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Prof evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2013, 11:04
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 14 Mar 2013, 11:23
I read your profile and it is impressive. However, as you know, getting into H/S/W places you in competition with the world's best candidates so where you eventually stack up is a matter of what the applicant pool looks like in any particular year. We have worked with many military candidates over the years and most have done very well in terms of getting into top MBA programs.

With your candidacy there are three main points of concern. The first point is that competition from Indian candidates is intense and there are many more qualified candidates than there are admitted students each year. Next is your age. While in the perfect world there would be no ageism, in business school admissions there is and the older you are the less attractive you become to some business schools. Lastly, is your career goals. Business schools are very concerned about being able to place you in your desired career after graduation and investment banking is a young profession and starting a career in this industry at 36 may appear unreasonable.

However, of the top programs, your background would be most appealing to Wharton, Sloan, Columbia, Tuck and Booth.

Good luck.

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