(First of all I respect our education system and have faith in it. This is the education system which developed me and let me become whatever I am today. We can always debate is it less or more that what should have been? But I am pretty happy with who I am.)
There was always one major point most of the leading B Schools were talking about and that is they want unconventional managers. And that is what they are supposed to do I guess. That’s the difference between a Top B school and an average one. This desire was very much visible with current changes in CAT so that non-engineers may compete with engineers in Quantitative aptitude and non-convent students may compete with convent students in Verbal ability. Also there are other criteria which give similar indications such as importance given to being a non engineer or being a girl or diversity in general.
Everything is good and fair if it is actually improving the quality of managers that we are going to get. But let’s just understand other side of story. What is not yet done? How many of us really knew what they wanted to do from childhood. At least not I or even most of people around me didn’t know that. It used to change with circumstances. When my teacher used to scold me for something, I always dreamt of becoming headmaster someday to have control over him. When entire village was going crazy over new doctor that came to our village I thought I also want same praise and I thought of becoming a doctor. When I heard about how much a peon in government office, I had not even imagined myself in his shoes. When my father took me to a politician’s rally who came to our district in helicopter, I was close to contest next election against him before realising I was not eligible to do so .When I heard from many of my relatives in various family functions about a cousin, that how much he earns and everybody trying to fix his marriage with a girl from his or her side, I wanted to be a CA.
What I want to state is that an average Indian is not very sure of what he wants to do. In schooling mostly he is forced to study because ‘4 log kya kehenge’ dialogue from family or at most he himself wants to beat someone in terms of rank. And without a goal being set, the process can’t be good. So isn’t it unfair to a person who was just himself in school days and wished to do something afterwards from bottom of his heart but isn’t allowed. And why is that? Just Because he doesn’t have very attractive score card in 10th!!
Let’s just understand from other point of view, for a person who was from not so good educational background, aren’t you ignoring a complete set of people. Also a person who was from a state board, let’s take Maharashtra board of old time and if you want to consider someone worst, let’s take an example of Bihar board. Everyone knows that in Bihar board when you score 70%, it’s like you are in heaven. How can you compare him to an average student of ICSE who scored 80-90%.
Also a very good point expected from a manager is that he must always rise after a fall. When you are not allowing a set of people on the basis of what he was, then you are ignoring people who can eventually turn out to be very good managers. There are various other ways if you want to check someone’s sincerity. There are many institutes which conducts many other tests than QA and VA if they feel this need. And If a person is really willing to achieve something, will take efforts to achieve it.
Moral of the story:
Come on IIM, just chill bro! Even my mom has stopped nagging me about my 10th marks! 😀