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ISB Hyderabad and IIM Bangalore - which one is a better institute to study MBA?

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Swapnil’s Answer

Thank you for asking this question - this is an important one. In general, answer to a question like this is not going to be same for a broad group of people since parameters that are important to one person may not necessarily be important to another (e.g. one may be looking at changing industries completely, whereas that may not matter for another), as well as relative importance of these parameters will be different for one vs. the other. To take a stab at answering the question for yourself - I'd say compare the two programs side-by-side on a few parameters that are relevant to you - say duration of the program, cost of the program, specializations offered, alumni reach, work opportunities post graduation, etc. You can do this in many different ways, a simple one being assigning points from say 0 to 10 to each. Once this is done, assign weights to each of the parameters above based on what is important to YOU. This will help you get an idea of which program will be a better fit for you. Hope a framework like this will be somewhat helpful to you, and wish you all the best with your decision!
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Mandeep’s Answer

I have not pursued an MBA but I can point out a very specific difference - ISB offers a Post Graduation degree whereas IIMs offer a PGDM certificate (Diploma). This is very relevant if you want to get your credentials evaluated by WES or any equivalent credential evaluator.

You can find some of the differences discussed here - https://www.quora.com/Is-ISB-Hyderabad-better-than-IIM
Thank you! 😊 Ashwini S.
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Sujatha’s Answer

Hi Ashwini
Both IIM Bangalore and ISB Hyderabad are premium and very strong institutions to do an MBA from. IIM Bangalore is one of the prestigious "IIM" institutes (and one of the top 3 consistently) and has been there for many years. It is a first choice for many aspirants and has seen a legacy of alumni who are today leaders in the industry. ISB is relatively newer, but has also built up a very strong reputation over the years. The IIM course is a 2 year program in Management, where you do general subjects in Year 1, and then choose your specialization in Year 2 (e.g Marketing) and pursue subjects of your specialization. At the end of the second year, students typically get placed in a job from a top organization. ISB used to be a one year course, but may have moved now to a 2 year course. Both are very strong options, but my vote will go for IIM Bangalore given its long heritage and reputation in the industry.

Do your research on both before you make your choice. As both are top notch, you will be choosing between the best, so you're at a sweet spot right now.
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Prashant’s Answer

Hi Ashwini,
Good Question. Both the institutes are very good. You can't go wrong choosing either. A lot depends on the course/specialization you want to pursue. So, my suggestion would be to compare based on the specialization of your choice. The next thing would be the cost of the course. ISB is generally a bit more heavier on the wallet compared to IIM. Also, ISB is generally preferred by professionals who already have 5 years of working experience.
Hope my answer helps. All the best!
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