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.
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!!
Thanks for your post. Now for your questions.
1. There are a lot of Indian IT guys applying to business schools. Top MBA programs value diversity and that value intensifies competition among large groups in the applicant pool, such as Indian IT guys. (Please see "Help! I'm an Indian IT Male."
) I believe your relatively little experience, frankly, is more of a weakness than you're being an Indian IT guy. Please see
* Diversity, Over-representation, and You
*MBA Admissions: Application Advice for Younger Applicants
Chicago is a great option. I also suggest you consider UCLA, Stanford, and Tepper.
2. I'm not sure that's true since many schools report that the largest number of applications are received second round. It is certainly true that the most scholarship money is available first round.
3. I don't recommend you retake the GMAT.
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