How to defend gap year in MBA interview

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Thie most common question which students ask and is feared of – “How does gap year affect our interview marks?” The answer is simple. It may affect or may be advantageous to you, depends on how you defend it. First of all, let us understand what does gap year mean. It may be a gap in education between 12th and graduation or in between any year of graduation. 

Reasons for Gap

Most students have a gap because they go for IIT JEE preparation or other entrance exams after their 12th class and fail to get a very good college. Students should not panic in this situation. It is a very common thing to have a gap because of this nowadays. In interviews, you should be confident about that and should say the genuine answer instead of making medical excused. If you are confident enough and may explain what you learnt from that failure(in majority cases) or otherwise you may explain that at that time you were not able to handle boards and competitive exam at the same time, so dropped 1 year and got into a good college.

If you have failed in any of the years, you may explain that you were not good at studies previously but now you decided to be serious in life and so trying to improve yourself. So, you got good marks in CAT and maybe in later stages and sitting in the interviews. You may also explain that you failed because you were not interested in that but interested in business knowledge and MBA.

Some students may have dropped a year after graduation for MBA preparation. As CAT exam is not like IIT JEE, it does not require one to drop a year for that. So, saying that you dropped just because of CAT is not a good idea. You may say some other small activities to tell like content writing, blogging, small internships, working with his/her uncle or anyone. You need not have salary slips and all that. That would not be counted in work experience but can be used to defend the gap year. Before going to the interviews you have to make proper stories in the field you have knowledge about what small things you did along with.

Some small activities which may be used to defend are –

1. Content writing.

2. Teaching students maths and english.

3. Sitting in my uncle’s shop.

4. Reading self improvement books and audiobooks.

5. Tried to start business but failed so doing MBA now.

These are just examples. You must decide according to your knowledge and the trick is you can make a certificate by your own if required. No one checks or cross-check for these small matters. If you still face some issues, you can comment below and we will help you personally for free.

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3 Comments on “How to defend gap year in MBA interview”

  1. The article is much better than preparation from any coaching institute. They just tell the basics and ask to tell that you prepared for CAT or IIT. But, this is something which is really useful and more like a personal guidance. Please make more articles like this.

  2. Hello. I left my job in August 2019 and then went to Delhi to do a course in financial modelling for 3-4 months. I gave CAT too that time but didn’t prepare much. I got shortlisted for a couple of colleges but due to Covid-19, I was sceptical to join any program. So I decided to give one more try and started preparing for MBA entrances. Although side by side, I started learning python language and did a course in MySql. Also I started reading books a lot.
    So will this justify my gap year? Or I need to have some more fillers ?

    Please help.


    1. Python language is fine. Python and SQL are helpful in and after MBA too in analytics field. You can defend by explaining that. Also, if you can make a small project or prepare it fully such that you can explain in interviews, it woulld be much better.’
      You can also tell about your financial modelling course as well. What type of books you are talking about?

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