Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 14 Feb 2016, 11:34
GMAT Club Tests


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Dinged and perplexed

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 10 Jul 2011
Posts: 115
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 2: 710 Q50 V35
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 10

Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 04:40
Hi Paul,

Below is my brief profile:

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Age: 27 years

Undergrad: IIT (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2

GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) and AWA: 4.5 (took in Oct 2012)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2 (Since June 2010): Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with Management Consulting team of a Big 4
International work ex: None, however have worked extensively with US and European clients / colleagues

Total work ex by Aug'14: 6 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an Indian NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.

I applied to 7 schools last year (2013 admits). Below were the results:

1. Stern (Round 1) - Reject without interview
2. Booth (Round 2) - Reject without interview
3. HKUST (Round 2) - Reject without interview
4. Fuqua (Round 2) - Reject without interview
5. Ross (Round 2) - Was wait-listed initially (without interview), then rejected
6. Cornell (Round 3) - Reject without interview
7. NUS (Round 1, last day) - Reject with interview

As you might have guessed, I am perplexed with above results.

The short term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Associate in the M&A group of a global investment bank.
The long term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Start/join a venture capital firm focusing on emerging economies

I guess the short-term goal was the reason why the adcoms got worried and did not call me.

I just want to understand the reasons why I was dinged by so many schools and that too without even an interview opportunity so that I can apply with a re-calibrated approach this year.

Specifically, I want to ask:

Should I take the GMAT again?
Should I re-assess my goals?
Should I improve the essays (presentation, content etc.) without changing the goals?
Should I target some other set of schools? Please suggest a few. I am currently thinking of Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale, Tuck, INSEAD at the moment but if I think the schools was not a problem, the problem was somewhere else.

I can share the essays I submitted for further analysis.

Many thanks in advance!!!!
Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Joined: 04 Sep 2012
Posts: 40
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, International Business
WE: Accounting (Entertainment and Sports)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 1

Re: Dinged and perplexed [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 05:46
Just by glancing over your post I think your weakness lies on your GPA nothing wrong with your GMAT or your goals... Are you currently in the United States? If yes I would suggest taking some classes at your local community college and getting all As. Take the usual suspects you know.. Statistics, calculus, accounting and a finance class so you can show the admission committee that you can handle the course work. And be sure to apply early in the process, round 1. Lastly you might wanna check on the letter of recommendation perhaps someone is saying bad things about you?

Best of luck!

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic 5 Dings and only 1 Admit with a 710 on GMAT aalriy 1 29 Mar 2013, 00:26
Experts publish their posts in the topic please evaluate fall 2012 chances,got 7 dings this year,ouch ua87 1 27 Mar 2011, 04:36
Experts publish their posts in the topic Dinged? Deferred? Frustrated? Consider EMBA Options! PaulLanzillotti 0 31 Jan 2011, 14:08
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Dinged and perplexed

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: PaulLanzillotti


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.