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  • I have secured 95.6% marks in class XII (CBSE board — commerce+maths). I have been selected for the IIM Indore’s five-year IPM programme. I have also applied for Delhi University’s BMS course and the BCom programme. I am confused. Which option should I pursue? 

    First of all, congratulations on your excellent performance — both in the board exams and the IIM-Indore entrance.You sure are facing a tough decision; however in the stress of the decision, do take a minute to smile and pat yourself on the back. Yours is a good problem to have, a problem of plenty.Here’s my take on it: If you are quite clear that post your Bachelor’s degree (BMS, BBA, BCom, etc), you will definitely pursue an MBA, then opting for IIM Indore’s integrated programme in management makes sense. Why? One, you are assured of an IIM qualification and all that it enables and represents.Two, you will also complete your studies earlier — one year at the minimum; perhaps two to three years on an average.BMS in DU (previously called BBS) is now a four-year programme without an option of exiting after three years as far as I am aware. Then comes the tough part — cracking the CAT at the 99th percentile and above. The competition level at the CAT entrance is, to my mind, more intense than for DU’s BMS or IIM Indore’s programme (you will be competing with engineers, CAs, Eco, BCom and BBA students from across the country). At that point, you may well get into an IIM (better or similarly-ranked) or you may not, at least at the first attempt. Then you add the time and effort devoted to the second or third attempt.If there is any doubt in your mind regarding an MBA or you wish to pursue it from a leading university abroad, then DU’s programme is the way to go (assuming you get admission, of course, and also to which college). This route will also allow you the opportunity to choose to work for a few years, test the waters, discover for yourself your interest and suitability for a particular specialisation — marketing, finance, operations, etc.The saving grace of the dilemma you find yourself in is that neither is a bad or wrong decision. Just look around you and you will find plenty of folks willing to give an arm and a leg to get into either course. 
    COURTESY : Education Times 

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