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Profile Evaluation - Please advise [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 04:48
I will be taking GMAT next month and am expecting a score b/w 680-720 as per current mocks.

My profile is as follows:

Education:

BTech in CSE from IPU (2009)
CFA level 1 (CFA Institute, USA) dec,2010.
CFA level 2 band 10 (not cleared) june, 2011.
Would be taking CFA level 2 again in June, 2012.
NSE certified market professional level 1.
NCFM certifications:
i. CDSL
ii. Portfolio management (97.5%)
iii. Option Trading Strategies (92.5 %)

Other achievments:
Rank 277 National Science olympiad (Science Olympiad Foundation), 2000
rank 69 in SMO (Indian Mathematical Olympiads Foundation), 2002

No notable extra curricular

Work Ex.

Standard Chartered Bank (Customer Service Executive) 5 months
TCS (Analyst) 2 yrs 8 months by Aug 2012
Worked with following clients in TCS as Analyst:
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
Citibank, Singapore

Areas of interest:
Strategy based trading in derivatives.Have been trading for around 4 yrs now with occasional breaks.

I am not sure which colleges should I target based on aforementioned score and profile.

What I am looking for is post graduation in Finance from the best college within reach in accordance with my profile and GMAT score range. I am really interested in investments side and it would be really great if someone could help me with some relevant colleges.

The colleges I have in mind are: ISB, NUS, UCLA.
My dream colleges are : Chicago Booth, Columbia, Wharton. NYU - Stern is one college I would like to evaluate my chances for.

Please guide on some (both "worth taking a call" as well as "safe") colleges.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Please advise [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2011, 20:37
Hi Rohit,

The assumption I make here is that your GMAT score will end up being 700. A score around this will be just about par (and even below par) at most of the schools you mention - it is an ambitious list.

That apart, from the list you mentioned I have the following recommendations:
Safe - NUS
Iffy - ISB (but still a long shot)
Stretch - UCLA/Booth/Columbia/Stern/Wharton

Weakness in your profile - Magnitude of work ex is low. Being an engineer your profile is similar to the majority applicant pool. The certifications do help, but the CFA will not help until you clear at least level 2. You also need to bolster your extra-curriculars.

Next steps:
(a) Take the GMAT and try to do as well on it as you can - try and go beyond the 700 cap
(b) Try and create a powerful application - on pure profile parameters you are about average, but the differentiation could be a very strong application.

All the best and happy to answer any other queries you may have.
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