Best B-School competitions for mba students

The peer-learning, competition with B-schoolers across India, innovation, exposure, not to mention the tremendous value you add to your CV – B-School competitions are invaluable.

You never come out of a B-School competition, at the same level you entered it!

Here’s a list of competitions that every B-Schooler must be aware of – and participate in at least one! (In alphabetical order)

1. Amazon Ace Challenge

The Amazon Customer Excellence Challenge is one of the largest case study B-School competitions in India. Students compete across two of Amazon’s biggest business areas namely: Operations and Consumer Business.

This contest is held in two phases. The first round (Ace Breakers) is conducted online. All participants have to submit a case study for the given case within 72 hours

amazon ace challenge b-school competition

In the next round (Innovation Challenge), the top 5 shortlisted teams from each business area will be given a case study. They will be required to prepare a white paper and PowerPoint presentation for the finale. A mentor is also provided to the teams for this round. This round is conducted at the Amazon headquarters in Bengaluru

The final winners get cash prizes worth almost 2 lakhs. The top ten finalist teams get Kindles and PPIs while the top 30 teams get special recognition.

Eligibility: Competition is open to full-time flagship PGP and PGPX program students from a select list of B-Schools


2. FLIP National Challenge:

FLIP National Challenge (FNC) is unarguably the largest Finance contest in India, for B-schoolers aspiring to a career in Financial Services. During the FLIP National Challenge, thousands of finance aspirants compete for the highest score in select FLIP Certifications.

So, apart from getting a CV boosting FLIP Certification, they also get to benchmark themselves against an all India pool.

16,000+ premier B-School students have participated in the FNC till date – with the season 9 (2018) alone witnessing 2,500+ enrollments from premier B-schools.

While 2018 Final Year winners got 30 PPIs for prestigious roles in Reliance Industries Limited (Treasury) and ICRA Limited (Credit Analysis), the first-year students landed 5 direct internships at Sanctum Wealth, Axis Capital, and Reliance Industries Limited. Winners also grabbed ₹ 4.2 lakhs in cash prizes.

See the highlights of FNC 2018: 

The one thing which stands out about the Challenge is, unlike the other contests, here everyone who enrolls, can earn a FLIP Certification, which really helps in Internships and Placements. So, the ROI works for everyone – you don’t slog for anything.

Flip national challenge S10 - Best B-school competition

Enrollments for FNC typically begin in the first week of August and stay open for 30 days. Keep yourself updated on the FLIP National Challenge 2019 (S10) here.

Eligibility: Full-Time MBA/PGDM students (1st & 2nd Year). Typically those looking for a career (whether marketing or finance) in the Financial Services industry. Open to all B-Schoolers, but for the last 9 years, 90% + enrollments are from the top 40 B Schools.

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3. HUL L.I.M.E:

Launched in 2010, HUL’s L.I.M.E. (Lessons In Marketing Excellence) is one of the most prestigious and hard-fought B-School competitions for students aspiring to a career in Sales & Marketing. Every year, marketing students from Top 18 B-Schools (see the list of colleges here) take part in the marketing case study competition. The tenth season of L.I.M.E. revolves around the theme “Data-Driven Marketing”.

HUL Lime B-school competition

Through various levels of campus rounds, jury evaluation, semi-final, and the grand finale – the competition spans over a period of 6 months.

Students beyond the Top 18 B-Schools have the provision of taking up a special challenge through a Wild Card Entry and directly enter the show at the semi-final level.

Eligibility: Only students from Top 18 B-Schools (rest through wild card entry)


4. Mahindra War Room:

The Mahindra War Room, first commissioned in 2007, is one of the top Case Study competitions for premier B-Schoolers. Students are required to form 4 member teams, select a case from a given set of business scenarios and submit their thought through and researched solution for it.

Mahindra war room B-school competition

The teams that make it through the primary jury, are flown down to Mumbai for the Grand Finale! They present their case to Mr. Anand Mahindra and the top management at the Mahindra Group. Winner & Runner Up teams win Cash Prizes and PPIs with the Mahindra Group.

Eligibility: The competition is restricted to full-time MBA/PGP students, of any specialization, in a set of 21 top colleges listed here.


5. Reliance TUP

The Ultimate Pitch (TUP) competition organized by Reliance is one of the biggest elevator pitch B-School competitions in India. It comprises of three rounds which span over a period of almost two months.

In the first round, students have to submit a 3-minute pitch of an innovative idea before the given deadline. This pitch is then reviewed by a jury panel.

The next round is a campus face-off round wherein the students present their pitches to a panel. The Reliance team visits around 15 campuses to conduct this round. Participants from other campuses have to give their presentations through video conferencing. 

Reliance TUP 4.0 B-school competition

The shortlisted teams will be flown to Mumbai where they spend two days at the Reliance Corporate Park. They spend a day interacting with and learning from the top management at Reliance. The final pitch is given in front of a large audience. 

The winners have a chance to win cash prizes worth Rs. 6 lakh, PPI offers, and interactive sessions with the chairman’s office.

Eligibility: Students from all premier B-schools can be a part of the contest


6. YES Bank Transformation Series:

The inaugural edition of YES Bank’s Transformation series Case Study challenge was hosted in 2010 and had 1500 participants. Since then, the competition has seen a steady increase in participation. The theme for the 2016 edition was ‘Creating impact through Disruptive Innovation’.

yes bank transformation series b-school competition

Similar to Mahindra War Room, students form teams of three and solve a case study stemming from the theme. The best 15 teams are then brought in to the Grand Finale in Mumbai. The top 3 teams go onto win PPIs with YES Bank & cash prizes. Campus round winners also bag some attractive cash prizes.

Eligibility: Full-time students from a recognized university. (The website doesn’t mention any restrictions on the stream of education)


Did we miss out on any popular B-school competitions that deserve to be on the list?

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