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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Career chat- choosing distance learning MBA for a working professional

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One of my blog reader contacted through google hangout and discussed long about her planning to do a distance MBA. I felt the discussion is useful for taking decision.

You may ask your query here about your career.

Dear Sir, I was exploring internet the other day and came across your profile. Want to ask you some questions in regards with some Universities  
Right time to chat sir ?
I have done my graduation frm SMU. Basically I m based in Delhi. I took admission in 2007 and completed it in 2011. At that time SMU was a fine Uni. without any allegations.
I never has any issues in my private jobs..and I have worked with some big reputed companied like HCL, etc 
sorry for the typo
now want to peruse higher studies. Can u suggest something ? 
Govind i
for higher studies from a good and reputed institutes (particularly say IIMs, XLRI, FMS, JBIMS) you may face issue due to territorial jurisdiction violation by SMU
however, I think you should try at least
what is your career plan
Well, I wanted to go for XLRI..but i dont think if it possible now.
I have a work experience of 3 years post graduation.And want to pursue Executive MBA
then you may opt FMS Delhi
It requires CAT with a very high %. How about Jamia Hamdard? Do they provide E MBA ?
no but if you are in HR they offer MHRM
for executive MBA high CAT percentile is not required
OK. I am an IT recruiter.
They will consider my degree valid ?
no harm to apply and see
my friends did applied in GGIPU, UPES and Pune Uni. after completing grad from SMU and they nevr faced any issues 
earlier it was not in much limelight for wrongdoing but now they are
But it is'nit our fault.  
any other Uni. apart from FMS ? I want to continue with my job 
FMS is better and well known
CAT is not required for FMS
20% weightage for your graduation mark
10% mark for post graduation if any
30% mark for experience
10% for writing ability where you need write essay
and 30% on personal interview
but admission for current year is over
You can opt Bharati Vidyapeeth
But FMS required 5 years of work experience 
Govind -;
it is 3 years
let me check.
5 years exp they required 
my bad 
Then Bharati Vidyapeeth is there
it has a campus in Delhi
sure. I will go and check or else i will give them a ring 
I have mentioned details in my above blogpost
Being a NAAC A rated university, it is also a good option
Yeah. Just going through that only. 
no need to ask SMU degree valid or invalid, simply go with your documents and ask them that you want to take admission, thats it. Most of the university people are blind and has half knowledge
sure. Thanks a lot for the guidance sir. Much appreciated 
always welcome my email id is feel free to contact whenever you need any support
thanks a lot.
One more question?
I can go ahead with this SMU degree and apply for govt. Jobs 
Like SSC or IBPS 
no, they will straightway reject
but you may apply to ICICI Bank PO exam
u thr ?
how are u?
good time to chat?
sure, I am fine thanks'
please go ahead
I m planning to take admission in bhartiya vidyapeeth Uni.
in Delhi
but confused :/
Bharati Vidyapeeth not Bharatiya 
Yes. Sorry
hows it ?
I hope you are enrolling directly with the university and not through agent like edukart or something esle
they have a study center here
Institute of Management and Research, New Delhi
please refer
yes it is their campus only go ahead
But UGC has dissolved DEC.. so is good to go for distance education?
people have miscommunicated Ministry of hRD has dissolved DEC which was under IGNOU and now a new body DEB formed under UGC who looks into approval of distance education. In other word DEB is now dEC
please click and read the link I have provided above
Bharati Vidyapeeth is a DEB approved institute and also complying with the UGC DEB guideline for distance education
allright thanks
always welcome
why are you not opting Pondicherry University? More reputed, a central university and more prestegious
I put up in delhi
wont be there any territory issue
Pondicherry is a central university under ministry of HRD, government of India so it is a central government university. As per DEB guideline on territory, only a central university can offer courses all over India
and if you found these suitable, please share
let me read
and how abt amity ?
if you are worrying about recognition and territorial jurisdiction then definitely this is a choice
Hi Govind
little bit, you may proceed
How abt doing part time MBA from from these institute
its 3 years programme and thats too PGDM. Better do 3 years part time MMM, MHRM or MFM from ADMI, University of Mumbai or JBIMS or Welingkar or N L Dalmia Mira Road or K J somiya
I stay in Delhi
if you have 5 years experience, then opt FMS Delhi Executive MBA or else opt Bharati Vidyapeeth
Okay..! CCS meerut provide MBA ? or distance ?
no and even if it would have offered CCS is not so reputed
why do not you opt Bharati Vidyapeeth go through the link above
Yeah Bharti Vidyapeeth is my choice but i want to check for some other institutions
Pondicherry can be another option
what specialisation you are looking for
I want to do E MBA
having an experience for three years
what specialisaion
and e MBA full time or a part time
part time
MR or marketing
if HR then you may opt MHRM from Jamia Milia Islamia and for marketing you have only two good, recognized options- Pondicherry or Bharati Vidyapeeth
re you looking for AICTE approval and UGC approval as well? Why do you want to do it'
I am working as an IT recruiter just with a bachelors degree
so why do you need an MBA, what is your purpose
Wish to have a master degree fr career growth
ok so does AICTE and UGC approval and recognition matter to you (It is important for higher education and job abroad in future)
Yeah It def does matter
without these approvals degree will be just a piece of paper
then opt either of them- Pondicherry or Bharati they will be beneficial to you
always welcome

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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State Bank of India (SBI) has announced RECRUITMENT OF 300 SPECIAL MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVES (BANKING) and sectoral management executive IN STATE BANK OF INDIA every year. Here, in this article I am going to write about the same.

In my earlier series of alternate to mBA- I had written about ICICI Bank Probationary Officer and CS and SBI PO. In this article I am writing about SBI's special management executive and sectoral management executive recruitment process and more details.

SBI is India's largest bank and probably best bank in the public sector and employ many people. It has transformed itself in many ways and competing with private banks. 

Here is the important dates (please not, recruitment is currently over, keep eye on notification next year. You may visit my blog for update (and next time, I'll publish as soon as it is notified)

The date for admission is already over but the recruitment happens during same time. 
ONLINE REGISTRATION OF APPLICATION :   01.09.2014 TO 18.09.2014 (usually happens in the beginning of September and lasts till third week of September)

PAYMENT OF FEES - ONLINE : 24.07.2014 TO 11.08.2014 (usually happens in the last week of July and lasts till second  week of August)

PAYMENT OF FEES - OFFLINE : 24.07.2014 TO 11.08.2014 (usually happens in the last week of July and lasts till second  week of August

How do I need to apply for this
You need to apply online by visiting website

What is Special Management Executive and Sectoral Management Executive ?
Special Management Executive and Sectoral Management Executive 
This is the Middle Management Level direct entry point for dynamic young post graduates in management i.e. CA, ICWA, ACS, MBA (full time), PGDBM, PGDBA, PGPM (full time only, minimum 2 years duration and must be equivalent to MBA). A Special Management Executive gets exposed to challenging assignment as also gets the opportunity to involve in nation building developmental activities in the managerial positions. The opportunities include working in Personal banking, Rural Banking, Credit, Forex, Treasury, marketing, finance, sales, accounts, finance, auditing etc.

CAREER PATH: Probation period for both the posts will be 1 year from date of joining. After completion of probation period successfully, the officers will be confirmed in respective grades and will be governed by extant specialist cadre placement and promotion policy.
The officers can opt for conversion to General Cadre after completion of five years including probation period.
In case of conversion to General Cadre, the seniority of the officers in specialist cadre will be protected for all future promotion.

What other careers do offer SBI other than Special Management Executive?
Probationary Officers
The Bank also makes direct recruitment to the Junior Executive grades. The post offers faster growth opportunities to the right candidate.

Specialist Cadre Officers
Chartered Accountants, Analysts, Statisticians, Risk Raters, Economists, Lawyers, Engineers, System Engineers, Rajbhasha Officers etc are recruited in various grades by the Bank in Specialist cadre with opportunities for career advancement.
Young graduates are recruited as Assistants (clerical cadre). The Bank is offering fast track growth opportunities as the Assistants are eligible for promotion on completion of 3 years' service.

Do I get managerial positions in Special Management Executive?
Yes, the position is for recruitment as a manager only. 

What are the total no of positions available?
It depends on no of position available. For 2014, the total available positions are 270.

Where does the posting happen? May I chose the location of posting?
Posting locations are as indicated and subject to transfer anywhere in India. No, you do not have such option.

What are the eligibility criteria?
(A) Essential Academic Qualifications :
Candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria stipulated above.
Some Universities/ Institutes do not award Class or percentage of marks and allot Aggregate Grade Points (e.g.
CGPA/ OGPA/ CPI etc.), In case University/ Institute defines criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class
and/ or percentage of marks, the same will be accepted. However, where the University/ Institute does not define
criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class and/ or percentage of marks, or not stating class in the
degree certificates, the undefined parameter(s) would be worked out as under:
CGPA is 6.75 for 1st class, 6.25 for 55% and 5.75 for 50%

Aggregate Grade Point or Percentage of Marks where awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the
course. Where the Aggregate Grade Point is awarded out of a number other than 10, it will be normalized out of 10 and computed as detailed above

Age: Minimum 25 years, maximum: 40 years

Age relaxation available only for Ex servicemen and physically handicapped, SC, ST etc. If you are SC, ST with physical handicap condition, you get additional benefit (so not your ability, your disability makes your job easy)

Experience:  Minimum 5 years post qualification experience  as on 31.08.2014 as an executive in Supervisory/ Management role in:
a) A schedule Commercial Bank/ Associate
or subsidiary of a Schedule Commercial Bank OR
b) A public sector/ listed Financial
c) Institution/ company

I have passed my degree from open university (State/ central- IGNOU, YCMOU, BRAOU, TNOU etc.) am I eligible to apply
No, you are not eligible. only full time MBA or PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM full time, 2 years equivalent to MBA are eligible to apply. However, if you have degree from open university/ distance education but a full time MBA, you are eligible. 

I have passed my degree through open university system (i.e. without passing 10+2) am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible but either you should be a CA, ICWA, CS or a full time MBA or equivalent. 
I am a subject of Nepal/ Bhutan, am I eligible to apply?
Although, it is not clarified however subject from Nepal and Bhutan are treated at par with Indian national applicants so you are eligible?

I have obtained a degree from outside India, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, but the degree should be full time only and you must have obtained equivalence certificate from AIU

I have an AICTE approved 2 years PGDBM/ PGDBA, am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible only if these PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM has equivalence status from AIU (Association of Indian Universities)

I have an completed PG Diploma in Management (PGDBA, PGDHRM etc.) in distance mode from SCDL which has UGC-DEC-AICTE approval when I completed, am I eligible to apply?
No, you are not eligible. 

When will the exam happen?
The examination will be held in the month of November 2014 (Tentatively).

How much salary will I get?
Well, it depends on city. In Mumbai, it is approx Rs. 12 lakhs for grade III and around Rs. 10 lakhs for grade II
The salary Scales are due for revision.

What is the examination fee?
 SC / ST / PWD Rs. 100/- (Intimation Charges only) (free bonus, percentage relaxation, exam fee reduction, age relaxation, wow! it happens only in India)
 All others Rs. 500/- (App. fee and intimation charges)

Candidates will be required to register themselves online first through Bank’s website or After which candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee through one of the following modes:
(i) Offline mode : The system will generate a cash voucher/ challan form pre-printed with the candidate’s details which will be required to be presented at any State Bank of India branch counter with the requisite fee. On payment of the requisite fee through computer generated challan form, registration of the online application will be complete.
(ii) Online mode : The payment can be made by using debit card/ credit card/Internet Banking.
Pre-requisites for Applying Online
Candidates should have valid email ID which should be kept active till the declaration

I am working in private sector corporate. Will I get any relaxation on age on the basis of my experience?
No, age relaxation only available for SC/ST/ OBC/ Ex Servicemen and Physically handicapped and visually impaired. 

I have been working in cooperative banks for a long time, Will I get any relaxation or preference?

I have experience in a private sector non-listed, non-financial organisation. Am I eligible?
No, SBI recruits for this position for people from Financial company thats too listed or a commercial bank only. 

What is the selection process and syllabus?
Selection of candidates will be on the basis of examination, group discussion and interview.
Online examination consisting objective test for 200 marks and descriptive test for 50 marks.
Both the tests will be online. Candidates will be required to answer their descriptive test also online.

- Objective and descriptive tests 
- Group discussion and interview
- Final selection

Phase-I consists objective tests for 200 marks and a descriptive test for 50 marks.

The objective test will be an online one. 

Immediately after the online objective test, the descriptive Test will follow. 

The descriptive test will be in the paper/pen mode.

* The Objective Test of 2-hour duration will consist of four Sections with 50 objective test marks each (Total 200 marks).

The breakdown is as follows:

a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.) - 50
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers - 50
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation - 50
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level) - 50

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, which will be decided by the Bank.

(ii) The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration (50 marks) will be of of English Language (comprehension, short precis, letter writing & essay).

The candidates are required to qualify in the descriptive tests by securing passing marks, which will again be decided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test papers of only those candidates, who have scored qualifying marks in the objective tests, will be evaluated.

The candidates will be declared as having passed only when they get pass marks (to be decided by SBI) in each section of objective test. 

The descriptive test will be held for 50 marks with one hour to test for English language skills. 

In this test candidates need to write comprehension, short precis, letter writing and essay for a given topic. 

Phase-II: The group discussion will be held for 20 marks after the interview which will be for 30 marks. The candidates who get pass marks in the written test will be called for group discussion and interview.

Phase-III: The final selection will be based on the marks scored in the written test, group discussion and interview. The marks will be converted to 100 and the selection will be made from the top-ranked candidates in each category.

How should I prepare?
You should buy good books (classes is not necessary if you can do your own study)
Practice the mock test multiple times
Read good newspaper like The Hindu or The Economic Times and analyse

All queries are welcome and all the best

Here is the official advertisement

Mumbai, September 15, 2014
Summary: Well, this opening is a bullshit from a good recruitment point of view. First of all, what is the guarantee that a full time MBA is better than a distance learning MBA holders?
Second, it limits people from financial and thats too listed organisation only. 

It is highly beneficial for the people working in cooperative schedule bank but not getting good salary.