It sounds like you're thinking about the right things. Here are a few thoughts:
- Yes, your profile is very common. So, obvioulsy, the challenge for you will be to stand out. Things like "I came from a top university" or "I work at a top IT firm" won't distinguish you at all, since there are so many other Indian/IT applicants who can say the same thing. Your GMAT won't distinguish you, either (even if you score 700+).
- So, you'll need to distinguish yourself with one or more of the following things: 1) What you've done on the job -- how you've made an impact, leadership roles you've taken, etc.; 2) What impact you've had on your community; 3) Other interests or hobbies of yours that will hepl you stand out; 4) Your career goals; 5) Any adversity you have overcome; 6) Any other unique experiences you've had (e.g., international experience).
- It's nice that you have a wide varity of interests, but the risk here is that you'll come across as too unfocused and that none of these things will come through strong enough to make a real impression on adcomms. I recommend focusing on one or two things here that will really help to show your passion for something.
- Yes, I recommend applying to at least a couple of schools that are more in the top-20 or top-30 range, just to spread your bets.
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