Master of Business Administration in Finance is among the most sought after specialization in field of Management. MBA (Finance) is a two year post graduate course, the eligibility for which is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with aggregate of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (Relaxation of 5% is granted to SC/ST Candidates). Candidates can get direct admission on the basis of merit list or management quota.
The course is best suited for those who wish to work in the financial sector such as insurance and mutual funds among others. MBA Finance syllabus is formulated in such a way that, besides providing the knowledge of operational aspects of finance, also builds and enhances the candidate’s managerial and technical skills.
Starting from the principles and practices of management to managerial economics and management of a bank, MBA in Finance is all-inclusive and well-rounded as far as the managerial and technical aspects in the financial sector are concerned.The average fee charged by institute ranges between INR 4 to 20 Lacs.
Top Institutes offering MBA in Finance are: Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) DU, ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad, Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune, Department of Management (BITS) Pilani, Christ University, Bangalore
Candidates entering the industry after completing MBA in finance degree can earn about 5 lacs per annum as the starting salary. The salary can increase according to the experience and expertise of candidate in the particular field.
Following are some highlights of a general MBA Finance course in India-
|Program Duration||2 years (4 or 6 semesters)|
|Number of Management Institutes in India||3900 approx.|
|Associated Key Skills||Capital Management, Asset Development, Fund Management, Risk Management among others.|
|Eligibility||A Bachelor’s Degree in any Discipline. Different Institute might have some additional eligibility criteria.|
|Admission Process||Entrance Test + Group Discussion / Personal Interview|
|Top Entrance Exams||CAT, XAT, NMAT, CMAT, SNAP, MAT etc. Management Entrance Exams in India|
|Program Fee||Varies from INR 4 to 20 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary after the Program||INR 5 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Ernst & Young, Genpact, ICICI, HDFC, HSBC|
The Management of Finance is a crucial aspect of any business and requires able and expertly trained professionals to determine the why and how aspect of funding and investment. Since no organization can function without professionals to make such calls, MBA in Finance will always remain an in-demand course.
Some of the basic skills an MBA in Finance helps in building are:
An MBA in Finance prepares an individual to for management level jobs in Banking and Finance Sector. Courses in MBA in Finance focus more on the managerial aspects of asset management. MBA in Finance is ideal for students who wish to secure managerial and leading positions in an organization.
Students who wish to pursue further studies in Business Administration, Fellow Programme in Management or FPM is a lucrative option. FPM is a doctoral program offered by top management institutes. Students who opt for full-time Residential Fellow Program are awarded monthly grants which range from 30,000 INR to 100,000 INR per month. FPM Programs are available at institutes like IIMs, XLRI, ISB, MDI etc.
MBA in finance is the most popular stream in Management studies these days. Course structure and curriculum is something that plays a vital role for making it the most popular among MBA aspirants. Course duration for MBA is two years in all B schools. However these two years are divided either in semesters or in trimesters. Each year consists of two semesters or three trimesters.
Students generally learn core subjects in the first year in all MBA courses. But at the end of the first year, the choice of specialization becomes clear. In the second year, the students take elective or optional courses to specialize in a maximum of two functional areas. So for the first year all the MBA courses have the same curriculum.
While choosing a B school everyone wants to know about the placement records of the institute, which without a doubt is the most important parameter to check. But apart from that there is another important point, what course you want to specialize in and which institute is better at it?
For MBA in Finance, some prestigious b schools both public and private are tagged as best not only in India but at global level. Following is the list of such b schools-
|B School||Program Name||Eligibility||Selection Criteria|
|Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)||Post Graduate Program in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
|Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM B)||Post Graduate Program in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
|Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM C)||Post Graduate Program in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
|Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM L)||Post Graduate Program in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
|Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi (FMS Delhi)||MBA||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
There are some private b schools that are also considered best in MBA Finance-
|B School||Program Name||Eligibility||Selection Criteria|
|Xaviers Labour Research Institute Jamshedpur (XLRI)||Post Graduate Diploma in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||XAT Score, GD, PI, Work Experience|
|S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR Mumbai)||Post Graduate Diploma in Management||Bachelor's degree or equivalent (10+2+3) from a recognized university||CAT/XAT/GMAT Score, WAT, Psychometric Test, Interview|
|Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI)||Post Graduate Program in Management||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT, Work Experience|
|Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (JBIMS)||Masters in Management Studies||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||CAT Score, GD, PI, WAT|
|Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NMIMS Mumbai)||MBA||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||NMAT Score, GD, PI|
|Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM Pune)||MBA||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||SNAP Score, GD, PI, WAT|
|ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad||MBA/PGPM||Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA||IBSAT Score, NMAT Score, CAT Score, GD, PI|
Graduation and a bachelors degree in any discipline obtained through the 10+2+3 system or an equivalent qualification with a minimum aggregate of 50% or equivalent CGPA of any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India. A Relaxation of 5% aggregate is there for SC/ST candidates.
There are about 3700 B schools in India including public and private institutes. Among them there are 19 IIMs which are the premier institutes of Business studies in country. The application process in these institutes differs from institute to institute. Mostly B schools offer admission on the basis of some entrance test. There are also some institutes which provide direct admission to the students.
Direct admissions are done either on the basis of merit list or on management quota. Direct admission in MBA Finance is offered by private institutes. These admissions are done on the basis of Management Quota/NRI/Sponsored seats. Direct admission for any institute only includes one round. They offer admission directly by submitting the course fee.
There are about 15 national level entrance tests which provide opportunity for students to pursue their MBA from their dream b school. Some most common entrance tests are CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT, IIFT, SNAP, and NMAT. Among them CAT and XAT are the most popular one.
Application process for most of the entrance exams generally starts from July to October. Entrance tests are held in the end of the year. CAT the most renowned test for MBA in India is held in November, XAT in January and others are also held between months November to January. Classes in most of the B schools begin in July or August. Following are some brief details of these entrance tests-
Selection process for most of the B schools includes following steps-
Entrance Test Score
Above table shows a rough idea about how much weightage to which criterion is given by most of the institutes for final selection of the candidates.
First year of every MBA specialization comprises of the core subjects.Core courses are compulsory to all. Following is the list of Core course and electives for MBA (Finance). However core courses may differ from institute to institute-
Core Subjects (First year of course)
Electives (Second year)
Quantitative Analysis of Financial Decisions
Security Analysis and Investment Management
International Financial Management
Management of Financial Services
Management Control System
Project Planning, Analysis and Management
Fixed Income Securities
Above list is taken from only one institute’s curriculum. Not every B-School may have the same curriculum. However there are some other electives which are taught in mostly B-Schools, we are providing here a list-
Some other Electives-
|Behavioral Finance||Financial Markets|
|Business Analysis and Valuation||Financial Modeling Using Excel|
|Capital Expenditure Planning and Control||Financial Risk Management|
|Commercial Banking||Financial Technical Analysis and Introduction to Global Intermarket Analysis|
|Commodities Derivatives Market||Fixed Income Securities|
|Corporate Taxation||Indian Accounting Standards|
|Financial Analysis, Planning and Control||International Business Economics|
|Financial Decision Making under Information Asymmetries||International Financial Management|
|Issues in Empirical Finance||Mergers, Acquisition and Corporate Restructuring|
|Risk Management and Insurance||Security Analysis and Portfolio Management|
|Social Finance, Impact Investing & Insurance||Structured Finance|
Students can opt for any of these electives.Although, the course and list of electives differ for different MBA in Finance Colleges.
As explained earlier, all major organizations in the corporate world require capital management and hence demand for MBA graduates in Finance will never die down. Some of the top companies which recruit candidates with MBA in Finance and average range of package offered by them are:
Ernst & Young
250,000 – 1,300,000 INR
200,000 – 750,000 INR
265,000 – 1,000,000 INR
200,000 – 600,000 INR
300,000 – 2,000,000 INR
An MBA in Finance is one of the top in-demand courses when it comes to a management degree. MBA in Finance boasts of almost 26% share in MBA job opportunities globally. With doors to International Investment in India widening, there is expected to be a propential growth in demand for MBAs in different specialized areas. In a Survey conducted by Economic Times, MBA hiring are about to grow by 84% in 2015, 10% more than that in 2014, globally which means more job opportunities for those seeking to procure an MBA degree.
MBA Graduates in Finance usually find employment in organizations which require to maintain a balance of Capital. Some of the popular working areas for Finance Graduates in an organization are:
Every year MBA graduates in Finance are recruited in multiple sectors for roles pertaining to capital management etc. The distribution of MBA graduates recruited in various sectors are:
While salary should not be a priority while selecting a course, it is indeed one of the most searched queries when it comes to any of the vocational or non-vocational courses in India. When it comes to MBA degree, though job prospects are high, placement or probability to secure a good position highly depends on the institution of study. Below is an estimate of average salary package offered to students from top Management Institutions to average Management Institutions:
Following graph shows lowest, median and highest salary offered to MBA Finance graduates in INR Lakhs
Median Salary means that 50% people make less than this value and 50% make more.
Top Management Institutes like IIMs or Narsee Monjee have high placement records with some of the highest pay Packages being offered to the students of these institutions. Average institutions too fare well in terms of placements though the packages offered might not be high.
With a meagre 19% women in MBA Finance, the average salary is less for women than for men. Men make 81% of the workforce with an MBA degree in Finance. The Gender-wise average salary is as given below:
Average Salary Range
190,000 INR – 750,000 INR
210,000 INR – 1,000,000 INR