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Profile Evaluation - GMAT -720, Work Ex - Consultant [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 03:12
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 10 Nov 2012, 09:38
Hello, and sorry for the notable delay!

1. There is unfortunately a certain degree of stereotyping that exists in the business world. Which isn't to say that this will inhibit you at all! Business schools are aware of the stereotyping that exists in the professional world, which is why they generally look at applications overall, rather than at any one factor. You have a strong GMAT score and work experience, which is what you should focus on. Play to your strengths and the leadership experience you've had to show that you're a viable business candidate, more than just your technical proficiency.

2. This is not always true. It depends on the program, and it depends on the applicants they receive. No school will give out all of their full scholarships in the first round if they aren't convinced that these are the best possible candidates, which is rarely the case. That being said, it does get harder to get accepted if you wait until the final rounds, because many of the spots will already be filled. Schools want to make sure they have the most options available, so they will frequently wait list in the second round to see if anybody stellar comes through after that.

3. If you think that your max score is relatively close to your current one, it may not be in your best interest to take the test again, both for the time and money involved, but also for the chance that you will underperform.

Let us know what you think, and good luck!
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