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Integrated MBA: MBA After 12th

Integrated MBA: MBA After 12th

In this detailed guide, we will explore the different aspects of the Integrated MBA program. We will see how integrated MBAs are different from general MBAs, along with some top colleges that offer both degrees. Furthermore, we will learn about IPMAT (Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test) and the admission process for pursuing an Integrated MBA abroad, as well as the scope and potential salary prospects in both domestic and international job markets.

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What are Integrated Programs?

The integrated MBA program, also called IPM (Integrated Programme in Management), is the most sought-after course among 12th-grade students. This course is suitable for students who do not wish to appear for the entrance exam twice at the UG and PG levels. This will save the candidate a year of preparation for entrance exams. Also, many institutions in India offer foreign exchange opportunities,  giving foreign students exposure.

Integrated programs refer to educational courses that combine undergraduate and postgraduate studies, allowing students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a shorter time frame than pursuing the degrees separately. 

Generally, the duration of an integrated program is 5 years but can vary depending on the program. The program comprises 10 semesters, and the syllabus across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is distributed evenly, ensuring balance and coordination between UG and PG levels.

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How Integrated MBA Differs from General MBA

How Integrated MBA Differs from General MBA

Although both of these programs are Master of Business Administration degrees, there are still some key differences between them, which make them entirely different from each other. 

Integrated MBA:

An integrated MBA is a five-year course that combines both undergraduate and graduate business education. Students usually complete their 12th in any stream, i.e. Science, Arts, or Commerce, and then move into the integrated MBA program. This program aims to give students a solid grounding in business basics and prepare them for a management career. 

The following table consists of the basic details about the course:

Course NameIntegrated Masters in Business Administration
Course Duration5 years
Educational Qualification10+2 with a minimum 60% aggregate
Admission ProcessMerit/Entrance-Examination
Top CollegesIIM Indore, IIM Rohtak, NMIMS, Nirma University, and Mumbai University
Job ProfilesDigital Marketer, Business Head, Management Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Sales Manager, Retail Manager, etc.

Top colleges offering Integrated MBA

Some of the top Integrated MBA colleges with fees and admission processes:

College/UniversityFee StructureAdmission Process
IIM IndoreFor the first 3 years– Rs. 5,00,000/- per annum 
For the next two years- MBA program fee at that time (around 10 lakhs per year)

IPMAT + Personal Interview
IIM RohtakFor the first 3 years– Rs. 5,50,000/- per annum
4th and 5th year- MBA program fee at that time (currently around Rs. 8,95,000 per year)

IPMAT+ Personal Interview
Nirma University, AhmedabadFor the first 3 years- Rs. 3.13 lakh per annum4th and 5th year- Rs. 5.67 lakh per yearUGAT (Undergraduate Aptitude Test)
IIFT (Indian Institute for Foreign Trade), DelhiFirst 3 years- Approximately INR 4 lakh per annum4th and 5th year- same as MBA program fee at that time
Mumbai UniversityNAMUCMET (Mumbai University Common Management Entrance Test)
SRM UniversityRs. 1 lakh per yearNo Entrance Exam

General MBA:

A general MBA is a two-year program available to students with a bachelor’s degree in any field. General MBA programs provide students with a wide understanding of business principles and equip them for various careers in the business world. 

Course NameGeneral MBA
Duration2 years
Educational QualificationBachelor’s Degree in any field
Admission ProcessEntrance based
Top CollegesIIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta
Job ProfilesMarketing Manager, Investment Banker, Medical Officer, Operations Manager,  Financial Analyst, Project Manager, etc.

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Integrated MBA Specializations and Electives

Integrated MBA Specializations and Electives

Integrated MBA programs offer a wide range of specializations and electives. Some of the most popular specializations include:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analytics
  • Rural Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Agri-Business Management
  • Capital and asset management and private business management

IPMAT- Your Way to IIMs after 12th

There are a number of institutions for Integrated MBA. However, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, and Shillong are some of the top educational institutions dedicated to providing excellent management education and training. To get admitted to these institutions, you need to qualify for the IPMAT (IPM Aptitude Test). The exam is conducted by IIM Indore for admission to the Five Year Integrated Programme in Management. However, the score is accepted not only by IIM Indore but also by IIM Ranchi, IIFT Kakinada, NALSAR University Hyderabad, Nirma, and TAPMI for their Integrated BBA+MBA degree. 

IPMAT Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria define academic eligibility, and age eligibility among others as below:

  • Only the students who have passed Class 12th/Higher Secondary or equivalent from schools across India are eligible.
  • Candidates should not exceed 20 years of age to be eligible to take this exam.

The exam pattern for IPMAT is as shown in the table:

Mode of ExaminationOnline Computer Based Test (CBT)
Total Number of Questions90 -MCQs(Multiple Choice Questions) and SAQs (Short Answer Questions)
Maximum Marks360
Total sections3
Time duration120 minutes (40 minutes per section)

The IPMAT Exam syllabus is as follows:

SectionNumber of Questions
Section 1- Quantitative and Qualitative Ability(Mensuration, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Metrics and Determinants, Equations, Basics of Data Interpretations, Logarithm, Geometry, Data Sufficiency)30 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) + 15 SAQs (Short Answer Questions)
Section 2- Verbal Ability(Reading Comprehension, Para-jumble, Grammar, and Vocabulary)
45 MCQs

Those who clear the IPMAT exam cut-offs will be shortlisted for appearing for personal interviews. In an interview, the student’s confidence level, communication skills, and general awareness will be judged. Those who successfully pass this interview round will be granted admission to the Integrated MBA in IIM.

How to Take Admission in Integrated MBA Abroad

As the business world becomes more globalized, there is an increasing demand for business leaders with international experience. An integrated MBA from a top foreign university can give you the international experience and skills that you need to succeed in the global business world. Some of the top integrated MBA institutions in different parts of the world are :

  • INSEAD (France and Singapore)
  • London Business School (UK)
  • HEC Paris (France)
  • ESADE Business School (Spain)
  • IESE Business School (Spain)
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands)
  • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Melbourne Business School (Australia)
  • Ivey Business School (Canada)
  • HEC Montréal (Canada)
  • Sauder School of Business, UBC (Canada)

To get admission to universities abroad, you need to fulfill certain qualification requirements. The qualifications needed for integrated MBA programs abroad can differ from one institution to another. However, some common conditions that most institutions require are as follows:

1. Educational Qualifications: Applicants usually need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Some schools may have specific GPA requirements for certain undergraduate courses.
2. Standardized Test Scores: Many programs expect applicants to provide scores from the GMAT or GRE, standardized tests that evaluate academic readiness for business education.
3. Language proficiency: Since most programs are taught in English, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency through scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exams.
4. Work Experience: While some programs might require work experience, it’s not a necessity for all programs.
5. Letters of Recommendation: Most programs expect applicants to submit two or three recommendation letters from academic or professional sources. Some schools might have additional requirements, such as a portfolio of work or participation in an interview.

Once you have completed all of the required application requirements, you can submit your application to the school of your choice.

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Scope and Salary after Integrated MBA

There are a lot of career opportunities for Integrated MBA graduates in India as well as in countries outside India. In the following section, it has been discussed in detail.

Scope and Salary in India

Integrated MBA graduates get impressive salary packages. Employers from diverse sectors such as banking, finance, consulting, IT, and FMCG actively seek integrated MBA graduates who are well-equipped for entrepreneurial pursuits.

Typically, the average salary for integrated MBA graduates in India falls around INR 10-12 LPA. Exceptional performers from reputable institutions can anticipate significantly higher earnings, ranging from INR 20-30 LPA.

Salary packages depend on a number of factors, including:

  • College: The reputation of the college is important as it directly impacts the salary prospects of the graduate candidates. Some of the top colleges, like IIM Indore, IIM Rohtak, and NMIMS, command higher salaries for their graduates.
  • Specialization: The chosen specialization also affects the salary packages. For example, integrated MBA graduates with a specialization in finance or marketing typically earn higher salaries than those with a specialization in human resources or operations management.
  • Experience: The work experience also plays a role in determining salary. Integrated MBA graduates with prior work experience in a relevant field can expect to earn higher salaries than those with no work experience.
  • Company: The company where you work also affects your salary. Top companies like McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, and Amazon offer higher salaries to their employees. Here are some of the top companies that hire integrated MBA graduates in India:
  • Nestle
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Bain & Company
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Citibank

Scope and Salary Abroad

Integrated MBA graduates are in high demand by multinational companies and other organizations all over the world. According to a study by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the average ACGR for integrated MBA graduates from top programs is 12.5%. This means that integrated MBA graduates can expect their salaries to increase by an average of 12.5% each year.

The average starting salary for integrated MBA graduates from top programs abroad is $130,000, according to data given by GAMC. Here are some of the countries where integrated MBA graduates abroad can expect to earn the highest salaries:

  • United States: $150,000
  • United Kingdom: $140,000
  • Canada: $135,000
  • Australia: $130,000
  • Switzerland: $125,000
  • Singapore: $120,000

Some top companies in the world hire Integrated MBA graduates, including:

  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Meta
  • Accenture
  • Deloitte


The Integrated MBA goes beyond academics. It’s not just a degree; it’s your gateway to a world of opportunities, paving the way for innovation in the ever-changing business landscape. Armed with a comprehensive skill set, these aspiring individuals step into the upcoming years with confidence.

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