Please review my profile for my chances at HBS, Stan, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellog, LBS and Insead and if you could suggest a selection from this for first and second round.
Bio: 25 year old Indian, residing and working in India for past 4 years.
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?
Total 5 year work experience at the time of entering the program.
1 year at HSBC working on risk mitigation strategies for the retail credit portfolio
2 years at JP Morgan, working as equity research analyst for US markets
2 years at an Indian VC fund
2) Your GMAT - 720 (Q:50, V:37) given my gpa and CFA certification do you think I should retake it? I realise Indian applicants on an average have higher scores
3) College info:
B.Tech Electrical from IIT with 3.3 GPA - my GPA has always increased in my college tenure, my first semester GPA was 2.0 and I graduated with cumulative GPA of 3.3
M.Tech Electrical from IIT with 4.0 GPA
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
I have been playing field hockey since childhood, was member of district's junior team, and at IIT I was the captain of the college team and we won the inter-IIT championship after a gap of 7 years. I was awarded Institute Blues (highest sporting honor of my IIT) for this turn around.
Post campus I have been actively involved in long running groups, so far have run 2 full marathons and numerous half marathon, I also regularly volunteer at these groups to train novice runners and organize running events.
I have few inter college photography competition and I have also auctioned my photograph at a charity auction.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
6) Your target programs
HBS, Stan, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellog, LBS and Insead
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
8) Your post-MBA goal
Working at a global VC fund
Please review my chances at these schools and also suggest if next 3 months I can do something to improve my odds.
Actually Thursday I'm giving a webinar on exactly the answer to your last question: what you can be doing now to improve your chances of acceptance. You can register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/217682730
You have a competitive profile for all your target programs, but can't be confident of acceptance at any one of them. You may also want to consider Columbia, Yale, and NYU. If you stick with your list, I suggestion applying to HBS, Stanford, Wharton, and MIT R1 and the remainder of the schools R2. You may want to consider dropping INSEAD and applying to one of the 3 I suggested.
Regarding the GMAT
, a higher GMAT score never hurt anyone, but it's very difficult to raise a 720, and I'm not sure it will really help you in the admissions game. It might help you get a scholarship. If you are confident you can raise it without extraordinary effort, then go for it.
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