The numero uno has kept its crown.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have collectively swept the second Hindustan Times Best B-schools in India Survey, which was carried out in collaboration with TNS India.
The top three spots were taken by IIM-A, IIM-B and IIM-C, respectively. No great surprise there. But two other IIMs — Lucknow and Indore — which have long operated under the shadow of the ABC, as the top three are called, clocked in at #5 and #7, respectively.
So, there are four IIMs among the top 5 and five among the top 10. The Indian School of Business, which has made great strides since opening shop a little over a decade ago, was ranked fourth, the only non-IIM brand in the top 5.
This perception-based survey, of 547 B-school stakeholders like faculty, current students, alumni, recruiters and MBA aspirants was carried out in July (for details of how we did it, turn to Page 2 of HT Horizons).
In an interesting finding, the HT survey found that western India has emerged as the hub of management education in India. As many as four of India's Top 10 and nine of the Top 20 B-schools are located in that region. And now for the really good news, at least for wannabe MBAs: In yet more evidence that India Inc has put the last year's slowdown firmly behind, the high-flying, big money jobs are back on campus.