To conduct the ranking of India’s best B-schools, Drshti Strategic Research Services designed a detailed and rigorous methodology involving inputs from all the stakeholders—B-schools, recruiters, faculty and students. The initial task comprised referring to a comprehensive list of B-schools from previous years’ participants followed by drawing up new institutes across the country that were eligible to participate with those who offered a two-year full-time management course, and recognised by a government body such as the AICTE, NAAC and AIU. As a pre-requisite, the institutes needed to have a minimum of three batches that have graduated and must be at least five years old in order to be eligible to participate for the rankings.
Parameters and sub-parameters that are considered essential when rating a B-school have been evolved in consultation with industry experts, and weightages were assigned accordingly. Most of the parameters and sub-parameters have been kept unchanged from last year to ensure consistency and comparability. However, weightages were revised upwards over the past two years for parameters such as incubation centre/entrepreneurship cell, funded start-ups, management development programmes (MDP) and Average package. At the same time, there is a marginally increased emphasis on research facilitation, entrepreneurship and industry exposure that seem to be gaining importance among recruiters.