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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2010, 09:56
Hi,
This is Amit (Male,29 ) from India. I am an MBA(Marketing) and working for an IT MNC (top 3 in the world).I want to do a second MBA from a top US B school only..It will be great if you can evaluate my profile and point out some areas where I can work on to better my chances. I am planning to apply next year.
My profile details:

Work Exp: 5.5 years

1.5 year in an NGO (focused on education)
3.5 year in IT sales/Business Development (focused on SMB and Higher Education segment and Govt customers )
Recently moved into WW Product Marketing team , managing a product globally (6 months)
Movement has been sales specialist>account manager (more responsibilities in terms of co-ordination betn various stakeholders )>ww prod manager
Overall, high performance in almost every quarter, 3/4 large strategic deals(helping create new accounts /new territory), one very large deal which helped company foray into a foreign country.

Have won awards ,certificates in all the roles (one from country CEO,MD )...will manage to get good reco.

Acads:
10th: Topped School (1st/1000)
12th: Topped School and District level (1st/25000)
Graduation (Physics):1st Class,Hons with Distinction, top 10%
MBA(Marketing):1st Class,Hons and Distinction, top 10%

GMAT: Not taken yet...expected 700+

CS:
Started volunteering in school (7th standard)..Help Age India
Grad : Memeber of Rotaract Club, organized blood donation camp, tutored street children education
Post Grad: was with an NGO, worked with slum dwellers in creating health awareness through behavioral change communication technique

Currently, involved with an NGO focusing on higher education for meritorious ,needy students...mainly handling marketing activities with an objective to making it more credible, transparent .

Thinking of establishing a scholaship program(first of its kind ) in my school, talks are on, not finalized though

ECs: Counselling, mentoring of students, yoga, cooking :)

Short term goal: To be in prod management
Long term goal : Social entrepreneurship (probably Education)

Please help me with your feedback.

Thanks and Regds,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2010, 04:35
This is one of the best threads on this site so far :)
Great work by the MCB team. Kudos.

I was even more enocouraged to post after i saw a evaluation by Sameer for Anil( sept'10) who happens to have the same profile as mine. Merchat Marine background and what not :)

Am tempted to ask for a lil evaluation for myself too :) and so i shall.

ME:
Male/Indian (proud)/26
BE Marine Engineering, BITS-Pilani ( graduated with an 8.2/10 )

Serving on large ocean going tankers since Feb'07
>> Directly responsible for cargo operations and running of ships valued in excess of $150 million. Transporting cargo worth even more!
>> Reporting on performance & running of the machineries & coordination with head office for logistic management.
>> Achieved a higher vessel operating efficiency level by improving the performance of the main propulsion machinery. (reducing costs to owner)
>> Have lead teams of Indian/multinational crew members, communicating and motivating them, and showing good judgement in allocation of tasks and responsibilities.
>> Execute budgetary responsibilities including forecasts, target worker-hours, cost control, inventory and just-in-time purchasing.
>> Successfully completed port state inspections and oil-major's inspections such as Chevron-Texaco, BP, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, and Statoil thus enhancing hire value of the ship.

International exposure : Yes.
Managerial exp : none

Excellent acads. recently did a dry-run@Gmat after a 3 week prep and did 630 so no issues
thr will def push it up.(target 700+)

Extras are okayish.
>> Earned 2 merit based scholarships in college.
>> Team lead for paper presentations at various tech-fests.
>> Active participation in sports. Active member of basketball and football teams.
>> Was the editor of collg. publication as well.
>> Part of the English dramatics team also.
>> Was batch captain for a term (is this a valid point to flaunt "leadership" skills :) )
>> I always like to emphasise that am trained in a lotta extras like fire-fighting, First-aid and survival techniques......but thats because its part of my job to be trained in all these (they're pretty good actually and fun too) BUT should these qualities be emphasised on in apps?

One -ve point: I had a drop year after 10+2. IIT preps and what not. I did clear the screening(yes we had screening that year) and get a 6000 rank in the mains though.

I think am too late to jump into the game this year so will be more focussed on 2012 admins.
That being said, my query was more in terms of what kind of a career shift can I think about.(yes I need more focus) Considering my managerial knowledge is low and things like statistics and financial accounting are alien to me. Also no corporate exposure.
Would prefer a shift to Consulting/GM. I have no issues with changing industry either.

Moreover am not keen on US B-schools. They are too expensive and more importantly are 2 year courses. My interest lies in the one year program (12-16 months). Plus I would rather do a more value-for-money MBA from an internationally recognised university with a good network and good placements ( rather than blindly enrolling into some US school paying close to a 100k). For me RoI is very important. ( 2 years in school is a bad loss of $$$ earning time :P )

So in short
>> Can some schools meeting the above criteria be suggested?
I have in mind NUS/ISB(dont we all) and am curios about Erasmus(RMS)
>> What more can be done with a profile like mine (in broad terms).

Hope for a response :) Though I imagine you would be busy coz its "that" time of the year :)
So will wait :) for it.

Regards and kudos.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2010, 11:14
Hi Sameer,
Firstly I must say, "What an idea sirji..."
Going through your website, I cannot help but get floored at the novelty of MBA crystal ball. Great work!!

Could you please be so kind as to review my profile and provide some tips on the schools I can realistically hope to get an admit. I'm looking at Sept'2011 intake.

Age:26
Academics:
10th - 93.72% (Karnataka State Board)
12th - 94.5% (Karnataka State Board)
(BTW, are 10th and 12th scores considered by colleges?)
Degree: B.E (Electronics and Communication) from a reputed college in Bangalore. (University - VTU, Karnataka)
GPA - 8.3/10

Work Experience:
Software developer (Embedded automotive systems) working for a German automotive company for the past 4.5 years.
International Exposure: Visited Germany thrice (overall period of 20 months) on project assignments and as a technical coordinator.
Best performer in the department for two years.
Instrumental in bringing about a major change in customer perception about competence and software quality through useful suggestions.


GMAT score: 700 (Quant - 82% and Verbal - 80%)
AWA: 5.0/6.0

Extra curricular:
4 years as a NCC Cadet. Was part of the Republic Day Camp'99 and represented the State as the "Best Cadet" in National Level competitions.
Avid quizzer
Active participation in debates, extempore competitions at school

Negatives:
No Social work (NGO's etc)
No managerial experience


Goals of an MBA:
Career shift from IT to Consulting/General Management
As a long term goal, I'd like to couple my global experience /management acumen gained at the B-School and the professionalism of the IT industry and apply it to a sectors such as agricultural services (for example) in emerging markets.

Schools I'm looking at:
Top 20 US Schools
HEC Paris
Warwick
ISB (I know its far fetched, but I'd like to give it a shot)
University of Oxford's Said Business School


As an aside, you are so very right in this post of yours where you describe the "Ugly desi Dilemma of MBA-career-or-marriage" That's super germane to my case. :o

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2010, 20:13
Chaitanya, I am Sameer's partner and an ISB alum myself. Here's a quick take on your queries and profile:



This is one of the best threads on this site so far :)
Great work by the MCB team. Kudos.

Thank you sir, gives us motivation to keep it up

I was even more enocouraged to post after i saw a evaluation by Sameer for Anil( sept'10) who happens to have the same profile as mine. Merchat Marine background and what not :)

Am tempted to ask for a lil evaluation for myself too :) and so i shall.

always welcome buddy

ME:
Male/Indian (proud)/26
BE Marine Engineering, BITS-Pilani ( graduated with an 8.2/10 )

already interested. Pilani's a good name on the cv plus marine engineering is a bit of a niche

Serving on large ocean going tankers since Feb'07
>> Directly responsible for cargo operations and running of ships valued in excess of $150 million. Transporting cargo worth even more!
>> Reporting on performance & running of the machineries & coordination with head office for logistic management.
>> Achieved a higher vessel operating efficiency level by improving the performance of the main propulsion machinery. (reducing costs to owner)
>> Have lead teams of Indian/multinational crew members, communicating and motivating them, and showing good judgement in allocation of tasks and responsibilities.
>> Execute budgetary responsibilities including forecasts, target worker-hours, cost control, inventory and just-in-time purchasing.
>> Successfully completed port state inspections and oil-major's inspections such as Chevron-Texaco, BP, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, and Statoil thus enhancing hire value of the ship.

International exposure : Yes.
Managerial exp : none

err..dunno what you mean by none managerial experience. From what you've written, appears as if you've been managing the ship crew - perhaps a harder task than say managing workers on a shopfloor. So i wouldnt make that statement!

Excellent acads. recently did a dry-run@Gmat after a 3 week prep and did 630 so no issues
thr will def push it up.(target 700+)

icing on the cake

Extras are okayish.
>> Earned 2 merit based scholarships in college.
>> Team lead for paper presentations at various tech-fests.
>> Active participation in sports. Active member of basketball and football teams.
>> Was the editor of collg. publication as well.
>> Part of the English dramatics team also.
>> Was batch captain for a term (is this a valid point to flaunt "leadership" skills :) )
>> I always like to emphasise that am trained in a lotta extras like fire-fighting, First-aid and survival techniques......but thats because its part of my job to be trained in all these (they're pretty good actually and fun too) BUT should these qualities be emphasised on in apps?

we can live with this. anything during ur work-ex?

One -ve point: I had a drop year after 10+2. IIT preps and what not. I did clear the screening(yes we had screening that year) and get a 6000 rank in the mains though.

can be easily explained

I think am too late to jump into the game this year so will be more focussed on 2012 admins.
That being said, my query was more in terms of what kind of a career shift can I think about.(yes I need more focus) Considering my managerial knowledge is low and things like statistics and financial accounting are alien to me. Also no corporate exposure.
Would prefer a shift to Consulting/GM. I have no issues with changing industry either.

chaitnya, here's where as you've mentioned, you need to get a little more focus. Though your profile can fit both in consulting and GM but two things need be borne in mind. One, why do you want to switch and two, do you understand what either means. Once u've answered these questions, you'll be done already :) .

Moreover am not keen on US B-schools. They are too expensive and more importantly are 2 year courses. My interest lies in the one year program (12-16 months). Plus I would rather do a more value-for-money MBA from an internationally recognised university with a good network and good placements ( rather than blindly enrolling into some US school paying close to a 100k). For me RoI is very important. ( 2 years in school is a bad loss of $$$ earning time :P )

So in short
>> Can some schools meeting the above criteria be suggested?
I have in mind NUS/ISB(dont we all) and am curios about Erasmus(RMS)

prima facie, i'd put them in a realistic to stretch bucket for you. But again, depends on how well you can answer the above two questions :)
>> What more can be done with a profile like mine (in broad terms).

do you mean in terms of enhancing the profile or career options? if it's former, then the only thing i'd focus on is getting better clarity

Hope for a response :) Though I imagine you would be busy coz its "that" time of the year :)
So will wait :) for it.

we always have time for the curious souls :)

Regards and kudos.


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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2010, 02:59
wow.
Thnks. I love people who can be so clear and precise :)

already interested. Pilani's a good name on the cv plus marine engineering is a bit of a niche

yes that is true. :)

err..dunno what you mean by none managerial experience. From what you've written, appears as if you've been managing the ship crew - perhaps a harder task than say managing workers on a shopfloor. So i wouldnt make that statement!

Thts a great nway of lookind at things. Yes my primary job (apart from engineering jobs) was managing human-resources and things like tht.


Extras are okayish.
>> Earned 2 merit based scholarships in college.
>> Team lead for paper presentations at various tech-fests.
>> Active participation in sports. Active member of basketball and football teams.
>> Was the editor of collg. publication as well.
>> Part of the English dramatics team also.
>> Was batch captain for a term (is this a valid point to flaunt "leadership" skills )
>> I always like to emphasise that am trained in a lotta extras like fire-fighting, First-aid and survival techniques......but thats because its part of my job to be trained in all these (they're pretty good actually and fun too) BUT should these qualities be emphasised on in apps?

we can live with this. anything during ur work-ex?


well dont know about nething during work-ex. we dont really get to be highly creative with our jobs. i do have 4 consecutive excellent appraisals and recomm. for next promotion (which now i've got :) .. )
But i personally dont consider that too much. However i guess one can always whip up something to enhance any lil achievement.

One -ve point: I had a drop year after 10+2. IIT preps and what not. I did clear the screening(yes we had screening that year) and get a 6000 rank in the mains though.

can be easily explained

again here i look at it as a positive only. out of lakhs of applicant in a 2-step selection i managed to get into the top 6000 .. :P ...still seems pretty decent to me.

chaitnya, here's where as you've mentioned, you need to get a little more focus. Though your profile can fit both in consulting and GM but two things need be borne in mind. One, why do you want to switch and two, do you understand what either means. Once u've answered these questions, you'll be done already .

prima facie, i'd put them in a realistic to stretch bucket for you. But again, depends on how well you can answer the above two questions

thanks. i like the sound of that. and i agree with you on the fact that i need to focus on wht i want. As for GM/Consulting. The fields are more or less alien to me. but i am in the process on learning more about them. and tht is one reason one now am not focussing on '11 admits. '12 will be better to explore/focus and go for it

well thanks again. i got a reply from sameer as well lying in my inbox :) ....
this is great.
really appreciate it. and what a wonderful analysis once again. :)
hope to see more/hear more on this when am good and ready. (now i know who to go to)
cheerios :)
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2010, 06:01
Hi MCB team,

Please evaluate my profile:

Proud Indian Male (24 years)
BE Chemical with First Class Distinction (62.5%) from one of the premier engineering colleges for Chemical engineering
10th 72.2 % (CBSE)
12th 81.2% (84% PCM) (CBSE)

Work-Ex -- 2.5 years -- Oil & Gas, Base Refinery Operations for a private diversified Indian Conglomerate (Essar Group)

Job Profile:
Joined as a GET, got confirmed as an Assistant Manager within 6 months.
Got promoted within 2 years to Deputy Manager.

Worked in the role of a Shift Field Engineer for 1.5 years at Diesel Hydrotreater Plant (Operations).
> Managed manpower, contractors, and co-ordinated with Shift Supervisor for daily operation of the plant.

Working in the role of a Panel Engineer for the past 1 year at the same plant.
> Controlling process plant parameters from Panel for safe operation of the plant with product specifications in range.
> Co-ordination with other units for meeting refinery targets.

GMAT: planning to take in april-may 2011. Intend to apply for sep 2012 intake.

Target Schools (in International Business):

Tier 1:
MIT Sloan, NY Stern, Mccombs Texas, Yale

Tier 2:
USC Marshall, Rice, (more to be added)

Tier 3: to be decided

My questions:

1. I do not have any extra-curriculars
How will this effect my chances at Tier 1 schools (especially NY Stern - my dream school )
What can I do in next 1-1.5 years for getting some extra-curricular work, which I can show at the time of application. :( :?
2. How much GMAT score range do I need.

3. How would my average performance at under-graduation effect my application.

4. At the time of my application, my work-ex will be around 3.5 years. How this gonna contribute to my application.

Thanking you in anticipation,

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2010, 07:29
Pavan,

Quick reflections on your profile.


Hi Sameer,
Firstly I must say, "What an idea sirji..."
Going through your website, I cannot help but get floored at the novelty of MBA crystal ball. Great work!!

I'll thank on behalf of Sameer ;)

Could you please be so kind as to review my profile and provide some tips on the schools I can realistically hope to get an admit. I'm looking at Sept'2011 intake.

Age:26
Academics:
10th - 93.72% (Karnataka State Board)
12th - 94.5% (Karnataka State Board)
(BTW, are 10th and 12th scores considered by colleges?)
only to a limited extent. Offcourse if these led to you being in the merit list, it is worth mentioning

Degree: B.E (Electronics and Communication) from a reputed college in Bangalore. (University - VTU, Karnataka)
is this the vellore college?

GPA - 8.3/10

Work Experience:
Software developer (Embedded automotive systems) working for a German automotive company for the past 4.5 years.
International Exposure: Visited Germany thrice (overall period of 20 months) on project assignments and as a technical coordinator.
that's good, something to write and explain about :)

Best performer in the department for two years.
Instrumental in bringing about a major change in customer perception about competence and software quality through useful suggestions.


GMAT score: 700 (Quant - 82% and Verbal - 80%)
AWA: 5.0/6.0

Extra curricular:
4 years as a NCC Cadet. Was part of the Republic Day Camp'99 and represented the State as the "Best Cadet" in

assuming this was during school, not much relevance

National Level competitions.
Avid quizzer
Active participation in debates, extempore competitions at school

Negatives:
No Social work (NGO's etc) not necessarily a negative. just one aspect that you can overcome through some other aspect. There's no standard receipe here remember

No managerial experience
think a bit harder on this one. Have u lead teams - officially/unofficialy? Or managed clients? All these and more can be projected as managerial work

Goals of an MBA:
Career shift from IT to Consulting/General Management
what would help is also if you think about the why? why do you want to transition to these areas? And which of these two as they are completely different ball games. will help to understand and take ur pick

As a long term goal, I'd like to couple my global experience /management acumen gained at the B-School and the professionalism of the IT industry and apply it to a sectors such as agricultural services (for example) in emerging markets.
well, that's diverse but any reason why? If this is something that you fancy, then strictly advisable to avoid it. Unless you can back up such a long term goal with some strong reasoning, it can be pretty difficult to defend in essays and i/v
Schools I'm looking at:
Top 20 US Schools
HEC Paris
Warwick
ISB (I know its far fetched, but I'd like to give it a shot)
University of Oxford's Said Business School

bit tough to comment based on limited information, but usually advisable to have some realistic schools in your kitty. Basis the limited information, the above schools would be in the ambitious to stretech category so think hard before selecting the schools

As an aside, you are so very right in this post of yours where you describe the "Ugly desi Dilemma of MBA-career-or-marriage" That's super germane to my case. :o

Regards and Many Thanks
Pavan

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2010, 11:51
Hi Sameer,

Please evaluate my profile and provide guidance...

--> My profile:
--> Name : Shyamal Mandirwala
--> Age : 24
--> Nationality : Indian
--> Experience : 3+ (specifics below)
--> GMAT : 670 (Q-48,V-33,AWA-4.0)

--> Undergrad :
- Electrical Engineering with 76.13% in last year from a Government Engineering College from Gujarat.
- Secured 2nd rank in University in final year results
- Secured 1st rank in college in 2nd year result
- Final Year project on Energy Auditing & Management with Professional Energy Auditors

--> Areas of Interest:
- Energy Management, Energy Finance, Entrepreneurship

--> Experience details:
- More than 3 years with India’s Largest Private sector Organization.
- My Job profile of Manager – Maintenance includes Handling day to day activities involved in maintenance of all the Electrical equipments in a Petrochemical Plant. It also includes Plant Shutdown activities. I have exposure to preparing Annual Budget for my department. I have a Green Belt in Six Sigma for ‘Problem Solving Approach & QC Tools ’.
- I have successfully conducted Energy Auditing , both Industrial & Domestic , for my organization.
- I am currently working on developing application for using Renewable Sources of Energy in my organization.(This activity is done along with my routine jobs. )
- Awarded ‘The Best Trainee ’ recognition out of 40 trainees after completion of 1 year training period in my organization.
- I was member of the team that represented my organization at national level & won Regional of National Competition for Young Managers (Held by All India Management Association) 2008.The theme for competition was : MANAGING DIVERSITY-THE CHALLENGES FOR INDIAN INC.

--> Extracurricular :
- Participated in many national level technical events during college days & secured 1st rank for Paper Presentation in a national level competition .I did presentation on “FUSION…AN ENERGY OPTION FOR FUTURE”.
- Cleared the screening of SSB, Indian ARMY
- Active participation in many Environment Awareness camps & Outdoor trekking camps
- Competed in State level Chess Competition
- Excelled in many exams on General Knowledge during school days

--> Extra info:
- I have started a group called ‘YUVA’,which has young professional from my organization, all in their twenties. This group works on developing & helping each other. Its motto is "LEARNING & SHARING".I am currently heading this group which has a strength of 30 members.

--> My Preferences :
- MIT,SLOAN ( For Energy MBA )
- UT,Austin ( For Energy MBA )
- Rice University ( For Energy MBA )
- ISB, Hyderabad ( For Core MBA )
- Uni. Of Colorado, Denver ( For Energy MBA )

--> I am interested in applying for next year. Please let me know my chances of getting into above mentioned B-Schools & also suggestions to improve my chances of securing an admission with Scholarship.
Hoping for a positive reply !!!
And many thanks for spending your precious time...
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 02:35
Hi MCB Team,
Any feedback on my profile?
Thanks and Regds,
Amit



sahaamity81 wrote:
Hi,
This is Amit (Male,29 ) from India. I am an MBA(Marketing) and working for an IT MNC (top 3 in the world).I want to do a second MBA from a top US B school only..It will be great if you can evaluate my profile and point out some areas where I can work on to better my chances. I am planning to apply next year.
My profile details:

Work Exp: 5.5 years

1.5 year in an NGO (focused on education)
3.5 year in IT sales/Business Development (focused on SMB and Higher Education segment and Govt customers )
Recently moved into WW Product Marketing team , managing a product globally (6 months)
Movement has been sales specialist>account manager (more responsibilities in terms of co-ordination betn various stakeholders )>ww prod manager
Overall, high performance in almost every quarter, 3/4 large strategic deals(helping create new accounts /new territory), one very large deal which helped company foray into a foreign country.

Have won awards ,certificates in all the roles (one from country CEO,MD )...will manage to get good reco.

Acads:
10th: Topped School (1st/1000)
12th: Topped School and District level (1st/25000)
Graduation (Physics):1st Class,Hons with Distinction, top 10%
MBA(Marketing):1st Class,Hons and Distinction, top 10%

GMAT: Not taken yet...expected 700+

CS:
Started volunteering in school (7th standard)..Help Age India
Grad : Memeber of Rotaract Club, organized blood donation camp, tutored street children education
Post Grad: was with an NGO, worked with slum dwellers in creating health awareness through behavioral change communication technique

Currently, involved with an NGO focusing on higher education for meritorious ,needy students...mainly handling marketing activities with an objective to making it more credible, transparent .

Thinking of establishing a scholaship program(first of its kind ) in my school, talks are on, not finalized though

ECs: Counselling, mentoring of students, yoga, cooking :)

Short term goal: To be in prod management
Long term goal : Social entrepreneurship (probably Education)

Please help me with your feedback.

Thanks and Regds,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 03:02
Now that the ISB results are out, gives me immense pleasure to share the fact that friends who have been part of the MCB family have been able to crack admits. These include people from very diverse background (Army, IT, Banking, Consulting) including those who had been un-successful in their first outings.

Here's wishing best of luck to all those guys and hoping we can help many more people fulfill their ambitions.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 02:30
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Hello MBA Crystal Ball team,

On the basis of the advice you provided in another topic that I'd created, I'm posting my profile here. I'd appreciate if you could give me feedback.

My Profile:

Nationality: Indian
Degree: B. Tech (Production Engineering) from VJTI, Mumbai
GMAT1: 650 (Q46, V34, AWA5.0)
GMAT2: Scheduled on November 11, 2011 (Hope to do better!)

Sir, Nov 11th ko aapka naya GMAT score mila hoga. Tanik humka bhi bataaiye naa. It'll help us evaluate if we should replace Thunderbird with Harvard in your list.

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Another important criterion is that my current employer i.e. Usha Martin Ltd which is one of the leading manufacturing firms in India, wants to sponsor my MBA, provided I sign an undertaking that I'll come back to work with them (I'm willing to do it)
Will this sponsorship help in my application?
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I'll really appreciate any help that you could provide me, as I aim to finalize the list of 6-7 schools that I intend to apply to. Thanks in advance :)

The company sponsorship thing is good. Woohoo to the Usha Martin team for taking the initiative. We need more employers like that in India.

However, to keep this advice balanced (and for the sake of others in a similar situation), you'll need to think about several other aspects.

- If you have to come back to your current employer, will they have a role ready for you that matches your aspirations and your newly gained skills? Or would you come back to where you left off and continue the story from there?

- Are they talking about a 100% sponsorship or is it partial? Coz we are talking about a sponsorship range that could go from $20K to $100K depending on your GMAT score, your essays etc. The level of impact your sponsorship will have on the company's bottomline is right now uncertain. And businesses don't like uncertainty. So just check back with them.

- Aap hi pe itni meherbaani kyon? Won't it set a precedent for other high-potential guys in the company to line up outside the MD's office with their MBA plans presented neatly in powerpoints slides? Have there been other cases like this in the company?

- Will you be able to resist the nice offers that come your way once you get into b-school?

- Is there a legal bond (for how long) or are you just crossing your heart in front of two corporate witnesses and saying 'Sachchi bol raha hoon, mother-promise, main wapas aaoonga'?


I'm visualizing you right now on the KBC hot-seat (looks pretty un-ergonomically designed when you see it on TV) holding the cheque with your boss on the other high-seat, both of you are smiling nicely at the camera (there's an MCB commercial running just below the screen). Question is what happens after the kodak moment?
[switching to my deep baritone voice now] Deviyon aur sajjano...free money always looks good. But weigh the pros and cons before you reach out to grab the cheque.

Next time when you share such information on a public forum, ensure you take the employer name out. I'm guessing the whole HR dept from your company is waiting with bated breath to see how this discussion goes.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 09:36
Hello all,

Too many peoples talking about the crystal ball reports... Nobody talking about the interview prep..

Like my uncle Manikantan used to say...True gems are hidden in a thick gold chain...everybody wants gold.. Nobody pays attention for gems..

Myself Kamarajan, myself took the services of MBA Crystal ball for interview prep for a top tier B school (can I call it top tier saar?)

It gives me lot of pleasuring that despite myself, I managed to crack the interview.

I took a mock interview session organised by Sameer Kamat Saar. He was very very good. Gave great tips and a thorough session which was thought provoking and pushing my limits of myself. Before that there was a pre-session and a post session after the mock with a detailed reporting highlighting what I should not be staring at , why I should not pick my nose and other mundane things like strengthening my academic profile.

There were many curveballs thrown with the expertise of Anil Kumble (Sir) and I was thoroughly prepared for the final day..case studies and market sizing problems were also thrown in....And he paid for my glass of coffee graciously.. This simple act of generosity was quite touching feeling...

The generality of the concepts exposed to during the mock ensured I could use my learning for other interviews as well..

My actual interview went smoothly and all questions which came in the interview were familiar..

Again valuable guidance by Kamat Sir helped..

Yours respectfully,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 20:06
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Hello all,

Like my uncle Manikantan used to say...True gems are hidden in a thick gold chain...everybody wants gold.. Nobody pays attention for gems..

Myself Kamarajan, myself took the services of MBA Crystal ball for interview prep for a top tier B school (can I call it top tier saar?)

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Yours respectfully,
Kamu

Kamu saar hellow!

kamarajan wrote:
Too many peoples talking about the crystal ball reports... Nobody talking about the interview prep..

Nice one, saar. Not sure how many peoples (including the gentlemains and the gentler-ladies) will appreciate the humour in this, but I had loads of fun reading it. I just hope junta doesn't think we wrote this ourselves for self-promotion :-) On second thoughts, I think folks on this thread are mature enough to know better.

kamarajan wrote:
Myself Kamarajan, myself took the services of MBA Crystal ball for interview prep for a top tier B school (can I call it top tier saar?)

Saar, there is no option for you and me now, but to call it a top tier B-school and make the rest of the world realise this.

kamarajan wrote:
Like my uncle Manikantan used to say...True gems are hidden in a thick gold chain...everybody wants gold.. Nobody pays attention for gems..

Is this the same Manikantan uncle who refused to sit next to Bappi Lahiri because his chains had only gold, no gems? Talk about sticking to principles.

kamarajan wrote:
...what I should not be staring at , why I should not pick my nose and other mundane things like strengthening my academic profile

Speaking of mundane things, how can you forget the 'what not to scratch part' saar? I truly think that's the key tip that got you in. I bet you've not come across any consultant websites that talk about this khufiya tip.

kamarajan wrote:
There were many curveballs

Crystal Ball, curveballs...I like the sound of that.

kamarajan wrote:
It gives me lot of pleasuring that despite myself, I managed to crack the interview.
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This simple act of generosity was quite touching feeling...

Touching, feeling, pleasuring etc are not part of the standard services we offer saar. But if you think you got it anyway, who are we to complain?

kamarajan wrote:
The generality of the concepts exposed to during the mock ensured I could use my learning for other interviews as well...My actual interview went smoothly and all questions which came in the interview were familiar..

On a serious note, you've taken enormous pains to get to where you are. I think you truly deserve your success. Have a great time in class. Hum tuchh praaniyon ko mat bhoolna.

For the others reading this and scratching their heads, our friend's articulation skills (written and verbal) are top-notch. He's just having fun on this post and we love that coz we do it as well.

Great to see folks from this forum getting into top schools and coming back to share their experience. Hope the MCB tribe grows.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 23:21
Hi all,

On a serious note, I highly recommend Sameer's interview prep services. I had a mock interview organised and it gave me a tremendous confidence boost to crack my actual interview. Also I was familiar with almost all questions as Sameer had addressed them in the mocks.

- He delves into the grey areas of your profile very well and really picks out the minutiae which turn out to have significant impact
- Customization depending on your school. Its up to you if you want a generic prep or a specific prep
- gives you some creative inputs which are actually useful during your interview to pitch
- The curve-balls he throws at you make it a high pressure interview in parts, despite the great lengths Sameer goes to make you feel comfortable. Its good to be prepared for all varieties of questions
- he throws in some case study problems etc.

After the process, he sends a detailed report covering everything highs and lows on your career, academics and even language accent etc. It is affordable and the turnaround time is super quick.

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 02:37
Hi Sameer, request you to please evaluate my profile and help me in shortlisting the b-schools. Here goes my profile:

GMAT: 720
UG: B.Tech. from IIT Bombay (7.3/10)
Work Ex: 4.25 years by the time I join the B-school (i.e. fall of 2012)
Work Profile: Consultant in Climate Change (carbon credits, sustainability strategy sort of stuff). Have worked in 2 of the Big 4 accounting firms.
Extra Currics: Very good till college. Held many positions of responsibility and also took part in sports, dramatics etc.

My targets schools are:

- ISB
- INSEAD
- IE Spain
- Top US b-schools (but confused in shortlisting them)

I would request you to please evaluate my profile and suggest my chances in the 3 target schools. Also please help me in identifying my target US b-schools. Any other comments and suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Thanks a lot

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 03:20
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Hi Sameer, request you to please evaluate my profile and help me in shortlisting the b-schools. Here goes my profile:


Hey, find my comments and observations inline:

GMAT: 720
UG: B.Tech. from IIT Bombay (7.3/10)
Work Ex: 4.25 years by the time I join the B-school (i.e. fall of 2012)
Work Profile: Consultant in Climate Change (carbon credits, sustainability strategy sort of stuff). Have worked in 2 of the Big 4 accounting firms.
Extra Currics: Very good till college. Held many positions of responsibility and also took part in sports, dramatics etc.

Already interested in the profile. Of-course, the IIT brand name helps; plus the big 4 brand name's a huge plue. So you mean to say you've been doing climate change for 4+ years? or was that one of the projects? In any case, depending on what your post-MBA aspirations are, all these would work in your favor.

Also important to understand if there are some ECs you can talk, post college.


My targets schools are:

- ISB
- INSEAD
- IE Spain
- Top US b-schools (but confused in shortlisting them)

I would request you to please evaluate my profile and suggest my chances in the 3 target schools. Also please help me in identifying my target US b-schools. Any other comments and suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Did you get a chance to work on intl. projects? If yes, chances could be bright at INSEAD and IE to an extent. ISB, provided you write essays that differentiate you from the other IITian herd, you should be good. For US, I would suggest thinking about a few schools in Top 20 and a few safe ones - ofcourse ideal to match ur profile and expectations with schools.

Cheers!



Thanks a lot

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 05:43
Hi Sameer,

Many thanks for your comments. Just to clarify a bit more, I have handled more than 20 projects related to carbon credits. So I am a consultant in climate change advisory.

I have not done any international projects because the kind of projects I do are applicable for developing countries and for which India and China are the leaders. So all my projects have been in India.

By the way, I did my internship for 2.5 months duration from a well known Institute of Sweden. During that time I traveled around Europe and hence I can present my case in terms of dealing with different cultures. Could this be regarded as sufficient to make stories for applying to INSEAD or IE Spain.

I have not been involved in any extra currics post college. But yes I was involved in organizing an event for the company.

Finally regarding my post mba aspirations, I want to remain in consulting but want to reach a point where strategy consulting meets climate change advisory, a scenario that is bound to come into picture in a big way in the years to come.

Request your comments on the above.

Thanks a lot !!


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psclimate wrote:
Hi Sameer, request you to please evaluate my profile and help me in shortlisting the b-schools. Here goes my profile:


Hey, find my comments and observations inline:

GMAT: 720
UG: B.Tech. from IIT Bombay (7.3/10)
Work Ex: 4.25 years by the time I join the B-school (i.e. fall of 2012)
Work Profile: Consultant in Climate Change (carbon credits, sustainability strategy sort of stuff). Have worked in 2 of the Big 4 accounting firms.
Extra Currics: Very good till college. Held many positions of responsibility and also took part in sports, dramatics etc.

Already interested in the profile. Of-course, the IIT brand name helps; plus the big 4 brand name's a huge plue. So you mean to say you've been doing climate change for 4+ years? or was that one of the projects? In any case, depending on what your post-MBA aspirations are, all these would work in your favor.

Also important to understand if there are some ECs you can talk, post college.


My targets schools are:

- ISB
- INSEAD
- IE Spain
- Top US b-schools (but confused in shortlisting them)

I would request you to please evaluate my profile and suggest my chances in the 3 target schools. Also please help me in identifying my target US b-schools. Any other comments and suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Did you get a chance to work on intl. projects? If yes, chances could be bright at INSEAD and IE to an extent. ISB, provided you write essays that differentiate you from the other IITian herd, you should be good. For US, I would suggest thinking about a few schools in Top 20 and a few safe ones - ofcourse ideal to match ur profile and expectations with schools.

Cheers!



Thanks a lot

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 10:28
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Hi,
This is Amit (Male,29 ) from India. I am an MBA(Marketing) and working for an IT MNC (top 3 in the world).I want to do a second MBA from a top US B school only..It will be great if you can evaluate my profile and point out some areas where I can work on to better my chances. I am planning to apply next year.
My profile details:

Work Exp: 5.5 years

1.5 year in an NGO (focused on education)
3.5 year in IT sales/Business Development (focused on SMB and Higher Education segment and Govt customers )
Recently moved into WW Product Marketing team , managing a product globally (6 months)
Movement has been sales specialist>account manager (more responsibilities in terms of co-ordination betn various stakeholders )>ww prod manager
Overall, high performance in almost every quarter, 3/4 large strategic deals(helping create new accounts /new territory), one very large deal which helped company foray into a foreign country.

Have won awards ,certificates in all the roles (one from country CEO,MD )...will manage to get good reco.

Acads:
10th: Topped School (1st/1000)
12th: Topped School and District level (1st/25000)
Graduation (Physics):1st Class,Hons with Distinction, top 10%
MBA(Marketing):1st Class,Hons and Distinction, top 10%

GMAT: Not taken yet...expected 700+

CS:
Started volunteering in school (7th standard)..Help Age India
Grad : Memeber of Rotaract Club, organized blood donation camp, tutored street children education
Post Grad: was with an NGO, worked with slum dwellers in creating health awareness through behavioral change communication technique

Currently, involved with an NGO focusing on higher education for meritorious ,needy students...mainly handling marketing activities with an objective to making it more credible, transparent .

Thinking of establishing a scholaship program(first of its kind ) in my school, talks are on, not finalized though

ECs: Counselling, mentoring of students, yoga, cooking :)

Short term goal: To be in prod management
Long term goal : Social entrepreneurship (probably Education)

Please help me with your feedback.

Thanks and Regds,
Amit

Hi Amit,

Overall, I like what I see. But I'm struggling a little bit while connecting the dots. Maybe coz I don't have the entire picture yet. So help me out with this.

The story goes from an NGO to IT. And I see that you've presented education as the connecting link. And across your extra-curriculars, education is again the dominant theme. Acads looking good and we are all enjoying the ride so far, with a few chutput queries (yeh 'WW' kya hai?).

Then the short term goal moves to a completely different track. And then with the Social Entrepreneurship plans in education, it all comes back again. When you say product management, what exactly do you have in mind?

I think you could be a competitive candidate and possibly you have it all clear in your mind. Ensure that this clarity comes across in your application.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 20:28
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Hi MCB team,

Please evaluate my profile:

Proud Indian Male (24 years)
BE Chemical with First Class Distinction (62.5%) from one of the premier engineering colleges for Chemical engineering
10th 72.2 % (CBSE)
12th 81.2% (84% PCM) (CBSE)

Work-Ex -- 2.5 years -- Oil & Gas, Base Refinery Operations for a private diversified Indian Conglomerate (Essar Group)

Job Profile:
Joined as a GET, got confirmed as an Assistant Manager within 6 months.
Got promoted within 2 years to Deputy Manager.

Worked in the role of a Shift Field Engineer for 1.5 years at Diesel Hydrotreater Plant (Operations).
> Managed manpower, contractors, and co-ordinated with Shift Supervisor for daily operation of the plant.

Working in the role of a Panel Engineer for the past 1 year at the same plant.
> Controlling process plant parameters from Panel for safe operation of the plant with product specifications in range.
> Co-ordination with other units for meeting refinery targets.

GMAT: planning to take in april-may 2011. Intend to apply for sep 2012 intake.

Target Schools (in International Business):

Tier 1:
MIT Sloan, NY Stern, Mccombs Texas, Yale

Tier 2:
USC Marshall, Rice, (more to be added)

Tier 3: to be decided

My questions:

1. I do not have any extra-curriculars
How will this effect my chances at Tier 1 schools (especially NY Stern - my dream school )
What can I do in next 1-1.5 years for getting some extra-curricular work, which I can show at the time of application. :( :?
2. How much GMAT score range do I need.

3. How would my average performance at under-graduation effect my application.

4. At the time of my application, my work-ex will be around 3.5 years. How this gonna contribute to my application.

Thanking you in anticipation,


Hi Sameer,
Please mera profile bhi evaluate kar do...Thank you..
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 00:42
sunny86 wrote:
Hi MCB team,

Please evaluate my profile:

Proud Indian Male (24 years)
BE Chemical with First Class Distinction (62.5%) from one of the premier engineering colleges for Chemical engineering
10th 72.2 % (CBSE)
12th 81.2% (84% PCM) (CBSE)

Work-Ex -- 2.5 years -- Oil & Gas, Base Refinery Operations for a private diversified Indian Conglomerate (Essar Group)

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Thanking you in anticipation,


sunny86 wrote:
Proud Indian Male (24 years)

Chaitanya also used the same adjective. Achanak se, why do I sense so much patriotism in the air?

sunny86 wrote:
Joined as a GET, got confirmed as an Assistant Manager within 6 months.
Got promoted within 2 years to Deputy Manager.

Not bad Sunnybhai.

sunny86 wrote:
GMAT: planning to take in april-may 2011. Intend to apply for sep 2012 intake

Early planner. Nice.

sunny86 wrote:
My questions:

1. I do not have any extra-curriculars. How will this effect my chances at Tier 1 schools (especially NY Stern - my dream school )

Is there a reason you didn't get involved (too focussed on studies, work etc) or were you just disinterested? The key reason they ask for extracurriculars is to see other dimensions of your profile.

If you can show them that your classmates will not get bored with you in the first week as you have nothing else to talk about, then mention those facets. Else for the sake of yourself more than your classmates, discover that life has more to offer than just work and studies.

sunny86 wrote:
What can I do in next 1-1.5 years for getting some extra-curricular work, which I can show at the time of application.

Judging by the characters in your pseudonym, I'd recommend getting started on Kalaripayattu. It'll make you agile and also help you fight off bullies who might try to mess around with you in the first week of class.

Just kidding sir. No one can possibly tell you what's right for you to get into. Maybe it's music, maybe it's sports, maybe it's some niche thing that only you are aware of (snail farming?). Pick up something, devote some time to it each week. Anything that makes you feel happy. And don't do it for Bschool. By the time you are ready to fill in your apps, if there is something you think that's worth mentioning, do so. Nahi toh don't worry too much about it.

sunny86 wrote:
2. How much GMAT score range do I need.

Take all the schools in your shortlist and aim to score higher than the median of the toughest school in there.

sunny86 wrote:
3. How would my average performance at under-graduation effect my application.

You got a first class in Engineering. Aur woh bhi from a premier college. Not sure why you think that's not good.

sunny86 wrote:
4. At the time of my application, my work-ex will be around 3.5 years. How this gonna contribute to my application.

Call up these guys that go by the acronym of MCB. Strange name, but good guys. They might be able to help you out when you are ready.
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