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Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 00:19
EDUCATION: 710 GMAT, 116 TOEFL, Bachelors of Technology from Uttar Pradesh Technical University(state government run university) with a 65% aggregate in Electronics & Communication Engineering. CFA Level II candidate.

WORK: Working as an senior business analyst in Strategy & Operations at a private insurance firm since 3years. This is my first job. Work primarily involves distribution channel analysis, annual operating plans, sales alliances' term sheets, performance management systems and compensation structures.

EXTRA CURRICULAR: worked with an NGO for teaching the underprivileged kids for a few months, won a handful of debates and drama competitions at college and school.

MISC: knowledge of french and dutch languages(basic verbal fluency). Amateur Street Photographer and keyboard enthusiast.


I plan to apply this year for Fall'14 admissions.

Need some clarity on the kind of colleges which are aspirational and achievable in the US & Europe(both mainland and UK).


Any and every comment/suggestion on the profile are welcome!
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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 07:37
Was your 65% a first or a second class degree?

Your grades and GMAT score is low for an Indian applicant from the most competitive applicant group. I suggest you retake the GMAT because you can control this part of your profile.
Your work experience differs from the standard IT background. Dig into your background and try to differentiate yourself from your peer group in terms of leadership (if you do not have direct reports this can be influencing skills, demonstrating initiative, etc.) and impact (e.g impact of your analysis on sales, partners, etc.).

Did you have any leadership positions with the NGO? Is there a compelling personal story with any of the underprivileged kids with which you have worked?

With your present profile you are most likely outside the top 15 in the U.S. and top 5 in Europe. What are your goals and desired region to work? This would be helpful in recommending other schools. Within England you are not competitive for LBS and Oxford and Cambridge might be stretches. You are competitive for the other schools in England.

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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 12:49
My degree qualifies as a First Division degree, yes. My role at the NGO was that of a pseudo-leader/coordinator. Does this help and move me up a few notches in the top15 colleges? I'm being realistic so the Ivy League is not even being talked of here. Any chance of me cracking Top 9- 15 schools in the US?
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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 13:12
Why was your role a pseudo-leader/coordinator rather than a leader/coordinator?.

The fact that you are a First Division helps, but most Indian applicants I work with are at least a First Division. You really should aim for a higher GMAT to increase your chances.

That said I do not ever want to tell someone they have no chance. Also, Ivy doesn’t necessarily equate to more selective as MIT Sloan for example is more selective than Cornell, an Ivy. If you end up applying to schools outside the Top 15 you might as well apply to schools just around that range like Tepper and a few within that range like Cornell as reaches. But really, without an improved GMAT score, your target schools are most likely schools like UT Austin, UNC Kenan Flagler, Emory, etc. outside the top 15.

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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 00:32
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Hey there,
I don't necessarily agree that you need to retake the GMAT. I think you have a wonderful score and getting higher will not help you any more. This is especially true if you are intending to apply R1 this year. You do not have time to retake, and anyhow, the work on your application will likely bring you better returns. Anyhow, Top 10-15 schools will be out of range for you, and I think your range of comfort would be somewhere in schools ranked 20-50 (or out of the top 3/4 in Europe).

Get ready to get started on those applications!!!

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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!! [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 10:10
Hi,

You have a decent GMAT score and an avg. CGPA. Your ECs look fine. You need to focus on long term goals and give solid reason that how an MBA from XYZ b-school will help you to achieve those goals. If you can showcase leadership traits, awards/achievements in or outside work place in application essays and exhibit ability to work with others, professionalism and maturity during final interviews then you would stand a chance in b-school(s). With the given information, you may target schools like: Ross, Cornell, McCombs, Kenan-Flagler, Indiana-Kelley, Emory, McDonough, Ohio-Fisher, Oxford-Said, Cambridge-Judge, ISB and NUS. You may also try your chances in b-school(s) by clicking http://www.apphelp.co.in/Bschool-selection.htm

Let me know in case of further queries. You may PM your details for school selection or discussion in length.

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EDUCATION: 710 GMAT, 116 TOEFL, Bachelors of Technology from Uttar Pradesh Technical University(state government run university) with a 65% aggregate in Electronics & Communication Engineering. CFA Level II candidate.

WORK: Working as an senior business analyst in Strategy & Operations at a private insurance firm since 3years. This is my first job. Work primarily involves distribution channel analysis, annual operating plans, sales alliances' term sheets, performance management systems and compensation structures.

EXTRA CURRICULAR: worked with an NGO for teaching the underprivileged kids for a few months, won a handful of debates and drama competitions at college and school.

MISC: knowledge of french and dutch languages(basic verbal fluency). Amateur Street Photographer and keyboard enthusiast.


I plan to apply this year for Fall'14 admissions.

Need some clarity on the kind of colleges which are aspirational and achievable in the US & Europe(both mainland and UK).


Any and every comment/suggestion on the profile are welcome!

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Re: Indian Male,24 Profile Evaluation required!!   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2013, 10:10
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