Students from Tier-II cities pursue foreign MBA dreams
The aspiration to secure a management degree from a foreign
university is no longer restricted to students from Indian metros. An
increasing number of students from smaller cities, too, want to live and learn on
This is reflected in the growing number of applicants from Tier-II cities in India
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the selection criteria for management
programs offered at more than 2,000 business schools across the globe.
"In the last two years, there has been more than a 10% growth in GMAT test takers
from non-metro markets in India," said Ashish Bhardwaj, regional director, South
Asia, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which conducts the GMAT.
To address the growth, GMAC recently set up a test centre in Indore and is working
towards setting up test centres in Coimbatore, Vishakhapatnam, Nagpur and Lucknow
Smaller cities such as Ghaziabad, Coimbatore, Navi Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam witnessed
a growth of more than 35% in the number of GMAT takers in the past three years.
Others such as Trichy, Jamshedpur, Dehradun, Mysore and Ranchi witnessed a growth
of more than 20% in the same period.
Even foreign education consultants are seeing more candidates from smaller cities
approaching them. "In the past two years, I have had candidates from Indore, Raipur
and Kolhapur. While the aspiration to go abroad always existed in smaller cities,
economic prosperity has now made the dream possible. Many small cities have become
industrial hubs," said Prathiba Jain, education consultant, Eduabroad Consulting.
"Also, earlier parents from small cities were afraid to send their children abroad,
but now with greater exposure as well as international schools being established
in Tier-II cities, the mindset has change.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times