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Kindly evaluate my profile and suggest [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 20:23
GMAT score
• Verbal - 38
• Quant - 49
• Total - 710 / 92%
• An. Writing - 5
• IR - 8

Post MBA Goal : further enrich the current IT consultancy experience and eventually lead to an entrepreneurial career.
Applying for : admission to 2014 batch; application round 1/2 (2013-14)

I have limited information regarding the qualitative significance of programs offered by different colleges and hence am bit perplexed regarding which programs I should apply for and applying to which programs/colleges would be realistic :roll: .
I have currently opted for the following colleges to receive my scores:

1. Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business - MBA, Full Time
2. Cornell University - S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management - MBA, Full Time
3. Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business - MBA, Full Time
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management - MBA, Full Time
5. University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - MBA, Full Time

My profile:
1. Indian Male
2. 8.27/10 (honors) CGPA from accredited pvt. engineering institution (best college in state)
3. Overall 6 years of experience in IT, currently working with tier-1 US multinational IT consultancy firm, previously working with largest IT major across Asia.
4. 5 years (out of 6) of experience in purely lead roles leading teams of various sizes; 1 year of onite assignment in europe for telecom major, recently awarded employee of the quarter and nominated for early promotion.
5. Stakeholder and adviser in family owned nursery and prep school for underprivileged children.
6. Received unique award (awarded to only one student from the whole batch) from college association for organizing and efficient execution of cultural program during 2nd year. Also, received various awards for acing college competitions including debates, extempore etc.

With the above profile, I feel that I may be applicable to few of the well known programs but not sure of what could be a realistic expectation :wink: . As I understand colleges like Wharton, Harvard can only be a dream for now but the list of 5 colleges I have applied to share GMAT score with could be dream come true.

Any help in this regards would be a of great value. Kindly advice.

Thanks! :)
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile and suggest [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 01:26
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KeepingUp wrote:
GMAT score
• Verbal - 38
• Quant - 49
• Total - 710 / 92%
• An. Writing - 5
• IR - 8

Post MBA Goal : further enrich the current IT consultancy experience and eventually lead to an entrepreneurial career.
Applying for : admission to 2014 batch; application round 1/2 (2013-14)

I have limited information regarding the qualitative significance of programs offered by different colleges and hence am bit perplexed regarding which programs I should apply for and applying to which programs/colleges would be realistic :roll: .
I have currently opted for the following colleges to receive my scores:

1. Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business - MBA, Full Time
2. Cornell University - S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management - MBA, Full Time
3. Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business - MBA, Full Time
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management - MBA, Full Time
5. University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - MBA, Full Time

My profile:
1. Indian Male
2. 8.27/10 (honors) CGPA from accredited pvt. engineering institution (best college in state)
3. Overall 6 years of experience in IT, currently working with tier-1 US multinational IT consultancy firm, previously working with largest IT major across Asia.
4. 5 years (out of 6) of experience in purely lead roles leading teams of various sizes; 1 year of onite assignment in europe for telecom major, recently awarded employee of the quarter and nominated for early promotion.
5. Stakeholder and adviser in family owned nursery and prep school for underprivileged children.
6. Received unique award (awarded to only one student from the whole batch) from college association for organizing and efficient execution of cultural program during 2nd year. Also, received various awards for acing college competitions including debates, extempore etc.

With the above profile, I feel that I may be applicable to few of the well known programs but not sure of what could be a realistic expectation :wink: . As I understand colleges like Wharton, Harvard can only be a dream for now but the list of 5 colleges I have applied to share GMAT score with could be dream come true.

Any help in this regards would be a of great value. Kindly advice.

Thanks! :)


Hey there, and thanks for your post.

To give you a full-on eval I need a bit more info about where you work and what you do, but let's say that overall things look pretty good in your profile. You have a great GMAT very good grades, and what looks like lots of good strong work experience. Still though, Top 10 will be stretches for you - you are an Indian Male Tech candidate and a non-IIT graduate,. Unless you work for a firm like Google, Top 10 will be pretty tough, which means that numbers 4 and 5 on your list are gonna be stretches. The first three on your list will ALSO be challenging, but with better chances. So that is a good place to start. The question is now, where ELSE can you apply. Because if your goal is to apply THIS year, it's probably not the best idea to apply only to two stretch schools and three challenging ones! ;)

You could look into Marshall, Anderson, McCombs, and Georgia Tech to start with as other good options for your school list. This is not ALL of the schools, but it might get you started, and all of them have pretty good placements in the tech industry (but of course make sure you do your own research to ensure that you can in fact reach your goals through their programs)

Hope this helps!!!
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Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile and suggest [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 02:01
Thanks jon for your kind response. I would be happy to share any information that could make it feasible for you to provide some feedback on my chances. Few bullets would be:

- I am currently engaged in client engagement as a lead solution architect in Cognizant Technology Solutions working for a major bank in UAE.
- Prior to this I was an Onsite Tech. lead at onsite for a telecom major in Europe for one year
- Have previously worked for 3 years as a Lead Business Analyst for a major banking customer.

Throughout my career I was fortunate to be engaged in customer facing roles which gave me a lot of business exposure in different domains. I do share a good rapport with all the customers I have worked with and all the managers / customers I have reported / worked with would be more than glad to recommend me.

Still as I understand, from an ivy league standpoint my profile is kind of average, would it make sense for me to target colleges like kellogg, NYU, Duke or I simply scrap them out? I have currently picked these colleges only on the basis of rankings provided over the net but as I understand there are more variables based on which I should select the targetted programs. This is where I am stuck and in need of advice.
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile and suggest [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2013, 22:39
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KeepingUp wrote:
Thanks jon for your kind response. I would be happy to share any information that could make it feasible for you to provide some feedback on my chances. Few bullets would be:

- I am currently engaged in client engagement as a lead solution architect in Cognizant Technology Solutions working for a major bank in UAE.
- Prior to this I was an Onsite Tech. lead at onsite for a telecom major in Europe for one year
- Have previously worked for 3 years as a Lead Business Analyst for a major banking customer.

Throughout my career I was fortunate to be engaged in customer facing roles which gave me a lot of business exposure in different domains. I do share a good rapport with all the customers I have worked with and all the managers / customers I have reported / worked with would be more than glad to recommend me.

Still as I understand, from an ivy league standpoint my profile is kind of average, would it make sense for me to target colleges like kellogg, NYU, Duke or I simply scrap them out? I have currently picked these colleges only on the basis of rankings provided over the net but as I understand there are more variables based on which I should select the targetted programs. This is where I am stuck and in need of advice.


Hey there,
Well, I wouldn't say "average", That's playing it down too much, and if you were average, you wouldn't have much of a shot at the other schools on your list either :). But yes, it will be tough at Top 10 schools like Kellogg. No, it does not mean "Don't apply", but it does mean "Don't apply ONLY to such schools". So, you can choose one or two which you most like, because you DO have the GMAT, you DO have the grades and you DO have the leadership (without any of these three it would be close to impossible), so with an awesome application, you could still make it in, buuuuut they are a bit of longshots, so I want to make sure you are balancing it out a bit with other schools.

In my opinion, when it comes to selecting business schools there are two things that are most important: 1. Go to the best school you can get into 2. If it's not a Top 10-20 school, make sure they can get you to your goals.

So basically once you are outside of Top 20 rankings begin to matter less, and what begins to matter more is PLACEMENTS - So who recruits? Where do graduates go? Into what industries? To what jobs? And basically you are looking at past performance as a prediction of future likelihood. So look at employment records - who recruits, what salaries are, and what the employment rate, and this will be one of the better indications as to whether the school fits you or not.

Hope this helps!!
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