I am a South Asian fellow aiming to get enrolled in the 2016 batch of LBS MiM program. I am preparing for the GMAT using the official guides and I'm pretty confident of getting a 700+ score. I do consider my command in English to be fairly good, still I am trying to improve in it and I'm also preparing for the TOEFL to prove my proficiency in it. But what I doubt is that my ECs and my academic performances might create a hindrance into my admission in LBS. Below is the description of my academic performances and ECs.
1.) I am going to graduate in May, 2015. I am pursuing a degree in Bachelors of technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering. My current CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is 6.353/10. I am aware that the LBS requires an undergraduate degree equivalent to UK 2:1 or above. A UK 2:1 means 60% or above as far as I know. I would really appreciate it if you can confirm this to me whether I satisfy this criterion.
2.) I also did my summer internship from an organization which is an official business partner of VMware,IBM, and Microsoft.
3.) I recently got a job of a Technical Job Recruiter in an Indian subsidiary of a company head quartered in Somerset,New Jersey (U.S).
www(dot)linkedin(dot)com/company/rangam-consultants-inc (link to the linkedin profile of the company).
www(dot)rangam(dot)com (Company Website).
Please replace (dot) with . (they are not allowing me to post URLs as I am new here).
4.) I am not sure about what to mention in the Extra Curriculars. But these are the things that I did when I was in college.
* I've got a certification that says I'm a VMware Certified Profssional in Data Center Virtualization. (VCP 5 - DCV). I really love to learn about Virtualization.
* I'm a Microsoft Certified Professional as well .(2 MOS (Excel,Powerpoint) + 1 MTA (Networking Fundamentals)).
MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.
MTA - Microsoft Technical Associate certification.
*I'm learning to play guitar and I'm also preparing for the Trinity college music exam (grade 1) from a good instructor.
* I do administer a facebook page.
* I'm also a fitness freak.
Now here is my question :
What are my chances to get an admission into the LBS MiM (2016) if I clear the GMAT(700+),TOEFL,Trinity (grade1), gain an year of experience in the company I recently got placed and with the above mentioned academic performances and ECs ?
Thanks in advance for your time and effort.
In short, very very low chances. Read on for the explanation.
The South Asian (basically, Indian) applicant pool is pretty competitive, and one overarching, general way to distinguish oneself is to have a 'non-traditional' experience. 'Non-traditional' implies: non engineering/IT degree and work exp., non-quant extracurricular activities and so forth. So on that aspect, you seem like a typical 'cookie cutter' applicant and fall short.
Now onto the quality/'pedigree' of your background, you did not state your University, and anything below IIT/BITS/Delhi or Mumbai Uni, makes you a less competitive applicant. You would need to have stellar GMAT scores (I am talking 750+) to compensate both for the calibre of your institution and your CGPA.
Your ECs are woefully inadequate with little or no leadership experience, and again mostly comprised of IT/technical/quant stuff. They also consist of 'individually accomplished' experiences and provide no evidence of team working.
Work experience is not a brand name firm, and again, in the tech/IT field (assuming you apply after a year of work).
There's nothing wrong with being an engineer/IT consultant etc., but given the dearth of Indian applicants from great/decent unis, with brand name work experience, and fantastic ECs, you are clearly on the lower end.
I would suggest looking through the current class profile to gauge where you 'stand'. Not to be harsh, but I would suggest other schools, particularly those at the 'mid-tier' level in the UK or beyond. Good luck!