in the 1-year MBA ranking, IIMC doesn’t figure in the top 100. But it’s still got a good program to offer. So, don’t write it off yet. Here’s more on it.
Technically, this is a 15-month program, but we’ll include it here anyway. It was formerly known as GMP, when we published this earlier post – XLRI GMP 1 year MBA.
S. P. Jain is probably the only Indian institute to offer two flavours of the 1 year MBA – abroad and in India. We have a post on the Indian course and the Global MBA as well.
One year MBA in Mumbai – Rimjhim’s Executive to Entrepreneur journey
The amount of experience in the class, just like IIMA PGPX is among the highest compared to other Indian 1 year MBA programs. Here’s a post on it:
Though this course hasn’t been able to match up to ISB’s rise, the students here have been adding some good memories to their bounty. Check out what Amar had to say about his experience there.
Great Lakes Chennai 1 year MBA (PGPM): Amar gets nostalgic
We’ll wrap this up with a few more posts related to the 1 year Indian MBA format that you might be interested in.