Business Management

If you are interested in pursuing a career in management, there are different areas you can work in, the most common ones being (1) Government (civil services) (2) business or corporate (3) educational institutions, and (4) NGOs or developmental sector.

Business Management can be studied at different levels:

  • MBA (Master of Business Administration) awarded by a recognized university.
  • PGDM (post graduate diploma in Management) by autonomous institutions who fix their own syllabus which is generally more market-driven.
  • Specialized Diplomas/Programs in specific areas of Management (see list below)
  • Professional bodies’ certification (Project Management Professional PMP, SAP, IATA) for which one has to study on one’s own and clear the qualifying exams
  • Executive MBAs and Management Programs, which are generally on weekends, and are only available to working professionals with minimum experience
  • On-line and distance learning courses in management
  • MBA’s and PGDMs offered by foreign universities (which may or may not be recognized by Indian universities for higher studies or for government jobs)

List of some of the specializations in Management:







Information Systems













Family business

corporate communication



Telecom mgmt


Travel & Tourism

communication mgmt







International Trade





design mgmt


Event management





Public relations

Logistics and Supply Chain

Rural Management & agri-management




Super-specialization: (e.g., if you are interested in marketing, you may specialize in:


product development


visual merchandizing











* customer support


brand management

Some of the Entrance Exams for post graduation in management are:

CAT, held in November every year by IIMs, also considered by some other top B-schools

MAT, conducted three times a year, recognized by more than 50 good B-school

K-MAT, conducted in May by VTU for Karnataka management colleges

ATMA, conducted by All India Management Association

XAT, conducted by XLRI and accepted by B-schools focusing on HR etc.

JMET, held in December for admission in MBA in IITs etc

Tests by private universities such as: Symbiosis, Manipal, SRM, VIT, TISS, NMIMS

Work experience: Many students prefer to take a break after graduation and work for one or two years, due to which they prepare and score better in entrance exams, are more focused on their area of specialization, and are given preference in admission.

Also: Management can be studied at degree level through 3-year BBM/BBA, and at Diploma level (Diploma in Commercial Practice, office management, certificate courses, etc.)

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