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Profile Evaluation - GMAT -720, Work Ex - Consultant [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 03:10
Thanks in advance for reading this!

Background: 24 year old male from India.

GMAT: 720 (Q51,V36). Gave it recently so still waiting for the AWA+IR scores.

College: Bachelor of Engineering(Electronics and Telecommunications) from University of Pune, India. Graduated in 2010 with an aggregate of 66.8%(Distinction in my university). This may seem low but considering our university gives a distinction at 66% (as compared to 75% in other Indian universities) it is a decent score.

Work Experience: 26 months as on today. Working as a Consultant in one of the Big 4 professional services firms. My work is mostly related to Identity and Access management. We assess and implement Identity Management solutions. In my two years, I have worked on Fortune 500 clients from the US. My projects have been a mix of both technical and strategy work. My current project is a project on the strategy side and I am currently leading a team of 2 people(both Consultants themselves) on my project.

Extracurricular
1. I have a real passion for football. I have pursued the same throughout school, college and now in my current firm. Represent the firm in tournaments and am the captain of the branch I'm in. (Around 7000 people in my firm)
2. I have participated in quite a few extra curricular events in college related to Debates, Improv and Quiz.
3. In charge of managing the inter - college sports fest for 2 years.
4. Have been involved in a community initiative for 6 months regarding computer literacy of underprivileged children.


Target Schools: ISB(Hyderabad, India), Booth, Tuck, Kellogg, National University of Singapore

Post MBA Goal: After an MBA I want to get into strategy consulting. Hopefully something to do with the sports industry.

Now to the questions I have:
1. I've heard that their is a typical Indian Male IT professional stereotype which inhibits my chances at all top colleges. I want to know with my work ex and slightly average score am I being realistic in my schools. Also, please suggest any other schools that I can aim for.

2. Is it true that maximum scholarships are awarded in the first round of applications. Also I have heard that their is a higher chance of rejections in the later rounds.

3. Lastly, and this has been eating away at me for the past few days- Should I retake the GMAT? I feel I can do better in English but realistically I think I could at max get a 740-750. Is it worth it?

Your help would truly truly be appreciated!!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT -720, Work Ex - Consultant [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 00:51
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Now to the questions I have:
1. I've heard that their is a typical Indian Male IT professional stereotype which inhibits my chances at all top colleges. I want to know with my work ex and slightly average score am I being realistic in my schools. Also, please suggest any other schools that I can aim for.

2. Is it true that maximum scholarships are awarded in the first round of applications. Also I have heard that their is a higher chance of rejections in the later rounds.

3. Lastly, and this has been eating away at me for the past few days- Should I retake the GMAT? I feel I can do better in English but realistically I think I could at max get a 740-750. Is it worth it?

Your help would truly truly be appreciated!!

Thanks for writing us good sir,
Sooo, let's get kicked off with your questions.
1. It's not that it "inhibits", it's that the schools have too many exactly similar profiles to choose from. What makes YOU different from the other 300 Big four, high GMAT Indian Male IT candidates?? That is the million dollar question! And hopefully one you will be answering in your emails.

2. Both are true. The earlier you apply, the more seats there are, and the more money there is.

3. Like any investment, it depends on the costs. If anyways you are considering applying next year, and you have plenty of time, of COURSE you should try and get a higher score. A higher score can help differentiate you ( a bit). BUT, that having been said, I don't think that if the ONLY difference you will have is 20 points more, it will make all that much of a difference. Meaning once you break 720, 10 or 20 or 30 points more on the GMAT doesn't magically get you in anywhere. You also gotta have the profile.

Hope this helps!!!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT -720, Work Ex - Consultant [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 02:08
Thanks Jon for the detailed reply!

I'm thinking of applying to a few colleges with this profile and see what happens..

Could you please let me know how realistic am I being at the following colleges

Columbia, Booth, Kellogg, ISB, NUS

and maybe suggest others which you have in mind.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT -720, Work Ex - Consultant [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2012, 01:04
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Well, then go ahead with this profile. All of the schools you listed above are reachable, some are a bit more difficult than others. (I'd say Booth the hardest, and NUS the easiest). But if you do apply ONLY to the schools on your list above, be aware that you are up for a challenge! As your selection list is a bit on the tougher side, so you may want to add one or three more schools at which you would be more competitive (Anderson, Johnson, McCombs, Kelly, etc.)

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