Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill
Asst. Manager-hr
Recruitment/talent Acquisition, Career Counselling
Hr & Admin
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Is MBA degree mandatory for someone who wants to get into HR field?
Dear Bindu,
It is not mandatory to have an MBA to get into HR field.
Many with diplomas in social welfare or graduates with
IR specialization also work in HR, to name a few.
Having said that you must know that to apply for an executive post
specialization in HR would be preferred.
Please note that in India a wide range of qualified people
from XLRI, IIMs and also from lesser known institutions get into HR field regularly.

Dear Bindu,
This is in addition to what Mr Raghunath an has said. It us not mandatory per se to have MBA degree for HR professionals. Even after aquiring MBA degree in HR, how many professionals really implement their learning?
Nevertheless, if yiu do not have this degree then will you be able to learn on your own what is taught in MBA?
Secondly from the job market point of view it is better to have MBA degree. This is because acquirement of MBA will help you to compete with MBAs. There are whole lot MBAs who are waiting in the wings to get right job in HR. Being non-MBA, how will you compete with them?
Lastly, about your future. When you become a senior, you might get junior with MBA in HR. When he/she starts talking about HR concepts, will you understand what that person is talking? If you do not understand then how will you motivate that person? Please think it over.
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Bindu,
Today majority of the organizations prefer MBA-HR candidate for HR post and there is a pool of MBA candidates looking for a job. It is obvious that when you apply for a HR post you are expected to be well acquainted with the HR concepts which are taught to you in MBA and not in other courses.
In my opinion, MBA degree serves just as a gate pass for HR interview whereas your communication skills, competencies, analytical ability & decision making skills is what an interviewer is interested in. What you learn in academics and what you actually get to work as HR are far apart. As a HR you must be conceptually clear which MBA teaches you and adroit in devising your own strategies and policies which is nowhere taught to you in any of the courses but you develop it by time and experience.

Hello Bindu,
Can you give the reason(s)/background for your query?
While Raghunathan, Dinesh Divekar & Ritu Singh have given responses WITH the presumption that your query is by someone who is evaluating whether to do MBA-HR or not, whether this is what you intended to ask is unclear.

To be frank , Indian Market will only check the experience rather than the qualification, as of my personal experience i am saying this, if you want to continue your job in middle level companies don't spend your money and time for your degree, if you want to join for MNC'S , you defensively have to think to join the degree, but as of my recruitment experience, most of the companies select their employees including HR based on their experience.
I hv seen in 15 yr of my career that in HR jobs, reference works and not degree.
Also with ref u get better pay and high job security.
I hv seen my colleagues got good pay rise, less work, all benefits and HR like us got everything with hard work.
Also hard work pays no matter a bit late but for sure.

You should view the question in terms of your own personal development and the competencies that you can gain. Generally, you shd have a balance of training, experience, supervisory expertise, and qualifications. The higher up the ladder you go, the MBA will equip you with the tools and techniques required to deal with many different managerial issues. With your HR experience and qualifications, which are supplemented with an MBA, you will become an important person for senior management and the leadership of your organisation. You will also become a more marketable person.
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