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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 02:55
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sandi wrote:
Samir jee,

Sounds very much logical sirjee(as you mentioned), please help me with the b-school selection.

I have shortlisted till now:
TEPPER
EMORY
TUCK
UNC
Cornell

Please let me know if the above selected schools are good enough for me, classifying them as safe and ambitious for my profile. Also please add some more schools(mix of safe and ambitious) which you feel will be good for me.


I am planning yo apply in 6 US schools at max + NUS and Nanyang. How shall I go ahead? Shall I apply in all during R1? OR leave aside few schools for R2(after ISB results)?

Regards.
Sandi


Sandi-bhai,

Going strictly by MCB report definitions I wouldn't say any of the schools on your list are 'safe'. They'll probably be hilling-and-doolling between Stretch and Ambitious.

Hamare param-pujya MG sir ki baat maan ljiye naa. It'll be nice to have you waxing eloquent here in a few days and going gaga about the MCB process and the report.

It also doubles up as a red carpet entry to our latest raapchik addition --> MCB's LinkedIn Page. Many of the soon-to-be-international-MBA-sensations are already out there waiting for new friends of MCB to join their ranks.

Start building your MBA network BEFORE you get into B-school!


Samir jee,

Thanks a lot. I will definitely give a thought on MG's advice and get back to you.

Regards.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2010, 23:09
Hi sameer,
pls help me with my profile evaluation

Male/Indian/24 Years old.
Undergrad study: Bachelor of Engineering. Graduated with 1st class (74 %) out of 100.
GMAT: 710 (Q50/V34) / AWA 5.0

Work Experience(Will be 4 years by admit time):
- Working as a senior software developer in a mid level startup (around 1200 employees). The employee count was around 500 when i joined 3.5 yrs back. The company was having very small business at that time.no international clients and very few indian clients. In the past 4 yrs company has made great strides in terms of acquiring new customers both in india and across the globe. It has signed multi million dollar deals with 2 big global telecom giants. It is the fastest growing telecom VAS company now. I am a part of billing platform of the company. It is the most critical part in any deployment. Due to small size of company i was performing work in diverse roles. Software developer profile was not just limited to development it also involved requirement gathering & sometimes involved in direct discussions & solution presentation to clients at their premises.

- Very small international work ex of 25 days. This is the biggest international deployment of the company in terms of revenues. Was there to deploy the most critical component the whole deployment. Was directly dealing with the client in these 25 days on the technical front (and it was a very short time span in which the whole system was made live).

- Can get very good recommendations from my technical manager as well as business manager.

- Working as a intern in motorola electronics during my graduate course for a period of 7 months. Was involved in a technical aspect of a bid presentation by motorola for a multi crore Rs tender (biggest at that time in indian telecom domain). But my work involved only the technical part. My work was to plan the coverage of cell towers and minimizing their number as each cell tower costed huge amount, so based on the final number of cell towers they have to estimate the cost for the bid.


post-MBA career goal: business development/statergy consulting

Extra curricular:
- Was an active participant in professional sports. Participated till state level in 2 sports during school time. Was a member of college sports team. Participated from my company for intercorporate tournaments and won them. There were around 20 companies participating in that tournaments and i won across 3 different sports. Have certificates for all of them.
- Working for an NGO for last 5 months.
- Won many performance awards at work. Includes highest award for recognition(2 times)
- Involved in various cultural societies in college.


I am planning to apply to ISB, NUS, Nanyang, HKUST, schulich.

My queries-
1 ) Is my profile good enough to target these schools. What are my chances in them? Or should i downgrade my choices a bit.
2) Does the verbal/quant split in gmat score seen by these schools ? As my score split is not that good ,so how will it effect my chances?
3) Can i upgrade my school choices to include said oxford and hec paris. What are my chances in these?
4) Since the company i am working in is no more a start up now(1200 employees) and at the time when i joined there were 500 employees. So can i project this as a start up in some way ?

any other of your suggestions are welcome. Hoping to see your reply soon.

Thanks.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2010, 23:59
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Hi sameer,
pls help me with my profile evaluation

Male/Indian/24 Years old.
Undergrad study: Bachelor of Engineering. Graduated with 1st class (74 %) out of 100.
GMAT: 710 (Q50/V34) / AWA 5.0

Work Experience(Will be 4 years by admit time):
- Working as a senior software developer in a mid level startup (around 1200 employees). The employee count was around 500 when i joined 3.5 yrs back. The company was having very small business at that time.no international clients and very few indian clients. In the past 4 yrs company has made great strides in terms of acquiring new customers both in india and across the globe. It has signed multi million dollar deals with 2 big global telecom giants. It is the fastest growing telecom VAS company now. I am a part of billing platform of the company. It is the most critical part in any deployment. Due to small size of company i was performing work in diverse roles. Software developer profile was not just limited to development it also involved requirement gathering & sometimes involved in direct discussions & solution presentation to clients at their premises.

- Very small international work ex of 25 days. This is the biggest international deployment of the company in terms of revenues. Was there to deploy the most critical component the whole deployment. Was directly dealing with the client in these 25 days on the technical front (and it was a very short time span in which the whole system was made live).

- Can get very good recommendations from my technical manager as well as business manager.

- Working as a intern in motorola electronics during my graduate course for a period of 7 months. Was involved in a technical aspect of a bid presentation by motorola for a multi crore Rs tender (biggest at that time in indian telecom domain). But my work involved only the technical part. My work was to plan the coverage of cell towers and minimizing their number as each cell tower costed huge amount, so based on the final number of cell towers they have to estimate the cost for the bid.


post-MBA career goal: business development/statergy consulting

Extra curricular:
- Was an active participant in professional sports. Participated till state level in 2 sports during school time. Was a member of college sports team. Participated from my company for intercorporate tournaments and won them. There were around 20 companies participating in that tournaments and i won across 3 different sports. Have certificates for all of them.
- Working for an NGO for last 5 months.
- Won many performance awards at work. Includes highest award for recognition(2 times)
- Involved in various cultural societies in college.


I am planning to apply to ISB, NUS, Nanyang, HKUST, schulich.

My queries-
1 ) Is my profile good enough to target these schools. What are my chances in them? Or should i downgrade my choices a bit.
2) Does the verbal/quant split in gmat score seen by these schools ? As my score split is not that good ,so how will it effect my chances?
3) Can i upgrade my school choices to include said oxford and hec paris. What are my chances in these?
4) Since the company i am working in is no more a start up now(1200 employees) and at the time when i joined there were 500 employees. So can i project this as a start up in some way ?

any other of your suggestions are welcome. Hoping to see your reply soon.

Thanks.
Piyush.


Piyush, your work-ex profile does put you in a very competitive pool. Having said that, it all boils down to how well you can communicate the work done as different and value adding compared to plain vanilla IT work. It does look like you've been veering towards business development and that is the theme I would recommend as a post-mba goal. 500+ company as a startup is a stretch frankly, better to call it a SME or sth.

Coming to the school choices, the schools you mention would be in the practical to stretch category for you and yes, schools (especially ISB) do look at the split of verbal/quant. But it usually makes sense to have atleast one ambitious and a couple of safe schools in one's target list. Here, the MCB report would be of immense value to find out best suited schools for your profile.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2010, 23:39
nikhilgupta2020 wrote:
Hi Sameer,

Please suggest the other decent colleges for MBA(finance). I am planning to apply to 2 ambitious,2 reach and 2 safe colleges

Work Experience:
Working as an development engineer at Oracle since July 2008. My work involves designing and developing ERP applications. I am youngest in the team to receive a spot award for my work. I have two certifications in NCFM basic modules. To be frank, I feel this is the only part of the application where I feel I am not at par with the other applicants. Only issue is I do not have relevant work experience. I am planning to write CFA level I in June 2011 (but that might be too late to add in the application). Please suggest how I can improve this part.

Coming to the NGO experience, I have worked as an R and D intern in LUGT (Environment NGO) . The internship involves doing research and suggesting innovative methods to minimize the power consumption in corporates.

Thanks
Nikhil

Hi Nikhil,

If you've had the distinction of being the youngest in the team to receive the spot award (not sure what that means, though) in a company like Oracle, I'm guessing there's something special about you. Right?

So please stop underestimating yourself and focus on highlighting why you are special. I'm sure if you do a little more introspection, you'll be able to come up with many more stories like this.

nikhilgupta2020 wrote:
Coming to the NGO experience, I have worked as an R and D intern in LUGT (Environment NGO) . The internship involves doing research and suggesting innovative methods to minimize the power consumption in corporates.

You've also got me interested to know more about why you feel it was innovative. Rather than just leaving these hooks open ended in your essays, use them to satiate the reader's curiosity.

Fikar naat too much sir, about what's not there. There's enough to fill in those essays with what you have.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 03:06
Hi Sameer,

Need your help to evaluate my profile:

Indian/Male/31 Years (I would be 32 by the start of the program next year)
GMAT: 730 (Q49, V41, AWA: 5.0)
Bachelor of Engineering from Good University - 74% (top 5%)
Master of Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (one of top school in India): CGPA 6.4 on the scale of 8.0
Extra-curricular - Good. Organized events during college days and participated in few events. Doing community work for past 2 years

Experience: 8+ years (would complete 9 years by next year)
Ex1: 1 year on research in a govt. sponsored research program
Ex2: 7 Years on Top Indian IT company as Analyst/consultant/Tech Lead; worked for world's leading Financial Corporations (Banking and Equity/Capital Markets). Have worked on 2 very big and critical integration projects. Heavily interacted with clients and managed teams.
Overseas: US - 2 years; UK - 2 months
Publications: Published many papers internal to my company
Career progression: good - from engineer -> analyst-> Tech Lead; Got few awards on the work, have team mangement (of size 10) experience for 2 years


Areas of interest (post MBA): 1. Consultancy/Investment Banking, and 2. Brand Management/Marketing of Software/IT Products.
Not sure if I would fit in Finance (although I want to) - any suggestion as how to convince the adcom that I want to move to finance

Considering my age and experience (in IT field), could you please help me in selecting few schools in which I may have a chance:

1. 4-5 schools from top 15-20 US business schools ?
2. Please suggest 3-4 schools from this list: INSEAD, IE, IMD, HEC, Cambridge, Oxford etc.

Please suggest few safety schools from both (US and non-US) the categories.

I would prefer to do an MBA from US B-schools but do not want to limit myself as I might be over-aged for those programs. What are your opinions on this?

Please let me know if I have missed any crucial information.


Thanks in advance.
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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 03:26
Hello Sameer,

Please evaluate my profile and provide me guidance on B-schools I have selected.

My MBA interest:Opeartions and supply chain management

GMAT 1(on 30th oct, 2009) - 630 (Q49, V26) AWA 4.5
GMAT 2(on 14th sep, 2010)-710(Q 50, V36) AWA 4
Toefl : 107 R,L,S,W: 26,28,26,27 :107

Total Work Exp: 4 years in Aug 2011, Marine engineer

International Exp:
Working in a multicultural and multilingual environment

Sex – Male
Age – 24 yrs
Nationality - Indian
Professional sumary:
• 3+years of experience in Maritime industry from Sep 2007 till date
• Practical Exposure to various machinery systems such as Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Power Management Systems

• Key Responsibility Areas involved handling, loading and discharging opeartions of cargo worth millions of dollors
• Hands on experience in maintenance and opeartion of Centralised Air Conditioning system
• Managed a team of resources across different systems such as Main Propulsion System , Power Management System , Cargo Pumping Systems , Boilers, Inert gas generation System and Hydraulic Oil Systems
• Facilitated in planning and implementation of Ship Spare Inventory Management System
• Solely held responsibility of ship's Bunker Operation ( Critical Operation)
• Co-ordinated and facilitated various ship surveys and vetting
• Performance testing of various Machinery systems such as Propulsion System, Power Generation System and Air Compressors
• Implemented company’s Environmental and Safety policy to ensure compliance with changing international regulations like SOLAS, MARPOL and ISM Code
• Assisted my brother in Operation of family owned Hindustan Petroleum Retail Outlet during vacations

Education:
Professional License MEO class 4
BS in Marine Engineering from BITS Pilani 2003-2007, with cgpa of 7.5/10
XII – 79, UP board
X – 73%, UP board

ECs:
• Conducted Various Workshops related to Fire Safety and Prevention at some of the Hindustan Petroliuem Retail Outlets.
• Presented a Project on ‘Electricity Production and Distribution’ at Techinical Festival TECHKRITI at IIT Kanpur
• Received ‘Award Of Merit’ from Bahai spiritual society for performance in class12th board examinations
• Secured highest marks in Mathematics among all schoolmates in both 10th and 12th
• Nominated as Division Cadet Captain in college.
• Successfully carried the responsibility of House Prefect in School
• Won accolades for participating in various Paper Presentations.
• Worked as Technical Co-ordinator in college FM radio Transmission team

Aim: I want to get into Supply chain consultancy.

B schools I am Applying:
1: ISB hyderabd
2: Dukes Fuqua
3: Penn state smeal
4: Fisher Ohio
5: Michigan Broad
6: Texas A$ m Mays
7 : Wiscosin Madison

what are my chances of admission and scholorships in above schools
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 23:29
Hi Sameer,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 25
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 3
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 690 (50Q, 31 V, 5.0 AWA). Aug’10
2nd Attempt - 720 (51Q, 35V, 5.0 AWA). Sept’10
Undergrad : B.Tech(Honors) in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Areas of Interest: General Management/Operations

Experience details (Total Exp – 3 yrs. Employer – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.)
1. 2010 Mar – Production Engineer, Core Group

• Administration of the HGU unit at the time of commissioning and 1st start-up, in the shifts, and providing of theoretical and practical instruction to staff in production and required service areas.
• Dried out a high pressure circuit (that involved latest technology heaters, recycle gas compressor and make up gas compressors), leak tested, and started up the VGO-HDT, Atf and FCC-LPG Meroxes, and was awarded as the best amongst the equals in the commissioning team for the units.
• Experienced with the various pre-commissioning and commissioning activities involved with the organization’s Hydrogen Generation Unit (HGU) and its first ever VGO-HDT unit.

2. 2008 - 2010 Mar: Process Engineer, Core Group

• Worked in Core Group of Residue Up-gradation Project for construction and commissioning of HGU of the project.
• Involved with VGO-HDT unit since the 60% model review and have been working with Process Flow Diagrams’ and Piping &Instrumentation Diagrams’ revisions and construction of unit according to drawings.
• Responsible in crucial jobs like flushing , purging, vessel box up, catalyst loading, leak testing and starting up Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit and other jobs in pre-commissioning of HGU unit, of Residue up gradation project, Gujarat Refinery.
• Trained on Residue Up-gradation Technologies, SAP, Communication Skills, Efficient Furnace operations, HAZOP study, TPM, and Safety and Quality norms.

Extracurricular:

@college:•
• Taught rural children for a year at IIT, Kharagpur, under the National Service Scheme (NSS) and attended a NSS camp in a village near Kharagpur, 2004-06.
• The only Indian Chemical Engineer selected for ArcelorMittal’s, GEP program 2008.
• Secured the 1st prize at the Quiz organized in PETROTECH 2007, attended by students from 21 Universities from all over India.
• Governor, Technology Literary Society (Hindi), TSG, IIT Kharagpur, 2007-08.
• Founded, the 1st Literary cum Media festival at IIT Kharagpur, MANZAR, 2007.
• Student representative, Advisory Board, Raj Bhasha Cell, IIT Kharagpur, 2007-08.
• Corporate Management Head of the Social and Cultural Festival of IIT Kharagpur, 2007.
• Editor of “AWAAZ”, the Hindi Monthly of IIT KHARAGPUR, 2007-08.
• In charge Illumination Competition (‘07), leading LLR Hall of Residence to the 3rd place over all.
• Hindi Dramatics Captain, LLR Hall of Residence for 2 consecutive years, 2006-08.
• Started IIT Kharagpur’s Wall Magazine, “Hang On”, as TLS Governor (2007-08), hence was making the old society more popular, in presence of new magazines.
• As an organizing core team member, handled the financial aspects of one of the largest college festivals in India, Spring Fest 2006.
• Asst. editor of “AWAAZ”, the Hindi Monthly of IIT KHARAGPUR, 2006-07.
• General Secretary of the Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Kharagpur, with the responsibility of departmental events and organizing CHEMINSIGHT 2007, annual techno symposium of the department, , 2006-07.
• Member of the gold winning Illumination and Rangoli Core design team of LLR Hall for year 2005.
• Dramatics Secretary, LLR Hall of Residence, for the year 2005-06.
• Won 3 golds, 2 bronze and a best sets design prize in various dramatics events (05-07).
• Member Technology Dramatic Society, and Banjara (a theatre group under the guidance of Internationally acclaimed director and actress Dr. Rashi Bhargava)
• Member LLR Hall, IIT Kharagpur Dramatics, Choreography, Elocution, Debate, Chemical Innovation Teams.
• Got a 'kishor vigyanik' certificate from state government cell for securing an All India highest in mathematics, 2003.

@work:
• Rated ‘Outstanding’ in both of appraisals during my tenure in IOCL.
• Volunteeered for Indu Management Institute (IMI) (Oct, 2008 - Mar, 2009) (IMI is a part of SHREE VALLABH SEVA NIKETAN TRUST, well known for its activities for services to humanity)
• Experience: Prepared presentations and identified jobs for the volunteers in the Traffic Chaos Management Project.
• Provided theoretical and practical training and mentoring to staff working under me in production, in 2009- 2010.

Target Colleges:

- Harvard
- NYU Stern
- ISB
- Nangyang

I need to write essays for these colleges and also shortlist 2 other colleges. Would be great if you can tag my chances in these. Only criterion for college is great faculty, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be an icing on the cake .

Thank you for your time and effort!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 00:13
Hi Sameer,

I am glad that I finally found someone who can give me some good reviews on my Profile.

I intend on applying for non-US based 1 year program B Schools. I gave my GMAT this month and have achieved a moderate score. Please go through my profile below and help me figure out my next move.

GMAT: 640 (Q-49,V-27).
Experience: I will have had 3.5 years of experience (in Luxury Retail Industry) by Sept. 2011 (the time when I wish to join a B School). Total experience: 3.5 years by Sept. 2011
Company- Swatch Group (Brand Tissot) as Sales Manager handling two major regions in India.
Qualifications: P.G.D.M - Full Time (Marketing) - 65%
B.E (Electronics) - 54%
I have a good extracurricular background.

I would really be obliged to have your reviews and B Schools that I could consider.

Thanks,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 19:59
prasaadks wrote:
Hello Sameer-bhai ,

I have been following this thread for a while now and after seeing the insightful comments that you have been giving the other gmatclubbers, I wanted your expertise to help me nail down my list of schools and my chances at each of them.

Profile :

B.E. from a reputed college in Chennai : 83%
GMAT Score : 700 (V:38 Q:48) AWA - 4.5

Professional Experience:
1) 3 years 3 months at a leading IT company as a Senior Database Engineer.
2) Have 6 months of international experience in the United Kingdom.
3)I have led a team of 5 Software Engineers when in the UK to set up a complex database security system at an organizational level to improve data quality and dissemination. This resulted in the firm saving a million pounds. I worked directly with the CIO of the client firm in this assignment.
4) Right from my first assignment I have worked directly with the client in determining data models for various departments in the organization.

I have been awarded the best employee of the quarter at a business unit level.

EC's:
1) Played Lawn tennis at club level for 4 years.
2)Held the post of a house captain in school.
3) Was part of a fusion band in college as the lead tabla player and have given performances at school, college and firm-level cultural programs.
4) I am also a part of the Jaage Raho campaign, where I was part of the team that initiated a voter awareness program before the local municipal elections ithrough a door-to-door campaign.
5) Started and ran my own social media marketing and technology website for over a year helping small start-ups leverage technology in their marketing efforts.
6) Was promoted after completing 1.5 years in the company and am expecting another promotion soon (fingers crossed).


Post MBA Goals : Work as a technology strategy consultant at consulting firms like Deloitte/mckinsey and provide strategies to improve organizational efficiency through adoption of technology such as cloud computing, social media etc. In the long term, as ambitious as it may sound, I would like to work for the government of india to improve the technology infrastructure and its efficient utilization and as a result improve vital systems that affect us citizens.

From my limited research I have prepared a list of schools I am interested in :

MIT Sloan, UC Berkeley, Darden, Duke, Carlson, Fisher, UCLA, ISB, Nanyang

I would be grateful if you could help me evaluate my profile and let me know if the schools I have suggested are a realistic set of schools I could apply to. If not I would be delighted if you could give me a few more schools that I can consider.

Thanks a ton in advance for your help!

Cheers


Prasaad, upfront I think there are some strong points in your profile like the startup experience and decent ECs. The areas you need to be aware of are your competitive work-ex and a relatively modest AWA. The post-MBA goal also needs to be well thought through. The consults that you mention (atleast McK) do not have a dedicated practice specific hiring from B-schools. Deloitte does some, but its at a totally different level which you need to be aware of.


The schools you mention barring a few expcetions would fall in the ambitious to stretch category unless you can prove through your essays that the social media experience was rocking. Offcourse you will need to toil significantly to come up with a convincing story on that front. I would suggest you also throw in atleast a couple of safer schools to be sure. Needless to say, the MCB report can help you identify the right schools to target at :)

Cheers!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 02:30
ballubalraj wrote:
Hi Sameer,

Need your help to evaluate my profile:

Indian/Male/31 Years (I would be 32 by the start of the program next year)
GMAT: 730 (Q49, V41, AWA: 5.0)
Bachelor of Engineering from Good University - 74% (top 5%)
Master of Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (one of top school in India): CGPA 6.4 on the scale of 8.0
Extra-curricular - Good. Organized events during college days and participated in few events. Doing community work for past 2 years

Experience: 8+ years (would complete 9 years by next year)
Ex1: 1 year on research in a govt. sponsored research program
Ex2: 7 Years on Top Indian IT company as Analyst/consultant/Tech Lead; worked for world's leading Financial Corporations (Banking and Equity/Capital Markets). Have worked on 2 very big and critical integration projects. Heavily interacted with clients and managed teams.
Overseas: US - 2 years; UK - 2 months
Publications: Published many papers internal to my company
Career progression: good - from engineer -> analyst-> Tech Lead; Got few awards on the work, have team mangement (of size 10) experience for 2 years

Ballu-bhai (no relation to Sallu-bhai, I hope),

As the chairman of the Late-bloomers-from-IT-hoping-to-change-careers association (we have no branches), I would like to invite you to this thread.

ballubalraj wrote:
Areas of interest (post MBA): 1. Consultancy/Investment Banking, and 2. Brand Management/Marketing of Software/IT Products.

[In Sachin's voice] Aailah! That covers almost everything. You'll need to be a little more specific, Ballu bhai. Itne saare option de doge toh Adcoms chakra jayenge.

ballubalraj wrote:
Not sure if I would fit in Finance (although I want to) - any suggestion as how to convince the adcom that I want to move to finance

Why do you 'want to fit into' finance? And what part of finance? Again, have to get more specific here, sir. It would be tough for me to give you a general spiel without understanding what's motivating you to get into finance.

ballubalraj wrote:
Considering my age and experience (in IT field), could you please help me in selecting few schools in which I may have a chance:
1. 4-5 schools from top 15-20 US business schools ?
2. Please suggest 3-4 schools from this list: INSEAD, IE, IMD, HEC, Cambridge, Oxford etc.
Please suggest few safety schools from both (US and non-US) the categories.

A million...ummm...kudos to you if you can guess why I haven't answered that and 2 million if you tell me the best way to get answers to ALL of these.

ballubalraj wrote:
I would prefer to do an MBA from US B-schools but do not want to limit myself as I might be over-aged for those programs. What are your opinions on this?

That was my reasoning as well, when I applied. But do remember that the age range for American schools is pretty wide too. Apart from age, the decision also depends on what you want to do and where.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 23:03
Hi Sameer,

Request you to evaluate my profile.

Key data points
Indian
31/Male
GMAT 640 (Q48, V29, AWA 6.0)
8 Years of experience

I currently work with the software division of SIEMENS, and I lead the marketing & communications initiatives for the division in India. During my 5 years with the company, I have had a number of assignments that has impacted the business in India.

Prior to this role, I worked briefly with a media startup operations, and have a brief experience of helping a company start a business from scratch.

I worked very briefly in a sales role, but had achieved a 300% growth in the products I was dealing with.

I started my career with a market research firm, and have an experience in consumer behavior surveys, assignment ranged from creating the survey model to delivering the report.

Acad : Graduated from Stephen's with not so great GPA, but have an average close to 90% in both the board exams. Post graduate diploma in marketing with an above the average GPA.

EC : Exposed to social development work during school days due to my background. My father has held various positions in State Assembly, so i have worked closely with him in building schools for women, educating on population control, drafting letters to sponsors etc. I have also spent a year full time post undergrad, in planning and executing an election campaign.

Held positions such as President of student body during post grad course,Started the annual intra school fest (which has become a brand now) as well as contesting elections during under grad. So a lot of experience in public speaking, be it in a real political election or in college elections.

Objective of pursuing MBA, gain knowledge on business strategy and International economics with an emphasis on the Financial investment trends and a comparative study on its impact in the developed, developing and underdevelped economies. I also wish to polish my leadership skills, get indepth knowledge on leading organisations.
POst MBA intend to lead initiatives globally for a business with a specific emphasis on 'international markets', organisation productivity and leadership development( basically lead initiatives which are growth strategies other than the conventional growth models such as new market entry, growth through M&As, etc etc)

I guess this was too detail a post, sorry about that.

My question to you 1. Which schools should i apply? 2. DO i need to re take GMAT?

Look forward to your inputs.

Thanks and best regards,

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 23:16
Hi Sameer,
Here is my profile, would you please have a look at it?

Indian Male (aren't we all! :-/) (25yrs at Matriculation)

Undergraduate GPA: 3.1 in Computer Science and Engineering from a (what I find from reputed magazine rankings) top-15 Indian Engineering College
--- Its low, I know. But won't a decent GMAT score show the caliber to handle the curriculum and good recommendations show that I have matured?

Work Experience (3 years at time of matriculation):
Current: Software Engineer at one of the biggest IT companies in the world (I worked from India)
-Started as a Quality Analyst and Automation engineer
-I have won quite a few awards and one of them is the 2nd highest technical award in my company, will also be getting top rating this year (probably in top5% - top 10%)
-Mentored interns in India and in Toronto in their projects
-Extensive work in a client facing role with a few important clients(probably one of the very few product developers my age)
-Was asked to work as a subject matter expert for my product in a huge Govt. Project (was asked over many experienced folks)

--- gist is that I will be able to show through my resume and through recommendations that I have had an "outstanding" growth and can at least bring to the table the exp. and maturity that say a 27-28 year old IT professional could bring.

Extracurricular
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Undergrad:
Head of a committee each during the tech and cultural fest
Senior Executive of a club
Created a forum for helping classmates for placements which went on to be used by future batches

I don't know how this will look - I was a professional gamer (computer games), conducted contests and also organized training sessions for new gamers.

After graduation:
Member of a RTMC (a bike riding club)
Conduct bike trips and treks
Taken a course on Event Management. Volunteered and helped conduct events.
Free career counseling for children in my hometown

International Exposure
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Brought up in Dubai and work with colleague and customers all over the globe
--- Basically, I would be trying to point out that I am comfortable in working with people from different backgrounds.

Expected GMAT
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Haven't taken it yet but I scored 750 in a MGMAT test and 790 in a GMATPrep test, so hoping to score high
--- Let's say I will have a score that will not be an issue.

Career Goals
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after MBA - change career into Strategy consulting
long term - specialize in the travel and hospitality services industry and move to General Management in that industry

Interested Schools
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In a dilemma here,
Since I am only 24 (now), I feel like applying to only the top schools (or rather dream schools). But I do not wish to
wait another year now that I have decided to switch careers.

I am looking forward to a 2 year FT course. I preferred Europe because I will be able to travel Europe during those 2 years :)
But only LBS has a top-tier 2-year course where all the top MC firms come for recruiting.

Apart from LBS, I plan on applying to Wharton and Harvard.

I will only be applying round 2 and I believe I will be able to write memorable stories, with substance and impact, about my experiences, with a little guidance off-course.
As you can see the scale(money-wise) of my ECs and work is pretty less - I haven't helped make a ton of money or helped save people in a crisis, but I believe I have been able influence change in many situations.

Are the schools I mentioned atleast reach/ambitious? Are there people like me studying in such schools? (I hear only stories about rock-stars and world savers, but there are 900+817+401 students each year, there should be atleast a few like me studying there :)

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 05:15
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Hello Sameer,
Please evaluate my profile and provide me guidance on B-schools I have selected.
My MBA interest:Opeartions and supply chain management
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Total Work Exp: 4 years in Aug 2011, Marine engineer
International Exp:
Working in a multicultural and multilingual environment
Sex – Male
Age – 24 yrs
Nationality - Indian
Professional sumary:
• 3+years of experience in Maritime industry from Sep 2007 till date
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Education:
Professional License MEO class 4
BS in Marine Engineering from BITS Pilani 2003-2007, with cgpa of 7.5/10
XII – 79, UP board
X – 73%, UP board
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Aim: I want to get into Supply chain consultancy.

Hi Anil,

anillovesu wrote:
GMAT 1(on 30th oct, 2009) - 630 (Q49, V26) AWA 4.5
GMAT 2(on 14th sep, 2010)-710(Q 50, V36) AWA 4
Toefl : 107 R,L,S,W: 26,28,26,27 :107

Wow! The last time I saw so many numbers, acronyms, dates and letters floating around in air was..umm...Taare Zameen Par, I think. Cool graphics, though.

anillovesu wrote:
Managed...Main Propulsion System , Power Management System , Cargo Pumping Systems , Boilers, Inert gas generation System and Hydraulic Oil Systems...Propulsion System, Power Generation System and Air Compressors...SOLAS, MARPOL and ISM Code

Mummy bachaaaaao!

Just a suggestion, Anil. When you are working on your essays, don't go ballistic on the tech jargon. Adcoms will not have an idea what all of this means. I'm an engineer and I was struggling to get to grips with this. So break it down into digestible concepts and explain why it is something that needs to be appreciated.

Drop the school and jr college accomplishments unless you feel there's something in there that really needs air-time.

anillovesu wrote:
Aim: I want to get into Supply chain consultancy.

Sounds logical, sir. The choice of schools is also good. You might be playing a little too safe.

With an unconventional background, a decent GMAT and practical post-MBA goals, you might be able to take the game a little higher.

Just be careful about what you write in your essays. Your best friend in MS Word --> The F7 key. Use it generously and frequently. We don't want minor avoidable issues to mess up the apps.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 07:51
Hi Sameer,

Please evaluate my profile:
I appeared in GMAT last week and scored 700 (50 Q, 34V). I was expecting a much better score but unfortunately I made mistakes in verbal. My AWA score is 5.5. Is this score good enough to expect an admit from some of the top 10 US business schools.
Personal details: Male/31/India
Other credentials:
B.Tech. Dept Rank 2 (84%)
M.Tech. IIT Bombay 9.9/10
Experience - 7 years (by 2011), working in one of the world's best semiconductor company. I have worked on the design and development of the state of art products.
I have couple of patents and papers on my name.
Top priorities: Haas (berkeley) and Stanford

What are my chances? Do you feel low verbal score can reduce my chances to get the admit? Shall I focus more on other aspects of the application or work on retaking GMAT?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 09:47
Hi sammer following you from some days...:)

Well love humour in your writing style.

Keep it up.

Will be discussing my profile soon!!!!!!!!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 21:51
arunabhparihar wrote:
Hi Sameer,
Request your help with my profile evaluation.
Age : 25 Nationality : Indian Experience : 3
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 690 (50Q, 31 V, 5.0 AWA). Aug’10
2nd Attempt - 720 (51Q, 35V, 5.0 AWA). Sept’10
Undergrad : B.Tech(Honors) in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Yo Arunabh 'sup bro!

arunabhparihar wrote:
Areas of Interest: General Management/Operations

Experience details (Total Exp – 3 yrs. Employer – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.)
1. 2010 Mar – Production Engineer, Core Group
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Extracurricular:
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Thank you for your time and effort!


arunabhparihar wrote:
Dried out a high pressure circuit, latest technology heaters, recycle gas compressor, gas compressors, leak tested, VGO-HDT, Atf and FCC-LPG Meroxes...Hydrogen Generation Unit (HGU) and its first ever VGO-HDT unit

I'm afraid the 'Mummy bachaaao' comment from my earlier post will apply here as well.

Reading this might make your future employer's heart go dhak-dhak. Considering you've listed General Management/Operations as your area of interest, I'd see that as a plus point for you.

Parantu, for B-schools admissions, let's talk a language that your reviewers would be comfortable with.

arunabhparihar wrote:
Extracurricular:
@college:
• Taught rural children for a year at IIT, Kharagpur, under the National Service Scheme (NSS) and attended a NSS camp in a village near Kharagpur, 2004-06.
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• Got a 'kishor vigyanik' certificate from state government cell for securing an All India highest in mathematics, 2003.

@work:
• Rated ‘Outstanding’ in both of appraisals during my tenure in IOCL.
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Nice. Impressive actually! I assume you also spent some time studying, bhratashree. Grades not mentioned here, so just curious.

Just be careful about how you present all this. Don't dump the whole thing for the reader to patiently read through and comprehend.

Make it easy for me (assuming I'm Adcom reading your app) to understand what this all means, buddy. Remember that I'm trying to build an image about you as I read all this. So it'll be in your interest if you don't clutter up my (already cluttered) mind. OK, Adcom role playing over. You can exhale now.

arunabhparihar wrote:
Target Colleges: Harvard, NYU Stern, ISB, Nangyang

Harvard to Nanyang. Hmm...quite a range you have there. All very much within reach.

arunabhparihar wrote:
I need to write essays for these colleges and also shortlist 2 other colleges. Would be great if you can tag my chances in these. Only criterion for college is great faculty, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be an icing on the cake

For help on essay and shortlisting additional schools based on the criteria you have in mind, we could definitely help. Our process for these things is a little more involved (I believe hat-ke is the operative word here) than the other folks out there. So it'll mean you take the short jump to the other side of the line and reach out to us. After that, icing, cake etc sab khilayenge aapko.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 00:52
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Hi Sameer,
Anil-ji pranaam.

An1502 wrote:
I am glad that I finally found someone who can give me some good reviews on my Profile.
Haillaah, performance pressure full-on!

An1502 wrote:
I intend on applying for non-US based 1 year program B Schools. I gave my GMAT this month and have achieved a moderate score. Please go through my profile below and help me figure out my next move.

GMAT: 640 (Q-49,V-27).
Experience: I will have had 3.5 years of experience (in Luxury Retail Industry) by Sept. 2011 (the time when I wish to join a B School). Total experience: 3.5 years by Sept. 2011
Company- Swatch Group (Brand Tissot) as Sales Manager handling two major regions in India.
Qualifications: P.G.D.M - Full Time (Marketing) - 65%
B.E (Electronics) - 54%
I have a good extracurricular background.

I would really be obliged to have your reviews and B Schools that I could consider.

Thanks,
Anil.

I could give you a few options to consider with your current experiene level and GMAT. But I've got a query first.

You've already completed your MBA not too many moons back and you've scored a first class. That tells me ki aapke theoretical MBA fundas are in good shape.

So I'm curious to know why you want to go for another one so quickly (<5 yrs = quickly, IMHO). Have you already started getting the feeling that the first MBA hasn't delivered? Or are the crystal clear waters of pardes-land giving you the enticing come-hither look?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 00:57
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For those who've got calls and looking for help with interview prep, drop us a note...happy to spin some MCB magic on the prep. And for those who are aiming for R2, do reach out :)
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 09:36
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After a lot of contemplation, you’ve come to the conclusion that the stalemate in your life can be addressed only by an MBA degree. You bust your backside and crack the tough entrance tests. You get into the dream business school of your choice, graduate with several fantastic career options and live happily ever after.

If you think that’s how the story goes for most candidates, it may be time for a reality check.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 10:08
Hi

Would really appreciate some assistance in deciding which Schools to apply for keeping in mind my profile and my future goals. So here goes

Age: 26
Nationality: Indian
Work Experience: 4+ at the time of matriculation (Applying for the fall 2011 session)
GMAT Score: 720 (V39,Q49) (1st attempt
)

Education:

Undergraduate: Business Management, India's top University, 58% (No GPA system)
Post Graduate: Business Management with a specialization in Marketing, GPA: 2.99/4

Extra Curricular Achievements:

Won a number of National Paper Presentation Competitions
Member of the Student's Council during my Post Graduate Studies

Work Experience:

Joined the Finance Arm of a Fortune 5 company after my Post Graduate Studies as a part of the Leadership Development Program
Gained Cross Functional Exposure Across Sales, Portfolio Management and am Currently the Product Manager in my vertical responsible for Customer Life Cycle Management, Brand Building, Profitable Customer acquisition and overall P&L management. This role usually entails extensive experience and the avg work experience for candidates in this role is 7-8 years.

Achievements:
Recently Promoted to the position of Lead Product Manager
Awarded the Best Project Award in the Leadership Trainee Cadre for the year 2007-08

Strengths:
Consistent demonstration of innovative thinking and execution across Education and at the work place and suitable recognition of these achivements
Relatively different profile vis a vis the stereotypical Indian Male, Engineer, IT work experience
Decent & balanced GMAT score
Excellent Recommendations

Weaknesses
Average Academics but for a few spikes in between
Relatively weak community service & social deeds

Grey Areas:
Already a post graduate in management

Areas of Interest:
Marketing & Product Management
Business Consulting

Applications:

International:
INSEAD: Due to its tremendous reputation as a world class school and 1 year curriculum (not very keen on applying to European colleges keeping in mind the state of the economy in Europe)

USA:
Have basically broken it into 3 tiers based on GMATClub rankings

Tier 1:
Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Wharton, MIT


Tier 2:
Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Haas, NYU Stern


Tier 3:
Ross, Duke Fuqua, Darden, Yale, Tepper


I want to apply to atleast 1 Tier 1 college, 2-3 Tier 2 colleges and 1-2 Tier 3 colleges

Important things I look for in a college:

1) Relevance to my career goals & objectives
2) Career advancement & job opportunities post graduation
3) Strong reputation for excellence
4) Strong alumni community network
5) Diverse International student community
6) Opportunities for financial aid

Keeping in mind my profile and areas of interest, need your views and suggestions on which colleges do I apply to.

I am planning to apply in R2 now as I have already missed the R1 deadlines for most of these colleges

Also how do you rate the Kellogg 1 yr MBA program to its 2 year MBA program.

Looking forward to your reply..

Warm Regards
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