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Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2013, 11:03
Hello

How are you?

I am Siddharth from India working for past 14 years in the Indian Army. Offlate, I have started dwelling on the idea of applying and getting through to a top 10 B school and I would appreciate if you can evaluate my profile based on facts given below and give out my chances of getting there.
I finished my schooling with 81% marks in high school and 86% marks in 12th std with science subjects.

Thereafter, I was selected for the premier tri-service (Army, Navy and Airforce)Officers training establishment for the Indian Defence forces, i.e. National Defence Academy(NDA). During my stint at NDA, I was trained for 3 years in the subtle nuances of modern day warfare, tactics, combat leadership and expertise in handling arms and ammunition.

Apart from these, I also excelled in debate competitions, sports, swimming and wildlife photography. Simulatneously, I also completed my graduation(Bachelor in Sciences) from Jawahar lal Nehru university, New Delhi.
After that, I went for advanced training of Army to the Indian Military Academy for 1 year, wherein I was trained to lead an Infantry Platoon(125 men) in war in all types of terrain viz. High altitude, desert, jungle and amphibious environment against a nuclear backdrop. I was also trained for counter insurgency operations.

On completion of my precommission training, I was deployed in North eastern sector of India in anti terrorists operations. Therein, I commanded 125 men carrying out surgical military operations resulting in elimination of large number of militants in my area of responsibility and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

My efforts were well recognised and I was honoured with three gallantry awards including one from the Honourable President of India and the other two from the top military hierarchy.

Thereafter, I was posted to Jammu and Kashmir(ladakh sector), the highest battlefield of the world, where I along with my team was responsible to provide optimum logistic support to the field Army.

I was then posted to an Aviation support echelon providing logistic backup to the complete Indian Army.

In my past 14 years in the Army, I attended various courses of instructions in a wide range of fields from Inventory Management , tactical deployment of Army and bomb disposal at premier training establishments of Army and have topped all of them with very high academic and practical performance.

I also served with the elite National Security Guards(NSG), the crack anti-terrorist unit of Government of India for 3 years. During my tenure in NSG, I was selected to be a part of OP black tornedo, which was launched in the wake of terrorist attack on Hotel Taj, Hotel Oberoi and Nariman house in Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008. My operation was a success and I was honoured with a gallantry award from the Chief of Indian Army. In NSG, I extensively carried out many detection and disposal of many bombs and carried out post blast investigations at various sites of incidence.

Presently, I am working with an ammunition unit providing ammunition support to the field Army.

I have also extensively participated in social causes especially in terrorist infested areas.

As of now, I am preparing to take GMAT in Sep and wish to do MBA(finance). The post MBA goal is to get into Investment banking.

I would request you to provide me realistic guidance on my chances of getting into top B Schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford etc and what in your opinion should be my ideal GMAT score for getting in there?

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Siddharth
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Re: Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2013, 07:42
Hi,

Thanks for writing here

A few points

1) With 14 years of work experience, you fall into older pool of applicants. Since you are coming from army background, you may tackle this issue in your essays

2) GMAT score for top school must be in the given range (ideally on higher side for you to build confidence that you can kksurvive during hectic study schedules)

3) The MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT IS - Why MBA and Why NOW ?. You must have very sound stories for both these questions, else it is very difficult to get into top school with such profile.

4) You mentioned that you wanna get into Investment Banking. Now, this sounds challenging to me and you will have hard time convince that you will be an excellent investment banker. Investment Banking is a very competitive arena and one does not become overnight investment banker with an MBA (be it from any top MBA school).

So, if you just thought that you wanna get into investment banking because whenever people talk about investment banking, the first few thoughts comes into the mind are those suited guys going to be a part of billion dollars investment banking industry, then think twice.

I have seen many students getting into top b-schools, and i have seen them very successful in the general management roles.

I hope this helps, please take my feedback into right spirit

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Re: Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2013, 00:20
Hi Siddhartha,

You have a diverse profile. With 14 yrs. of work-ex, I wouldn't suggest H/S/W full time MBA. Rather you can target HBS-Executive program, INSEAD-ILPSIE, ISB-PGPMAX to name a few. Even the GMAT criterion is waived-off for these programs. You can also try your chances in b-schools by clicking http://tinyurl.com/c6b6qcu

Subsequently, you need to skillfully write application essays and showcase maturity, ability to work with others, achievements and leadership traits in application essays and interviews.

Let me know in case of other queries. You can PM your number to discuss over your profile or selection of b-schools.

Cheers!!
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tomarsid wrote:
Hello

How are you?

I am Siddharth from India working for past 14 years in the Indian Army. Offlate, I have started dwelling on the idea of applying and getting through to a top 10 B school and I would appreciate if you can evaluate my profile based on facts given below and give out my chances of getting there.
I finished my schooling with 81% marks in high school and 86% marks in 12th std with science subjects.

Thereafter, I was selected for the premier tri-service (Army, Navy and Airforce)Officers training establishment for the Indian Defence forces, i.e. National Defence Academy(NDA). During my stint at NDA, I was trained for 3 years in the subtle nuances of modern day warfare, tactics, combat leadership and expertise in handling arms and ammunition.

Apart from these, I also excelled in debate competitions, sports, swimming and wildlife photography. Simulatneously, I also completed my graduation(Bachelor in Sciences) from Jawahar lal Nehru university, New Delhi.
After that, I went for advanced training of Army to the Indian Military Academy for 1 year, wherein I was trained to lead an Infantry Platoon(125 men) in war in all types of terrain viz. High altitude, desert, jungle and amphibious environment against a nuclear backdrop. I was also trained for counter insurgency operations.

On completion of my precommission training, I was deployed in North eastern sector of India in anti terrorists operations. Therein, I commanded 125 men carrying out surgical military operations resulting in elimination of large number of militants in my area of responsibility and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

My efforts were well recognised and I was honoured with three gallantry awards including one from the Honourable President of India and the other two from the top military hierarchy.

Thereafter, I was posted to Jammu and Kashmir(ladakh sector), the highest battlefield of the world, where I along with my team was responsible to provide optimum logistic support to the field Army.

I was then posted to an Aviation support echelon providing logistic backup to the complete Indian Army.

In my past 14 years in the Army, I attended various courses of instructions in a wide range of fields from Inventory Management , tactical deployment of Army and bomb disposal at premier training establishments of Army and have topped all of them with very high academic and practical performance.

I also served with the elite National Security Guards(NSG), the crack anti-terrorist unit of Government of India for 3 years. During my tenure in NSG, I was selected to be a part of OP black tornedo, which was launched in the wake of terrorist attack on Hotel Taj, Hotel Oberoi and Nariman house in Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008. My operation was a success and I was honoured with a gallantry award from the Chief of Indian Army. In NSG, I extensively carried out many detection and disposal of many bombs and carried out post blast investigations at various sites of incidence.

Presently, I am working with an ammunition unit providing ammunition support to the field Army.

I have also extensively participated in social causes especially in terrorist infested areas.

As of now, I am preparing to take GMAT in Sep and wish to do MBA(finance). The post MBA goal is to get into Investment banking.

I would request you to provide me realistic guidance on my chances of getting into top B Schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford etc and what in your opinion should be my ideal GMAT score for getting in there?

Regards
Siddharth

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Re: Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2013, 07:39
Hey Siddhartha,

You may try your chances in b-school(s) by clicking http://www.apphelp.co.in/Bschool-selection.htm. To get some more clarity on b-school application process and inputs from top b-school grads, kindly attend the webinar conducted by b-school alumnus. For more information and to register your name, click http://www.apphelp.co.in/apphelp-alumni-sessions.php

Let me know if you have any more queries.

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Re: Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 20:29
HI Siddhartha
You have a great background, and you have good shot at all the schools you apply to. Just do not mention Finance as your goals...it should be supply chain or operations...As per adcoms, it is difficult to make function shift at your age and work ex.. So make it appear that your going for career progression.

Consider kudos if my post helps!!!

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