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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2010, 22:35
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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)
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--> 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...


Hi Shyamal,

So you liked Guzaarish, huh? Some of my colleagues saw it as well and said they came out crying. I felt only Himesh Reshammiya movies had that impact on people. Pleasantly surprised to see Sanjay Leela Bhansali still retains his touch.

shmandirwala wrote:
--> 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

The GMAT could be an area to address. But your acads are good.

shmandirwala wrote:
Cleared the screening of SSB, Indian ARMY

Why didn't you join?

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

Interesting. I'll tell you why towards the end.

shmandirwala wrote:
--> 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 )

For MIT and ISB, it'll help if you can take your GMAT higher. You have a year for it. So think about how you want to use it.

Btw, we got an energy management professional into a top school this year. His knowledge about the industry was impeccable and he was able to project his potential beyond his current role. So if you are able to present your story the way he did I think Adcoms will take you seriously.

Good luck.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2010, 23:53
Level playing field for MBA applicants from India

Part 1 | Part 2

Several people have asked us about the MCB’s history and origins. Two action packed posts to take you down memory lane.

Emotional mapping to help you navigate the roller coaster journey across the two articles:

Frustration (pre-MBA story) --> Inspiration (the Why MCB story) --> Disappointment (missed media exposure) --> Optimism (Indian stories need a happy ending, right?)

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2010, 04:33
Hi Sameer!!!
I am still unclear about my chances...
I would dearly want to get into UT,Austin...
You said that I have one more year to improve on my GMAT score.but I can't see possibility of my retaking GMAT as I want to start MBA from September-2011.
I have not yet booked a date for TOEFL....
Please comment!!!!



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shmandirwala wrote:
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)
:
:
--> 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...


Hi Shyamal,

So you liked Guzaarish, huh? Some of my colleagues saw it as well and said they came out crying. I felt only Himesh Reshammiya movies had that impact on people. Pleasantly surprised to see Sanjay Leela Bhansali still retains his touch.

shmandirwala wrote:
--> 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

The GMAT could be an area to address. But your acads are good.

shmandirwala wrote:
Cleared the screening of SSB, Indian ARMY

Why didn't you join?

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

Interesting. I'll tell you why towards the end.

shmandirwala wrote:
--> 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 )

For MIT and ISB, it'll help if you can take your GMAT higher. You have a year for it. So think about how you want to use it.

Btw, we got an energy management professional into a top school this year. His knowledge about the industry was impeccable and he was able to project his potential beyond his current role. So if you are able to present your story the way he did I think Adcoms will take you seriously.

Good luck.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 04:49
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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.



Thanks Sameer for your reply.
I am currently in product management and plan to stay in prod management only immediately after MBA. Do you see this inconsistent?

Please let me know about my chances in top programs...(your rough take though its not that straight forward )

BTw, WW is world wide :)

Thanks and Regds,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 03:28
Hi Sameer,

Let me briefly post my profile here:

GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.93 / 5
XII : 83 %
X : 89.2 %

Prefect for 3 years in school. Member of both school and college cricket & soccer teams. Additionally, member in various groups like festival co- ordination committee, magazine committee etc. and also one of the founders of the departmental wall magazine committee in college.

Drawback(s): 1. Typical profile wrt being an Indian, IT , male.
2. Will have around 15 months professional work ex. by August 2011.

Additionally, working on coveted applications, which are directly relevant to MBA, called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) apps. Have also been extensively involved with 2 NGOs as a voluntary service provider.


Reco letters: One each from my Project Lead (professional), Departmental HOD(acads) and Manager of NGO(extracurricular).

Target Schools for fall 2011: 1. Terry College of Business.
2. Georgia Institute of Technology.





Can you please provide a frank opinion as to whether i have a realistic chance of making it this year? I have already prepared the essays and just waiting for my TOEFL score. So, I have just 2 weeks before I submit the final apps.
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Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 01:11
Dear Experts,

A kind request to evaluate my profile:

I am an architect from India, aiming for a GMAT score of 700-720
Academics:
10th: 71 %
12th: 72%
Bachelor in Architecture from IIT, CGPA: 6.22 on a scale of 10, 2009 Graduate

Cleared IIT Jee, the most competitive examination in India, i was in top 1%

(Academics are not good due to my involvement in various extra curricular activies.)

Work Experience:
I am working as an Architect in DAR Group.

Total experience: 39 months (by the time of joining)

Relocated to Cairo, Egypt for 3 months for an important project.

Was Project architect of the world's largest women's university which is coming up in Saudi Arabia.

Project architect of Angola's president Villa and Angola's National Assembly building.

I am a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, US Green Building Council) accredited professional.

Worked on various LEED Certified Green Buildings also some big overseas projects mostly in Asia, Africa & Middle East.

Also rated as the fastest CAD professional in the company.

Extra Curricular Activities:
A vocalist, and used to perform in various college events.

Member of National Service Scheme for One year, Involved in teaching slums's children (underprevelaged), collecting funds for deaf and dump school, Organizing AIDS awareness workshops etc

Was Treasurer of IIT Technical Festival, Responsible for sponsorship procurement, Organized various events, workshops, etc

Under my leadership, my college won 2nd runner up, where more than 200 colleges from Asia-pacific participates, it was an architectural documentation competition.

Selected for Summer Undergraduate Research Award in 2006, research title was "Fuzzy Decision Making for selection of Building Material."

Winner of the shelter design competition using bamboo (Cheapest and fastest construction) for Tsunami affected people in India, A competition organized by goverment of India.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 02:09
Dear Sachin, find my comments:

Dear Experts,

Wow, didnt know when we became that :)

A kind request to evaluate my profile:

I am an architect from India, aiming for a GMAT score of 700-720
Academics:
10th: 71 %
12th: 72%
Bachelor in Architecture from IIT, CGPA: 6.22 on a scale of 10, 2009 Graduate
Very interesting profile already. Ofcourse, when you are aiming, always better to aim higher. Why not aim for 750+ :)
Cleared IIT Jee, the most competitive examination in India, i was in top 1%

(Academics are not good due to my involvement in various extra curricular activies.)

This can be managed, also considering u've had some 3+ yrs of work ex.

Work Experience:
I am working as an Architect in DAR Group.

Total experience: 39 months (by the time of joining)

Relocated to Cairo, Egypt for 3 months for an important project.

Was Project architect of the world's largest women's university which is coming up in Saudi Arabia.

Project architect of Angola's president Villa and Angola's National Assembly building.

I am a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, US Green Building Council) accredited professional.

Worked on various LEED Certified Green Buildings also some big overseas projects mostly in Asia, Africa & Middle East.

Also rated as the fastest CAD professional in the company.

Extra Curricular Activities:
A vocalist, and used to perform in various college events.

Member of National Service Scheme for One year, Involved in teaching slums's children (underprevelaged), collecting funds for deaf and dump school, Organizing AIDS awareness workshops etc

Was Treasurer of IIT Technical Festival, Responsible for sponsorship procurement, Organized various events, workshops, etc

Under my leadership, my college won 2nd runner up, where more than 200 colleges from Asia-pacific participates, it was an architectural documentation competition.

Selected for Summer Undergraduate Research Award in 2006, research title was "Fuzzy Decision Making for selection of Building Material."

Winner of the shelter design competition using bamboo (Cheapest and fastest construction) for Tsunami affected people in India, A competition organized by goverment of India.
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Please guide me, which college should i target ?
I think it completely depends on what you want to do after MBA and the basic motivation behind doing an MBA. If u've got that out of the way, and a good GMAT, i think you can give a shot at the best colleges. Then ofcourse, always think about your school selection list in various categories to maximise chances of selection!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 06:52
Hi Sameer,
it would be really great if you can evaluate my profile.

GMAT : 700 (Q50, V35, AWA 5.0)
Nationality: Indian
I have no plans to take GMAT again.

Work Experience:
Duration: 3 years by May 2011
Assistant Manager in R & D Division of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., India's largest automobile company
- coordinate with vehicle design engineers to plan, schedule and execute validation testing of vehicles under development; give feedback to design teams for improving product durability and reliability
- tendering, negotiation and procurement of lab equipments; this involves dealing with foreign-national suppliers
- Other activities: organized Out-bound Team Building Program for 30 individuals, was instrumental in saving USD 27500 by spearheading Suzuki Global Cost Reduction Initiative in my department, designed a breakthrough fixture for suspension system testing, won several awards in company-wide competitions etc.
- Teach underprivileged children on weekends as a part of company CSR initiative.

[Selling Point: Frugal approach to product development, melange of Japanese and Indian work culture]


Education:
Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Production and Industrial Engineering, Aggregate score: 70/100
from Delhi College of Engineering, one of the premiere engineering colleges in India.

Extracurriculars:
- Led an 11 member team to design and fabricate a high mileage concept car which won the award for the ‘Best Design Proposal’ at the SAE Supermileage Competition held at Marshall, MI, USA in June 2007
- Chairman, ‘Society of Automotive Engineers - DCE Collegiate Club’
- Technical Head of the annual national level students’ Technical Meet (a four day event)
- Project Coordinator, Aashayein – ‘the ray of hope’, a project of Association for India’s Development (AID) Delhi Chapter to teach children of an underprivileged locality (2007-08)

Hobbies and Interests:
- Travelling, mountain trekking (scaled the Dharwa Pass, 4130 m, on Himalayas) , swimming
- Nature conservation (member of Delhi Greens), photography
- Writing, directing and acting in plays; Watching theatre
- Playing soccer, table-tennis and online chess
- Reading books on wide range of subjects


Career Goals:
Short Term:
Consulting, preferably in Product Life-cycle Management
(my education in Production and Industrial Engineering, and my work experience in Product Development, I believe, go well with this career path.)
Long Term:
Help build thriving enterprises and industries in emerging markets

Choice of B-Schools:
I am looking for a program that is a mix of case based and experimental learning. I don't find lecture based teaching to be appealing. I guess a general management program will be right fit for my career aspirations.
I have already applied to ISB and Haas.
Planning to apply to Ross, Kellogs and Darden in R2.

Questions:
Am I sensible in my choice of B-schools? What else would you suggest?
Any comments on how can I make my application stronger, because I don't have strong leadership experience in my current organization?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 20:55
Why you should re-evaluate your Round 2 MBA application strategy

As the dust settles from the Round 1 MBA application rounds, there’s good news for some and there’s additional work to be done for the others. A few questions that applicants ask: Is it worthwhile applying to Round 2? Or am I doomed coz I didn’t make it through in Round 1? What should my MBA application strategy be? Read more...
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 21:48
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Hi Sameer!!!
I am still unclear about my chances...
I would dearly want to get into UT,Austin...
You said that I have one more year to improve on my GMAT score.but I can't see possibility of my retaking GMAT as I want to start MBA from September-2011.
I have not yet booked a date for TOEFL....
Please comment!!!!


Shyamal sir,

I had read the following comment from your original post - 'I am interested in applying for next year.'

Plus considering you've got age/time on your side, I assumed you were going to start your applications next year. If that's not the case, then pick a few (not too many) schools for R2 and apply.

How many schools have you applied to so far?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 23:14
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I am currently in product management and plan to stay in prod management only immediately after MBA. Do you see this inconsistent?

Nope. No inconsistency if you put it that way. It was just getting a little convoluted on this thread. Like I mentioned in the last response. Make sure that clarity comes across in the apps.

sahaamity81 wrote:
Please let me know about my chances in top programs...(your rough take though its not that straight forward )

Just to make spread cheer during the festive season, I'm tempted to say yes, you have a good chance (with all the disclaimers from the earlier two posts).

But considering we have some open ends dangling out there, could we come back to this question when you get your GMAT score?

sahaamity81 wrote:
BTw, WW is world wide :)

Thanks. I was trying to put some variations (like Waka waka) in there that didn't help.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 21:45
Hi,
I have shortlisted a List of Universities , but i am not really sure whether these universities would suit my profile. I would need some help to suggest whether these are fine or should apply to some other universities. A brief about my profile is:
GMAT Score:690
TOEFL Score:109
Work Exp: approx 3 years in IT organisation
BE Aggregate: 70%

The Univ shortlisted by me were:
uni of colorado boulder
uni of miami
tulane University
Uni of Missouri Columbia
san jose state uni

i am looking forward to MBA in IT, and good universities where funding could be an option and good campus opportunites.
Any help would be highly appreciated
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 00:22
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Why you should re-evaluate your Round 2 MBA application strategy
As the dust settles from the Round 1 MBA application rounds, there’s good news for some and there’s additional work to be done for the others. A few questions that applicants ask: Is it worthwhile applying to Round 2? Or am I doomed coz I didn’t make it through in Round 1? What should my MBA application strategy be? Read more...


We had posted this on our blog earlier. At a time when the disappointment and frustration of not being successful in the first round forces many to go into a shell, one of the candidates (Thanks, Satya) was considerate enough to share his honest views and offer some advice on the topic for the benefit of others who are in a similar situation.

If you have been planning quick fixes to your application strategy, do check out the fifth comment on this post before you take a knee-jerk reaction.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 10:07
Dear Sir/Madam,
I'd appreciate it if you would acquaint me with the universities in US as per the details mentioned in my profile as follows:

10th grade-80.40%-SSC
12th grade-58%-HSC
Graduation in bachelor of computer Science -B.C.S-68.5%-Pune University

Thus i have completed 15years of education and for the 16th year of my education i am currently pursuing a 1 year post graduate diploma in Finance from Symbiosis International University.It is basically a weekend course however in the final degree it will not be mentioned as a part time course. However i would like to know if this course will be beneficial in fulfilling the requirement of a 15+ 1 year education.simultaneously i am also pursuing a post graduate diploma in banking and finance awarded by the university of Pune.

Considering my profile i'd appreciate it if you could provide me with the best colleges in the Us pertaining to an MBA degree in Finance / marketing/Entrepreneurship/MS courses in Marketing,Investement Management,Entrepreneurship or Corporate Finance.
i would also like to inform you that i do not have any work experience, but i can make arrangements for providing a part time work experience certificate of 3 years.
i would also acknowledge if you could send me additional information with regards to other courses i could take up in order to enable me harness my potential towards entrepreneurship
I gave my GMAT on 21st of November.Unfortunately, I got a score of 600/800.Maths 82% Verbal 35%.AWA scores are yet to come.I would like to know how good are the state universities in the US. For example State University of Ohio,California,Arizona etc.Also suggest me some good MBA Finance colleges in the US wherein I would be eligible.Also, as I mentioned before I have completed 15 years of my education and currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in finance awarded by Symbiosis International University and Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance awarded by Pune University.I have hereby attached the course curriculum.So I would also like to know if these courses or one of these courses would be considered as my 16th year of education wherever necessary.Also, I have started my own business. I have started a firm in partnership.We provide financial consultancy wherein we deal with equity,mutual funds,commodities,NSDL services,Tax Consultancy,Real Estate Broking.In addition to this we also provide graphics,corporate branding, and IT solutions.We are also looking forward to start project funding.I would also like to know if I can show this as my one year experience.And how much good will this be if I mention it in my CV or SOP's.Hence,considering the above criteria kindly suggest me some good colleges and guide me through the process of admissions.
Also, I am planning to apply to UCI Paul Merage SOB,USC Marshall SOB,Ohio state University,Carnegie Mellon Tepper SOB,University of Texas at Austin(McCombs),University Of California Davis SOB.Can I get into any of these schools considering my above mentioned profile?How about going for a MS Finance program in investment mgmt or corporate finance and later doing an MBA.Please help me out as i am very confused about everything and deadlines are coming very near.
Thanking you in anticipation,
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 23:42
Hi MBA Crystal Ball ,
Thanks for offering an introduction to your services !

My profile in short
Male , Indian
GMAT 740 (49Q/44V), 6.0 AWA
UG : BAchelor of Computer Engineering , 3.4/4 GPA
Work experience:Will have 6 years of experience when I plan to start my MBA
IBM 3yrs - Technology consulting and Service in India
Rated among Top 5% in IBM for last 3 years
4 Patent applications,few publications and customer facing experience
TCS - 1 year
EC:Working for a NGO for community schools to help deploy computer labs

Goal : After MBA, plan to work in Management/Strategy Consulting.

Based on my research, schools such as Booth , Columbia , Kellogg seem a Stretch goal to get an Admit, but without a scholarship.

However, I am not in a position to generate $ 120k ,required for these schools.
So I am searching for mid-ranked schools, which are a good balance of Brand + Scholarship where I can complete the MBA in approx $60k.

Question 1. I have shortlisted Emory - Goizueta as one of the target schools, which has a good probability of scholarship.
Could you please suggest any other schools with the Brand+Scholarship balance, which are known for Consulting ?

Question 2.
I have still 1.5 years before I apply.Could you please suggest how I could strengthen my profile, to move my Career towards a Consulting path ?
in terms of changing profile @ work or taking up EC activities.

Question 3 :
Does MBA Crystal Ball provide face to face consulting in Pune ?

Thanks and best regards.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 01:08
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Hi Sameer,
it would be really great if you can evaluate my profile.

GMAT : 700 (Q50, V35, AWA 5.0)
Nationality: Indian
I have no plans to take GMAT again.

Work Experience:
Duration: 3 years by May 2011
Assistant Manager in R & D Division of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., India's largest automobile company
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Education:
Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Production and Industrial Engineering, Aggregate score: 70/100
from Delhi College of Engineering, one of the premiere engineering colleges in India.
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Choice of B-Schools:
I am looking for a program that is a mix of case based and experimental learning. I don't find lecture based teaching to be appealing. I guess a general management program will be right fit for my career aspirations.
I have already applied to ISB and Haas.
Planning to apply to Ross, Kellogs and Darden in R2.


You've got done your homework well sir. Usually schools use a mix of case-studies, lectures, group assignments. Harvard and Darden are the strongest when it comes to case-study based teaching. Case studies have their limitations just like the other options. So you might be better off experiencing a mix of pedagogies and teaching styles.

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Questions:
Am I sensible in my choice of B-schools? What else would you suggest?
Any comments on how can I make my application stronger, because I don't have strong leadership experience in my current organization?


Yup, good choice, in the Practical-Stretch range. 1-2 Practical schools would've been nice. But fikar not, if you've put in strong apps.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 01:31
Kratikabandi wrote:
Hi,
I have shortlisted a List of Universities , but i am not really sure whether these universities would suit my profile. I would need some help to suggest whether these are fine or should apply to some other universities. A brief about my profile is:
GMAT Score:690
TOEFL Score:109
Work Exp: approx 3 years in IT organisation
BE Aggregate: 70%

The Univ shortlisted by me were:
uni of colorado boulder
uni of miami
tulane University
Uni of Missouri Columbia
san jose state uni

i am looking forward to MBA in IT, and good universities where funding could be an option and good campus opportunites.
Any help would be highly appreciated


Hi Kratika,

I see that our good friend, Arun (aka pyschodementia and the founder of Crackverbal) has already addressed many of your queries on another thread. He's been in this business for several years, so he knows what he's talking about.

If you have any additional queries, do let us know.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 14:52
Hi Sameer,

Here's my profile. Could you please let me know your thoughts on the target schools that I can shoot for. I am concerned abt my GMAT and dont want to re-take it

GMAT - 680 (Q48, V35) :cry:
Acads - BE: GPA 8.3/10 from a leading college in India
X/XII - 81% /70%
Indian, Mlae Age - 32
Work Ex - 8.3 Years in HealthCare IT for a major IT Co. in India (4years in US and 4.3 in India).
Role - Associate Manager - Projects
Career Progress - 4 promotions till date
Achievements at work -
Created new business opportunities worth $3.2 Mi
Achieved 14 % productivity improvement for teams under me as opposed to an organizational target of 11%
Proposed and implemented cost reduction initiatives that lead to a total savings of $450,000 p.a. for the client
Have always been rated within the top 15% of my peers
Received numerous awards for excellence in performance - e.g. was awarded the "Best Boss"
Am currently leading an account wide initiative of reducing costs - target to achieve is a savings of $x Mi

ExtraCurriculars - Was a professional sportsman in India (volleyball) for 2 years (post XII) didnt do great stuff just represented my state in various tournaments
Founder of a club that helps promote sports as a career for the deserving
College volleyball captain for 3 years

Course - MBA in Consulting

Schools - NYU Stern, Fuqua, Notre Dame (safe - safe), Cornell (safe), Columbia

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 22:29
tusharnangnure wrote:
Dear Sir/Madam,
I'd appreciate it if you would acquaint me with the universities in US as per the details mentioned in my profile as follows:

10th grade-80.40%-SSC
12th grade-58%-HSC
Graduation in bachelor of computer Science -B.C.S-68.5%-Pune University
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Please help me out as i am very confused about everything and deadlines are coming very near.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Regards,
Tushar Nangnure

Tushar Nangnure saheb, Sankrantichya belated shubhecchya!

tusharnangnure wrote:
Dear Sir/Madam,

Not sure why, but for a minute, I thought this post was addressed to Bobby Darling.

tusharnangnure wrote:
Thus i have completed 15years of education and for the 16th year of my education i am currently pursuing a 1 year post graduate diploma in Finance from Symbiosis International University.It is basically a weekend course however in the final degree it will not be mentioned as a part time course. However i would like to know if this course will be beneficial in fulfilling the requirement of a 15+ 1 year education.

I don't think this would qualify as 16 years of full-time education, specially considering the the PG from Symbiosis is a weekend course (very different, in fact, even from a part-time course). Don't try to veil the courses just to show them as MBA pre-requisites. That strategy could backfire in the long-run. Be honest and upfront in your applications. I would suggest checking with the univs that you are interested in, before you apply. If schools see you as a strong candidate, you might get a positive response (waiver!) from some of these schools. And that brings me to the next point about what will make you a strong candidate.

tusharnangnure wrote:
i would also like to inform you that i do not have any work experience, but i can make arrangements for providing a part time work experience certificate of 3 years.
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Also, I am planning to apply to UCI Paul Merage SOB,USC Marshall SOB,Ohio state University,Carnegie Mellon Tepper SOB,University of Texas at Austin(McCombs),University Of California Davis SOB.Can I get into any of these schools considering my above mentioned profile?

For these schools, having a basic amount of real-world professional experience is very important. There are some state schools that would take you in with no experience as well. But I wouldn't recommend that. You've already spent a lot of time in gaining qualifications and degrees. Now is the time to balance it out with some hard-core work-ex. US jaanyachi ghaai karoo nakaa.

tusharnangnure wrote:
Please help me out as i am very confused about everything and deadlines are coming very near.

My take on this. Don't apply this year. Take some time to find out more about the schools you are targetting. Find out what they are looking for in prospective candidates. And then take a call.

tusharnangnure wrote:
I have started a firm in partnership.We provide financial consultancy wherein we deal with equity,mutual funds,commodities,NSDL services,Tax Consultancy,Real Estate Broking.In addition to this we also provide graphics,corporate branding, and IT solutions.We are also looking forward to start project funding.

I like this part. Spend some more time in structuring and growing this initiative. It'll serve you much more than all your qualifications put together.
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