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Can i get into Harvard ? [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2013, 05:15
I am from India and i got 790 in GMAT but my GPA according to US system is very low i.e. 2.2. So, my only question is can i get into LSB or Harvard or Stamford ? Is there any chance ? I have 2 yrs. work experience in CIL (Coal India Limited). will the recommendations help? :| :? :|
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Re: Can i get into Harvard ? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2013, 09:39
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Hi there,

That is an amazing GMAT! I'm not entirely positive you've converted your GPA accurately. I would incredibly surprised if it was actually a 2.2.

BUT - to tell you more about your chances, I need a lot more information. What do you do for CIL? What did you do in undergrad? Are you involved in anything outside of work? What types of recommendations can you count on and from who?

I'd love to help and the more you can share the better!

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Re: Can i get into Harvard ? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2013, 02:02
Hi sir,

As of now, I am acting as Assistant Manager in CIL. I have been to various u/g mines and my specialization is in mining machinery equipment. I did my B.Tech from ISM-Dhanbad in Mining Machinery Engineering. I can get the recommendations from my Mine Manager and the GM and the kind but i surely can try to get a recommendation from the head of CIL (if that is possible) and i can get a lot of recommendations from my professors who used to teach me in college (but i don't know if it will matter!). And about my GPA, according to Indian system i have an OGPA of 7.12 out of 10 but in my college it is absolute, so i am clearly at a loss as the topper has 8.7 only! So, i used some kind of software from a site and that software did the rest. Other than all this, i have keen interest in Music and blogging (i don't think this will matter either!).

Nonetheless, thank you sir for attending to my query and hope to hear from you soon.

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Hi Ankit,

Firstly, if the front of your class had a 8.7, you definitely don't have an adjusted 2.2. The program lied to you - so that's good news :)

On one hand, you have work experience that isn't standard - not many applicants find themselves in mines, after all. But you're young, which might work against you. This isn't because you aren't old enough, but because you haven't had the years to get some really great, wow-ing experiences under your belt.

A GMAT (and a great one at that!) is only part of the puzzle. The rest of it comes down to what you bring to the class itself. With your background, you definitely have a lot of potential but it comes down to if you have realized it or not. If you're set on applying this year, I would suggest significantly diversifying your portfolio of schools you're applying to. If you're just asking, that's another situation altogether.

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Re: Can i get into Harvard ? [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2013, 18:51
I agree with Bhavik in that your GPA is probably much better. Do you know your batch rank? If so, include that as well. I also agree with Bhavik that you need to diversify your schools. What do you wish to do post-MBA?
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