Hey GmatAspirant25 - well it's actually impossible for us or anyone to say which schools someone has "a realistic chance of getting through" based on only information posted in a short thread on an Internet forum - we're not trying to be cagey, just trying to set expectations. A lot goes into the bschool admissions evaluation process and we can't get nearly enough information here to say what your chances are (we have a whole post on the EssaySnark blahg about this
from awhile back in case you like to read rants
You already got a bunch of feedback from some other consultants and we have to agree with what they've been saying. You're on the young side for a top MBA program and the bulk of your work experience is in the difficult-to-position computer programming field. You have a lot of other stuff going on that may be enough to demonstrate your readiness for an MBA - the entrepreneurial experiences are good and if you have some good results to show from the jobs posting website and/or your contributions to your father's business, then both of those could help. But we have to caution you that a lot of this looks exceedingly standard compared to what other people in your demographic pool are also reporting. Your GMAT is lower than what most successful Indian engineer applicants report (720 is the average) and we're not sure where you came up with that 3.7 GPA - did you get your 73.5% and the transcripts evaluated by WES or something? We have no idea if that 3.7 is in range, we don't know what school you went to and you need to be conservative about using anything but the original marks that the school itself has reported.
You've also got some red flags - you said something about having the letter of recommendation that your boss is going to write "reviewed by a professional" - that is moving into danger territory in terms of ethics, the bschools really (really really really) don't like it when there's consultant involvement in the recommendations. Recommendations need to be written by the recommender. Be very careful how you navigate that situation, it's possible to cross the line and get too much help on it.
On the goals... transitioning into IB is a VERY big leap. You want to go to the best school you can if you want to make this happen - but it's hard to see how the top schools are going to respond to you at the moment. The programmer -> finance thing can work but man is it a challenge to pull off. Again not trying to discourage you, just being honest.
Goals are a key criteria that many schools use to evaluate the candidacy so you need to map those out. We can't advise on whether you're competitive to any of these schools or not since it all depends on how you put the apps together and what stories you can present in the essays - that matters A LOT. You seem to have some raw material that might work for you but it's the presentation that counts, and some of this just looks very very similar to what we see from so many others. We're not saying that to discourage you, only so you recognize the challenges you're up against. If you've never been outside of India then that's making it difficult in some respects too.
We wrote a whole book to help candidates with your profile understand what they're up against and what they can do to make their apps stronger - The Indian's Guide to Getting In
- you might want to check it out.
Hope somewhere in there you're finding some encouragement - we don't mean to give a whole Debbie Downer type of response but there are some obstacles that you need to be aware of. Given how young you are, you may want to buckle down for more studying and re-do the GMAT.
We have a post on the ISB and rounds
on the blahg too (sorry, that one is behind the paywall, there's others available for free though).
This process is not easy - keep at it and you'll end up somewhere good - but you do have some work ahead of you!!!EssaySnark
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