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Profile review pls: M 27 / Indian / BA Maths / Entrepreneur

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Profile review pls: M 27 / Indian / BA Maths / Entrepreneur [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2012, 10:35
Hi,

I plan to apply to B-Schools for the Fall 2013 intake. I plan to take my GMAT in August this year. If you could please look at my profile and help me out with some of my doubts!

1)
Age: 27, Male
Nationality: India
Resident in the UK

2) Educational Background:
Doon School, Dehrarun (ISC, BFS 94%)
BA Hons in Mathematics from St Stephen's College, Delhi University (average score of all 3 years: 77%)

3) Work experience:
2006 - 2007: Reckitt Benckiser CHQ (Slough, UK): Information Systems Grad Business Analyst
Apparently the first international placement from Delhi University (that what TOI said - I'm not sure if its accurate!)

Nov 2007 - quit to start my company (with own savings) - deals with Education & Recruitment Consulting
(Overseas admission to UK, University collaborations, and jobs placements in UK)
Operated from London and opened main office in Delhi. Other branch offices in Kanpur & Amritsar.
(company still running - though not focusing on this business too much these days as busy with another venture)

Oct 2009 - bought an English language training school in the UK (again with funds earned from Company 1)
School in UK teaches students from over 50 nationalities.

Expanded business and now have opened a branch of the school in Kazakhstan. Currently busy (very!) trying to expand in Kz and streamlining business in this very tough yet massive market to operate in. Secured contracts with some of the biggest schools in Almaty.
Developing an online IELTS training course. Hopefully should be able to launch in a months time.

4) Extracurriculars:

Most ECA were during school / college time:
Sports: Was school/college team for football, athletics, college chess captain, Dehradun districts gold in Discuss throw (if don't know if any of this counts!)
Not been playing sports recently!
Duke of Edinburgh Gold

5) Short/Long term goals:
Continue to build & grow companies.
Hope to continue to be a part of my existing company too. (have a business partner - who may have to work extra hard for sometime!)
Streamline my father's business as well. He is in the textile industry (in Varanasi)

6) Schools I'd like to go to in order of preference:
1: Harvard, Stanford, Insead, Haas, Kellogg, MIT
2: LBS, Chicago Booth, Judge, Tuck, Darden, Fuqua, Columbia, Wharton
3: IE, IESE, Said, IMD

Some additional information:
- I'm getting married this Nov. So would like to finish all applications before Nov.
- Work is terribly busy right now. Will hardly be able to take out a lot of time for GMAT, Essays
- Not a natural at exams like GMAT - took CAT in 2006 and didn't do great!
- Don't want a very academic / theoretical MBA, but something more practical and which would really help me in my business

- What are my chances to get into a good school and what's the minimum GMAT score that I need to get?
- Are chances to get in higher if I apply in round 1?
- Is my choice of schools OK if I want a general MBA with focus on entrepreneurship?
- Whom do I get my recos from as don't have a supervisor and clients are students?
- How long do I need to study for my GMAT / write the essays? I am most scared about this as I think I won't be able to put in a lot of time in the preparation.
- Does the admission team ask for any proof of business like financial statements etc.?

Sorry for so many questions! Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Profile review pls: M 27 / Indian / BA Maths / Entrepreneur [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2012, 00:50
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ukhanna wrote:
Hi,

I plan to apply to B-Schools for the Fall 2013 intake. I plan to take my GMAT in August this year. If you could please look at my profile and help me out with some of my doubts!

1)
Age: 27, Male
Nationality: India
Resident in the UK

2) Educational Background:
Doon School, Dehrarun (ISC, BFS 94%)
BA Hons in Mathematics from St Stephen's College, Delhi University (average score of all 3 years: 77%)

3) Work experience:
2006 - 2007: Reckitt Benckiser CHQ (Slough, UK): Information Systems Grad Business Analyst
Apparently the first international placement from Delhi University (that what TOI said - I'm not sure if its accurate!)

Nov 2007 - quit to start my company (with own savings) - deals with Education & Recruitment Consulting
(Overseas admission to UK, University collaborations, and jobs placements in UK)
Operated from London and opened main office in Delhi. Other branch offices in Kanpur & Amritsar.
(company still running - though not focusing on this business too much these days as busy with another venture)

Oct 2009 - bought an English language training school in the UK (again with funds earned from Company 1)
School in UK teaches students from over 50 nationalities.

Expanded business and now have opened a branch of the school in Kazakhstan. Currently busy (very!) trying to expand in Kz and streamlining business in this very tough yet massive market to operate in. Secured contracts with some of the biggest schools in Almaty.
Developing an online IELTS training course. Hopefully should be able to launch in a months time.

4) Extracurriculars:

Most ECA were during school / college time:
Sports: Was school/college team for football, athletics, college chess captain, Dehradun districts gold in Discuss throw (if don't know if any of this counts!)
Not been playing sports recently!
Duke of Edinburgh Gold

5) Short/Long term goals:
Continue to build & grow companies.
Hope to continue to be a part of my existing company too. (have a business partner - who may have to work extra hard for sometime!)
Streamline my father's business as well. He is in the textile industry (in Varanasi)

6) Schools I'd like to go to in order of preference:
1: Harvard, Stanford, Insead, Haas, Kellogg, MIT
2: LBS, Chicago Booth, Judge, Tuck, Darden, Fuqua, Columbia, Wharton
3: IE, IESE, Said, IMD

Some additional information:
- I'm getting married this Nov. So would like to finish all applications before Nov.
- Work is terribly busy right now. Will hardly be able to take out a lot of time for GMAT, Essays
- Not a natural at exams like GMAT - took CAT in 2006 and didn't do great!
- Don't want a very academic / theoretical MBA, but something more practical and which would really help me in my business

- What are my chances to get into a good school and what's the minimum GMAT score that I need to get?
- Are chances to get in higher if I apply in round 1?
- Is my choice of schools OK if I want a general MBA with focus on entrepreneurship?
- Whom do I get my recos from as don't have a supervisor and clients are students?
- How long do I need to study for my GMAT / write the essays? I am most scared about this as I think I won't be able to put in a lot of time in the preparation.
- Does the admission team ask for any proof of business like financial statements etc.?

Sorry for so many questions! Many thanks in advance.

Your profile is strong but as an Indian by origin you will need, I believe, to receive around 710 or higher on the GMAT for the programs you are aiming for. Yes, I do find that round 1 is slightly less competitive than round 2. Your choice of schools is good but I do like to see some lower ranked programs that are strong in Entrepreneurship in there too (e.g., Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, USC, Babson, etc.). Recommendations are always a challenge for applicants who have no boss. I recommend a senior management member or someone who funds you or clients/business partners. The key is to have them discuss and share examples of your exceptional leadership and stewardship of your organizations. If your sample scores for the GMAT are over 700 already, then you may not need a lot of time to prepare, but if they aren't, then you may need to join a class or hire a tutor to help you cram. Yes, the essay element is a long and difficult one. I find that my clients are able to complete each application in about 2 weeks (each successive application takes less time) if they are diligent and work on the material every day. Of course, that's with me holding their hand and steering them through the process. In the initial application, most programs do not ask you to submit any proof besides transcripts and official GMAT report; however, after you are admitted, there is a random formal background check to confirm the major points of your history that may delve more deeply into the details.
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Joined: 16 Jun 2012
Posts: 30
Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V38
WE: General Management (Education)
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Re: Profile review pls: M 27 / Indian / BA Maths / Entrepreneur [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 14:29
Hi Jennifer,
Many thanks for your advice. Just got back from Kazakhstan and now going to start my GMAT prep. Took the first official GMAT test today.. got a 680 (Quant 45, Verbal 38). I am giving myself 2 weeks for full time study in August and 10 hrs on each of the weekends in July. Will be aiming for a 730-750. Lets see how far I go!
I don't think will be able to apply it to a lot of schools in R1 but will try to manage atleast 2-3 top school applications.
Thanks,
Udit
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Re: Profile review pls: M 27 / Indian / BA Maths / Entrepreneur [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2012, 02:09
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ukhanna wrote:
Hi Jennifer,
Many thanks for your advice. Just got back from Kazakhstan and now going to start my GMAT prep. Took the first official GMAT test today.. got a 680 (Quant 45, Verbal 38). I am giving myself 2 weeks for full time study in August and 10 hrs on each of the weekends in July. Will be aiming for a 730-750. Lets see how far I go!
I don't think will be able to apply it to a lot of schools in R1 but will try to manage atleast 2-3 top school applications.
Thanks,
Udit

The verbal score is fine as is; I recommend you focus on the Quant to boost it to 49 or 50 (or higher). If you work with a consultant (shameless plug I know!), you should be able to complete your applications more quickly and apply to another school or two if you dedicate time to the apps in August, September, and the beginning of October.
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