Education sector is facing difficulties in the midst of the on-going coronavirus pandemic followed by Pan-India lockdown. With major exams getting postponed, counselling and admissions procedures getting delayed and colleges being shut, students and their parents are confused and worried about the current situation as well as future and the same has now begun to affect PGDM & MBA application and admission process. Since this COVID-19 could change the picture of college admissions for the foreseeable future, universities and colleges are doing their best to keep students and parents updated on application and admission related procedures. Admission deadlines have been extended and processes are being modified. In most of the B-schools, the selection process for PGDM & MBA admissions 2020 is in its final stage, thus they are required to complete the interview and other process online. But still there are many questions that might come in the minds of PGDM & MBA aspirants that need to be answered so that they can change their overall application and admission strategy in the current situation.
The students who have already applied to university or colleges are eagerly waiting for responses and are worried that coronavirus will affect admission decisions, but this would not be the case, every application will be given full consideration.
What about the college visit? Most of the aspirants taking admission are more concerned about the campus, infrastructural facilities, college canteen etc. as these factors also play an important role in shaping their decision. So, no need to get panic, if you don’t get a chance to visit B-schools of your choice. Aspirants will have to shift towards more online events and resources. Although, there is a chance that some colleges may allow you to visit the campus later in the semester but for the time being you can go through the same by online scrolling the gallery on the website of the colleges. Else you can take the virtual campus tour provided by many colleges and institutes on their websites. Social media accounts of colleges and institutions can also be useful avenues to explore for this puropse.
What to do as entrance exams got postponed? Admissions to PGDM & MBA are on the basis of CAT/MAT/GMAT/CMAT etc. which are widely accepted management entrance tests by top B-schools. The students who have already qualified any of these tests can easily apply based on their scores; things will be simplified for them. For those who were about to appear for the April-May attempt and the exams have been postponed, need to wait till the time things get restored as these exams are likely to be rescheduled. In fact, conduct of GMAT exam has been suspended globally. It is advised that you continue to study as planned and be patient. B-schools are expected to be more flexible regarding the dates for scores and simultaneously the admission process.
How can one move further for form filling, interviews and counselling? Although, all the processes will further be conducted in online mode, prospective students can contact the admission and counselling team of various B-schools to get their doubts clear. The contact details are generally provided on the website of colleges. Also, a system of chat is being followed now-a-days wherein the students can ask questions or post their queries which are instantly answered by the admission department. Aspirants are suggested to stay connected with the admission and counselling team for any further updates and also keep a regular check on college websites. Talking about the interviews – they will now be conducted online through Skype or any other alternative, rest the admission department will keep you updated regarding the same, so keep checking your mails, application portal/dashboard along with college websites.
Students, aspirants and educational institutions should be prepared for a variety of scenarios due to the uncertain nature of coronavirus, but it is likely to have no or little impact on the admission cycle. The future of admission cycle is expected to return back to normal once everything gets into place.
Research Scholar, Jagan Institute of Management Studies