MBA – Human Resource Management

The scope of MBA in Human Resourse Management(HRM) is very wide. HR is one of the most important parts of any organization. Requirement of good HR executives in every field will always exist. Needless to say that salary is not a constraint for one such executive.

There are two ways to do an MBA in Human Resource Management in India. One would be to do a normal MBA and specialize in Human Resources by picking a majority of electives in the field. Another way would be to pursue an MBA specifically in HRM.  

In this post we’ll predominantly cover the latter, i.e. colleges that offer a degree specializing in HRM.

Crème de la crème

1. XLRI – PGDM(HRM) :  You can consider this to be one of the best colleges for doing an MBA in Human Resource Management. Click here to take a look at their website, what they offer etc.

2. TISS – Master of Arts (Human Resource Management & Labour Relations) : TISS is another top institute for pursuing a career in HRM. Click here to take a look at their eligibility criteria, and details about the course they offer.

The HR courses offered by XLRI and TISS will be better than any other HR program in the country. Alumni from these institutes are well-established, a lot of CHROs in many companies are from these 2 institutes.

Beyond XLRI and TISS, there are a few other institutes that offer very good HR programs.

3. MDI: PGP-HRM : MDI offers a solid HRM course. Take a look at the details here.

4. SCMHRD: MBA-HRM : SCMRD should also feature among the top 25 B-schools in India and in the top 5 for HR.  Click here to view their website and course details.

5. IIM Ranchi: PGDHRM : I changed my mind halfway into writing this article. I would add IIM Ranchi’s program for Human Resource Management as well. IIM Ranchi, unlike other top IIMs has a separate course for people aspiring to do MBA-HR. Other IIMs only have MBA, in which you can specialize in HR.

Furthermore, if you are not particular that you only want an MBA-HR, then it is worth considering a normal MBA with IIMs and choosing majority of your electives in HR field. This way, you would have an MBA specializing in HR field, and you would have the added advantage of choosing a job in other fields as well. But then again, if you are clear about being in HR, XLRI should be better than even an IIMA MBA with specialization in HR.

Moving on to exams apart from CAT that you have to write:

1. XAT – To get into XLRI, you will have to write XAT examination. It will be conducted in the first week of January every year. It is a pen and paper based examination with MCQ questions. They focus on normal aptitude similar to CAT(Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability), but have 2 additional sections. One is Business Decision Making, and the other is “Essay & General Knowledge”.  The paper will be for 170 + 35. 35 minutes will be allotted separately for Essay writing and General Knowledge. The 170 minutes will be for the remaining topics. It contains negative marking for wrong answers (except for the GK section)

2. SNAP – It is a 2 hour pen and paper examination, which contains pretty much the same topics as CAT. The only additional section is the one on General Knowledge.

3. TISS – Here is 2016’s question paper to give you an idea of this examination. Click here to view the list of all topics covered, as given by the conducting body’s website. You will find a total of 100 questions, for 100 Marks and you will have a total of 100 minutes to attempt them all. Note that there is no negative marking involved for this paper. It will consist of 40 questions from General Knowledge, 30 marks in English Proficiency and 30 marks in Logical Reasoning. Source : TISSNET Website.

The portions for all these exams, has a lot of overlap, so if you prepare for CAT, you will be preparing for a huge chunk of each of these exams, and you will only have to cover a tiny bit more to complete your preparation for all of these exams. Mostly, that extra will be General Knowledge for which you will have to be on top of current affairs, i.e. news paper reading.

Article compiled by Praveen, 2IIM.

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