Placement Criteria for MBA: Detailed Guide to MBA Placement Criteria

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Every student aims for a dream MBA placement, a placement that will take their career to the next level. In fact, one of the main reasons for doing an MBA is a substantial increase in the pay package post an MBA. However, even in these uncertain times there is a lot of competition and getting that dream job is harder than ever before.

Whether it is through on-campus placement drives or off-campus interviews, the priority for all management students is to get placed in an organization that will provide a kick start to their career. You can also learn how to prepare for campus placement with our blog.However, with the ever-increasing competition in the field of management, getting a well-paying MBA placement has become increasingly difficult. A huge deciding factor is how you prepare for the MBA placement interview

MBA aspirants need to constantly up skill themselves to keep up with the dynamic industry. Different companies have different criteria for hiring freshers. However, the basic requirements generally stay the same.

Let’s discuss these requirements in more detail.

Academic Record

Your CGPA during MBA is the biggest factor here. Maintaining a CGPA of 6-7/10 should be enough to be eligible for MBA placement in most companies.

Apart from this a few companies might even look at your Undergraduate, 12th and 10th grade marks. Maintaining anything above 60% marks in all is a safe bet. The recruiters make sure to consider all aspects of your academic experience. This includes:

  • The college you received your degree from
  • The difficulty level of the degree/major you pursued.
  • The level of competition you might have faced as an undergraduate/graduate
  • Your academic performance, both cumulative and within your primary area of study
  • Any trends in your grades (if they improved or worsened)

Moreover, if you have any pending backlogs, it is vital that you clear them before the MBA placement season as many companies might not consider you eligible otherwise.


Often recruiters are looking for some specific personality traits that display the potential in the candidate to become a competent MBA professional. Some of these traits include:

  • Multitasking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Stability and Fairness
  • Independent Thinking
  • Team Player

At times, during the MBA placement season, candidates with perfect academic and personal records end up getting rejected, since their answers don’t showcase the above-given traits. Hence, a piece of general advice would be to maintain patience and pleasantness throughout the MBA interview process.

Technical Knowledge

This is a very important criteria. It will form the basis of your interview and companies will like to know what you have learnt during the 2 years and if you can apply that in the real world.

It’s important that you brush up your knowledge before placement season by going over your books and other resources. You can also learn more the technical skills for MBA students with our blog.

Soft Skills

Interpersonal skills such as good communication skills, teamwork, and leadership go a long way in defining you as a candidate. Recruiters will judge your personality and what you bring to the table through how you communicate and if you have the potential to lead and manage a team effectively.

It is crucial that you get your points across properly in the interview to impress the recruiters.

Work Experience

Although not compulsory, a few companies do place importance on prior work experience while hiring. Having a couple of years experience can definitely give you an advantage over others during the hiring process. Prior work experience proves that you have successfully applied what you have learnt in the real world and makes you stand out in front of the recruiter. You can also check if MBA without work experience is a smart decision with our Sunstone blog.


Many companies look for specific certifications such as CFA, DBA, Six Sigma, Project Management etc. Having these on your CV is a good add on and shows that you have certain specialisations. However, these are not compulsory.

General Knowledge and Awareness

General knowledge and awareness plays a big role in day to day life. In any field of work you need to be aware of what’s going on in the world to be able to stay updated and work efficiently.

There have been many instances where recruiters ask a GK question in interviews out of nowhere. So it’s a good habit to stay updated with the current affairs and news.

Hopefully you will now have a better understanding of the MBA placement criteria used by recruiters. Try to follow the above points and work hard so you can get the job you deserve. We are sure you have the potential to do wonders. 

Good luck!


Q. What is the average salary for a MBA graduate?

A. Salary varies according to specialisation and numerous other factors. However, according to Payscale, the average salary for an MBA professional in India is 7.67 LPA.

Q. Why should I pursue an MBA?

A. An MBA takes your career to another level and enhances your capabality in the eyes of employers. It also leads to management jobs which are top level jobs.

Q. What is the cost of MBA?

A. Depends where you do MBA from. At Sunstone you only pay after placement. Head over to our home page to know more!

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Sunstone Fee Structure

They have two fee plans which are as follow:

  • Pay After Placement – Students pay a nominal fee at the time of admission, and only after getting a job on the completion of the course, they pay the full course fees.
  • Money-Back Guarantee – Students pay a fixed amount of fee at the time of admission and get a refund of tuition fees in case not placed.

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