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AskSouvik: Which B School to Apply | AMA| - 2019 edition!

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Hey souvik101990 ,

Thanks for the great initiative. Such initiatives really help prospective applicants a lot.

I would require your guidance too. Below is a brief summary of my profile:

Indian Male (31 year-old)

Undergraduate: Bachelor Of Engineering in "Computer Science" from Rajiv Gandhi Technological University.

UG Percentage: 67.8 (probably 7.1 on 10 point scale and 2.71 on 4 point scale)

Job profile: 5-years(August,2014-present) as Credit Manager (Scale 2) at one of India's largest public sector bank-Bank Of India, to which I was selected through a national level competitive examination with a selection ratio of 1:200. Joined as Assistant Manager and promoted to Manager in 2019 through a bank-wide written and interview competitive procedure in first attempt. Currently, I am managing Credit portfolio in a branch of over INR 100 crores (approx. USD 14 Million). My work includes achieving credit targets of the branch, identification of borrowers, review of credit history, monitoring of proposals prepared by staff, supervision on disbursement of advance, monitoring of existing portfolio, assisting internal audit and statutory audit of the branch, managing and mentoring a team of 18 people (who are at various levels of organisational hierarchy), implementation of Government loan schemes (supporting micro and small entrepreneurs and helping them move out of poverty line through business). I have been instrumental in steering my present and earlier branch to highly profitable balance sheet through diversifying into a segment that was earlier playing a negligible role in branch's portfolio.
After UG, worked freelance to develop a local startup on website development for local businesses. Also prepared and wrote PSC mains exam during the time. Both resulted in failure but good learning experience. If business failure is counted as experience, the total experience count is 7.5 years

GMAT: 730 (Q51, V38, IR6, AWA 5).

Extracurricular:
(1) During UG, I was part of the team that won National Level Paper Presentation Contest on "Re-Engineering vs Reverse Engineering".
(2) During my present position, I have also been deputed as Presiding Officer for polling booths in National Election 2019 and MP State Election 2018. Duties included managing polling team of 6-10 people, more than 1100 voters and political party agents in a politically sensitive polling area while providing real-time polling statistics to Election Commission of India.
(3) Multiple prizes in essay, sports, drama competitions during schooling.

No international experience.

Post MBA: mainly Finance, Banking or Consulting. Kindly shed some light what would be the best choice for me to move after MBA as I am interested in all three.

Target Schools:
1. INSEAD Singapore
2. NUS
3. ISB


Based on your experience, kindly provide review of my profile for above mentioned schools and kindly suggest some other schools where the course is preferably 1 year MBA and good job prospects in the country(preferably English speaking). Also please suggest whether I could land a scholarship (money is an issue or the lack of it :tongue_opt3 ) with my profile (or if I could improve my GMAT score).

Pardon me for a lot of queries.

Thanks in advance

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Bhavz10 - Sorry for getting this late! Missed this one and now that holidays are in, I am back answering questions on the AMA thread.

I think your profile looks GREAT! (You don't really need your high school scores for your MBA)!

With the right GMAT, you can pretty much go anywhere you'd like. Your pick of Indian and European schools are certainly achievable but why not US schools?

Also, I would love to know what you want to pursue after business school, both short and long term!


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Hey! great initiative!

Would love a profile evaluation from you.
Indian female
Age 28
Chartered accountant
X std 93% (GPA 4)
XII std 88% (GPA 4)
Graduation 86% (GPA 4)

Best article award during first year of articleship in top 5 accounting firms in india

2 years work experience in EY in corporate and international taxation where I was extensively involved in restructuring taxation models for Indian counterparts of telecom companies abroad and did lot of tax compliance and litigation related work.
1 year 8 months as taxation manager in another company- compliance, litigation and tax advisory role.
Left it to pursue a job in government sector.
Now working as an administrative officer accounts specialist in one of the 4 general insurance PSUs in India since a year.I am handling the coinsurance business of more than Rs 300 crore for my regional office.

On extra curricular front, I have been one of the few Indian delegates at the Harvard Project for Asian and International relations (HPAIR) held in Hongkong in 2016 in the Humanitarian tracks.
I have learnt lot of different dance styles and had my own belly dance classes for a while.

I want to apply for the one year MBA programs next year as my experience would be over 5 years and I would like to move out of government sector to core strategy roles.

Would love some insights on my profile and my chances at IIMA, IIMB, IIMC, IIML, SPJIMR, ISB and some European schools like LBS, Oxford , INSEAD etc.

Planning to take GMAT early next year with expected score 700+ and will only apply if I get 720+. I had scored 700 in 2016 GMAT .


Hey thanks a lot!!! I thought of USA schools like UCLA, Sloan, Duke Fuqua but I don't want to.settle for long term in the USA. I plan to get into strategy consulting post MBA.

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New post 01 Jan 2020, 11:31
Hi souvik101990 , Happy New Year! Would really like your reply on this post as R2 deadlines are close.

Thanks!

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souvik101990 wrote:
Most people are familiar with my story on the forum. The TL;DR version is that I applied to a bunch of schools in 2016, got rejected in most of them, and then turned it around in 2017 and got a lot of admits/interviews and such. I posted my GMAT story HERE and a brief version of my admission and application insights HERE.

Since doing these two posts, I have been getting a lot of PM's about whether the GMAT is enough or whether applying to a certain school makes sense, and honestly, I have not been able to keep up with those PM's.

So this is my attempt to set up shop for my completely non-qualified and anecdotal advice. A place where I will entertain profile evaluation requestions, school strategy and positioning, and some general unadulterated feedback.

Go ahead, and Ask Me Anything!

Edit: I have no aspirations of becoming an admissions consultant. I am playing with the idea of helping others with basic stuff like school selection and resume review, but of course, it will always be free!


UPDATE - May 10, 2019 - After a long sabbatical, I am back! First year at Ross was great and I have some downtime to answer more questions. Throw me those profile evals and school strategy questions!


Hello,

I am looking into applying to MBA colleges in USA. My dream colleges are Columbia and NYU.

I am a US CPA with 3.5 years of experience in external auditing with Deloitte. I mainly audit public and private clients in USA and Canada.

My GMAT score is 680 ( V35 Q48 ). I took this back in 2016. I am keen on applying for round 2 deadlines in Jan 2020 for Aug 2020 intake.

I scored 95% in Class 12 ( Commerce stream). Did B.Com hons from Jesus and Mary college ( Delhi University) and have an average of 90.8% in Bachelors degree.( translates to a 4.0 GPA) I have been a scholar badge holder from class 4 till 12 ( scored above 80% in all years). I received a scholarship for being an outstanding student at JMC. In school I was the vice president for Social service league and in college was the core member for National Service Scheme (NSS). At work, I am actively involved in the CSR planning day.

I know my GMAT score is below average for both colleges, however I feel I am a bit late for preparing for GMAT and retaking it to meet the R2 deadlines.


My questions are;”:
1) Is it possible for me to get an admission at NYU or Columbia?

2)Besides NYU and Columbia, what other colleges would you recommend? I am keen on USA ( with scholarship) or Canada or UK. I am interested in working in that country post MBA.


Thanks a bunch for all your help :)

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Hey souvik, it was great to watch your recent video on gmatclub channel.
I wanted your advice on my profile and whether the mba programs i am targeting for the 2021 admit realistic and within my reach. (IE not in the dream school category).
My target schools are Columbia, Kellogg, Michigan ross, Berkeley haas and tuck.

I am a bachelors of commerce graduate with 6.4/7 cgpa from hr college in mumbai (Mumbai University)

I worked full time while in college , 2 years in an equity research and mutual fund sale firm and 1 year articleship as i was pursuing CA at that time. ( cleared 2 out of the three levels but finals are left which i will not give)

I am a US CFA charterholder and US CMA certificate holder. Have also completed US CPA and US CAIA (chartered alternative investment analyst).
I have been working in a mid sized accountancy firm based in small city in rajasthan, india.
I had to shift to rajasthan due to severe family emergencies therefore started working there as my presence was required for family.
I left my job after two years as i found a wonderful opportunity in mineral and mining and have started my own venture in partnership.
Though it can be managed and is stagnant while in the state , i wanted to make it a wholly export unit and establish in strategic locations across couple of countries like in canada and portugal and run it as a more corporate and an organized business organisation, much different from how mining is run in this state.
Therefore i planned on pursuing an mba which will help me manage and organize my business in the manner i want to run it and expand it.
I am ready to invest and grill myself for a 2 year mba in order to take the maximum out of it.

On the extra curricular activity note, i am a registered mumber of the heartfulness organisation (for meditation) for the past 4 years. Travelled all across the country and have organised various seminars and workshops, played a big part in the green initiative and planted by myself about 40 plus trees. Have also organised meditation sessions for army personnel in my state and have also successfully implemented heartfulness for kids in various schools wherein we are training teachers on how to plant this seed right from a very young age in students.
While in college, one of my most proudest moment was when i lead an NSS team ( national service scheme) and did something out of box by forming a union for the domestic help who were in very bad condition in mumbai so that the local police as well as the members themselves can protect the right of others and to make sure that they are not exploited, due to this the police area head and i had an exclusive coverage as well.
Despite my work experience, the thing i am concerned about is my international exposure in job. That is an area i lack.


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Hey souvik, it was great to watch your recent video on gmatclub channel.
I wanted your advice on my profile and whether the mba programs i am targeting for the 2021 admit realistic and within my reach. (IE not in the dream school category).
My target schools are Columbia, Kellogg, Michigan ross, Berkeley haas and tuck.

I am a bachelors of commerce graduate with 6.4/7 cgpa from hr college in mumbai (Mumbai University)

I worked full time while in college , 2 years in an equity research and mutual fund sale firm and 1 year articleship as i was pursuing CA at that time. ( cleared 2 out of the three levels but finals are left which i will not give)

I am a US CFA charterholder and US CMA certificate holder. Have also completed US CPA and US CAIA (chartered alternative investment analyst).
I have been working in a mid sized accountancy firm based in small city in rajasthan, india.
I had to shift to rajasthan due to severe family emergencies therefore started working there as my presence was required for family.
I left my job after two years as i found a wonderful opportunity in mineral and mining and have started my own venture in partnership.
Though it can be managed and is stagnant while in the state , i wanted to make it a wholly export unit and establish in strategic locations across couple of countries like in canada and portugal and run it as a more corporate and an organized business organisation, much different from how mining is run in this state.
Therefore i planned on pursuing an mba which will help me manage and organize my business in the manner i want to run it and expand it.
I am ready to invest and grill myself for a 2 year mba in order to take the maximum out of it.

On the extra curricular activity note, i am a registered mumber of the heartfulness organisation (for meditation) for the past 4 years. Travelled all across the country and have organised various seminars and workshops, played a big part in the green initiative and planted by myself about 40 plus trees. Have also organised meditation sessions for army personnel in my state and have also successfully implemented heartfulness for kids in various schools wherein we are training teachers on how to plant this seed right from a very young age in students.
While in college, one of my most proudest moment was when i lead an NSS team ( national service scheme) and did something out of box by forming a union for the domestic help who were in very bad condition in mumbai so that the local police as well as the members themselves can protect the right of others and to make sure that they are not exploited, due to this the police area head and i had an exclusive coverage as well.
Despite my work experience, the thing i am concerned about is my international exposure in job. That is an area i lack.


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You wrote a lot about yourself but I am not sure a lot of that is necessary to evaluate your profile.

Why don't you go ahead with these things

GMAT -
WE - chronologically - where and in what capacity have you worked?
Leadership - just a few sentences on some of your leadership qualities.

You really do not need international exposure to get in, so I would not worry about it a lot.

However, your extra currics seem a little overblown. It is fair to be passionate but I am not sure if real leadership is coming out of those stories.
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Hello souvik, thank you for your input. I thought that since everyone has leadership roles in their jobs when applying to business schools so a leadership role oe heading team in other activities outside work experience might be a bit different.

My gmat score is 740.
In terms of work experience, i joined as an accountant and was promoted to assistant manager of accounts within a year, heading a team of 4 and now i have been promoted to manager of accounts now managing overall firm (since i bought many clients here). I have led quite a few internal audits and internal control reviews.
Based on the clients i deal in day to day, gave me a lot of understanding of how mining businesses work and their strengths and weaknesses and thus started my own venture on the side for a decent secondary source of income, to support my family in the long term.
In my own venture, i started from the ground up, scouting for mines and applying for mining lease and analysis of the deposit and various other things. Hopefully i will be able to make good returns in this year, will help me pay my mba program fees and support my family.

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Hi Souvik!

Background:
Nationality Indian/ Female, 25 years old
GMAT: 700 (Q46, V40)

Education:
B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering from a non IIT, top 10 university in India, GPA: 3.76/4 (Top 5% of the batch)
Masters in nuclear engineering with specialisation in instrumentation (Topper of the batch, pursued my M.tech while I was working)
HSE: 98.4%

Work experience:
Working as a scientific officer with the government for the past 4 years. Work profile includes research development and deployment of indigenous developed sensors.
Experience: No international exposure, But I have travelled all over India and interacted with manufacturers for product development.

Achievements at work:
One of the few employees to get promotion on a fast-track basis.
The only woman in the section working with 15 men on R&D and deployment projects.
Have contributed significantly in development of sensors for projects of national importance

Co-curriculars:
Currently learning Indian classical danceforms and have been practicing yoga for the past 3 years.
Involved with a few NGOs in Mumbai where I have taught few underpreviged kids. before moving to Mumbai, I had taught Class 10 Physics to around 100 kids in my locality.
Participant of National Aerospace Olympiad in 2009
Homi Bhabha Prize winner (gold medallist) during my trainingfor my current job.

Post MBA goals:
My constant interaction with vendors all over the country has revealed my techno managerial capabilities. I have also observed the vulnerabilities that the Indian sensor industries face. Also, working in a premier R&D unit of the country has made me more patriotic than I was earlier. I hope to eventually return to India after 5 years or so and closely work with the Indian government.

Short term goal: I would like to work in a general management role for a tech company like general Electric, Fuji electric or Tesla..
Long term goal: Would like to become a part of NITI Aayog, the planning commission of India and make decisions pertaining to Indian tech and manufacturing Industries.

Target schools: Ross, haas, INSEAD, Tuck & UCLA

Questions:
Should I retake the GMAT again and target for a better score?
I dont have any international exposure due to the nature of my job. Do you think it would be a deterrant?
Also, do you think there are other B-schools in the US for which I'd be a better fit(with my current profile)?
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Hello souvik, thank you for your input. I thought that since everyone has leadership roles in their jobs when applying to business schools so a leadership role oe heading team in other activities outside work experience might be a bit different.

My gmat score is 740.
In terms of work experience, i joined as an accountant and was promoted to assistant manager of accounts within a year, heading a team of 4 and now i have been promoted to manager of accounts now managing overall firm (since i bought many clients here). I have led quite a few internal audits and internal control reviews.
Based on the clients i deal in day to day, gave me a lot of understanding of how mining businesses work and their strengths and weaknesses and thus started my own venture on the side for a decent secondary source of income, to support my family in the long term.
In my own venture, i started from the ground up, scouting for mines and applying for mining lease and analysis of the deposit and various other things. Hopefully i will be able to make good returns in this year, will help me pay my mba program fees and support my family.

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You have a fairly impressive profile and the GMAT acts as a cherry on top! Definitely try for the top 10-15 MBA programs. Which time horizon is your application? R2 this year? If so, what was your outcome?
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Hi Souvik!

Background:
Nationality Indian/ Female, 25 years old
GMAT: 700 (Q46, V40)

Education:
B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering from a non IIT, top 10 university in India, GPA: 3.76/4 (Top 5% of the batch)
Masters in nuclear engineering with specialisation in instrumentation (Topper of the batch, pursued my M.tech while I was working)
HSE: 98.4%

Work experience:
Working as a scientific officer with the government for the past 4 years. Work profile includes research development and deployment of indigenous developed sensors.
Experience: No international exposure, But I have travelled all over India and interacted with manufacturers for product development.

Achievements at work:
One of the few employees to get promotion on a fast-track basis.
The only woman in the section working with 15 men on R&D and deployment projects.
Have contributed significantly in development of sensors for projects of national importance

Co-curriculars:
Currently learning Indian classical danceforms and have been practicing yoga for the past 3 years.
Involved with a few NGOs in Mumbai where I have taught few underpreviged kids. before moving to Mumbai, I had taught Class 10 Physics to around 100 kids in my locality.
Participant of National Aerospace Olympiad in 2009
Homi Bhabha Prize winner (gold medallist) during my trainingfor my current job.

Post MBA goals:
My constant interaction with vendors all over the country has revealed my techno managerial capabilities. I have also observed the vulnerabilities that the Indian sensor industries face. Also, working in a premier R&D unit of the country has made me more patriotic than I was earlier. I hope to eventually return to India after 5 years or so and closely work with the Indian government.

Short term goal: I would like to work in a general management role for a tech company like general Electric, Fuji electric or Tesla..
Long term goal: Would like to become a part of NITI Aayog, the planning commission of India and make decisions pertaining to Indian tech and manufacturing Industries.

Target schools: Ross, haas, INSEAD, Tuck & UCLA

Questions:
Should I retake the GMAT again and target for a better score?
I dont have any international exposure due to the nature of my job. Do you think it would be a deterrant?
Also, do you think there are other B-schools in the US for which I'd be a better fit(with my current profile)?


You have a strong profile, but unfortunately the GMAT WILL be a deterrent for the schools you have listed. Considering you are applying at least a few months out, why not retake?

For your profile and GMAT, I would definitely start looking at Emory, Georgetown, Kelley and USC. But if you can shoot up your GMAT score by 20-30 points, you will be median in the schools you have listed and a few points higher would dramatically increase your chances!
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Hi Souvik!

Background :
Indian Female, 31 years old
GMAT : 740

Work experience:
1.(4 years) Inspector- Executive Officer in Ministry of Finance, Govt of India- GST & Central Excise. - I implement government tax policy. I have multiple quantifiable achievements here. Around 1200 companies fall under my jurisdiction.I supervise these companies, manage tax collection to meet tax targets.

2.(2 years) Reserve Bank of India - Dept of Banking Supervision Assistant - was involved in regulatory supervision of a Public sector bank.

3.(2 years) Tata Consultancy Services - Asst Systems Engineer. - involved in delivering information services to BFS client.

Education :
BE from non-IIT college with 82%
HSE - 96.8%

Volunteering :
1. Swacch bharat abhiyan - I have taken swacchta pledge and I implement the drive in and around my office locality
2.TCS maitree- sustainable development initiatives
3.Desire society - ngo for HIV affected children. I teach and share joy.
4.Financial literacy drive - RBI 5. Multiple tax outreach programs at district level

Extra curriculars - classical singer

Post MBA goal :
Short term - Consulting in MBB
Long team - want to start my own consultancy firm.

Target schools : Booth, Mit (sloan) ,Wharton,LBS, haas, Ross, tuck, darden, ISB, Insead.

My questions :
1.Are my target schools realistic and within my reach?
2.My Age, WE and transition to corporate sector...are my post mba goals suitable for my profile?
3.Should I retake Gmat?
4. I was thinking of exploring opportunities in Big 4 firms. Will the shift to Corporate taxation have any positive effect on my application?

I request your advise.

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Hi Souvik! Huge Fan!

I would love to have feedback about my profile!
I will be applying for R1 this September, 2020.

Background: Indian Male
Age: 24 (At the time of Matriculation)

Education: B. Pharmacy (Hons.) from BITS Pilani (Top 10 institutes in India)
CGPA: 6.49/10

GMAT: 680 (Q49, V33) in my first attempt. Will be giving it again in the next 30 days. Aiming for a 740+

WE: 3 years (At the time of Matriculation)

Current field of work: Public Health; Public Policy

First 19 months:

- Worked at Tata Trusts in the National Nutrition Mission in Rural Andhra Pradesh (a south state in India) converging the district Health, Women & Child, Education, Water & Sanitation Departments to help reduce Malnutrition in 0-6 yr old Children, Pregnant & Lactating women.
- My work required me to lead and drive the nutrition mission in the district, do field visits, build capacity of field functionaries (~4000 Anganwadi teachers) and advocacy for the District Magistrate.
- Two of my initiatives were featured in the Tata Trusts quarterly magazine on National Nutrition Mission.
- My immediate boss was a Harvard Grad (Law) (- now into philanthropy) and is ready to write my LoR.

Second 17 months:

- My work in rural Andhra was recognised and I was offered a role (as a Program Officer) in an organisation that is working on micronutrient fortification of staple food in India under the same National Nutrition Mission.
- This organisation is a Canadian NGO and works closely with the other International Development partners for Fortification of Foods in India. That means I get to work with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Global Allianz for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), UNICEF, World Food Program (WFP),World Bank, Tata Trusts, Nutrition International (NI), PATH etc
- The South East Asia office (the one I work at) has only ~4 employees - means I get more exposure in multiple projects.
- I'm currently heading a project which is running in 4 salt producing states. I'm very young for the role, but my boss likes young folk around (Big plus for me!)
- My boss is the South East Asia co-ordinator and was previously Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He’s also the recipient of multiple awards including ‘Public Health Champion’ by WHO - and is ready to write my LoR.

Extra Curricular:

- Was the Head of Department, Department of Sponsorship & Marketing in BITS Pilani. Raised a sponsorship of 80L (~100,000 $) with a team of 30 for the National Annual Cultural Festival of BITS Pilani - Pearl’17
- Was a cadet at National Cadet Corps
- Was a part of Multiple departments and clubs in BITS Pilani.
- Volunteered for the Indian General Elections (2019) while working for the District Magistrate in Rural Andhra Pradesh.
[I believe I’ll get to organise a few workshops and events while at the current job - idk if such events count though]

MBA:

- I would like to do my MBA related to healthcare.
- I believe the biggest issue in the public health in developing countries currently is the delivery & operations of even the most basic healthcare. I would like to work in this healthcare delivery structure post-MBA.
- Would also like to have the consulting option open.
- Schools I’m specifically looking at: Duke & Ross and the rest of the top-20 schools in order of their healthcare curriculum (and their STEM MBA certifications)

I believe the biggest Cons in my profile would be low CGPA & the fact that I have only 3 years WE.

Questions:

What are my chances given that I WANT to apply for R1 Sept’20?
Can I do anything in the next 7 months to improve my chances?
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Hi Souvik!

First of all thank you for all the valuable insight you provide through your posts and videos. I have read almost all of your debriefs.
I am a pre-final year Mechanical engineering student at a top NIT with a CGPA of 9.23/10. I recently took the GMAT on the 16th of March,2020 and scored a 730 (Q50 V40 IR7 AWA 4.5). When i was at question 34 in verbal, the centre UPS failed and i missed the last three questions :| . I believe i can score at least 20-30 points more since i consistently scored about 750 in GMAT Prep Tests.

Here is a very brief profile description:

Academic Record: Consistently high scores (~95%) throughout school
Leadership: Former Captain of the State Chess Team, Current College Chess Team captain, Internship and Placement Coordinator
Internship Experience: 1 decent internship at an influencer marketing automation based start up and 1 at a MNC (put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak)
Social Volunteering: Decent, will build it more
Academic Merit and Sports Scholarships: Multiple sports and merit based scholarships.

My objective: To apply for deferred MBA programs or MIM programs
Career goals: Role in the finance sector or my own business venture (Socio-Tech)

My Questions:
1. Should i consider retaking the GMAT given my profile since i have some time before i start my applications?
2. Which schools do you recommend with the current score and profile?

Would absolutely love to have your feedback on my profile.
Thanks!
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Hi Souvik

Thanks for taking this initiative.
It would be great if you can provide your inputs on my profile detailed below.

Background: I am an Indian female (24 years old) with a finance and accounting background. I am planning to apply to B-schools fall of 2020 this year .

Undergrad Information: B.com Honours at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University

Target GMAT Score: 730 (looking to understand what it should be to maximise chances of admission)

GPA: 76% aggregate, passed first division (we do not have a GPA/ percentile system at Delhi University, so not sure what the best way to convert the same would be)

Work experience and leadership: I will have 3 years of total work experience by September 2020 which will include:
- ~2.5 years as a Senior Analyst at PwC India in front-end Investment Banking with a focus on the retail and consumer sector. I was promoted last year and received a rating of 1 (scale of 1-5, with 1 being the highest) and was due for promotion this year as well which unfortunately got deferred to next year in the light of the current pandemic situation. I have worked on several buy-side and sell-side M&A/PE transactions in the past two years and have also co-authored few thought leaderships and newsletters published by PwC India in the consumer sector. My responsibilities have included deal origination (development of pitch books), financial modeling, preparation of information memos and assisting in due-diligence. I have also significantly contributed to pitches for two large marquee companies for which we got the mandate and are currently working on deal execution.

- 5 months at EY Global in the Assurance team

Extra Curriculars: I was the President of the Finance Cell in my college where we conducted multiple events and fests like strategy games, mock stocks, Bplans etc., I was also a member of the entrepreneurship cell in my college.

Post MBA goals: I think my primary purpose for doing an MBA is to get positions at leading management consulting and investment banking firms. My limited experience in financial consulting has allowed me to develop a preliminary understanding of the industry and the skills required. While I enjoy what I currently do, I believe that an MBA from a top business school would allow me to grow faster, enhance my - technical, business and management skills further as well as build my network (which I have come to learn is very important in consulting and IB) to advance to the next level in my career. As for my long term goal, I am quite intrigued by Venture Capital because of the thrill and rigour that comes with exploring, understanding and analysing new companies and industries.
So I am attracted towards the prospect of working in that field after gaining relevant experience. However, this is more early stage and may change as my career advances.

I would also like to seek suggestions on what I can do to build my profile further and what my ideal GMAT score should be to put me in a safe space in terms of getting admits from Ross and other Top 20 US business schools. Additionally, it would also be helpful to understand if applying next year with 4 years of work-ex by Sep'2021 (total of 5 years at the time of joining), a possible promotion at my current org/or switch to hopefully a better role would make my profile more compelling than applying this year with 3 years of work-ex by Sep'2020 this year (total work ex of 4 years by the time I will join).
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Hello souvik101990,
I hope my message finds you in good health. I am looking to apply to MBA programs in the upcoming application cycle and would be extremely grateful if you could help me with a profile eval to assess my chances in schools like ISB, Ross, Stern, Foster, UT Austin, Tepper, NUS and Saïd

Background: Male, Indian, 27(at matriculation)
Undergrad : MIT Manipal; Class of 2016
GRE: 325, Intend to retake and hopefully score higher
Work Experience:

3 years 8 months as of August 2020
1. Big Data Engineer at Tesco (Aug'16 - May'19)

A. Designed Pipelines on Hadoop and cloud for the company's supply chain
B. Part of team that developed an analytics platform to analyse over xxM customer profiles and strengthen customer loyalty
C. Worked with the company's Thailand business to ideate and develop solutions which went on to save over xxx,xxx$ in a year by minimising unsold volumes of items and also by rating supplier performance for contract renewals(I have subsequently left the organization. So I don't have a clear picture on how much it is saving now)
D. Worked with the company's Thailand and Central European business to developed taxonomy for over x million products and facilitate better reporting.

2. Big Data Engineer at Groupon(Sep'19 - Present):

A. Part of a newly formed team to build the data infrastructure on the cloud
B. Designed mechanisms to improve efficiency of traffic attribution and thereby funding for marketing
C. Helped generate customer subscription metrics for NYSE reporting.

Target Industries
1.Product management in the big data space at organisations like Walmart, Tesco, Amazon

Extra Curriculars:
1. Headed the infodesk and finance categories of the college events for a year. Played key roles in developing an online system to handle payments, cash prizes and registrations. This helped boost participation, revenue and efficiently streamlined crowds
2. Work in the community with my parents and a few friends to arrange health camps, school and medical supplies for domestic helps, watchmen, drivers and municipality workers.

I have the following queries,

1. Having worked as a data engineer, is my work experience too technical for top MBA programs?
2. While I have striven to understand the functioning of business and the impact of my work in the larger scheme of things, I don't have a client facing role ( mainly because of having worked at product based organisations) Would this be a drawback?
3. What would be a safe GRE/GMAT score for these universities for my profile?
4. How does one gauge ballpark GRE scores for profiles such as mine at top bschools? (Since average GRE scores and the number of successful applicants with the GRE are not widely reported)

Thank You!

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Hi Souvik,

Please review,

Demographics (nationality, gender): Indian, male, will be 30 years old, this July.
· Education (undergraduate institution, GPA, major - high school/entrance exams not needed): Visvesvaraya Technological University, (India), Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics engineering, GPA : 3
· GMAT or GRE (include section breakdown): 730 (Q49, VA 45 )
.Work experience (highlight amount of work experience, industries, roles, promotions, special accomplishments, international exposure):
- Started with IBM as an IT analyst and moved to Deloitte as an IT consultant. Was an individual contributor, and received a 'stellar performer of the year' award. Planned three
different platforms to address client issues. Worked with the development teams to outline a ticketing tool, curated for my team needs.
- Joined British Telecommunications as a network engineer, and later got promoted as a manager - workforce management consulting ( Individual contributor) . Designed a sharepoint
site for global clients to analyse their project data. Brainstormed different versions to come up with something closer to their operational goals. Received 4 quarterly awards for
process improvement, and 5 (senior) client recommendations. Massively improved operational performances for 3 different projects which was performing pathetically poor, leveraging
the benefits of the dashboard I designed. I have also been involved with several business transformational projects.

- Have a brief ( failed) entrepreneurship journey after bachelor's. I brought together a team from few of the best IITs to build a product, however, failed to gain clients. Learnt a lot from the experience.

IBM : January 2014 – August 2015
Deloitte : September 2015 – December 2016
British Telecom : December 2016 – Present.

· Extracurricular activities (highlight notable undergraduate and post-undergraduate ones):
- School :
- Was the cultural captain : Was responsible to host cultural events and collaborate with other schools on cultural fests. Received 4 gold medals in school level athletics.
-Was the captain of the school's cricket team, for two years. (captaincy rotated every two years.


- Undergraduate:

o Founded the college's first heavy metal band
o Started the college's first Music club with a separate brick and mortar house.
o Received several gold/silver medals for different inter-college sports/game/music competitions.
o Founded a poetry club.

- Post college : Won a state level powerlifitng championship and ranked in a national level powerlifting championship

. Post-MBA goals: I want to get into management consulting or finance.


Target : Darden, Fuqua, Stern, Tepper, McCombs, Emory, KElley, Anderson

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Hello Souvik,

Thank you for looking at my profile.

· Demographics (nationality, gender):
- Indian
- Male (turned 27 in January '20)

· Education (undergraduate institution, GPA, major - high school/entrance exams not needed):
- B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (popularly known as IIT Delhi - Among Top 2 Engineering schools in India)
- Graduated in May 2016
- CGPA - 8.1/10 (Major - Textile Engineering)

· GMAT or GRE (include section breakdown):
- Aiming for 780+ but expecting atleast 750+, not sure about the breakdown but will do well in quant
- Haven't taken any mocks recently (preparation is still underway) but took one in my undergrad (had 710), can go for GRE as well (not sure which one is preferred)

. Work experience (highlight amount of work experience, industries, roles, promotions, special accomplishments, international exposure):
- Designation: Senior Manager at analytics consulting firm based out of Gurgaon, India (have been pretty unlucky with H1B lottery for last 3 times)
- Current Employer: EXL Analytics, multinational company headquartered in NYC (wouldn't consider as recognized as BCG, Bain, etc. but probably Tier 2)
- Work Experience: have been working with the same company for about 4 years now right after my undergrad
- Promotions: Total 3 promotions in ~4 years (2 fast track promotions in first 2 years of working with the company)
- Special Accomplishments - not sure if this carries much weight here (Best Innovator Award and Best Employee award)
- International Exposure - No long time international work experience but have client meetings exposure (been on business trips to US few times)
- Industry - Analytics/Data Science consulting in Banking and Finance
- Actual Work - currently leading a team of 5 consultants all graduated from top schools in India, worked on numerous data science/analytics projects for top US banks (Credit Card Risk & Fraud Mitigation)

. Potential Recommendations -
- VP at EXL (IIM - top B school in India) - strong
- SAVP at EXL (The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University) - strong
- Director at top US Bank (past client) (George Washington University School of Business) - strong
- SVP at top US Bank (past client) (MS from Carnegie Mellon University) - strong

· Extracurricular activities (highlight notable undergraduate and post-undergraduate ones):
- During school time, I founded a tech forum/community with about 1Lakh members and had Alexa traffic rank of ~70,000 in 2008. Had to shut down due later due to higher studies
- Did a lot of freelancing work (Web apps/coding) right during 5th - 10th grade while in School
- I enjoy working on mobile app development, worked on a startup idea recently but later decided to drop it
- I had decent extracurrics at my undergrad - part of organizing committee (very competitive in college) of one of India's biggest college festival, affiliations with extracurricular clubs (Music) during undergrad
- Never tried for any certification but I am a decent Guitar and Piano player

. Post-MBA goals: want to start with a product role in a tech company (Google/FB/Amazon/etc.), however in long term would want to get in a leadership role in either a tech company or in a bank (leading analytics efforts)

· Target schools:
- Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Sloan, Chicago Booth
- Thinking of giving GMAT by July '20 if covid situation is stable and applying in R1, however could wait an extra year if my profile has better chance at top B Schools

· Other information relevant to your profile: I have always been very passionate about things especially during my school days and had decent source of income back then from my freelancing work for international people. I would rate my college time a little dull in terms of big accomplishments but have learned a lot emotionally during undergrad. I have also learnt a lot of people skills over the years.
Even though I have some idea that my profile isn't upto mark with what's required to make it to Top 5 US B Schools, I would want your opinions as to how I can improve. I have seen people from my undergrad making to Harvard/Wharton but those always have had either better GPA or/and more recognized work experience. Anyway, thank you for looking at my profile and for your suggestions :)
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Hi, I am A doctor, percentage- 62%. work ex- 4 years, I want to do Mba in healthcare managment. Please suggest some schools from Asia and USA.
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Hi Souvik,
Thanks in advance for my profile evaluation.
Male, Indian, 34years,
B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) Osmania University, 3.9GPA
GMAT(710)
Expected profile post MBA :tech/strategy/product based roles
Looking for pointers towards colleges in Europe, canada, India
WORK EXPERIENCE(10+ years) :
2 Year 9 Months at Infosys Limited as a system engineer(Banking and capital markets division) for development and maintenance of Banking firm program.
8 years 2 months at BHEL(PSU) as a Field Engineer (Executive Grade-2)
Projec execution incharge for more than 30 projects across India including overseas experience at Oman, Muscat.
Certified vibration analyst from Mobius institute (Australia)
Completed north east Greenfield socioeconomic project BCPL, reviewed directly by Ministry.
Best executive award,
customer appreciation letters for site execution from BPCL-kochi refinery, ORPIC refinery-oman, etc.

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Hey Souvik,

Looking forward to apply in the upcoming admissions cycle. Below is my profile, would love to hear your thoughts on choice of schools and areas that I can work on.

Demographics:
Indian, Male, 27 years

Undergrad + Post Grad - 5 year integrated MiM from IIM Indore. GPA - 3.16/4.3 (Top 10%)
Undergrad - Liberal Arts, Post Grad - Management
GMAT - 730
Work-ex - 4.5 years - Supply Chain/Logistics
Part of AP Moller Maersk’s global leadership program in collaboration with UC Berkeley, Haas . Youngest in the program with quickest promotion to Sr. Manager
Three years in India - 1 leadership role, lead a team of 12. Global commercial hero award among +30k employees
International Experience:
4 learning modules in Shanghai, Berkeley, Kenya and Copenhagen (3 months in total)
1.5 years in Cambodia as Logistics Product Head managing a P&L of $100M
Extra Curriculars - Quizzing (National finalist Tata Crucible)
Volunteering - Ashoka, Innovators for the public, built a new program "Change maker Schools"
Sports - National Level athlete and badminton player
2 entrepreneurial ventures - 1 during college, 2nd I still work on in collaboration with Amazon as an outside advisor (Revenue ~ $6m)
Post MBA career - Short term - strategy consulting, Long Term - Supply chain strategy
Target Schools - INSEAD, Kellogg, Wharton, Booth

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Hi Souvik,
Thanks in advance for my profile evaluation.
Male, Indian
Pre-Final Year in IIT Kharagpur, Biotechnology (CGPA 6.50)
Previous Internship at Deloitte
Own a profitable start-up
Big on extracurricular activities
GMAT: 750
Highly skeptical due to low CGPA and No Work Experience
Your help will be appreciated for possible schools.
(Want to get into strategy consult)

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