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Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 12:24
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Are there any diffrences between R1 and R2 admissions? Which one give the highest chance for getting admitted?
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Re: Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 11:08
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Hi h110us,

You should apply to the round when you feel your application is strongest. There is no difference for Round 1 or 2. The only exception to this rule is that you should avoid applying to the last round (Typically either Round 3 or 4.)

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Re: Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 22:47
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The following information will help you make the decision.

Application deadline/ round is a function of many factors including the plan, choice and priority of schools, profile and any special conditions attached.

Why R1 is preferred

While there is no official information, most of the b-schools are inclined to choose a higher % of students in round 1. This is because the candidates applying in R1 are required to give some kind of commitment (often a certain significant amount of money to be deposited with the b-school) to the b-school. Hence, most of the candidates applying in R1 are considered more serious about the particular b-school.

Some more parameters are mentioned below to help you choose R1 vs R2

Your overall plan

If you are an early starter, round 1 is definitely advisable. Please note that you need to plan well for the prerequisites. This means that GMAT and TOEFL (if required) should have been taken by the month end of July (as the R1 deadline is generally first week of october).

The priority of shortlisted b-schools

If a particular B school is one of the top b-schools in your list of targeted schools, you should apply in round 1. Since you will have an early decision from that school, if selected, you will save on time and money required to apply to other b-schools in later rounds.


B schools seeks diversity. Hence, if your profile has something to make it stand out, you would stand a fair chance in both rounds and can choose to apply in round 2 also. However, if your profile is similar to a large % of profiles in applicant pool, you should prefer R1.

Also note that reapplicants are advised to apply in round 1. This generally indicates a genuine interest and seriousness towards getting selected.

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Re: Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2011, 11:26
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Here is some general advice.

The key difference between the two rounds is that in Round 1, more seats are available and the profile of the class has not yet begun to take shape. Thus, your odds of admission should be higher at many schools. Also, for many top business schools, the number of applicants goes up in Round 2, because many candidates try to work on their applications during winter vacation, when they have taken days off from work.

For re-applicants, if you applied in Round 2 in one year and you were rejected, you may find that you have better outcomes if you apply in Round 1 of a subsequent year, because you will be applying when the most number of seats are available in the top MBA programs.

There are instances when Round 2 might be better for a candidate, however. For example, if you are short on work experience and you need a few more months to add quality work experience, Round 2 might be best for you. If you need time to get your GMAT score up, that might be another reason why you should wait for Round 2. If you simply won't have time to produce excellent essays in Round 1 given work demands, it is likely best that you wait for Round 2, if that means you can present an outstanding application rather than a mediocre one.

Whether the Round 1 vs. Round 2 timing of an application will matter for you, in particular, will depend upon the specifics. If you are a very strong candidate, you likely won't be affected by the timing. Some candidates are so highly qualified that they will have high odds of gaining admission regardless as to whether they apply in Round 1 or Round 2. But, if you come from a highly competitive profile - for instance, if you are a male Indian engineer who will be applying as a foreign national applicant - there are some schools where the timing of your application will make the difference between acceptance and rejection, with your odds much higher for acceptance in Round 1. Please note, though, that this is not true for all schools, but is true only for a few specific schools.

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Re: Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 14:38
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Hi eveybody,
Are there any diffrences between R1 and R2 admissions? Which one give the highest chance for getting admitted?

Statistically, Round 1 has slightly better chance (But more because of denominator effect, there are less applicants). Look here for more details:

Round 1 vs Round 2 vs Round 3 of MBA Admissions

Recommendation: Apply when you are best prepared, the sooner the better.
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Re: Difference in R1 and R2 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 14:30
R1 or R2
You should at the earliest but apply only when your are ready. Here is a detailed analysis of Round 1 vs Round 2: ask-indusminds-97925-20.html

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