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Please evaluate my profile (IIT Delhi, GMAT 720) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 02:58
Hi all,

I am hoping to get your advice on my chances to get into the top 10 US b-schools

Here is my profile:

Indian Male, 24

Undergraduate: BTech, Chemical Engg. (IIT Delhi)

GMAT : 720 (Q 51, V 35, AWA : 4.5)

GPA : 3.1/4

Consistent high-school performance: Got 94% in 10th std. and 88% in my 12th std.

Work Ex : 4 years post my undergrad degree

Quality of Work ex :
1. 2 yrs work ex. with ZS Associates (A consulting firm focused on pharma/healthcare industry): Joined as an Associate, and got promoted to an Associate Consultant within 2 yr. (fastest in my batch). Worked with Indian, European, American clients on Market research, Marketing strategies, New product launch planning and execution & Sales force effectiveness projects
2. 2 yrs work ex. with Moolchand Healthcare: Working as an EA to the CEO, helping drive various strategic initiatives like Sales & Marketing, recruiting, M&A, fund-raising, Business planning, Reporting etc. I would classify this as a 50% strategy, and 50% execution role.

International exposure :
1. 3 month research internship in a Lab in Frieberg, Germany during my UG.
2. 3 month technical internship in a chemical factory in Rayong, Thailand during my UG.
3. Travelled to the US for client work during my 2 yr stint with ZS Associates

Extra-currics and leadership: Play the guitar/piano and was an active member of the IIT Delhi music club - used to perform for my hostel band. Also, was in the institute water-polo team (have an active interest in swimming)

I would really value your advise on the following two points:
1) Do I have a chance of getting admitted in a top 10? If so, what are the things I can do to make my application stronger?
2) What are the other universities that I can look at, given my ambitions?

Thanks again!
Rakshay
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (IIT Delhi, GMAT 720) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 08:34
You are in range for schools like Ross, Darden, Duke, UCLA, NYU, Cornell and Yale -- choose 2-3 from that list. Schools outside the top 16 will be sweet spots such as Tepper, Texas, UNC, USC, Georgetown, Emory and the UK schools like Oxford and Cambridge (choose 2-3 from this list).

Just focus on doing the best you can on the applications. There's nothing you can do to fundamentally change your profile in just a few months. If you are going to apply 1-2 years later, then you may want to find a way to work outside of India full-time (i.e. get transferred to the US/Euro offices at your firm).
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (IIT Delhi, GMAT 720) [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 17:33
Thanks Alex!

Forgot to mention about my leadership experience, so here it goes:-

Leadership experience:
1. Was mentoring associates for over a year at ZS Associates. Have delivered 4 projects end to end with about 1-2 associates reporting to me on each project. Have almost ~1yr experience training associates on market research methodologies. Have also taken office wide sessions on market research
2. Helped build the marketing services team in the Gurgaon office - was actively involved in taking it from a strength of 5 to 40 in 2 yrs.
3. Leading the talent acquisition initiative at Moolchand Healthcare, with 3 direct reportees.
4. Have an indirect line of reporting at Moolchand since I am involved in multiple strategic intiatives, working closely with the CEO (this point needs to be elaborated)

Would this addition help me crack the top 5? I really want to get in to Harvard/Stanford/Wharton/Kellogg/Sloan

Pl. let me know your thoughts

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (IIT Delhi, GMAT 720) [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 09:31
It seems like you really want me to tell you that you're good enough for the top 8 schools.

If you really want to go, then just apply.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile (IIT Delhi, GMAT 720) [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 02:09
Just testing the waters Alex!

My post-MBA goal is to become an Healthcare entrepreneur, can you suggest names of b-schools with the most sought after healthcare/entrepreneurship program?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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