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Asia likes Indian business schools

The Asian Geographic Trend report by the Graduate Management Admission Council finds that although Indian business school applicants still send the highest number of applications to American universities,this number is steadily dwindling.

Written by Nikhila Gill |
April 19, 2011 3:15:50 am

The Asian Geographic Trend report by the Graduate Management Admission Council finds that although Indian business school applicants still send the highest number of applications to American universities,this number is steadily dwindling. Seventy one per cent of all Indian GMAT takers’ scores were sent to US schools in testing year 2006,which has climbed down to 55% in 2010. Meanwhile,the proportion of scores sent to Indian programmes has gone up from 9% to 14% overall. Interestingly,the older the candidate,the higher their preference for Indian programmes—whereas only 9% of test takers below 25 years of age sent scores to Indian b-schools, the proportion increased at higher age brackets,with 15% of 25-30 year olds and 23% of test takers aged 31 years and older preferred Indian programmes,possibly because they are married and unable to move to distant locations with family.

Of the 79,626 GMAT exams taken in Asia in 2010,India (34%) and China (38%) accounted for the two largest testing groups in the world after the US. The Chinese surpassed Indians in the number of exams taken since 2002,partly because 15% fewer Indian citizens took the test in 2010 than in 2009. Another interesting statistic was that India topped the Asian countries to which all GMAT examinees sent their scores,with 41% of Asia’s share; China came in fourth,with 7.6%. Although Indian b-schools receive less than a sixth of all applications from India,the 142% gain (in scores received) between 2006 and 2010 points to the fact that Indian programmes are steadily becoming more attractive to students across Asia.

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