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690 on GMAT retake. Please help me in profile evaluation

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Joined: 12 Nov 2012
Posts: 159
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Technology
GMAT 1: 650 Q51 V26
GMAT 2: 690 Q50 V32
GMAT 3: 710 Q51 V34
GPA: 2.7
WE: Analyst (Computer Software)
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690 on GMAT retake. Please help me in profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 13:06
Hi Team,

Kindly help me in evaluating my profile. Thanks in advance

Kindly evaluate my profile. Thanks in advance

Work experience : 51 months ( aug-2008 to nov-2012)
Gender : Male
Nationality : Indian
Profession : Software engineer

Professional Experience :
Software engineer: 2 yrs 5 mths in Banking domain ( With one of the most reputed Indian IT company)
Software engineer: 1 yr 8 mths in Trading domain ( With one of the most reputed trading firm head quartered in India)
GPA : 2.63 / 4 ( after scaling )
College : Indian Institute of Technology
Extra acads : Won few competitions in college but do not have any certificate as a proof. Did some event management in technical fest and cultural fest of my college, though my role was not that significant. Did some CSR in my company. Again no certificates of participation here. On a second thought, do colleges really look for any certificates for Extra acads ? If not, then can I convince them with the work I did in CSR or the competitions that I won in college?
GMAT 1 : 650 ( QA :51 , VA :26)
GMAT 2 : 690( QA :50 , VA :32)
Areas of Interest : Primary : Marketing, Secondary : Finance
Colleges to apply :
1) Michigan Ross
2) Dartmouth Tuck
3) Fuqua, Duke
4) NYU Stern
5) Indiana, Kelley
6) HEC Paris
7) Kellogg
What I realize here is that my GMAT score and my target schools are somewhat in a mismatch. Yet, I’m giving a shot. I would really appreciate someone to provided their inputs here.
My Queries :
1) How is my GPA going to affect in admission to the above mentioned schools. Is there any way to compensate for it ?? Apart from retaking GMAT !!!
2) My professional background has been revolving around software/banking/Trading domain. How good are my chances to get into schools that are well known for marketing ? How do I make up for it ?? Are good essays and LORs the only hope for me ??
3) Considering my profile what other schools I can have a best shot at ? I am very skeptical of the huge tuition loans and it would be really great if someone can suggest a good b-school (within Top 50 global rank) based on ROI.

P.S : I am keenly waiting to apply for round 2. For HEC Paris I am thinking of sept- round.

C'est la vie

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Re: 690 on GMAT retake. Please help me in profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2012, 06:27
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For ROI look at UNC and GA Tech. AS for your profile, it's good and will likely get you in to some of your schools (assuming as you say, well written applications). Your GPA will likely be balanced by your decent GMAT score, and while it may be under the average of your applicant pool, it is well within the 80% range of your target schools. Your challenge will be in simply differentiating yourself from the other applicants with a similar cultural and professional background as yourself. To do this, you will need to tell stories. Stories are unique to you and stick to the ribs of the adcoms. Think through how you are different from the "next" guy who is also a software engineer or IT expert. What expereinces have you had that will be accretive to the classroom experience that others cannot offer? THinking this way will help you craft your unique story in a compelling way for the adcoms.

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