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First of all congrats for your good score.
1) Will my part-time experience as a teaching assistant will be of any use while applying ? (as i have only 2 years of F/T exp.)
In MBA application everything is of some use; it will depend on how well u can incorporate your experiences in application.
2) will my M.S degree be taken into consideration (as most applicants have an average job experience of 5 years)
I think M.S. degree would definetely give you an edge, but I don't think it will compensate for work-ex. Anyway, most of the schools offer admissiond to ppl with 2 years of work ex, so in my opinion it must not be the point of too much concern.
3) Since i do not have Finance Background, do i stand any chance of getting admitted into Top 10-30 ranked schools ?
It will again depend on your reasons for career shift. You will have to show profound interest in finance; and moreover, will have to supplement this interest with real world understanding of finance. If u have been involved with finance related projects in your present work, it will certainly help in strengthening your case.
Btw, once get admitted into a school you can choose any specialisation, no matter what have u written in ur application.
4) How do I go about approaching the application process-what holes do I need to plug, what aspects of the application should I consider and what should I be emphasising on my application?
In my opinion, first of all you should get involve in some community work again. Second, make a list of all colleges you r interested in, scrtutinise their sites, and gather more information about schools from forums, like gmatclub, and talk to some present & ex students of those schools. Third, check out this year's essay questions of those schools and start preparing ur responses.
If you have any other question, feel free to post here. If u wish u can send ur essays, atleast career objectives, to me.