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Profile Evaluate, Indian Male - Fin Services

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Profile Evaluate, Indian Male - Fin Services [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 11:29

I took the GMAT in early 2009 (690; Q-49,V-34) (had taken it earlier in 2008 but cancelled my test) and want to apply to colleges offering recognized 1 year MBA programs. I want to enrol in 2012.

I have very poor acads at the undergrad level. But since then I have had a steady career graph. I have solid work exp in the fin services sector and also tried to cover up for the shitty undergrad show pursuing a couple of professional qualifications which carry significant value in the fin industry. Please see below for details.

Why MBA: I want to become a fund manager and be considered eligible to handle large amounts of money. From what I have seen, an MBA is almost a pre-requisite to get there.


* I am planning to take the GMAT now to improve upon my score (didnt study well the first two times) but I doubt if I will be able to meet any of the 1st round deadlines. Will that be a disadvantage?

* What else can I do to make up for my low GPA and improve my chances of getting accepted? Moreover, how can I address this in my application?

Target Schools:


Nationality: Indian
Age: 27

*Short term: A career where I can gain knowledge and expertise in the area of investment management
*Long term: To start an asset management venture based on my own strategies

*Indian Institute of Technology (2006), Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Comm Engineering.
*Crappy GPA of 5.41 (10 pt scale) and took 5 yrs (instead of 4) to graduate. (Reason: lost interest and simply did not study)
*The tech. and engineering institution has been consistently ranked in the top 5 in India.

Professional Qualifications (pursuits):
* Chartered Financial Analyst: awaiting Level III results
* Financial Risk Manager: passed Part I, enrolled for Part II.

Work experience (5 yrs as of Jun-11):
*Spent the first 18 months of my career working as a third party research analyst at a global outsourcing firm for the Fixed Income desk of large European investment bank. Won two performance awards.
*Past 3.5 years as a cross asset quantitative research analyst in the private banking division of a top private bank .Recently promoted to Assistant Vice President. Consistently developed and delivered revenue enhancing quantitative investment strategies, models and tools (both proprietary and for clients).
*Exposure to multicultural corporate setting with high visibility through to top management levels.
*Travelled on business to Germany,UK and Switzerland.

* Nominated for the branding campaign at my current firm.
* Co-managed the cultural festival at college
* Semi professional musician: fluent at guitar
* College level tennis player
* College level snooker and billiards player
* Member of literary and music section
* Editor of college students magazine
* Got the top grade for my final year B.Tech project: which was a digital guitar effects processor
* Avid trekker

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Profile Evaluate, Indian Male - Fin Services [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 15:45
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Alright my friend, you have a GREAT background. Some setbacks of course, but given IIT and your ECs etc., I like what I see.

But you have bad grades, right?

So how do we fix it? RETAKE THE GMAT BROTHER! : ) You simply have no choice (as I see you plan to do). Retake the test, and magically, if you can get up to 700, 710, 720, aaaall of the adcoms fears will simply...melt away. Piece of cake. Thats the only REAL way to make the grades melt away.

Retake the test man, and nobody will question your intellectual acumen.

And then, all those schools youve listed below will be RIGHT in your range. For LBS and INSEAD especially, it will be critical as you know...

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