Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Indian Students losing Steam in GMAT!

When I was at IIT, we used to have an in-hostel acronym called GMAT that means 'Give Me ATtention'! Over a period of time, Indian students desiring to do their masters and doctorates in US universities have been doing just that - telling 'Give Me Attention'! And, today, saw this article in Rediff.com that talks about how Indian students are ranking very poorly in GMAT performance.

See what the Dean of IIM Ahmedabad has to say to this:
The Dean of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Indira Parikh, sees the revelation as startling.

She has a piece of advice for Indian students: They should increase their speed in responding to questions as those from other countries like China have developed the habit of answering questions faster than the Indians do.

"There is also another reason for such poor results in spite of the fact that Indian students do fairly well in overseas B-schools -- they are more comfortable in responding to questions in text format rather than in the objective format. Also, Indian students are still not habituated to responding questions during online examinations. This is an important issue and needs to be addressed urgently if their performance is to be improved in international examinations like the GMAT," Parikh told Business Standard on Tuesday, reacting to the GMAC report.


The ranking of countries based on mean score in GMAT for 2002-2003 is as follows:
1. Chinese (are you surprised?)
2. Australia, New Zealand and UK
3. Bermuda (triangle, third - any correlation :-)
4. Belgium
5. Romania
6. North Korea, Gaza Strip (! Battered land, unfettered brains?)
7. Singapore
8. Uruguay
9. Canada
10. India!!

USA, the originator of GMAC has returned a total mean score of 524 compared with 593 of the Chinese and the 556 of Indians.

One can argue that in smaller countries, the number of people serious about the exam itself will be lesser and so the mean score will go up proportionately. And the other consolation from this report is that Indian students tend to fare well in the schools, though they're not doing great with the exams!