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Suggestion on applying to B schools [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 21:38
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I need your help in choosing which B schools i should apply to. I want to persuit a Master's in business in General management or Operations management. My profile in brief is mentioned below.
Male 24 from India with Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from reputed National Institute of Technology.
Gmat Score - 690 (Q - 50 V - 31)
GPA - 3.0
I have an experiece of 30 months(2.5 yrs) now and by next year around 42 months (3.5 yrs) in core design.
I am working for a reputed Commercial vehicle company in Product development for the past 2.5 yrs. I am moving to a reputed American MNC in some time in a similar job profile.
I have been consitently good in academics in school and above average in college.
I was awarded a research fellowship by the department of Science & technology, Govt of India during my college for an innovative project.
I have a research paper published at an International Mech conference.
I have received an A+ in all my subjects in my school final exam of class 12 (Higher secondary)
Apart from acads, i have participated/captained and won at National level football tournaments at School n college level.
Also, i was the best cadet from my batallion of the National Cadet corps. ( An organisation similar to scouts at school level in the US).

I am confused as to which schools I should apply and where i will have a better chance of admission. I do not want to spend all my savings in applying to a dozen colleges. So kindly direct me how is my profile and based on this what colleges i should apply to. Both In and out of US.
Also, what is the chance of getting any scholarships in these colleges. I would prefer a college providing me scholarship to study as my finances are limited.
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Re: Suggestion on applying to B schools [#permalink] New post 31 May 2012, 09:09
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Hi thanks for your email. US schools like having at least 20% or more of their b-school student bodies hailing from outside the US, and with international applications down, your timing may be good to apply in the US. Having said that, because most of the international applications received in the US are from India, your pool is a deep one and requires you to stand out. With the "minimal" amount of work experience and a GPA and GMAT on the lower end of the 80% range for top schools, I would be focusing on schools in the second tier (15-25 in the rankings) which have deep scholarship pools. You can do some scholarship searching on the web with a focus on fellowships earmarked for international students (there is admittedly not as much money in this area because historically international applicants are not nearly as generous in giving back to US schools after they graduate and return home....After all, that's where the scholarships come from--someone who gives philanthropically back to their school). i would say that if you have only saved enough money for the applications to b-school, then you may want to reconsider your timing in that regard. Some schools would consider that a "not ready" indicator.
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