Less math in MBA exams won’t lead to more women managers

Less math in MBA exams won’t lead to more women managers: TOI poll

A majority of 4,410 respondents polled by TOI on Twitter don’t believe that more women will become business managers if MBA entrance exams are made less math oriented.

Earlier this week, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar blamed the excessive focus on quantitative aptitude in MBA entrance exams for the low representation of women in management.

“The MBA entrance exams are so quantitative-oriented that it keeps out more and more women from joining the MBA classes. If we were to make the entrance exams more all-rounded you could see more participation,” Kochhar said, at a summit on human resources.

TOI’s poll showed that 57 per cent of Twitter respondents don’t agree with Kochhar.

“If there is a course that is quant-oriented, you need to focus on that but if it is a course that is more general management oriented, do you not need entrance examinations which are more all-round?” the ICICI Bank CEO went on to say.

Turns out though, that of respondents polled by TOI on its website, a majority do agree with Kochhar. Of 8296 respondents, 3936 believe that reducing the math quotient on MBA entrance exams will inspire more women to become business managers. Of those polled in this category, 3,644 disagreed with Kochhar and 716 said they weren’t sure.

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