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Joined: 09 Jun 2012
Posts: 77
Location: India
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2012, 11:02
Hi!

I request a profile evaluation for Full-Time MBA Programs. I want to know where I stand among the competition.

Bio: 23 yrs old, Male, Indian

GMAT: 690 (Q49, V35)

Academics:
    • School (1992-2006): Green Fields School, New Delhi (Among Top public schools in Delhi): 10th Class: 93.2% - School Topper and 12th Class: 88.4% - 3rd Rank
    • College (2006-2010): Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi (A grade university in Delhi): 81% - 5th Rank in College, Top 5% in University – GPA should be pretty on this basis

Work Experience: 2 Yrs (will be 3yrs by the time I start MBA) - HCL Technologies, Noida (India’s 4th largest IT company)

Achievements and Demonstration of Leadership Potential:
    • Consistently ranked among top 5 students till class 6th and school topper from class 7th to 10th.
    • Full Scholarship for class 11th and 12th
    • School Head Boy in Class 12th and Leader of the Student Council
    • Regular participation in Rotaract Club Activities in college (Social Service, Blood Donation Camps etc)
    • Organized events at College Annual Tech Fests
    • Livewire Award for productivity improvement in HCL within 1 yr
    • Leading a team of 6 developers for an Automation Initiative within the project that generated $165K over 10 months.
    • Promoted to Lead Engineer within 1yr 8 months – fastest promotion – on the basis of high efficiency and ability to innovate

Why MBA?
I understand Technology pretty well, and while on the job, understood very well how we can monetize technology. Whether it is a few lines of code or some big machine, it is just another part of an algorithm, a process that is used to generate a product/service and consequently money.

I’m going slightly philosophic here, but what I want to say is that I have good technical and analytical skills that help me understand the tools of the trade and how the tools are used efficiently to optimize the profit from the trade. I get lots of new ideas to do things in a “better way”, but they’re mostly overlooked by my senior management because they fail to consider a lot of “other factors”. This lack of understand of the “other factors” is the gap in my skill set.

My short term objective is to work as a Technical Manager in an IT or Technology based company. I want to learn how the business is built from the ground up and what keeps it going. It would involve not only the understanding of business and economics, but also the soft skills required to manage people and the leadership ability required to drive them to their best potential. And this is what I want from my MBA course.

In the long term though, I would like to expand the reach of my domain, staying close to Technology, but moving towards Sustainable Development ventures.

Schools:
I am still researching schools that offer Operations Management as a concentration, as I believe that would be the best stream I could study for my intended purpose. The country of choice is United States, as it is known to have the best B Schools in the world, and also because it’s a dream of mine to see the US! :P

It would be great if you could evaluate my profile and give a picture of where I stand in the long queue for getting an admission into a top 30 US B-School. Please suggest the upper and lower bounds of the B-Schools List where I have a good chance of getting selected. (I’m not going to make a program out of it ;))

It’s a pretty long read isn’t it? :P

P.S.: Also I’d be really obliged if you could let me know of any other good B-Schools outside the US (such as France, Germany etc) that match my profile.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:34
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Hello there,

Thanks for the info -- it was a long but interesting read :)!

Let's break down your profile:

Academics: Your GMAT is slightly low for the top universities, but is average for midtier, and your GPA is strong relative to other Indian Male IT applicants. So, I think you will be average in this dimension in balance.

Work experience: You've been quickly promoted at your company, and that is great, but your experience has been (sound like) purely technical to date. This is common for someone in your applicant pool, but is a disadvantage compared with the wider applicant pool. With just 2 years on the job, it may be difficult for you to demonstrate strong professional leadership capacity.

Extracurriculars/Community: Looks like you did some ad-hoc activities in college, but nothing consistent or that demonstrates strong leadership.

I'd say all in all, your profile is average for the Indian Male IT applicant pool, and that you could consider programs like UVA, Cornell, Tepper as stretch programs, Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology and UT McCombs as targets and schools like Georgetown as potential safeties. I think Tepper would be a great target program as it has a very strong ops program. Outside the U.S., you could look at IE University in Madrid, HEC, ISB, NUS, IIM... the list goes on. Perhaps a good starting point for researching international programs is here: http://poetsandquants.com/2011/12/22/in ... de-london/

Hope that this helps,
Mili


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Joined: 09 Jun 2012
Posts: 77
Location: India
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 14

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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2012, 09:32
Thanks a lot Mili!

I'll keep a realistic aim, and I won't suffer a heart break if I don't get the top most school in my list. :P
You've given me a lot of insight into my own profile and lot of options too. I'll get to work now on my essays and give it my best shot. :-D
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 690 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2012, 08:27
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Great! Good luck!

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