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I recently took my GMAT again... Would appreciate it if you can evaluate my profile. I have 5 Years of work experience, and am currently based in US. I am working as part of Risk Advisory Services for a consulting firm. My job involves implementing Risk Analytics Products which enables banks to calculate their Regulatory Capital. I Have worked with various Banks in Nigeria, China, US, Bulgaria. I have good international exposure and have good experience in Credit Risk technology and Risk Management Domain specifically Basel II.
I have taken GMAT multiple times and below are the scores: August 2009: 600 V28 Q44 June 2010: 640 V30 Q48 Sep 2010: 600 V25 Q47 August 2012: 710 V37 Q50
UnderGrad: Bachelor of Engineering from India, Graduated with First Class Degree (61%) Strong Extra-Curricular achievements in College from 2003 to 2007.
I am targeting the below schools:
Dream: Duke, Anderson, Cornell Target: Tepper, Mcombs, Emory, McDonough, Olin, UNC, Chapel hill Safe: Fisher, Boston University, USC Marshall
Congrats on breaking the 700 barrier on the GMAT! That is great. Although your score is skewed, it's skewed towards quant, which is good. I think your professional experience is also strong - you've broken out of the Indian Male IT demographic, so that's great. You'll want to highlight your professional leadership and teamwork experiences, but seems like you've gained good experience. The big gap in your profile is the lack of post-grad community and extracurricular activities. Since you're applying this fall, it's probably too late to take anything up, but you should definitely reflect on your personal experiences/stories and make sure that you show the ad com that you are a multi-dimensional, actively engaged individual (not just a smart workhorse ).
With all this said, I think your school list is very realistic and balanced in terms of the tiers. I think you'll be seriously considered at your dream schools, very competitive at your target and safety schools. You could potentially add something like Michigan or Darden to your list if you're interested.
Thanks for your assessment. You are right, I do have a big gap in ECA after my graduation. I will need to put this is the right form to make up for this.
I haven't broken out of the Indian IT male demographic exactly, I do work on the technical side.... but my job function is more of techo-functional role. I am not a hardcore Techie.... not sure how much this will help. But yes you are right, I am not the total IT guy.
I did consider Darden and Ross, but given my history with GMAT and my average undergrad scores, I decided not to apply to these schools. Will multiple GMAT attempts affect my application Negatively?
I have one quick question, as per my research I have seen that Emory and McCombs are biased towards high GMAT scores when it comes to Indian applicants. I have not seen a any Indian student below 740 at these schools. Do you think that I should even consider these Schools given my GMAT scores?
Hmm that is a good question, Arjun. I can't really give you a definitive answer on whether the schools are actually looking for higher scoring Indian male applicants, but I do think (forgive the broad brush generalization) that the majority of Indian applicants have high GMAT scores as their differentiator. I don't think it's a hard and fast rule here, but I do think it's worth thinking about what your differentiator is going to be (for all the schools, not just Emory or McCombs). I think if you're applying to Darden, etc., then it definitely makes sense to try for these other programs. Sometimes it's not as much work as you think to tack on another school or two. Or, you could choose one of these and pick a safer school to apply to instead of the other one.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...