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The most detailed and fair survey of India's B-Schools. Speed, competition, competence, knowledge, hope.

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Abhijit Bhatlekar
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Sample the statistics. In year 2000, when Outlook did its first survey of business schools, as many as 70 per cent of the institutes did not have a single faculty member who had published a research paper. Now it’s the reverse: in almost 75 per cent of the B-schools surveyed this year, at least one research paper has been authored by its faculty. In our ranking we give considerable weightage to intellectual capital, of which research output forms an important part (see Methodology). This may not have any immediate impact on placements, but in the long run are very important for faculty development, curriculum updation and finally, for the economy as a whole. If, of course, these research papers are written with the aim of pursuing and expanding knowledge, and not merely to push the writer’s B-school up the ranks.

Naturally, placement remains the parameter with the highest weightage in our judgement. For, the MBA is a professional degree that’s supposed to prepare young men and women to engage with and master the real competitive world of corporate life. And it’s unavoidable that placement performance is judged through the filter of the compensation packages offered to graduating students. And here, at the risk of blowing our own trumpet, we can say our methodology has the most detailed and fair procedure to rank institutes on placement performance, including a unique return-on-investment index comparing salaries and school fees.

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