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After BE What, M.Tech or MBA?



AFTER BE WHAT, M.TECH OR MBA?


Engineering graduates having a management degree are perfect for project management, front-end sales, field applications and customer facing jobs. However, if an organisation is innovation hungry, pure engineering with master’s specialisation is a lethal combination

Uma Gupta


Doing a master’s course while on the job is straining, but the fruits are worth the effort. This is especially so if you are an engineer who chooses to do an M.Tech or MBA. This will not only add to your qualification but also help to advance your career in the short term and mid term.

However, making a choice between MBA and M.Tech can be quite confusing for many.

M.Tech vs MBA

First, understand that there is no point comparing M.Tech and MBA. Both are specialised degrees and have value in their respective fields. Both M.Tech and MBA provide excellent career options and have gained importance in last few years. M.Tech or MBA is always an additional advantage to an engineer whether it is in terms of knowledge, experience or seniority.

Whether it be a manufacturing, IT or R&D driven organisation, there would be requirements for both M.Techs and MBAs. The former would be more of a subject matter specialist, while the latter would handle product marketing, sales, project management, human resources, IT process, consulting or customer service management.

Doing M.Tech in a particular field will definitely make you more valuable to a company that has business profile of that field. MBA, on other hand, will give you a totally different business perspective and is broader in scope.

Choice is entirely up to you

Ideally, you should make the choice on the basis of your capabilities, career goals and interests. If you want to continue your career in technical field, M.Tech is the right choice for you. You can even switch to teaching or research. But if you want to work in the industry, MBA is the way to go. MBA is a management course that will enhance your managerial, communication and presentation skills.

After MBA, you get the entry to the field of business and administration where you can go in for options like marketing, sales, human resources and operation management.

Specifically, M.Tech is suitable for a product-based industry where technical skills are required. MBA is more suitable for a service- and customer-oriented industry. Engineering graduates having a management degree are perfect for front-end sales, field applications and customer facing jobs. However, if an organisation is innovation hungry, pure engineering with master’s specialisation is a lethal combination!

Fresh postgraduates vs experienced graduate engineers

Right qualifications are important but hands-on industry experience cannot be discounted. So an already employed engineer may still have an edge over a fresher who has an additional degree of MBA or M.Tech. But this completely depends on his capabilities and the management’s views.

However, a more qualified candidate usually enjoys a better compensation in the long run. This is more so if the master’s degree is completed from a reputed institute.

Some really good institutes for studying M.Tech are all the IITs, Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering), Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), NITs and Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). Some MBA colleges of repute are all the IIMs, FMS, XLRI and IIFT. IIMs top the list in MBA training.

Starting off

To enrol for M.Tech in a reputed institute like IITs, you need to crack GATE. In case you plan to pursue MBA, there are entrance exams like CAT and MAT which you need to clear.

Though it is easier to continue M.Tech in the stream as you did your BE or B.Tech, you have many options for doing M.Tech—electronics and controls engineering, VLSI design communication systems, embedded systems technology, power electronics and drives, digital communication and networking, remote sensing and GIS, information technology, computer science and engineering, and biomedical and instrumentation engineering to name a few.

When on the job, you learn to put your theoretical knowledge into use, but to improve upon your knowledge of design or research aspect, you need to go for the masters. It, however, will be difficult to crack the entrance exam (GATE) while you are on job. So it is recommended to qualify the GATE exam in the final year of study and get a job thereafter, as GATE score is valid for two years.

MBA, on the other hand, is preferable after you have gained some work experience.

Part-time: Good choice for working professionals

If you are a working professional who cannot take time off work to attend full-time, a part-time programme will give you the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree. Academically, part-time programmes are identical to full-time programmes. With the part-time programme, you can work full-time while attending classes on days off or in the evenings. So you can improve existing skills or develop new ones without affecting your current job.

To pursue a part-time/evening programme in M.Tech, the minimum eligibility is B.Tech/M.Sc or equivalent in relevant field with CGPA of 6.75 on a 10-point scale or 60 per cent marks in aggregate for general category, and some work experience. You must submit no objection certificate from your employer at the time of interview. Selection is generally made on the basis of a written test and/or interview.

Similarly, many colleges and universities offer part-time MBA programmes. The advantage of a part-time MBA programme is that you can bring and discuss real-world situations and problems into the classroom, where solutions can be explored that could be implemented in real life. In fact, such presentations and discussions make the classes more interesting.

Tuition assistance and student loans may be available. Also, there are many employers who sponsor their candidates for higher education.

A part-time programme will also save you from the hassles of a long commute to classes on a daily basis, as you would be attending classes only once or twice a week. At the same time, you must be ready to sacrifice your weekends for classes lasting morning till evening.

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Aakash   994 days ago

Sir i am a second year BE student n consistently scoring 8 pointers in every semster.. m a kind of workaholic yet creative n highly dedicated to accomplish each task with the same enthusiasm...kpind in mind my above mentioned traits plz suggest which field i should choose M Tech or MBA??? your reply is awaited...
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rahul   974 days ago

yah so first of all congratus for taking addmi. in engg. take sound knowledge of urs trade and be in touch with new update and for core is the best choice so M Tech is the best option for urs bright carrier...best of luck
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faiz ahmed   967 days ago

engineers are the back bone of world
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Jayakrishnan S   961 days ago

hai everyonei am a BTech student in ECE and after my BTech completion I wud like to go abroadWhich country and company suits me??I am getting 80 in each semesterKindly give me a reply
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krna   478 days ago

better go for any where u ill get gud future.
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sunanda   957 days ago

sir im Be student in ECE and i want to study mba ..i wanna know what course in mba suits better for an enng in ECE
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sudhakar   873 days ago

hai sunanda.me also in same situvation if you know the correct choice plz inform me.7416264614
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ahtsham   703 days ago

plz tel me if u peopl have made ur decision.. m also an electronic engineer and want to do MBA but m in deep trouble ..plz suggest me which one is best for me mba or mtechmsc.
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yoshitha ramesh   906 days ago

i am B.E student in ECE and i want to join in MBA......is this better option to join in mba for an student of ECE dept
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manasa   942 days ago

tis is a very useful article sir..i have completed my b.tech and now i want to work and do my m.teh parallely can u plz suggest which course in m.tech wil have a better scope. my streme is ece
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Raj   692 days ago

Both Embedded systems and vlsi are best of my choice for u bcoz me too ece
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swetha   900 days ago

sir i am a final year B.E student from ECE department... i am aiming for the coming GATE exam.. i am confused whether to go for my M.Tech after cracking GATE or to go for a job.... will u please suggest me for dis?
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Pradeep   899 days ago

what shud i pursue if i want to be a ceo?
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dheeraj jamwal   893 days ago

m wrkng r8 nw m an btch fresher bt nw i wnt to study plz suggest me do i go for mba or m tech
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babu   1039 days ago

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rahuil   694 days ago

pls contact suresh babu he will provide u the best options
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vnekat.chintha   891 days ago

after B-tech can i proceed to MBA
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SUMEET   886 days ago

sir i will completed my B.EECE in 2012 and i want to do PG but i m not interested in M-Tech and want to do MBA so is MBA is better option for me? and which courses in MBA are useful for engineer? i m confused betn Mtech and mba that which is good
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jagan   885 days ago

hi every onei did my mba in hr and graduation in b tech an trying for in mnc for a job is there any chances to get in to mnc
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shyamili.s.kumar   876 days ago

sir...i have completed my BE ECE nw am in little bit confussion abut my career.shuld i do MTECH or MBA?i wish to study MBA more than MTECH...
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satya prakas dixit   1041 days ago

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akansha   876 days ago

i am a third year engineering student i want to my mba but m confused that i should get a work experience first or should directly go for mba after engineering
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KUMAR   871 days ago

HI.. I HAVE COMPLETED BE ECE. AND ALSO DONE MBA.. NOW I AM WORKING AS A HR.. COULD I STUDY M.TECH NOW?
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Jyothilaxmi.h   862 days ago

sir I am a final year ece student. I am in confusion.... whether to go for job or else further studies..and if studies... MBA or MTech....
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prasas   855 days ago

hi.im also same situation.if u r decided then send to my mail.sada.varaprasad@gmail.com
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supriya   733 days ago

hi...same here confusion please contact me on my mail id thank you
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Vinita Sawant   861 days ago

HI AllI had done my BE in EXTC last one year i am working.I am sure that i should be going for MBAhowever i am confuse which field should i select? So please suggest me
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navneetsemwal   859 days ago

i m an ece engg. i m pursuing MBA.i have to choose between marketing and human resource.what would be good for me and why????
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Deepshikha   856 days ago

Sir. i am persuaing b.tech frm ECE.. m final yr studntt... m confusd whethr to do m.b.a yaa gain sum experienc thru jobs... if to switch m.b.a which stream wud b beneficial fr e.c.e students..
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Pratibha   854 days ago

I completed BE E&C and now pursuing MBA in Operations but its external correspondence course from IGNOU. Job opporunities ??
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Rajeshwar Psul   844 days ago

please tell me the advantage of mtech over btech
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manisha   839 days ago

i am B.TECH student in ICEInstrumentation n control engg. ........ MBAMTECH Which is the better option to join after btech for an student of ICE dept ?????????PLZ DO REPLY SIR.... SINCERE REQUESTS
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Akshata   831 days ago

I am a student studying in final year Computer Science Engineering. I want to do MBA as my masters. Is it worth to do MBA without any job experience? Which are the exams i have to attend for MBA and when they will be?
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sudeep   794 days ago

dont go for mba with out work expeirence akshata... evn im be graduate did mba without wrk xpeirence nw struggling to get job... if u really wnt to go 4 mba without wrk expeirence... thn opt for iim... through cat xam
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Kishor   830 days ago

I am third year E&TC student i want to do MBA but i m confusing about which stream i will take suggest me the field in which i use my graguation basics also
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prakash   804 days ago

i am doing M.E-Vlsi design 2nd year now.i wish to go to core side in abroad.my CGPA is 7.05 .suggest me about job opportunities in abroad
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asmita   779 days ago

hellow sir i am B.E. 2nd year student i want to join in MBA because of i am so much interested in business so in MBA which side or field is much good for ETC students like marketing or other
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Balasubramanian   763 days ago

hi.i did my b.tech degree in pondhicherry university at 2011 passed out.now im gonna choose study MBA-HR on nextyear.m so confused ist correct desicion or not in my future.bcoz my having only 59 in my 12th std.so i cant attend any MNC interview .wat abt MBA interview eligibility.plS reply for tis.
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Ashish U.   761 days ago

Thank you very much for this great report I am BE student in Instrumentation engineering MU.I am planning to do PG preferably MBA.please help me finding out that would it be better if I get some work experience or continue PG just after my BE ?thank you very much again this was real helpful
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amit   733 days ago

i am ece engg. i m doing mba .bt m confused which stream is good for me? i have 2yr exp. in planning department.plz suggest option for me.
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Saurabh   731 days ago

I am in dual degree program of Gautam Buddha University Greater Noida.I am confused whether to pursue M.tech or MBA. mine is d 2nd batch. it is compulsory to choose either of the 2 postgrad degrees. My B.Tech degree is in ECE.please guide me
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keshaw   724 days ago

Ive done BE agriculture.Which specialization in mba is suitable 4 me?Having background in engineering rather than managementcan i persue mba course without the aid of extremely hard labour?Plz suggest which is suitable 4 me -me or mba? My email id-keshawdas@yahoo.com
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AAKASH   703 days ago

SIR CAN U GIV ME SOME INFORMATION ON MTECH IN ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
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Satyendra Mishra   654 days ago

I am completed B.E in computers with the aggregate of 55.I want to go for part time Mtech but little worried that my B.E aggregate is only 55.Will it largely affect my carrier after mtech so cant decide whether to choose Mtech of MBA.
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Mohan   591 days ago

hii m currently doin my B.E third year in mechanical engg i would like to do part time m.tech after completion of my u.g..please kindly send me the details
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raja   545 days ago

hello sirI have completed my b-tech with 59 and had worked in a organization for 17 months and I am planning to study can u suggest me weather to do m-tech or mba ?
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Rashmi goyal   537 days ago

I am M.B.A. in finance M.C.A. in computer science in distance education G.J.U. in hissar i want to M.Tech in doing opotion to join in M.Tech for an student of please
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Anjana   530 days ago

very useful article thank uand i have a small doubt if i can pursue M.Tech after completing my U.G in ECE?
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Abdul Gani Khan   529 days ago

HiI am Abdul Gani KhanI have completed M.Tech in information and communication Technology in 2012and now i am pursuing MBA from MTU Noida. Can any one suggest me which Two are the best specialization in MBA for me.we can have dual specialization.1. IT2. HRM3. MARKETING4. IB5. FM ThanksRegardsAbdul Gani KhanE-mail ganikhanlmp@gmail.comin.linkedin.compubabdul-gani-khan2487b5a3
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suhas k   529 days ago

sir i completed BE in computer science i am in dilemma that either to go with m.tech or MBA ............bec as we all know from past 5 years IT sector is in crisis give me suggestion..... thank you
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Asmita Bhalerao   525 days ago

I would just like to thank you for the wonderful article. I have completed MBA after BE. After going through some articles in the newspaper I was a bit worried regarding whether I had made the right choice or not. I knew my requirements but was a bit distracted by what was said and was going on in the external environment. But now I fell more releaved and as confident as I was after taking the decision. Thanks a lot once again.
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anitha   514 days ago

Is there any possibility of doing m.tech in communications after completing m.tech in control systems.Like double m.tech degree?Any colleges offering this?
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Ganesh   513 days ago

Both Control system and Communication are two extremes in electronics I think you selected the field which you got first without any idea. No problem you can make another M.Tech as the same procedure like previous MTech. Only thing is you lost ur valuable time and money thatll any have in academic field you will have good scope when compared to industries.
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rahul   513 days ago

Sir i have got two year drop in my Engineering life. I am doing my Electronics Engineering.. Now i am in last year.according to you which field should i select after my engineeringMtech or MBA or MS
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Ganesh   513 days ago

You can choose MTech from IITs it is good when you are really interested in engg or prefer MBA from IIMs.
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Vignesh   510 days ago

I am a engineering graduate of 2012. I have secured less marks in 10th 68.6and 68 in engineering .So i am unable to attend many interviews as I am falling short by 1.5 in 10th.So I decided to go for MBA than M Tech. Will there be a percentage criteria again after getting MBA degree or relaxation will be given.please Help me
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parameswaran   469 days ago

Hi all i have completed BE in anna university. i plan to do Master degree now. which is best & whcih one i can do ME or Mtech. please suggest me .. i am in confussion....
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Manjunath M N   466 days ago

i did ug in electrical n electronics now i would like to go for pg in digital electronics is that affects my career?? plz help in this regard..
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Reet   462 days ago

Hello Thanks for such a nice article.I am working in spare parts divison in well known company from past two yeras and have pursued my BTech in Agri. engg. But still i am confused with my career ahead. Can u please help me out?
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selvi   459 days ago

Hello sir..I had completed my B.TechITand now doing PG MBA with HR Specialization..I had a little confusion that is it possible to get a job in MNCs after finishing my PG degree...Plz sir.give me some solution to my mail id..awaiting your response...Thank you sir..
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swathi   423 days ago

sir is there any chance to get a job as a scientist through ECE
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sabeena   410 days ago

SirMam have completed BE-ECE with the aggregate of 66.i wouyld like to do MSc-Engineering and Management. is that a good choice? or is there any better option than this course? please help me to find out.. thanking you in advance.
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mounika   395 days ago

sir i am an btech 3rd year mechanical student.i would like to do my mba in top 10 mba colleges in india.sir plz suggest me uses of doing mba as amechanical student?
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Prince   389 days ago

Sir i am doing job in BSNL and i completed B.E in distance mode along with job.now i am thinking for master so is it better to Do MBA from IGNOU?
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shivani   378 days ago

sir i am not having 60 in over all B.E.so please tell me is M-Tech is beneficial for me or not?and because of less than 60 marks in B.E i am still not getting job anywhere .i am having 58 in B.E Electronics & Comm.
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vaishnavi   377 days ago

I am in third year of Electrical engg.I am much confused between Mtech and Mba..As a girl which i should prefer..?What are the various opportunities and scope in both the fields?
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Rihen   361 days ago

Sir I am BE 3rd year Instrumentation & Control engg student. I want to know that for M tech after clearing GATE in which trends or branches I can apply for M tech? Give directions ...
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Darshan   359 days ago

Sir i am in final year mechanical Sir plzzzz guide me which stream is best in M.Tech
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pratzzy   343 days ago

Hey .. I am in third year comp engg .. I m not having great score in academics ..its around 53.. And few backlogs too.. Wasnt serious abt career and studies.. Can u help me out to gear up through my critical condition .. If I manage for an aggregate of 55 ..will I get job and after job experience shall I go for an MBA course or shall I prepare for cat now itself because thereare no hopes of job.. Plzzz help me ..
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anamika singh   339 days ago

hello sir i m a ece 3rd year student n have 74 yet there no placement option from college please do tell me what is better mba or m.tech ........
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dhaval   325 days ago

i m in 2nd year in mech Eng...n i also interest in MBA so...sir plz tell me which degree r i am choose???
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devendra kumae   284 days ago

I am a student of 2nd year of m.e branch so I am confuse that what I do m.tech or mba for a better carrier aporchnuty
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srinivas   325 days ago

sir i hasd completed my btech in information technology and now iam intrested in doing M.B.A human resource management how would be my career
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sojo mathai   283 days ago

am confused with mtec mba and mca ?i completed be in ece and currently working for a heavy manufacturing company
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ganga   275 days ago

sir i have completed my B.E. in Electronics & Telecommunication ... now i want to join MBA .... can u suggest which branch i preferred for MBA .... which can i relate with my B.E. degree also..
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Baffoon   231 days ago

If your chose your bachelor degree as engineering do the master degree in engineering. the students who chose b.com finance commerce and BBA will take care of MBA. Have real passion on what youve chosen to study that will make a real professional in your field. Engineering in bachelors and Business in masters doesnt make a real professional even if you are a genius or a merit holder.
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Gurdev   174 days ago

Dear SirI have done my B.Tech in ECE & now working in company last two years. But i want to do higher study.So pls suggest me MBA ya M.Tech
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karan   164 days ago

Sir i am a SE extc student. I want to do Mtech after my BE. So from when should i start preparing for GATE exam? And can i pursue Mtech after having some job experience?
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Shirgire Vitthal   66 days ago

very good
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Shweta   7 days ago

Sir I completed my m.tech in digital communication in June this year. I dont want to continue my career in teaching. Can you please guide how can i opt career in corporate world.and please suggest me the industries that fit my skill.
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