Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is MBA in Construction Project Management from RICS SBE a good option?

Ans: Yes, it is a good option.
MBA CPM teaches students, how one should be able to handle a project from the pre-construction stage to Delivery looking at every aspect of the project (time, cost, Risk, Quality, Finance as well Human Resource factors etc.) during the process. The MBA in CPM program will equip you with the knowledge and skills that will help you become a catalyst in the successful delivery of projects by integrating the inputs of specialists such as architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers, sustainability experts, finance experts, and others. The program is based on knowledge areas of project management, business management, construction, sustainability, and behavioural aspects of projects. You will be equipped with processes, tools, and techniques to manage time, cost, quality, safety, risk, sustainability, and human resources on large and complex projects of the built environment sector. The program is entirely in the project management area. So, if you see them during the program more focus is given to project management. Today what the industry is looking for are civil engineers who also have good management skills (techno managers) and your skillset would be valuable for both courses.

The program will shape competent real estate professionals who can work in the following areas in construction and contracting firms, real estate development firms, consulting firms etc.

In CPM you can make your career in:

• Project Management
• Quantity Surveying
• Cost Management
• Contracts Management
• Contracting (site work)
• Facilities Management
• Leasing
• Tendering
• Procurement

2.How to become a MRICS. What is the procedure?

MRICS stands for Member of Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (a global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction, and infrastructure). MRICS demonstrates to colleagues, clients, and peers that a professional has a chartered qualification and works to the highest industry standards. A candidate (whether an experienced professional, recent graduate, or industry leader) needs to undergo an assessment best represented by his experience and qualifications to become an MRICS. The candidate should have at least 2 years of work experience.

There are four assessment options available. These assessments involve the completion of the online ethics module, submission of written statements to demonstrate your experience and conclude with a professional interview.

• Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – Suitable for individuals with a degree-level qualification and work-based experience.
• Senior Professional Assessment – In recognition of exceptional career achievement we offer an assessment specifically designed for senior professionals in roles with leadership and management responsibilities.
• Specialist Assessment – Available to those who are delivering enhanced services within an RICS discipline and are recognized for their impact and authority.
• Academic Assessment – Suitable for those working as an academic teaching a degree-level the program, with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years relevant teaching experience

3. Is there a Post Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management at RICS SBE? What is the job role after completing a diploma in facilities management?

RICS SBE offers a PGDFM program that is a rich mix of content that is both technical and managerial aimed at producing world-class Facility and CRE Managers. The success of the program is proven through the fact that this being the only program of its kind in India, that is preparing professionals in line with standards set by leading agencies like the International facilities Managers’ Association (IFMA) and RICS, these incumbents get job positions with leading MNC firms as soon as they go for their internships.

• The program is ideally suited for Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical Engineers due to the nature of the complex equipment that gets installed in the modern buildings of the world today. It’s not only the buildings but also the Smart Cities where the candidates can find suitable openings. Students gain an advanced level of understanding of the facilities management at operational, managerial & strategic levels.
• The program is well-designed to provide the student with exposure to various types of projects ranging from commercial to residential, hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure and Industrial.
• The Graduates from this program generally would start their professional journey with jobs at the middle management level with leading MNC and can grow to levels, where they can be managing multiple assets of an organization at a Global Level. They are in high demand from leading International Property Consultants like Jones Lang Lasalle, CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers, etc.

4. When does the admission process starts/ How can I apply for admission at RICS SBE?

Our admission starts in October where you can register yourself for the next academic session by filling up the Pre-Registration Form or you could aim to fill the application form that will be available from January with a last date in April with the session starting in July.

5. How exactly can the course MBA in real estate and urban infrastructure help a B.Arch. student?

Real Estate Development is a process that potentially is a mix of development norms, building guidelines, planning, budgeting and execution combined with the power to imagine and visualize. Architect’s ability to understand urban planning and urban governance process makes them an ideal resource for the real estate sector placing them above par with the rest of the professionals in this domain. All these capabilities are the hallmark of any good architect and accordingly when an architect adds some specific skillsets like financial modelling, knowledge of valuation, sales/marketing and business development and Facilities Management. The aspirant can be called a Real Estate Expert, suitable for getting recruited in multiple job roles.

6. Is any technical knowledge of civil engineering required for MBA in CPM?

Yes, technical knowledge is required for MBA CPM since this course is techno managerial. MBA CPM teaches students, how one should be able to handle a project from the planning stage to Delivery looking at every aspect of the project (Risk, Quality, Finance as well as Human Resource factors) during the process. The MBA in CPM program will equip you with the knowledge and skills that will help you become a catalyst in the successful delivery of projects by integrating the inputs of specialists such as architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers, sustainability experts, finance experts, and others. The program is based on knowledge areas of project management, business management, construction, sustainability, and behavioral aspects of projects. You will be equipped with models, tools, and techniques to manage time, cost, quality, safety, risk, sustainability, and human resources on large and complex projects of the built environment sector. The program focuses on the aspects of the project management with the perfect blend of technical and managerial skills.

7. How will BBA in Real Estate & Urban Infrastructure help in having a successful career?

BBA programs offered by many Business Schools are generic programs that aim to provide some insight into the business management domain. However, because of its generic nature and applicability to multiple industries, a generic BBA leaves a student confused in terms of which industry to pursue and with which kind of a job role. Moreover, a generic BBA also does not give the scope to an individual to pursue any specialist field.

At RICS School of Built Environment, we have this uniquely designed BBA in Real Estate, which is aimed at providing a specific direction to youngsters who are focused and know what their expectations from life are. This program helps a young professional in identifying job roles very early in life that he/she will be happy in performing over the years.

The program has a balanced mix of technical and managerial competencies that are required to flourish in the Indian Real Estate sector. At the end of this program, one may get hired as Management Trainees or may want to work in some very specific job roles in Real Estate, such as:

• Sales & Marketing
• Business Development
• Property Valuation
• Housing Finance
• Leasing & Transactions
• Land Aggregation
• Real Estate Brokerage
• Market Research and Analysis

8. Is there MBA in Construction Economics & Quantity Surveying?

Yes, we offer MBA in Construction economics and Quantity Surveying.
MBA in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying is a unique program that prepares students to become construction economists and quantity surveyors—a very crucial subset of built environment professionals. The Quantity Surveyor, also known as Construction Economist in some locations, is an integral part of the entire project life cycle as a professional advisor on cost and commercial aspects.

Our program is a rich mix of content that is both technical and managerial. Students gain knowledge and understanding of procurement, commercial management and financial management of construction projects. They are prepared to understand the process, technology and people issues involved in achieving project success. Students are taught to work on all types of projects ranging from commercial offices, residential, hotel, hospital, and institutional buildings, industrial buildings, roads, highways, bridges, and infrastructure.

After your MBA CEQS program, you can get into Cost management roles, including estimation, tendering, contract management, procurement and risk management for projects. The maximum amount of demand for construction courses is in Quantity surveying in India, the middle east, the UK and various other parts of the world and you should pursue that.

9. How is RICS SBE curriculum Different from other MBA Institutions? / How is RICS SBE programs different?

RICS SBE offers a specialized MBA program to develop industrial competencies and skills that produces qualified professionals meeting Global standards. The programs are accredited by RICS a Global professional body that sets standards the world over in Construction, property management and quantity surveying. RICS SBE is the only institution offering such MBA programs in the country.

The curriculum for graduate and postgraduate programs primarily embeds mandatory, technical and core competencies that finally lead them to the APC pathway of RICS and become eligible for MRICS. This is the first and only program aligned to Industry and Education 4.0. The highlights are:

• Competency-based programme;
• Introduction of digital technologies in the built environment, sustainable practices, BIM, AI and cyber-Physical systems (IoT) in the built environment.
• Summer internship for 8 weeks with a choice of doing 4 weeks in International University.
• Significant research in emerging areas embedded in the curriculum.

The construction project management MBA program is now accredited by the Global Accreditation Council of Project Management Institute (GAC-PMI) and is the first and only accredited program in India.

10. How can RICS SBE benefit me in the international market Globally?

RICS is an accrediting body and most of the international institutes have got RICS accreditations. International universities will not give you domestic insight which will be a disadvantage once you are back on home front. One needs to understand and prepare for the sector where there is a need and demand for specialized professionals. The real estate sector is one of the most globally recognized sectors.

So, what Chartered accountants are to the accounting profession, RICS is to the world of real estate and construction and is the leading chartered professional qualification globally and a passport for a global career. To become a Member of the RICS, the first step is an RICS accredited degree and the RICS School of Built environment, Amity University accredited courses (these are the only RICS accredited courses in India) where RICS itself is providing its expertise in helping the university deliver these programs. Once you have an RICS accredited degree, you need a minimum of 2 years of professional experience to be eligible to apply to become a Member of the RICS. After that, if you qualify in the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) conducted by the RICS, you would become an RICS member (MRICS), the world's leading professional qualification and join an elite community of the top real estate and construction professionals around the world. RICS is also the leading standard-setting body and around the world, our standards are followed by the professionals we qualify. Now coming to RICS SBE, not only do we have excellent faculty, but we being a global institution, we have linkages to all the top real estate and construction companies in India and around the world and have our members working in all these companies. So, we have the ability to provide exceptional placements to our students. In addition to this, we also have exchange programs with various universities around the world including the University of Liverpool which enables our students to do exchange programs with these universities and go and study a semester with that university and also get a certificate from you.

11. What is Education 4.0?

Education 4.0 is the future of learning and aligns with Industry 4.0's requirements (4th Industrial revolution). According to the World Economic Forum, disruptive technologies and automation are driving Industry 4.0. Jobs will be handled increasingly by technology, and human skills and EQ will be required for the new range of industrial roles. Competency-based education, rather than knowledge-based education, will be required in Education 4.0. It must be demand-driven rather than supply-driven. The ultimate objective is to increase productivity and competitiveness.

12. I am weak in structures, so I opted for MBA in CPM. Is my decision correct?

If you believe CPM is the simpler option, we would want to correct you. Both areas have challenges, but structures are about designing, and while CPM does not need you to design a building, you will learn how to manage the construction of one.

13. Who will my degree be awarded from?

RICS works in partnership with Amity University to ensure that our accredited degree courses are relevant to industry. Therefore, after the completion of the RICS courses, the degree is awarded from Amity University.

14. What is MRICS & FRICS?

MRICS is a leading global chartered qualification that greatly improves employability and career progression. It is recognized as a stamp of excellence by employers worldwide. With this accredited degree, you have higher chances of qualifying for MRICS – the globally recognized chartered qualification in the industry – sought after by the industry. Professional Members may use “MRICS” after their names (previously members at this level were known as Professional Associates and used the designation “ARICS”). Fellow members use “FRICS” after their names.

15. How does Amity University come into play?

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has a tie-up with Amity University with a school for specialised degree courses in real estate, construction, and infrastructure. Since the foreign bodies cannot accredit degrees of their own, they require an Indian University to do the needful. Amity has provided the infrastructure facility at its Noida and Mumbai campuses for the institution ' RICS School of Built Environment', while RICS has developed the curriculum.

16. What is the difference between sponsored and non-sponsored fee structures?

Non-Sponsored (NS): It is a high merit category where a student competes and clear the criteria set up by the Selection Board. The fee structure for the non-sponsored category is less than what is asked in Paid Seats (Sponsored).

Sponsored (S): The Sponsored category applies to relatively lower merit category with high fees. Generally, students who fail to score great in Selection test are given Direct entry with higher Sponsorship charges.

17. Are your degrees UGC recognised?

RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, is set up by RICS in partnership with Amity University and is part of the University supported by the ministry of Urban Affairs. Amity University and the Degrees awarded by them are recognized by the UGC.

18. How is life at RICS School of Built Environment?

The campus is spread over 1200 acres of land with 6 million sq. feet building area and provides peaceful environment to the students where they engage in different activities & events and exchange their cultural thoughts. This helps in increasing interactivity among the students and lays a foundation for a balanced outlook towards life. Some of the most eye catchy spots in the campus that attract the students are:

• H-Block - with Dominos, Subway, CCD, Dosa Plaza and what not. Name it, you have it. Inside the campus, exclusively for SBEians.
• Arcadia- The place to be. PlayStation, pool, etc. Arcadia has it all.
• The Central Library: The huge library offers great collection of books but apart from studying, students like sitting and spending their time there.
• Pool Facilities: The Amazing Olympic size swimming pool is almost free for the students. You have to pay a very small price of Rs. 2 as registration charges. No other charges applicable.
• The Yoga Classes: Again, a free facility for the faculty and the students. Free yoga is something you won't like to miss. One morning and one evening session is held at the college.
• Gym Facilities: The gym with latest equipment and trainers all time around helps you stay fit.

19. What is S.L.I.N.G.?

S.L.I.N.G (Student Learning Innovation and Networking Group) is an interactive platform where all our students engage in various activities and imbibe important skills such as networking and teamwork. It is also an endeavour to give them a chance to discover their different talents and take some time out from studies to indulge and cultivate those talents. Through student engagement and participation, SLING strives to provide a window for recreation, sports, and knowledge. There are various constructive activities conducted in SLING to engage the students from all the programs in RICS School of Built Environment.

20. What are the post-graduate programmes you offer and what is the eligibility criteria?

• MBA in Real Estate & Urban infrastructure
• MBA in Construction Project Management
• MBA in Construction Economics & Quantity Surveying
• PG Diploma in Facilities Management

The eligibility criteria for Noida campus is: For NS (Non Sponsored) category min 50% marks in Graduation with min score of MAT - 500/GMAT – 500 / CMAT - 150 Or percentile in CAT/XAT - 75 / NMAT - 60 Or Amity Written Test on the day of Interview.
For S (Sponsored) category - min 50% marks in Graduation with min score of MAT-450/GMAT- 450/ CMAT - 100 Or percentile in CAT/XAT - 65 / NMAT - 50 Or Amity Written Test on the day of Interview.

Mumbai Campus:
Qualifying CAT/XAT Percentile : 75, NMAT 60 percentile, MAT Score : 500 GMAT Score: 500 OR Test on the day of interview Graduation (min 50%).