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How to manage the cost of MBA education in India

Jul 16, 2017 09:00 IST


MBA is your gateway to an exciting career which can fetch you a dream pay package given that you have done it from a good and reputed B-school. But how can you earn the degree of an MBA if your budget of doing an MBA is on a shoe string.  Cost of doing an MBA in India will cost you around 20-25 lakhs. There are around 3000 B-schools from where you can earn this prestigious degree and it also matters which b-school you are going for. While choosing a B-school over another one, one should consider several parameters into one’s perspective i.e. ROI (Return on Investment), scholarships that the B –school offers, placement record, faculty etc. so that you don’t have to bear a big hole in your pocket.

MBA aspirants usually stick to their country because of the cost concern and we like to fit into the budget that seems affordable in our nation only. So, let us look at various factors while evaluating the cost of an MBA let us have a look at these factors to make you aware of its actual cost:

1. Costs of applications forms

Before you venture into your dream Business school, you need to shell out another significant chunk of your money into the application forms for applying in various colleges. It can eat into you budget like anything. Apart from applying for CAT exam that costs you around Rs. 1700, you need to shell out for the b-schools that you are aiming for. Any B-school application form will cost you around Rs.1500-2500. And if you are applying to 10 b-schools then you are smart enough to calculate its cost.

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2. Tuition Fee ( for Residential programme)

Major cost of pursuing an MBA degree goes into the Tuition fee. If you are doing your MBA under the two year residential programme then it will cost you roughly around 10-15 lacs. While b-schools participating in GMAT have got a bit higher fee structure and prefer candidates with work experience. One can look for various options to finance the MBA, for instance some b-schools offer scholarships, and almost all Indian banks also offer Education loan that too at lower interest rate with a good moratorium period.

3. Coaching fee

Ever since there is a craze amongst students and working professionals for doing an MBA, plenty of b-schools have mushroomed in the nook and corner of Metros, Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities and even in rural parts of India. But if you want comprehensive preparation and target premium b-school then any good coaching institute will charge somewhere between 35-40 thousands of INR. But hang on! You need to add another good 20-25 thousand for the preparation of Personal Interview and essay writing for sailing through the last hurdle.

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4. What about the Opportunity Cost!!

Before we forget to subsume this factor, let’s add this cost to our budget estimates as there is a propensity amongst all of us to neglect this crucial factor. Opportunity cost includes your foregone salary that you could have earned while utilizing this time as a working professional. Not only this, there is an n number of opportunity cost factor and the list is endless like future cost of any investment that you could have invested (any asset, various securities like Mutual Fund, Shares, bonds and Debentures etc.)

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The Bottom line

As we have put up the real picture of the various costs that revolves around earning an MBA degree, you need to be very sure of pursuing this degree. Investment in this degree is hefty but returns are also fruitful. In order to manage the cost of pursuing MBA, access to good financial and emotional support from your family is also a prerequisite. Last but not the least you need to be headstrong with your aims and perseverance as an MBA from an A-Category B-school can easily overshadow the cost of doing it as its ROI is always excellent.

Wishing you best of luck for your MBA!!

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