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# Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates

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12 Apr 2011, 04:20
XLRI GMP 1 year MBA: GMAT preparation tips from a 770 GMAT scorer

The average GMAT at XLRI Jamshedpur’s GMP general management program got a boost when Narendran Santhanam got his application to their 1 year MBA program accepted.

He sent in this blog post at 3:51 AM, so you can imagine the kind of workload he’s dealing with as he nears the end of an eventful year. If you’ve been going bananas trying to find out the ingredients that go into a high GMAT score, fikar not, as Chef Naren’s GMAT diet recommendation includes exactly that – bananas !!! read more
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12 Apr 2011, 04:34
mba22 wrote:
Hi MBA Crystal Ball,

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I've responded to your post on the other site, so skipping this one.

Let me know if you any follow-up questions.
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19 Apr 2011, 22:07
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720 Freedom Activist , Doctor [#permalink]

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22 Apr 2011, 21:49
hi,
i am a doctor based in dharamsala. i would be grateful if you could please evaluate my profile wrt admission chances at HBS, Yale, MIT, INSEAD, NYU Stern.
1.28yr female
2.MBBS with overall grade A++ from govt medical college dharamsala.
3.720 GMAT (q84, V92)
4.4yrs full time work experience.
5.7yrs volunteering for rotary international. project leader for projects in Po K, Bermuda
6.High Altitude mountaineer. led international teams
7.press secretary for the fight for FREE TIBET, deeply connected to it.
8.Freelance for TIMES of India
9.Completed stats, maths course with an A
10.plan to start a chain of multidisciplinary clinics in underdeveloped countries post MBA

Dr.Prerna

P.S-posted it in the general forum but would appreciate an evaluation by your team.
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25 Apr 2011, 09:53
We got a nice testimonial on another forum from a candidate who got into multiple top schools with scholarships. This is a genuine comment from a genuine candidate. Any resemblance to the Shopping Network TV ads ('Main pehle bohot pareshan thaa, phir mujhe mila MCB ka chamatkari report...') is purely coincidental.

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Hello everyone…

I have used Sameer’s MBA Crystal Ball report, and I wanted to share my experience with you all…

About eight months back, I was disheartened… my applications in 2009-10 had returned me abysmal results, with no interview from a single place. I had started questioning my every move. That’s when I felt, I was getting it wrong somewhere and felt I needed an expert help.

I had been following Sameer’s posts then and used to find his observations interesting. I learned about his report and felt I should give it a try - and since it’s so wonderfully priced - I didn’t think much and ordered it.

In my initial calls with Sameer, he gathered all relevant information about my background. He patiently heard me and got a complete picture about where I was coming from, my goals etc. This was then promptly (within a day) followed by his famous Crystal Ball report.

The report revealed that the places I had previously applied to where ALL ambitious or stretch for me. I immediately realized that if I addressed this aspect, I will surely get better results this time.

The report was followed up by an hour long call where Sameer addressed all my questions, doubts, inhibitions…you name it! In the call, we also created a model portfolio of schools I should be applying to. Again, I was struck by the information he carries, his keenness to address all your doubts, and most importantly – his eagerness to see you succeed…!

During the subsequent months, I more or less stuck to the portfolio we had created.

Today, I have got admits from 2 Top MBA programs (both with scholarships) and am waitlisted at 2 other Top schools. Sameer’s report has played a crucial role in my improved performance.

I would highly recommend that you use his report. It will be the first important step of your application journey. A step that will lead you to the right direction. A step that will make the rest of your journey, easier…and more productive.

Now, can you do your own research and come to the same conclusion that Sameer’s report would suggest??? Sure…Only, by using his report, you will save about 6 crucial months of your application process.

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Re: 720 Freedom Activist , Doctor [#permalink]

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29 Apr 2011, 04:45
prerna0417 wrote:
hi,
i am a doctor based in dharamsala. i would be grateful if you could please evaluate my profile wrt admission chances at HBS, Yale, MIT, INSEAD, NYU Stern.
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10.plan to start a chain of multidisciplinary clinics in underdeveloped countries post MBA

Dr.Prerna

Dr Prerna,

The 10th point caught my eye, so jumping straight to it. It's a noble idea, but it also sounds pretty ambitious to do that immediately after completing your MBA and with only 4 years work-experience. Might give rise to a lot of questions. Will you be working as a team (or bigger alliance partner) for this? Where will the funding come from?

I'd like to understand if there's already something that's happening in area that has encouraged you to have this post-MBA goal.

Can you please share a little more info on this point? We'll move to the other points and your questions after we have a little more insight into your future plans.
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29 Apr 2011, 21:17
hi,
sir this is my long term goal. my short time goal is to join a consultancy firm in the healthcare domain (payor and provider roles) and help solve the problems that are rampant in the current healthcare system across the world.
mckinsey is currently associated with a healthcare initiative in Africa- aimed at eradication of common and life threatening diseases.
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06 May 2011, 04:23
prerna0417 wrote:
hi,
sir this is my long term goal. my short time goal is to join a consultancy firm in the healthcare domain (payor and provider roles) and help solve the problems that are rampant in the current healthcare system across the world.
mckinsey is currently associated with a healthcare initiative in Africa- aimed at eradication of common and life threatening diseases.
prerna

Hi Prerna,

Thanks for the clarification.

As a medical graduate, you have put in more years into the academic field than the engineers you'd be competing with. So the number of years of work experience (4 yrs) in relation to the age might seem low. But there are other aspects that you can use to strengthen your application.

prerna0417 wrote:
5.7yrs volunteering for rotary international. project leader for projects in Po K, Bermuda
6.High Altitude mountaineer. led international teams
7.press secretary for the fight for FREE TIBET, deeply connected to it.
8.Freelance for TIMES of India

Apart from your extra-curriculars (which are very intriguing), I'd have liked to see some more 'accomplishment' stories on the professional front as you have pretty ambitious long term plans. Also, you haven't talked about what you want to do immediately after graduating.

The schools you have in mind are top class and very competitive to get into (Ambitious to Stretch for your profile). I'm hoping there's a reason that goes beyond brand power for selecting each of them. But those are your dream schools, go ahead and apply. Do include a few Practical schools as well.

While working on your apps, ensure that you don't leave gaps like that for the Adcoms to fill in. Try being as specific as you can in your essays so that the complete story is very clear for the reader to understand.

Good luck in your apps. Do reach out to us if you need help along the way.
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07 May 2011, 01:08
Guys,

I recently worked with Sameer for the MCB report that MBA Crystal Ball offers. I think MCB process is very useful and an essential step in the overall application process (whether you do so with MBA crystal ball or on your own). I'll be happy to answer any queries you guys may have.

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11 May 2011, 06:23
Hi MBA Crystal Ball Team,

I am a new member of the GMATClub - in fact I have decided to take GMAT just a few days back. Can you please guide me on the basis of my profile and objectives given below:

Indian, Male, 36 years

Undergrad - Electronics Engineering - 1996 (9.07 out of 10)
Post Grad - Electronics Engineering - 1998 (9.57 out of 10)
Post-grad Diploma in Management (equivalent to MBA) - 2009 - A top-ranked Indian Management Institute - Among top 10% in the class

Work Ex - approx 10 years (including 2 years for MBA) with Indian Railways, one of the world's largest organizations - at a leadership position. Managing a work-force of approx 3,000. Received several recognitions and commendations on professional front

Extra-curricular Acts: Nothing much to talk about

Expected GMAT Score: around 700 (on the basis of first prep-test I gave this morning)

I want to do a PhD in Management from a Top-20 B-school, with emphasis on Strategic Management - and post that I want to go towards academics/research (both usually go together in India). But I am not sure where my profile would place me, or rather which schools/PhD-courses I should aim for.

Can you please guide me some on this?

Regards,
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22 May 2011, 23:00
Hi Sameer, thanks for your advice. An international PhD is my first choice - but, as you have also advised, I am keeping IIMs as back-up.

Regards,
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24 May 2011, 23:07
Tuck MBA: How cool Mukul (with a GMAT score 2 make u drool) got into bschool

Yo peeps, wassup! If the rap-worthy title of this post sounds poetic, Mukul’s journey was far from it. Despite a huge GMAT score of 770, there was still a big white ‘Gap’ in his story (yeah my friend…more T-shirt wisdom comin’ your way). In the race to get into the b-school of his choice he stumbled and fell – not once but twice. But he got up, dusted himself and got back into the race…more determined than ever to get what he wanted. We can’t compete with the massage parlours in Bangkok, but many of our stories do tend to be therapeutic and they also have a happy ending. Mukul’s inpiring story is one of those...Read entire article »
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26 May 2011, 22:22
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Hi Sameer, thanks for your advice. An international PhD is my first choice - but, as you have also advised, I am keeping IIMs as back-up.

Regards,

You are welcome, buddy. Good luck to you.

Do share you experience on this thread, so others in the same boat can benefit.
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26 May 2011, 22:26
Deep Dey shares his experience after the Mock Application Process

"The entire Mock Application Process was an eye-opener for me and I really appreciate Sameer for his honest and insightful views that gave the much needed form and direction to my MBA application.

To be frank, initially i thought the MCB report will just help me in school selection; however it turned out to be much more that. Apart from understanding the rationale behind the schools classification, Sameer gave me valuable advice on how to achieve clarity in your goals and rise beyond the cliches with respect to regular B school questions.

I now feel much more confident and self-aware. Last but not the least, Sameer's unflinching commitment to the value of this service is indeed commendable. So, if you really want an unbiased assessment and sound advice to kickstart your MBA application, Sameer is your man!"

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30 May 2011, 14:30
Hi Sameer,

I am a recent graduate from IT-BHU and will start working as an analyst in a business analytics firm. I am planning to apply at the top MBA programs for the matriculating class of 2015/16. Since I have enough time to build my profile so I would like to micro-analyse every aspect of it to increase my chances of getting into my dream schools.

The very first issue which I need to address is my undergrad GPA. I finally have 8/10 on absolute scale with overall rank second/third (final results awaited) but my math grades in freshman and sophomore years were a complete disaster (reason: few distractions and ECs). Although I did extremely well during the subsequent years to make it up but Adcom is certainly going to notice my poor performance in basic math courses. Do you think AdCom can be convinced that I can handle the academic rigour of the program, if I highlight following points in my application:

1. IIT-JEE qualified so capable of handling the quantitative rigour of the program.
2. high score in the quant section of GMAT (certainly not a problem)
3. masters project (dual degree) was based on stochastic and probabilistic modeling coupled with an international internship.
4. working in business analytics field which itself is a math intensive profile.

It would be great to have some additional pointers on this, like some additional courses if available in India, e.g. Business Mathematics, to cover it up. One more thing, when should I take GMAT, i.e. now or 2-3 years later?

Please excuse me for writing a long post for a relatively minuscule problem but I really want everything to be perfect when I send my applications (little irrational to say but still )

Thanks
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03 Jun 2011, 05:05
Investment Banking 101: What is Ibanking?

Investment Banking is a field that generates a lot of interest, but for most outsiders, it is also shrouded in mystery. The conventional image of an Ibanker is a young, ambitious guy in a pin-striped designer suit puffing on a Cuban cigar after closing a deal. Well, ok, maybe Ajit (‘Loin‘) from the 70s Bollywood movies had the same image. But Loins’ IQ, drive and his financial skills would pale in comparison to the Ibanker breed we are talking about here.

But not all investment bankers spend 100-hour weeks chasing money. There are also quite a few kind-hearted ones who want to help others understand this esoteric field. We discovered one such exceptional star to help us make sense of an opaque and largely misunderstood industry… Read entire article »
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05 Jun 2011, 10:30
Very insightful. Thank you.
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11 Jun 2011, 00:38
5 movies MBA aspirants must watch, which do not feature Rajni Sir

CollegeKumar is back! For those who don’t know him, he had written a guest post for us about GMAT Preparation Tips that actually make sense. Then he disappeared from the scene, only to re-surface on another post ('10 bschools to have on your radar'). Unfortunately, those comments ended up ruffling a few feathers. After seeing the backlash, Shri Kumar decided it was time to calm the nerves and emotions a little. Read on for his recommendations on 5 movies every MBA applicant must watch.… Read entire article »
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11 Jun 2011, 00:48
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Hi Sameer,
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Since I have enough time to build my profile so I would like to micro-analyse every aspect of it to increase my chances of getting into my dream schools.

Not a good idea to approach it in that manner, Marquis. A checklist approach doesn't work in MBA applications. At best it'll appear mechanical and in the worst case it may backfire if you go overboard with it.

Allow your profile to develop naturally. With time you'll get plenty of opportunities to do well in whatever sphere you are in. Grab those opportunities and try to seek out other areas outside work where you can contribute.

Marquis wrote:
Do you think AdCom can be convinced that I can handle the academic rigour of the program, if I highlight following points in my application:

1. IIT-JEE qualified so capable of handling the quantitative rigour of the program.
2. high score in the quant section of GMAT (certainly not a problem)
3. masters project (dual degree) was based on stochastic and probabilistic modeling coupled with an international internship.
4. working in business analytics field which itself is a math intensive profile.

All 4 points are perfect to show that the low undergrad scores were an anomaly. You are worrying unncessarily.

Marquis wrote:
It would be great to have some additional pointers on this, like some additional courses if available in India, e.g. Business Mathematics, to cover it up.

I don't think you should focus on that one issue. Instead, focus your energies in developing the rest of your profile. The big picture is more important than how much you score in 1-2 subjects in your undergrad.

Marquis wrote:
One more thing, when should I take GMAT, i.e. now or 2-3 years later?

Take it a year before you are ready to apply. That way you won't be under pressure to perform and if needed you can take a few extra stabs at the test before you submit your applications.
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14 Jun 2011, 21:32

Should you choose an Indian MBA program over an international MBA college or Ivy League university?

What does it mean from an RoI and post MBA career perspective?

Last unrelated question: What do you see in the photo?

Option 1: An anaconda slowly tighting its grip around an unsuspecting victim’s neck

Option 2: A happy Indian dude who has managed to address the Indian MBA vs International MBA dilemma.

If you chose Option 1, your visualisation potential makes you fit to be in creative role and you might be wasting your time aiming for an MBA program. If you chose option 2, accept our sympathies and read on.
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