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Admission to top 10 US B Schools [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 20:17
Dear Maverick ,

How are you?

1. I am Siddharth from India working for past 14 years in the Indian Army as a Major.
2. Offlate, I have started dwelling on the idea of applying and getting through to a top 10 B school and I would appreciate if you can evaluate my profile based on facts given below and give out my chances of getting there.
3. I finished my schooling with 81% marks in high school and 86% marks in 12th std with science subjects.
4. Thereafter, I was selected for the premier tri-service (Army, Navy and Airforce)Officers training establishment for the Indian Defence forces, i.e. National Defence Academy(NDA). During my stint at NDA, I was trained for 3 years in the subtle nuances of modern day warfare, tactics, combat leadership and expertise in handling arms and ammunition. Apart from these, I also excelled in debate competitions, sports, swimming and wildlife photography. Simulatneously, I also completed my graduation(Bachelor in Sciences) from Jawahar lal Nehru university, New Delhi.
5. After that, I went for advanced training of Army to the Indian Military Academy for 1 year, wherein I was trained to lead an Infantry Platoon(125 men) in war in all types of terrain viz. High altitude, desert, jungle and amphibious environment against a nuclear backdrop. I was also trained for counter insurgency operations.
6. On completion of my precommission training, I was deployed in North eastern sector of India in anti terrorists operations. Therein, I commanded 125 men carrying out surgical military operations resulting in elimination of large number of militants in my area of responsibility and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
7. My efforts were well recognised and I was honoured with three gallantry awards including one from the Honourable President of India and the other two from the top military hierarchy.
8. Thereafter, I was posted to Jammu and Kashmir(ladakh sector), the highest battlefield of the world, where I along with my team was responsible to provide optimum logistic support to the field Army.
9. I was then posted to an Aviation support echelon providing logistic backup to the complete Indian Army.
10. In my past 14 years in the Army, I attended various courses of instructions in a wide range of fields from Inventory Management , tactical deployment of Army and bomb disposal at premier training establishments of Army and have topped all of them with very high academic and practical performance.
11. I also served with the elite National Security Guards(NSG), the crack anti-terrorist unit of Government of India for 3 years. During my tenure in NSG, I was selected to be a part of OP black tornedo, which was launched in the wake of terrorist attack on Hotel Taj, Hotel Oberoi and Nariman house in Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008. My operation was a success and I was honoured with a gallantry award from the Chief of Indian Army. In NSG, I extensively carried out many detection and disposal of many bombs and carried out post blast investigations at various sites of incidence.
12. Presently, I am working with an ammunition unit providing ammunition support to the field Army.
13. I have also extensively participated in social causes especially in terrorist infested areas.
14. As of now, I am preparing to take GMAT in Sep and wish to do MBA(finance). The post MBA goal is to get into Investment banking.
15. I would request you to provide me realistic guidance on my chances of getting into top B Schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford etc and what in your opinion should be my ideal GMAT score for getting in there?

Regards
Siddharth

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Re: Admission to top 10 US B Schools [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 02:17
Hi Sid,

Thank you for sharing your very impressive profile. Before applying to any US school, it becomes very important for the candidate to know 'fit' for a particular B school. For example: MBA graduates interested to make a mark in financial sector are likely to apply more to East Coast schools than West Coast Schools. THis is not to say one should not apply to West Coast schools for finance, but rather to emphasize that chances of getting finance jobs is more on the East Coast ( near Wall street).

It would be great if you could share the reasons for doing MBA now and your post MBA goals. It can happen that your post MBA goals may not get realised by studying in wharton/stanford/harvard. hence it becomes very important to know your short term and long term goals to guide you to your 'fit' schools.

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Re: Admission to top 10 US B Schools [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 00:58
Thanks a lot for the reply..

I wish to do MBA(Finance) and get into investment banking.

I would really appreciate if you could tell me my prospects of getting into any top 10 US B schools.
Also, how much GMAT score is required for the same?
Is my profile strong enough to get into Wharton, HBS or Stanford GSB?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Admission to top 10 US B Schools [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 10:17
tomarsid wrote:
Thanks a lot for the reply..

I wish to do MBA(Finance) and get into investment banking.

I would really appreciate if you could tell me my prospects of getting into any top 10 US B schools.
Also, how much GMAT score is required for the same?
Is my profile strong enough to get into Wharton, HBS or Stanford GSB?

Thanks in advance


Hi Sid,

In US there are several B schools which have 'finance' as their core strengths. Examples of such schools would be Wharton, Columbia, Darden and many others.

The selection in B school is demography dependent and your application would be in the Indian pool, one of the very competitive pools in B school admission. I strongly believe your profile is quite unique, distinct and very impressive for this pool and you have very high chances of making into top B schools ( this is subective :) ). Why I am saying this is since Indian applicant pool is quite dominated by candidates from IT/software background and your profile definitely stands out. Further your profile also adds diversity to the class. Having said that, there are also other important elements such as GMAT and Essays.

In the Indian applicant pool, a score of 700+ would make you competitive for a top B school. This is not to say a lesser score cannot guarantee you a spot in your dream school. THis is just to better your chances of landing up in school of your choice.

Essays are very crucial part of B school application. Each school has a different set of essays and you need to demonstrate genuinely why you need a MBA from a particular school and how does it help you in short/long term goals. Further in your case, why a paramount shift from battle field to investment management (IM) domain? What made you to switch your career track into IM? You would be required to answer such questions in essays along with other questions on leadership and team play (which I think you have immense :P ).

Hope this helped!
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Re: Admission to top 10 US B Schools [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2010, 19:54
Dear peer review,

I am waiting for your reply

thanks in advance

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